Get some fire in your belly with the magical energies of the self-esteem boosting crystal sunstone
So often we misjudge the difference between being kind and helpful, and people-pleasing. Over-committing and losing ourselves in the needs and expectations of others is easy to do, and it’s a sure-fire way to drain your energy. If you recognise this behaviour and often lose sight of your goals and dreams, you need a crystal with a bit of oomph to help you set healthy boundaries – say hello to Sunstone!
Three different crystals share the name Sunstone: one is a type of Aventurine, which is a sparkling reddish-orange to brown colour; another, a transparent orange-yellow crystal, is formed through volcanic activity; and the oldest type is a shimmering feldspar, also formed in the lava surrounding volcanoes. Although these stones are formed in different ways and found in various parts of the world, they all contain similar properties and are particularly good if you’re in need of a pick-me-up.
A piece of the sun
Said to contain the energy of the sun god Ra, the orange-flecked crystal is arguably one of the best go-to gems when you’re running on empty or struggling to let your natural radiance shine. And just like the sun, the crystal emits a masculine yang energy, which harnesses creativity, goal setting, success, courage, self-expression, outward confidence and leadership skills. It’s perfect for those moments when you need to come out of your shell.
The Native Americans who first discovered the gem believed it got its reddish colour from the blood of a great warrior. The stones were considered sacred as they contained the warrior’s strength and power, and small collections of the gems were used in burial rituals.
Next time you need the courage to face something you’ve been avoiding, place Sunstone on your solar plexus (situated in the stomach area, midway between your navel and your heart). Imagine a warm yellow light coming from the stone and spreading through your whole body. Once your body is full of the warm light, say in your mind’s eye: ‘I have the power to choose, and I am choosing to do (situation you’ve been avoiding)’.
If you have difficulty saying no to people, try carrying a piece of this gem in your pocket or handbag. Its protective energies will allow you to speak your mind, while increasing feelings of self-worth, optimism and enthusiasm.
Sunstone can also help you to break ties with anyone who brings negativity into your life. Maybe an old friendship has turned sour, or you can’t seem to get your ex-partner out of your mind – you can release whomever it is with a simple ritual. Hold a stone in your hand and light a white candle. While looking into the flame, imagine the person with whom you want to cut cords. Close your eyes and visualise a beam of light coming from your heart and connecting to theirs. Ask your higher-self to release all energetic connections. Picture the light releasing from the other person’s heart and returning back into your chest. Lastly, send gratitude to the person you’ve been having trouble with for any lessons you have learnt.
Lead the way
Due to the strong solar energies of the stone, wearing a piece can increase your leadership skills and accentuate your creative side. It’s a great gem to have by your computer at work as it allows you to have confidence when making decisions. By encouraging you to lift your head above the parapet, sunstone brings prosperity, too. It’s also thought to help you express the sunny side of your personality even in stressful situations. Many crystal healers use this gem in conjunction with its opposite crystal – Moonstone. While the Sunstone emits an outward-looking masculine energy, Moonstone works with softer feminine energies. If you and your romantic partner are arguing, try placing both crystals in your bedroom to help address any power struggles or feelings of insecurity.
Did you know?
Sunstone was used by Native American medicine men to harness the power of the sun