Chakra-balancing waistbeads have always been a best seller here at Wrap and Soul. Along the length of the waistbeads, I string gemstone chips that correlate to each of the seven chakras, which means “wheel” in Sanskrit. The waistbeads help the woman wearing them to stay aligned and in the flow of life-sustaining energy.
The chakra system is a vital tool in the crystal healers’ arsenal. They were first described in ancient texts from northern India as seven energy channels that run through the human body. These channels stem from the central channel along the spine. They are located in the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, brow and crown of the human body. They start at your tail bone and flow up to the crown of your head. They are the points of your life force, or prana, and they determine your holistic well-being. Keeping your chakras balanced helps you to avoid health issues, emotional problems and mental distress.
According to the experts who have studied the chakra system, the first chakra – referred to as the root or base – controls careers and finances. The second chakra – the sacral- controls sexuality. The third chakra – the solar plexus- plays a role in self-confidence and personal power. The fourth chakra – the heart – controls relationships and love. The fifth chakra – the throat- influences the ability to articulate truth. The sixth chakra- the brow – controls intuition. The seventh chakra – the crown – helps you experience your connection to God and higher self.
The goal of chakra healing is to bring each vortex of energy into its optimal working state, in harmony with the others. The subtle energy of crystals helps achieve this balance naturally and gently. Crystals can help to realign or unblock closed or weak chakras, thereby healing on the emotional and spiritual level. While it is not recommended that crystals be used to replace modern medicine, many people find the therapy improves their general well-being.
Each chakra can be positively influenced by certain gemstones and colors. The heart chakra, for example, which is located in the center of the chest, is influenced by malachite, jade, aventurine, rose quartz, rhodocrosite and other pink or green stones. The stones and their colors help the heart chakra maintain balance, which presents itself as a sense of calm, clear-sightedness and tolerance of others. Negative emotions, such as self-doubt, guilt and lack of self-worth are corrected.
Wrap and Soul chakra waistbeads feature gemstones that relate to each chakra, beautified by a pewter pendant that symbolizes love or peace. They are my fastest selling waistbeads on the site, and usually sell out within hours of being posted on the site.
One of my favorite symbols that came from ancient Egypt or Kemet, is the ankh, which represents eternal life. Many people see the ankh in jewelry and mistake it for a Christian cross. Actually, the head of the ankh is teardrop shaped and it’s set on a T shaped body. The T part of the cross symbolizes life or wisdom, and the circle or oval stands for eternity. It is also believed by some authorities that the ankh is a union of a female symbol (the oval, representing the vagina or uterus) and a male symbol (the phallic upright line). Either way, the ankh is the hieroglyph that was considered most powerful during those ancient times.
On the paintings on the walls of the tombs and on the temples and monuments, gods and goddesses are depicted holding up the symbol in a protective posture or offering it to figures of the afterlife. During the 25th dynasty, it represented the one god, the sun god, resting on the horizon – the circle resting on a horizontal bar. The ancient ones believed the ankh to hold the power of protection, royalty, honor, sanctity, wisdom, power and authority.
On the trips I have taken to Cairo with my husband, the ankh is still ubiquitous around the ancient sites and it’s a best-seller among souvenir hawkers. Even outside Egypt, the symbol is seen in the art, jewelry, tattoos and clothing of popular culture, still worn as an amulet as it was centuries ago. It’s a wonderful thing to consider that this symbol that celebrates the sacredness of life has become a part of the collective human consciousness.
I often use the ankh as a pendant on the Wrap and Soul waist beads I create.
For me, not only does it represent a celebration of life, but it’s special because it’s the symbol of the planet Venus, and the universal symbol of womanhood. The ankh harnesses a feminine energy, pays homage to our ancestors and the journey of LIFE.