As mentioned, I’ve been working with stones most of this year. Not only are they fascinating to look at and display but can be used for many things be it meditative, health or spiritual.
I use my stones in various ways and for many reasons depending on my mood. Each week or so I tend to alternate stones to help familiarize myself with them a bit more.
When I first started with stones I preferred to start with direct skin contact with each stone. The best way for me is to keep them in my bra along my breast. This way I have it with me at all times throughout the day. Each week starting Mondays I pick a new stone with a specific goal/intent in mind for that week. My overall goal is to interact with each stone individually by familiarizing myself with it on a consistent basis.
Builds self esteem
Promotes personal power
Gives Courage to take charge
Balances anxiety and depression
I’ve just recently started working with Carnelian. I’m mainly working with this stone to help enhance my social skills. My job requires me to work with lots of people mostly clients for the company so it’s important I’m able to convey a professional attitude with confidence especially in meetings and presentations.
What I’ve come to learn about carnelian is that it promotes individual growth. Instead of trying to be as good as the next person I try to be my own best. It also encourages me to believe in my self. Ever been in class and the teacher asks a question and you have the answer but your fear of being wrong stops you from raising your hand? Well with carnelian you can use it to help you build confidence and self assurance.
Carnelian is associated with boldness and self assurance which is ideal for those who tend to be a bit shy or nervous when around new people. So if you feel you need a little boost in self esteem try carnelian and see how it vibes with you.
Promotes peace, serenity, tranquility
Enhances spirituality, Intuition
Heals, balances and protects against low energy
Promotes mental concentration especially during meditation
Amethyst is an oldie but a goodie. It’s one of the first stones I started with several years ago. Recently I reunited myself with Amethyst mostly for it’s calming and balancing properties. Sometimes when I feel my mind is scattered I hold on to amethyst and try to center myself by visualizing and calming my thoughts. I also like to use it to help me sleep and remember my dreams. I stopped meditating for sometime because I had issues trying to concentrate but I may get back into it again using amethyst as my focal point.
There are many books and sources online that can not only describe stones and their unique properties but also show how you how to care and use them. One of the main things when caring for stones is making sure you keep it clear of stagnant energy. One way I like to clear my stones is by smudging it with incense. I visualize the smoke taking all the energy the stone may be holding on to. When I first started with stones I noticed they would get lost for periods of time. When stones are overly charged they tend to get lost in an effort to renew itself among other interesting things they do.
Hopefully soon I’ll have some serious R&R time and compile a list of the many ways I clear and recharge my stones in another detailed post. In the mean time check out the sources below to help you get to know more about stones.
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic”, by Scott Cunningham
The Book of Stones: Who They Are & What They Teach By Robert Simmons, Naisha Ahsian, Hazel Raven
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall (or any of Judy Hall’s books on crystals!)