Are you using chakra stones to stimulate positive energy? If you’re not familiar with this practice, read on. This could be a life-changing way to bring balance to your life.
Chakra gemstones are beautiful, powerful gemstones that infuse your mind, body, and spirit with strong life force energy. Hold them. Wear them. Store them in your home.
Over time, you’ll begin to feel the effects of living with your special stones. Fresh, free-flowing energy will take root in your chakras and make you shine with vitality from the inside out.
Let’s start by looking at the fundamentals of the chakra system, which connect naturally to the array of chakra healing stones we share with our planet.
Understanding the Basics of Chakras
From ancient Hindu and Tantric Buddhist traditions arose the chakra energy system. This is the flow of energy along your spine that blends the physical body with the spiritual mind.
The body’s chakras are focal points of personal balance that must stay open for good health. There are seven main chakras in the chakra system. Each has a specific function and effect on a person’s well-being.
The Root Chakra
The root chakra, also called the first chakra or Muladhara, is at the base of your spine, or kundalini. This foundational chakra helps you feel grounded in the world and is associated with feelings of stability, security, and safety.
About two inches below your navel is the sacral chakra. This chakra is strongly linked to your sexuality, pleasure, and connection to the outside world. It affects your relationships and openness to new experiences.
The Solar Plexus Chakra
In the upper abdomen near your stomach is the solar plexus chakra. It is the chakra of personal confidence, self-esteem, and assertiveness and allows you to move boldly through the world.
The Heart Chakra
The heart chakra lies inside your heart and serves as your link to love, joy, and feelings of inner peace. Keeping the heart chakra open is very important for cardiovascular health as well as maintaining healthy interpersonal connections.
The Throat Chakra
The throat chakra is associated with your ability to communicate and interpret. You need this chakra to express your feelings, enjoy feelings of creativity and inspiration, and understand what others are expressing to you.
The Third Eye Chakra
Between your eyes is the third eye chakra, which affects your ability to focus on the world’s larger issues and see deeper meaning in them. This chakra is vital to your imagination, intuition, and ability to make wise decisions for your future.
The Crown Chakra
The crown chakra, located at the top of the head, nourishes a spiritual connection between yourself and your world. When your crown chakra is unblocked and flowing freely with the other six chakras, you are open to the enlightenment of the universe.
Together, these 7 chakra energy centers vibrate constantly with your individual life force. As long as energy flows freely, you are able to experience life fully and without discomfort.
But at certain points in your life, you may encounter circumstances that create blockages and stop the continual flow of energy. This threatens your well-being and requires certain interventions that support the balancing of the chakras.
What are Chakra Stones?
Chakra gemstones and crystals promote healing, balance, and free-flowing life force energy. Each chakra is associated with certain stones that hold deep powers to restore you to full mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Root Chakra Stones
Types: Hematite, Black Onyx, Smoky Quartz Crystal, Red Jasper, Black Tourmaline
Powers: Soothe fears, ease anxiety, and help with pain in the colon, back, or foot.
Use: Root healing crystals provide relief when you’re feeling intensely anxious over difficult life circumstances. They can release your worries, ease persistent nightmares, and restore a sense of stability to your life. Use them to resolve digestive problems and body pain that occurs between the lower back and feet.
Sacral Chakra Stones
Types: Tiger’s Eye, Sunstone, Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Bronzite, Goldstone
Powers: Restore joy, boost energy, spark sexual pleasure, promote reproductive health
Use: When you are feeling extremely tired and lacking in creativity, sacral healing stones can restore your sense of vitality. They can also calm overactive sexual urges. For people with reproductive issues, these stones can heal the sacral chakra and promote essential energy flow.
Solar Plexus Chakra Stones
Types: Jasper, Pyrite, Citrine, Golden Yellow Labradorite, Sunstone, Yellow Jade
Powers: Restores self-esteem, self-confidence, and commitment. Prevents excessive anger. Relieves gas and constipation.
Use: These stones help you find a balance of control in your life between acting like a doormat and being a control freak. Use solar plexus chakra stones to manage your anger, boost willpower, and maintain inner contentment when faced with challenges that make you feel out of control.
Heart Chakra Stones
Types: Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Emerald, Malachite, Jade, Peridot, Agate, Tourmaline, Aventurine
Powers: Soothes feelings of grief and resentment. Preserves heart health.
Use: Stones help you when you feel stuck on “matters of the heart” like intense feelings of jealousy or lost unconditional love. These stones can also soothe loneliness, improve self-worth, and help you stop putting yourself down. These stones have positive effects on the heart, lungs, and endocrine system.
Throat Chakra Stones
Types: Aquamarine, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Azurite, Apatite, Tanzanite, Angelite, Fluorite
Powers: Promotes communication, understanding, and thyroid health.
Use: Have you ever felt like the words you want to say are stuck in your throat? Throat stones can help you express yourself and find new ways to communicate with other people. These are also essential stones for the health of your thyroid.
Third Eye Chakra Stones
Types: Amethyst, Fluorite, Lolite, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, Selenite, Obsidian
Powers: Provides insight, good judgment, and health for the eyes, scalp, and brain.
Use: When we are learning challenging new skills, third eye stones can help us be successful. These stones also prevent depression, anxiety, and poor choices, and can relieve persistent headaches.
Crown Chakra Stones
Types: Selenite, Amethyst, Charoite, Ametrine, Clear Quartz, Moonstone, Diamond, Golden Topaz
Powers: Enlightenment, divine connections, and body-wide health
Use: If you are feeling disconnected from the divine and uninspired to achieve higher states of understanding in life, crown stones can help. They restore a sense of deep enlightenment and promote chakra flow from your head to every other part of your body.
