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Crystals for Karmic Healing: Transform Your Future by Releasing Your Past
KARMIC TOOL KIT
Putting the Crystals to Use
One of the simplest means of harnessing the power of crystals and other gemstones is to wear or carry them throughout your day.
STONES FOR DAILY WEAR
Minerals make for attractive jewelry, and even inexpensive tumbled stones can be worn or tucked into a pocket for an effective tool. By first cleansing and programming your daily stone, you are inviting it to co-create in a specific manner on your journey. After a day of hard work, let your crystal clear itself overnight, and restart the process the following day with a new round of cleansing and programming.
To cleanse, hold your crystal comfortably in your preferred hand. Terminated crystals can be gently grasped between the thumb and forefinger. Visualize white light surrounding you, showering down from the heavens and inundating your energy field. With each inhale, envision this light penetrating your being more deeply; with each exhale, release any vibrations that are not in harmony with the energy of purity. After several deep, rhythmic breaths, you should feel at ease and clear. Now inhale deeply and connect to your crystal. Pulse the breath in short, sharp exhalations through your nose, aimed toward the crystal. This breath should be quick and powerful, but it should also be comfortable. Visualize the white light being carried on the breath to the stone; picture it sweeping away any discordant or unnecessary information.
To program your stone, select an intention or goal that you would like to imprint upon it. Examples may include broad topics, such as healing, peace, love, wisdom; or more narrowly focused ideas, such as past life regression, releasing karmic debt, erasing soul contracts. Breathing deeply, imagine inhaling the intention of your program. Let it fill your entire being, until your body, mind, and spirit resonate completely with your intention. You may also like to envision an accompanying symbol, word, or color that represents or supports your goal. Hold the crystal, and fill your lungs as you did in the cleansing process. Mentally and visually connect to your stone before releasing your breath in a pulse through your nose. Picture your breath carrying your intention into the lattice of the crystal.
The possibilities are endless for which stones you can wear and for what purposes. The combinations are up to you, and your unique vibratory signature will lead you toward certain members of the mineral kingdom that are more in tune with you. Generally speaking, those stones that feel most comfortable tend to represent the lessons we are most familiar with in life. Crystals that cause discomfort may not be your first choice, but they offer tremendous healing opportunities. They feel dissonant because we have not yet integrated their message and energy.
With this in mind, it is important to match your intention to your desired effect. In all honesty, wearing an important, lesson-teaching gem will probably not help you at work or while running errands, even if it is helping you evolve spiritually. Wear more comfortable gemstones while you are out experiencing your normal routine; the challenging stones can be saved for home when you feel less vulnerable. Mentally check in with your state of being throughout the day to decide if your chosen gems are still supporting you and offering harmonious guidance. It may be necessary to remove or cleanse a stone as your day progresses.
The safer, more comfortable choices for everyday wear will be explored below. Bear in mind that these suggestions are merely starting points from which your intuition and experience will guide you. Resolving and transmuting causal energy can be slow work, but these stones can encourage you and those around you in your daily progress.
Amethyst is a great stone for everyday wear, as it is gentle, pacifying, and harmonizing. Program it for anchoring the Violet Flame so that it can continually transmute your karma. The Violet Flame will eventually spread through your energy field and begin to heal and alchemize causal patterns.
Dumortierite gently moves us forward in life by teaching us to savor stillness. As much of an oxymoron as that appears to be, dumortierite’s message is one of patience. Since linear time is really an illusion, dumortierite helps us to accept the limitless Now. This can prevent new causal cycles from being conceived.
Kyanite is among the best stones for overall alignment; it has an immediate effect on our nonphysical anatomy, restoring balance to our auric bodies and realigning our chakras. Since it also activates the causal chakra, wearing kyanite fosters insight into the law of cause and effect
that governs the accumulation of karma, both positive and negative.
Leopardskin jasper is arguably my favorite stone of all the causal healers to wear all day long. The more you wear this earthy gemstone, the more deeply penetrating are its effects. It gradually saturates your entire aura and aligns you in the flow of the universe, making it easier to attract what you need into your life. By the same token, it readjusts the causal body so that it harmonizes better in your timeline, which can reset any outstanding or stagnant karmic cycles and prepare them for release.
Chrysotile with Welo opal is a dynamic combination. A pendant made of this serpentine with an accent of precious opal will seek out your soul contracts and burn away any that no longer serve you. The process is gentle, so long as smaller stones are used, and it can also offer assistance to your relationships. Since the soul’s contracts are being continually amended, as you wear this combination it will release any negative karmic ties to people in your life. The result is more freedom and more room to spread love rather than pain.
Crystal Healing for the Heart: Gemstone Therapy for Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being
The Forgiving Heart
In cultivating a forgiving heart, we make way for monumental growth. There is an inordinate amount of energy taken up by maintaining attitudes of shame, anger, and resentment. When released from these cycles, your energy and your heart are liberated. By focusing on forgiveness we do not forget that someone has hurt us, we merely choose to center our perception on love.
