Mala Meditation for Clarity and Focus in the New Year

As the new year begins, most of us are looking for ways to renew ourselves, set goals, and prioritize what matters most in our lives. One powerful and transformative practice that can help you achieve these goals is mala meditation. Mala meditation is a form of mindfulness meditation that uses a string of beads to count the number of mantras or affirmations that you repeat. This ancient practice has been used for centuries by yogis, Buddhists, and other spiritual seekers to enhance clarity, focus, and peace of mind. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of mala meditation and offer some tips on how you can start incorporating this practice into your daily routine. The Mala Tree offers a unique collection of gemstone and seed mala necklaces, meticulously crafted to support and enhance your meditation practice.

Benefits of Mala Meditation

Mala meditation can offer many benefits for your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Some of the most significant benefits of mala meditation include the following:

Increased Clarity: Mala meditation can help you clear your mind of distractions and focus on what’s truly important. By repeating a mantra or affirmation, you can train your mind to focus on the present moment, rather than worrying about the past or future.
Reduced Stress: Mala meditation can help you reduce stress and anxiety by calming your nervous system and promoting relaxation. This practice is particularly useful when you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.
Inner Peace: Mala meditation can help you cultivate a sense of inner peace and contentment. By focusing on positive affirmations, you can train your mind to be more grateful and appreciative of the present moment.
Spiritual Growth: Mala meditation has been used for centuries as a spiritual practice to deepen one’s connection to the divine or higher power. By repeating a sacred mantra, you can cultivate a sense of reverence and awe for the world around you.

How to Incorporate Mala Meditation into Your Daily Routine

If you’re interested in incorporating mala meditation into your daily routine, here are some simple steps you can follow:

Choose Your Mala: The first step is to choose a mala that resonates with you. Malas come in many different styles, materials, and colors, so choose one that feels comfortable and meaningful to you.
Choose Your Mantra: The next step is to choose a mantra or affirmation that you want to repeat during your meditation. Some popular mantras include “Om,” “So Hum,” and “Sat Nam.” Choose a mantra that feels inspiring and uplifting to you.
Find a Quiet Place: Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed during your meditation. You can sit on a cushion, a chair, or even lay down if you prefer.
Start Counting: Hold your mala in your right hand and start counting each bead as you repeat your mantra or affirmation. When you reach the end of the mala, you can either start over or simply pause and reflect on your practice.
Practice Daily: Try to practice mala meditation daily, ideally at the same time each day. This will help you establish a consistent practice and reap the full benefits of this powerful practice.

Tips for a Successful Mala Meditation Practice

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your mala meditation practice:

Choose a Time for Your Practice: Choose a time of day that works for you, whether it’s first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, or at bedtime.
Create a Sacred Space: Create a sacred space for your meditation practice, whether it’s a corner of your bedroom, a special room in your house, or a quiet park outside.
Focus on Your Breath: As you repeat your mantra, focus on your breath and the sensation of the mala beads in your hand.
Pay Attention to Your Thoughts: Notice when your mind wanders and gently bring your attention back to your mantra.
Be Patient: Mala meditation is a practice, so be patient with yourself and don’t force yourself to achieve a certain outcome. Instead, focus on the process and enjoy the journey.

Mala meditation is a powerful and transformative practice that can help you cultivate clarity, focus, and peace of mind in the new year. By incorporating this ancient practice into your daily routine, you can reduce stress, deepen your spiritual connection, and enhance your overall well-being. So if you’re looking for a powerful tool to help you achieve your goals and stay focused in the new year, give mala meditation a try and experience the transformational power of this powerful practice for yourself.

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Crystal of the Week: Amazonite

Hi, friends! This week’s crystal is Amazonite, and it is one of our personal favorites.

At The Mala Tree, we love all crystals equally but we have to admit, we have a soft spot for Amazonite.

Amazonite is a gorgeous green stone that is said to have a calming and cooling effect. It has varying shades of green, with streaks of white running through it. It is said to be a stone of truth, communication, and integrity. Amazonite is known to be a very soothing stone and is said to calm the soul and help us to see both sides of every issue. It is also known as the ” hope stone” because it is believed to inspire confidence and courage. Amazonite is a perfect crystal for anyone who is working on manifesting their dreams into reality. Keep reading to learn more about Amazonite and how to incorporate it into your life!

The History of Amazonite

Amazonite has been used for centuries by many different cultures. It is most commonly associated with the Amazon River in South America, hence its name. The ancient Egyptians were known to use Amazonite in jewelry and other decorative objects.

