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“Crystals & Healing in the Buddhist Tradition” by Ashley Leavy

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The beliefs about crystals within the Buddhist tradition are incredibly varied. There are numerous references to crystals in Buddhist texts, manuscripts, and mantras (phrases which invoke power or are used for prayer). The most widely known of these is the Tibetan Buddhist mantra, “Om mani padme hum” which roughly translates to “The jewel is in the lotus” (Silver 11). This jewel is thought of to be the wish-fulfilling jewel of enlightenment, the goal of all Buddhists. The Dalai Lama breaks down this mantra’s syllables further by saying, “The first, Om, symbolizes the practitioner’s impure body, speech and mind; they also symbolize the pure exalted body, speech and mind of a Buddha. The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method – the altruistic intention to become enlightened compassion and love. The two syllables padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom. Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility” (Simmons 80). Robert Simmons writes of the Dalai Lama’s statement, “We could construct a new, literal translation for Om Mani Padme Hum using the Dalai Lama’s meanings: The Body, the Gemstone, and Wisdom are Inseparable” (Simmons 80).

In addition to being referenced in texts or as parts of mantras, specific crystals and gems also play a part in Buddhist beliefs. According to one such belief, “Tibetan Buddhists depict Vajrawarahi the Queen of Heaven as a diamond sow” (Rankine 210). However, the references to Diamonds in Buddhism do not stop there. According to David Rankine, “In Chinese Buddhism, the Diamond Throne, said to be the center of all things, was one hundred foot across and made from a single diamond; it is now supposed to be buried in the earth” (210). Yet another reference to Diamonds within the Buddhist tradition is that of the Diamond Dorje. This is a ritual object representing a diamond lightning bolt which is believed to be used to aid the user in cutting through illusion and for grounding (Silver 83). buddah witn candle and incense

In addition to Diamonds, other fine gems have been referenced in Buddhism. “The tears of the Buddha were said to be rubies” (Rankine 316). Also said of the Ruby crystal is that, “Rubies were…used by the Chinese to pay homage to Buddha” (Ferguson79). In addition, David Rankine wrote that, the “Tibetans believed rubies could help heal problems connected with sperm production” (316).

Yet another precious gem referenced in Buddhism is the Sapphire. Rankine wrote, “In Buddhism Sapphire is known as the ‘stone of stones’ and is said to promote devotion, tranquility, happiness, serenity, and spiritual enlightenment” (323).

The use of gems in Buddhism was not limited to precious stones, however, as semi-precious gems were also used. The most prominently used of these stones is Turquoise. A Buddhist belief involving this stone is that “Buddha once destroyed a monster with the aid of a magic turquoise” (Rankine 347). Melody writes of Turquoise that, “It has been esteemed by the Tibetan shamen, as holding both a spiritual and protective property. It has been used in Shamanic ceremonies and in the sacred valley of Shambhala” (LIITE 669). Also written of Turquoise is that, “In China and Tibet, turquoise has long been worn as a protective amulet, and in a jewelry format as a sign of wealth” (Lilly 107).

Jade is another stone commonly used by Buddhists. “Jade was considered to be a stone demonstrating the five cardinal virtues of chastity, courage, justice, modesty, and wisdom, and to this end was considered sacred to the Goddess Kwan Yin and to Buddha” (Rankine 243).

Similar to Turquoise and Jade, Buddhists also attributed certain beliefs to Lapis Lazuli. “In Chinese Buddhism…Lapis Lazuli…[is] considered [one] of the eight sacred symbols of good luck” (Rankine 107).

Rose Quartz was another semi-precious stone commonly used in this spiritual tradition. Rose Quartz is connected with Kwan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of mercy, peace, and compassion. “The early Chinese used Rose Quartz for carvings of the Goddess of Peace as the colour was thought to reflect her gentleness and wisdom” (Topstones 52).

A companion stone of Rose Quartz, Amethyst, is also used by Buddhists. Tibetan monks used Amethyst beads in meditation malas. “In Tibet, Buddhists think of amethyst as a sacred stone and commonly craft rosaries from amethyst crystals” (Kenner 11). Similarly, it is said that, “Tibetans consider this stone to be sacred to Buddha and make prayer beads from it” (Ferguson 57). I have personally seen many malas, or prayer beads, made form Amethyst crystal beads.

Other semi-precious gems used by Buddhists include Carnelian, Chalcedony, and Green Aventurine. According to David Rankine, “To the Buddhists…Carnelian was a symbol of joy and peace, used for promoting good cheer and banishing sorrow” (190). Rankine says of Chalcedony, “In Tibet, Chalcedony was regarded as the mineral equivalent to the purity of the white lotus flower” (195). According to David Rankine, Green Aventurine “has been used extensively in Tibetan statues in the eyes as it was thought to bring increased visionary powers” (181).

