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GEMSTONE MAGIC & MEANING: Clearing and Cleansing Crystals of Negative Energies

GEMSTONE MAGIC & MEANING: Clearing and Cleansing Crystals of Negative Energies

Crystals and gemstones are lovely to look at, and make valuable companions on the journey of life. When carried or worn with intention, they can be used for healing, protection, attraction, and so much more! When we come into contact with a crystal, its vibration interacts with the vibration of the cells and energies in our body, and raises our vibrations to match their own. Each type of crystal has its own unique vibration which can offer different types of supportive energy to living beings. For example: blue lace agate is known as a stone that can help with communication, labradorite enhances intuition, and amethyst is said to help the bearer overcome fears and cravings (learn more about specific crystals from our gemstone encyclopedia).

 

The power of crystals as healing tools lies in their natural vibration, but sometimes their energies get shifted through exposure to energies of higher amplitude than their own. This could be anything from the energy coming from emotional release during a crystal healing session, to EMF from a cell phone or other electronic device that’s been too near the stone. These energies can knock the crystal energy slightly “out of tune” and make it harder for it to receive and project its natural energy. In order to return these stones to their natural frequency where they can offer the most benefit, they need to be cleared and cleansed.

 

There are a number of ways to cleanse a crystal, and you should use your intuition to decide what method you should use for a given stone or time. For all of the following methods, have a clear intention to cleanse the crystal and take at least a moment to envision the crystal filling with white light to flush out negative energies. It is good also to envision a nearby receptacle of some kind filled with white light to absorb and transmute any of those energies that might be released, so they’re not just flying around your home. This receptacle might be a black hole filled with white light, a rainbow, a waterfall, or anything else that resonates with you. Because crystal energy is all about vibration, your thoughtful intentions will have the desired effect, even if you feel a little silly using your imagination in this way.

 

METHODS TO CLEANSE A CRYSTAL:

WATER: Hold your crystals under moving water from a sink, stream, lake, or ocean (except for those that are water soluble, including: angelite, celestite, desert rose, turquoise, rhodochrosite, fluorite, azurite, selenite, kyanite, tourmaline, and calcite) for about 5 minutes (or until you intuitively feel it is cleansed), while visualizing any negativity being washed away by the water. You can also leave the stones submerged in water for a few hours, if that feels right to you.

 

EARTH: Bury them in the ground for as long as you feel comfortable, at least overnight. This is a particularly great technique for stones with grounding properties (like tiger’s eye, hematite, and smoky quartz) as it amplifies and supports those earthy energies. Be sure to mark the spot well!

 

SALT: Place your crystal(s) in a glass or earthenware container of sea salt, covering it completely. This method extracts negative energy from the crystals and traps it within the salt, so don’t eat the salt after! After the burying cleanse, you can even keep your stones sitting in ( or on top of) salt to prevent them from absorbing unwanted energy. Avoid using salt with water-averse stones like those listed above, as salt can liquify if it gets humid.

 

SMUDGING WITH HERBS: Using a smudge stick of cleansing herbs like sage, ignite the end of the herb bundle with a careful flame and then blow the flame out to create a stream of smoke. Hold your crystal in the smoke for as long as you intuitively feel is right. Have a dish, bowl, large seashell, or other receptacle nearby for catching ashes.

 

SMUDGING WITH WOOD: The smoke tendril from wood is thinner than that of herbs, but it is still very effective. Using a stick of seasoned wood like palo santo, carefully light the end of the stick and then hold it downward, allowing the flame to lick up the wood before you blow it out. Hold your crystal in the smoke for as long as you intuitively feel is right. Have a dish, bowl, large seashell, or other receptacle nearby for catching ashes.