Amazonite has been used by cultures around the world for centuries. This crystal was popular in ancient Egypt and was used in jewelry and decor. The name “amazonite” is actually derived from the Amazons, a tribe of warrior women in Greek mythology. These fierce women were said to have used Amazonite in their armor to protect themselves from negative energy.

Amazonite was also popular among the cultures of Mesoamerica. The Aztecs and Mayans used Amazonite extensively in art and architecture. Some experts believe that amazonite was used to decorate the temples of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire. Today, you can still see traces of amazonite in pre-Columbian art from Mexico and Central America.

The Mala Tree’s Amazonite Slabs can be used as decorative pieces.

Amazonite Info

Amazonite can be found in the United States, Brazil, Russia, Madagascar, and Namibia. The name Amazonite comes from the Amazon River in South America, where the stone was first found.

Amazonite is a variety of microcline feldspar. Feldspar is the most abundant mineral group on Earth, making up about 60% of the Earth’s crust. Amazonite is part of the clay family and has a Mohs hardness of 6-6.5.

If you want to get started with Amazonite, this Amazonite cube is one of The Mala Tree’s most affordable products.

Chakra and Element

Amazonite is associated with the heart chakra and the water element. This crystal is believed to be helpful in clearing away negative energy and promoting positivity. Amazonite is thought to be especially helpful in times of change or transition. If you’re feeling lost or uncertain, Amazonite can help you to find your way.

An Amazonite generator by The Mala Tree.

In Crystal Healing Lore

Amazonite is known as the “truth teller.” It is said to clear away negative energy and provide clarification during difficult situations. This crystal can also be used to help you speak your truth with confidence while also promoting communication, understanding, and open-mindedness. If you’re looking to restore harmony in your life, Amazonite can be a helpful ally!

Malas containing Amazonite beads are thought to be particularly powerful because they combine the supportive energy of crystals with the meditative practice of mantra repetition. If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of Amazonite for yourself, check out our newest Mala of the Week: The Lotus Mala! This mala features gorgeous green Amazonite beads paired with petal pink rose quartz beads. Rose quartz is known as the “stone of love” and can help promote forgiveness, compassion, kindness, and understanding—the perfect energies for aligning with during mantra meditation.

The Mala Tree’s beautiful Amazonite bracelet is one of our bestselling items.

How to Use Amazonite

Now that you know a little bit about the history of Amazonite, let’s talk about how to use it in your daily life! Amazonite can be used in many different ways, but here are some of my personal favorite ways to work with this beautiful crystal:

Wear Amazonite jewelry

Amazonite makes for beautiful and unique jewelry. You can find amazonite necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings at many different retailers. Or, if you’re feeling crafty, you can even make your own jewelry using raw Amazonite crystals!

Place an Amazonite stone in your home or office

If you want to enjoy the calming effects of Amazonite all day long, try placing a stone in your home or office. You can put it on your desk, nightstand, or anywhere else that you would like!

Add Amazonite to your crystal collection

If you’re a collector of crystals and gemstones, then amazonite would make a great addition to your collection! Not only is it visually stunning, but it also has many powerful energies that can enhance your other stones’ energies.

Give Amazonite as a gift

Know someone who could use a little boost of confidence? Amazonite makes for a great gift! This crystal can be gifted in its raw form or incorporated into jewelry or another type of object. Either way, it’s sure to be appreciated by the lucky recipient.

Use Amazonite during meditation

Meditation is a great way to connect with your crystals’ energies. To use Amazonites during meditation, simply hold one in each hand or place one on your third eye chakra (between your eyebrows). Then, focus on your breath and allow yourself to relax in the moment. As you meditate, feel free open up to all the possibilities that life has to offer!  

I hope this post has inspired you to give Amazonites a go! These beautiful green stones are perfect for anyone who could use a little extra confidence and courage in their life. Whether you choose to wear them as jewelry or keep them close by during meditation sessions, I guarantee that you’ll fall in love with their peaceful energy just like I have!

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Nurturing and Healing Your Inner Child for Personal Growth

It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We are constantly being pulled in different directions by our jobs, our families, our friends, and our commitments. It can be hard to take a step back and just breathe. But it’s important to remember that no matter how old we get, we always have an inner child that needs our love and attention. In this blog post, we will discuss in detail the hows and whys of nurturing your inner child.

Each of us has an inner child.

Benefits of Nurturing Your Inner Child

How often do you check in with your inner child? No, not your actual children—we’re talking about the little voice inside all of us that longs to play, be creative, and just have fun. Too often, we adults get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we forget to nurture our own inner child. But just like our kids need our love and attention, so does our inner child. Here are three reasons why it’s important to nurture the inner child within you, no matter how old you get.

