How to Use Lapis Lazuli
Healing with Lapis Lazuli
Learn how to use Lapis Lazuli for protection, healing and meditation. This beautiful crystal is a powerful healer for the throat chakra and can be used for healing, removing stress, increasing creativity and communication, and much more.
Discover the meaning of lapis lazuli and its metaphysical properties, in order to use this stone to its full healing potential. This guide will help you decide whether to use lapis lazuli as a crystal, as jewelry, or in some other form such as a pendulum or totem carving, for example.
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The History of Lapis Lazuli
Meaning of Lapis Lazuli
Lapis is a beautiful blue stone and highly sought after, so although it is not a rare stone, it can be expensive. The best Lapis comes from Afghanistan but can also be found in parts of Europe, the USA and Chile. High quality Lapis is becoming harder to find, as the best deposits of the stone have now been mined out.
Lapis is not a pure stone - the purest form is actually Lazurite, which is popular but very expensive. These deep blue crystals are hard to find and more commonly discovered in combination with other stones, such as pyrite, calcite and traces of other minerals. This is what makes up Lapis Lazuli.
Lapis Lazuli represents royalty and spirituality, and is widely regarded as a stone of protection and intuition.
What is Lapis Lazuli Used For?
In ancient times, Lapis was associated closely with royalty and spirituality, The ancient city of Ur had a thriving trade in the stone, and many of its murals and artefacts featured Lapis, such as this image here. The stone dates back thousands of years, right back to the time of the Pharaohs. It was used in ancient Egyptian amulets and other treasures, some of which were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun.
The stone also has links to the Bible, with the Book of the Dead partially written on a slab of Lapis Lazuli. It was also found in the breastplate of the High Priest of Jerusalem.
When Lapis Lazuli made its way into Europe, it went by the name of ultramarinum, meaning "beyond the sea", and in its ground form it was the secret ingredient of the pigment ultramarine, used by painters until the nineteenth century to paint seas and skies.
The Romans believed that Lapis was a powerful aphrodisiac, while the people of the Middle Ages considered it a stone to keep the limbs strong and stave off fear.
Today, Lapis Lazuli is used in jewelry and other adornments, as well as in crystal healing.
The Uses of Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli Properties
In crystal healing, stones are said to have various properties - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual - which they work on at an energetic level.
- Physical Properties:
Heals pain, particularly migraine headaches
Heals the neck, larynx and vocal chords
Lowers blood pressure
Regulates the thyroid gland
Lengthens the menstruation cycle
Aids the respiratory and nervous systems
Cleanses the organs, bone marrow and the thymus gland
Purifies the blood
Alleviates insomnia, hearing loss and vertigo
Assists the upper lungs, arms and base of the skull
Helps regulates body weight
- Mental properties:
Helps to confront truth
Aids expression of opinion
Aids creative expression
- Emotional properties:
Stops holding back and compromising
Helps convey feelings and emotions more clearly
- Spiritual properties:
Heals the throat chakra
Also beneficial to the third eye or brow chakra
Enhances psychic ability
Stone of protection, including against psychic attack
Encourages honesty and reveals inner truth
Aids meditation and spiritual contemplation
Encourages the fulfillment of dreams
Enhances dream work and spirit journeying
Stimulates personal and spiritual power
Lapis Lazuli Healing
You can use Lapis Lazuli to heal any of the issues above, both physical and non-physical. You can use pieces of Lapis for healing, by holding the stone in your hand, or placing on the relevant part of the body.
You can also wear the stone as jewelry, or use it as part of a healing grid in conjunction with other crystals. You can find further information on how to do this in How to Use Crystals for Healing.
One of the most potent ways to use Lapis Lazuli for healing is by balancing the throat chakra. Doing so helps you to open up your self-expression and creative expression, both verbally and artistically. It helps to activate a new level of consciousness via this chakra and provides the mental clarity to clearly express yourself to others.
It expands your awareness, helping you to speak your Truth and follow through on your actions.
Lapis also works strongly on the brow or third eye chakra, your psychic centre. It opens you up to enlightenment and spiritual wisdom, enhancing psychic ability and protecting you from harm in this open state.
Ways to Use Lapis Lazuli
How to Wear Lapis Lazuli for Healing
Lapis Lazuli is available in many forms of jewelry, most commonly necklaces or pendants, bracelets and earrings.
The most beneficial way to wear this stone is around or near the neck, to work on the throat chakra, or near to the brow chakra. Short pendants or chokers will place Lapis closest to your throat, while earrings are ideal for placing it near the third eye. However, a perfect way to place this stone right over your third eye, thus greatly enhancing your intuition and spiritual vision, is by wearing a circlet. These ornate tiara-style headdresses usually place a stone over the forehead, and you can find Lapis Lazuli ones online, on sites such as Etsy.
Lapis Lazuli Jewelry
How to Use Lapis Lazuli in Meditation
In meditation, you can sit holding a piece of Lapis Lazuli, or gaze at the stone, or even use a piece that has been carved into a significant shape to enhance its energy, such as a crystal skull, geometric shape (like this merkaba star) or totem animal.
During meditation, Lapis can open the brow chakra, provide higher guidance, enhance intuition, connect you to the higher self, give you an overview of a situation, help you come to a decision for the good of all, and connect you to spirit guides and beings.
Further Information on How to Use Lapis Lazuli
- Spiritual Uses of Lapis Lazuli
Crystals Rocks and Gems site has an excellent overview of Lapis along with a superb range of metaphysical stones, jewelry and objects featuring the stone
- How to Use Lapis Lazuli for Enlightenment and Truth
The Healing Crystals for You site covers the history and uses of this stone
- How to Use Lapis Lazuli Crystal Skulls
Covers the properties of Lapis as part of their crystal skulls selection on the Crystal Skulls site
- Lapis Lazuli Gemstone Meaning
Covers associations, zodiac connections, properties and meaning
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