Gems : Sources of Constructive Vibrations OR Gems : The Blissful source of Healing
OR Gems : The Spiritual source of Healing OR Gems : The Heavenly source of Healing
OR Gems : The Natural source of Healing
We normally tend to examine a gem for its clarity, color and carat. Add another “C”: CURE. The healing power of gems and its effect on Mind, Body and Soul is painstakingly advocated by astrologers, duly acknowledged by Gem’s dealers and confirmed by wearers.
“Health is wealth”.... this age old wise saying seems to acquire a new significance in the new millennium. People are ready to experiment and adopt any means to lead a happy and healthy life. More and more people are leaning towards the alternative cure regimens. This phenomenon about staying fit explains the increasing popularity of the use of gemstones as natural healing agents. In every metropolis, the celebrities and the common men alike are passionately after procuring the healing stones. In these societies these healing stones are however essentially associated with stress management.
The basic philosophy of therapeutic/ healing gems is incorporated in the words of reputed Astro- scientist, Manley Hall who stated, “The rays of the celestial bodies, striking the crystallizing influences of the lower world, become the various elements. Partaking of the astral virtues of their source, these elements neutralize certain unbalanced forms of celestial activity and, when properly combined, contribute much to the well-being of man.”
HISTORICAL SURVEY :
Written accounts about therapeutic effects or healing or the prevention of illness with gemstones, Lithography, have been in existence since ancient times. Eminent writers of old age, such as Mahirshi Parashar, Mahirshi Mantreshvar, Acharya Varah Mihir, Aristotle, Gajus, Plinius Secundus, Dioscurides and later Marbod, Albertus Magnus, Konard von Megenberg and many more.
Over centuries, the healing prescriptions by the Abbes Hildegard von Bingen, (1098-1179), Germany, wrote in her book Physica, found great acceptance.
Precious and semi-precious stones were highly valued for their esoteric healing abilities in Ancient Persia, India, Greece and Jewish cultures. There is evidence of systematic mining in Egypt over 7000 years ago.
Ancient Indian scriptures contain complete description and scientific knowledge of gemstones, their description, potencies and prescriptions for effective usage. Instructions on their uses are found in “Garud Purana” and others. Over 5000 years old, they give detailed descriptions of the use of gemstones as remedial measures to counter imbalances in the body. Uses of gems in preparing elixirs and medicines to be taken internally were also spoken of.
Historically Kings & Queens from around the world wore gems on their crowns, originally as a means of expanding their influence throughout the kingdom. Most crowns sat upon head such that the main gem in the center would touch the middle of the forehead.
During the renaissance period in Europe, the great physician, Paracelsus used medicines made from crushed gems. Unfortunately, after this period, most of the herbal doctors and their use of gemstones healing disappeared.
Tough the system of healing through Gems did not receive the needed patronage for last two centuries but now even the scientists & Doctors have started realizing the potential held in crystals and gems.
In the Wiccan tradition, it is the crystal, with its colorless, reflective and sparkling splendor, that is considered a healer. A rock quartz has piezoelectric power and that helps balance your auric fields. It also works on the nervous system, hence when chosen with care and expertise it is considered specially beneficial for all nerve-oriented diseases.
Powers and Effects of Gemstones : All natural stones have the power of Solar Energy and Earth’s Magnetic field.
All precious, semi-precious, colored stones and crystals are used for their curing abilities; Spiritual, mental and physical. The energetic powers ascribed to them by their users stem from Mother Earth during the formation of the stones and also from the sun’s warming rays. Therefore, it is recommended to put from time to time healing stones into the sun or cleanse them, so that they can replenish the energy that has meanwhile been used.
Another manner of energy-replenishment can be achieved by burying the stone overnight in the ground and afterwards rinsing it for short time. The best way is to keep the stone overnight dipped in a bowl of sea-water or salt (Sodium chloride) water and cleansing it in morning.
Only the genuine gemstones grown in nature in the course of millions of years have stored the powers of nature.
Gems For Physical Healing And Purification
The primary focus of therapeutic gemstone is physical healing. Working with these gemstones can deeply purify and heal the physical body, help release toxins and negative energies stored in the organs, and support immune and endocrine systems. Except for Quartz, these gemstones are predominantly green.