SOUND: Singing bowls, bells, a gong, chanting, or even singing to a stone is a wonderful way to cleanse a stone and help it to “reset” to its natural vibration. You can use an instrument for each stone individually or for a group of crystals, but it is important that the sound waves pass over the stones, so you want your instrument to be as close to them as possible. A singing bowl is one of the best tools for sound cleansing, as it will resonate even after you have struck it, so with one of those you can pick up the stone and pass it directly through the sound waves over the bowl. If you choose to sing or chant to cleanse, sing or chant anything that feels good to you, being mindful of the words. Never underestimate the power of “Ohm” or even “Ahh”!

 

SUNLIGHT: Full sunlight will cleanse your stones and also charge them with masculine energy. Set your stones either outside or indoors on a sunny windowsill at dawn, leaving them until dusk. Some crystals will fade in sunlight, so this method is not recommended for stones like amethyst, aventurine, beryl, colored calcite, aquamarine, fluorite, and citrine.

 

MOONLIGHT: Full moonlight will cleanse your stones and also charge them with feminine energy, as well as energies specific to that astrological full moon. You can also do this on a new moon. Set your crystals either outside or indoors on window that will face the moon and leave out until morning. Even if there are clouds and you can’t physically see the moon, the lunar energy will still shine through them.

 

VISUALIZATION: Hold your crystal between your palms with your hands in prayer position. Focus on your breath and try to feel the energies of the stone. Envision the crystal filling with white or pink healing light and ask that all negative energy be removed from the stone, either internally or out loud. See the light expand until it surrounds the stone and fills your hands. Imagine all the impurities wafting away or dissolving from the crystal, going into the transmuting receptacle you’ve envisioned or just transforming right there into healing white light. When you can visualize the crystal shining brightly and intuitively feel it has been cleared, it has.

 

All of these methods of crystal cleansing are effective and it is really up to you and your intuition as to which you choose. Whichever route you take, doing so on (or the day/night on either side of) a full or new moon can make the cleansing more powerful, and your own intuitive energies more potent. If you go with a method that doesn’t take all day/night, putting your cleansed crystals out in the moonlight will charge them up and amplify their energetic powers. There’s a Full Moon coming up this Thursday, January 12th, so stay tuned to learn what sort of astrological energies we’ll be dealing with this week!

 

Which of these methods resonates most with you? How do you like to cleanse your gemstones? What’s your favorite crystal?

GEMSTONE MAGIC & MEANING: HOW DOES CRYSTAL ENERGY & HEALING WORK?

GEMSTONE MAGIC & MEANING: HOW DOES CRYSTAL ENERGY & HEALING WORK?

Enhance your energy with mystic crystal gemstone magic! Have you ever wondered how the healing powers of crystals actually work? As Nikola Tesla said: “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Everything in the universe vibrates, and crystals bring about healing through entrainment and […]

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GEMSTONE MAGIC & MEANING: DRUZY

GEMSTONE MAGIC & MEANING: DRUZY

Druzy crystals take hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of years to form.  As molten rock cools, gas trapped inside causes gaps in the rock.  As ground water flows through these gaps year after year, the minerals crystalize into beautiful sparkling blankets of crystals!

Druzy attracts light and joy to a space.  When worn, it increases energy, strength, mental clarity, and is used for balancing all of the chakras.  If used in meditation, it stimulates the movement of the Kundalini all the way through the body and up into the crown chakra. Druzy amplifies positive energies and is said to stabilize the aura.  It creates auric balance by drawing out negative energies, and pulling in positivity and feelings of harmony in its place.  This gemstone is particularly helpful for spiritual practices and lightwork, and can empower the energy of other crystals as well. Placing or wearing another stone with your druzy for a day or longer enhances both of their energies.  Check out our druzy jewelry on our website or in all Mexicali Blues stores!

Rock those Chakras: A Guide to the Chakras & the Colors & Crystals that Connect Them

Rock those Chakras: A Guide to the Chakras & the Colors & Crystals that Connect Them

Chakras are the energy centers of the body.  In Sanskrit, the word chakra means “wheel” or “vortex”, and that is what chakras are: spiralling vortexes of energy which hold, balance, and emanate different powers and aspects of our spiritual bodies.  There are seven major chakras, each with their own gifts to empower the physical body and bring about the development of our self-consciousness.

