Handknotted Silk, Glass & Seed Bead Spring Mala
This beautiful Spring mala blossomed under the Spring Equinox or Vernal Equinox as some call it. The colours and pieces jumped out at me and called to be seamlessly hand knotted with a royal silk blue thread.
If you don’t know what a mala is please scroll below for more information, this is a full 108 bead mala with a gold bead at the end called the Guru Bead, Seva Mother or Mother Bead. It validates the end of one round in the prayer cycle. One prayer, chant, affirmation – one bead. On a full sized mala the guru bead is the 109th bead.
The main component on the counting beads are made of fire polished Czech glass and is surprisingly light to hold. The lovely Spring coloured tassle is made from howlite seed beads, I will cover about howlite a little later on.
Let me tell you a little about glass.
Glass is an ancient material, one of the most ancient known and used by man. The first glass used was natural obsidian, volcanic glass, used to make arrowheads, knives, jewelry, etc. Glass objects created of man made glass are reported to have been found as early from as 4,500 BC in Mesopotamia and 3,000 BC in ancient Egypt. Many consider glass to have no metaphysical properties, but others who are aware, realize that glass has energy like all else in the Universe, and thus has its own set of properties. Glass is a melding of the traditional four elements, because through fire and air the silica earth element is made molten and transmuted into a liquid only to return to its earthly state as an apparent solid. It can be made to focus light or allow light to pass through invisibly or carry lightwaves great distances through tiny strands. Metaphysically, glass represents and carries the energies of transformation, merging of elements, rebirth, focus and communication. The colors of the glass bring the vibrations of those specific color energies.
Spiritual and Psychic Properties
Spiritually, howlite is a stone of awareness. It can prepare the user or wearer to receive wisdom and attunement from the Higher Self and the Divine. It is also used for dimensional travel and healthy meditation.
Howlite can also be used to release attachments, or cords, linking old emotional pain, from this life or a past life, to the present. Once these atachments are severed, it allows for processing those emotions and bringing peace in those areas.
Mental and Emotional Properties
Howlite is a wonder stone for calming upset states of mind and emotion. Howlite decreases an overly critical state of mind, selfishness, stress, and anxiety, bringing calm and relaxation. Howlite also can decrease anger originating from within or externally. The wake of such calming can help one be truly comfortable as oneself without the need to pretend to be anything but what you are.
Subtlety and tact are also energies that howlite brings. This can calm difficult communications and ease confrontations., particularly by decreasing rudeness and facetiousness.
Howlite is also used to heighten creativity and expand self-expression.
Physical Conditions Properties
Howlite is used in crystal healing for pain, insomnia (especially as a gem elixir before bed)
This particular piece is a 108 bead mala. In Hinduism and Sikhism this means a string of prayer beads, much like a Catholic rosary.
Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. The beads therefore should be sufficient in size to make the counting easy.
When I knot malas I generally sing a mantra. With this one I christened it with the happy “Om” mantra
This particular mala was hand knotted with silk, Czech glass fire polished cobalt navy blue beads, Czech glass fire polished matte metallic gold beads with an Afghan seed bead pendant gold plated.
Descriptions of the healing properties of crystals will be explained throughout this publication.
The best way to chose the ‘right’ crystal or gemstone jewellery is to be intuitive, use your instincts. The stones have a vibrationary element that will be right for you or not. Many people ‘think’ about it too much. I find the 1st one even from a photo that you are drawn to is generally the ‘right’ one for you or for that time.
In Hinduism, Om (also spelled Aum) is a Hindu sacred sound that is considered the greatest of all mantras. The syllable Om is composed of the three sounds a-u-m (in Sanskrit, the vowels a and u combine to become o) and the symbol’s threefold nature is central to its meaning. It represent several important triads:
- The three worlds – earth, atmosphere, and heaven
- The three major Hindu gods – Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva
- The three sacred Vedic scriptures – Rg, Yajur, and Sama
Thus Om mystically embodies the essence of the entire universe. This meaning is further deepened by the Indian philosophical belief that God first created sound and the universe arose from it. As the most sacred sound, Om is the root of the universe and everything that exists and it continues to hold everything together.
A LITTLE ABOUT CHAKRAS.
The seven chakras are the centers in our bodies inw hich energy flows through. Blocked energy in our seven chakras can often lead to illness, so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing.
You can find out more about chakras here: Chakras
The Owner to be of this mala will make it their own, but the colours call out to me relate to the solar plexus and 3rd eye.
Here is a little bit about each chakra mentioned above.
The Solar Plexus Chakra, located between the navel and solar plexus, is the core of our personality, our identity, of our ego.
The third chakra is the center of willpower. While the Sacral chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment, the third chakra is all about the perception of who you are.
The gift of this chakra is sensing your personal power, being confident, responsible, and reliable.
The third chakra is the center of your self-esteem, your willpower, self-discipline, as well as warmth in your personality.
The energy of this chakra allows you to transform inertia into action and movement. It allows you to meet challenges and mover forward in your life.
The main challenge for the third chakra is to use your personal power in a balanced manner.
What does that mean? It means consciously harnessing the energy of the solar plexus chakra. It means being proactive rather then reactive or inactive.
Beings with excessive third chakra energy react to life circumstances, they have emotional outbursts and are often stressed out.
Beings with blocked or deficient third chakra are passive and inactive – allowing life to pass by while they do nothing.
Strong third chakra reflects the ability to move forward in life with confidence and power. It reflects the ability to make conscious choices to choose and to act.
The message of the third chakra is: You have the power to choose.
You can choose to achieve your life purpose or you can live out your karma or past experiences.
What do you choose?
Do you choose love, light and healing?
Do you accept that you have the power to choose?
Do you feel a sense of freedom when you make a choice?
The third chakra is the center of your self-esteem.
Every time you judge or criticize yourself, you deplete this chakra and weaken your willpower.
Self love, self acceptance, and acknowledgement of your own worth are the building blocks of the third chakra.
A woman with an open and balanced Manipura Chakra values herself and her work, is confident in her ability to do something well, loves and accepts herself, is willing to express herself in a powerful way, knows that she has the freedom to choose to be herself and direct her own life.
The Third Eye Chakra transcends time. It is located in the brain, at the brow, above the base of the nose.
The gift of this chakra is seeing – both inner and outer worlds.
The energy of this chakra allows us to experience clear thought as well as gifts of spiritual contemplation and self reflection.
Through the gift of seeing we can internalize the outer world and with symbolic language we can externalize the inner world.
The energy of Ajna allows us to access our inner guidance that comes from the depths of our being. It allows us to cut through illusion and to access deeper truths – to see beyond the mind, beyond the words.
The “way of the third eye” is seeing everything as it is from a point of “witness” or “observer”, or from simply being mindful – moment by moment.
It means examining self-limiting ideas and developing wisdom that comes from a perspective that transcends the duality of good or bad, black or white. It means seeing and helping others to see the deeper meanings of the situations in their lives.
Sixth chakra is holistic in nature. When this chakra is fully activated, both hemispheres of the brain function in synchrony. The right hemisphere’s creativity and synthetic thinking is integrated and balanced with left hemisphere’s logical and analytical thinking.
The Third Eye is not only the seat of wisdom, but also a seat of conscience. This is where you not only see what is going on, but you also know what it means. This is where your sense of justice and your ethics originate.
When your third eye is open, you not only see but you also understand.
Approximate length including pendant piece = 48.5 cms
Purchase Price = £65
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Many blessings to you and I hope you have enjoyed this publication