1. It will make you happier.

Nurturing your inner child will bring more joy and happiness into your life. When you allow yourself to engage in activities that are solely for fun and pleasure, without any ulterior motive or agenda, you open yourself up to a world of possibilities. And when you’re happier, those around you will be too!

2. It will help reduce stress.

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out. But when you take the time to nurture your inner child, you give yourself a much-needed break from all the demands of adult life. Whether it’s taking a dance class, painting a picture, or just playing with your pet, engaging in activities that are purely for fun can help reduce stress and promote relaxation.

3. It will boost your creativity.

Nurturing your inner child can also help boost your creativity. When you allow yourself to play and be silly without worrying about what other people think, you open yourself up to new ideas and ways of thinking. So go ahead and color outside the lines—your inner child will thank you for it! 

Nurture the inner child within you.
The first step is acknowledging that regardless of your age, there exists an inner child within you.

How to Nurture Your Inner Child

No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start nurturing your inner child. Just like our kids need our love and attention, so do we! By taking the time to nurture the little voice inside us that longs to play and have fun, we can reap some big benefits in our lives—including happiness, stress relief, and increased creativity. So go ahead and give yourself permission to color outside the lines once in a while—your inner child will thank you for it! Here are some tips on how to nurture your inner child.

1. Schedule time for yourself.

Just like you would schedule a meeting or a doctor’s appointment, put time in your schedule for yourself. Whether it’s 30 minutes or 2 hours, make sure you have some time each day when you can focus on yourself. This is your time to do things that make you happy and relaxed. Maybe you want to read a book, take a yoga class, or go for a walk in the park. Whatever it is, make sure you set aside some time each day to do something just for you.

2. Talk to your inner child.

One of the best ways to nurture your inner child is simply by talking to them. Sit down and have a conversation with your inner child about what’s going on in your life and how they’re feeling. Ask your inner child what they need from you and then listen carefully to the answer. Your inner child may surprise you with how wise they are!

3. Meditate Using Crystals to Nurture Your Inner Child

Meditating with crystals can be a powerful way to connect with your inner child. Some crystals that are best for this type of meditation are:

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is a powerful crystal for nurturing the inner child. It helps to connect with the childlike aspects of ourselves, bringing lightness and joy into our lives. It can also help to reduce stress and anxiety, making it a great stone for times of turmoil.

Larimar

Larimar is a crystal that can help you connect with your inner child. It brings lightness and joy into your life and can also help reduce stress and anxiety.

Amethyst

Amethyst is another stone that can help you tap into your inner child. It helps to connect you with your intuition and Higher Self, promoting creativity and imagination. It can also help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Malachite

Malachite is another excellent crystal for nurturing the inner child. It helps to release old emotional wounds and traumas that may be holding us back. It also fosters a deep sense of self-love and acceptance, which is essential for healing the inner child.

Rhodonite

Rhodonite can help you to connect with your inner child. It can also help you access the creativity and imagination that lie within. As a love stone, it can help to heal the heart and to feel more confident in giving and receiving love. Rhodonite can also help reduce stress and anxiety.

Any crystal can be used to meditate to nurture your inner child.

Here is a good way to meditate with crystals:

You can use any form of your preferred crystals for this. It can be a Rose Quartz Mala, a Larimar Bracelet, Amethyst Raw Stone, a Malachite Wrist Mala, or Rhodonite Generator or Wand.

To do this, simply sit or lie down in a comfortable position and hold a crystal in your hand. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. As you breathe in, imagine the crystal infusing you with white light. This light represents love, healing, and protection. Visualize yourself as a child. Imagine yourself at a time in your life when you felt happy, carefree, and loved. Allow yourself to feel the emotions of this time in your life. As you breathe out, release any fears, worries, or doubts that are holding you back. Continue breathing deeply and focus on the emotions of love and happiness. Stay here for as long as you like.

Allow yourself to summon the inner child within you and let loose and play.

4. Give yourself permission to play.

It’s easy to forget how important it is to play when we’re adults. We get so caught up in work and responsibilities that we often don’t take the time to just have fun anymore. But playing is actually really important for our mental and emotional health. So give yourself permission to play like a kid again! Go out and buy yourself some coloring books and crayons, build a fort out of blankets, or join a kickball league. Do whatever brings joy into your life!

Tap into your inner child.

