A photo from our recent spiritual protection workshop, jokingly called “Defense Against the Dark Arts”.Â Â The grid has smoky quartz, lapis lazuli, kyanite in quartz, indigo gabbro, Himalayan salt, Ocean Jasper, labradorite, carnelian, polychrome jasper, black tourmaline, palo santo, and cat’s eye shell.
The gem elixir has a labradorite sculpted ammonite, natural turquoise, amethyst, violet flame agate, clear quartz, ocean jasper, black tourmaline cat’s eye, and pipestone.
Our workshop this past weekend on body layouts was very popular. For those of you unable to make it, here is a summary of the basics: how to use a body layout on the chakras.
Sarva mangalam (Sanskrit, “May all be blessed”),
What are the chakras?
The subtle body is believed to mirror our physical body and consciousness, support our health, and represent our spiritual development. Models come from many different spiritual traditions and often disagree, even within the same religion. The version most popular in the metaphysical community today is derived from Hinduism. The first documentation for this shat chakra model (Sanskrit, sat chakra, “six chakras [energy centers]”) comes from the 11th century. Although named after six, it actually describes seven energy points called chakras (Sanskrit, cakra, “wheel, circle, turning”), produced where lines of moving energy called nadi (Sanskrit, ná¸i, “flow, river, conduit”) cross at locations across the body. The chakra above the head was thought to be so different, representing the Divine, that it was not included in the count.
Why place stones on the chakras?
Disturbances in the energy body are said to correspond to imbalance in the physical, mental, and emotional bodies, interpersonal relationships, and obstacles in the outer world. Energy work is believed to restore balance by removing stagnant dense energies, replacing them with fresh refined energy, restoring proper movement, reintegrating parts of the system to the whole, and spiritually sealing the work for longevity over time.
Energy is also thought to flow through stones, when they are used intentionally. When placed on, around, or under the body, like beneath a massage table, bed, or yoga mat, their energy field is said to entrain the energy body. The most popular method for the laying on of stones is using a stone on each of the major chakras. The stones are spiritually activated through prayer, connecting to universal energies around us, or working with a particular healing modality like Reiki.
Although located along the spine and skull, each chakra traditionally has a trigger point on the front of the body, known as a kshetra/kshetram (Sanskrit, ksetra, “field, place, sacred site”) in the original Hindu model. The term originally referred to the boundary of a sacred space, defining its sphere of influence, like the aura of a temple. Therefore stones may be placed at the chakra positions on the back or at their equivalent positions on the front of the body.
What are the colors of the chakras?
Although the position of the chakras has been fairly consistent over time, other elements have radically changed, like their symbolic correspondences, directionality, and color. Most models today adapt a rainbow color scheme introduced by Christopher Hills in the 1970’s:
(Example of a chakra set with 3 root, 2 heart, and 2 crown chakra compliments used in the workshop.)
Crown Chakra: Violet
Third Eye: Indigo
Throat Chakra: Blue
Heart Chakra: Green
Third Chakra: Yellow
Second Chakra: Orange
Root Chakra: Red
Over time, additional chakras and colors have become popular. Clear, white, and golden stones are now associated with the Crown Chakra, or chakras believed to exist above it, pink stones with the Heart Chakra, and opaque, black, and brown stones with the Root Chakra, or chakras believed to exist beneath it. These other colored stones may be selected or used at additional positions beyond the main chakras.
(A series of mini grids underneath a massage table at the workshop.)
Placing stones near the Root Chakra and Second Chakra may be difficult on yourself or inappropriate on another person. A set of stones may be used instead. For example, place a stone between the legs and one on each hip to support the Root Chakra.
Although using stones that represent the contemporary rainbow model are a popular technique for chakra work, it is not the only one. Stones may also be selected and placed intuitively.
Copyright 2015, Christopher Lee Matthews
Salt is the common name for the mineral halite (NaCl, sodium chloride), a combination of the metal sodium and chloride, an ion related to the gas chlorine. The name comes from the Greek halos “salt, sea” and the suffix “ite”, derived from the Greek lithos, “stone” It is pronounced “hay-light”.
The main metaphysical properties of salt are:
* Abundance, manifestation, and anchoring spiritual energies
* Connecting to the ocean, the Moon and its cycles, and grounding spiritual energies into the material plane
* Devotion, spiritual development, and an alchemical return to wholeness
* Hospitality, house warming, and domestic harmony
* Purification, spiritual protection, and releasing unwanted influences
* Insights on life, death, and spiritual rebirth
* Intuition, balancing the emotions, and altered states like dreaming
* Traditionally used for physical well being, vitality, and longevity
The metaphysical properties of salt are derived from a wide range of influences like its functions in the body, cooking, and industry, its association with the ocean and Moon, and its uses cross culturally.
