Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Eldon Taylor's Choices and Illusions

What Is Consciousness?
Excerpted for Choices and Illusions by Eldon Taylor

What is consciousness? Language is often thought to be the tool of consciousness and evidence for the kind of consciousness that makes humans different from monkeys. Indeed, language has often been referred to as the “jewel of cognition.” Some scientists have argued that Neanderthal man possessed advanced talking ability. This assertion is largely based upon a neck bone found in 1988. Other scientists argue for a more recent origin to speech—recent in this sense being between 50 and 100 thousand years ago. By contrast, early origin theorists date the beginning of language at more than 2 million years ago.
The evolution and history of language have a bearing on certain philosophical issues where consciousness is concerned. For example, take any date for the first appearance of language. For fun, let’s just assume some hairy bipedal creature that has never spoken. Is this creature conscious? Conscious in the sense humans are conscious? Now one day the creature utters some meaningful form of speech. Not a grunt or guttural sound, as all animals do, but some form—beginning—of speech. Is the creature now conscious?
What is the difference between the consciousness of animals and the consciousness of humans? What is intended by distinguishing between the two conscious forms as different and why? If a primate species shows the ability to learn, remember, and associate learnings, some insist this is evidence for reason. Most flatly refuse to recognize it as such. Is it possible that by recognizing consciousness as worthy and ripe for study that man’s consciousness will lose its unique, elevated status? What precisely is it that one means by consciousness, anyway?
Certainly reason preceded language. It would be rather odd if it were the other way around. Still, that’s an interesting thought.
Some seem to reason only with the tools of their language. In other words, their reason is limited by the rules and definitions of their language. Plus, there is some argument in favor of certain language structure as having greater or lesser faculties for developing logical thinking. Literal languages such as German, for example, tend to encourage the development of logical thinkers. However intriguing this may be, it still seems reasonable that reason preceded the conceptualization and development of speech. As such, one is hard pressed to limit the consciousness of a species on the basis of sound patterns called speech.
It gets still tougher--sound patterns that resemble speech, are uttered by so-called non-conscious animals such as whales and dolphins. So, what is consciousness?
Is consciousness a matter of wakefulness? No, it can’t be just that, for one can be a conscious being and still be asleep. Is consciousness memory? According to the experiments of Cleve Baxter, plants exhibit memory. Since science abandoned the study of consciousness years ago, the problems inherent in describing consciousness have proliferated during the interim. The advent of animal studies, plant studies, and synthetic or artificial intelligence has greatly complicated the matters of consciousness. Or perhaps simplified them.
For most people, parts of the left brain handle language. Brain hemispheric studies, including the now popular Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans show that the right ear sends acoustic information to the left hemisphere. According to Marc Hauser of Harvard University and Karin Andersson of Radcliff College in Cambridge, rhesus monkeys “display a similar cerebral setup, with the left half of the brain often taking responsibility for vocalizations intended to signal aggression.” If that is true, does it mean that the anatomical evidence for language processing is evidence for consciousness in the sense that we normally think of mankind’s consciousness. If not, what are the differences?
For some, mind equals brain. But for many, mind is a more general term that refers to the processes handled by the brain. Therefore, mind is often used interchangeably with consciousness. Is mind equal to brain? The chief area of inquiry offering evidence one way or another to answer this question is a discipline often held in low regard. Still, literally thousands of laboratory experiments in scientific parapsychology demonstrate that many aspects of mind cannot be reduced to anatomical or material brain.

Eldon Taylor

Eldon Taylor has made a lifelong study of the human mind and has earned doctoral degrees in psychology and metaphysics. He is president of Progressive Awareness Research, an organization dedicated to researching techniques for accessing the immense powers of the mind. For more than 20 years, he has approached personal empowerment from the cornerstone perspective of forgiveness, gratitude, service and respect for all life. To contact Eldon in response to the story, you can reach him via his website:

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Amber

Amber is classified as a crystal or gemstone but is actually fossilized resin. Common colors ranging from pale yellows to dark browns. There are also green, red, blackish, and blue forms of amber. Amber is best worn directly on the skin which will naturally absorb the oils of the amber resin which is said to transmute negative energies into positive energies.

