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What I have

Lava. This por­ous stone is cool to the touch, with lit­tle specks that sparkle some­times in the light. Its tex­ture calms me when­ever I feel fid­gety. As it was forged by the very fires of the earth, it sym­bol­izes raw cre­ativ­ity and let­ting go of the past. Black ob­sid­ian. Most dark stones are good guardians against de­pres­sion. Black ob­sid­ian is also formed from lava, a kind of vol­canic glass. It’s the stone of truth, im­pen­e­tra­ble by light, that brings mys­ter­ies to the sur­face. It emits a soft, warm pull of en­ergy that gives me clar­ity. Pyrite. Pyrite shines al­most like metal and is the heav­i­est stone in my col­lec­tion so far. Many stones aren’t re­fined but rather found in clus­ters, which are pow­er­ful emit­ters of pros­per­ous en­ergy. It’s a mas­cu­line stone that re­lieves pres­sure by de­flect­ing neg­a­tive en­ergy. Or­ange cal­cite. I love how play­ful this stone feels. Or­ange cal­cite is translu­cent but gives off a warm glow and re­flects so beau­ti­fully in the sun­light. I use this when I feel my anx­i­ety ris­ing. It’s a happy crys­tal that bal­ances emo­tions and, most im­por­tantly, over­comes fear. Dragon’s blood jasper. Exquisitely col­ored green and burnt brown by na­ture, this stone was be­lieved in the an­cient times to be a fos­sil of de­ceased dragons. It stands for re­birth and trans­for­ma­tion, for giv­ing up old and dated ways of do­ing and be­ing. Amethyst. Amethyst isn’t just calm­ing to the sight; it also rids a room of neg­a­tive en­ergy. This crys­tal is con­nected to the chakra of the third eye, so it’s a spir­i­tual healer; good for med­i­ta­tion and treat­ing ad­dic­tions and in­som­nia. I keep it un­der my pil­low some­times at night. Rose quartz. The stone of love gives off a charm­ing and af­fec­tion­ate en­ergy. Its baby pink glow tells me I am wor­thy of love. The pen­du­lum helps me re-cen­ter my mind; I hold it in front of me un­til it stops swing­ing.

Good stones for starters

There are hun­dreds of beau­ti­ful stones and crys­tals out there, each with unique min­eral and en­er­getic prop­er­ties that align with cer­tain as­pects of your mind, body, and spirit. It all de­pends on your per­sonal in­ten­tions, but there are com­mon stones that are good for both your bud­get and your well-be­ing. Amethyst and rose quartz are good for starters. Black tour­ma­line, one of the most pow­er­ful pro­tec­tive stones, trans­forms dense, neg­a­tive en­ergy into a lighter vi­bra­tion.

Labradorite, also pro­tec­tive of neg­a­tive en­ergy, stim­u­lates the imag­i­na­tion and en­hances in­tu­ition.

An­other is cit­rine, associated with cre­ativ­ity and wealth that boosts self-es­teem.

Fi­nally, clear quartz, an am­pli­fier of en­ergy, can en­hance your stones and grant you clar­ity.

It’s also im­por­tant to cleanse your stones; think of it as recharg­ing their bat­ter­ies. There are dif­fer­ent meth­ods but the most com­mon are bathing your stones in in­cense smoke, sun­light, moon­light, or rain­wa­ter. I would, how­ever, avoid the rain bath in Metro Manila, as there could be acids that will dam­age your stones. The sim­plest ap­proach, though, is to soak the stones in a clear glass bowl filled with wa­ter and sea salt. Where to get your stones

The Mala Tree. 2F 189 Mag­in­hawa St., Sikatuna Vil­lage, Que­zon City. The­mala­tree.com

Crys­tal Age. 80 Mag­in­hawa St., Teacher's Vil­lage, Que­zon City. In­sta­gram.com/crys­tal.age. Face­book. com/Crys­talAgePH

Many stones aren’t re­fined but rather found in clus­ters, which are pow­er­ful emit­ters of pros­per­ous en­ergy.”

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