Solid support for stressful times is here at hand with Smoky Quartz. All quartz is healing and together with amethyst, rose quartz and clear quartz, smoky quartz is a valuable part of any collection. While clear quartz radiates and amplifies energy, smoky quartz is an expert at attracting pain, negativity and blockages away from the body into itself. It needs to be cleansed when used thus as it works quietly but very quickly at calming worries and lifting stress. Easily available, smoky quartz is a silicon dioxide (Si O2) mineral, and is naturally radiated (quartz) of a colour varying from translucent brown, to blackish hued dark brown or yellowing hued translucent stone. The darker varieties might be artificially radiated.
Smoky quartz is above all a grounding stone par excellence. Here, it may be useful to quote Naisha Ahsian :
“Like the smoke of a sage bundle, the energy of smoky quartz cleanses and clears the aura and energetic systems. It assists one in connecting to the earth and completing the electrical circuit between pone’s physical body and the planet. Without this completed circuit, one’s energy systems are very much like a high tension power line that has been snapped. Though there is plenty of energy available, there is nowhere for it to go. By grounding one completes the circuit, gives the excess energy a safe outlet and re-establishes a healthy energetic flow in the body” (The Book of Stones, Simmons & Ahsian, California:North Atlantic Books, 1998).
Grounding is necessary for anyone who is a healer and also anyone who over uses the higher chakras of the logical and creative mind as well as psychic intuition. Ruby, garnet, black tourmaline, obsidian, smoky quartz are some of the many options available in the crystal world for this purpose and the stone must be chosen by intuiting. One size does not fit all in the crystal kingdom. Certain yogic postures involving balancing on one’s legs, tai chi, squats, lunges and pilates are also grounding, as is visualizing tree roots or being near them.
Meditating with or placing Smoky Quartz near oneself should make one feel more centred, aware, balanced and calm. Smoky Quartz is not possibly a good choice for increasing energy for athletic pursuits or increasing dynamism for outer activities. And yet, it helps fitness enthusiasts as a pain reliever for muscle cramps. It balances out the tendency to be too much in the head by drawing awareness within. It enhances discretion and judgement in physical and mental activities.
Smoky Quartz is believed to be healing for the lower body especially for the abdomen, fungal infections, hips, legs, back pain, diseases of the kidneys and pancreas. It helps in the assimilation of minerals and fluid regulation. It is supposed to fortify the muscles and nerves. A lot of therapists claim that it is useful in counteracting the effects of radiotherapy (as in chemotherapy) and also of electromagnetic radiation at home. One’s own experience should guide the use of crystals as has been pointed out in these columns before.
When the going gets tough, smoky quartz can lift pessimism and negativity and help one believe that the tough phase will pass. It is an excellent aid for stress and. building resilience. It helps us slow down, take stock of the situation and helps rid one’s aura of negativity and allows us to move ahead with a sense of calm power.