The Five Elements
In Tibetan medicine & astrology, everything in the universe is made up of the Five Elements of Space, Air, Fire, Water & Earth. The elements exist in varying degrees from subtle light energy to gross form. The earth element provides form & solidity; the water element provides lubrication & moisture; the fire element provides heat; the air element provides circulation & mobility, and the space element assists the elements to coexist.
The healing properties of the stones used in the Five Elements Mala Beads are:
Clear Quartz Crystal Beads (Space element)
Clear Quartz Crystal amplifies prayers, healing, thoughts, wishes and positive visualisations. It works on every level to bring the body into balance and boosts the immune system. It is believed to supply positive energy and help dispel negative energy.
Space, the strongest of the five elements, is associated with awareness & the heart.
When the space element is balanced within us we are open, relaxed, grounded, stable & unshakable.
When the space element is unbalanced within us we are easily distracted, drift & can feel overwhelmed & disconnected.
Citrine Beads (Air element)
Citrine is an energising, cleansing stone that increases self-esteem and confidence. Citrine is a stone of abundance that can bring prosperity and success. It is a warming, calming stone that can help with anger, fear and depression.
The Air element is associated with transformation, change, the breath & the lungs.
When the air element is balanced within us we are flexible, positive, communicative & live in the solution.
When the air element is unbalanced within us we feel stuck, impatient, are prone to headaches, lack clarity & concentration.
Carnelian Beads (Fire element)
Carnelian is a stone of life force and energy. It is said to increase ambition, drive and confidence and to protect against negative emotions and illness. It is also reputed to bring about warmth, sociability, creativity and happiness and to restore self-esteem.
The Fire element is associated with body temperature and the liver.
This element represents heat, passion and transformation.
When the fire element is balanced within us we are creative, inspired, joyful, confident, motivated & energetic.
When the fire element is unbalanced within us we feel angry, reactive, intolerant, lack energy & inspiration.
Lapis Lazuli Beads (Water element)
Lapis Lazuli is known as a stone of truth and friendship. Lapis Lazuli can help to achieve clarity of mind and aids spiritual development. It is a protective stone and is used to overcome depression, brings harmony to relationships and helps to bring about self acceptance.
The Water element is associated with the blood and kidneys.
When the water element is balanced within us we feel happy, content & comfortable.
When the water element is unbalanced within us we feel dissatisfied, uncomfortable & lack energy.
Jade Beads (Earth element)
Jade promotes love, courage, justice and wisdom. It is also believed to calm the mind by helping to release negative thoughts. It is thought to calm the nervous system, cleanse the blood, and to remove toxins. It is said to be an excellent stone for the kidneys.
The Earth element is associated with our flesh and spleen.
When the earth element is balanced within us we are steady, confident, consistent & stable.
When the earth element is unbalanced within us we feel dull, lazy, depressed, sleepy, insecure, indecisive & lack focus.
Black Onyx is a soothing and comforting stone, useful in times of grief or excessive mental or physical stress. Onyx is said to help alleviate fears and worries and to help you feel comfortable within your self and in your surroundings. Onyx is also believed to promote stamina and vigour and to encourage the making of wise decisions.
How to use your Mala Beads
- Use your mala beads with love & care; they are sacred beads intended for spiritual practice.
- Start with the first bead next to the guru bead (also known as the mother bead the guru bead is often larger and usually has 3 holes).
- Recite the first mantra whilst holding the first bead between thumb and finger.
- Move your thumb over to the next bead and chant the mantra again; repeat 108 times.
- Tibetan mala beads often have 3 counter beads at 27 bead intervals. The counter bead is a good place to stop chanting and resume later. A mala counter can easily be used to indicate where you stopped counting as it neatly clips on between the beads. (Or a tassel mala counter can be used too).
- Once 108 mantras are complete flip the mala round 180 degrees and count the beads in the opposite direction so as not to pass over the guru bead.
Mantra for Blessing your Mala Beads
Recite the mantra seven times, then blow on the mala beads. This mantra increases the power of the mantras you recite using your onyx five elements mala beads.
OM RUCHIRA MANI PRAVARTAYA HUM
How to Care for your Onyx Five Elements Mala Beads
When not in use please store your onyx five elements mala beads in a mala bag.
Please don’t wash your mala or wear whilst bathing or sleeping as this can weaken the mala thread.
To clean your mala: gently wipe the beads using a damp cloth and place in sunlight to dry.