by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac

You can certainly call me a sun worshiper. Being born on the Summer Solstice, I have always been attracted to the warmth, power and glow of the sun!

The sun has been prayed to, worshiped and adored for thousands of years. It is the center of our lives on earth and we would not exist without it! What better way to start your day by offering your intention outward to the Universe or with the last rays of the setting sun in the evening to give thanks.

Using a crystal as a meditation tool is a practice I have had for over 30 years. Introduced to me by my yoga teacher, Deva Inglesia Germana and reinforced over the years by several other, dear mentors, including Jean Claude Van Itallie and Zachary Selig, it is a wonderful way to empower your intentions. Consider using one or all of these stones:

This stone is a kiss of sunshine, crystallized. Honors the God, brings good luck and fortune. Energizes and empowers one’s self. Warms the heart and lifts/rejuvenates the spirit. Sunstone is used for protection, life force, and grounding. Sunstone is a great stone to use with “energy vampires”, or those who drain your energy from you. This includes parents, children, lovers, patients, bosses or anyone who is possessive, aggressive or overbearing. Sunstone breaks these bonds and allows light, separation and clarity from these energies. This stone clears and brightens both the entire Chakra and unbounds the Aura. Sunstone does great justice when placed on our power center or Solar Plexus Chakra. Sunstone is a great stone to relieve stress and overcome fear.

Citrine energizes every level of the aura, cleansing and balancing the subtle bodies as it aligns it with the physical body. Citrine crystals are invigorating and positive. Helps steer us in a positive direction. Used for mental and emotional clarity. Considered the merchant stone, citrine is very versatile and is used for mental and emotional clarity, problem solving, memory issues, will power, optimism, confidence and self-discipline. It reduces anxiety, fear and depression. An energizing crystal, citrine absorbs, transmutes, grounds and dissolves negative energy, which makes it a very protective stone. Citrine crystals are invigorating and positive.

Yellow Calcite
Also called Golden Caclite, is a stone that boosts overall energy levels in a peaceful, gentle manner. Yellow calcite increases strength and health. It stimulates the intellect. It can help organize intellectual thoughts and information and is used by people who meditate because the color is linked to the Solar Plexus Chakra, sun and light. It is also an important stone for astral projection. It has been used for centuries as folk remedies for treating the spine, bones and as a detoxification of the kidneys, pancreas and spleen. In the bath, Egyptians used it for decalcifying joints. Use this stone to boost life energy and to encourage will power.

Tiger’s Eye
The stone for bringing more luck into your life, Tiger’s Eye is the 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 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.

These unique stones are full of sun and a bright spot in anyone’s day. You can lay on the floor with this stone at your solar plexus or two inches below! These power centers embrace your own radiance and light, our encouraging and empowering centers and help bring a sense of awareness through knowing our selves and sparking our intuition.

You can sit in a comfortable position on the floor, ground or in a chair. Face the sun, in order to feel the warmth (and promise) on your face. Hold your stone in your dominant hand with the other hand underneath it. If you are using two stones, hold one in each hand. If you are using 3-4, place them in a circle around you.

Create a meditation circle on the floor, your meditation space or yoga mat. Anoint each crystal with a “sunny essential oil such as orange, lemon, bergamot or sunflower oil. Invoke each direction by creating a circle with the 4 stones. Invoke the 4 elements by placing crystals in a circle in each direction, starting from the east, south, west and moving in a clockwise direction ending with the north.

“Stones in circle round, give peace,
Quiet, calming, great release.
To bring about a welcome change,
To meditate and then exchange,
The flow of love and light and such,
To find what serves me very much.”

Close your eyes and breath in deep, exhaling as if you were breathing life into your stone. This sense of regeneration, stimulates yourself and your stone. The exchange is the power you take from the stone engaging your core! It is like a battery volting back and forth between your body’s energy and the living presence of the crystal. Take as much as you need and recharge.

Whether it is the morning sun, full of promise or the setting sun, with grace and thanks… give your attention to it. Feel its power and energy. It is the second most powerful force we can sense in the Universe.

With each deep breath, bring the power of your intention to your Solar Plexus Chakra. This power center is our greatest force of movement and motivation. It is from here that we gain our will power. Breathe into this energy center. Sense your connection between the crystals around you and the center just below your heart.

Expand and contract as you inhale and exhale. Take in the sun’s rays and exhale out the negative thoughts.

Release, as the sun releases. Expand as the sun expands.

Take as much as you need and recharge.

When you are ready to finish your meditation, simply (and slowly) bring your focus back to behind your eyelids. Sense your surroundings as they come back to you and slowly open your eyes.

I always recommend journaling about your experience. Include any references that may have come up so you can look them up later.

Find many more healing meditations in the meditation village.