Amber is a powerful chakra cleanser. It is a powerful healer that gives the person who wears it a lovely sense of health and healing.

Amber is a powerful healer and cleanser of the body, mind and spirit. It also cleanses the environment. Amber draws disease from the body, healing and renewing the nervous system and balancing the right and left parts of the brain.

It can be carried, worn, or used as an elixir.

It absorbs pain and negative energy, helping to alleviate stress.  Amber clears depression, stimulates the intellect and promotes self-confidence and creative self-expression. It encourages decision-making, spontaneity and brings wisdom, balance and patience.

Black colored amber protects against psychic vampires and psychic attacks. Red amber is a helpful grounding stone and can be used as an amulet in fertility rituals. Red amber also stimulates sexual desires and prompts orgasm.

Golden amber offers peace and promotes self love and acceptance. Golden amber can be used in healing to repair damages to the auric field, karmic release, and emotional healing.

Green amber is a motivator stone that help guide you along your life path. It helps to dissolve blocks that are hindering your spiritual growth. Grounding and purifying.

Honey colored amber adds sweetness to your life. It helps you understand where you are at along your life path. Honey amber teaches us to let go of stuff that is blocking us from allowing spirit to step in and help smooth away the rough patches. Knowing stone.

Red amber is a helpful grounding stone and can be used as an amulet in fertility rituals. Red amber also stimulates sexual desires and prompts orgasm.


Astrological Sign: Aquarius, Leo

Chakra: Sacral, Solar, Throat

Element: Fire

Planet: Sun

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Ocean Jasper

Ocean Jasper are excellent healing stones that encourage a feeling of joy and elevated spirits! As they help you to release negative feelings, you feel more optimistic.

It is very soothing and helps to love one's self as well as others. It is very healing of the emotions and brings peace of mind. It helps with acceptance of responsibility and increases patience. The circulars patterns on ocean jasper symbolize and help us realize that we are all interconnected and nature is a cyclical pattern.

This is an excellent stone to help you if you need a lift. These crystals aid you to communicate more positively and allow loving feelings to be expressed in what you say.

It can also help with circular breathing for healing or meditation. Being a type of jasper, ocean jasper is a very protective stone, and any orbs enhance this in regard to protection from the evil eye.

Ocean Jasper stimulates the solar plexus, heart and throat chakras with its beneficial vibrations, conveying the urge to feel, speak and act more positively, it supports the expression of love in one's words and deeds, and it helps one to realize what and whom one truly loves.

Ocean jasper helps to bring unresolved emotional issues to the surface so one can accept responsibility for oneself. It also assists one in acquiring and learning patience.


Astrological Sign: Leo, Scorpio, Virgo

Chakra: Root, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat

Element: Fire

Planet: Mars

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Angelite

Angelite raises the state of conscious awareness.  It represents peace and brotherhood.  Angelite facilitates contact with your angels and spirit guides and helps to connect with your higher self.  It enhances psychic healing and telepathic communication and enables astral travel and spirit journeys.

Angelite will help you regenerate and rejuventae your life and help you come alive.

Angelite is a stone that can bring serenity, inner peace, and a sense of calm. Angelite is excellent to use when you need to calm down from feelings of stress and overwhelm. Angelite dispeals fear, anger, and encourages forgiveness. It is an excellent stone to be used by those who have communication difficulties like problems in self expression.

Because of its ability to deepen attunement and heighten perception, Angelite is a powerful stone for healers. It also provides protection for the environment or the body.

Healers use Angelite to unblock energy pathways. It is a good stone for meditation purpose. This stone can be helpful for those suffering from sleeplessness because of conditions like insomnia. One may keep angelite tumbled stones at the four corners of the bed and ask the angels to protect you as you sleep.

