The powerful opal has a large proportion of water in it, and thus is considered a water stone. In this article we will explore the way in which opal and its watery nature can help connect us to the water element, our emotions, and changes in life that bring true transformation.
In Chinese Medicine, the element of water intellectually represents wisdom, intuition, purity, and flow. On a deeper level, it is about being content with the way things are in life. Often times human beings suffer because they think they don’t have enough or things aren’t going their way. Despite living in a world of abundance, suddenly we are not content with the world due to our limited perspective.
This brings up a lot of emotions in people, of feeling discontent, stuck, or stagnant. Opal and water are connected to our emotions. When water hits a rock, it doesn’t use more effort to move it, it just flows around it. The water in opal can help put one in touch with their situation and provide some inspiration for an eagles eye view, a pathway to persevere and trust despite ones dismay or pessimism about a situation.
The elephant headed Hindu deity Ganesha represents this ability to flow, as this Lord of Good Fortune removes the obstacles on our path which hinder us. Once we dissolve these blocks, what awaits us is prosperity and success if we believe we are worthy of it.
With water and the emotions being linked, opal also offers a medicine for helping us cultivate our self esteem and sense of self worth. It brings us inspiration and creativity where previously we felt we had nothing to offer. Staring at a still pond, when looking at our reflection in the water, what do we see? A person with clarity and light, or someone who is doubting and looking for external affirmation?
As opposed to feeling a sense of lack, inhibited and unsure about decisions to make or ideas to develop in life, Opal reminds us to feel empowered and confident. Allow yourself to be the spiritual being that you are, not just a human dealing with all the complexities of life. See your true reflection in the still water as a being with vision and love for oneself and the world.
With this remembrance of our purpose and creativity, we can call back a deeper feeling of hope and peace into our lives and the dreams we have for the future. Opal is here to help guide us, as we release old emotions and learn to keep flowing through the transformations which ultimately bring purification; as Chris Martin from Coldplay clearly conveys, “Under this pressure, under this weight, we are diamonds taking shape.”
Ganesha photo credit : Hridaya Hermitage