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This month I’m going to be sharing what there is to know about pearl, also moonstone and abalone shell, and how June’s birth stone can help you.
Energy in Medicine
Natural pearls are formed within a mollusc shell and are the result of an internal irritation, due to a grain of sand for example. Consequently, although pearls are born through irritation, that ironically makes them ideal for calming and soothing and centring the emotions and mind. When we are stressed, it’s a result of an external irritation in one form or another. The Health and Safety Executive ((HSE) defines stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them’.
Stress has many faces and depending on your own personal coping mechanisms, depends on how it presents itself in your life. Just a few things that can indicate stress, such as sleeplessness, niggly aches and pains, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression. The list is much, much longer, but this gives you an idea of how stress can take over our lives.
I feel there are very few people in our fast-paced modern day living who are not stressed. So how does it affect you? What symptoms do you have that come and go and become difficult to deal with when the day has just been too tough? What do you do to relieve these thoughts, feelings and symptoms? If you’re mentally reaching for the wine or the gin, they too if taken to excess are a symptom, as are recreational drugs. In fact, anything habit‑forming which taken to excess canbe detrimental to your health. It’s important to look at why you’re doing something and note what the benefits are and perhaps more importantly, what the disadvantages and detriments are.
If we do not address the stress, our symptoms deepen or we have more symptoms, sometimes seemingly unrelated, but all the while we just become more and more stressed, often without realising it.
So what can we do? There are certain exercises that can be done to help us relax, but pearl, moonstone and abalone shell do wonders to slow us down, help us flow more easily, and calm and soften our energy field.
Having a crystal healing session is the perfect way to get some relief from the build-up of stress and moonstone and pearl are so soothing on our energy system. A healing session also ensures you are properly grounded, which is so important when we are stressed. As always, you can sleep with a piece of moonstone under your pillow or sit quietly and perhaps meditate with it to bring you some calm.
Pearl, moonstone and abalone shell have many attributes; here are just a few:
- It’s nurturing
- It’s soft
- It’s gentle, but powerful
- It has a flowing energy
- It relates to water
- It helps with intuition
- It helps tap into psychic abilities
- It’s feminine
- It’s releasing
- It’s clearing
- It helps with our dreamworld
- It helps our connection with the faery world
- It’s magical
- It’s subtle
- But deep
- It can be otherworldly
Generally, pearls are a creamy white colour, but can be pink or lilac. Pearls can also be black naturally. However, if you see golden or chocolate coloured pearls, these are usually treated with dyes.
Moonstone comes in a variety of colours. There is the gem-quality shimmery translucent moonstone which often has a blue sheen to it. The more opaque moonstones can be creamy white, cream, peachy and some have honey or even brownish tints.
Abalone shell whatever the colour is may be are iridescent. They come in all colours of the rainbow, but the most popular seem to be green, blue and purple.
Rarity and Location
Pearls – natural pearls are rare, but cultured or farmed pearls are much more easily obtainable. The majority of cultured pearls come from China.
Moonstone – found all over the world, but particularly India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Madagascar, Brazil, USA, Mexico and Tanzania. It is very easily obtainable.
Abalone Shell – New Zealand, worldwide? Australia, South Africa, USA, Channel Islands. They are becoming more rare due to illegal harvesting and now permits are often required. Different countries have different controls in place according to their own requirements.
Pearls are mainly calcium carbonate, a mixture of aragonite and calcium. They are iridescent and depending on the thinness of the layers during their growth period, the finer their lustre.
When we think of pearls, they usually come from sea loving molluscs. But pearls come from fresh water molluscs also and come from both hot and cold areas of the world.
Pearls are the traditional gift for a 30th wedding anniversary.
A very close relative to the pearl is mother of pearl; the smooth, iridescent inner layer of the shell of some molluscs. Mother of pearl has often been made into buttons, and the London pearly kings and queens decorate their outfits with these gorgeous pearls.
Moonstone was a favourite during the Art Nouveau period during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Ancient cultures believed moonstone contained actual moonbeams. This is undoubtedly due to the crystal’s shilla affect, also known as adularescence which produces a glow on the surface of the moonstone, which is actually a reflection of light from its layers.
I’m sure many of you know that abalone shells are often used with white sage in smudging ceremonies, to clear stagnant energies from our homes. But did you know that these beautiful shells are also known as ear shells, sea ears and mutton fish!
Pearls, moonstone and abalone shell can help with so many things. Discover more about these wonderful iridescents and other crystals.
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How I can help you with a crystal healing session? By having a crystal healing session, you can enjoy calmness of mind and emotions.
Next month we will look at ruby.
With light and love