There is much to be obtained while carrying this Solar Plexus Chakra Stone. This Particular Chakra is called Manipura and is related to the element Fire and deals with lighting up the body’s defences and employment of energies in all facets of our lives.
Let’s first describe the difference between manufactured Citrine and Natural Citrine. This stone is of the quartz family and is formed naturally when amethyst is left in the Earth at great depths (pressure) and high temperatures. Amethyst will turn into Citrine naturally, but humans are impatient, and Natural Citrine is difficult to mine as it is deeper within the earth and less abundant overall. Although this manufactured method is accepted in the gem industry; we can place amethyst inside a kiln at a certain temperature and time, it will come out as Citrine. Here are a couple of photos of the man-made Citrine and natural Citrine, notice the distinct orange colour.
Many have asked me if the un-natural Citrine has the same properties as natural Citrine. My instinct is yes it does, but like anything forced to become something ahead of its time, it does it unwillingly. I always suggest when purchasing crystals always choose natural stones made by Mother Nature in her own time.
Citrine is the stone of abundance, raises our self-esteem and is a powerful alignment stone guiding us towards our Higher Self. It is known to enhance the body’s defences by increasing your healing energy capabilities. This stone gives us hope and warmth by lighting our Manipura Chakra or our “Sun Centre” of our bodies.
See my Citrine Crystal Podcast on my YouTube Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLTYQQj74KI
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This incredible Root Chakra Stone is often overlooked and some consider them not very powerful. I would like to clear the air, and renew our interest in this beautiful and interesting stone.
Agates are usually a slower vibration and lower in intensity helping us stay tethered to Mother Earth. Agate is a wonderful grounding stone allowing us to work at a higher frequency without losing touch with the earth. They are great for airplane travel when we are disconnected from the Earth’s frequency, and strengthening the body, mind and inner courage through regular proximity to our bodies or chakra gridding.
If you are in need of an Aura cleansing, this stone can help wash your aura and reenergize your auric field. This can be done by carrying it with you, using it in your meditation or creating an alter within your sacred space. I mentioned Chakra Gridding earlier, this practice is done by an Energy Worker with knowledge of the Chakra Stones and intuitively selects crystals to open and bring balance to our blocked our out-of-balance chakras. I utilize crystals to assist in chakra balancing as part of my Reiki Practice and Crystal Service to individuals.
Agates are the building blocks for other crystals to form like quartz, amethyst and citrine. Known as intrusive igneous rocks, which mean they are formed within the magma, inside of a volcano and slowly cool creating crystals over a long period of time and often large in size. The Amethyst Geodes found in many countries around the world are typically an Agate Shell that allows water to enter the hollowness of the geode leaving mineral deposits to begin the crystal formations that occur for millions of years. Without agate we would not have these beautiful geodes, instead they would be hollow and void of crystals.
Many agates are dyed because of their porous characterization. Not only do they take on the colouring extremely well, they also will emit the frequency of that particular colour, some say this cheapens the stones quality. This is just a belief system, if you feel that the stone is less valuable in the metaphysical sense because of the dying then likely this stone will not benefit you, if you feel attracted to this stone, then you will gain its warming grounding connection and the powerful healing that Agates provide.
See my Agate Crystal Podcast on my YouTube Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pY6usSQ3eA
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Kundalini rises one further level to Maniupura, our Solar Plexus Chakra. Its location is just above our navel.
This Chakra represents our will power, self esteem, energy, assertiveness and is not to be confused with aggression or the aggressor. This chakra gives us the confidence to speak up when we have an intuition or knowing that is strong within us. The Manipura Chakra also includes our digestive system, pancreas gland and muscles on the physical plane.
The element Fire best describes Manipura Chakra. Fire creates energy or fuel for the physical body sending signals to the different muscles to flex or contract. This fire element also aids our spiritual path, allowing us to be effective in a non-dominating role which creates self worth and power within. Manipura Chakra has also been called the sun centre, the sun lights the path that guides us through the maze of resistance and opposition. The Manipura Chakra provides us the keys to finding balance between our Dharma (Life Purpose) and Karma (Past Experience). Knowledge is Wisdom, provided that we learn from our experiences. With this chakra balanced we can learn and grow from our mistakes.
I also believe that particular crystals and minerals can help bring us towards our Dharma and bring out the warrior by balancing/healing the Manipura Chakra. The stones that I would suggest are Citrine and Calcite. Citrine is my “go to” stone when I want to act on my gut instinct and feel powerful from within.
You can learn much more in my workshops that I conduct regularly at different yoga studios, or from my home.
Crystals have been used for 1000’s of years by Shamans and Ancient Healers to heal their bodies and protect their environments. Found around the globe, in every religion and spirituality, Crystals have fueled our minds and bodies for generations.
Have you ever wondered why you were drawn to a particular Stone or Crystal? For me, it has always been Amethyst. Not just because of it being my birthstone (February), but for the spiritual protection that this stone offers. The connection with our higher purpose and direction. Well at least this is what amethyst offers me.
