Have you ever found a small stone when hiking or walking on the beach and for some reason, put it in your pocket to keep? This simple act has been part of human history since early on. The practice of carrying or wearing a small rock that has special meaning is not new. In indigenous cultures, a stone was often kept in a small pouch or amulet and worn throughout a person's life. It served to strengthen an individual's personal power while reminding them of their very real ties to the earth. While each person is uniquely drawn to a different stone, all of us are dependent upon this planet for our existence, and keeping a part of it near our heart seems a very natural thing to do.
What is the Purpose of a Chakra Stone?
A stone itself does not have meaning, however, it can be a powerful tool in helping you access stored up or blocked emotions. Let's begin with the first or root chakra. The purpose of a root chakra stone is to assist you in feeling grounded, safe and belonging to this living organism we call Earth. Within this chakra, we hold the will to live and a primal passion for life. A good example of a root chakra stone is hematite. It is a dark gray-colored stone with lots of iron, which makes it both dense and heavy for its size. Sometimes you can see the iron as a red streak across the dark gray background. Hematite has a natural shine even before it is polished and is often found growing in clusters called rosettes. These clusters look much like rock flowers.
How Does Hematite Energize The Root Chakra?
The root chakra responds to hematite because this part of our emotional development needs to feel secure, comfortable and physically safe. Only when you've found your place on earth can you begin the process of enlightenment. When we commune with nature, we are tapping into our first chakra sensitivity. Try holding a piece of hematite and allowing yourself to feel calm and secure, knowing you can survive and thrive right where you are. Other good first chakra stones are red jasper, black onyx, lava, black jade and red garnet. While most chakras are represented by one color, the root chakra is represented by both red and black.