Abalones have been nourishing us in multiple ways since the beginning of time. Their meat nourishes our bodies, and the mother-of-pearl bearing shells nourish our souls. Abalone are very similar to a clam or oyster, except they have tentacles and foot. Their shells are very durable, so much so that animals have to get creative when trying to eat abalone. Several native cultures sustained themselves for hundreds of years by eating raw and cooked abalone, and hardly anything else. Abalone is still highly sought after today, especially in South Africa, because their shells are known to have a colorful iridescence.
The Properties and Meaning Of Abalone
Along with its dreamy and ethereal aesthetics, the Abalone shell meaning comes from its connection to the ocean and its healing, calming energy. Often referred to as the “ears of the sea,” abalone shells connect you to the power of the sea, remind you to be gentle and loving with the people who are closest to us.
Abalone shells have been used to make jewelry, masks, and decorative bowls by several ancient cultures. In many Native American cultures, the abalone shell is used as a smudge bowl to burn sage. The belief was that the abalone and sage combination would deliver their messages to heaven.
The Apaches used abalone in their Sunrise Ceremony, a ritual that marked a girl’s passage into womanhood.
Abalone is a symbol of solace, a connection to the ocean, the cycle of life, protection, and ancient travel. The healing properties of the abalone shell today are very similar to what the ancient cultures believed of the shell.
Abalone shells carry energies of protection and emotional balance. Similar to the shell itself, the abalone shell brings with it a natural shielding that blesses the owner of it with tranquility. Abalone shells are especially useful to people who are going through emotional turmoil or those who are having a hard time dealing with what life is throwing at them.
The soothing energy of the abalone shell provides a layer of protection that lifts up the spirit with the confidence to view tough situations with a new, more accepting perspective. Abalone is often considered a representative of water, and it’s the water that tames the flames of emotional strife.
The Mantras Of The Abalone Shell
The mother-of-pearl that lines the abalone shell, in tandem with the shell itself, is said to activate intuitive qualities like clarity and comprehension. Holding an abalone shell during a cleansing ritual can lead to a feeling of purity.
For thousands of years, people have believed that abalone has divine energy, and using it with sage in the act of space clearing will invoke the spirit of the ocean and use your highest chakras as a conduit to the divine realm.
To perform one of these cleansing rituals, all you need is a bundle of dried white sage or dried loose leaf sage and an abalone shell. A cleansing ritual can be performed at any time, but they are especially useful after a negative or stressful situation, like an argument, starting a new job, traveling somewhere unfamiliar, or after an injury.
To start, lite the sage and allow the abalone to catch the falling ash. Use a feather or just your hand to send the smoke over your body, from your feet to your head, and back down to your feet. Close your eyes and visualize your spirit being cleansed of all of the toxic energy that is stuck to it.
After you’ve cleansed your body, move around to the areas of your space that receive a lot of traffic. As you walk around your space, repeat the mantra, “I invoke the spirits of Air, Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water to cleanse this space and bathe it in a positive light.”
The abalone shell is a water vessel, so keep it protected from the fire of burning sage by lining it with a thin layer of sand. That will keep the sage from leaving burn marks on the shells beautiful, iridescent luster.
The Abalone Shell and Healing
If you’re ever in contact with an abalone shell, you will quickly realize that it’s impossible to be upset about anything. If you’re looking for security or protection, hold tight to the stone and imagine a wave of beauty, love, compassion, and peace washing over you.
The healing properties of the abalone shell will help you open up and expand your consciousness, which will benefit your life in countless ways. S spiritual and mental shift is often what you need to view a situation from a new, loving, and compassionate perspective.
Abalone shells can benefit your practice in many ways, beginning with helping you fall into a relaxed, compassionate vibe. Once you’ve fully embraced the abalone shell in your meditation practice, you will be able to take on its calm, balanced frequencies.
During your practice, take deep, cleansing breaths and become aware of any negativity that is being released from your spirit. The energy of the abalone shell will also help you embrace your true self while clearing away any self-doubt, fear, or any other toxic emotions that may be plaguing you.
The most important thing you can do with your abalone shell, or any healing crystal for that matter, is to pair it with a clear intention. Your abalone shell will magnify the energy around it, so when you have a specific intention, your words and thoughts will be amplified by your shell.
Finding your true purpose is the first step in a spiritual transformation, so meditate on what’s important to you. Also, meditate on any areas of your life where you are currently struggling, or could use improvement. Be very specific when doing this, being clear about your goals, what you want to achieve, and why you want to achieve it.
When you’ve meditated enough, you will begin to visualize the actions you need to take to achieve your goals. For example, if you intend to be more present, your abalone shell will help you free your mind from the burdens of the past and the worries of the future.