Amethyst

Since the ancient times, mankind had discovered and have been utilizing the numerous powers of crystals. More than ordinary ornaments, they are capable of enhancing the free flow of energy throughout the body. They facilitate the release of physical, mental and spiritual blockages. Widely popular for its numerous benefits, amethyst is one of the most revered gemstones all over the world. The precious stone has been associated with luxury and also a symbol of sobriety. Sceptres, crowns and even rings belonging to royalty and esteemed religious monarchs have all possessed amethyst.

Properties

Amethyst is a Greek word that literally translates as ‘not drunken’. Its popular use among ancient Greeks as a shield against the intoxicating effects of alcohol is thought to originate from this name. The Chinese, however, have an entirely different representation historically. They have never regarded amethyst as a symbol of sobriety but a symbol of wealth. It appears that both cultures are right as amethyst has been used for both purposes with great effects.

Like most other stones, it is composed of silicon dioxide, a major component of our body cells. This is why it is capable of purifying us at the cellular and spiritual levels.

Benefits

Healing properties

Amethyst as a crystal stone has amazingly plentiful healing properties. As it is linked to the mind’s chakra, it is capable of ridding the soul off negative thoughts and purifying it. it is a natural tranquilizer that eases stress and strain, soothes irritability and relieves insomnia. The stone is particularly useful for work-related stress as it combines its unique healing powers with its wealth attracting properties to great effect. Its strong link to the crown chakra makes it a very useful stone for cleansing the mind of ill thoughts and negative emotions.

Protective properties

Amethyst’s popularity in Ancient Greece is owed chiefly to its protective properties. It’s useful in preventing overindulging in alcohol and drunkenness. It is also very useful for individuals struggling to overcome addictions to cigarettes and other drugs. It possesses a stimulant effect on the mind, encouraging focus and improving motivation.

A symbol of wealth

Amethyst is a symbol of luxury and it serves as a magnet of wealth. The stone is strongly associated with abundance and it helps crown hard work with numerous blessings. Amethyst could help channel the inflow of wealth into your home as well as business endeavors. Furthermore, amethyst also has properties that help with intuition, communication, and building relationships. This could prove very valuable to your business and personal life.

Meditation

Amethyst is capable of influencing the spiritual and physical planes. It is associated with the wind and is therefore capable of transmitting peace and calm into an environment. It is also believed to activate the mind and has specific effects on intelligence and intuition. This is one of the properties that set amethyst apart from other stones as not many stones are associated with effects on intellect. It exerts a calming effect on the soul. It is ideal for soul-searching especially when trying to seek the reason for some unwanted behaviors on your part or another person’s. Also, amethyst can help you make the right decisions in situations where you feel your emotions may be clouding your judgment.

Problem-solving

Amethyst’s calming effect also makes it a useful crystal for solving problems that might otherwise prove difficult to solve. It is particularly useful in emotionally tense situations. Its property of encouraging selflessness and spiritual wisdom greatly increases intelligence and problem-solving abilities. Amethyst helps to see every problem as conquerable and it also helps in understanding dreams. It could grant perfect control over negative emotions and encourage clarity of thoughts in all situations.

There are only a handful of gemstone that are as revered as amethyst, and even fewer can match its immense powers. Asides its beauty and uniqueness, an amethyst jewelry guarantees the calmness, sobriety and all the other properties associated with the crystal. We have a diverse collection of eco-friendly amethyst jewelry. Order for yours today! You could also gift it to the one you truly love. You’ll be amazed at how much they’ll love it.

Powerful healing male made of amethyst and aquamarine gemstonesHealing amethyst necklace with a gold vermeil Ganesha

Authored by Sipiwe Mashingaidze

Sipiwe Mashingaidze is the author of a number of books on holistic health and spirituality. She became interested in holistic health when she developed recurring health problems in her 30s and 40s that doctors could not eliminate. She only managed to eliminate her symptoms completely in 2008 when she did her own research and changed her diet. That is when she decided to write her first book. You can link with her on Facebook or visit her website here. If you would like to write an article for our blog, please read our guest posting guidelines.

Mala beads are a strand of beads that is used for counting during a mantra meditation. They are also called Buddhist beads or Buddhist prayer beads. Mostly a mala looks like a necklace with 108 beads with a guru and a tassel but it can also have 21 or 27 beads (in the form of a bracelet) for shorter meditations, with markers at 7th or 21st or 27th beads which are different size to guide you. The user can wear the mala as a necklace or as a wrapped bracelet during the day to remind him/her of the meditation or yogic practice.

In the early days the beads were meant to be used by laypeople as a way of adapting monastic discipline to the limits and demands of ordinary people’s lives. A popular legend is in the form of the Mokugenji Sutra tells how the beads came about. It says says King Vaidunya once said to the Buddha, “In recent years, disease and famine have swept my country. The people are distressed, and I worry about this night and day without interruption. Ours is a pitiful condition. The totality of the dharma is too profound and extensive for us to practice, given these circumstances. Please teach me just the main point of the dharma so that I may practice it and teach it to others.”