Quartz, the most abundant crystal on earth, which was used by almost every ancient culture, was also used by Buddhists. “Tibetan Buddhists relied on quartz crystals to recognize the origin of disease” (Topstones 34). Melody writes, “Clear quartz helps one to recognize the origin of dis-ease and has been used for this purpose quite extensively by…Tibetan Buddhists…during the days of the ‘old ways.’ It has been used by [this culture] in diagnostic healing, in raising the consciousness toward the enlightened state, and in communication with spirits and with those from other worlds” (LIITE 506). Melody also writes that, “Quartz is one of the seven precious substances of Buddhism” (LIITE 506). In addition to this belief about Quartz, “Tibetan monks…have considered the clear Quartz crystal a sacred object of incredible power” (Church 4). “Tibetan Buddhists use a clear quartz crystal ball on their altar to symbolize the perfect Buddha nature” (Rea 46). Buddhists referred to these clear Quartz spheres as “visible nothingness” (Dent 11). “Tibetan lamas…used crystals and still do” (Rea 50). Also prominent in Tibetan Buddhism, is the use of Quartz crystals to fashion beads for prayer malas (a type of Buddhist rosary). To use the prayer mala, each bead is touched while reciting a particular mantra; the quartz was thought to enhance this type of prayer. “In Tantra, quartz beads are used for ‘stopping all action’” meaning to achieve stillness of the mind, the ultimate goal of meditation (Rankine 303). As in Tibetan Buddhism, Japanese Buddhists used Quartz crystals. In Japan, “Quartz is known as suisho and it was believed if you looked closely in a piece of quartz the Buddha could be seen riding a white elephant” (Rankine 306). In addition, there are various Buddhists rituals that include the use of crystals. For example, “In Tantra the lingam (phallus) of the Eastern quarter is made of quartz” (Rankine 307).

A newly introduced variety of Quartz, known as Tibetan Quartz (due to its origin) is also attributed with certain beliefs. Melody writes, “It is said by the Tibetan monks (living in the locality where the Tibetan Quartz is found) that the Tibetan Quartz Crystals are found exclusively in the location where a race from the heavens landed many millenniums antecedent to our time today. In this location, they are used primarily for meditation and for connecting with the realm of the unknown” (Supplement A 325-326).

Gyrolite, a lesser known stone, was another stone used in this tradition. Melody writes, Gyrolite “is said to be one of the stones accessed by the Buddha, bringing knowledge and erudition” (LIITE 305).

In Tibetan Buddhist healing, the Banded Agate was used as “a preventative against demonic possession” and Azurite “remedies kidney diseases and irritated tendons and ligaments” (Serindia).

However, not all stones used were gems. “In Tibet…piles of various stones are found at crossroads and at the entrance to mountain passes; every traveler adds to the pile. These stones are said to bear a bit of the soul of each traveler. The fragments of these individual souls will create a powerful, collective ‘mineral soul’ to protect travelers from the hazards of the road” (Mégemont 8).

Along this same principle, not all “stones” used in this tradition were crystalline minerals. Some “stones” were actually organic materials including coral, pearl, and shell. Red coral, “was highly regarded by the Tibetans …and was thought to be indispensable in bone formation, particularly for children. It was even considered to be an indication of blood disease if the coral became paler when worn” (Topstones 33). However, as Red Coral was viewed as being a helpful stone, “In Tibet…black coral is still considered a sign of bad luck” (Jangl 14).

“In Chinese Buddhism…Pearl…[is] considered [one] of the eight sacred symbols of good luck” (Rankine 107). In fact, also in Chinese Buddhism, it was believed that “Placing pearls, said to contain yin energy, in the burial place ensured rebirth and reincarnation” (Mégemont 2).

“In Chinese Buddhism…Shell [is] considered [one] of the eight sacred symbols of good luck” (Rankine 107). Shell is also used in Buddhist ritual. The Conch shell is used as an offering of sound and to represent the Buddha’s teachings. Rankine writes, “In Tibet the conch shell trumpet (sankha) is a symbol of victory” (328).

To summarize, you can see that many types of crystals have played a role in Buddhism throughout history. From precious gems, to common stones, and even organic materials like shell, crystals have been a part of through Buddhist tradition through ritual, belief, and use.

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*Crystal Healing is not meant to replace conventional medicine, but rather to complement and enhance it. The information within this guide is purely metaphysical in nature and is by no means medical. Crystal Healing should only be used with the understanding that it is not an independent therapy, but one that is a part of a holistic healing approach.

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“Treating the Chakras & the Auras: A Crystal Healing Approach” by Ashley Leavy

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Chakras are vortices of energy found in the aura, or energy field, of the human body. These energy centers act as satellites to the universe, taking in energy, using it to influence the mind, the body, and the spirit, and then returning it back to the universe. Each chakra rules a specific section of the physical body, specific emotions, and certain aspects of one’s spiritual self. There are seven major chakras found along the spine, but there are many other minor chakras located all throughout the physical body. Woman in lotus position with the seven chakras 20110213-3(26).jpg

In crystal healing, the seven chakra system is most commonly used. However, there are many minor chakras that can be used under particular circumstances. In fact, all of these chakras are influenced by the crystal’s healing energy during a healing session, but the energy is typically more precisely directed to the body’s seven main energy centers. By placing crystals on the chakras, one can use the healing vibrations given off by the crystal to correct any imbalances within the chakra.

