Everyone resonates with different things. And I had always felt like the odd one out, because I did not resonate with the cross, or any other religious symbols for that matter. In August of 2015, I stumbled upon the concept of mala beads and felt it was worth giving a try.
Now, I am absolutely no mala bead expert. In fact, I wouldn’t call myself an expert in much of anything, but felt it was worth sharing my experience so you as readers can discover what paths and avenues feel right for you.
I purchased my first set of Reiki-charged mala beads in August of 2015. I got a 108 mala bead bracelet, made of peach moonstone. What appealed to me was not only the appearance of the mala, but the peach moonstone properties.
According to the Etsy listing (which, I never left a formal review but this seller is amazing and I highly recommend them):
Peach moonstone supports the heart as it stimulates the mind, soothing worry or anxiety, and bringing out the best in people. Its loving energy promotes the Divine in all situations, and is an emotional support for intuitive or sensitive children.
This mala resonated with what my spirit felt it needed at the time. I needed to heal, to soothe… And at the time, I was in a very toxic environment. This mala helped to support me and remind myself everything was going to be okay.
The mala never broke, but instead, the elastic gave way in late 2016, leaving it stretched out and unable to be used or worn (keep in mind, I wore it almost every day and everywhere). I was heartbroken, and did not know what to replace it with. Life became absolutely insane around that time, and it seems the mala breaking was a signal that my spirit had different needs. I outgrew it.
I have waited almost a year before getting a my new mala. This was mostly because I did not value my own spiritual well-being enough to go ahead and purchase one. But after my bad yoga revelation, I realized I needed to make my spiritual health a priority. After much debate, I purchased this mala (also from another fantastic Etsy shop). If I am being honest, the cracked beads (especially the “guru” or large bead) for, whatever reason, made me think of the stars and galaxy. The sparkling purple resembled deep space, and I resonated with that. Once I saw it my search was over. I knew this was the mala for me.
The crystals used in the beads also align directly with what I am seeking. According to the seller, the mala contains the following properties:
Porcelain Jasper is called “the nurturing stone”.
It is a powerful healing and calming gemstone and brings tranquility and wholeness. It protects against negative energy of others, and aligns all chakras. It is an excellent stone for decreasing stress. The primary color in this stone is pink/mauve, which is the color of universal love.
African Blue opal releases stress and “old” emotional wounds and trauma. It increases strength and clarity. Blue opal stimulates creativity and helps ideas flow more freely.
The word Opal originates from the sanskrit word “upala” which means precious stone. Opals are good luck and healing stones. Opals help to relieve depression and enable the wearer to find true happiness and contentment. Opals encourage spiritual growth. It is the birthstone of October.
Rose Quartz is the stone of the heart chakra (anahata). It is the “love stone” not only bringing more love into your life, but enhancing that unconditional love in your heart for yourself and others. Rose Quartz is considered a “happy” stone, it aids in decreasing stress in the body.
Druzy turns negative energy into positive. It enhances the properties of other stones. It calms and soothes tension. Druzy helps with meditation and clears one’s aura.
Amethyst calms the nervous system and gives protection from outside negative energies. The name amethyst derives from the ancient Greek word amethustos, meaning sober. It was said that an amethyst could prevent the bearer from becoming excessively drunk. Amethyst is the official birthstone for February. Amethyst powers include: lucid dreams, healing, peace, love, spiritual upliftment, courage, psychism and happiness
Blue lace agate is a calming, soothing stone that eases worry. It is a great for opening and balancing the throat chakra promoting courage and assertiveness. It helps one speak their truth from the heart. As it is balancing, it will also help those who are too verbally active to contemplate the power of their words and speak wisely.
The lotus flower represents one symbol of fortune in Buddhism. It grows in muddy water, and it’s rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment. The lotus also represents purification and faithfulness. It resembles the purifying of the spirit which is born into murkiness.
There is something about the crystals containing certain properties that I deeply resonate with. Unlike rosary beads, or other forms of meditation/prayer, I can set an intention for myself, consistently, based on the beads’ properties. The mix of these sort of properties are perfect for an intuitive/post traumatic stress disorder/generalized anxiety/polycystic ovarian syndrome/hypothyroidism person like myself.
I have found that counting the beads actually proves to be slightly distracting (I do not repeat mantras/chants when I meditate but perhaps someday I will). I usually hold the beads and, with these, keep my hands in a prayer position with the guru bead/large bead close to my heart. The first few meditations with this new mala have proved absolutely wonderful doing so, and I am excited to see what headspace I will find going forward.
Your Guide to Mala Beads
If mala beads are entirely new to you, they are basically prayer beads. I resonated with them specifically because they can be made from crystals/gemstones, etc. that can represent different things. Because I resonate with energy and like to believe that crystals can contain different properties, I feel it helps me better meditate and connect with my spiritual self. Explore your own avenues and see if using mala beads would resonate with you!
I really enjoy using Etsy for finding mala beads, as prices tend not to be outrageous, and you know they are made with love. Most shops commit to using ethical practices and resources, so the mala you receive is less likely to have bad “vibes” associated with it. But you can ultimately use whoever you like!
When you are choosing mala beads, following intuition is the best way to go. If something sticks out to you, go with it. If you are unsure, keep searching – the right one will turn up and you will know when you find it (I promise!). It took me a while to find the mala I resonated with, and that was probably largely because I was not spiritually ready. You might not find yours right away either, but it is worth checking out!
What sort of tools help you resonate with the Universe? Comment below!