Sacred Minerals: The Heart Healing Properties and Meaning of Rose Quartz
BY MEGHAN MCDONALD AND PAULA PAVLOVA
rose quartz is a powerful healing crystal, with many potent properties and meanings, but it is most well known as a stone for opening, healing and activating the heart chakra and intuitive centers of the body. photo: natalie cochran photocase.com
Rose Quartz: Reconnecting Us With Love
Sometimes we forget that our very essence is love. Like anything fundamentally integral to our being, it is easy to take it for granted at times. The problem is, love is something so innate that it can often getovershadowed—tuned out by the drama of everyday life. When this happens, we tend to get caught up in the mundane, the material, the routine—and we miss observing the magic that exists in everything—experiences, people, places and things. And ironically, when you dig deep enough, we are all just seeking love, but often times in all the wrong places. And this can lead us to become easily distracted, overly fearful, and habitual beings as we increasingly disconnect from and lose sight of our essence. When it comes to matters of the heart, once we get in the habit of focusing on the things that go wrong, or could go wrong, it can be very challenging to pivot our energy back toward hope, faith, and joy, let alone the mother of all good vibes—love.But when you take a step back, you begin to realize that all the odds are in our favor. Just as there are countless ways to get lost in negativity, there are infinite opportunities to breathe in healthy love for the self and, in turn, compassionate love for others. Our Mother Earth, Gaia, is constantly creating, in abundance, naturally healing and refocusing resources that serve as conduits of love, such as crystals, essential oils, and herbs. The most notable of these heartfelt gifts from our gracious planet is Rose Quartz—a powerful healing crystal with deep metaphysical and spiritual meaning found around the world, including Madagascar, Brazil, India and South Dakota, to name a few. What makes this stone so powerful is that it acts as a strong magnifier of the heart—the body’s conscious feeling-center—and hence, love.
Healing and Metaphysical Properties
Geologically speaking, Rose Quartz is a silicon dioxide mineral compressed over eons of time at extremely high temperatures and then cooled into a soft pink crystallization of energy. But don’t be fooled by its subtle color! While very soothing and healing to the spirit, Rose Quartz is a powerful harmonizer of the body’s subtle energies and its myriad properties work to get us back in touch with love by helping us to remove the emotional wounds and beliefs that keep us separated from it. Metaphysical experts suggest to place Rose Quartz in every room of your house to invite in the graceful energy of the heart chakra. The same way that keeping a neat home creates a sense of calm; Rose Quartz chunks sprinkled throughout your house infuses a deep healing and rejuvenating energy and inspires those who dwell there to always move from a space of love and compassion. And no, you can’t possibly “over do it” with Rose Quartz because the specific frequency of energy that this stone emanates is rooted deep in the heart of each of us. Though this stone is typically used on yourself rather than others to invoke a deep connection to and feeling of love, it is selfless in its expression. Like a seed—if it does not properly ground in the soil and receive adequate nourishment and care in order to plant roots, it will never bloom into the inspirational beauty of a flower, plant or tree that it is destined to become. Our hearts work the same way, we must turn our attention inward, with the inspiration and guidance of our intuition and deep connection to Mother Earth, to ultimately reawaken and let the self-love within us then flow out.You can meditate or practice yoga with Rose Quartz nearby to amplify your practice and help you awaken heart-centered consciousness. If you have this stone already, try it out! Hold a piece of healing Rose Quartz in your left hand and receive the etheric energy as it flows directly to your heart center or, if you like, place your crystal-filled hand directly over your heart. In many ancient systems of healing and medicine, the hands are considered to be extensions of the heart, or as I like to call them, “the wings of the heart.” Similarly, the lines in your palms, when properly understood, directly reflect and correlate to the state and health of your nervous system, which in turn is connected to your chakras and subtle etheric field. When the heart chakra is healthy and in balance, the lower chakras feel secure and the higher chakras—the throat (truth), the third eye (intuition), and the crown (connection to the higher self) have the opportunity to come to life. These higher chakras hold those emotions we mentioned earlier: hope, faith, joy… but they rest on the foundation of love found innately in the heart and that can be activated by the powerful healing properties of Rose Quartz. Love is the key that unlocks the whole chakra system. The tricky thing is, the heart can become weak when not given the proper nourishment and care, just like any muscle, so it’s important to regularly tune in and listen to what your body needs.