Typically, crystals are associated with specific chakras based on their color, but this is not always true. Some crystals have other inherent properties that allow them to be used on chakras other than those that are associated with their color. These exceptions can be discovered after research or intuitive insights about additional properties that the crystal may have. These associations may even vary from person to person so it is important that one takes time to connect with a particular crystal before placing it on the body.

Please Note: The seven most commonly known chakras have been numbered 1-7. Other minor chakras have been bulleted. This listing appears in order from the area below the feet toward the area above the crown of the head.

  • Gaia Gateway Chakra (Black Crystals)
  • Earth Star Chakra (Brown Crystals)
  • 1. Root/Base/Perineum/Muladhara Chakra (Black, Brown, or Red Crystals)
  • Coccygeal Chakra (Burnt Orange or Rust Crystals)
  • 2. Sacral/Pubic/Spleenic/Pelvic/Swadhisthana Chakra (Orange Crystals)
  • Navel/Sea of Chi’i/Door of Life Chakra (Yellow-Orange or Gold Crystals)
  • 3. Solar Plexus/Diaphragmatic/Power/Manipura Chakra (Yellow or Gold Crystals)
  • Lower Heart/Sacred Heart Chakra (Green Crystals)
  • 4. Middle Heart/Shoulder Blades/Anahata Chakra (Pink Crystals)
  • Higher Heart/Ascending Heart/Thymus Chakra (Teal Crystals)
  • Base of Throat/Base of Neck Chakra (Turquoise Crystals)
  • Zeal Point Chakra/Mouth of God/Talu/Lalana Chakra (Blue Crystals)
  • 6. Third Eye/3rd Eye/Brow/Ajna Chakra (Indigo or Violet Crystals)
  • Manas Chakra (Indigo or Violet Crystals)
  • Indu Chakra (Indigo or Violet Crystals)
  • Upper Forehead Chakra (Dark Indigo or Deep Violet Crystals)
  • 7. Crown/Sahasrara Chakra (Violet, Golden, or Clear White Crystals)
  • Golden Crown Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Gold Crystals)
  • Causal Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Teal & Pink or White Crystals)
  • Soul Star Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Gold & Clear White Crystals)
  • Stellar Gateway Chakra (Gateway Chakra) (Gold & Silver Crystals)

Crystal Layout to Activate the Chakras:

In this layout the healer should place a stone of the corresponding color on each of the seven main chakras. This exercise will open the energetic pathways within the subject and will also activate the major and minor chakras within the subject’s body. This technique is best used with tired or fatigued subjects, or those who are under a great deal of stress.

To begin, you should choose a colored stone that is appropriate for each of the seven main chakras, using the color correspondences listed above.

Beginning at the root chakra, you should place a red stone, such as Garnet or Red Jasper, at the base of the subject’s spine.

Next, you should place an orange stone, such as Carnelian, on the subject’s sacral chakra, about two inches below the subject’s navel (about half way between the subject’s pubic bone and belly-button).

Then, you should place a yellow stone, such as Yellow Aventurine or Yellow Calcite, on the subject’s solar plexus chakra, about two inches above the subject’s navel, between the subject’s belly-button and his or her breast bone.

You should then move to the subject’s heart chakra and choose a green stone, such as Green Fluorite or Green Aventurine, and place it in the center of the subject’s chest.

Next, you should place a blue stone, such as Blue Opal or Blue Quartz, on the subject’s throat chakra at the center of the throat.

Then, you should place an indigo (dark blue) stone, such as Lapis Lazuli or Sodalite, at the subject’s brow chakra, located between and slightly above the subject’s eyes.

Finally, you should place a violet stone, such as Sugilite or Amethyst, at the subject’s crown chakra, located on the top of the subject’s head.

If terminated crystal points are used, the terminations should face toward the subject’s crown.

If you do not have enough colored stones to use, or if you would prefer to use clear quartz only, the quartz crystals may be used without other stones. The quartz should be programmed to the color of each chakra before being placed on the subject’s body.

After the stones have been placed on the body, you should infuse each chakra with energy by placing your hands just above each stone. To infuse a chakra with energy, you should bring white light energy in through your crown chakra and pass it through your hands to charge the area with energy from the universe. To bring white light into your body, you should be grounded and centered. Then, you should visualize your crown chakra opening and, as you inhale, visualize a stream of universal light beaming into the crown of your head. You should then exhale and push the light down through the palms of your hands. You can now transfer this energy into the subject.