Stones of Forgiveness
Forgiveness is not a judgmental process. To decide that someone’s hurtful actions are in need of absolution is predicated upon a myth of separation, and it perpetuates disconnection. Sincere forgiveness places its emphasis on the core of an individual rather than his or her actions. Forgiving is an act of heart-centered love, not mind-centered intellect.
The crystals presented below help us to find forgiveness during emotional upheaval. Some are gentler than others, and a few stones have a more pronounced inward focus. Forgiveness has only one mechanism, which is choosing to remember only love. However, this mechanism can be employed in many ways. It might mean remembering that when your parents were hard on you it was because they loved you, not because you weren’t worthy of love. Forgiveness could also mean that when your loved ones act out, they are just as terrified and lonely in this world as anyone else; they merely want to be seen and loved.
Practicing forgiveness means opening to compassion in its most heartfelt and tangible form. Authentic grace is a divine tool, but the hearts of human beings are the vessels through which it is enacted in the world.
Chrysoprase is green chalcedony, a form of massive quartz. Its color is owed to traces of nickel. Although the translucent, apple-green chrysoprase is the most coveted variety, it can range from pale to dark shades of green. This gem occurs in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Poland, Russia, and the United States.
Chrysoprase is valued as a balancing force, helping to bring stability and overall health to the physical, mental, and emotional levels of your being. Modern crystal healing associates it with overcoming negative cycles; its energy provides the catalyst to break free from patterns connected to sadness, greed, and self-destructive behaviors.
Chrysoprase is the ultimate healer of the broken heart. The fine-grained structure of chrysoprase is tenacious and stable; this gemstone plants these qualities within the heart and nurses the emotional center back to health after heartbreak. It is an ideal stone for scrubbing away vestiges of abusive, codependent, or otherwise toxic relationships.
After loss and conflict, the light innate to chrysoprase helps you find your way in the midst of despair. It fosters trust and a sense of security, which enable you to return to living and loving after loss. By lessening the intensity of heartache and jealousy, this gemstone causes the wounds of the heart to recede. Among the heart healers, chrysoprase may be the only stone whose mission entails rebuilding self-esteem in the wake of heartbreak.
To move beyond the pain of a broken heart, forgiveness must factor into your recovery plan. Although forgiving past partners is never an excuse of poor behavior, it does allow you to move on with your life. Chrysoprase can help you to identify selfish, egotistical motives in yourself and others so that you can counter them with grace and surrender to Spirit. This green stone strengthens your resolve to forgive and move onward.
Since the days of ancient lore, chrysoprase has been used as a tonic for the eyes and vision. A trait shared with most green stones in the ancient world, chrysoprase aids more than physical sight. Like the lesson from the fox in Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince, chrysoprase enables you to see the world anew: “Only with the heart does one see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.” This gemstone opens the heart to seeing rightly. When our hearts are open enough to see, the world is full of wonders unimaginable to the eyes.
Select one of the preceding stones of forgiveness that most closely matches a situation you would like to resolve.
Begin by closing your eyes and holding your chosen crystal in your non-dominant hand as you contemplate your healing opportunity. With as much clarity as possible, picture why and what it is that you need to forgive. As you do so, allow any hidden emotions to rise to the surface and pay close attention to any physical sensations connected to them. You may find a sensation of anxiety or disgust translating to discomfort around the stomach. Perhaps fear or anger causes your heart to hasten or hurt, whereas sadness might rear its head as tightness in the throat or coldness in your limbs.
Wherever these physical sensations arise, move your forgiveness stone to that area of the body. As you breathe in, visualize the energy of the stone bathing the area; picture it dissolving and dissipating the negative emotions. Repeat “I forgive _____ for _____,” silently or aloud as you hold the crystal.
When the physical sensations subside and your emotions settle, move the gemstone to your heart. Focus on sending love and gratitude to the recipient of your forgiveness. Recognize that he or she played a part in your life so you could learn to forgive; affirm your sincere gratitude for this. Be sure to include yourself in your forgiveness and gratitude, lest your compassion be incomplete.
It may be necessary to repeat this exercise several times to achieve lasting results. Carrying your forgiveness stone with you daily can serve as a reminder to consciously and compassionately endeavor to forgive wherever you are.
Foundations of Reiki Ryoho
Japanese Reiki Techniques
The Japanese Reiki Techniques, or nihon no Reiki gihō (日本の技法), have gained popularity among many different lineages of Reiki. They impart a feeling of authenticity and a connection to founder Usui Mikao himself. These methods are a means of cultivating your inner connection to Reiki, and they will help you improve your skills in administering Reiki overall.