When you are having a problem in life, emotional or physical, it may be because the corresponding chakra is blocked or out of balance.  This imbalance can be addressed in several ways–for example: receiving reiki, or meditating on a crystal, color, or sound that resonates on the same vibrational frequency as that chakra.  It may sound complicated, but do not fear! Your chakras are ultimately your own energy, so all it takes is your conciousness and intention to set them right!

If you have a chakra imbalance and would like to work on it, try this simple meditation:

Sit or lie down comfortably in a quiet room, making sure you will not be disturbed (remember to turn off the ringer on your phone!).  Burn some of your favorite incense (we love nag champa!) or a candle to create an olfactory separation between this sacred space and your daily life.  If you are laying down, you might like to place an energy-amplifying crystal on the physical location of the chakra, or if seated, you might simply hold it there. (See below for the crystals that are best for each chakra)

Breathe in and out, counting each exhale until you get to 20.  If other thoughts enter your mind, observe them and let them go.  Sometimes it helps to have a mantra to keep yourself present, so create one that has meaning for you as it corresponds to the issue you would like to address. We like to use the Mexicali chakra attributes flags or batik chakra wall hanging as a meditation object, focusing on the color and mantra of a specific chakra flag for a meditation. You can do that, or create one on your own if you wish!  For example, if you want to meditate on the root chakra, which is the center of grounding, your mantra might be, “I am present”.

Picture your chakra as a spinning wheel of colored light.  When you breathe in, imagine that you are letting in a waterfall of white light and positive energy, which makes your chakra grow brighter.  When you breathe out, imagine you are releasing all of your bad feelings or pain in a little grey puff of smoke.  Repeat this, breathing slowly, for as long as you feel is right.

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Chakra Basics: A Guide to the Chakras

The Root/Base Chakra–Center of Grounding & Security

Color: red

Location: base of the tailbone

Consciousness: security, trust, relationship to the body & the Earth, being grounded & present in the here and now, having passion for life

Signs of balance: good health, vitality, comfortable in body, sense of trust in the world, ability to relax and be still, centered

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance:

Deficiency–insecurity, fear, anxiety, feeling “spacey”, disconnected from body/living in your head only–too much mental chatter, chronic disorganization, poor discipline, little willpower, lack of confidence, trust issues in relationships

Excess–hoarding, material fixation, rigid boundaries, fear of change, overeating, greed, overly protective, possessive, aggressive

Crystals to balance & benefit: garnet, agate, tiger’s eye, onyx, ruby, black obsidian, black tourmaline, hematite, smokey quartz, red jasper, bloodstone

Essential Oils & Incense: cedar, cinnamon, clove, dragon’s blood, sandalwood, ylang ylang, patchouli, clary sage, vetiver, rosewood

Affirmations:
“I am safe.”
“I feel connected to the earth.”
“I trust myself.”
“I stand up for myself.”
“My body supports me in living a creative and happy life.”
“I am at peace with life.”
“The world is a safe & friendly place.”
“I have what I need.”
“I belong.”
“I live to my fullest potential.”

Other Healing Ideas: Walk outside in bare feet (helps feel more “grounded” and connected to nature), bridge pose or another yoga backbend, eat vegetables from the ground (beets, potatoes, carrots) and hot spices (red cayenne pepper, tabasco), meditate outside while sitting on the ground, dance

The Sacral Chakra–Center of Creativity & Change

Color: Orange

Consciousness: happiness, creativity, sexuality, emotions & willingness to feel them, manifestation, honoring relationships, learning to “let go”, money

Signs of balance: nurturing of yourself and others, joyful, energetic, independent, secure, compassionate, patient, friendly, sociable

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance:

Deficiency–guilt, shame, overwhelmed, overly sensitive, shy, timid, immobilized by fear, clingy or isolated, emotional numbness, procrastination, diminished libido

Excess–emotional outbursts, manipulative, caught up in illusions, poor boundaries, obsessive attachment, pleasure addiction

Affirmations:

“I welcome the comfort of others in times of need.”
“I am lovable and I am loved.”
“I feel abundance around and within me.”
“I am emotionally aware of myself.”
“I trust the process of life.”
“I am a unique being full of creative potential.”