You should begin this energy-infusion at the brow chakra, and then you should move to the crown chakra. After this, you should move to the root chakra and continue up the spine to the sacral, solar plexus, heart, and throat chakras. You should then again infuse the brow and crown chakras with energy. You should spend at least three to five minutes at each chakra or until you intuitively feel that there is sufficient energy at each chakra.

Crystal Layout to Balance the Chakras:

This technique can be utilized to balance the energy of each chakra and is particularly best utilized with subjects that suffer from anxiety, anger, ADD, or a great deal of stress.

To begin this technique, repeat the laying on of colored stones from the previous exercise, but stop before beginning the energy-infusion technique. Then, return to the root chakra and place a stone of the complimentary color next to the stone that has been placed at each chakra. Work up the chakras, beginning at the root and moving up toward the crown, using the following colors:

Root Chakra: Green stone
Sacral Chakra: Blue stone
Solar Plexus Chakra: Violet stone
Heart Chakra: Pink stone and Red Stone
Throat Chakra: Orange stone
Third Eye Chakra: Red stone
Crown Chakra: Yellow stone

If you do not have enough colored stones to use, or if you would prefer to use clear quartz only, the quartz crystals may be used without other stones. The quartz should be programmed to the color of each chakra before being placed on the subject’s body.

The stones in this technique should not be infused with energy. Instead, they should be left to transmit healing, balancing energy into the subject’s aura and subtle bodies. The crystals should be left on the body for approximately twenty minutes or until you intuitively feel that the subject has absorbed the healing energy.

The most important thing to remember as you are placing stones on the subject’s body is that the stones should all be aligned with the subject’s spine. This assures that the energetic channels are properly opened.

If you find it difficult to remember the correspondence between color and the chakras, you should try to memorize the following acronym:ROY G. BIV (i.e. like a man’s name).

R (Red)
O (Orange)
Y (Yellow)

G (Green)

B (Blue)
I (Indigo)
V (Violet)

The chakras also correspond to particular auric realms (layers of the energy body).

Please Note: This listing appears in order from the innermost layer toward the outermost layer of the aura:

  • Physical Body
  • Etheric Body
  • Emotional Body
  • Mental/Vital Body
  • Astral Body
  • Etheric Template
  • Celestial Body
  • Causal/Ketheric/Intuitive Body

An Exercise for Aura Health:

You should strengthen and protect your aura in various everyday life situations. You should especially strengthen the aura if you know that you will encounter an individual that will drain your energy, as this is extremely detrimental to the auric body. This should also be done if you know that you will have to spend time in a negative energy environment or deal with a situation surrounded by negative energies and emotions.

To protect the aura, you should close off your energy body to others by engaging in the protective posture (feet crossed at the ankles and with thumbs and fingers touching).

To strengthen and energize the aura, you can undertake the nostril breathing technique. In this technique, the breath is used to strengthen the auric field and to balance the mind and the physical body. This technique is performed by alternating your breaths, breathing in through one nostril and then out of the other.

To begin the technique, hold the nostrils between your thumb and index finger. Place your right thumb and finger over your nostril (without squeezing) and exhale. Then connect your tongue to your palette just behind your front teeth. Next, press your thumb against right nostril to close it and inhale through your left nostril for approximately three seconds. While keeping your right nostril closed with your thumb, press your index finger onto your left nostril. Your nose should now be closed between your thumb and finger. Keep your nostrils pinched shut for approximately 15 seconds. If 15 seconds is too long for you, then reduce the time limit to amount that you feel comfortable with. Now, remove your thumb so as to open your right nostril, but continue holding your left nostril closed with your index finger. Slowly release your breath through your right nostril for approximately three seconds.

Remove your right hand from your nose and place your left hand on your nostrils with your thumb pressing on your left nostril. Inhale through your right nostril for approximately three seconds and press your left index finger onto your right nostril, so as to close it. Hold this breath for approximately 15 seconds. Then, remove your thumb to open your left nostril, but continue to press your right nostril closed with your index finger. Slowly release your breath through your left nostril for approximately three seconds.

Repeat this exercise, while alternating nostrils for approximately three to five repetitions.

To purify the aura, you can perform the cleansing vortex exercise. In this exercise, you should visualize a whirlwind of purifying, healing, white light which surrounds the entire auric body (beginning at the Causal/Ketheric Body). You should then visualize this whirlwind removing all negative energy and transmuting it into positive energy. Then, you should visualize that the vortex departs into the earth and this positive energy is released into the earth for the good of all beings.

Once the aura has been strengthened, protected, and cleared, you are ready to absorb the healing energy of the crystals.

This process should be followed by a mindfulness meditation exercise and focused breathing.

*Crystal Healing is not meant to replace conventional medicine, but rather to complement and enhance it. The information within this guide is purely metaphysical in nature and is by no means medical. Crystal Healing should only be used with the understanding that it is not an independent therapy, but one that is a part of a holistic healing approach.

This article may be printed, distributed, or published ONLY with permission of the owner/author, Ashley Leavy. It must remain unchanged and in its entirety and credit must be given to the author.