The Buddha replied: “King, if you want to eliminate earthly desires, make a circular string of 108 bodhi seeds and, holding them always to yourself, recite, ‘I take refuge in the Buddha. I take refuge in the dharma. I take refuge in the Sangha.’ Count one bead with each recitation of these three.” The recitation is called the Three Jewels of Buddhism.

This is the earliest story about this Buddhist practice which clearly shows that it was meant for ordinary people who could not abandon the worries of secular life as easily as monks in the monastery. The beads were later adopted by monks maybe because of their effectiveness in calming the mind for anybody who uses them. Subsequently different Buddhist sects either retained the number of beads or divided them into consecutive twos or fours for brevity or informality. Some sects attached a decorative tassel flanked by talismans or amulets depending on their local tradition.

The use of prayer beads is common in Christianity (the rosary), Buddhism, Islam, and many other old religions. That is because all religions benefit from the mind focus.

Malas are always made with either 7mm or 8mm or 10mm round beads which glide easily through your fingers. Traditional ones are made with Rudraksha beads, lotus seed beads, yak bone, Bodhi seeds, or wood. These are usually for general purpose use. Healing malas are made from gemstones. Gemstones come in different colors which give them specific energies and properties. If you browse our store you will find malas made from black onyx, amazonite, rose quartz, gold vermeil, aquamarine, amethyst, tourmaline, moonstone and other gemstones. Each type of gemstone imparts different benefits to the user. In other shops you will also find malas made with glass beads or glass crystal which are usually used for color therapy, but they are rare.

How to Use Malas for Meditation

Mala beads have been used for meditation by Buddhists and Hindus for centuries. The traditional Rudraksha mala dates back to the 10th century. It is quite easy to use a mala for meditation if you follow the following 8 steps to get started:

    1.  Decide the intention of your practice and choose your mantra or affirmation.
    2.  Sit quietly in a cross legged position or on a straight backed chair if you cannot cross your legs.
    3.  Close your eyes and watch the speed and depth of your natural breath.
    4.  Now breathe deeply and focus on your mantra or affirmation.
    5.  Hang the first mala bead gently on the middle or ring finger of your right hand.
    6.  Place your thumb on the guru bead and begin reciting your mantra.
    7.  At the end of the mantra push the mala bead away with your thumb and move onto the next bead for another round. Continue until you reach a count on 7, 21, 27, or 108.
    8.  If you wish to do another round of mantras or affirmations, do not skip over the guru bead. Instead, turn the mala around and move in the opposite direction.

Benefits of Using Malas for Meditation

  • First and foremost malas are tools mainly for two things: to keep count and to help you to concentrate. You can either use the beads to keep count of the mantra you are chanting or your breath. The point of counting is to know when to come to a stopping point. You might only have 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes of free time so you chant a mantra 7, 21, 27 or 108 times, depending on the length of the mantra. For example chanting “Om Mani Padme Hum” 108 times takes 2-3 minutes for most people and chanting the compassion mantra 21 times takes about 20 minutes. So the counting acts like a timer to guide you.
  • Sitting still, calm and focused is generally hard for most people so the mala and the mantra are essential tools that you can use to achieve better attention, focus and enhanced self-awareness.
  • The beautiful gemstone necklaces hold a special significance for the wearer/user depending on where they come from, the power imbibed into them and the gemstones used. All in all you feel and experience an energy resonance while holding the beads and this increases over time as you wear and use them for meditation and prayer.
  • The usual way to use a mala is to track a mantra meditation. The repetition of a single sound, for example “om” or “Om Mani Padme Hum” or any other mantra is deeply transformative.
  • Meditating with a mala helps to calm the mind, regulate blood pressure, deepen and slow down the breath and redirect the focus of the mind towards positive spiritual patterns. With a nice break from daily worries you come out of meditation with a better mood.
  • Chanting gives you that focus and concentration on the words you are repeating and, by constantly hearing the words and furthering your understanding of them, a spark might go off and an “Aha!” moment might arise.
  • Choosing a Mala

    One way to choose a mala is to use your intuition. So if you are shopping around and a particular mala attracts you it is the right mala for you right now.

    Another way is to set an intention for your yoga/meditation practice then find a mala with the right gemstone. For example, if you find it difficult to stick to tasks, decisions or relationships, onyx will help you to stay grounded in your choices. Then you can see your decisions through or you can commit better to a relationship.

    A third way to choose a mala is through color. Each color is associated with a certain range of frequencies on the electromagnetic spectrum. That means each color will benefit you in a certain way. If you are working on your chakras, then you definitely will want to choose according to color. You have a problem telling the truth or speaking clearly? Then choose a mala made with blue gemstones, such as amazonite. After meditation wear your mala as a necklace all day and it will help you to open the throat chakra. In the same way if you have trouble giving or receiving love, then buy a mala made with rose quartz. As you wear it daily it will open your heart chakra.

    Quality of Mala Beads

    Quality matters when you buy a mala because you want it to last a long time and withstand use on and off the mat. The string that the beads are strung on must be premium thread or good quality wire (that has passed the 30lb test). When you buy a gemstone mala, look for beads that are A or B or C grade because those are high quality gemstones. Check the method of knotting as well to make sure that it is a good finish and that the piece will last you a long time. Ask the seller if he/she stands behind the product because they should be willing to restring your mala if it breaks too soon. Make sure that the mala comes in a natural fabric bag (cotton, linen, silk or velvet) that you can use for storing when the mala beads are not in use. If not then get that bag yourself separately.