What crystals catch your eye? hopefully not just diamonds, although they are very powerful stones too. Maybe it is Rose Quartz (as it is Valentine’s Day), Citrine or Aventurine. The quartz family of crystals offer us a huge variety of energies and each with their own beauty. As an avid rock collector and jewelry maker, I am always asked which one is my favourite. All of them, I answer. Mother Nature has taken the time to create such beautiful specimens for us to wear and enjoy that no one could single out just one stone to focus all of their love on. Each day I pick from a large bowl of crystals, a stone or two to carry in my pocket. These little additions help balance my day and ward off anything that may cause in imbalance in my daily routine.
My Belief is that quartz is fossilized water. The large amethyst geodes that come from Brazil and other countries are actually an egg shell of Agate Stone (which is porous) that allows water to enter the hollow area of the stone (Geode) the water brings elements from the periodic table that allow the quartz crystal to grow into one of many different types, in this case Amethyst. Look at this photo, and you will be able to see the agate shell I am talking about.
Amethyst offers us so much. Aiding our meditation, strengthening our immune system and brain activity, healing, our bodies, love, inspiration and intuition, lastly amethyst can help rid our bodies of addictions (what ever addiction you may have). Remember that we are all addicts in one way or another, maybe you are addicted to love, or maybe like me, addicted to Crystals especially amethyst.
But there are so many other stones that can offer healing and balancing of your Chakras. For those people that spend loads of time in front of their computers, (like me) may I suggest a stone that can help absorb the EMF (Electro Magnetic Frequencies) that are emitted. Galena, and Iron Pyrite are two in particular, and of course there are others. These two work for me and are stationed near my desk. My next blog will be exclusively on EMF and Crystals. (Stay Tuned)
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How important is quartz to our survival? Each day we rely on this abundant crystal found around the world in more ways than one.
For those that know a lot about this powerful crystal, here is a refresher, for those that know a little, enjoy the information and be amazed at this beautiful semi-precious gemstone and what some would say has “miraculous abilities”.
Before we begin, I think I need to explain the Piezoelectric Effect. The Piezoelectric Effect means that some crystals generate a current as they are deformed. Quartz is one of them. Striking quartz will cause it to deform and produce a current of electricity. The same applies when you apply voltage to a quartz crystal, it will deform, we call this the Reverse Piezoelectric Effect.
Now that we understand the Piezoelectric Effect we can dive deeper into the importance of this crystal and how it has a firm grip in our society, and defines who we are.
Now you might be thinking about tuning your piano with this little guy, similar, but this one oscillates at a much higher frequency than the tuning forks that are tuned to the 7 notes of the western music scale. Quartz Tuning Forks like this little one, oscillates or vibrates at 32,768 Hz precisely. Your digital watch’s circuitry measures the oscillations or vibrations of the tuning fork to maintain time and to ensure that your time piece does not run slow or run fast over longer periods of time.
Quartz is used because it is very stable, both physically and mechanically, continuing to work in all types of extreme conditions found on earth. We can find these little tuning forks in every digital watch, cell phone, GPS units or anything else that measures time digitally.
These devices help wake us up in the morning by signalling an alarm, let us know of our daily appointments, prevent our cakes from being burnt in the oven, ensure that we get to our job interviews, essentially molding us into who we are. Can you imagine if you were late for something because your time piece ran slower than everyone else’s. Could we find our friends at prearranged meeting times and locations? I think not. Our lives would be brought back 100 years, searching for the closest sundial to coordinate your day properly. All kidding aside, our lives today would be totally different without the wonders of Quartz and the Piezoelectric Effect.
So why are we attracted to quartz? Not only is it the largest single mineral found on earth, it comes in a large assortment of types; Amethyst, Citrine, Rose and Smoky Quartz, Clear Quartz sometimes called rock crystal, these are just to name a few. Here are a couple of photos of various Quartz Stone Pendants
These different quartz are connected to our various chakras throughout our body. Clear Quartz can represent our Crown Chakra or the Soul Star Chakra (a universal chakra above our heads). Clear quartz assists us to decipher the information that is being presented to us, the Universe is filled with coded messages that we have difficulty understanding if we have not prepared our body, mind and spirits to do so. Our daily meditation, or yoga practice can also bring awareness to this vast wealth of information available to us.
Here is a beautiful piece of art that I make to help balance a room or environment to facilitate an opening of your Crown Chakra bringing awareness to the Soul Star Chakra and the symphony of intelligence around us.
Whether you are wearing clear, rose, smoky, rutilated, tourmalated, or any other piece of quartz in its wonderful abundance of colours, you are sure to feel connected, you will discover your place in the universe, a sense of belonging and knowing that you are part of the beautiful web of the world we live in. This gemstone is more than just semi-precious, it is absolutely precious to all life on earth in one way or another, may it bring you Peace, Joy, Happiness and not to forget, Timeliness.
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