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“Dowsing for Beginners – Some Helpful Tips for Successful Dowsing” by Kelly Lingen Mahieu

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Although the art of dowsing has been in practice for ages, there are many people who have never even heard of it. Many of Mimosa’s customers are familiar with pendulums, but it’s still not uncommon for a curious shopper to approach the counter every once in a while with one in hand asking, “What’s this for?” crystalpe

Pendulums have been in use for thousands of years, and for all sorts of reasons. Giving the dowser a “yes” or “no,” a positive or negative, by way of a simple swinging motion – pendulums are frequently used to locate lost objects, to uncover hidden health issues, to select homeopathic medicinal treatments, to indicate whether or not food is spoiled, to get an answer to a pressing question, to make a decision, to open and balance the chakras, and for a variety of other reasons too numerable to count.

While there are many theories about how dowsing works, the truth is that this form of divination will always remain somewhat of a mystery. Dowsing has been widely studied and many conclusions have been formed on how it works. Some people believe that dowsing produces answers straight from the Divine. Others believe that pendulums and dowsing rods pick up on the energies of the situations or objects in question in order to reveal answers. The theory that is generally accepted by most people, though, is that pendulums are tools used to unearth information hidden deep within our subconscious minds in order to transmit it to conscious awareness. Simply put, many of the answers we seek we already know at the subconscious level. The pendulum brings that wisdom to light so that it may be used for our own greater good.

How can I start to use a pendulum to dowse, you might ask? Well, whether you are just beginning to work with a pendulum or you’re a seasoned dowser, you might find that the following tips will make your future dowsing experiences more successful ones.

Tip #1: Choose a Pendulum that “Fits” You

Pendulums come in all sorts of styles and varieties, so it’s important that you take your time in selecting the right one for you. You can make your own pendulum simply by tying a small item such as a paperclip, bead, crystal, or other found object onto the end of a string or a strand of beads. You can also purchase a pendulum. Just check out the nearest new age store (hint hint: Mimosa is a great place to find the perfect pendulum!) where you’re sure to find a large variety to choose from. While shopping for a pendulum, pay attention to what “speaks to you.” If you find that you’re drawn to a particular gemstone, color, or style – just go with it. Test them out and narrow down your choices by considering the way each one feels when you hold it in your hand.

Tip #2: Always Use Your Dominant Hand

This may seem like an obvious one, but if you’ve never held a pendulum before – you might not know to do this! Some pendulums have a small ring, loop, bead, at the end of the chain or string for you to grasp between your fingers, others may not. If there is a small object for you to hold on to, gently pinch it between your pointer finger and your thumb on your dominant hand – that is, the hand that you generally use most often. If this doesn’t feel comfortable for you, you don’t have to grasp the object. Instead, slide your pointer and finger down the chain or string approximately ½” and let the ring or object that you were holding just rest on your finger. Your grip should be relaxed, and the pendulum suspended at the other end of the chain or string should hang without tension.

Tip #3: Learn How to Read the Swings

When dowsing with a pendulum, a clockwise motion typically indicates a “yes” or a positive answer. Counter-clockwise generally indicates a “no” or a negative answer. In some cases, your pendulum may not move in an obvious circular pattern – and that’s okay. Subtle motions can also be interpreted. An up and down motion is generally considered affirmative while a side to side swing is usually translated as negative.

Tip #4: Clear, Ground, and Center Yourself

Before you start playing with your new pendulum friend, be sure to take a few minutes to clear, ground, and center yourself. Turn off your cell phone and find a quiet place to play with your pendulum free from distractions. You can use whatever methods of clearing, grounding, and centering that you prefer – but whatever you do, don’t neglect to incorporate these important steps into your dowsing routine. (If you would like ideas, the same methods used for cleansing crystals work for pendulums. See Cleansing Crystals.)

Tip #5: Start with Basic Questions

When you first start working with a pendulum, you might be in a hurry to dive into the “deep end of the pool,” so to speak. Avoid doing this if at all possible and just keep it light while you’re learning. You may want to begin by asking questions that you’re conscious mind already knows the answers to. Suspend your pendulum over a “test” object such as a coin and ask, “Is this object a key? Follow that question with one that you know to be true, “Is this object a coin?” Keep experimenting with your pendulum until you start to feel more comfortable with it. Once you start to feel like you’ve got the hang of it (no pun intended!), you can move on to more serious queries.

Tip #6: Practice Makes Perfect

If you really want to master the art of dowsing, spend time working with your pendulum every day. Even the busiest of schedules can spare a few minutes each day for a little practice. Carry your pendulum with you in a small cloth pouch while you’re out and about. You can dowse anywhere, and the time spent with your pendulum on your person will only increase the special bond that you have with it.

If you’d like to learn more about dowsing, Mimosa carries several excellent books on the subject that can serve as useful guides on the subject. Pendulum Magic for Beginners by Richard Webster and Dowsing for Answers by Wilma Davidson are two of my favorites and I highly recommend them. Mimosa also carries a fabulous selection of pendulums, and our friendly staff members are more than happy to help you select that perfect one!