Nurturing your inner child is essential for maintaining your mental and emotional health as an adult. By taking the time to schedule some “me” time into your schedule, talking to your inner child, and giving yourself permission to play again, you can keep that inner spark alive no matter how old you get!

Moon-Charging Your Crystals

The moon is a powerful source of energy, and it’s no surprise that many people choose to charge their crystals during the full moon. There are a number of ways to do this, but the most important thing is to make sure that your crystals are placed in a way that they will be exposed to the moonlight. Although there are other ways on how to cleanse your crystals, set your intentions, or programming gemstones, moon-charging your crystals is still highly recommended by The Mala Tree as it is a harmless way to program your crystals.

The moon is powerful because it has a lot of energy that can be used for healing and other purposes. It’s also said that the moon has a special connection to the divine, and so it’s a great place to go for guidance or support. Lastly, the moon’s phases are said to influence everything from our moods to the tides, so there’s definitely something special about this cosmic body.

Charging crystals using the light of the moon.

A simple method for moon-charging crystals

Here are some ways to harness the powerful goddess energy of the moon by charging your crystals with moonlight. Follow these steps:

1. Put your crystals near the window and let the moonlight shine on them. You don’t have to open the window. This will work as long as the moonlight touches your crystal. This resets the healing crystals and gemstones and imbues them with more healing powers.

2. Give it some time. Your crystals will tell you once it is ready to be programmed. You may also choose to get it the morning after.

3. Program it with your intention: Hold it with your left hand, give it love, surrender love to the Universe, and program it with your intentions. Tell it what to do.

4. Your healing crystals and gemstones are now charged by the moon’s goddess energy.

5. You may choose to do an Abundance Ritual as you do Step 2 above like burning incense, clearing your space with a singing bowl or lighting a candle.

6. You can do this anytime the moon is exposed, but lightworkers say that this becomes more powerful during the full moon.

7. The Full Moon’s power lasts for three days: the day before the date of the Full Moon, the exact date of the Full Moon, and the day after the date of the Full Moon.

Expect blessings to come your way. The most important thing is to believe. 

Can I still charge my crystals even if it’s not a full moon?

The moon’s energy is always present, so you can charge your crystals any time, even if it’s not a full moon. Just make sure that your crystals are placed in a way that they will be exposed to moonlight.

The moon is ever-present. You can use its energy anytime.

I can’t see the moon tonight. Can I still charge my stone?

Yes, you can! You don’t necessarily need to see the moon to charge your crystals. Just place them in a way that they will be exposed to the cosmos at night, and they will absorb its energy.

Moon Phases and Specific Objectives

No matter what phase the moon is in, you can always use your crystals to help you manifest your desires. Just remember to cleanse and recharge them regularly so that they can continue to work effectively.

Here are some specific objectives you can achieve during each moon phase:

The New Moon for Intention Setting

The New Moon is a time of new beginnings. This is when you can set your intentions for what you want to manifest in your life. Use your crystals to help you attract what you desire, whether it’s more love, success, or anything else. Use your crystals to help you manifest your deepest desires and set your intentions for the coming month.

The Full Moon for Release

The Full Moon is a time of release. You may want to use this time to let go of something that’s been weighing you down. This could be a bad habit, a toxic relationship, or anything else that’s no longer serving you. Use your crystals to help you release what’s no longer needed in your life so that you can make room for new blessings. Use your crystals to help you release what no longer serves you and make space for new blessings.

The Waning Moon for Reflection

The Waning Moon is a time of reflection. This is when you can reflect on what you’ve been manifesting in your life and see how far you’ve come. This is also a good time to cleanse your crystals so that they can be recharged with fresh energy. Use your crystals to help you reflect on your progress and cleanse them so that they can be recharged with fresh energy.

The Waxing Moon for Growth

The Waxing Moon is a time of growth. This is when you can focus on what you want to manifest in your life. Use this time to set your intentions and visualize what you want to attract. Use your crystals to help you manifest your desires and visualize what you want to attract.

The Dark Moon (the last visible crescent of a waning moon)

The Dark Moon is a time of rest. This is when you can take a break from your intentions and just relax. Use this time to recharge your own energy so that you can be ready to start fresh when the new moon comes around. Use your crystals to help you connect with your higher self and meditate on what you want to achieve in your life.

Charging your crystals using the moon can be a great way to connect with their energy and power. The moon has been revered for its healing properties for centuries, and it’s no wonder that many people choose to charge their crystals under its light. If you’re looking to give your crystals an extra boost of power, consider charging them during the next full moon!

