by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac. ~
Peacefulmind.com

Any crystal can give you strength as they are all sources of life energy! Some of the best crystals for both inner and out strength include: Azurite, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Garnet, Lapis Lazuli, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Selenite, Smoky Quartz, Tiger Iron, and Green Tourmaline. They can be used for awareness, inner strength, grounding, enlightenment, power, outer strength, better understanding, and transitions.

 Azurite 

These stones activate the Third Eye Chakra and Throat Chakra by bringing more assertive communication and alertness, quite, deep access to subconscious and other times/places/lives. Psychic stimulating stones, azuirte helps with creativity, decisiveness, deeper insight, seeing truth, reduces depression, anger, abnormal cell growth. Referred to as the jewel of wisdom. The deep blue stone helps you release the past and gracefully anticipate and accept the future simultaneously.

 Chrysoprase:

This stone allows greater flexibility, wisdom, generosity, and self-confidence. Heals depression, excess self-focus, emotions/sexual imbalance. Placed on Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, or on Third Eye Chakra for meditation. This stone uplifts the energy of the heart when you are heart heavy. It brings internal peace, harmony and contentment. This stone symbolizes clarity of thought. It soothes the central nervous system and creates calm. It is a stone that leads its user to new and intellectual approaches. This stone provides balance between the conscious and the unconscious.

 Citrine:

This stone is very versatile and is used for mental and emotional clarity, problem solving, memory issues, will power, optimism, confidence and self-discipline.  An energizing and highly beneficial crystal, citrine absorbs, transmutes, grounds and dissolves negative energy, which makes it a very protective stone. Citrine crystals are invigorating and positive. They can surround and fill anyone with its brilliant color, energizing every aspect of life. Can guide you to harness and utilize your creative energy. Helps us analyze events and steer them in a positive direction. Develops inner calm and security, and makes us less sensitive and more open to constructive criticism. Can dispel negative feelings and help us to accept the flow of events.

 Garnet:

This stone symbolizes faith, love, devotion and trust. Garnet is most famous for balancing our emotional states. Therefore, garnet is one of the best stones for soothing emotional stress and balancing out anger that is held in and not expressed. Garnet is a good stone to have around for emotional drama, traumatic crisis or when you feel backed into a corner with no way out. Garnet will show you the way out. It is the perfect stone for clearing the emotional layer of the Aura. Garnet encourages feelings of joy, hope and will power. Its fiery color drives away fatigue and stimulates the imagination.

 Lapis Lazuli:

In meditation, Lapis lazuli opens the Third Eye Chakra: Use for higher guidance, intuition, connection to higher self, overview, decisions for the good of all. Organizes, quiets the mind. Opens Throat Chakra for better self-expression, writing, creativity, dream insight, and allows total awareness. Considered a protection stone. It shelters the wearer like a shield from unwanted energies. A powerful thought-amplifier and is helpful in aligning all the elements of the body and mind. Can increase psychic abilities and guide you in the direction of mental and spiritual purity.

 Rhodonite:

Rhodonite is the “Stone of Love”! This stone symbolizes “self realization“. Rhodonite works with the Heart Chakra by soothing the heart center as well as the Root Chakra for grounding and balancing, due to the presence of black oxides in this stone. This balance of colors allows for a powerful and vibration for caring for one’s self. Rhodonite allows for confidence and self worth. Helps us express confidence and loving on physical plane in day-to-day ways. Calms and feeds the soul through the heart; love and service. It helps us with confusion and allows us to focus. This stone helps to strengthen mantras, chanting, affirmations, singing and toning.

 Rose Quartz:

Rose Quartz represents love, beauty, peacefulness, forgiving, loving, self-love and emotional balance! Rose Quartz works with the Heart Chakra. It is a soft, gentle, soothing stone that warms the heart center. Its value as a nurturing friend cannot be overstated. Neither can it’s soothing influence. Helps diffuse negative stimuli and uncomfortable memories. Helps us discover the ability to love ourselves and makes us more open to other people. It is of particular value in helping us to forgive ourselves, hastening self-acceptance. Helps us realize that all change is important, even difficult change. Stimulates love and tender appreciation of all things.

 Ruby:

This stone represents wealth, joy, love, sexual energy and power.  This stone strengthens the physical and emotional heart (Heart Chakra),for love, courage, confidence, vitality, stamina, leadership, and success over challenges. It can also amplify positive energy. Helps us in all matters of love, including love of ourselves. Stimulates motivation and visualization. This is a powerful stone whose stimulating energy can bring surprising things to light.

Selenite:

This gypsum stone is a striated crystal. It has been used to stabilize mental focus, growth, bring luck, boost immunity and generate kundalini energy. This is a stone referred to as a centuries-old recordkeepers of events/information. It smooths emotional discharge. Holding this crystal,visualize it bringing white light/energy (higher ideas/consciousness) from transpersonal point above the head down through body, out through feet into earth/physical plane. Place on Third Eye Chakra for stored information. May help physical and emotional letting go.

 Smoky Quartz:

Smoky Quartz is a grounding stone. It is used most often to overcome depression, nightmares and stress. Quartz stimulates the natural crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing frequency. This stone is used for inducing Alpha/deep meditation. It’s benefits also include channeling higher guidance, deep relaxation and helping with unconditional love. Heightens your understanding of nature and concerns for the environment. Smoky Quartz helps store information well for easier recall. Because it is associated with the Root Chakra, it helps to alleviate fear, anxiety and associated emotional depression.

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