November 2013 ~ GemStone: Shiva Lingam
Pronunciation: [ˈshi-və, ˈshē –ˈliŋ-gəm]
Color: grey or tannish stones with reddish stripes, rings and swirls
Appearance: egg shaped
Source: Narmada River in Onkar Mandhata, western India
The elongated egg-shape of the Shiva Lingam is actually regarded as symbolic of the phallus of the Hindu god Shiva. In temples it is often paired with a corresponding object symbolizing the female, or the yoni. Yet within its own form, the Shiva Lingam symbolizes both the male and female, as well as the cosmic egg out of which all creation is said to have emerged.
Legend has it that the goddess Parvati fashioned a Shiva Lingam from a fistful of sand at Kanchipuram and there worshiped Shiva. This specimen is known as the Prithvilingam, symbolizing the primordial element Earth. Some of the Shiva Lingams in Hindu temples are called swayambus, denoting that they appeared on their own, untouched by tools or human hands. Shiva Lingams symbolize the primeval energy of the Creator. Hindu devotees believe that at the end of creation, at the time of the great deluge, all the various aspects of God find a resting place in the Lingam- Brahma is absorbed upon the right, Vishnu on the left and Gayatri in the heart. The Shiva Lingam is also said to be a dipiction of the infinite Cosmic Column of Fire.
Metaphysical Healing Properties of Shiva Lingam
Keywords: Kundalini activation, vitality and prana, spiritual transformation and rebirth, enlightenment, oneness with all.
Shiva Lingams resonate deeply with the energies of the Earth, yet they also carry strong energies of Water, Wind, and even Fire. In fact, the fire energy of these stones is so strong that they are capable of activating kundalini energies and charging the entire Chakra System. For those who feel they need a boost of vitality and prana energies, meditating or sleeping with a Shiva Lingam is highly recommended.
Esoteric legends (and now even some scientists) suggest that there is a field of invisible knowledge- similar in some ways to the idea of the collective unconscious- in which the stored psychic energy of human ritual and belief may reside. When one does something that makes a connection to some portion of this field of consciousness, one can tap into the energy of all the past consciousness that has contributed to it. Thus, when one works with a sacred object like the Shiva Lingam, one can receive the benefit of the collective efforts of all those who have used such stones in spiritual pursuits throughout history. Since the Shiva Lingam has been an object of devotion to the Divine and a tailsman of enlightenment for many centuries, one can connect with the energy of all this through working with these stones in the here and now. This is especially true because the stones themselves are composed primarily of microscopic Quartz. Through crystal resonance, and Shiva Lingam can connect energetically to all others throughout the world, in all places and times. It is little wonder that they are such potent spiritual talismans.
Shiva Lingams are emblems of inner transformation, partaking of the Storm element in order to break up patterns of self-limiting habits and beliefs, so one may be flooded with Spirit. Like Shiva, they destroy what is old and corrupt to clear the way for rebirth. Those who wish for such transformation will find in them a fierce and ready ally.
GemStone Healing Combinations
Shiva Lingams harmonize with all forms of Quartz. For spiritual transformation, they have a special affinity with Moldavite.
Healing Properties of Shiva Lingam
The energies of the stones resonate with the Storm element. They amplify the electromagnetic field of the body and stimulate the meridians. Both energetically and metaphysically, Shiva Lingams represent the healing of polarities and the unifying force of creation. The total energetic effect of the stone is one of union and the activation of the sacred kundalini energy that rises up the spine, activating the chakras and bringing enlightenment.
Shiva Lingams remind us that perceived opposites are simply different energetic expressions of the whole. Beyond ‘male’ and ‘female’,’light’ and ‘dark’, ‘good’ and ‘evil’, there us an underlining unifying force. Shiva Lingams aid in uniting all sides of the self and lovingly accepting the differences in others as expressions of the many faces of the one Creator.
Shiva Lingams can assist in overcoming judgement, separation and the need to be ‘individual’ or apart. The word ‘apart’ means separate, yet it is composed of the words ‘a part’, which indicates wholeness. Shiva Lingams help us feel unity, even in situations of apparent separation.
Shiva Lingams stimulate the body’s energetic systems, supporting general healing on all levels. They can be used to treat impotence, infertility and other sexual or reproductive imbalances. Their highest use, however, is for strengthening and balancing the entire body.
I give myself to the Divine- with complete trust and utter devotion I ask to be remade and enlightened.
Earth, Wind, Water, Fire, Storm
The Book of Stones; Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, roughandtumbledcrystalcreations.net