The Wise Use of Intuition

With regard to others, wise use of one's intuition means not reading palms at parties, telling people things they might not be ready to hear, or in general try to influence others' choices on the basis of one's insights. It means using your own intuition to help people connect with their own.

A question is always better than an answer. If I sense that someone may be on the verge of making an unwise choice, I may ask him or her what motivates that choice or how they feel about it. I might ask if (s)he has considered other possible choices.

I only do any of the above if the person has asked for my opinion. Otherwise, tempted though I may be, I remain silent, unless someone's choice involves my own future.

In terms of applying intuition to your own choices, this means learning to hear your inner voice clearly.

Some people say they have no control over the insights that flood them. This might be expressed as the fear that their abilities will abuse them. In such cases it may be necessary to step back a little (or a lot). Usually, getting oneself grounded enables one to exercise some control over the flowing of intuition. Labradorite's grounding qualities make it an ideal stone to enlist as a partner for this purpose.

Labradorite: The Dark Moon

A beautiful Inuit legend explores the origin of labradorite. The Northern Lights were trapped in rocks along the coast of Labrador. A warrior, upon seeing them, struck the rocks with his spear and freed most of the lights. Some remained within the stones, creating labradorite.

Labradorite and Moonstone

In understanding labradorite's spiritual properties, it helps to compare it to moonstone. Both are composed of feldspar, the earth's most common mineral. Moonstone tends to be light, ranging from cream and tan to a peach hue. In its most prized form, it has a blue or rainbow iridescence, known as flash. Labradorite is most commonly a dark silvery blue highlighted with gleams of iridescent green, turquoise, gold, and other colors, also called flash.

In many ways, moonstone is aptly named for its resemblance to the pure white huge of the moon on a clear night. To me, labradorite also has a moonlike quality, that of the moon on a cloudy night, its light filtered and grayed. It particularly resembles the multicolored aura of the moon on a foggy or misty night.

This sight makes an apt symbol for most people's relationship to their intuitive gifts. The fog of superstition, orthodox religion, and the fear of being different often cloud our awareness of these abilities or make us fearful about using them. Labradorite's flash of color can remind us that we are truly multidimensional beings with abilities still trapped in the rock.

Labradorite is particularly known for helping to develop the wise use of intuitive abilities. This makes it useful for anyone who fears the expression of these gifts. Its overall dark color helps to ground the play of light. This helps to remind us that those cautious about the development of intuition can ground its growth through practice, meditation, and trust.

Using Labradorite

Holding labradorite can be very helpful. I held a labradorite frog several times in the course of writing this article. I moved it slowly, my eyes following the brilliant flash as I asked myself what idea would be more helpful. The flash seemed to clear up the fog in my mind and give me clear directions about what to write next.

You can also hold or place a labradorite on the third eye (between and above the other two) and think of its flashing color as flames of illumination deeply grounded in being. Imagine how your own intuitive flashes can, when deeply rooted in a sense of self that is neither inflated nor self-demeaning, bring enlightenment to your life and that of others.

Meditation

Because of labradorite's grounding properties, it's an excellent crystal for purposes of meditation. Its "solidity" can quiet us physically, emotionally and spiritually.

One Labradorite Meditation

If you choose to hold a labradorite egg or sphere, you may prefer to sit. If you're working with a labradorite pyramid or tumbled stone, you may also choose to lie down and place the pyramid or stone on the third eye (between and above the other two). Since the third eye represents the sixth chakra, which is related to psychic awareness and expression, this is a natural resting spot for labradorite.

This simple meditation consists of focused breathing. (As a reminder, the natural way to breath is to push your diaphragm out while inhaling and to contract it while exhaling.) Inhale to the count of eight, and then exhale to the count of eight.

At first, focus on the counting. This will help to dissolve the hold of distracting thoughts. As you continue to inhale and exhale, be aware of the passage of breath through your body. As you inhale, visualize it coming up through your feet and leaving through the crown chakra at the top of the head. Reverse the process for the exhale. If you prefer, imagine your breath coming in through the top of your head and exiting through your feet, again reversing for the exhale. Your awareness of the movement of breath is the main feature of this meditation.

As you continue to practice this meditation over time and become comfortable with following your breath, begin to pay particular attention to the third eye. Imagine your breath activating the energy of this chakra. Visualize labradorite's flash stimulating your intuitive abilities; allow yourself to travel through its colors. Feel them spreading throughout your being.

Do this meditation for five to fifteen minutes. If you continue to practice it regularly, you may find that you can ask a question and learn an answer that's helpful, either while you're meditating or some time later on.

Sleeping with Labradorite

One way to continue your exploration and to remain receptive to the answers that may come is to put a labradorite beneath your pillow at night. Before you go to sleep, tell yourself that an answer will come in your dreams.

For this method to be most effective, some training in dream recall is helpful. For more information on this subject, please see http://www.rainbowcrystal.com/ news/newsapril.shtml

Catching the Flash

One way to work with labradorite in order to develop faith in your intuitive powers is to remember the Inuit legend. Labradorite's flash reminds you that for every small sense you may have received of your abilities, a dazzling aurora borealis waits to light up your awareness.

Additional Resources

Power Lines

The Wisdom of Night


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