    Mala beads are beautiful to wear, they can be healing if they are made with the right gemstones and they enhance your meditation by focusing the mind on the mantra. Browse our store to find the right mala beads for you. You will benefit from them to the full!

    Powerful healing male made of amethyst and aquamarine gemstonesLakshmi male made of 216 beautiful, heart-opening gemstone beads of Pink Tourmaline, Citrine, Garnet and Rose Quartz beadsPowerful healing male made of heart opening rose quartz beads

    Authored by Sipiwe Mashingaidze

    Sipiwe Mashingaidze is the author of a number of books on holistic health and spirituality. She became interested in holistic health when she developed recurring health problems in her 30s and 40s that doctors could not eliminate. She only managed to eliminate her symptoms completely in 2008 when she did her own research and changed her diet. That is when she decided to write her first book. You can link with her on Facebook or visit her website here. If you would like to write an article for our blog, please read our guest posting guidelines.

    Aquamarine

    Aquamarine has been the sailors’ favorite since time immemorial. Literally translating to ‘water of the sea’, the pale, blue-green color is striking and there could hardly be any other befitting name. Since, thousands of years ago, the stone has been revered as a gift from mermaids, and often used to symbolize boundless beauty and eternal youth. It embodies everything about the sea, and elements in the heavens that are reflected on the sea. It has been a useful tool of seers, who strongly believe it has a great attractive effect on the moon and future events can be revealed by peering into the crystal. Present practitioners of crystal gazing also consider aquamarine an essential tool for their practice. All in all, the stone possesses great spiritual and metaphysical significance and it is a favorite of prophets, mystics and healers.

    Properties

    Aquamarine’s clear and transparent nature reflects purity and truth. It is mainly composed of iron crystals and it owes its greenish blue color to this element. Aquamarine crystals additionally have fine traces of yellow particles. Its combination of colors facilitates its association with multiple chakras, thereby giving it diverse properties and benefits. It is linked with the heart, throat and thymus chakras and It possesses great healing and protective properties. Aquamarine jewelries are beautiful to behold and still offer much more asides their aesthetic value.

    Benefits

    Emotional Peace

    Think about the waters of the sea and one word is sure to come to mind- calm. This is what aquamarine brings to the possessor. It is a perfect companion for getting rid of anxiety and phobia and encouraging calmness. Aquamarine gives you a grip over your emotions and it would help you examine emotional situations from a superior perspective. You can be sure of making the best decisions in matters that require emotional intelligence. You would be more tolerant to yourself and others and still exude calm even in the most worrying situations.

    Clarity of speech

    As it is often associated with the throat chakra, aquamarine promotes clarity of speech and encourages self-expression. It helps greatly in articulating your thoughts and commanding the audience. It also helps overcome stage fright that may arise whenever you need to make a speech. Beyond communication in the physical realm, aquamarine is useful for clearing communication blocks in the spiritual realm. It could also serve as a link to all chakras thereby promoting physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.

    Protection

    Aquamarine possesses excellent protective properties. As a travel crystal, it provides calmness and tranquility on your journey, especially on water. It eliminates the fear of water and sea sickness. It is also applicable to people involved in long distance travels by road or air.

    Intellectual growth

    The calming effect of aquamarine gives it the ability to exert a positive effect on the intellect. When your mind is calm and free of worries, you are better able to understand and assimilate concepts. This makes aquamarine the ideal crystal for students and other categories of learners. You would also find its ability to promote clarity of thoughts useful in situations where you need to make a presentation or even write-ups and exams.

    Improving relationships

    In ancient Rome, aquamarine was commonly exchanged as a gift between lovers. Its ability to promote emotional intelligence helps lovers focus on the everlasting joy of true love, rather than the transient pleasures of lust. It could help you develop healthy romantic relationships that would turn out beneficial for you and your partner in the long run. Incorporating aquamarine into your engagement or wedding rings is, in fact, a great idea. Aquamarine also inspires the ability to trust completely and let go of previous wrongs. These two characters are part of the foundations of great relationships and are unfortunately missing in many relationships today.

    There is hardly any other stone that boasts the versatility of aquamarine. It is known widely as a stone of protection, healing, power and love. Wearing an aquamarine jewelry brings immeasurable inner peace and calm, and gives you the strength and belief needed to conquer everything that’s before you. Order for your beautiful and eco-friendly jewelries today. You could also gift it to your loved ones. You can be sure they’ll absolutely love it.

     

    Authored by Sipiwe Mashingaidze

    Sipiwe Mashingaidze is the author of a number of books on holistic health and spirituality. She became interested in holistic health when she developed recurring health problems in her 30s and 40s that doctors could not eliminate. She only managed to eliminate her symptoms completely in 2008 when she did her own research and changed her diet. That is when she decided to write her first book. You can link with her on Facebook or visit her website here. If you would like to write an article for our blog, please read our guest posting guidelines.