If you feel your angeltite needs to be cleansed, it should never be cleansed by water or especially salt as water and salt will damage angelite. I would suggest smudging, or placeing it in moon light for cleansing.


Atrological Sign: Aquarius

Chakra: Throat, Third Eye, Crown

Element: Air

Planet: Uranus

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Angel Phantom Quartz - Amphibole

Angel Quartz is found only in Brazil at Minas Gerias. Angel Quartz is said to be excellent for attracting and working with angels. Some Angel Quartz crystals even show phantoms that resemble angel's wings.

A bringer of intense love, beauty and joy, Angel Phantom Quartz is invaluable in the home. It will enable you to see your best inner strengths and increase your self-empowerment.

Amphibole Quartz provides a connection to the highest level of spiritual experience, calling in your guardian angel and higher beings, that brings deep inner joy. It has an extremely gentle and calming energy. Placing Angel Phantom Quartz on the crown chakras activates all the higher crown chakras, opening a ladder up which awareness ascends to connect with your higher self and moving further up the vibrational scale, to attain the highest guidance. When placed on the third eye chakras, angel phantom quartz attunes to the wisdom of the universal mind, allowing a more deeper perspective on life and on evolution.

Keep an Angel Phantom Quartz crystal in your pocket, in your home, or in the workplace to know that your angels are always nearby.

Angel Quartz is said to be a stone of emotional clarity and balance in particular, particularly as it's reputed to shield one from verbal abuse. Angel Quartz is a wonderful aid to meditation.

Amphibole Angel Quartz is a wonderful crystal for those who are beginning to work with the Angelic Realms. Amphibole is a crystal which contains the properties of four minerals. Kaolinite which is the white to yellow tone and activates spiritual evolvement, whilst aiding detoxification. Hematite which is the red tones can help provide protection by deflection. It aids concentration, memory, self-control, practicality, original thinking, helps study, bookkeeping and all types of detail work. Limonite which is the brown/yellow tones and provides us with strength and vitality. These minerals are captured in Quartz which amplifies all these healing powers, and transmits this wonderful energy.

Using this lovely quartz variety may stimulate your clairaudient gifts, also known as psychic hearing, and this is particularly true of those stones that contain inclusions of White Kaolinite. This animation of your psychic hearing relates to the fact that Angel Phantom QuartzAngel Phantom Quartz stimulates the throat and third eye chakra areas.

The best way to use this crystal is in meditation. Doing a meditation with crystals using one of these stones is quite powerful, as they are potent stones to aid you to make contact with beings in spirit.

This includes your spirit guides, guardian angels, healing angels and other beings in the Divine realms. There is something about the energy of Angel Phantom Quartz CrystalsAngel Phantom Quartz that attracts angelic beings, as they have an amazing energy to aid with connecting with angels.


Atrological Sign: Aries, Aquarius, Pisces, Virgo

Chakra: Third Eye, Crown

Element: Air, Earth, Fire, Water

Planet: Mars, Mercury, Uranus, Venus

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Hemitite

In spiritual work, hematite is an excellent stone to help keep yourself also connected to the Earth plane. Hematite is a stone that is most commonly used to ground and for protection.

Hematite helps to absorb negative energy and calms in times of stress or worry. Hematite is a very protective stone and is great to carry to help you stay grounded in many situations. Hematite is also good for working with the Root Chakra, helping to transform negative energies into a more positive vibration. Those in relationships can benefit from the cooperation vibe coming from Hematite.

Carry Hematite when in need of balance and equilibrium, or when having difficulty focusing energies. Hematite is known to improve your mental capability. It provides the person confidence to complete his dreams without feeling insecure about what others might think.

Rainbow Hemitite enhances mental capabilities & original thinking. Dissolves negativity & reduces stress.


Astrological Sign: Aires, Aquarius

Chakra: Root

Element: Earth

Planet: Mars

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Fire Agate

Fire Agate helps manifest Divine guidance through action, and assists one in taking decisive action in unclear circumstances. It increases passion, emotions, and reconnection to one's deepest desires, and provides the courage to take risks to fulfill those promptings. It is ideal to banish the stupor of a humdrum routine, and when one is wearing Fire Agate, it can also stir the emotions of others, sometimes facilitating attraction between mates.

