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Amazonite:
Crystal Courage

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In my work as a counselor and teachers, especially in helping people with chakra imbalances, I have noticed that one of the chakras most frequently blocked is the fifth chakra.

When one considers the large number of functions assigned to this chakra, its potential for blockage isn't surprising. Usually, the ears, nose, and throat are included as physical locations governed by this chakra. This means it regulates the physical senses of hearing, smell, and taste, three major ways in which we receive information and pleasure (or discomfort).

Of at least equal importance is the fifth chakra's role in communication. While I've already mentioned the physical sense of hearing, we can include here the capacity of interpretation, which also involves the mind. How many times have you said, "I don't believe what I'm hearing."? In such cases, your ears are generally not at fault.

The fifth chakra also governs speech. Sometimes we say things we wish we could unsay. Other times, we long for the courage to say what needs to be said. Here is where amazonite, a fifth-chakra stone, can be invaluable.

The Grounding Blue

Amazonite, a beautiful deep blue-green stone, often with white streaks, is a crystal about which little has been written. This was true in 1987, when I became deeply involved with crystals, and while information on this stone has increased, it still does not generate the attention that other crystals do.

Most commonly it's believed to have a soothing effect on the brain and nervous system, and helps one to analyze and sort out information and combine this process with intuitive wisdom. This combination of functions of the left and right sides of the left and right sides of the brain assists in effective communication.

I have found this to be a useful description of amazonite's characteristics, but when I was first working with it felt that there was more to this crystal. When I shared my bafflement with a friend who was both highly psychic and a long-time lover of crystals, he suddenly looked up and said, "Courage."

I immediately thought of the Amazons, those legendary women warriors and priestesses of the moon goddess, and felt the truth of that word. Since that day I have worked with amazonite on and for those occasions when I needed the courage to say something difficult, and it has been a wonderful helper.

If you have a challenging situation to face or a long-overdue speaking of your truth, a difficult request to make, a public-speaking engagement, amazonite is, in my experience, one of the most beneficial stones to wear or carry.

Amazonite: For Courage in Self-Expression

While blue lace agate is for generally opening the throat center, amazonite is very helpful for the kinds of communications we'd often prefer not to make.

You would like to speak to your dearly beloved about her habit of spending hours at a time on the telephone (you may think that some peoples' throat chakras are too open).

You are months overdue for a raise, and it's time to speak to your boss.

The neighbors don't seem to realize that you can hear their music as well as they can.

I wouldn't abandon the blue lace agate just yet, as there is potential for anger in any of these communications; often, though, people find themselves afraid to risk what could become a confrontation.

This is where amazonite becomes of value. In any situation in which you dread speaking, are afraid that your voice may shrink to an embarrassing squeak, or that you may say, "Oh, never mind, it isn't really important," this crystal can be very beneficial to wear or carry. When you program it in advance, visualizing a peaceful conclusion, it's even more helpful.

Meditating with Amazonite

Amazonite can have even more value when you use it to help discover what keeps you from speaking out in your own best interests. Before doing this, it can be a good idea to ask yourself some questions.

I wrote above "your own best interests." See what happens if you substitute the phrase, "your self-interest." Does that make you cringe? Do you ask yourself, "Does that mean I should put myself before someone else?" How do you feel about doing that? Any negativity that may come up when you contemplate this is probably based on self-esteem. Ask yourself what you deserve.

Often self-esteem issues mingle with fear. In the case of asking the boss for a raise, you might think you don't deserve the raise. You might also be afraid that you'll get fired.

The unfortunate thing about these issues is that they may end up being self-fulfilling. This is illustrated by the meaning of Rabbit in many Native American traditions, which name it the Fear Caller. It is believed that it shouts out its fear of the predators who rank it high on their dining list so loudly that it attracts them, and thus brings that which it fears into being.

Here is where Amazonite, the stone for courage, can be very helpful. Hold this stone if you meditate while sitting, or place it on your throat and imagine yourself asking for that raise (or speaking up in any situation that frightens you).

Allow the fear to surface. Inhale and exhale deeply several times. Imagine what you think he's going to say to you. Then release these imagined words and replace them with what you'd really like to hear. Imagine yourself being told you'll get the raise.

Repeat this exercise until you can imagine these results without any reservations, resistance, or doubt. In the process you may learn many useful things about yourself and your history. You may hear a parent or another significant adult telling you "No." In other ways you may discover what has kept you from speaking out on your own behalf.

Each time you discover something new and important, return to meditation. Say to yourself, "This happened to me then, but it doesn't have to rule my life. I'm in a different place now. I choose to release the past and create my own present and future."

And when you do go to ask for that raise or speak to that neighbor, be sure to carry amazonite.


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