Physiologically, Rose Quartz is believed to strengthen a weak heart as it helps to improve circulation. Emotionally, all types of Quartz are pyroelectric, meaning they are able to transmute heavy, sorrowful energies into lighter, heartfull energy by actually reorganizing the structure of the atoms that surround the organ. Recent studies by the Institute of HeartMath have shown that the heart has it’s own nervous system and is a critical axonal junction in our emotional and intuitive processing systems. Ancient cultures were very aware of the healing properties crystals hold and particularly the meaning of Rose Quartz. There are countless legends and tales of love renewed, restored, and recharged by mythological figures who used the properties of Rose Quartz, such as Eros and Cupid, and Aphrodite and Adonis. Even the Egyptians, Chinese, and Tibetan cultures utilized this magical stone. For instance, the Egyptians left healing Rose Quartz facial masks in the tombs with the sarcophagi of the Pharaohs. It is believed that they used these alchemical creations to maintain a youthful beauty, glowing skin, and attract love, among other things.
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Brazilian Uncut Rose Quartz Crystals
Raw Rose Quartz (versus tumbled/polished) has the highest vibrational frequency/energy and carries the most potent healing and metaphysical properties. These Brazilian Rose Quartz crystals are sustainably sourced straight from the earth and emanate a powerful natural energy.
These ancient cultures were very in tune with the rhythms of the earth and knew how to utilize the meanings and properties of Rose Quartz to evoke a specific intention. From the records and artifacts they have left behind, we know that there are many ways to connect with the love and power that is intrinsic to our Mother Earth. The lesson here is simple, surround yourself with those people, things and circumstances that evoke love to remind yourself of the love that you already are, because when you connect to and feel this in your heart you are then able to share it with the world.
Going Deeper: How to Access the Healing Properties of Rose Quartz With Gaia Collective
While crystals are effective on their own, to amplify their healing properties, you can create combinations with essential oils and special herbs.Our friends at Gaia Collective care deeply about bringing awareness to and shedding light on the abundant resources that nature provides us in order to amplify and reconnect with our true nature as human beings—love. Using this ancient herbal and alchemical knowledge, they offer a variety of products to illuminate your deepest desires and charge them with sacred healing energy, passion and intention.
If you’re feeling inspired by the metaphysical properties and meaning of Rose Quartz and you want to try it out for yourself, then you’ll definitely want to check out the GAIA Love Box. GAIA collective moon boxes are hand-picked and curated to include spiritually activating crystals, essential oil blends, and herbs to invite in a profound sense of love wherever you are needing it most in your life.
Their work reminds us to always remember: you are made of Love and you are Love itself—an essence which they clearly infuse into everything they do.
About The Authors
Meghan McDonald is the co-founder of Conscious Lifestyle Magazine. She holds a Masters degree in social psychology and has conducted award-winning research into the nature of human social behavior. Meghan loves exploring exotic destinations worldwide and learning about all things conscious, healthy, and whole.
Paula Pavlova is a dedicated yogi, focused and committed to illuminating the beauty in our human experience through soulful practice. She cares deeply about offering a space for individuals to drop in and connect to their collective, sacred meaning. Paula spreads this message as an instructor of yoga, jewelry maker, writer, and artist. Paula aims to inspire others to step into the magic of their being and begin to own their destiny. She firmly believes that movement, meditation, and creation of that which sets your heart on fire, is a recipe for self realization — the fabric of universal compassion.
As a member and co-founder of GAIA Collective, Paula hopes to be a part of ever-growing community of light workers, dream weavers, and spirit seekers, planting peace across the globe. Together, we have the power to charge the world with positive intention, magnified through the frequencies of our Mother Earth, Gaia.