Gemstones for Inner Work
Amazonite helps to harmonize apparently different motivations and interests by bringing the truth to light without emotionality, and allowing one to see another point of view. It facilitates this process both between people, and within an individual psyche. Therefore it is good for meditation and inner work to clarify inner conflicts and confusion and integrate the self.
Aragonite bolsters the strength of your emotional core, helping you confront painful feelings and embrace past wounds. This clears the way for lasting positive emotional states. Because it acts to balance the energy system and chakras, it is both calming and energizing.
Garnets help you turn your visions into physical reality. The six types of garnets help with different types and levels of manifestation. The most represented in jewelry is pyrope garnet. This type of garnet helps the wearer release guilt and shame, open to receiving love, and walk forward with a sense of clarity and self-worth.
Iolite supports and facilitates inner vision, including shamanic journeying. It serves as a bridge between the rational mind and non-rational energies such as the heart, intuition, the depths of your unconscious, and your soul. Through this blending it helps you understand and release issues from the past, including past lives, and brings forth your innate creativity.
Different colors of kyanite have unique properties. Blue is the most common, and is a stone that enables communication and energy transfer mind-to-mind, between the conscious mind and the dreaming mind (creating lucid dreams), and between the physical and astral body. It creates pathways that heal by bridging blocks and aiding communication between disparate parts of the self, or between people.
Labradorite awakens psychic abilities such as telepathy and prophecy. It facilitates self-mastery and awareness of multiple layers of reality at the same time; thus it is a good stone for shamanic work.
Lapis lazuli is a stone with royal energy, in that it helps you uncover and access your inner noble and Divine nature. It activates psychic abilities and intuition, connecting you to spiritual guidance and visionary awareness. It helps you discern and speak the truth, as well as discover your truest inner Self.
Moldavite is quite popular in metaphysical circles and is well-known as a stone of spiritual awakening and an accelerant of personal evolution. As a green stone it is most active with the heart chakra, but the power of this stone can act on and open all chakras and enhance any spiritual pursuit.
Opal’s fire carries a spiritual energy that burns through attachments, wounds, and negative patterns. It can amplify your emotions, bringing semi-conscious patterns to the surface of your awareness to be dealt with. When these are cleared, it also amplifies joy.
Petrified wood is an ancient fossil of a tree. It is calming, soothing, and nurturing and can help heal problems arising from family history or past lives.
Rhodochrosite is a powerful stone for emotional healing. It helps you gently revisit painful childhood memories, heal the past, and reclaim the parts of yourself that you may have suppressed or disowned for emotional survival. It is also a stone of joy and nurturing, helping you access the freedom and magic of a child when they feel safe and loved.
Serpentine connects with the resonance and vibration of the natural world, helping you embody your true nature. It supports transformation and shedding old habits & patterns so you can live your best life.
By harmonizing and linking the heart and third-eye chakra, Tanzanite is a powerful stone for activating compassion and increasing the ability to speak the truth in your heart. It is an integrating stone that helps awaken an enlightened consciousness based in wholeness.
How to Use Gemstones & Crystals for Inner Work
How to Choose a Gemstone or Crystal for Inner Work
Start in a calm state of mind. Gaze at the images of the stones and feel your energetic link to them. Look for crystals that “call” to you, and confirm your intuition by reading the description.
Ideas for Using Your Inner Work Gemstone or Crystal
- Wear it as a necklace or other spiritual jewelry, or carry it in you pocket. Good for everyday, ongoing support.
- Place it in your environment. Good for changing the mood in the room, or supporting specific activities, like focusing at work.
- Meditate while holding it. If you have a spiritual practice, incorporate stones into it. Good for receiving deep insight, guidance, and healing.