by Keith Zang
Meditation is a very powerful tool to use for reducing and releasing the stress of the day as well as for healing and bringing enlightenment into your being. There are many methods for meditation. Some tap into mindfulness to bring the present moment into focus. Others utilize the breath to create a sense of timelessness by focusing on a single sensation or point and letting all other distractions go. This article will be focused on another type of meditation, that of the energetic healing form where the energies of the body and surrounding life force energies are focused for dynamic and accelerated healing.
The incorporation of colors and their corresponding stones can dramatically increase the effectiveness of the time that is spent in this activity. There are several times during the day that this activity can be most effective, in the morning when you first awaken, midday at your lunch break, after coming home from work, or before bed. Meditation does not have to take hours, and if you are able to even spend 10 or 15 minutes once or twice a day you will discover amazing results that may prompt you to spend even more time in this activity.
To start the meditation, it is important to get the body energized. Some form of physical movement is needed. Yoga, stretching, walking, aerobics, or any form of activity will work well. Younger people with no physical disabilities will use a form that may be different than elders or people with physical limitations. The key is to get the blood pumping, the respiratory system increased, and the energy stagnation of the body changed to a more dynamic state of being. Once the body is energized, the overall effectiveness of the meditation will increase. For those people that may have extreme physical limitations or very low energy due to situations such as prescribed chemotherapy or radiation therapies, energization can come through the meditation itself.
The focus will be on the colors that correspond to the body’s chakras as well as the color gold that is also very useful. There are many stones and variations of colors available to each of us, so feel free to explore and utilize those stones and colors that you tend to resonate to the most. To optimize these techniques, a stone held in the hands or ideally one stone in each hand works best.
There are many positions used for meditation. Most teachers advocate that the back be straight, but this may also be modified for those with physical or energetic limitations. Sitting in a lotus posture, on a bench, meditation cushion, or a flat backed chair tends to work best. But modifications of these techniques can assuredly be used, and are of course encouraged, for those that are in hospital beds or wheelchairs.
The breath is also important. Whatever form of breathing works best for you, utilize it. Some people like to breathe in and out through the nose. Some in and out through the mouth, and others in through the nose and out through the mouth. The key is to consistently and regularly bring air in and out of the lungs.
To incorporate the colors into your meditation, you can do so with the breath or visualization. Using the breath, bring the color in through the top of your head and envision it spreading throughout your whole body. The color can extend outward and surround your body as well. Another technique using the breath is to breathe the color in, and exhaling gray as you release the stress and toxins within your body. This is a good technique if using white or gold. If using visualization, see with your mind the color coming into the body, surrounding it and enveloping all aspects of your being. You can also concentrate colors on certain areas of the body that may need extra healing. Holding the corresponding stone to areas that need extra healing is also effective. The stones and color do not have to be used together. But, the synergy of the two makes the techniques more powerful. Color and stones can be used independently. Putting all these techniques to use, the following colors and stones can be used.
Red-This is the color that corresponds to the base or first chakra. Red can energize and stimulate the base chakra. It is also a very energizing color for the blood and circulatory system. This includes the kidneys and liver. Red can stimulate physical energy as well as emotional will. A good stone to use with red is Red Jasper and Ruby Crystals.
Orange-This color corresponds to the water or second chakra. It is a good color to utilize for energizing the digestive system, pancreas and spleen. It is also a good color to use for energizing the emotional state of being. This can help to create a positive mental outlook. Carnelian Agate is a good orange stone to use for this.
Yellow-This color corresponds to the solar plexus chakra. This is also a good color to use for energizing the digestive and elimination systems, as well as helping to stimulate creative and mental functions of the mind. It can also create a positive outlook similar to orange. Concentrating this color around the head and spinal area can greatly form an energized state of being that is geared towards positive outlooks towards life. Stones to use for this purpose are Citrine and Yellow Calcite.
Green-This is the color that corresponds to the heart chakra. It is a very powerful healing color. It is a balancing color for the whole body. Green has a calming effect that can help with anxiety and the nervous system. Green can also help stimulate healing after trauma where physical mending is needed. Green should never be used in cancerous or tumerous situations as green promotes growth, and that is the last thing that is needed in those circumstances. Aventurine, Green Calcite, and Serpentine are good stones to use for the color Green.
Pink-This color also corresponds to the heart chakra. It is also a very good overall balancing color. It helps to bring healing to emotional turmoil, especially in situations of anger and loneliness. Pink is considered a color of love and love energies. It can help stimulate feelings of compassion. A good stone to use for pink is Rose Quartz.
Blue-This color corresponds to the throat chakra. It is a very cooling color. It helps to balance and energize the respiratory system. A meditation using blue can help with conditions such as high blood pressure. Blue stones include Blue Lace Agate, Blue Calcite, and Sodalite.
Indigo-This color corresponds to the Third Eye Chakra. It is a very special color as it works on deeper intuitive levels. Utilizing indigo can create deep meditations that bring forth self-
White-This is not an actual color, but the reflection of all colors. It corresponds to the crown chakra. White is very highly vibrational and can be used for protection and attaining upper levels of enlightenment. It is also very detoxifying and cleansing. White can be used in any circumstance, especially if you are unsure as to what color to use during your session. A good crystal to use for this is Clear Quartz.
Gold-This is a very powerful color to use for healing. Golden energy meditations can greatly increase the overall well being of a person, improve mental attitude, and strongly balance all aspects of a person’s being, physical, emotional and spiritual. It can help to amplify the body’s own healing resources, bringing them to action for whatever is needed. One of the best materials to use for this is Pyrite or stones containing Pyrite. Pyrite in Quartz or Pyrite and Palladium is especially powerful.
These are just a few colors and stones that are useful for meditation. Incorporating these techniques can greatly enhance your overall well being, as well as help the body draw on it’s own natural resources. If you happen to be a person that uses techniques such as Reiki, healing touch, or other forms of energy healing, use of stones and crystals during these sessions can greatly improve the outcome. There are myriad combinations of stones and colors. Use your intuition to discover what works best for you.