The Three Pillars
The Three Pillars of Reiki are gasshō, reiji hō, and chiryō. Together, these three aspects represent the three avenues by which we can improve ourselves through the practice. Gassho is the joining of hands in a prayerful state. Reiji hō allows the consciousness of Reiki to guide the hands. Finally, chiryō, “treatment,” is the hands-on application of Reiki learned in the first degree. The three pillars work together on the threefold aspects of our being: heart-mind, spirit, and body.
Gasshō Meiso 合掌瞑想
The first of the Three Pillars of Reiki Ryōhō as outlined by the Usui Reiki Ryōhō Gakkai is gasshō. Gasshō is written with the kanji for “unite” (合) and “palm” (掌); it literally signifies bringing the palms of the hands together as a symbol of reverence. Meiso simply means meditation. This Japanese Reiki Technique is the foundation of most of the following exercises. Spending a few moments in gasshō stills the mind, alleviates stress, and centers your whole being.
Each of the fingers on each hand can be representative of the different aspects of your being. For example, they can be associated with the five elements of Eastern philosophy (wood, water, fire, earth, and metal); they can also represent the five elements of alchemical lore (fire, water, air, earth, and spirit/ether/akasha). The hands, in Buddhism and other Asian worldviews, also relate to our archetypal opposites. The right hand is active, giving, solar, open, yang. Left is symbolic of being passive, receptive, lunar, closed (or hidden), and yin. To bring together these opposing forces in the stillness of meditation offers total balance.
When the hands are brought together, they are usually held at the heart or just above it. The height at which one’s hands are placed traditionally reflects the amount of respect being shown. Since gasshō isn’t being used as a gesture of greeting, heart-level is sufficient for Reiki. The palms are usually held together, although some teachers recommend a small gap between them. The fingertips are united, with emphasis placed on the middle finger.
As you practice gasshō meiso the idea is merely to still the mind and empty yourself of attachment and expectation. Thoughts will naturally come up; this is normal. Even practiced meditators experience this. The trick is to just observe them as they pass, rather than follow them to wherever they lead. Imagine stepping back and looking at your thoughts from farther away. If you try to resist or erase your thinking, it will push back against this resistance. Just relax and allow.
The effects of gasshō meiso include sharper focus and greater ease channeling Reiki. Each of the fingers is related to a different meridian, or energy channel, in your body. Bringing them together helps them work in perfect balance.
When practicing gasshō bring your awareness to your middle finger, which is associated with the element of fire. It is the power finger, and traditional Reiki recognizes it as the most potent of the fingers when applying Reiki for hands-on healing. Gently directing your attention to the place where the tips of your middle fingers meet gives your mind a means of avoiding attachment to arising thoughts. It also helps generate an affinity for the archetype of fire, which is cleansing and warming. This meditative experience can ignite the spark of healing and spiritual growth that underlies all practices in Reiki Ryōhō.
At the beginning, try practicing gasshō in silence for five minutes or so. Over time you can stretch this to as long as thirty minutes or an hour. Diligent meditation helps train the mind and spirit, your kokoro. This is the real goal of Usui Reiki Ryōhō; gasshō is the first tool we learn to begin the process of awakening to our true selves. Usui even asks us to practice gasshō meiso twice each day while reciting the precepts: asa yū gasshō shite kokoro ni nenji kuchi ni tona e yo (“morning and evening, practice gasshō and hold [the principles] in your heart and chant them with your mouth”).
The more you practice gasshō, the easier it will be. Since it is the first part of most of the Japanese Reiki Techniques, most practitioners feel Reiki flow whenever they place their palms together at the heart. Committing to a regular practice of gasshō embodies the fourth precept, gyō wo hageme, which invites us to work with diligence toward uncovering our authentic selves.
1. Sit comfortably and set your intention to meditate. Traditionally, this meditation is practiced in seiza, the Japanese manner of sitting, a kneeling position with your feet tucked beneath you. Feel free to sit in a chair or cross-legged on the ground.
2. Bring your hands together before the heart. Allow for a minute amount of space between the palms, with the fingers together in “prayer position.”
3. Bring your awareness to the point at which the middle fingertips meet. When thoughts arise, simply observe them detachedly; neither pursue nor dismiss them.
4. Continue meditating in this fashion until you are either unable to continue, or until you’ve drawn the exercise to a close.
Bio: Nicholas Pearson has been immersed in all aspects of the mineral kingdom for more than 20 years. He began teaching crystal workshops in high school, later studying mineral science at Stetson University while pursuing a degree in music. He worked for several years at the Gillespie Museum, home to the largest mineral collection in the southern United States. A certified teacher and practitioner of Usui Reiki Ryoho, he teaches crystal and Reiki classes throughout the United States. He lives in Orlando, Florida.
The Seven Archetypal Stones: Their Spiritual Powers and Teachings by Nicholas Pearson © 2016 Destiny Books. Printed with permission from the publisher Inner Traditions International. Available for sale at Avalon, November 28th – 10% discount for preorders.