The therapeutic for physical healing and purification can help an individual:
Resolve a chronic or acute illness
Experience more energy and vitality
Relieve chronic pain
Strengthen a weakened organ
Boost the immune system
Soothe the body after trauma or surgery
The therapeutic gemstone that focus on physical healing and purification include:
Quartz : It has power of Attracting Life Force. Named after a Slavic word for “Hard”. Chemical composition is of Silicon Dioxide and class Silicates. Available in colors as variable as spectrum but clear quartz is by far the most common.
Emerald: It simulates Healing. It is the green variety of mineral Beryl. Its green color is caused by small amount of chromium and enhanced by traces of iron.
Aquamarine: It has Purifying abilities. It is blue-green in color, again variety of mineral Beryl. It gets its color from the traces of iron. It’s a flat hexagonal crystal.
Peridot: It enhances Fast Recovery. (pronounced pair-a-doe) It is the variety of olivine. Iron is the major coloring agent where traces of nickel and chromium also contribute.
Malachite: It is capable of Harmonizing the physical system. It is Copper Carbonate Hydroxide. It is named for the Greek word for “mallow”, a green herb. Its banded-light and dark green designs are one-of-a-kind giving it a unique ornamental quality. Its massive carvable forms are popular in jewelry where as crystalline forms are very rare.
Green Onyx: Used for Strengthening the Immune System. It is crystalline in structure and translucent with soft delicate bands and a cloudiness of amber, red-orange and green. It is a cryptocrystalline form of quartz.
Gems For Karmic Healing : The primary focus of some therapeutic gemstones is the healing of karmic patterns. Working with these gems can help transform negative behavior patterns, break bad habits, and eliminate destructive relationship dynamics. They can also help resolve the negative patterns from the past that perpetuate physical or mental conditions. These gemstones are predominantly orange.
These therapeutic gemstones can help you:
Stop self-destructive habits, such as smoking or drinking
Come out of depression & negative thinking
Develop new, healthier ways of relating to others
Eliminate behavior patterns underlying an unwanted physical condition
Break free of a pattern of destructive relationships
The therapeutic gemstone that focus on karmic healing include:
Rhodochrosite : Used for Developing Inner Freedom. It is named after the Greek word for rose “Rhodon”. It is Manganese Iron Magnesium Calcium Silicate. Used for ornaments and minor ore of Manganese. These crystals are generally translucent and rarely transparent.
Amethyst: It is used for Overcoming addiction. The name “amethyst” comes from the Greek and means “not drunken”. It has trigonal crystal system. Often cut gems of amethyst are graded using the term: Siberian, Uruguayan or Bahain; to represent high medium or low grade respectively, regardless of the actual source.
Carnelian : Helps in Revitalizing Your Being. It is Silicon Dioxide of Chalcedony category. The word carnelian is derived from the Latin word caro, carnis meaning flesh. It is of vitreous dull greasy or sliky luster and mostly translucent.
Opalite : It is very effective for Realising self-worth. It is Hydrated Silicon Dioxide. The name opal probably is derived from the Sanskrit name for precious stone; upala. It is an amorphous stone.
Blue Topaz: It is helpful in Eliminating depression. It is Aluminum Silicate Fluoride Hydroxide. Its Luster is adamantine to vitreous. It is the hardest silicate mineral and one of the hardest minerals in nature.
Gems For Mental Clarity And Expansion
Mental healing is the primary focus of some therapeutic gemstones. Working with these gems can expand mental potential, clear the mind and increase one’s ability to focus, and help heal certain mental imbalances. These gemstones are predominantly blue.
These therapeutic gemstones can help you:
Experience greater mental clarity
Focus more easily
Clear out mental “garbage”
Expand the mind to its full potential Resolve a chronic or acute illness
Therapeutic gemstone that focus on mental clarity and expansion include:
Aquamarine: It helps in Enlightenment of the wearer. As explained earlier, it is sometimes found in huge crystal forms unlike Emeralds.
Blue Sapphire: It is helpful in Healing the Mind. It is a non-red variety of mineral corundum and is the second hardest natural mineral known to mankind. One interesting bit of trivia – Sapphire is Aluminum Oxide and Aluminum is highly reactive metal. Any freshly exposed surface of aluminum is quickly oxidized to corundum (sapphire), so it can be said that your lawn chair (or screen door, or any other aluminum object) is coated with sapphire.
Lapis Lazuli : It is used for Harmonizing the Heart. It is Sodium Calcium Aluminum Silicate Sulfur Sulfate and its mineral name is Lazurite. The name means blue rock. First mined 6000 years ago and transported from Afghanistan to Egypt. It was used for jewelry and paint (Grounded rock become expensive powered pigment for paints called “ultramarine”).
