Release and Renewal: The Purple Stones

Green, the color of rebirth and renewal, is traditionally considered the color of healing. It is also associated with the heart chakra, which suggests that true healing must come from a balanced and peaceful heart.

Practitioners and students of mind/body healing are making the rest of us aware that healing must also take place in terms of the dissolving of fixed mental patterns which may cause emotional imbalance, which in turn can lead to physical imbalance. This awareness of the mental roots of health and illness may be why in Reiki, the Japanese healing art which primarily addresses mental/emotional imbalance, the color purple is believed to have a healing vibration.

Since purple is a combination of blue and red, it's worth looking at the properties of these colors. Red, traditionally associated with the second chakra, relates to emotions, particularly passion, and creativity in the sense an energetic flow. Light blue also relates to creativity and all forms of communication, and dark blue (another color for the sixth chakra) is associated with the inner self, the unconscious, psychic gifts, and dreams.

Purple has elements of creativity, flow, emotion, and communication --perhaps with others, perhaps with nonphysical dimensions. Based on these factors (and in my own experience) the kind of healing accomplished by the purple ray is that of mental/emotional release, which leads to a deeper communion with non-physical aspects of self. Mental/emotional balance is a key function of the sixth chakra, which relates to the color purple. (Note: there are a number of chakra systems, and some assign purple to the seventh chakra. I follow the system Katrina Raphaell, author of the Crystal Trilogy, uses, in which white or clear crystals correspond to the seventh chakra.)


Charoite is one of the crystals referred to as "New Age" stones. This means it has only recently been discovered, and is considered to be a crystal which has special meaning for those who choose to bring spirit into their daily lives.

A principal obstacle to experiencing this is fear. The nonphysical guide, Emmanuel (channeled by Pat Rodegast) says in The Choice for Love, "Fear says, 'I want to make you safe'/Love says, 'You are safe.'"

charoite pyramid

The safe life is a very limited life. When we are afraid and feel we need to protect ourselves, we also separate ourselves from a full appreciation of life, from the complete expression of our creativity. Most of all, we prevent ourselves from realizing we are spiritual beings.

Charoite is a sixth-chakra crystal which is particularly helpful in the area of fear. The sixth chakra is where many of our limiting mental programs, including fear, are stored. The color purple, among its other roles, helps to bring us closer to spirit by showing us that everything, even the thoughts we hold as true, can be dissolved and replaced with more empowering energies. The black in charoite grounds the purple ray and enables us to explore the nature of our fears; while white represents the connection to spirit.

It has been said that if we are not completely manifesting our potential as human beings, fear is in some way stopping us. Look for those areas in which you feel limited, and you will eventually find a fear which blocks you. Charoite will help to bring these fears to the surface.

It helps to make this process easier by also giving you a boost of courage and commitment to dissolve fear patterns. If you choose to meditate with this stone, it's often a good idea to allow time afterwards to contemplate what you've learned.

Another way to work with charoite is to put it beneath your pillow, especially if you are prone to disturbed sleep or fears which surface in dreams. In combination with amethyst, it will help to release these fears.

Although I hesitate to name a favorite stone, I can say without hesitation that charoite is a very important one for my own spiritual journey.

Sugilite: Purple Passion

Sugilite is another of the "New Age" crystals. (You may also see it referred to as luvulite or royal lazel.)

Its particular shade of purple is worth noting because it is somewhat closer to magenta, a color with more red than blue in its makeup. Thus, it is particular related to strong emotions which affect all aspects of being: anger, resentment, and guilt.


These emotions are intertwined. Anger is the most active and fiery, while resentment is a smoldering fire. People may feel these emotions when they believe someone -- or life itself -- has done them an injury.

Guilt appears to be an opposite emotion: the feeling that one is at fault and has done an injury to someone else. If we look closely at opposites, though, we can see their similarities. All of these emotions are stimulated by the belief that someone is to blame. I have often noticed in myself and in others the tendency to avoid feeling guilty by blaming someone else.

This process entirely bypasses the idea of being responsible, i.e., consciously responding to a situation and seeing what can be done about it. Blame, whether of oneself or of others, is absent from this perspective.

The value of this viewpoint is immeasurable. Our bodies are very much affected by what our minds tell us. If, for example, our minds say someone is a pain in the neck, we may find ourselves with that physical condition. If our minds tell us that something is unbearable, we may begin to feel overwhelmed, overburdened, exhausted, finding it difficult to stay alert and awake.

If we habitually react to given situations with resentment, anger, fear, guilt, or insecurity, we find it increasingly difficult to experience happiness, contentment, and love. When deprived of these healing emotions, not only our spirits but our bodies can be programmed into habitual states of physical imbalance and energy blockages.

This is particularly true of people who are very sensitive to the negative energies of others. In an attempt to block these energies they may find themselves blocking the flow of healing energy which would help them to rebalance themselves.

Sugilite helps us to see the beliefs ("I always resent people like that;" "There's just so much I'm capable of doing") which can create emotional limitation and physical imbalance, and helps to break up those beliefs on the mental plane, thus stopping them from continuing to send limiting messages to the body.

I've often experienced it as the "ah-ha" stone. When I place it on the third eye I often make never-before-imagined discoveries about the workings of my mind.

Amethyst: The Color of Twilight

On special evenings violet fills the evening sky. As evening represents the transition between the activity and outward orientation of day to the calmer, more reflective mood of evening, so amethyst reflects a shift from one reality to another. It helps us shift from our materially-focused consciousness to one which is more centered on spiritual existence. This crystal helps us focus away from our awareness of ourselves as separate towards a sense of unity with all that is.

amethyst cluster

Meditation is an effective way to help make this shift in consciousness, and amethyst is one of the most valuable stones to use for meditation. Its calming attributes relax the mind so that it can release its attachment to the daily concerns of life and slip into a more expansive reality.

Release is one of the keywords for this crystal. It is used to dissolve the constricting bonds of addictions, the physical and mental tension of insomnia, and general nervous tension and stress. Like charoite, it helps to address the emotion of fear.

Amethyst plays a special role in the area of fear. It directly addresses the fear of the unknown, with a particular focus on fear of one's dreams and the fear of death.

Countless children have been helped to stop having nightmares after receiving an amethyst crystal to place beneath their pillows. This is an especially good crystal to put in a child's (or adult's) bedroom as a general calming influence. In its role of easing transitions, it helps one to make the transition from wakefulness and sleep.

The process of death is also a transition. Amethyst not only eases the passage of one who is making this transition, but helps those who are grieving to be comforted.


Mimulus and Aspen (Bach) are for known and unknown fears, respectively. Often people taking Mimulus find that, while some fear is released, more surfaces. This is because unknown fears may hide beneath the known ones. In such cases taking Aspen is advised.

Lavender (FES) is a particularly calming essence, easing nervous tensions and producing a feeling of relaxation.

Purple Monkeyflower (FES), like all members of the Monkeyflower family (others include Scarlet, Sticky, Pink Monkeyflower, and Mimulus) handles an aspect of fear. Its particular role is to help dissolve fears which arise in people when they consider adopting religious and spiritual beliefs different from those in which they were raised. It's particularly helpful for people who were raised in rigid and authoritarian religious traditions.

Mugwort (FES) helps us to blend the worlds of day and night by stimulating vivid and memorable dreams.

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