I've always loved the look of amethyst.
The many layers in an amethyst geode are an important reminder of the power of God and nature.
To embrace the beauty of something that took thousands of years to create is a magical feeling.
I am so grateful that I have been led to the path of energy healing and gemstones are just one facet.
Not only is it pleasing to the eye, amethyst has a deep meaning with a fascinating story.
I wanted to share this with you, in case you haven't heard it before.
First let me tell you a little bit about the healing properties...
Amethyst helps to expand the higher mind, enhancing one's creativity and passion. It helps to focus, while calming and soothing the mind. It's useful for insomnia and promotes sweet dreams. It's dedicated to curbing overindulgence and bad habits and promotes balance.
The Story About Why It's Called the Sobriety Stone
"The name Amethyst is derived from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated", and comes from an ancient legend. The wine god Bacchus, angry over an insult and determined to avenge himself, decreed the first person he should meet would be devoured by his tigers. The unfortunate mortal happened to be a beautiful maiden named Amethyst on her way to worship at the shrine of Diana. As the ferocious beasts sprang, she sought the protection of the goddess and was saved by being turned into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus, regretting his cruelty, poured the juice of his grapes over the stone as an offering; giving the gem its lovely purple hue.
Throughout history, the special virtue of Amethyst has been that of preventing drunkenness and overindulgence. Ancient Greeks and Romans routinely studded their goblets with Amethyst believing wine drunk from an Amethyst cup were powerless to intoxicate, and a stone worn on the body, especially at the navel, had a sobering effect, not only for inebriation but in over-zealousness in passion. Catholic bishops also wore Amethyst in a ring to protect from mystical intoxication. Kissing the ring kept others from similar mystical intoxication and kept them grounded in spiritual thought."*
As a sober person, we need as much support as we can get.
So why not utilize the power of natural, healing gemstones to remind us of our daily intention to stay close to our higher power and by doing so, become the best version of ourself.
*I first read this story in a book and couldn’t seem to find it, so I was able to track down a version of the story online at this website: https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/amethyst/.