Over the last few years, more and more people in North Carolina have been turning to alternative healing methods to get a feel of holistic and natural healing and experience the seemingly elusive balance and harmony in today’s demanding lifestyle. One of the most popular of these is the Japanese form of alternative healing called Reiki (霊気), which translates to Universal Life Energy.
Like Reiki, the use of healing crystals is a prevalent alternative healing practice known to provide people with a number of physical, metaphysical, and emotional benefits. In fact, stones are a very useful part of any reiki healing session. Many chakra experts and NC Reiki masters believe that these stones and crystals can help unlock the hidden potentials of mind, body, and soul by dispelling negative energy.
Today, we are looking at one such healing crystal known to bridge the dimensional gap between heaven and the earth: Turquoise.
Shimmering with the myriad of vibrant shades of the ocean, this beautiful gemstone caught the attention of many ancient cultures. Its soothing natural shades of teal, blue, and green made it an ideal stone to be used in Egyptian ornaments—rings and great sweeping necklaces called pectorals. Even the fifth Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, brought turquoise from Tibet to grace the walls of the famous 17th century ivory-white marble mausoleum in India called Taj Mahal.
In the 13th century, Turkish traders introduced this gem to Europe via the Silk Road. Though the natural deposits of turquoise have existed worldwide, including Southwestern United States, Mexico, Iran, Chile, China, and Tibet, this stone gained popularity only because of trade. Thus, turquoise gets its name from the French “Pierre turquoise,” meaning “Turkish stone.”
Eventually, many different cultures, such as the Aztecs and possibly other Pre-Columbian Mesoamericans, started incorporating the use of turquoise in their ceremonial and burial rites. While the five native tribes from the Southwestern United States—Apache, Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo, and Zuni—believed this precious stone could summon rainfall, Persians associated it with heaven and used it to decorate objects (from turbans to bridles) and mosques.
Turquoise is the first stone known to be a holy stone, a bringer of good fortune, or a talisman. This quality dates back to ancient times when Turkish soldiers used it in amulets and fixed it to their horses’ bridles to guard themselves against danger. Even today, turquoise is believed to have the power to generate good energy and luck. It is known to protect its wearers against negative energy, personal injury, pollutants, and accidents.
Dipped in the shades of sacred blue-green, turquoise brings many spiritual benefits to the table. Its rich blue color represents the supple flow of water and is known to bring a calming sensation to the unsettled soul; it also cleanses negative energy and brings good fortune.
Myra Ray, a chakra expert and NC Reiki master, believes that this beautiful stone works closely with the core of our communication, the throat chakra, also called the Vishuddhi Chakra—located at the base of the throat—and boosts one’s powers to speak the truth and silence the inner critic. It invites the throat chakra to flow freely and bring one’s truth bubbling to the surface. This, in turn, adds to one’s sense of self-worth.
Not only your throat chakra but wearing this purification stone will help balance and align all your chakras with your spirit and physical body, along with uniting your yin and yang energies to the body. No matter which stage of life’s journey you are at, turquoise can assist you in your spiritual transformation, stabilize your mood swings, and instill an inner calm and serenity. It has the potential to help you connect with cosmic energies and can channel communication with your guides.
Turquoise will also remind you that cohesiveness and wholeness in life can only be achieved after you have embraced the totality of who you are and what you have learned in your earthly journey.
Are you feeling depressed or just sad? Are you feeling emotionally and physically drained out? If yes, then turquoise can be your ideal pick-me-up stone. It has the power to lift energy, enhance strength, restore vitality, and offer an overall sense of well-being. Especially, people trying to recover from an injury can leverage the powerful benefits of turquoise.
Aside from refreshing you mentally, turquoise can offer you much-needed physical healing. It can enhance your immune system, aid in nutrient absorption, stimulate regeneration of tissues and lead to better general health and well-being.
Additionally, turquoise contains anti-inflammatory properties and detoxifying effects. Therefore, it can also be used to alleviate pain and cramps, purify lungs, soothe sore throats, and heal eye conditions like cataracts.
Now that you are aware of the innumerable benefits of this treasured healing crystal, you would probably be wondering how to use it. The good news is: you can use turquoise in whichever way you like.
As it is a pretty stone, you can either adorn your body with it or use it in Feng Shui (風水) practice. Using this traditional practice originating from ancient China, you can place turquoise in your office or home and let it fill your surroundings with positive energy. As turquoise stone makes a good piece of jewelry, you can also wear it as a ring, earrings, pendant, necklace, bracelet, brooch, or watch.
The benefits of this powerful stone can never be limited to the ways you use it. So, whichever way you decide to keep it near you, it will indeed bless you with its healing powers.
If you want to learn more about how turquoise can help you improve your life, check out Ignite Energy Group. You can also contact our reiki and chakra experts today and become the best version of yourself.