Feng Shui & Gemstones: Combining Potent Energies for the Home & Everyday Life

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we can all use a little extra help when it comes to creating a calm and serene space to call home. Enter Feng Shui – an ancient Chinese practice that uses the power of energy (or “chi”) to create harmony in our environment. 

If you’re looking for ways to create a more positive and peaceful life, you may want to consider incorporating feng shui and healing gemstones.

Healing Gemstones for the Home

Healing gemstones, such as amethyst and rose quartz, are known for their ability to emit positive energy. When used together, Feng Shui and healing gemstones can help you create a space that feels calm and serene. Here are a few tips on how to get started.

1. Choose a room to focus on. When it comes to using Feng Shui and healing gemstones, you can either choose one specific room to focus on or you can make small changes throughout your home. If you’re just getting started, it may be easiest to pick one room to work on at a time. Once you get the hang of things, you can start making changes in other areas of your home.

2. Clear the clutter. One of the main principles of Feng Shui is that your surroundings should be free of clutter. This includes both physical clutter (clothes, books, papers) and mental clutter (worries, stress). Take some time to declutter your home and your mind so that you can create a more positive space. 

Fluorite Generators & Wands.

3. Incorporate healing gemstones. There are many different ways that you can incorporate healing gemstones into your home. You can place them in strategic locations throughout your home, wear them as jewelry, or carry them with you in your purse or pocket. Experiment until you find what works best for you and your space.

There are many different ways to do Feng Shui in your home, but one popular method is by using healing gemstones. Gemstones are incredibly powerful because they each carry their unique vibration and energy. When placed strategically in your home, these vibrations can help to enhance the flow of chi and create a more harmonious space. 

A Citrine Gemstone Orb

Best Healing Gemstones for Feng Shui Elements:

4. Use intention: When you’re placing your gemstones around your home, be sure to do so with intention. Take a moment to focus on what you hope to achieve with each stone (e.g., increased happiness, improved health, etc.). The more intention you put into it, the more powerful the results will be! 

5. Place them strategically: When choosing where to place your stones, it’s important to consider both the location and the element it corresponds with. For example, if you want to bring more wealth into your life, you would place a stone associated with the element of earth (malachite or moss agate) near the front door of your home. If you’re looking for protection from negative energy, place black tourmaline near all entrances to your home or office. And if you want to improve relationships with others, place rose quartz in your bedroom or living room.  

Gemstones for Personal Feng Shui

In addition to using gemstones for Feng Shui in your home, you can also carry them with you or wear them as jewelry to benefit from their energy. Doing so is said to be especially helpful if you’re going through a challenging time or are feeling particularly negative. Here are some ways:

  • Put them in your purse or pockets when you leave the house to help keep negative energy at bay.
  • Meditate with a gemstone mala.
  • Place them on your altar to promote peace and harmony.
  • Wear Feng Shui bracelets made from gemstones that boost your birth element and animal sign.
  • Use them in your bathwater for a relaxing, cleansing experience.
  • Give them as gifts to friends and loved ones to promote positive energy flow in their lives as well.

Feng Shui and Healing Gemstones are great ways to create a more positive space in your home. These two ancient practices work well together because they both emphasize the importance of having a clean and organized space free of negative energy. When used correctly, they can help improve every area of your life – from your health and wealth to your relationships and career. So what are you waiting for? Incorporate some healing gemstones into your home today!

Astrology and Gemstones

There is a strong connection between astrology and gemstones. For centuries, these two disciplines have been used together to help people understand themselves and the world around them.

Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies in order to interpret their influence on human affairs and terrestrial events. Gemstones, on the other hand, are minerals or crystals that have been used since ancient times for their beauty, power, and healing properties.

The connection between astrology and gemstones is based on the belief that the planets and stars influence our lives. Each planet is associated with a particular gemstone, which is said to amplify the energy of that planet. For example, the planet Mars is associated with the red gemstone carnelian, which is believed to increase courage and strength.

Gemstones are also thought to be helpful in balancing the energies of the different planets in our birth charts. If a planet is in an unfavorable position, wearing its associated gemstone can help to mitigate some of the negative effects.

There are a wide variety of gemstones to choose from, and it can be helpful to consult with an astrologer or gemologist to find the right stone for you. With their combined knowledge of the heavens and the earth, they can help you select the stones that will best support your journey through life.

Whether you’re looking for guidance, protection, or self-awareness, harnessing the power of astrology and gemstones can be a valuable tool on your path to wellness.

