Myanmar Amber Museum
The Healing Power of Amber
Amber has many associations, but what dominates is its strong relationship to the sun and the earth. It’s golden hues and tangible warmth imbues it with a “life force” of its own, which many believe can be harnessed for holistic treatment. Amber is coveted particularly for its healing and balancing powers. Amber has many associations, but what dominates is its strong relationship to the sun and the earth. It’s golden hues and tangible warmth imbues it with a “life force” of its own, which many believe can be harnessed for holistic treatment. Amber is coveted particularly for its healing and balancing powers.
A significant reason for this is its classification as an “organic gem” (it is neither crystal or mineral) because of the way it is formed. Amber is derived from resin produced by trees in prehistoric forests which absorbed sunlight in order to photosynthesise. The resin then hardened once exposed to direct sunlight and fossilised over millions of years. Some specimens also contain perfectly preserved examples of insects and organic matter from the period. Trees are symbolically regarded as embodying the history of the earth. As amber is the resin of prehistoric trees, it could be said to aid in connecting one to this ancient knowledge. Trees by their very nature are transformative (utilising the suns energy to grow, cleaning the air and soil), therefore it would be plausible to suggest that amber should encourage such cleansing processes in the body.
This makes Amber an ideal tool with which to address imbalances in the mind, body and even relationships. It is a natural purifier, absorbing pain and negative energies, transforming them into clear, positive ones. Other benefits include; its ability to re-energise and purify ones aura, strengthening of the immune system, digestive problems, increased fertility, relief from pain, an increase in creativity, lightness of mood and general sense of clarity. This grounding energy can also be harnessed in conjunction with aligning the third chakra. Also referred to as the Solar Plexus, or Sacral chakra, it is the spiritual bodies source of personal power, confidence and transformation. Many people carry amber in the form of holding stones, embedded in jewellery or prayer beads. It is important that it is kept close to the skin in order to draw out that which is negatively impacting the person. It was also considered a protective amulet for travellers and children and is still used as a specific treatment of teething pains in infants in the form of teething necklaces.
What makes Amber so good for treating pain is the traces of succinic acid that it contains, which is purported to have anti-inflammatory properties. As the amber stones take on heat from the body, they begin to release their natural oils which is where the pain relieving substances are stored.
Amber has been cited much throughout ancient lore and myth, from the Greeks, to the Vikings, Native Americans and in Lithuanian legend. Once again, the common theme which emerges across these varied cultural narratives, is Ambers synonymous relationship to the sun. Interestingly, the Greek name for amber translates to “electron” which is connected to the Sun God, one of whose titles was Elector.
Keeping amber with you is like always having a little sunshine whenever needed.