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Lapis:
Discovering Your Divinity

The ancient Egyptians believed that by meditating on the color of lapis lazuli they could touch the robes of God.

At first glance, this might appear to mean connecting to a being greater than oneself. However, I interpret it as meaning that lapis helps us discover the divinity within. It connects us to that part of ourselves that is eternal, pure, and positive energy.

It does this by helping us clear away the limitations we impose on ourselves: that we're imprisoned by our physical circumstances, that we'd be better if other people were better, that we've tried to be better but have realized that we're fatally flawed -- or any other belief that dims the light of self-appreciation.

The Night Sky

Sometimes people want to avoid all the limitations -- the dark parts -- and go directly to the light. The appearance of lapis teaches us to see why this is neither necessary nor desirable. It's a unique combination of darkness and light. Its deep blue color sparkles with gold pyrite, symbolizing a night sky radiant with stars. We wouldn't find the stars if they weren't illuminated by their dark background. Seeing what we don't want brings into focus what we do want. This is the value of contrast.

Lapis and the Sixth Chakra

Lapis is a sixth chakra crystal and is usually placed on the third eye. (The third eye is located on the forehead between and slightly above the physical eyes.) In general, the sixth chakra relates to inner wisdom, intuition, psychic abilities, and the relationship of the left and right sides of the brain.

The light blue crystals frequently relate to our communication with others. The dark blue stones represent our communication with our inner selves. They help us clear out old mental beliefs and patterns so we can see our inner light.

Lapis may expose limiting beliefs without any softening effect. This can have a counter-productive effect. If you discover a belief and immediately begin to think, "Oh, how stupid I am to have ever believed that," your self-esteem will be lowered and you may feel discouraged about further explorations.

Meditating with Lapis: A Suggested Layout

Because of this factor, I recommend that when lapis is used in meditation, choose among rose quartz, aventurine, or amethyst. These are all forms of quartz, which has a softening effect on the more "blunt force" crystals like lapis and obsidian.

Here's a chakra layout that works well with lapis.

First chakra: smoky quartz, for grounding and for its softening effect.

Second chakra: garnet, for patience.

Third chakra: citrine, to amplify self-esteem. This is also a form of quartz.

Solar plexus: rhodochrosite, to lessen any anxiety that may occur.

Fourth chakra: rose quartz, for self-love and also for softening.

Fifth chakra: aquamarine, for a feeling of peacefulness.

Sixth chakra: lapis

Seventh chakra: clear quartz, as a direct connection to spiritual energy.

Ask a Question

Because lapis's energy is so focused, you may find it help to ask a specific question. I usually recommend phrasing a question in a positive way, i.e., instead of "Why can't I get the job I want?", ask "How can I get the job I want?" With lapis, though, I prefer a different approach.

For example, you might ask, "Please help me release whatever stands between me and the job I want." Asking the question in this form opens the way for lapis to tell you what's in the way ("You're not sure you want that job because several people have been fired from it;" "You're afraid of too much responsibility;" "You don't think you can succeed") and for the form of quartz you've paired with lapis to help dissolve the blockage.

You may need more than one meditation session for this. Also be alert to prompts that may come during the course of your daily life. It may be more information about the job or kind of job you want.

Lapis may also keep on telling you the same thing: "You don't want that job" without specifying why. This message might be coming directly from your inner knowing. It could make sense to listen. If you feel compelled by the message, use the form of quartz you're working with to release any attachment to this particular job and ask that the possibility of a different one be presented to you.

Lapis is most effective when we don't resist its message. When we train our eyes to see the light that shines in the darkness, we find that lapis, like the stars that guide navigators, helps us find our way home.

Miscellaneous Information About Lapis

Geographical Origins and Methods of Identification

Lapis has been mined in the mountains of Afghanistan for over 6,000 years, and the finest stones continue to come from that area. Afghani lapis tends to have pyrite. Lapis that is mined in Chile contains more calcite.

Lapis is sometimes confused with azurite or sodalite. Azurite is softer and generally more rough in appearance. It's often found in combination with malachite. Sodalite is more of a blue-black color and never has pyrite. The ancient Greeks described a stone they called sapphire with gold, and this was almost certainly lapis. Non-gem quality sapphire tends to be dull in appearance, while the gem form is brilliant and translucent.

History

Lapis lazuli combines the Latin word for stone (hence "lapidary") and the Arabic word azul, which means blue. The second word is also related to the Persian word for blue, lazhward.

The combination of languages that makes up this crystal's name hints at its widespread popularity in ancient times. The Egyptians, in addition to meditating with lapis, buried lapis lazuli scarabs with their dead and believed it to offer protection. They also pulverized the stone and made into a poultice to be rubbed into the crown of the head. It was believed that as it dried, it drew out all spiritual impurities. Lapis was also often used as an inscription stone for various passages from the Book of the Dead.

Other Meanings for Lapis

Above, I've described what I believe to be the most important purpose for lapis. Here I list some additional meanings that may speak to you.

Lapis can open you to your universal connection.

Lapis can help you overcome depression and open the door to self-acceptance.

I've seen many references to lapis as a stone of truth and friendship.

Lapis is sometimes believed to bring about harmony in relationships. It is said to help its wearer to become an authentic individual who freely speaks his/her personal truth. (This is probably why it's often associated with Sagittarius.)

Lapis lazuli is also believed to be related to mental clarity and emotional healing.


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