The Mala Tree Crystal Shop studied this connection for years which led them to release the Zodiac Powerstones Bracelets. Each bracelet is made with different gemstones that “empower” the qualities of the zodiac/sun sign. Wearing your Zodiac Powerstone bracelet is like having a personal cheerleader on your wrist, reminding you of your best qualities and cheering you on to reach your full potential. The Mala Tree also releases a monthly horoscope that breaks down what is happening in the heavens and how it affects each zodiac sign.

So if you’re ever feeling lost, or just want to feel more connected to the universe, consider reaching for your Zodiac Powerstones Bracelet the next time you need a little boost.

When you receive your bracelet, take a few moments to meditate on your intention for wearing it. Holding the bracelet in your left hand, visualize the energy of the gemstones infusing you with strength, courage, or whatever quality you most need at this time. As you wear your bracelet throughout the day, allow it to serve as a reminder of your intention, and of the limitless possibilities that await you.

Guide to Programming Crystals the Easy Way

Healing gemstones and crystals emanate vibrations that can be attuned to your energy. Syncing with it can unlock its potential to serve your desires and goals. To do so, you have to program your crystal. What it simply means is that you have to imbue it with your intentions. This article will list down the steps you have to do to program them.

Cleansing the Crystals

Time and again we emphasize the necessity of crystal cleansing. It is the very first thing that you will do with your crystal at the start of your journey together. It is also the practice that will renew that relationship and keeps the crystal back to its optimal capacity. Removing the negative energy in your healing gemstones and crystals is the prerequisite before programming it. So make sure you do this before anything else. You can use singing bowls, sage, palo santo, Tibetan bells, and/or blessed incense. A guide for crystal cleansing can be read HERE.

Crystal Programming Ritual

Once you have cleansed your healing gemstones and crystals of accumulated negative energy,  you are ready to proceed with the crystal programming ritual. It is important to emphasize here that you should also be spiritually and mentally ready. Keep your desires and need clear within your mind and proceed with the following steps below.

  1. Prepare a sacred space where you will do the ritual. It should be well-ventilated and full of positive energy. Once chosen, it will be the space for all your cleansing and programming rituals.
  2. Light calming and cleansing incenses. It will help you achieve a level of tranquility to prepare you for the ritual. Immerse yourself in the smoke of lavender incense as it is an effective relaxant.
  3. Settle in a comfortable position in the room and hold the crystal with your dominant hand.
  4. Meditate. Do Pranayama while chanting a mantra. Repeat for a minimum of 8 times. While chanting, visualize with your mind’s eye your goal or desire.
  5. After one cycle, slowly transfer the crystal with your other hand. Repeat step number four.
  6. By using your dominant hand, slowly push the energy of your intent into the crystal.
  7. Repeat the chanting and shift the crystals between two hands. Do this until you feel that all the vibrations have entered the crystal.
  8. After the ritual, whisper words of gratitude to your crystal. Now it is ready to amplify your intention throughout the universe!

The intention that you imbue within your crystal can be for love, wealth, or even happiness. It can be anything positive that you want to happen but be focused on it. Just remember to use the right crystal that will resonate with your intention. Ask The Mala Tree Crystal Shop for the right crystals for your needs.

The energy within healing gemstones and crystals will eventually fade over time. Also, energies outside your intention get caught in the crystal and over time accumulate. You will notice this when the crystal is not vibrating as it used to. The twin stages of cleansing and programming will renew your crystal’s vibration.

If you want your intentions to manifest reality, healing gemstones and crystals will be there for you. However, on their own, they will not function. You have to work with it to achieve your goals. Your commitment to your goal is reflected by the commitment you provide to your crystal. Giving time to cleanse and reprogram your crystal is part of this commitment. This care regimen not only makes them work efficiently but also makes them work longer down the road. So take care of your crystals and let them take care of the rest!

Chakra 101: The Seven Chakras and Their Meanings

The Sanskrit word for “chakra” translates to “disk” or “wheel”, which refers to the various energy centers in your body. The theory goes that each of these spinning energy centers in our body corresponds with certain nerve bundles and organs. Your chakras are like energy centers in your body. They work best when they are open and balanced. If your chakras become blocked, you may experience physical or emotional symptoms related to the respective chakra. The seven main chakras are located along your spine. The chakras originate at the base of your spine and continue up to the top of your head. Some people believe that there are 114 different chakras in the body.

Now that we know what chakras are, let’s take a look at each one in more detail:

The Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine. The root chakra, when balanced, grounds you and provides a sense of security. Its energy is based on survival and relates to feelings of security and safety. When this chakra is open, you feel safe and secure in yourself and the world around you. You can face life’s challenges with courage and confidence. However, when it is blocked, you may feel fear, anxiety, and insecurity. You may also experience physical symptoms such as infertility issues, prolapsed organs, and chronic lower back pain.