Crystals to balance & benefit: garnet, carnelian, copper, fire opal, tiger’s eye, orange calcite

Essential Oils & Incense: angelica, gardenia, lemongrass, orange, lemon, bergamot, rose, sandalwood

Other Healing Ideas: hip-opening yoga poses, dance, visualize the color orange, cobra pose, journaling, pursuing personal projects, spend time near water in nature, eat almonds, cinnamon, strawberries, coconut, oranges

The Solar Plexus Chakra–Center of Power & Confidence

Color: Yellow

Location: Just above the navel and below the rib cage

Signs of balance: confidence, healthy relationships, freedom, assertiveness, clarity, self-control, motivation, success in business and material world, vitality, spontaneity, celebrating life, feeling empowered

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance:

Deficiency–low self-worth, mental fatigue, memory problems, moodiness, digestive disorders, doubt, negative self-talk, inferiority complex, weak intentions, fragile determination

Excess–stubbornness, aggression, projecting superiority, intrusive, quarrelsome, overpowering, pushy, angry, rebellious, viciously competitive, ruthless, chaotic, burnt out, exhausted, disconnected, workaholic, fears intimacy, fussy, lack of tolerance

Affirmations:

“I accept and value myself exactly as I am.”
“I am confident that I know what is in my best interest.”
“I am my own person. I choose how to think and behave.”
“I choose health, healing, and happiness.”
“I am worthy of love, respect, joy, and prosperity. I am open to receiving all of these good things and more!”
“My personal power is becoming stronger each day.”
“I delight in the opportunity each day to be true to the wisdom of my highest self.”
“Every present moment is another chance to make a positive choice.”

Crystals to balance and benefit: Citrine, Amber, Gold, Topaz, Malachite, Jasper, Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Tourmaline, Rhodochrosite

Essential Oils & Incense: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Fennel, Rosemary, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Chamomile

Other Healing Ideas: yoga boat pose, dancing, eat whole grains & yellow fruits, drink peppermint or chamomile tea, taking a walk in the sunshine, sitting in front of a campfire or fireplace, burning yellow candles, visualizing the chakra as a sunflower

The Heart Chakra–Center of Love & Compassion for Self & Others

Color: Green (or Pink)

Location: The center of the breastbone or sternum

Consciousness: love, joy, inner peace, honesty, healing

Signs of balance: patience, generosity, peace, kindness, forgiveness, love, humor, compassion, accepting others as they are, self-acceptance, healthy immune system

Symptoms this chakra is out of balance:

Deficiency–negative thinking, stubborn thought patterns, feeling unloved, unworthy, having a hard time trusting others, antisocial, withdrawn, narcissism, fear of intimacy

Excess–ruled by emotions, manipulativeness, mood swings, grief, co-dependency, harsh judgement of others, looking outward for acceptance or fulfillment, intense jealousy, overly sacrificing, clinging

Affirmations:

“I forgive freely and easily.”
“I am worthy of love.”
“I find courage in my vulnerability.”
“I am loving to others and myself.”
“There is an endless supply of love.”

