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Oh, the Peruvian Opal ~ by Darshan

April 12, 2016

Oh the Peruvian Opal

Over two-thirds of the world's population employs prayer beads as part of their religious and spiritual practice. Prayer beads have a variety of forms and meanings, but the basic purpose is the same: to assist the worshiper in reciting and counting specific prayers. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism are the major religions that use prayer beads in important ritualistic roles. Prayer beads, in the form of the Catholic rosary, are common throughout the world. Yogis and yoga students often use prayer beads in the form of a mala, with 54, 72, or 108 beads. Peruvian Opal is my current favorite gemstone to utilize while meditating. It comes from the Andes Mountains in Peru. It’s a translucent stone that has a similar color to the Caribbean Sea. Peruvian Opal has a soft relaxing energy. It softens the impact of stress from the outside world and can assist in releasing the trauma of old wounds.

A potent mix of healing and deep inner relaxation can be experienced when you sit with a Peruvian Opal gemstone while doing the Kundalini Yoga meditation called The Last Resort Meditation, which decreases stress and can lift you out of a depressed state. Yogi Bhajan said that the practice of this meditation removes a lot of negativity and “enables you to think right, act right, see right, look at yourself, imagine and meditate.” Sit in a comfortable position, holding or wearing a Peruvian Opal. Close your eyes, inhale deeply and chant “Wahe Guru Wahe Guru Wahe Guru Wahe Jio” eight times in a single breath. Do this for 11 minutes, work your way up to 22 minutes a day, and finally a maximum of 33 minutes a day for 40 days. There's no doubt you'll be as calm and radiant as the beautiful Peruvian Opal.