Lapis Lazuli: A Stone of Communication and Protection
By Kudrat Kaur Khalsa, New Mexico, USA
Lapis Lazuli is one of the Four Healing Stones given by Yogi Bhajan; the others being Turquoise, Carnelian, and Coral. It has been said that Lapis will help one gain access to the Akashic Records so that one can use the information as a positive aid to one’s personal journey.
Lapis has long been associated with royalty and spirituality, and used as an aid to one’s inner journey. Lapis is said to activate the throat chakra and has often been used to support a higher more advanced form of communication, encouraging one to always discern and speak the truth. It is an excellent stone for public speaking and for those associated with the Arts, particularly singers and musicians. It is a stone which is known to activate the psychic centers at the third eye, allowing the development of enhanced intuition and communication with ‘spirit guides.’ Pyrite inclusions assist in acting upon one’s highest ideals and visions. Calcite inclusions assist in clearing the energy systems of the body to allow higher spiritual energies to flow.
Lapis Lazuli consists of the compound sodium aluminum silicate with sulfur, chlorine, and hydroxyl. It is often flecked with Pyrite and white Calcite. Most of the world’s Lapis Lazuli is currently mined in Afghanistan. Other deposits of a generally lower quality are in Chile and Russia. The ancient Greeks and Romans called the stone “sapphirus” until the term “Lapis Lazuli” began to be used in the Middle Ages. In Latin the name simply means “blue stone.” This name came from the ancient Persian word “lazhuward,” which meant “blue.” The Egyptians used Lapis in beads, pendants, and other jewelry. They were also known to grind the stone into a powder for use as a medicine and for cosmetic eye shadows. The brilliant color was also ground and used by artists as paint. Lapis was often used in the burial ornaments of Egyptian kings and queens.
In the healing arts, Lapis Lazuli can be beneficial to the respiratory system (especially the throat and lungs), the cleansing organs, and the nervous system. Perhaps the greatest single attribute of Lapis is its relationship to the mind and the mental state. Lapis is a powerful ‘thought amplifier’ and is helpful in aligning all the elements of the body and the mind. The color blue is related to water, peace, and spiritual attainment. While powerful, it is also soothing and cooling. Above all, Lapis is a stone inspiring self-knowledge and reflection. Reflect on its many gifts as you choose it for jewelry, healing, and meditation.
Sit in an easy posture with one hand resting in the lap and the other holding the mala. Use the mantra, “Healthy am I” (one bead), “Happy am I” (next bead), “Holy am I” (next bead), and repeat until you have gone all the way around your mala. It will surely enhance your visions, your communication, and your meditation!
Published in Aquarian Times, August 2010
Kudrat Kaur Khalsa currently resides in New Mexico. She is affectionately known as "the mala lady" and can be found at her table full of beautiful mala prayer beads at many 3HO events bazaars. She specializes in creating gemstone malas and teaches how to use them with mantra and meditation to enhance personal projection and spiritual practice. To set up a workshop in your area, contact her at 505-747-8673 or [email protected]. View her custom mala designs at www.themalashop.com