HEALING CRYSTALS NEWSLETTER - April 2007
"Amethyst's Many Wonderful Uses"
By Crystal CAT
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Dear Healing Crystal Enthusiast:
Thank you for reading our newsletter. In this month's article, I will be discussing some of the many ways in which I have enjoyed working with Amethyst. I say some because to list them all would take more than one newsletter! This crystal is one of my all-time favorites, and it is also one of the very first stones I have ever worked with, thus sparking my interest even further into the crystal realm. Since my interest in crystals started as an extension of my spiritual development, it is fitting that Amethyst would become one of my most frequently worked with stones, as it focuses mainly on the upper chakras. Coincidentally, Amethyst is one of the most easily obtained stones, making it very popular with crystal lovers everywhere.
Being one of the more spiritual stones, Amethyst works with the Third-Eye, Crown, and Etheric Chakras. This attribute makes Amethyst ideal for one's higher aspirations. It is a very protective stone which helps to deflect negativity from it's holder/wearer. Being one of the primary crystals of the Purple Ray, many spiritual seekers associate Amethyst with the beloved, St. Germain, and work with this stone through mediation to try to make contact with this ascended master. Amethyst is said to facilitate deeper meditative states and to activate the higher mind, allowing for new and beneficial insights to come through, which can help one's development. It is in this way, that Amethyst can help one to recognize, understand, an release addictive patterns that can cause hardships in life. It's higher vibrations make Amethyst an integral part of any spiritual or intuitive ventures, and a great constant, crystal companion for many, including myself. Being a member of the Quartz family, this crystal should be cleared and (re)programmed on a somewhat regular basis, depending on the energies it has been exposed to. If you are unfamiliar with these processes, please see my previous articles on these subjects here:
Amethyst Crystals can be found in many varying formations, natural and fabricated, making it easy for one to end up collecting quite a bit of this beautiful mineral. I happen to have many of these in my own collection, and I can tell you that Amethyst can carry as many different variations in the type and style of energies attributed to them, as there are different formations of it. The types of Amethyst in my possession include: a Heart, a Merkaba, some Tumbled Stones, a Geode Cluster Piece, an Elestial Cluster, a Phantom Point, some regular Points, and a Beta Crystal. Each one is special to me in it's own way. Their energies can range from oh, so subtle to quite intense, and some even vacillate between the two!
My very first piece of Amethyst was a simple Tumbled Stone. It came in a bag with several other tumbled minerals, and I didn't think much of it just by looking at it. As I held it in my hand and began to gaze at it, I noticed that it had a rainbow inside of It. I also saw that it had several fractures inside of it, bouncing light off of them. These features in this one little tumbled stone made me aware of how even the least impressive items can have many intriguing aspects to them that you might not ever notice if you aren't paying attention. Thinking of this humble piece reminds me of how important it really is to be mindful, and also to be in the Now.
Another great example of Amethyst, that I feel no one should be without, is the Amethyst Geode Piece Cluster. This group of Amethyst crystals on a matrix base sends it's higher, spiritual energies out into a room, effecting anyone who happens to be there, albeit some may not notice those effects. I must confess one of my main uses for this piece, as some may think it strange, but oh well! I use my Amethyst Geode Cluster like a bar of soap. I put about 30 drops of Lavender Essential Oil on it and let it sit in a very hot tub for about five minutes before I step in. Then I place a white washcloth over the cluster, and wrap it around it so that the points are pushing against the smooth side of the cloth. I then rub that side of the crystal with the washcloth across my skin, from the bottoms of my feet, on up to my face. It is very soothing and calming. The whole process only takes about 15 minutes, and afterwards, I feel very clean, comfortable, and more connected to my higher self.
A favorite Amethyst Crystal for me is my Elestial. An Elestial Crystal is one which has many points, folding over each other, coming from one crystal. This piece has been a great meditation aid for me during those times when I just cannot seem to quiet my chattering mind. If I find I am having trouble meditating, I just pull out this beauty and stare at it. Suddenly, I am a tiny being on the surface of this Amethyst mountain range, exploring the peaks and valleys. This method of calming my mind always brings my consciousness to a child-like state, in awe of what is in my hand as well as what is all around me. My wonderment becomes spiritual, and my every-day perspective matures.
Another one of my first pieces of Amethyst is the Crystal Heart, and as such, it holds great sentimental value to me. When I first acquired this stone, I felt a little something when I picked it up, but I was sure if that was real, or if it was a kind of placebo effect. I then spent a great deal of time trying to make a connection with this heart-shaped piece of Amethyst. I carried it in my pocket every day, and slept with it in my hand or under my pillow every night. After about a couple of weeks of this, I felt like I had become attuned to this comforting crystal, and could feel it's protective qualities any time I picked it up thereafter. This experience helped me to learn that if you intend to do any kind of important work with a new stone, you must always spend a little time getting to know it first.
After I had been learning about crystals for a while, I became interested in the Merkaba, also known as a "Star Tetrahedron". Often called the "Chariot of the Soul", this piece of sacred geometry had intrigued me, and when I saw them in crystal form, I simply could not resist. I thought what better way to represent the Merkaba than with spiritual Amethyst! After spending some time attuning to my new Amethyst Merkaba, I just had to make an hour or so of quiet so I could meditate with it. Once I was settled in the lotus position, and my breathing had become slow and regular, I began to sense the energy of the Merkaba, moving around me, but also within me in some way. Even though this was a new and stange experience for me, the protective energy of the Amethyst imparted a sense of safety and comfort, allowing me to enjoy this bizarre sensation. I ended up in very deep meditation for more than an hour. I eventually came out of it to a sense of universality that I cannot describe in words, save to say that I no longer felt like an isolated soul here on Earth, but rather, I felt my consciousness expanding to experience the universe in it's entirety.
Another very intense experience along those lines was my experience with the Amethyst Beta Crystal. When I first held that piece in my hand, I knew there was something different about this natural piece of Amethyst. I could feel a slight tingling in the palm of my left hand that held the stone. This was another piece that I instantly felt respect for, wanting to be sure to spend an adequate amount of time, before attempting any spiritual work, with it. After about a week and a half, I was able to find some quiet time to myself in which to sit in quiet repose with my new Amethyst Beta. Laying down on my bed, I placed the crystal directly on my Third-Eye Chakra. Immediately, I felt a strong buzzing sensation where the crystal sat. As I went deeper into meditation, I began to see the color violet filling my vision beneath my eyelids. I received flashes of images that went so fast I couldn't register them in my conscious mind, but I'm sure my subconscious soaked them up. I soon found myself remember an event in my life that had been repressed for many years. Being very personal, I cannot repeat it here, but suffice it to say that certain negative patterns were released as a result of this memory showing itself to my conscious mind.
These are a few of my many experiences with the highly spiritual Amethyst Crystal. I hope you have enjoyed them, and have many more of your own. If you find yourself with a new or renewed interest in the many different types of Amethyst available, please take a look at the various kinds that we offer here: www.healingcrystals.com/Listing_by_Stone_Type/Amethyst/.
Hopefully, the information I have listed here for you will inspire you in your own work with this wonderfully spiritual crystal. Happy Amethyst hunting!
Peace and Blessings,
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