Higher Ground

One of the most challenging aspects of human anatomy is that the brain is divided into two hemispheres: one devoted to rational, linear thinking, the other to imagination and intuition. When these two areas are in balance, the human mind is both capable of tremendous creativity and the ability to realize that creativity in practical, material terms.

To give an example in simple terms how this dual brain functions and malfunctions:

High functioning: You have a vision that in ten years you'd like to be living in the country on an organic farm, raising animals, growing crops, and teaching classes in order to enable others to live in a way more attuned to nature. This is the spontaneous right brain leap to the future. You wonder how you can realize this dream. Fueled by this inspiration, the left brain goes to work. You may think of other people who'd like to join in or remember a derelict farm that's been for sale for years, or some other solution.

Or your left brain says you have a problem. Your child is failing math. Your bright brain comes up with imaginative solutions to inspire him.

Malfunctioning: The right brain comes up with a vision, but your left brain is unable to logically implement it.

Or your left brain says you have a problem, but no right-brain vision arises to inspire left-brain involvement.

The Crushing Weight of Reason

Right-left brain imbalances get aggravated when mental and emotional confusion short-circuit the natural connections between the two brains. This is where sodalite becomes helpful.

This stone is especially valuable for those who find themselves in states of mental confusion, especially when these states are intensified by emotional turmoil. Very often, when our emotions are whirling about in our heads we are tempted to seize at any decision which seems to promise that it will reduce our distress. Sodalite helps us to resist such temptation.

This dark-blue stone is one of the most grounding of the blue stones, and has a natural affinity with the third eye center (between and slightly above the eyebrows). Its function is to calm the emotions and the mind and to help one view a situation and the choices that may stem from it with objectivity and detachment.

Going Deeper with Sodalite

Mental and emotional confusion often develop when we're trying to hide certain truths from ourselves. You might ask yourself why you are doing so badly at a job and come up with various short-term solutions that don't seem to solve anything. These evasive actions are designed to hide from yourself the deeper truth that you don't like this job, took it for the purpose of bare survival, and secretly regret that you didn't take a few risks to follow your dream.

If you meditate with sodalite, you may not only discover this truth but also realize the mental and emotional calmness that can help you take the necessary steps towards fulfillment. In this sense, sodalite can be viewed as a crystal that helps you realize your full potential. It will teach you to trust your intuitive knowing of what is your highest good in any situation. It can help to quiet any doubts you may have about your ability to make a decision, i.e., it quiets the inner critic.

In addition, it can assist in dissolving old mental, reactive patterns, helping you to realize that you don't have to do things the way you've always done them.

Sodalite is additionally helpful for reviewing a decision once it's been made, and is believed by some to help extricate people from the coils of complicated lifestyles.

If you are faced with a decision, sodalite is an excellent stone to use in meditation. Place it on your forehead and contemplate the situation on which you are working. Ask for guidance in making the decision. If you feel yourself coming up with old solutions just because they're familiar release then and allow sodalite to clear the path for new ideas.

Sodalite is not one of the flashier stones; it doesn't sparkle or shine. Its energy is quiet, calm, and deep as the midnight sky.

Meditating with Sodalite

This is a sixth chakra or third-eye stone, meaning that its usual placement is on the forehead between and slightly above your eyes. I usually favor meditating with a crystal on each chakra area. If you are meditating for clarity about decisions that need to be made, I would recommend the following additional stones:

First chakra (between the feet): Hematite. This is not only a grounding stone, but it helps to set comfortable boundaries. You can feel relatively safe, for example, that you're not going to quit your job tomorrow and go to the Antarctic to study the mating habits of penguins (although that does sound like fun).

Second chakra (pelvic area): Carnelian. This crystal helps to ground you in the present to make the decisions that are right for you now.

Third chakra (navel area): Tiger's eye. This stone helps with a sense of timing. Like the cat who knows when to leap and when to wait, you will get guidance on your own pouncing.

Solar plexus (stomach area): Rhodochrosite can help to ease any anxiety about the decision-making process. And don't forget to breathe.

Fourth chakra (heart): Kunzite helps one to make loving choices.

Fifth chakra (throat): Aquamarine, which means seawater, helps to provide a sense of flow and ultimate surrender to your inner wisdom.

Seventh chakra (top of the head): Nothing goes better with any chakra meditation than clear quartz. Either a point or a small cluster will serve you well.

You may also choose to carry the sodalite with you during the day and/or sleep with it beneath your pillow at night to further the possibilities of inspiration.

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