Fire agate can help with spiritual advancement and progression. It promotes and enhances energy, including meditation, ritual, and spiritual healing energies. It also balances masculine (active) and feminine (receptive) energies.

Fire Agate, known as the spiritual flame of absolute perfection, carries a great mystery locked inside its deep brown crystal. You need only touch the stone and fiery embers ignite.

Fire agate is often used in spells to increase skills in communication in writing and speaking. It can also heighten creative visualization. Fire agate is associated primarily with the sacral and root chakras.

Fire Agate has a deep calming energy that brings security and safety. It is a protection stone with strong grounding powers.

Hold a fire agate to inspire inner knowledge to emerge in the resolution of problems. It also helps in overcoming addictions, and other destructive desires.


Astrological Sign: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Chakra: Root, Sacral

Element: Fire

Planet: Jupiter, Mars

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Turritella Agate

Turritella is a fossilized form of agate that is easily recognized from embedded sea creatures and snail markings in the stone. It can be carried as a protective amulet. Turritella agates are among healing stones called "record keepers" and can be used to attain knowledge of past events in history.

For frequent travelers, Turitella Agate protects against danger, alleviates fears, and keeps the connection to loved ones at home. Agate is especially effective against traffic accidents.

Turritella Agate is a stone of personal connection with one's past - ancestry, homeland, and the country from which those ancestors came.

Turritella Agate healing crystal overcomes negativity and bitterness of the heart, healing anger and fostering love and the courage to start again, making it useful for any kind of emotional trauma. It creates a sense of safety and security by dissolving internal tension, and allows one to open to accept love.

Turritella Agate tumbled stone is beneficial for emotional trauma, self-confidence, concentration, perception, analytical abilities, stabilizing the aura, negative energy transformation and emotional disease.


Astrological Sign: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo

Chakra: Root

Element: Earth

Planet: Mercury, Moon, Saturn

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Apricot Botswana Agate

Apricot Agate balances yin and yang energies, helping to bring a calmness of mind. Apricot Agate assists in relieving distress when reacting to situations beyond ones control.

Apricot Agate is a stone of strength. It was used by the Ancients on the breastplates of armor to give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle. Energetically, it is considered to give strength in both battle and physically.

Apricot Agate strengthens bonds between parent and child. Apricot Agate is useful for strengthening the immune system, liver and pancreatic functions.

Apricot Agate is a very protective stone. It is especially protective for children, and makes an excellent stone for children's amulets,  medicine bags, jewelry, or just to carry around in a pocket. Agates are said to be especially useful for protecting children from falling.


Astrological Sign: Aries, Leo, Sagitarius

Chakra: Root

Element: Fire

Planet: Jupiter, Mars

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Shungite

Shungite is said to infuse the auric field with light, and it allows only positive and beneficial energy to reach you. Its ancient energy also provides psychic protection. It has been said that it has the ability to cure many health problems, in particular skin complaints, and water infused with it may be used to cleanse problem areas.

Shungite has been found to aid balancing and healing by absorbing negative energy output. It aids the body in its healing and helps restore emotional balance.

It is a stone that has a strong earth connection, and its ancient heritage means that it brings the ancient earth mystical energy into play. Like most black stones, this is a strong stone to aid you with grounding. It is a stone for the base chakra and it is a strong stone for spiritual grounding.

Shungite is a stone to help one find peace in surroundings as well as within. To find the good in all and to see benefit and beauty in the smallest of thing's that the being so often misses within a single blink of the eye.


Astrological Sign: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo

Chakra: Root

Element: Earth

Planet: Mercury, Saturn, Venus

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Alantisite

Atlantisite is a combination of Green Serpentine and Stichtite.