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“Basic Crystal Healing” by Ashley Leavy

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Crystal healing is a form of vibrational medicine in which subtle energy given off by a crystal is used to treat the body, mind, spirit, and the emotions. Crystals exhibit a type of orderly perfection, which helps to bring healing light and loving encouragement to all beings. Since both crystals and the human body have an inherent energetic blueprint, it is thought that the energies of the body can be balanced and healed by introducing the energetic vibration of a crystal into the body’s energy field. Their perfect forms are a metaphor for the balance and perfection that humans search for in their own lives. Using crystals in this way can actually help to repair energetic imbalances within the ethereal body. Through entrainment, the human body will begin to mimic the perfectly stable, balanced energy of the crystal. For this reason, crystal healing can be performed on anything that possesses an energy field, be it a person, a plant, an animal, or the environment. The stable energetic vibrations from the crystals can be used to re-align and direct the flow of energy within the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies, returning them to a state of health and wholeness. Ornamental stones

Crystals have the capability to absorb and transmit light (the utmost universal energy known to be in existence). Because of this property, crystals are able to draw in Universal energy, reflect it among their internal crystalline structures, and then transmit it to a receiving source (i.e. any being that will accept the crystal’s generous healing energy). Therefore, you can see that crystals have the natural ability to conduct energy; they act as conduits for the universal healing energy of light.

Although crystals have been used to treat the body, mind, and spirit, crystal healing is not meant to replace conventional medicine. Instead, it should be used along with allopathic treatments to compliment and enhance them. The most important thing to keep in mind when beginning to use crystals for healing purposes is that a crystal’s healing power is relatively inert until you intentionally direct its energy. It is not the crystal that possesses healing energy; it is your intent to heal, by way of the crystal, which can, when properly used, manifest results. The information within this article is purely metaphysical in nature and is by no means medical. Crystal Healing should only be used with the understanding that it is not an independent therapy, but one that is just a part of a greater holistic healing approach.

The adoration of crystals by human beings connects all cultures and civilizations throughout the history of the Earth. The art of crystal healing has been present in many eras and cultures, some dating back for thousands of years (currently as far back in history as 25,000 BC). Healing with crystals was commonplace in Egyptian, Hebrew, and Mayan societies as well as in the Native American, Indian, Greek, Roman, Chinese, and Tibetan cultures. Although not yet fully accepted by Western medicine, its methods are still often used and prescribed in many other parts of the world.

A crystal is a regularly-repeating atomic structure that is formed from building-block-like units of matter. It is also a tool you may use for healing the mind, body, and spirit. Crystals form inside of the earth through heat and pressure which cause its atoms and molecules to follow a blueprint (crystalline encoding). These molecules take on the most stable form possible by repeating until the crystal is fully formed.

Just as each type of crystal has a unique molecular blueprint, each crystal also carries with it a distinct energetic vibration. This is in part due to the way that the various atoms are arranged into molecules within the crystal’s structure. This energetic vibration can also be influenced by the crystal’s original geographic location, growing conditions, and the harvesting practices used to obtain the crystal. Therefore, specific crystals can be utilized in the treatment of very diverse physical, emotional, or spiritual ailments depending on the individual energetic vibration of the crystal.

Crystal energy can also be intentionally manipulated to achieve various results. Some healers choose to use only crystals that are in their natural state (sometimes referred to as “raw” or “rough” crystals). These are crystals that are used in their natural state, be it terminated points, clusters, geodes, or chunks of massive stones. However, others believe that because differences exist in the energetic vibrations of the people to be treated, a considerate healer should have an assortment of crystal forms to better treat the specific needs of each individual. These various forms include but are not limited to tumbled or polished stones; cut and polished shapes such as generators, spheres, pyramids, animals, or deities; Vogel-cut crystals; sacred geometry shapes such as tetrahedrons, cubes, octahedrons, dodecahedrons, icosahedrons, and merkabahs; worry stones; wands (which can be cut into many various shapes including massage wands); palm stones; cabochons; free-forms; ritual objects; and much more.

The energy in raw or rough, natural stones is very direct. It gets the job done quickly and efficiently. However, these stones are often very powerful and may be too harsh for some people. In this situation, tumbled or polished stones may be more suitable to work with as they have a more subtle energy. Because of the way they have been shaped, the energy of these stones if often very gentle. The energetic vibration tends to radiate from the center of the stone in an even manner, making it easier for some people to accept. This is especially true for people new to working with crystals.

Other shapes and forms of crystals are similarly diverse in their healing abilities. Generators are used to harness and focus energy, spheres emit energy in all directions or are used for scrying (this form of divination will be discussed later in the book), and pyramids amplify energy and intention.

