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A Stone for Courage

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The crystal Charoite is found in only one part of the world: the Chara River area of Siberia. This part of Russia is known for its forbidding climate and terrain and as a traditional place of exile for political prisoners.

There is a deep appropriateness to charoite's origins, for it deals with an internal exile, that of fear. When we're afraid we separate ourselves from a full appreciation of life, from the complete expression of our creativity. Most of all, we prevent ourselves from realizing all that we are spiritual beings.

Charoite's appearance also tells us about its gifts to us. It is a purple stone with black and white patterns. Purple is a sixth-chakra color, and the sixth chakra is where many of our limiting mental programs, including our fears, are stored. The color purple, among its other roles, helps to bring us closer to spirit by showing us that everything, even the thoughts we hold as true, can be dissolved and replaced with more empowering energies.

The color black in this stone grounds the purple ray, and enables us to explore the nature of our fears; while white represents the connection to spirit.

It has been said that if we are not completely manifesting our potential as human beings fear is in some way stopping us. Look for those areas in which you feel limited, and you will find a fear which blocks you.

Charoite will help to bring these fears to the surface. It helps to make this process easier by also giving you a boost of courage and commitment to dissolve fear patterns. if you choose to meditate with this stone it's often a good idea to allow time afterwards to contemplate what you've learned.

Another way to work with charoite is to put it beneath your pillow, especially if you are prone to disturbed sleep or fears which surface in dreams. In combination with amethyst, it will help to release these fears.

Although I hesitate to name a favorite stone, I can say without hesitation that charoite is a very important one for my own spiritual journey.

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