By Kudrat Kaur Khalsa, New Mexico, USA
Precious opals are white or milky stones with a beautiful shifting array of colors inside. Common opals are opaque, without dynamic plays of color. All opals are extremely sensitive and must be treated with great care. They contain up to thirty percent water and if they are cracked they lose the water that is responsible for their opalescence. Opal often possesses the virtues of all gems. Shakespeare referred to opal as “the queen of gems.”
The word ‘opal’ derives from the Sanskrit ‘upala’ and the Latin ‘opalus’ meaning “precious stone.” The Romans considered the opal a stone of love, compassion, and hope. According to Australian legend, the stars are governed by a huge opal that also controls gold and acts as a guide to profound human love.
Opal is a hydrated silica material. It is composed of sub-microscopic silica spheres that are bonded together with water and additional silica. Common opal may be any of several different colors including pink, and is found in many locations. The best pink opals, however, are found in Peru. They are a beautiful pale pink color.
Pink opal vibrates at a more gentle frequency and this enhances its calming and soothing effect on the emotional body. It is well suited for very sensitive people, loving people, and people who are in need of healing the wounds of the heart and working with the heart chakra. Pink opal clears and calms the heart and brings a sense of love, peace, and tranquility to one’s aura. It can be used or worn to keep one’s connection to the angelic realms open and clear. Pink opal is a lovely stone for healing the emotions, especially those connected with subconsciously held pain.
Pink opals are also associated with past lives and the world of dreams. They have often been used to stop nightmares. It is said that meditating and sleeping with pink opals help one resolve any painful remembrances, allowing a gentle and loving compassion for one’s self. They are very helpful in relieving fear, worry, or anxiety; they are helpful in dissipating stress and allowing one to be more centered and calm. Pink opal soothes the heart and physically has been known to stabilize any irregular heart beat. It supports the lungs and the utilization of oxygen in the body. It is a gentle and loving stone for anyone dealing with respiratory issues.
Pink opals can also enhance cosmic consciousness and bring joy and creativity. They are sometimes used when a keen sense of intuition is required.
Use Pink opal beads strategically placed in your environment and in your next meditation mala, and consider enhancing the power of angelic connections, compassion, and divine love with the Rose Quartz as a Guru Bead or main bead. It is a perfect mix.
Kudrat Kaur 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