Carved totem animals or deities combine the attributes of the animal or deity with that of the healing properties of the stone used. Therefore, you should choose a carved figure made of a crystal that enhances and compliments, or that balances, the energy of the stone. For example, you could choose a Rose Quartz carving of the Goddess Quan Yin (also spelled Kwan Yin or Kuan Yin) as Rose Quartz, being a stone of love and compassion, compliments the energy of this Asian Goddess of mercy, empathy, and unconditional love. However, you may choose a Pyrite carving of this Goddess, as Pyrite, being a stone of masculine energy and power, balances the energy of this Goddess.

Vogel-cut crystals are typically made from crystals of the quartz family (i.e. Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Smoky Quartz, Rose Quartz, Aura Quartz, or Citrine) which are cut either into wands with flat sides or into triangles The wands are double-terminated and have flat sides in multiples of 12 (i.e. 12, 24, etc.). The triangles are composed of a flat back side and a front side with four triangular facets. These may also be seen as a crystal disc with four triangular facets on each side (one pointing upward and the opposite side pointing downward). Marcel Vogel, creator of the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), pioneered early crystal research and determined that a crystal’s energy was strongest and most directly focused when it had been cut into these specific formations. Therefore, Vogel-cut crystals are typically used for very intense healing work such as psychic surgery.

Crystals that have been cut into the five shapes used in sacred geometry have varied uses for healing. The tetrahedron is composed of four sides and represents the element fire. The cube is composed of four sides and represents the element earth. The octahedron is composed of eight sides and represents the element air. The dodecahedron is composed of ten sides and represents the element ether or spirit. Lastly, the icosahedron is composed of twenty sides and represents the element water. Another shape commonly used is the merkabah. This 24 sided shape is like a three-dimensional Star of David or a double-pyramid. It is most often used to represent balance and the idea of “as above, so below.”

The uses of crystals are incredibly varied. Crystals can be used for many types of divination (including ball & bowl scrying and pendulum dowsing). These powerful tools can also be successfully utilized in healing and cleansing of the mind, body, and spirit (of plants, animals, and humans alike). They are terrific aids in healing work done to clear and balance the chakras and subtle bodies. They are also beneficial for the development of the intuition and psychic abilities, astral travel, etc. Crystals also provide protection from all types of negative energies including psychic attack. Through people, crystals are able to promote personal and planetary ascension to raise the universal consciousness. They are some of the most inspiring tools of light known to man.

Crystals can be chosen in two different ways. Sometimes, you may have a specific reason for choosing a stone, in which case you can choose the stone based on its known properties. To use this method of selection, you should research the physical or emotional problem you are experiencing and then choose a corresponding stone. You may also, however, intuitively choose stones by selecting one or a few out of a bag at random (or by laying them out and selecting whichever he or she is most drawn to). Then, you should attempt to connect with the stone and feel its energy (to discover the primary uses of the stone. If you would like to check your intuitive insights against information included in publications of the stone’s known properties, you can read about that stone’s associated characteristics (which are typically useful for his or her situation) in books or on the internet.

Once you have selected your crystals, you should cleanse them. This should be done before using them. There are a variety of ways you can clear a crystal. One way to cleanse a crystal is by soaking it in a solution of sea salt and distilled water (lavender oil is also often added to the solution due to its purification properties). Another method involves holding the stone under running water or in a stream to be purified. Yet another method to cleanse a stone is by smudging it. To smudge a stone, you must pass the stone through the smoke of an herb or incense (white sage, juniper, palo santo, sweetgrass, cedar, and sandalwood are all commonly used smudging herbs). Also, you may choose to bury a stone in the soil of the earth for a length of time in order to cleanse it. The clearing process should be carried out until you intuitively feels that the stone has been cleansed, or by feeling the stone’s energy. You should then charge the crystal in sunlight or moonlight (preferably that of a full or a new moon) for at least one full day or night.

To awaken the elemental (the spirit or deva within the crystal) of a crystal, you should dedicate the crystal with love and light for the good of all beings in the universe. Then, you should graciously receive the magnificent gift of energy given off by the crystal.

To dedicate a crystal, you must first clearly determine the purpose or intention of your program or dedication with love and light for the good of all beings. Then, you should place the crystal at your 6thchakra/Third Eye chakra/Brow chakra or hold it in your hands. Next, you should vividly imagine the positive and successful outcome of the intention, program, or dedication (using sensory cues & vivid imagery). You should visualize the result of the program in as much detail as possible. This information should be transmitted into the crystalline structure via thought intention to be stored and recorded there for the good of all beings. The program should be repeated whenever you intuitively feel that it is again necessary (and as often as you like).

*Crystal Healing is not meant to replace conventional medicine, but rather to complement and enhance it. The information within this guide is purely metaphysical in nature and is by no means medical. Crystal Healing should only be used with the understanding that it is not an independent therapy, but one that is a part of a holistic healing approach.