Crystals: Malachite, Rose Quartz, Jade, Peridot, Green Aventurine, Emerald, Green Tourmaline, Rhodochrosite

Essential Oils & Incense: Rose, Eucalyptus, Pine, Palmarosa, Hyssop, Lavender, Neroli, Chamomile, Ylang ylang, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Rosemary

Other Healing Ideas: chest opening yoga poses, hugging, verbally expressing love, drink green tea, eat pink grapefruit and green vegetables, lighting green candles, surrounding yourself with the greenery of nature in real life or with photos

The Throat Chakra–Center of Communication

Color: Blue (or Turquoise)

Location: The central base of the neck, throat

Consciousness:  expressing feelings, speaking your truth, listening to intuition, creativity, sharing

Signs of balance: freely flowing communication, honest expression, good listening, artistic expression, happiness in career

Symptoms this chakra is out of balance:

Deficiency–quiet, timid, unreliable, manipulative, inconsistent, devious, can’t express your thoughts, afraid to speak, poor rhythm, tone deaf, weak voice, feeling isolated & misunderstood

Excess–gossiping, interrupting, arrogance, inability to listen, self-righteous, talking as a defense, ignorant, dogmatic

Affirmations:

“I express myself honestly.”
“I release the habit of gossip.”
“I use my words to empower others.”
“I speak up for myself.”
“I speak the truth with love.”

Crystal: Lapis, Blue Agate, Sapphire, Sodalite, TurquoiseAquamarine

Essential Oils & Incense: Peppermint, Tea Tree, Thyme, Cypress, Geranium

Other Healing Ideas: shoulder stand yoga pose, singing or chanting, listen to favorite music, eat raw fruit and sea vegetables (algae, dulse kelp, nori), play Tibetan singing bowls or bells, visualize blue light emanating from the throat

The Third Eye Chakra–Center of Intuition & Extra Sensory Perception

Color: Indigo

Location: center of brow, between the eyes

Consciousness:  intuition, imagination, wisdom, decision-making, dreams, psychic ability, spirituality, empathy

Signs of balance: clear head, easily discerning reality from imagination, full understanding that you are the creator of your own reality, astral projection, lucid dreaming, receiving messages from spirit guides, ease in learning new things

Symptoms this chakra is out of balance:

Deficiency–negative self-talk, not trusting intuition, trouble making decisions, lacking purpose, second-guessing everything, afraid to take action, lacking common sense, memory and learning difficulties

Excess–immersed in a fantasy world, stressed, delusional thinking, judgemental, unsympathetic, over-intellectual thinking

Affirmations:

“I honor my vision; I trust my intuition.”
“Imagination fuels my creativity.”
“I see beyond the veil of societal conditioning and illusion.”
“I am open to receiving guidance, and following through.”
“I learn with ease and  joy.”
“I look at low energy situations from my highest self before I choose how to react.”
“I see divine light in everyone.”
“I open my heart and mind to the wisdom that is within me.”
“I am constantly expanding my awareness.”

Crystal: IoliteQuartz, Tanzanite, Amethyst, Sodalite

Essential Oils & Incense: Patchouli, Camphor, Frankincense, Star Anise, Lavender, Clary Sage, Juniper, Rosemary, Sandalwood

Other Healing Ideas: child’s or fish yoga pose, eat broccoli & purple fruits or vegetables (eggplant, grapes, purple onions, prunes), stargazing, visiting an art museum, meditation, wear purple

The Crown Chakra–Center of Cosmic Consciousness

Color: Violet

Crystal: Clear Quartz, Diamond, Amethyst

Essential Oils & Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Magnolia, Lotus

Consciousness:  integration of spirit & body, connection to spirituality, empathy, bliss, prophetic dreams, compassion, feeling connected to others & the universe

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: feeling isolated, disconnected, egocentric, overwhelmed

Other Healing Ideas: meditation, downward dog yoga pose, running or other cardio, spend time outdoors in fresh air & sunshine

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We hope this guide has been helpful to you in learning about your chakras!  At Mexicali Blues, we have a variety of gemstone pendants featuring the crystals that resonate with each chakra.  They are helpful in keeping your chakras aligned and energized, and are also just really pretty!


Large Chakra Crystal & Sterling Silver Pendant

Check them out at Mexicali Blues online or any of our stores in Maine!

What chakras do you feel are the most powerful in you? Which ones do you want to work on?

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