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02-May-2012

Ancient Shiva Lingam

Healing Stone of India

The Shiva Lingam stone comes from India, specifically from the Narmada River, an inlet of the sacred Ganges. Once collected from the riverbed, the samples are usually polished and given the shape of an egg. Shiva Lingams come in beautiful earthy colours, with bands of red, yellow or even purple, circling their shape. Such stones attune their bearers with the purest vibrations of the heart chakra, the supreme healer of all afflictions.

The Shiva Lingam is a form of Jasper, so it is beneficial for the root and second chakras. In my work as a crystal therapist, I often recommend it to those who have been attacked or sexually abused. The Shiva Lingam is a tremendous aid in healing this trauma—in due time—and helping to regain the joy and beauty of being physically intimate.

My favorite way to work with a Shiva Lingam is to hold it in my right hand while practicing the Shiva Linga mudra. Gertrud Hirschi, in her book Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands recommends this healing mudra for fatigue, depression and patience. Do it as often as you like.

Shiva Linga Mudra: Place the left hand, palm facing up with fingers close together level with the abdomen and with elbow pointing outward and slightly forward. The left hand is shaped like a bowl to hold the right hand; the right hand forms a fist with the thumb pointing upwards. Imagine your left hand a mortar and your right hand a pestle. During your first breaths, mentally let whatever makes you feel ill fall like dark pebbles into your left hand. With the edge of your right hand, grind everything into the finest dust, which you then blow away from your hand like fine sand. Remain seated and let the energy flow.

A pocket-sized Shiva Lingam stone is perfect for this mudra. It is very comforting to listen to a mantra while practicing any healing mudra. The best mantras for the Shiva Lingam are Om Nama Shivaya, as it balances all the elements in the chakras, and Ma, the mantra of the heart.

Agnidevi Agnese Mandetta
Crystal Therapist, Reiki Master, Yogini
Crystal Yoga by Agnidevi

Recommended: Large Shiva Lingam Stone and Sacred Chants of Shiva by Craig Pruess

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tom commented on 07-Feb-2013 10:48 AM3 out of 5 stars

I was wondering what you might keep your lingam in when it is on your altar?

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