Yin and yang, quartz and lungs

The Earth’s most abundant mineral is quartz, which embodies the principles of both yin and yang.

by Isabelle Morton — 

All life is connected, sometimes in mysterious ways. Let us take a look at the fascinating relationship between yin and yang, and the mineral quartz and the lungs. If you have a respiratory condition, knowing their associations can be helpful.

The Earth’s most abundant mineral is quartz, which embodies the principles of both yin and yang. This mineral is found in both the colorless transparent specimens known as points and in a white opaque matrix upon which points grow. Crystal points have yang qualities of masculinity, clarity, brightness and transparency. The milky quartz represents the yin qualities of femininity, cloudiness, softness and opaqueness.

A third type of quartz, known as frosted quartz, is clear quartz that has been given a textured finish to make the spheres appear white. It has the same yin qualities as milky quartz, but to a lesser degree.

The best way to gain the therapeutic benefits of quartz is to work with it in sphere form. You can string the crystal spheres onto a necklace to receive the ongoing benefits for as long as you wear it. This uninterrupted support can be especially helpful when you are using the gemstones to address the energetic causes of a physical condition.

To be considered therapeutic, quartz spheres should be free of cracks, spots, blemishes or other inclusions, which can diminish or interfere with their healing qualities.

Clear quartz brings life energy to the body (a yang quality) and milky or frosted quartz increases the body’s capability to receive more life energy (a yin quality). This ubiquitous life energy is like raw material your body can use to help itself heal in whatever ways are needed. This is why quartz has such universal appeal and a broad range of effects. In gemstone-therapy applications, quartz is used specifically to vitalize the lungs and respiratory system.

Of all the organs in the body, the lungs demonstrate the interrelationship of yin and yang. When you inhale, your lungs expand (a property of yang) and the diaphragm contracts (a yin property). Air moves inward and downward into your body (yin). Inhalation produces a state of fullness and expansion (yang). On exhaling, your lungs contract (yin) and your diaphragm relaxes and expands (yang). Air then moves outward and upward (yang), while exhalation produces a state of emptiness and receptivity (yin).

Another benefit of working with crystal spheres is that you can conveniently combine clear quartz spheres with milky or frosted spheres in the same necklace. Therapeutic clear quartz spheres are warming, stimulating, expanding and drying. These qualities are properties of yang. Therapeutic, milky and frosted quartz spheres are cooling, relaxing, contracting, moistening and nourishing and represent yin properties.

Together, clear and frosted quartz are a symbiotic pair. Their benefits will not cancel each other out if there is more than one type of quartz than the other in the necklace. One crystal will support the other for optimal balance. Yin and yang exist in everything and, as noted above, both are involved in healthy lung function.

When you wear clear yang quartz and milky or frosted yin quartz together in the same necklace, the gemstone energies radiate in all directions and fill your aura. Breathe deeply, and these energies can enter your lungs to support a balance of yin and yang in your respiratory system and encourage healthy life and living.


Isabelle Morton is a worldwide authority on gemstone energy medicine. Her Gemstone Therapy Institute offers gemstone therapy practitioner certification to those who complete the curricula. www.LearnGEM.com.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 31, Number 5, October/November 2012.

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