Guilt and shame are powerful obstacles. In general, guilt is a powerful negative emotion about something we either did or didn’t do. By contrast, shame is a negative feeling about who we are as people.
Guilt is considered a potential blocker of the sacral chakra, while shame can block the solar plexus. This means that these emotions can effectively keep energy from flowing properly to the upper chakras. Even if you don’t adhere to this school of thought, guilt and shame are the seeds of many of the limiting beliefs that keep us stuck in place.
It can take a lot of work to help resolve the source of these feelings, including conventional therapy. Crystals are a very helpful add-on that can provide you with some comfort, positivity, and an easier time uprooting the source of your feelings.
Here are some of the best crystals and stones for guilt and shame:
Citrine’s yellow color ties it to the solar plexus chakra, which is the seat of confidence and the will. As mentioned above, this area is also blocked by shame.
Meditating with or wearing citrine near the solar plexus area can help open, heal, and restore balance to this area while you work on the source of your shame. Citrine is also commonly used to increase feelings of joy, hope, and optimism.
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See article: Metaphysical Properties of Citrine.
2. Dendritic agate
Dendritic agate, or tree agate, has intriguing branching structures within it. Metaphysically, this stone is often used in shadow work. It can facilitate the process of understanding and integrating the shadow self. Rather than letting the shadow self serve as a continual source of shame, this allows you to grow beyond it.
This stone also helps with self-confidence, and recognizing the ways people change as they go through different life stages. If you struggle with guilt and shame stemming from childhood, wearing, carrying, or meditating with dendritic agate can help you see them from a different perspective, understand them, and move on.
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See article: Metaphysical Properties of Agate.
Morganite is a beautiful pale peach-pink stone that’s used for emotional healing. It’s particularly helpful for trauma. If your feelings of guilt or shame stem from a traumatic experience, this stone may help you work through them.
Be careful if you choose to wear this crystal in jewelry — it’s considered a “nighttime stone,” since the delicate color tends to fade readily in sunlight.
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Obsidian is often used to help cut cords. In this circumstance, it can allow you to sever your connections to traumatic experiences, self-resentment, and aspects of your past that are holding you back.
If you tend to ruminate on a past situation that causes you feelings of shame or guilt to this day, working with black obsidian can help you release it. This may be a difficult process, so you might want to wear obsidian during the day as a grounding and protective stone and use it during private meditation to help you let go of the past.
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Peridot is a beautiful olive green crystal with a transformative energy. It’s very good for healing emotional wounds, especially of the kind that result in maladaptive coping mechanisms later in life.
If your guilt and shame are holding you back from living the life you want, or have you convinced that you don’t “deserve” happiness, then meditating with peridot may help.
Keep this stone near the heart area to transform negative emotional or behavioral patterns, and encourage more self-compassion.
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See article: Metaphysical Properties of Peridot.
For some of us, our feelings of guilt and shame may stem from things we went through during childhood. The longer these experiences go without being addressed, the harder they can be to heal.
Rhodochrosite helps by letting us heal the past. It has a very nurturing energy which facilitates the process of uncovering the source of emotional trauma. It can help you take back parts of yourself that you might have tried to bury out of shame. This is often a messy process, so you may want to reserve rhodochrosite for when you’re meditating, in private, or in therapy.
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Rhodonite is a striking bright pink stone with black inclusions. It’s often used to help increase feelings of compassion. In this case, it can help relieve guilt and shame by enhancing your compassion toward yourself.
Wear or meditate with it to let go of guilt, shame, and tension, and in bring emotional balance and relief.
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See article: Metaphysical Properties of Rhodonite.
8. Rose quartz
Nothing that deals with healing emotions would be complete without the inclusion of rose quartz. This pink type of quartz is associated with Anahata, the heart chakra, and has been used to increase feelings of love for the self and others.
This stone is said to help instill feelings of self-compassion, which can make it easier to release shame and guilt by making it easier to forgive yourself. Keep it by your bedside, carry it with you, meditate with it, or wear rose quartz jewelry near your heart.
You can even place a grid of rose quartz crystals around your bathtub, or use it as the basis for a gem elixir. It’s a gentle, versatile stone with a beautiful energy.
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See article: Metaphysical Properties of Rose Quartz.
9. Tangerine quartz
Tangerine quartz is a unique specimen. It has the bright orange color you often see in heat-treated citrine, but it comes by it naturally courtesy of a very thin layer of iron oxide. Its orange color ties it to the sacral chakra, which is blocked by guilt. In color magic, orange is also associated with joy, success, and optimism.
Meditate with this stone near your sacral area (or your lower abdomen), or keep it with you in a pocket or pouch. Avoid carrying it with other stones, as they can end up knocking together and scratching the iron oxide coating.
Imperial topaz has metaphysical properties very similar to citrine and tangerine quartz. It’s also associated with optimism and positivity, which can provide a much-needed boost when you’re feeling down about yourself.
Imperial topaz comes in a variety of hues, including yellow, pink, and a lovely pinkish orange. These make it suitable for specific chakras — yellow is best for the solar plexus, pink for the heart, and the more orange hues are good for the sacral chakra.
Wear or meditate with these stones near their corresponding chakras, or just work with the sunny-hued yellow or orange stones when you need a dose of positivity.
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Both guilt and shame arise when we’ve transgressed somehow. Though they feel bad, they’re not bad things — both guilt and shame are a sign that we’ve reflected on our behavior and want to avoid making mistakes in the future.
Sometimes, feelings of guilt and shame allow us to acknowledge when we’ve done something wrong, resolve to do better, and avoid causing harm again. When we get stuck in these patterns, guilt and shame become unhealthy and unproductive.
Working to recognize and let go of these negative cycles allows us to be better, healthier, and happier people.
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