We often think of the emotions as originating and residing
in the heart, but another place where they live, often imprisoned,
is in the solar plexus. As young children, discouraged away
from the full expression of our emotions, we learn that
shallow breathing helps us not to feel as much. The repression
of feeling can become automatic, and life, while perhaps
less painful, also has less joy.
While Rhodochrosite is the primary stone for assisting one
in consciously learning to breathe deeply again, Unakite
can be very helpful in the steady release of feelings long
held in. An opaque coral and olive-green stone (two colours
associated with the solar plexus), it consists of three
minerals: feldspar, epidote, and quartz.
Feldspar takes a number of forms (Moonstone is one) In general,
it helps one to detach from old ways of doing things, thus
permitting creativity to flower. It also assists in self-awareness
Epidote enhances one's perceptions, encourages participation
with others, and helps in self-esteem.
Quartz, among its many attributes, is the primary stone
used for dissolving energy blockages.
When one is supported by deepened self-esteem and self-awareness,
it is easier to allow old feelings to arise so that they
may be released.
Unakite lends another element to self-awareness. In working
with this stone, people have noticed that they were able
to go beyond the physical symptoms of an illness to understand
its mental and emotional sources. It is also believed to
help release conditions which have been inhibiting personal