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I love to use lava rocks to ground my root chakra, placing them between my legs as I meditate, or placing them on my heart chakra to open myself to the healing power of love as I lie in Savasana. Many of my friends use lava rocks to make jewelry that encapsulates the tremendous energy of the earth.

Lava hearts may form as 2000-degree basalt flows from underneath the surface of the Big Island of Hawaii, spurts, ebbs and then cools. Once covered by the sea, marine creatures such as limpets or other snails may attach to the pieces of lava as well. Also, these as-found creations of Nature often contain the yellow-green Quartz crystals called citrine that is created as the lava cools. I imagine that these hearts are bursting with love to be shared.

For lava rock hearts that you can get in time for Valentine’s Day, see www.ETSY.com.

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries (watch for my Valentine’s Day giveaway starting February 12th!)



I’m happy to introduce our knowledgeable guest blogger, Harriette Knight, a master healer, psychic medium, and host of Harriette Knight’s Psychic & Healing Hour on Blog Talk Radio.  She is also the author of CHAKRA POWER! and GEMSTONE POWER!

I love stones.  I love rocks. I love gems.  They can be smooth, raw, polished, chunky, pointy, round, faceted, and carved.  I love them all.

I also love the CHAKRAS. Talking about them. Writing about them. Using gemstones to enhance their brilliance.

As a Reconnective Healing practitioner and psychic medium, I utilize gemstones to create a line of healing jewelry as well as a tool in my healing practice.  The energy is powerful and can help to release emotional blockages, open the chakras, and aid in meditation.  There are many uses for gemstones and you don’t need to be a gemologist to appreciate their purpose.

In my two books CHAKRA POWER! How to Fire Up Your Energy Centers to Live a Fuller Life, and GEMSTONE POWER! 52 Meanings and Meditations from Abalone to Zircon, one can fully grasp how to utilize gemstones to assist the healing process, release old programming, enhance intuition, and align the chakras. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites with you so you could begin to reap the benefits immediately.

Quartz Crystal is the Most Powerful Healing Stone! It brings about clarity, focus, and connection to one’s Higher Self. It amplifies the energy of all other stones, and brings about spiritual healing, peace, intuition, creativity, balance, perceptiveness, and understanding. Quartz Crystals can help find what was lost, whether in a material sense or an emotional sense. It helps to dispel negativity and depression, and to solve problems. An excellent choice for meditation and opening up the Third Eye chakra, too!. Quartz Crystal helps to balance the yin/yang of the brain by supplying energy where it is most needed. A must for your Stone collection!

Rose Quartz is the stone for opening your Heart Chakra. It is a stone of gentle love bringing about peace and calm, friendship, and angelic connections. Rose quartz can bring in romantic love, self love, self confidence and beauty. It shares its sensual qualities with the owner, and aids in the areas of the heart, blood circulation, sexual issues and fertility. It is recommended to always keep a chunk of Rose Quartz near your computer or electronics to balance out the energy. Rose quartz is pink in color, ranging from very pale to deeper hues.

Amethyst is the Royal Stone and associated with the Crown Chakra. It is the link between your human side and your spiritual self. Supporting your journey of faith and spirit, amethyst is an all around healing stone. Great for meditation, too! Amethyst helps control addictions, stimulates inspiration, promotes inner peace, and honesty. This purple gem aids healing in the areas of the ears, bones, lungs, digestive system, respiratory tract, and skin. Amethyst also encourages sobriety, and relieves headaches.

Amber is the ultimate healing stone. Before there was penicillin, there was amber oil which was used as a cure all. Dating back to the dinosaurs, amber ranges in color from yellow to honey to green. It purifies and cleanses the aura, promotes balance, brings good luck, raises confidence levels and optimism, and supports your journey to enlightenment. A Sacral and Solar Plexus chakra supporter, amber also aids healing in the areas of the stomach, gall bladder, kidneys, teeth, and joints.

Carnelian can help pull you out of a rut by promoting action and courage. It helps to stop confusion, lift your emotions, and protect you from fear and envy. As it cleanses and purifies your Sacral Chakra (located just below the belly button), carnelian helps to sooth menstrual cramps, support kidney function, and help battle infertility. This beautiful stone ranges in color from light red to deep brown, and helps to stimulate the absorption of vitamins.

Turquoise is an Artist’s stone promoting creativity and self expression. It helps to connect to one’s muse as it takes intuition and inspiration to new levels. It can bring good luck, foresight, spiritual grounding, and is a mood balancer. It brings about peace of mind, and loyalty. Turquoise aids healing in the areas of acid vs. alkaline, stomach and gout problems, and helps to fight against viral infections. It also creates warmth, and relaxes cramps. Use turquoise to enhance your Throat Chakra and speak the truth.

For more information, please visit www.HarrietteKnight.com.

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries and Chakra Secrets


THE ABCs of Healing your Throat Chakra – Aromatherapy, Bija Mantras and Crystal Therapy

There are a wide variety of plants, essences of flowers and herbs that can used fresh or dried in extracts, teas, tinctures and steam inhalations to cleanse the body of toxins and strengthen the immune system. For example, grapefruit extract works wonders as a post-illness tonic while magnolia bark tea harmonizes the Heart and Throat Chakras, willow flowers enable the release of sadness while rosemary, sage and thyme can be used in steam inhalations to defeat sinus infections and sore throats. First time users of aromatherapy should be cautious until they know how their body will react and some herbs can be dangerous to the unborn so if in doubt, consult your health practitioner.