Healing with Chakra Stones and How to Use Them
Chakra stone and crystal healing can give you a fresh outlook on life when you feel at a loss for what to do next. If you’ve ever felt off, but you can’t quite put your finger on what’s wrong, explore healing with stones to empower the mind, body, and spirit.
The chakra healing process works by addressing each chakra as a focal point in the body and re-opening vital energy flow. This creates vibrational energy that resonates between the stone and your chakras, shaking loose blockages and restoring movement.
The process is known as “laying-on of stones” and involves placing stones on specific points of the body.
Here’s how it works:
- Locate seven stones, each of which is associated with one of the seven chakras.
- Position stones at points in the body that match the seven chakras:
- Top of the head for the crown chakra
- Forehead for the third eye chakra
- Throat for the throat chakra
- Heart for the heart chakra
- Navel for the solar plexus chakra
- Pelvic area for the sacral chakra
- Groin and/or feet for the root chakra
- Point stones up toward the head if you want to direct energy upward toward the crown chakra. Point them down to urge energy to flow the other direction.
- Focus your mental and spiritual effort on moving energy through the chakras and across the body. Feel empowered to heal yourself. Clear blockages as you encounter them.
- Use meditation and mental affirmations, if you need them, to assist you with chakra stone healing. When you feel satisfied with each session, remove and store the stones carefully.
- After a session of successfully unblocking your chakras, you will feel thoroughly rejuvenated. You may even feel that you are vibrating, sparkling, or shining with life force energy. This is the restorative power of stone healing.
A Variety of Ways to Use Chakra Stones
As you gain experience using stones for personal healing, try a few more ways to benefit from their soothing effects. Here are some ideas for different methods of using gemstones in healing.
Incorporate Them Into Your Jewelry
Add chakra stones to your jewelry and accessories to feel their benefits and powers in your daily life. Over time, you will find that this habit helps you chakras stay clear and brimming with energy flow.
For all-over chakra clearing and balancing, wear stones that represent each of the 7 chakras on a necklace or bracelet.
Or, to focus on a certain chakra, choose a piece of jewelry that focuses on a single type of chakra gemstone.
Wear Them to Sleep
Chakra healing doesn’t just take place during your waking life. It also happens at night while you’re sleeping. Ensure you are receiving maximum healing benefits by wearing them during your sleeping hours, perhaps on a comfortable bracelet or anklet.
Meditate With Them
Hold chakra crystals during meditation, or place one on the spot that is the concern of your meditation during the session. This gives focus to your meditation and makes your chakra energy flow more productive.
Add the Power of a Wand
Use a wand in conjunction with your laying-on of stones and/or chakra meditation. Point to the areas in need of healing with your wand, and focus on unblocking pent-up energy.
Welcome a Friend
Choose a friend with whom you feel absolutely safe and comfortable. If necessary, teach them about the chakra system and its related healing stones. Work with this person to move energy across your body.
You can even request that your trusted friend places and removes the chakra healing stones from your body. If they remove the stones in reverse order at the end of the process, it may help you feel nurtured and whole for a long period afterward.
Cleaning, Clearing, and Storing
Care for your chakra stones as gently as you would care for your own body or emotions. After each healing session, your stones will need clearing, cleaning, and storage.
In fact, you shouldn’t use new stones until you have cleansed and cleared them for the very first time. This prevents old, negative energy built up within them from transmitting to your body and spirit.
Wash your stones in clean, natural water – ideally, water that flows from a natural and untainted stream or brook. It will take 5 to 10 minutes to cleanse them thoroughly.
You can also give them a salt bath first with a pinch of sea salt added to a bowl of water. But always rinse with fresh, clean water as the last step before storage.
Sunlight and Moonlight
Another method of cleansing is to expose your stones to natural, unfiltered sunbeams or moonbeams for at least an hour. For moonlight, it’s ideal to do this during a full moon.
Bury your stones under a light covering of soft dirt and leave them overnight. This will allow the Earth’s natural energy to clear them and prepare them for their next use.
Deep Cleaning With Fire
Occasionally, your stones may feel so full of negative energy, they will require a deeper cleansing than usual. Use the smoke of a fire to quickly but thoroughly dispel this unpleasant energy. However, never expose your stones directly to the flames and heat.
Store Your Stones Carefully
When your healing crystals are clean and free of built-up energy, store them in individual mesh, cotton, silk, velvet, or other fabric bags to prevent them from rubbing together. These separate bags can be stored together within a larger bag, but allow some space inside for air to breathe life into them.
Some people store stones in color-coded bags according to the colors of the chakras. This allows you to find them easily when you need to focus on a specific chakra for healing.
From the top to the bottom of the body, these colors are:
- Violet: The Crown Chakra
- Indigo: Third Eye Chakra
- Blue: Throat Chakra
- Green: Heart Chakra
- Yellow: Solar Plexus Chakra
- Orange: Sacral Chakra
- Red: Root Chakra
Choose a spot to store your healing stones that feels stable and not emotionally-charged in your home. This prevents negative energy buildup.
For some people, the perfect spot is on a bedside table. For others, it might be a certain shelf, cabinet, or area of mediation and worship. Do what feels right and helps you feel that your stones hold a special place in your life.
Lifelong Chakra Healing
Whenever you reach a point in life when you feel that something big is dragging you down, go back to the healing power of chakra stones. Seize the opportunity to reconnect with your higher self and feel fresh, vital energy flowing from head to toe.
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