Semi-pre­cious stones for your well-be­ing

Gem­stones that heal, pro­tect, and cen­ter

Northern Living - - CONTENTS - TEXT BELLE O. MAPA PHOTOGRAPHY LEAH MARCELO

Formed by the earth mil­lions of years ago, crys­tals have an ex­tra­or­di­nary abil­ity to ab­sorb, emit, and am­plify the en­er­gies around us, mak­ing them pow­er­ful tools in the pur­suit of health and well­ness. Heal­ing stones are where ge­ol­ogy and mys­ti­cism in­ter­sect, and it was this al­most em­pir­i­cal ground­ing that drew me, an an­a­lytic Virgo, to­wards them.

Dur­ing a day trip to the Dan­de­nong Ranges in Aus­tralia one sum­mer, I hap­pened by a quaint mys­tic shop just around the cor­ner of the town square. Ma­hogany ta­bles were scat­tered around the room, clut­tered with bowls of stones in every color imag­in­able. Some seemed to call out to me, feel­ing warmer or cooler than the rest. Those were the ones I picked out, the first in my grow­ing col­lec­tion.

I’ve al­ways be­lieved in en­er­gies guid­ing us through­out our paths in life. At the time, I was des­per­ately look­ing to treat an artist’s block that had been plagu­ing me for the past year. The heav­ily shawled lady at the counter said my aura was blocked by so many neg­a­tive en­er­gies. She said car­ry­ing the stones in a lit­tle pouch with me ev­ery­where I go would help.

True enough, though my pock­ets are weighed with tiny crys­tals, I feel lighter than when I’m with­out them. Their col­ors in­spire me not only to be­lieve I am wor­thy of good en­ergy but also to strive to­ward en­light­en­ment and cre­ativ­ity.

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