It promotes a more relaxed attitude to life, balancing mood swings and making us more aware of our own emotions and promoting inner peace. Atlantisite is an outstanding stone for meditation enabling you to both access and retrieve ancient wisdom and information about past lives.

Its affinity with the Solar Plexus Chakra assists as a protector from negative energies. Encourages empowerment and confidence and therefore promotes thinking with love prior to speaking. Allows more flexibility and openness of opinion and faithfulness in promises.

Alantisite can help us to access skills and knowledge from past lives in Atlantis and to bring to completion projects begun at that time. It can also help in raising the kundalini.


Astrological Sign: Gemini, Virgo

Chakra: Solar Plexus

Element: Earth, Air, Wind

Planet: Mercury

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Lake Superior Agate

Lake Superior Agate is for physical grounding, to enhance your connection to the physical realm. It is said to elevate one’s personal worth. Furthers confidence in exploring mythical and mystical realms. Also good for security, strength, & support. It is believed to prevent insomnia and insure pleasant dreams, to enhance personal courage and protect one against danger. Agate provides a calming influence, improves perception, concentration and helps to develop and increase one's analytical talents. It helps you to connect with the energy of the water element.


Astrological Sign: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Chakra: Root

Element: Water

Planet: Moon

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Petrified Palm Wood

Petrified palm wood is a variety of chalcedony and is very hard, around 7 1/2 on the Mohs scale. It helps one be practical. It is a stone of business success. Petrified palm wood is a good stone for general protection. Petrified palm wood is a stone that is good for grounding and stabilizing one's emotions. It is particularly useful in calming ones fears.

These are strong stones to aid you to make a connection with the past, and they may aid you if you are doing past life work. It is also quite helpful in rites to recall past life incarnations. They may assist you to be more in the flow of life and may help you to feel a greater degree of patience and to stay with a plan of action through to completion. They are known to assist you to feel more courageous and may help you to take the right action to create financial gain.

Being that it is fossil, it is ruled by Akasha. As well due to its great antiquity, it may be carried or utilized in spells designed to extend a life span or to increase our enjoyment, and evolution within our lives.


Astrological Sign: All

Chakra: Root, Heart

Element: Water

Planet: Earth

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Botswana Agate

Botswana agate is sometimes called the "change stone" because of its mystical property of helping one handle change in a positive way. It is said to gently help one make transitions of any kind in a way that change is not as difficult or painful as could be without it; it is a comforting stone. Carrying a bit of Botswana agate in your pocket is said to help one cope easily with the minor changes that life throws at us daily.

Botswana Agate is beneficial to smokers and those wanting to quit smoking. It helps you to look for solutions rather than dwelling on problems. Helps to explore unknown territory and your own creativity.  Botswana Agate aids in seeing the bigger picture. Releases repression. It helps the body to assimilate oxygen. Aids depression.

Botswana agate is noted in crystal healing to be helpful in overcoming addictions and other self-destructive compulsive behavior patterns. As a success stone, it helps one achieve and cope with success. It is also a stone of sensuality. In crystal healing it is said to be beneficial to the nervous system and can help rid the body of toxins, as well as help in the healing of broken bones.


Astrological Sign: Gemini, Virgo

Chakra: Crown

Element: Air, Fire

Planet: Pluto

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Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Actinolite

Actinolite possesses the qualities of balance, harmony and equilibrium.

Actinolite brings your body's functions into harmony and balance. It can affect the color vibration of other stones and enhances their overall effectiveness.

Actinolite can increase one’s self-esteem by getting rid of negative feelings, especially those of isolation that can hinder progress. It makes us more in tune with nature and all of our surroundings. Use Actinolite to connect with spirit guides.

Actinolite helps strengthen the processes of your physical body, and allows it to accept what has taken place. It encourages your spirit to explore new directions, and gives awareness if you have strayed from your original goals. It promotes a feeling of self-worth and strength and encourages inner balance and patience. Actinolite is an excellent stone for psychic shielding, as it expands your aura and crystalises its edges, connecting you to higher awareness while bringing body, mind, psyche and spirit into balance.