The Sacral Chakra is located just below your navel. It represents your ability to feel pleasure and enjoy life. Its energy is based on creativity and sexuality. When this chakra is open, you feel creative and sexually fulfilled. However, when it is blocked, you may feel creatively stuck or experience sexual dysfunction. You may also experience physical symptoms such as urinary problems or impotence. 

The Solar Plexus Chakra is located above your navel and below your sternum. It represents your ability to be confident and in control of your life. Its energy is based on personal power and will. When this chakra is open, you feel confident and empowered. You can set boundaries and stand up for yourself. However, when it is blocked, you may feel powerless or controlled by others. You may also experience physical symptoms such as digestive problems or ulcers. 

The Heart Chakra is located in the center of your chest just above your heart. It represents your ability to love and be loved unconditionally. Its energy is based on love, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, and hope. When this chakra is open, you can give and receive love freely without conditions attached. However, when it is blocked you may struggle with anger issues or resentment toward others.

The Throat Chakra is located in the center of your throat. It represents your ability to communicate authentically and truthfully. Its energy is based on communication, expression, and truthfulness. When this chakra is open, you can express yourself freely and truthfully without judgment. However, when it is blocked you may have trouble communicating your needs or feel like you are not being heard. You may also experience physical symptoms such as a sore throat or thyroid problems.

The Third Eye Chakra is located between your eyebrows in the center of your forehead. It represents your ability to see clearly and have insight. Its energy is based on intuition, imagination, and wisdom. When this chakra is open, you can trust your intuition and make decisions from a place of inner knowing. However, when it is blocked you may struggle with doubt or indecision. You may also experience physical symptoms such as headaches or migraines.

The Crown Chakra is located at the top of your head. It represents your ability to be spiritually connected and in alignment with your highest truth. Its energy is based on spirituality, connection, and enlightenment. When this chakra is open, you feel a sense of connection to something greater than yourself. You can live life from a place of purpose and meaning. However, when it is blocked you may feel disconnected from your spiritual truth or purpose in life. You may also experience physical symptoms such as depression, anxiety, or insomnia.

The seven chakras are essential for our well-being—physical as well as emotional—and when they are balanced we feel happy and healthy overall.

Cleansing Gemstones: Renewing Your Crystal’s Energy

Before the beginning of your journey with a crystal, it has been passed on to many hands before finding itself in a crystal shop. Healing gemstones and crystals absorb energies and intentions. Hence, it has to be cleansed before starting to work on it.

During the course of your relationship with the stone, it will nonetheless capture outside energy and accumulate as time goes by. Its capacity to serve as an intention amplifier diminishes as a result. No longer will it vibrate as much as it used to.

As with basically every tool, your healing gemstones and crystals need to be recharged to keep them functioning well. Likewise, a new crystal needs to be reprogrammed before use. Crystal cleansing reactivates and rejuvenates them. Regular cleansing reflects one’s commitment to the power of the crystal. Do this and it will serve you well. Here are some recommended methods of cleansing your crystals.

1.       Sunlight or moonlight bathing.

            A return to nature from where your crystal came from is highly beneficial. It is also one of the most accessible ways of crystal cleansing. Let it bask in sunlight or moonlight for at least four hours. Moonlight is much more recommended for darker crystals as sunlight might make its color fade.

2.       A blanketing of earth.

            Earth is the mother of all crystals. Let your crystals be provided with sustenance by blanketing them with earth for at least a day. Even the soil in your potted plant would work.

3.       The music of singing bowls.

            Sound vibration can break down accumulated energy within crystals. The sound produced by Tibetan Bells and singing bowls is also beneficial in cleaning the surrounding environment too. It is a faster method compared to the previous two. Simply place the crystal in the bowl and make it sing. The Mala Tree provides this service for free.

An actual crystal cleansing and programming session at The Mala Tree Crystal Shop/

4.       A bed of brown rice.

            Place your crystal on a bowl of dry and uncooked brown rice. You can leave it there for four hours or overnight. DO NOT eat the rice you’ve used. Otherwise, you’ll end up taking in all the unwanted energy that is removed from the crystal.

5.       Within an amethyst crystal cave.

            Being a crystal attuned to intentions of clarity, amethysts can also be used for crystal cleansing. Lay your crystal within an Amethyst cluster, geode, or crystal cave and leave it for 1-2 days. This crystal is good for removing negativities that accumulated in the crystal. We have Amethyst clusters, caves, and geodes at The Mala Tree.

