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Rose Quartz:
The Color of Love

There are certain stones which I feel belong in every crystal collection. These include clear quartz, amethyst, and rose quartz.

Clear quartz is a foundation stone; like the color white, it contains the full spectrum of color. Amethyst is a color which many people consider to be that of spirit. Rose quartz helps to give us the gift (and those of you who celebrate Christmas will not find a better one beneath your tree) of loving ourselves.

Self-love is important for everyone, but it is especially vital for people who are interested in spiritual development. Many spiritual disciplines advocate the abandonment of self (known as ego), and while this may be ultimately the greatest liberation, I've often noticed people trying to abandon self with the enthusiasm with which they'd dump a particularly odorous bag of garbage.

Any negative feeling is a kind of psychic glue which attaches us to that about which we feel negative. So with ourselves.

When we don't love ourselves fully we are wounded inside, and a wound will always cry out to be healed. Rose quartz is an instrument of that healing.

That doesn't mean that it's always a gentle stone. In the past, when I placed it on my heart center (its natural resting place) I could feel pain I hadn't known I had rising to the surface. If this happens to you, you have a number of choices.

You can stop using it for a while, replacing it with aventurine, which can help to gently rebalance emotions. You can hold a rose quartz in your hand, and, while holding it, silently or out loud repeat an affirmation ("The past is over; I am a stronger person now." "I accept all that I am.").

You can also stick with it, frequently reminding yourself that that the pain is coming up to be released. It's going, never to return.

You can also sleep with rose quartz beneath your pillow. The pain of the past may come up in dreams; you can more readily handle this if you affirm before you go to sleep that you are ready to release the past.

Enjoy and respect your rose quartz. It's one of nature's greatest gifts.

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