1: Life, Death, and Rebirth: The liquids in the body like blood carry a memory of the ocean. They have a chemical makeup similar to seawater, although the exact proportion of minerals is different. Salt reminds us of the origin of life. Salt is also necessary for life, used by the nerves, digestive system, and for fluid regulation, but too much brings death instead. For example, conquered enemies may have had their land “salted” in antiquity, salt spread over their soil, to discourage reconstruction because of crop failure. However this harsher quality of salt may also be harnessed for “beneficial destruction”. Salt is used to preserve food and clean wounds because it discourages the growth of microorganisms.
Because of its traditional medicinal uses and connection to the origins of life, salt is said to support physical well being, vitality, and longevity. It also has more metaphorical associations with life and death. Water often represents spirit. Because salt dissolves in water but may later precipitate out as new crystals, salt symbolizes both the body and its rebirth, resurrection, and immortality. Similarly salt water is a common tool in the metaphysical community to return people, places, and objects to energetic wholeness. Just as it dissolves in water but can later recrystallize, salt represents the alchemical process of things being broken down into their individual elements, purified, and returned integrated to the whole.
2: The Ocean, Moon, and the Feminine: Deposits of rock salt were created by the evaporation of shallow seas millions of years ago. Because of this literal connection to the ocean and the Moon, the classical ruler of all water, salt is given qualities culturally associated with the “feminine” like balancing the emotions, intuition, and altered states like dreaming. Because of its age, salt that is mined rather than evaporated from sea water is associated with deeper emotional patterns, like those rooted in our childhood, the past, or past lives. Rock salt usually contains trace amounts of other minerals, especially gypsum (selenite), another mineral closely associated with the Moon. Lunar substances like salt and selenite are said to support personal growth, bless the home, and help individuals spiritually harness the cycles of the Moon.
3: The Cube of Earth, Manifestation, and Anchoring Spiritual Energies: Although it comes from the sea, salt is an ancient symbol of the Earth instead because of the cubic growth of its crystals. The cube is a symbol of stability, equality, and the material world, often paired with a celestial sphere. A cube or groups of cubes were often the model for temples, altars, and thrones historically. It expands the symbolism of the square, representing things like the four directions, to six, because of its six faces. Six based geometric figures like the hexagram (Star of David) symbolize the union of opposites like male/female, the six directions (East, South, West, North, Above, and Below), and concepts like the six days of Creation in the Bible. Because of salt’s relationship to the cube, it is associated not only with grounding but manifestation and anchoring spiritual energies into the material world, mirroring cosmology like sacred architecture.
4: Incorruptibility, Purification, and Protection: Salt represents the Divine and our own spiritual development because of its incorruptibility. It does not spoil and prevents other things from spoiling. Because of its preservative qualities and association with holiness, salt is cross culturally used for purification, spiritual protection, and releasing unwanted influences. Many religions use salt against “spiritual decay” by sprinkling it, creating circles, lines, or piles of it, and adding it to holy water.
5: Abundance, Hospitality, and the Sanctity of the Table: Like all former luxury goods, salt continues to carry the signature of abundance. It was once so precious that your proximity to it at meals revealed your social standing. Nobility were seated “above the salt”, closer to the head of the table. Cross culturally the sharing of salt, especially the sharing of salt and bread, became a symbol of hospitality, friendship, and mutual respect between guest and host. Those who had shared salt together should not harm one another. Salt became associated with peace, domestic harmony, and the sanctity of the shared table. Many cultures in antiquity, from the Greeks to the Jews, added salt to their offerings. This not only purified them spiritually, it adapted a custom for honored guests to show respect to the Divine. Salt came to symbolize a renewal of one’s relationship to God.
6: Colored Salts and Specific Chakras: Salt may be colored by trace inclusions of other minerals or deformations of its crystal structure that change the way light passes through it. Contemporary metaphysical sources associate these colored varieties of salt with the chakras that correspond to them in color. Because of salt’s association with the ocean and emotions, they are also said to balance feelings attributed to those chakras. For example, modern sources say pink halite is connected to the heart chakra and balances feelings related to love, self worth, and one on one relationships.
This handout was produced for “The Sacred Mysteries of Salt”, a workshop on the metaphysical properties of halite, presented by Stacie Coller and Christopher Lee Matthews of the Metaphysical Department of Enter the Earth and hosted by Jodie Appel of Asheville’s Therapeutic Salt Cave.
Asheville’s Therapeutic Salt Cave is located at 12 Eagle St. l Asheville, NC l 28801. For more information, please visit www.ashevillesaltcave.com or contact us at 828.236.5999.
Enter the Earth is located at 1 Page Avenue Suite 125 Asheville, NC 28801. For more information about the Metaphysical Department, please visit www.etemetaphysical.com or contact us at 828.350.9222.
To see our upcoming workshop schedule, check out:
©2014, Christopher Lee Matthews, Enter the Earth