A column by Bles Carmona
For the week of May 28-June 3, 2014
ADVENTURING AT ANGEL LIGHT BOOKS
I was told to close my eyes and then choose one stone from a basket full of them. I open my eyes to see the unfamiliar green-red polished stone that I turned up. I was told that it was a “ruby-fuchsite,” which apparently means that I’m healing past traumas in relationships and that I should be quite ready to receive more guidance about this soon. I leave the place calm and excited at the same time.
Maybe a little rewind button needs to be pressed at this point. The place I’m talking about is Angel Light Books and Gifts (www.angellightbooks.com) at 3347 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94703-2720. I have browsed through the store a couple of times before but this was the first time that I ever bought something here. Because I was a first-time buyer, store owner Ms. Valencia Chan held out her basket of stones for me to pick from. It’s an Angel Light tradition to offer this free stone to first-time customers. I sure am glad that I picked out that ruby-fuchsite which now occupies a place in my pocket, nestled in its pouch. I’m glad because I picked such a beautiful stone in various shades of green with ruby red inclusions – so visually, this rock rocks! I’m also glad because I always welcome opportunities to learn something new. For instance, although I have heard of the ruby, I’ve never heard of the fuchsite. If our second-year class at the Manila Science High School ever discussed fuchsites during a certain Earth Science lesson, I must have been absent. That was School Year 1984-1985 (SY 1984-1985), my section was II-Dalton, and learning Earth Science under Mrs. Felicerta made me appreciate the workings of outer space. Beginning with the rating scale for the stars based on their temperature, from the newer blue stars at 30,000 Kelvin (K) like Spica, to the cooler red dwarfs like Proxima Centauri at 2,000 K, I remember my youthful fascination for stars, planets, and the Universe in general. Can you imagine how I utterly imbibe each and every episode of “Cosmos” these days? It’s the ultimate mind trip!
Coming back down again to the realm of the body, why don’t we examine the correspondence between crystals and stones and the chakras. There are seven chakras, starting from the 1. root or base (perineum) – physical energy and vitality, 2. Sacral (below navel) – creativity/sexual expression, 3. Solar plexus – personal power/fulfillment, 4. Heart – compassion/humanitarianism, 5. Throat – communication/self-expression, 6. Third Eye or Brow – higher intuition/psychic powers, and 7. Crown (top of head) – transmutation. Each of them acts like a self-opening valve filtering the “electrical current” of the Universal Life Force into the body (Reference: Simpson, Liz. “The Book of Crystal Healing,” 2005, pp. 68-69.) There are colors and crystals that are assigned to each of the seven chakras based on their vibratory rates. For instance, each chakra, from the root or base upward, is linked to the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
For the crystals most associated with each chakra, Simpson’s book lists the following: 1. Root or Base (perineum) – agate, bloodstone, tiger’s eye, and hematite, 2. Sacral (below navel) – moonstone, tiger’s eye, citrine, carnelian, 3. Solar Plexus – citrine, rose quartz, aventurine quartz, malachite, 4. Heart – jade, aventurine quartz, watermelon tourmaline, rose quartz, 5. Throat – aquamarine, lapis lazuli, turquoise, celestite, 6. Third Eye or Brow – amethyst, fluorite, lapis lazuli, sodalite, and 7. Crown (top of head) – amethyst, celestite, jade, rock crystal (clear quartz).
For crystal bodywork, in which the crystals are placed on the chakras, choose the right crystals for your needs, cleanse them, and meditate to achieve a peaceful frame of mind. For problems directly corresponding to their physical locations, place the crystal over the appropriate chakra (Simpson, p. 69).
When my clients express a certain need during the consultation, I loan the appropriate crystal in my collection. I ask the client to cleanse the crystal first before using it for meditation or healing. Of course the next question is: How does one cleanse a crystal?
Well, there are many ways to cleanse a crystal, but please understand that cleansing is not a physical process but a spiritual ritual (Simpson, p. 52). Since crystals absorb and then retransmit all energies with which they come in contact, it makes sense to return it to a neutral state before using it again. Here are some cleansing and tuning rituals that you can perform. Use your intuition as to what process is appropriate for your crystal/s.
1. Thought visualization: Imagine a bright star pouring pure white light through an opening in the top of your head. Guide it down through your body sensing it being cleansed. Feel negative energies draining out of your feet. Now dedicate the crystal; “I dedicate this crystal to love and for the universal benefit of all.”
2. Sunlight: Light is the essential currency of crystal healing, so re-energize your water-cleansed stones in sunlight for 24 hours before dedicating them.
3. Running Water: Cleanse your crystals by holding them under running water, such as an ordinary bathroom tap. As you do so, think about a beautiful waterfall you have seen or visited. Or imagine the waves lapping over your crystal on a tropical beach.
4. Earth Burial: Crystals have come from the earth. If you feel they are safe enough you can bury your crystals in the ground (mark where you have left them). The earth has a natural, magnetic quality which will draw off negativity.
5. Amethyst bed: Crystal healers commonly use a large piece, or bed, of amethyst to cleanse several stones at once. Amethyst is said to transmute lower energies into the higher frequencies of both the spiritual and ethereal worlds, thereby transforming whatever is placed on it.
I will leave it up to you to research on other ways of cleansing your crystals, like smudging, using bells (resonating sound), or using a combination of crab apple Bach Flower Remedy and sea salt. In the realm of crystal healing, it is important to honor your intuition as much as you honor your logical side. For instance, the logical part of you takes care of the mental lists of which crystals correspond to which chakras, but it is your gut feeling that will tell you which stone “feels” right for the situation or ailment in question.
Now going back to where this journey started: at the Angel Light Books and Gifts in Berkeley with Ms. Valencia Chan, who was actually born on Valencia St. in San Francisco. If you visit the website, http://www.angellightbooks.com, you will find all manner of informative articles with photos, including the history of Angel Light Books, its teachers and practitioners, and the many classes and special weekend events and classes that it offers. Ms. Valencia invited me to attend the upcoming “Chakra Awareness” (June 8, 1-3 pm) and “Stones Awareness” (June 22, 1-3 pm) classes. If you are interested, please give Ms. Valencia a call at (510) 985-1600 on Mon-Sat,11 am-7 pm and Sundays, 12 noon-5 pm. Please RSVP and pre-register because space is limited. The fee per awareness class is $25. For the Chakra class, the chakra manual is included in the fee, while the fee for the Stones class includes 3 tumbled stones and a pouch. If you complete 3 classes: Stones, Chakra, and Crystal Awareness (this last class next meeting to be announced) and answer a questionnaire, you will receive a certification from the Angel Light School of Metaphysics.
The adventure at Angel Light Books and Gifts has begun and will now continue on. And may it harm none.
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