AE Pink Opal


A while back I wrote a post about how to work out what a crystal does, based on its color and crystal structure, via this link:

How to work out what a Crystal does

But there is one group of crystals where this approach doesn’t work so well… the Amorphous minerals

… like Opal, Obsidian, Moldavite, Libyan Gold Tektite, Amber… all the minerals which don’t have a structure but most definitely have a vibe and so have an energetic affect.

So the question… how do these Amorphous minerals work, and how do we work out… objectively… how they work.

Well, there is one thing which all of these amorphous minerals share… and which helps us to understand their energetic nature:

Flow and flowing

All the Amorphous minerals are formed from a state of flow at some point in their birth… and so flow and flowing is part of their energetic nature…

  • Amber is tree resin flowing down the side of a tree, and then solidifying.
  • Obsidian is lava coming out of the ground, red hot, flowing, and then cooling
  • Opal is silica being carried by water, through veins in the earth, and then solidifying
  • Moldavite & Libyan Gold Tektite was (probably) formed when a meteorite hit the earth, and liquid glass was formed, flowed, and then later cooled

So the energetic quality which I associate with the Amorphous minerals is flow and flowing.

Let us explore Pink Opal to better understand how this works.

Pink Opal is a hydrated amorphous form silica, with a water content which can range from 3 to 20% of its weight, which is why you don’t want to store Opal in too hot / dry an environment, or else it will dry out and crack. It has a hardness of 5.5 to 6.5 on the Moh scale.

The color pink is associated with self-love, self-acceptance, and self-worth.

But because it is a Pink Opal… to this we need to add the quality of flow and flowing.

But what does that all mean in practical terms.

In the crystal tradition, Opal has a reputation of being an emotional stone, and that it will bring into consciousness emotions which we may not be willing to face… buried emotions, long suppressed emotions.

And there has always been a long tradition of emotions being linked to water… the flowing nature of water.

Because in a happy and healthy individual, emotions flow… one emotion flows into another emotion… which then flows into another emotion…

But when an individual becomes stuck… when they are stuck in a loop of one or two emotions only… like anger… or sadness… or anxiety… where the same emotion repeats over and over again… there is no flow… there is only a sense of being emotionally trapped.

When this happens, a stone like Opal can be an invaluable friend… because its flowing nature helps to break… or erode away… the limiting emotional loop… and then new and positive emotions can start to flow in again.

And if it is Pink Opal, then the stone will help to return flow to those areas of our psyche which are connected with self-love, self-acceptance, and self-worth.

But here is where the bad Opal rep comes on to the scene (because in the crystal literature, Opal does have a bit of bad rep)… you see, if we are open to these positive qualities being plugged back into our psyche, then there shouldn’t be a problem.

But if we are not happy with accepting ourselves… or we are unconsciously wearing Pink Opal… then it is like trying to drive a car with feet on the brake and accelerator at the same time… we ain’t going anywhere… but the engine is definitely overheating. That’s why Opal has the rep of being a bad luck stone… which isn’t correct, but then, if you are conflicted, and fighting yourself internally, it is no surprise that you do attract bad situations into your life externally.

As with most things on the path of self-development… whether we are open to the change, and willing to embrace it… or resisting… makes all the difference to our enjoyment of the journey.

And if you study the crystal literature, you will find the same repeated around many of the Amorphous minerals… that they flow, they erode inner blocks and barriers, and in this way they release trapped energies within our psyche.

(c) Brian Parsons, January 2017

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