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December 2, 2013

Since my new guitar has 10 abalone bird inlays along its neck, and since I have long known of the gem and natural healing properties of this precious shell; I decided to refresh my memory pursuant to the details. I found this inspiring, and hope you do too:
Abalone shells are made up of calcium carbonate and grow in the ocean, forming part of a living ecosystem. Various types of shell have been used as gems for centuries. One of these types include those made up of pearly layers: mother of pearl, abalone and New Zealand paua.

Abalone shell has been used in many cultures as a decorative jewelry and for carvings. A disc of abalone shell is worn on the forehead of Apache girls as they greet the sun in the morning of their initiation into womanhood.

Abalone strengthens the structure of the body and the functions of the heart chakra. Both pearl and abalone shell hold the same divinatory meaning:

Intimately connected to the sea – represents the tides of emotion
An easy flow of feelings and sensitivities to others
Connected to family and particularly motherhood
Harmony in relationships
The play and variety of colors represent change as the beauty of existence

In case you are interested, here are the 10 abalone birds artistically inlayed in my guitar’s pattern thin neck:
Starting from the nut the birds are:

Peregrine falcon
Marsh hawk
Ruby throated hummingbird
Common tern
Coopers hawk
Kite
Sparrow landing
Storm petrel
Hawk landing
Screech owl on a branch (24-fret models only)

Although these birds hold significance as well, a detailed description is beyond the scope of this post.

Suffice it to say that many ordinary-seeming things all around us hold spiritual and healing properties worthy of discovery. Gems and crystals in particular may provide important links to your health and happiness. So learn more about the ones you already have.

Have a mellifluous Monday everyone, and please remember to meditate, exercise, help others, and smile!