Lydia is a solitary witch who has been active in the occult community for 15 years. She is a published writer and visual artist.
A Crystal Resembling the Night Sky
Lapis Lazuli is an azure colored crystal much loved by ancient royalty in Egypt. The burial mask of King Tut contains inlays of this attractive stone. It has been mined since the 7th millennium BCE. Lapis Lazuli was also used in Mesopotamia for jewelry and seals. It is a stone which connects us to the divine. It naturally makes us think of heights in it's resemblance to the night sky. It lends dreaminess to our imaginations with it's beautiful golden specks of pyrite which resemble stars.
In the Middle Ages Lapis Lazuli was exported to Europe. There it was ground into ultramarine pigment and used by famous artists like Titian, Masaccio, and Vermeer during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. These days Lapis Lazuli is rarely used as a pigment in fine art. It is only used when art from the past needs to undergo a bit of restorative work.
Bring this serene stone into your dream work. It will add an element of wonder and beauty. Start off with a small piece of tumble stone. You can later buy a larger piece or try wearing Lapis Lazuli jewelry. Lapis Lazuli jewelry is not as expensive as it once was. It is a semi precious stone which is easily affordable.
Open the Third Eye
Are you hoping to have psychic dreams? Do you simply want to become more receptive to the subtle breezes of intuition which drift into the mind? Lapis Lazuli is a great stone to work with. Some sources claim this crystal connects to your third eye. The third eye is the source of your 6th sense. Opening this center gives you to access your higher wisdom and higher levels of perception. These higher states of mental focus are terrific ways to increase your dream quality. As you gain wisdom your mind will work out the deeper problems of your life rather than focusing on mere trifles. Your dream work can be full of deeper solution to the bigger questions in life.
Meditation Focal Point
Silence the mind and focus on this crystal of serenity. You can buy a larger piece of Lapis Lazuli and set it on an altar in front of you to gaze at while you meditate. Mental chatter can inhibit our ability to tune into our psychic abilities and have revealing dreams. This calming stone may help us relax and find inner piece. Taking some time to meditate on Lapis Lazuli before bed can put us in a relaxed frame of mind when we drift off to sleep. Rising above our anxiety regularly through meditation means our minds will not be focused on mundane concerns as we drift off to sleep.
On a metaphysical level Lapis Lazuli may prevent psychic attacks. It helps you along your spiritual journey by connecting you to the divine. Use if you have emotional baggage you are hoping to clear away.
You can also stare at a piece of artwork in which Lapis Lazuli was used as a pigment. Get a print of a painting which is evocative for you and hang it your bedroom. Fine art is something that inspires awe and wonder in addition to being soothing to the soul. Looking at a painting before bedtime can get your imagination working by thinking in the language of pictures, symbolism, and dreams. After all, both a paintings and dreams are illusions of reality. They already have a lot in common!
Use With Essential Oils
Lapis Lazuli stones make a great tool to use to anoint wrists and forehead with oil. Make an oil to enhance your dreamwork with essential oils conducive to sleep. Scent is a tool you can use to achieve a better sleep. Scent can brings up strong memories and can help trigger a meditative state.
If you're doing dreamwork to connect to an ancestor you can pick an essential oil related to your relative's tastes. Perhaps they had a favorite flower, tree, or spice. If you are asking for the assistance of a deity you could pick a fragrance sacred to that God or Goddess. Put these chosen scents together and dip you Lapis Lazuli tumble stone into the liquid. Dab it on these pulse points and the third eye before going to sleep.
The part of our brain linked to memory is also wired to our ability to smell. Cells in our nose send information directly to our brain whereas our other sense tend go through more filters. Make use of this in your dream work.
Use it Inside a Dream Pillow
This soothing stone may help to prevent nightmares. In the past it was used by alchemists to draw out evil. Create a dream pillow or sachet. Fill with sleep herbs like chamomile, lavender, hops, or rose and place your piece of Lapis Lazuli inside. You can also try putting Lapis Lazuli on your night stand or underneath your bed. Try gridding your bed by putting this crystal at each of the four corners.
Wear as Jewelry
This is an especially useful crystal if you are a Virgo as it is your birthstone. Find a piece of jewelry which is comfortable to wear to bed at night. You can also wear it to attract success, friendship, and deflect negativity. At one time Lapis Lazuli was considered just as precious as sapphire. Our ancestors had a great deal of trouble differentiating the two stones. It is thought that biblical references to Sapphire may have actually been Lapis Lazuli.
Offering to the Gods
Ancient Chinese tradition says that Lapis Lazuli was used as an offering to the lords of the universe by high priests. Add a devotional element to your dreamwork by making an offering of this crystal. Place it on your altar as a gift to the gods.