6.       Black obsidian mist.

            The black obsidian concentrate is also another fast way of cleansing your crystal. One can make this mist concentrate by submerging the obsidian stone in water. Place it where the sun can reach it and leave it there for four hours. You can use this anytime your crystal needs cleansing. It works too as a cleanser to keep bad vibes away in a room. These mist sprays are also available in your friendly crystal shop.

7.       The scent of incense.

            Treat your crystals with aromatherapy by bathing them with the smoke of burning incense. White sage, palo santo, or frankincense can be used to cleanse your healing gemstones and crystals and bring them back to their optimal capacity. This is the best option for cleansing larger and harder-to-handle crystals.

8.       The power of cleansing crystals.

            Selenite and quartz crystals are well-known for their ability to cleanse, purify and charge other crystals. The energy that emanates from them is always clear and they never need recharging. Quartz and selenite crystal holders or stands are available in crystal shops. It is a convenient and functional way of storing your crystal when not in use. It is also a beautiful display rack! You can place your healing gemstones and crystals on top of them before you go to bed. They’ll be ready by the time you wake up.

No matter how you choose to cleanse your crystals, it is a beautiful way of showing your commitment and reverence to the power of these stones. Not only do they help us in our healing journey, but they also need to be regularly cleansed and cared for so that they can continue serving us well. We hope you will try some or all of the methods we’ve shared here and enjoy watching your crystals come back to life, glowing with their natural energy.

Starting Your Crystal Collection

As gifts of nature, crystals have always held a special place in human societies all over the world. There is no wonder then that they hold spiritual, metaphysical importance – so significant that even science use them for the advancement of technology. Seasoned crystal collectors study their vibrations, their uses, and how they behave especially when used to aid in times of need.

For centuries, healing crystals are believed to absorb, keep, and transmit energies that can help send intentions when done correctly.  These are just but a few reasons why most people try to own a piece of crystal. Since they come in almost all forms, shapes, and sizes, there is always one that is readily available to those who aspire to own one. A small piece, no matter how little you may have spent on it, becomes precious because it becomes an extension of yourself. Remember, it is you – its custodian who will add value to it, expensive or not, how it makes you feel is all that will matter in the end.

Crystal experts will advise any beginner to relax and not worry when choosing a crystal. Most times, it is the crystal that will “choose” its new owner. We always advise new crystal owners to see and feel each stone, whether bought online or physically at The Mala Tree, it is best to get the crystal that attracts your attention. If it tugs your heart and warms your spirit – congratulations, you may have found your crystal.

But for those who need crystals to help them with specific intentions, one may always seek the advice of crystal experts such as The Mala Tree to guide them with crystals’ characteristics and metaphysical properties. Below are just some of the few ones that we always suggest to new owners:

Clear Quartz – as with a new place and phase, a new beginning should always start with a clean slate. A Clear Quartz acts as a cleanser and will do the job for almost anything – as a master healer, it helps one come better as it may assist one with health issues. It is also believed that this crystal amplifies one’s intentions, so keeping one is never a bad idea. It also does not pick up negative energies and it clears one’s space so it is a low-maintenance crystal.

Amethyst – in a fast-paced world where everything must always happen instantly, this crystal’s soft and relaxing energy will give one a sense of calm and proper disposition. In times of emotional crisis, the emotional support an amethyst provides may assist its owner as it gently offers spiritual protection and clears negative vibrations.

Citrine – the stone of abundance and manifestation, this crystal’s sunshine aura sends off positive vibrations as it showers its owner optimism and pizzaz. A good support stone, it will always give you that boost to move forward when things go awry. Placing it at the center of your living room or office desk will create a positive environment for these areas.

Rose Quartz – the stone of universal love has always been our favorite as it gives a sense of balance, love, and gentleness to its owner. It is also believed to heal one of the emotional traumas and promote inner healing. Worn near the heart or on the left arm, this crystal will always take care of the heart.

Aventurine  – The Mala Tree’s best-selling crystal is popular as it helps open doors for those who seek better opportunities. A wealth stone may have benefitted from its energy. A green stone, it also takes care of heart matters. So one should not wonder why this is a popular piece for new collectors.

Luck and healing, or anything that gives one a sense of comfort or security – however small or lowly is never a bad thing. So, we suggest you own a crystal today. Allow yourself to bloom in love and luck, and start your journey today. Visit us at The Mala Tree and take your pick!