Sodalite : A stone for Purifying the Aura. It is Sodium Aluminum Silicate Chloride. It is named in reference to its sodium content. Found in silica poor rocks and the crystals are transparent to translucent.
Serpentine : It helps in Removing Illusions & nightmares. It is Magnesium Iron Silicate Hydroxide.
Chrysocolla : It is used for developing Better concentration. It is Hydrated Copper Silicate with earthy to dull luster and has opal like appearance.
Gems For Spiritual Awakening : The primary focus of some therapeutic gemstones is the development and awakening of higher consciousness. Very low priced but astonishingly beneficial Agates are available in almost all colors. Working with these gemstones will help open spiritual awareness, abolish impediments to higher states of consciousness, and strengthen intuition. Except for Citrine, these gemstones are predominantly indigo and purple.
These therapeutic gemstones can help you:
Let go of certain attachments
Develop “inner” hearing
Open to higher states of consciousness
Strengthen and clarify intuition
Accelerate spiritual growth through color ray healing
Therapeutic gemstone that focus on higher consciousness and spiritual awakening depend very much on their colors as well:
Indigo: It helps in Developing Intuition. It is Cumengite mineral with chemistry of Lead Copper Chloride Hydroxide. It results from oxidation of igneous copper ore bodies. It is named after Eduoard Cumengen, a French Mining engineer.
Apatite (Lavender): Helps in Awakening the Soul. It is calcium Fluoro Chloro Hydroxyl Phosphate. An irony of the name Apatite is that it is the mineral that makes up the teathin all vertebrate animals anyway the name comes from a Greek word meaning “to deceive”.
Citrine : Helpful in Attaining Your Potential / Nourishment. It is the yellow and orange verity of quartz crystal. Unfortunately for citrine, it is confused with the more expensive orange- yellow topaz and at times is sold as topaz by unscrupulous dealers.
Gems For Masculine Healing And Empowerment
The primary focus of these two gemstones is restoring balance between one’s masculine and feminine aspects. These gemstones can restore self-confidence and physical vigor, help relationship issues, and repair endocrine imbalances.
These therapeutic gemstones can help as under:
Empower their feminine nature
Resolve a gynecological condition
Relieve menstrual cramps
Empower their masculine nature
Improve physical endurance
Experience more courage, vigor, and vitality
Resolve an endocrine imbalance
Enhance sexual powers
For both men and women
Strengthen and tone the reproductive system
Restore or create harmony with a mate
Protect oneself from other people’s negative thoughts and feelings
Therapeutic gemstone that focus on masculine and feminine healing and empowerment include:
Green Tourmaline : Helps in Balancing the Male. It is mineral UVITE. It is magnesium/ iron rich member of the Tourmaline group.
Pink Tourmaline : Helps in Balancing the Female. It is mineral Elbaite. It’s a transparent crystal and will appear darker when viewed down the long axis.
Words of prudence : Healing through gemstones is a wonderful idea. But in order to get the best result, one should select the stone with caution.
First of all, one should use such a stone only after consultation with an experienced astrologer or gemmologist.
An efficient planetary analysis is a prerequisite for remedy through gemstones. The selection of right gem is determined by one’s horoscope or the chart depicting the planetary position, calculated on the basis of the time and place of your birth. A healing stone should be prescribed only after a thorough analysis of the present planetary positions in one’s horoscope.
Secondly, the prescribed stone must be purchased from an authentic gemstone dealer. The stones should be of very high quality without fractures or dying. Otherwise it is not possible to get expected results. It is advised that you must examine the stone with the touch of your own fingers - real gems feel hard, the fake ones feel waxy when touched with finger.
Thirdly, Along with the principal precious stones (viz., ruby, pearl, yellow sapphire, hessonite, emerald, diamond, cat’s eye, blue sapphire, and red coral) there are many other colored gems which are much less expensive yet they are capable of harmonizing the same astral energy from their associated planets and it is also much easier to find out these stones without flaws. As for instance when one is not able to afford a flawless diamond, he can opt for far less expensive colorless quartz crystal. The latter type is called secondary gems. It is better not to wear any gem than wearing a flawed stone because they are prone to produce adverse effects.
Care and protection are very important for securing good results over a long period of time. The stones should be cleansed thoroughly and regularly to get the undisrupted flow of positive energies. One should remember that healing stones are not something meant to replace the medical science altogether. In our opinion, the properly selected gemstones are an effective supplement & catalyst to the diagnostic & healing process.