Bija mantras are used in a chakra balancing practice to bring the focus inward. The audible sound is extended so that each repetition overlaps the one before it. The word HAM, pronounced like in harm, or humming the note G will energize the throat, bestowing an almost otherworldly tone and harmony to your singing voice.

A thorough discussion of the use of gemstones and crystals in chakra healing will not be attempted here as many excellent books have been penned on the subject. In short, blue topaz can be used to activate and balance the throat chakra by aligning the body’s meridians and is especially helpful when combined with Reiki healing methods. Its sister, yellow topaz aids in smoothing out energy imbalances and strengthening a weakened nervous system while uncut semi-precious stones such as sapphires and emeralds enhance the release and re-balancing of the whole body.

Thanks for stopping by. Please write me about your experiences or to make a suggestion for a future post.
Next Time: Raising the Brow Chakra
Namaste! Becca

How Can I Forgive When What I really Want is Revenge?

Dear Becca,

A friend of mine, or someone I used to consider to be a very close friend, was having sex in my bed with my boyfriend when I came home from work late, a few nights ago. Yes, I tossed them out on their ears (well, maybe not literally) but now I lonely, sad, frustrated and a few other things I won’t mention on here. I want to move on with my life and to put them both in my rear-view mirror, so please help me distance my heart from the hurt that is bruised and glowing there.
Jilted Juliet

Dear Juliet,
Heart chakra balancing can help you release your anger to let love and compassion live there. First, you have to realize that forgiveness, even of something unspeakable, is necessary for you to live a healthy, loving life. You don’t have to forget or condone an action or behavior, you just have to let go of its importance in your life. As the Buddha said, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.”

Most of the characters in The Chakra Diaries had to deal with forgiveness, of themselves and others, to release the tension in their bodies and allow the healing power of love to flow. Put your present happiness first, and forgive past transgressions – drop the hot coal.

Lose Weight, Look More Youthful, Eliminate Pain-Use the 5 Tibetan Rites to Stimulate the Circulation of Your Essential Life Energy

Developed thousands of years ago by Tibetan monks to slow aging, increase energy, calm the mind and strengthen the body, the 5 Tibetan Rites are once-secret, ancient yoga-like poses .

The secret to the 5 Tibetan Rites was unveiled in the 1930’s when a retired British army officer discovered a remote Tibetan monastery where the monks were rumored to have discovered the legendary Fountain of Youth. The remarkably old, yet amazingly healthy monks claimed that the secret to reversing aging lay in the five special movements they performed daily. The officer learned these exercises from the monks and taught them to Peter Kelder, who documented them in the book “The Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth.”

Practitioners reported improvements in strength, endurance, and energy, relief from joint pain and headaches, better memory and vision, weight loss and even a more youthful appearance.

According to Jo Caron, a certified Kripalu yoga instructor in Hawaii, the 5 Rites were meant to stimulate the energy centers of the body, the chakras, by speeding up and coordinating their spin. She recommends focusing on each chakra during a repetition of the exercises for increased benefits. Activating the chakras stimulates all the glands of the endocrine system, so the 5 Rites in effect, benefit the body’s overall functioning and aging process. The man who brought these 5 Rites to the West, stated that, “Performing the 5 Rites stimulates the circulation of essential life energy throughout the body.”

Write and tell us about your progress. Namaste, Becca Chopra, http://www.TheChakras.org

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A Practical and Profound Guide to Crystal Healing

The authors of one of my favorite reference books, “The Power of Chakras and Chakra Healing,” have now written my favorite book on Crystal Healing. I stopped in the middle of a stressful day to pick up this book and, within minutes of opening it, was testing the crystal layout for chakra balancing. Ten minutes later, feeling grounded and relaxed, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the rest of this easy-to-use, beautifully illustrated guide to crystals. This book is suitable for both beginner and expert crystal healers and I look forward to sharing it with the participants in my chakra balancing workshops.

The book offers crystal patterns for almost every conceivable use – from easing headaches and enhancing immunity, to energizing the brain and nervous system to dealing with depression and coping with relationship problems. I found the placement of crystals for protection from electromagnetic stress to be very effective (I now have a crystal hanging at the center of my chest and one between my feet), allowing me to work longer hours in front of my computer. I look forward to purchasing more crystals, based on the recommended repertoire of key crystals, harnessing the healing power of nature with the authors’ expert advice.

Choosing Crystals for Chakra Balancing

Just like you carry a few “everyday” items in your purse, briefcase, pocket or car like socks for cold meeting rooms, hard candies to soothe your throat, lipstick to protect and brighten your lips or gym shoes for your lunchtime walk, having a set of crystals can be very useful in chakra balancing.

They need not be fancy or showy and seem to work best when they are allowed to choose you. As proof that “everything” in this life is alive, aware and responsive, hold your hand over a few crystals and wait until one or more of them signals you that they are ready to become yours, to accompany you and to work with you by both absorbing and giving off energy.

Now, as the new guardian of your crystals and the recipient of their marvelous power, you have a responsibility to keep them clean and energized. First steep your new crystals overnight in a solution of sea salt and water and dry them thoroughly before you begin to use them.

Periodically, re-wash your crystals in the salt solution, or bury them in a bed of salt between uses or even plant them in your garden or under a tree in your favorite park. Take advantage of the healing energy of every full moon by leaving your crystals outside overnight.

One note: The intense energy of clear quartz may keep some awake at night so keep it away from your sleeping area if you are especially sensitive and bring in the calming influence of amethyst instead.

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