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Some background about the Tarot

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by Mari Powers

The word Tarot came from an Italian card game called “Tarocco”. The word Tarot is a French adaptation of the Italian word, which is why the final “t” is silent. Tarot first became popular among aristocrats in Italy and France during the fourteenth century, however, many believe the origin of some or all of the early decks to be older, originating in Egypt or India, from clay tablets. Many people believe there is a correspondence with the 22 Major Arcana cards and the Judaic Tree of Life, referred to as the Cabbala.

Arcana means “secret”, and traditional Tarot decks are divided into 22 Major Arcana cards, 40 Minor Arcana cards, and 16 “Pip”, or Court Cards in 4 suits. The Major Arcana, have also been called Trump, Triumph, and Greater Arcana cards. In today’s common divinatory language, they are often called “Destiny” or “Spirit” cards, indicating a greater strength or meaning in a divination spread.

Our modern 52 card playing deck is descended from the Minor Arcana and their four suits, plus three of the original court cards.

They break down in this way, numbered 1 through 10:

Tarot Suit Cartomancy Suit Element Realm
 Swords or Epees  Spades  Air  Mind
 Batons, Scepters, or Wands  Clubs  Fire  Energy
 Cups or Coupes  Hearts  Water  Emotion
 Coins, Deniers, or Pentacles  Diamonds  Earth  Physical

King, Queen, Cavalier and Page became King, Queen, Knight and Page, and then the Knight and Page merged, and became the Jacks, making the 52 regular cards used in play today. These court cards are also divided by their elemental suits. The Joker is the only remnant of the Major Arcana, and was once the 0 numbered Fool card. The Major Arcana has only survived in Tarot decks, and originally and traditionally contains 22 cards, numbered 0-21.

There are many books today which outline history, possible history and legends associated with the Tarot Deck, however, at the root, the origins are shrouded in mystery. At this point we only know what we know from the 14th century on, and can only guess at true origins.

With the rise of the Golden Dawn and other ceremonial and “occult” groups, interest in the Tarot became more pronounced. The Arthur Waite deck painted by Pamela Smith was widely published. That was many people’s first deck. Aleister Crowley had Frieda Harris paint full sized portraits of the beautiful and controversial deck they created, adding astrological symbols, and they were printed when printing presses could handle all the colors in this custom deck. The Aquarian deck followed the Waite deck fairly closely and was widely printed as well. W. B. Yeats and other members of the Gold Dawn created their own decks, though many were never published and are only recoded in books. Waite, Crowley and Yeats were all members of the Golden Dawn. The Waite deck (1910) shows mystical Christian influence, Yeats deck was more “Pagan”, and combined Eastern and Western mysticism, and Crowley’s deck was boldly “Pagan”, drawing influences from Egyptian, East Indian and astrological symbols. Another member of the Golden Dawn named John Q. Dequier, created a Major Arcana only deck that used an Egyptian motif.

Today we have thousands of decks printed, including some of the oldest ones, like the Marseille deck from the end of the 15th century, and a deck created by Antoine Court de Gebelin who used also Egyptian symbols on his cards. He was a French archeologist from the late 1700’s who believed the cards originated from there. For further historical reading, see your local library.
My belief about the Tarot, is that the major arcana depicts a person’s spiritual journey through life, and many lessons repeat themselves throughout our life. The minor arcana cards depict sign posts and tell a pictorial story of life incidents ruled by the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. The court cards generally represent people, or archetypes (personas) in a reading.

For me, Tarot reading is not a game, but a combination of art and science, with a healthy dose of the channeling information from the invisible universe triggered by imagery, numerology, astrology, traditional, and sometimes not so traditional meanings of the cards. I got the Waite deck when I was 15, and it is long gone, though I now read between 9 and 12 decks on a regular basis. I don’t keep cards I don’t use, so from time to time I will pass on a deck to someone else.

Each deck has its own flavor for each card, and some do not conform strictly with the 72 card system. Names of cards have changed, art forms have evolved, artists have channeled additional and unique meanings for the cars in some decks. It seems that the suits, some of the most basic symbols, and numerology are the only elements that my cards share. However, additional cards and new names for traditional cards just adds spice to my readings, and allows for more messages and choices for those for whom I read. When a deck uses astrological symbols or runes, it is a bonus for those of us who know astrology or runes.

Much of how I read is based on a lifetime of study, however, I only got really good at reading when I learned to “channel”. In my case, this means listening to my inner voices and dropping my ego in order to “hear”, “sense”, and “see” what the cards mean in specific placements. Sometimes a particular symbol will jump out in importance. Also, looking at the “big picture” is critical, i.e., the number of Trump cards, or an abundance of a certain element or a repeated number in a spread.

I have also learned to never have a person tell me the question they have until after the reading, so I am not biased in what I see or say. I allow the person I am reading for select the layout best suited to their question or concern, and the deck that most calls to them. Therefore, my Tarot reading is an art, a science, and a mystery revealed for both of us. I have reflected this philosophy in the name of my Tarot reading business, which is “Messages from the Invisible Universe”.

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