by Andrew Pacholyk MS. L.Ac
(An excerpt from his new book, Lead Us To A Place ~ your spiritual journey through life’s seasons)
Our intuition is our greatest resource and yet it is the one that is most ignored. What is often called the sixth sense, intuition can be defined as “the ability to sense or know immediately without reasoning”.
When we get a sense of “knowing” we tend to push it away or ignore it. We all have hunches, gut feelings, or intuitive insight. The feeling one gets when first hearing about something or someone, or the first impression when we meet someone new…these are all simply our intuition.
This ability to synthesize and deduce from all of our accumulated unconscious experiences, gives us an advantage of “knowing”. Therefore, we “know” much more than we realize. It is also through the perception of our (other) five senses, which, allows us to “tune in” to our intuition.
We can also invoke tools to assist us to “tune in or pay attention”. Prayer, meditation, the power of scent, visualization, are just a few of these processes which can help.
Crystals are another one of these means that we can look to for inspiration. I truly believe that using any stone that “calls to you” is always your first and best bet. (Now that’s using your intuition). These stones are some of the most notable for empowering your insight.
Amethyst: The stone of transformation, spirituality and dream recall. Amethyst is the stone of transformation from all addiction, promoting inner peace. Used for contentment and meditation. Provides common sense and flexibility in decisions. Strengthens and enhances psychic abilities, imagery and mind quieting. Wear when sleeping or when awake to reduce anger, depression, grief, impatience, and nightmares.
Charoite: Charoite helps seeing old patterns with new possibilities. It is believed to open the heart, allow inspiration, encourage service, and grants us the ability for seeing more clearly (mentally, physically, psychically). It is believed that this stone brings about faster healing. Some find it useful for entity release work. Most effective on the upper centers of energy, which are the Heart Chakra, Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra to transmute/lift us out of troubled or stuck emotions and most of all, fear. This brings about vibrational change and therefore stimulates the Aura.
Hematite: This crystal is the most recommended stone for grounding and is associated with the Root Chakra. It encourages your survival instincts and helps with centering and balance. Hematite condenses scattered feelings, turns a cloudy mind into mental clarity, enhances concentration, memory, and practicality. This stone helps to create sound sleep patterns. Considered the symbol of life energy, hematite allows for more confidence, will power and boldness. Helps us adjust to being physical.
Labradorite is the symbol of vitality. This metallic iridescent stone brings forth each person’s strengths to share with the world. Helps one find their originality. This stone brings easier, more restful sleep as it has a very calming effect. This also make the stone a great stress reducer. UOpens energy flow to the Solar plexus and Third Eye Chakra and whatever other centers are most in need. At the Solar plexus Chakra, it gives power. At the Third Eye Chakra it encourage deep insight, psychic ability and focused intuition. Brings great clarity. Use it to stimulate the memory and impulse imagination. Labradorite has an “umbrella effect” when it comes to energy. It protects the user from psychic debris and past life angst that can come up in the mind of its owner.
Malachite: Malachite when placed on the Third Eye Chakra, stimulates physical and psychic vision, and concentration. For Heart Chakra, this stone soothes our heart energy and calms our spirit. The Solar Plexus Chakra complements this energy. Protects well by powerfully cleaning the auric field. This combination results in better emotional and physical balance. It will allow for the better understanding of our dreams and deeper meditation. Protects well by powerfully cleaning the auric field, rapidly absorbing undesirable energies
Pearl: In tune with emotions, water, and women, especially pregnant women, pearls are a symbol of pure heart and mind; innocence and faith. Because it is from the sea, it has watery and lunar elements, therefore it is used for balancing emotions, especially for water signs. Pearl can cool and soothe. It is very nurturing and speaks to our desire to look deeper and honor our intuition. Pearl is a cold and independent mineral, which is used, ironically at the Heart, Solar Plexus and Sacral/Spleen Chakra, to stimulate the heart, mind and emotional issues.
Quartz: Silicon is present everywhere. Human and animal bodies hold silica in little amount. Our body requires this mineral for its strength and stability. Metaphysically, it is the one crystal that everyone can relate to. Quartz is the Master Healer and the “stone of power”. Probably the most versatile multipurpose healing stone. It is easy to clean, stores information (energy) within, programs or amplify energy very well and is used as a healing instrument. The natural tendency for quartz is for harmony. Quartz can both draw and send energy therefore, it is effective for sending/receiving guidance.
Tiger’s Eye: Used historically for bringing more luck into your life. This stone is most recognized for attracting money, psychic protection, courage, confidence, willpower, clear thinking and speaking to show us the personal power in life that we have. Very versatile for the Yellow/Solar Plexus Chakra, Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra. The root of our intuition is from our Solar Plexus. The “gut feeling” is what’s considered the root, while our Third Eye receives the vision. Tiger’s Eye works on our mental plane by amplifying thinking and manifesting what you think about. Helps separate thoughts from feelings, more centered, less emotional.