For individuals who wish to become more spiritual, actinolite serves as a sort of gateway into that realm. Life is all about balance, and sometimes we can all use a little help from the earth. If you want to bring some positive energy into your life, consider using Actinolite.

It is a protective shield which repels your own negative thoughts - this is particularly true of black Actinolite - and assists your body in adjusting to changes or traumas. An effective aid to visualisation and imagery. It also helps instigate the balancing process of emotional and physical acceptance, and produces the openness and the well-being that allows you to be available and receptive to Divine energies.


Astrological Sign: Scorpio

Chakra: Heart

Element: Water

Planet: Pluto

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Lodolite Quartz

Lodolite is a type of included quartz crystal with inclusions of many possible colors and types. It's often used in meditation practices. Another metaphysical use of lodolite is to bring energies to effect manifestation of one's desires. Lodolite is also said to enhance communication with beings on the spiritual plane and heighten one's spiritual energies.

Lodolite Included Quartz has a fantastic healing vibration, the wonderful qualities of Clear Quartz plus the additional vibrations of its inclusions. The Clear Quartz amplifies the vibration of the inclusions. Included Quartz aides in emotional healing by releasing past-life trauma or early childhood memories that may have caused fear or stress. Meditating with Inclusion Quartz brings soothing guidance from spirit guides.

It is used mystically to increase ESP and bring knowledge from your past lives. Lodolite is said to bring loving energies and energies of gentle strength. Mystically and in crystal healing, lodolite is purported to be an excellent healing stone bringing strong healing energies and energetic shifting so that healing will occur. Lodolite is associated primarily with the crown chakra.


Astrological Sign: All

Chakra: Primarily Crown Chakra, But can be used will all

Element: All

Planet: All

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Dendritic Quartz

Assists one in reconnecting to the earth, the elemental kingdom and accessing past life information from Lemurian times. Works with all the chakras, stimulating, clearing and purifying.

It creates a peaceful environment and encourages the enjoyment of each moment. Deepens your connection to the earth.

Dendritic Quartz aids in the re-connection process to the higher self. The manganese crystals that form the dendrites resembling small branches create the frequency of unity and co-operation.

On a more subtle level, dendritic quartz helps the bearer to maintain equilibrium in a period when one’s life path presents a tangled mass of possibilities, and facilitates clear thinking and spiritual guidance which are necessary to enable the highest form of discernment, enabling the bearer to understand complex situations and to choose the one path forward which will be for the best and highest good of all concerned.

It is beneficial for those with their Chiron in Aquarius. It also has a balancing and grounding effect on the physical body.


Astrological Sign: Gemini

Chakra: All

Element: Air

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Metaphysical Healing Properties Of Stilbite

Stilbite unlocks the messages inherent within dreams. Stilbite provides for direction, purpose and clarity. It is a crystal of inner peace, love and balance.

Stilbite allows the person to be free from too many external influences including fear, and assists one in making decisions and choices that are correct for the evolvement of this person’s spiritual path. Stilbite will also help to allow one to make good decisions by showing them that there are no such thing as wrong decisions. It does this by allowing one to see that all decisions are part of the path of learning.

Stilbite is a wonderful stone that connects the heart chakra with the upper chakras. Stilbite allows the heart chakra to connect with the upper three chakras when usually the heart chakra stands alone in the middle. Because of this effect stilbite has on the upper chakras, it allows us to bring heart into everything we work on within the realms of these three higher chakras.

Stilbite has a delicate quality, gently expanding a sense of self and beyond into the astral realm. This is a powerful stone that brings a calming influence and has been used to assist in restful sleep and vivid dreaming. It brings inner peace during meditation.

When stilbite and apophylloite occur together, this enhances the effect of their energy. This combination of stones, which is pretty common, will allow interdimensional travel from apophylloite to become more heart centered and gentler by the stilbite energy.


Astrological Sign: Heart, Throat, Third Eye, Crown

Chakra: Aries

Element: Fire

Planet: Mars

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