I remember back in the late 90’s and early 00’s when I began my ascent into all things metaphysical, one of the most popular phrases used in reference to our physicality and beyond- was mind, body, spirit-this holistic trifecta was only out distanced by the overused yogic phrase "Namaste".
Currently in spiritual communities when speaking and/or writing about healing within a holistic framework this trifecta has evolved to include the term: mind, body-HEART, spirit. The evolution of this holistic trifecta to one of hyphenation is a clear indicator of the central role our physical heart/Heart chakra is playing in humanity’s evolution.
As a crystal energy practitioner, ceremonialist, spiritual alchemist, and ecowomanist- it was important for me to find the connections and correlations across these disciplines that would: 1) stand up under scrutiny and 2) make crystal healing more accessible- bringing this obscure modality from margin to center. Below is a summation of my research...
Referencing an 8 chakra system (that includes the navel chakra) the 5th chakra is the heart chakra whose number and function correspond with Yoruba Goddess Oshun. Oshun is goddess of love and the rivers, aka the sweetwater. She rules tradition, blood ties, and extended family ties. She is the personification of emotions and femininity and the owner of honey, brass, gold, precious stones, cowrie, money, and honesty.
Located right below the Heart chakra is the Solar Plexus chakra-our Will Center- where all of our trauma from this life and-for those of you who believe in reincarnation-previous lives is stored. It is also the receptacle the holds historical trauma and various oppressions- gender, race, etc.
When the heart has been besieged with traumatic events (cyclical and/or compound trauma), the recipient succumbs to what we know as , “a broken heart” and the Heart chakra, becomes too heavy to hold itself up or work as it should and and it then slumps down into the Solar Plexus chakra. This phenomenon of your chakra “hitting bottom” reminds me of the Cheyenne proverb:
A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.
Then it is done, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong its weapons.
So how does this Indigenous proverb reflect our lived reality as women in today’s world?
I believe that women, and especially women of color-are and have been experiencing and living with complex-compound trauma (vicarious/intersectional/systemic/historical) for generations. Audre Lorde states, " there is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives". Some of these traumas are a result of: low wages, high stress/hostile work environment, negative/distorted stereotypes in media, suffering/resisting intimate partner violence, residing in a community that is a food swamp/desert, inadequate medical care, and unacknowledged/unhealed intergenerational trauma.
Subsequently, these conditions produce deep rooted emotional/mental health issues resulting in low self esteem, depression and PTSD that perpetuate lifestyle choices that aren’t in our highest good. In addition, the situation is exacerbated if there are physical health issues to contend with: obesity, high blood pressure, addiction, and fibroids are the most common. These are clear indicators that throughout time-the hearts of women have been stomped on and dragged to the ground and left to wither and die. This is an all to familiar scenario for many of us whose heart has been the battlefield and garbage can for other people’s unhealed/unresolved issues and trauma.
Even though, the goal in life is to achieve balance in all the chakras for overall health and vitality-I began this blog series starting with the Heart chakra because of its illustrious positioning and influence in the chakra pantheon. The Heart chakra is the bridge between the higher and lower chakras connecting and influencing the entire chakra energy system-in other words the Heart Chakra is the gatekeeper of our physical and spiritual temple. A healthy heart/heart chakra governs our ability to love ourselves, have a competent sense of worth and high esteem, while encouraging respect and reverence for others that support right human relations. A healthy physical heart/Heart chakra also assists and supports one in dealing with life challenges building resiliency and the capacity for creative transgression in times of adversity.
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Below are some simple crystal meditations to jump start your own exploration into the healing power of gemstones.
Recommended crystals to calm, soothe, restore, and strengthen the heart/heart chakra: Rose Qtz, Rhodonite, Kunzite, Botswana Agate,Watermelon Tourmaline, Pink Opal, Pink Calcite, Morganite, Jade, Chrysoprase, Larimar, Turquoise.
ROSE QUARTZ / RHODONITE/HEMATITE MEDITATION
I refer to Rose Quartz as one of the daisies of the gemstone world because it is plentiful and inexpensive. It is also the stone that goes deep into the chambers of the heart to heal, soothe and restore heart health and the emotions. Lay down and place 7 Rose Quartz crystals on chakras 2-8 with 1 Rhodonite crystal on the Root chakra adding 2 Hematite stones, 1 at the bottom of each foot for grounding. Use the Pranic Breathwork Technique for at least 10 minutes- longer if you choose. After all- you have never heard of anyone having being harmed from receiving too much love- Enjoy!
PRANIC BREATH WORK TECHNIQUE
Envision the core crystal at the center of the earth spinning- the core crystal is a hematite stone encased in a diamond
Way above your head see the midnight blue sky of stars, constellations, nebulas, and galaxies
You are the channel in between the Divine Creatrix energy of the cosmos and the deep womb of Mother Earth
Your first inhale will bring up a golden white light from the core of the earth, up through the soles of your feet, up your legs, up the spine out the the top of your head, continuing to send it way up to the sky rocketing out to the infinite cosmos
Exhaling send the golden white light back down the spine, down both legs and out the soles of the feet back to the center of the earth to the core crystal
Kunzite holds the pink ray associated with the heart and and purple ray of the third eye chakra. It is also a stone that has a natural Lithium content and both of these qualities make it an ideal stone for meditation.
Sit in lotus position with Kunzite held in center of the chest at the Heart chakra. Inhale 3-5 times filling the heart with Kunzite’s purifying energy. Next visualize a pink ray and inhale breathing that pink ray from center of the heart up the third eye center-mentally project a purple/pink ray back to the heart center. Continue for 11 minutes and afterwards notice the results. This meditation is meant to clear the mind, calm the emotions, leave you in a balanced peaceful state. If some of you are feeling light headed and ungrounded- place one hematite at each foot during meditation.
*Kunzite is also a good stone for children who are sensitive to audio stimulation and energies, and also who have delicate nervous systems making it hard to adjust to life.
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Here is where you can purchase Kunzite (at various price points) for meditation:
Hematite for protection and grounding energy: