Green Nephrite Jade and Prehnite work together to vitalize fascia and connective tissues, restore kidney essence, and balance the centripetal/centrifugal forces that hold physical tissue in manifestation. Jade’s effect on the kidney energies, which are associated with longevity, good constitution, and fearlessness may have been one reason Jade was coveted by ancient peoples around the world. Jade/Prehnite can help repair the energetic fabric associated with physical tissues and returning this fabric to a more well-knit and youthful orientation.
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Introducing Green Nephrite Jade
The Earth offers two greenish rocks that are both called Jade. More specifically, they are Jadeite Jade and Nephrite Jade. (Our Green Jade is Nephrite.) These two stones may look similar in some cases, but they have different mineral compositions. Although both consist of interlocking crystals, Jadeite’s crystals are more granular, while Nephrite’s are felted, fibrous, and neatly interwoven. Images of Nephrite under high magnification show these fibers like combed wavy hair. Nephrite’s interlocking fibers give it its unique resistance to breaking, and make it the toughest natural material. (In comparison, Diamond has the greatest hardness, but is not tough. It can break easily.)
Jade in Mesoamerica and How Nephrite Got Its Name
Jade has been used for thousands of years around the world, particularly in China, South America, Europe, and New Zealand, for healing, rituals, and tool-making. Everywhere Jade was used, it was revered. Yet when Cortes invaded Mexico in 1519, he saw no value in the green stones. Soon enough, the Spanish conquistadores adopted the native Mesoamerican custom of wearing jade or carrying a piece in their pocket to cure kidney disorders, purify the blood, and protect a warrior’s strength. They called it “piedra de ijade” or stone of the flanks or loins. In Europe, this was translated as “pierre del l’ejade,” which became “le jade.” Its Latin name became “lapis nephriticus” or “stone of the kidneys” shortened to “nephrite.”
Jade in Ancient China
The ancient Chinese called it the Stone of Heaven and had a saying, “Gold is valuable; Jade is invaluable.” Their emperors surrounded themselves with Jade in the form of belts, rings, pendants, daggers, and sculpture, and were buried in suits made of Jade. Confucius wrote: “Anciently superior men found the likeness of all excellent qualities in jade.”*
Then, in 1784, Jadeite was found in Burma, and an agreement between the governments of the two countries supported active trade in Jadeite. The Chinese were captivated by Jadeite, which is shinier than Nephrite, and has a wider range of colors. Within 200 years, they had completely abandoned their Nephrite for Jadeite. Recently, however, the Chinese are reconnecting with Nephrite and compete in the market for the highest qualities.
* Confucius (traditional dates 551-479 BCE) Li Chi, Book XLV:13. After James Legge translation (New Hyde Park, New York: University Books, Inc., 1967) 2:464
Jade in Old New Zealand
Nephrite also has a long history among the Maori of New Zealand. When the Maori first arrived there, they found an abundance of a beautiful green stone that they called Pounamu, which means Greenstone. The Maori used their Pounamu to make ceremonial objects, formidable weapons, beautiful jewelry and tools and axes whose edges held better than soft iron. Jade became a fundamental part of Maori life and their culture developed around it.
The Maori named their Jade according to its shade of green:
Inanga: Very pale green.
Totoweka: Streaked or spotted with red.
Kohuwai: Named after the greenish moss that grows in slow running streams.
Kawa-kawa: Strong green color with varying shades throughout.
Kako-Tea: Dark green with black spots.
Kahurangi: Bright green with light streaks resembling rolling clouds.
Three Key Benefits of Therapeutic Nephrite
Therapeutic Nephrite Jade has three key benefits. Its energy is vitalizing to the fascia and connective tissues, it balances the personal vortex by supporting the centripetal force, and restores kidney energy, called “jing” in Chinese Medicine.
1.) Jade Vitalizes Connective Tissues
Jade energy targets the energetic fabric associated with the physical body, but it can be effective for emotions and thoughts as well. Jade also has a special affinity for the fascia. Healthy fascia consists of densely packed collagen fibers that interpenetrate and surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and vessels. Fascia exists throughout the body to give it shape, and holds organs and vessels in place.
As the body ages in late adulthood, or when it is subject to persistent stress, gaps develop in the collagen’s energy matrix creating looseness in the fabric. This manifests as sagging skin, a decline in healthy organ function, and muscle atrophy. At the same time, limiting mental concepts, rigid attitudes, and angry emotions are among the many factors that cause other portions of the collagen matrix to clump and harden. (Think of the rigid lines on the faces of chronically angry people.)
In this necklace, Nephrite Jade works with Prehnite to correct weaknesses in the fascia’s energy matrix. The Jade energy draws in and tightens the loosened fabric and also vitalizes it, so that the fabric can attract the resources it needs to grow healthier. Areas of the collagen network that get scrunched up are smoothed and evened out by the Prehnite. Furthermore, Jade itself provides a template for healthy collagen energies, which should appear regular and even, very much like the fibers of Nephrite under high magnification.
2.) Jade and the Centripetal Force
As energy moves around the body in what I call the personal vortex, it is controlled by two opposing forces. A centrifugal force that spirals outward and a centripetal force that spirals inward. While at times one of these forces may out-perform the other, they remain in equilibrium.
As the body ages in late adulthood or experiences excessive stress or trauma, the centrifugal force strengthens and the centripetal force weakens. Energies are more likely to move away from the body without enough coming back. As a result, tissues weaken, organ function declines, metabolism slows, cells become undernourished, systems are unable to communicate or cooperate as well as they once did, and an individual may feel less energetic than before and recover more slowly from stress, injury, or trauma. In short, the body shows signs of premature aging.
Jade/Prehnite energy helps restore the balance of centripetal and centrifugal forces by strengthening the centripetal flow. If your centripetal force has weakened, then wearing Jade/Prehnite will make you feel stronger and more capable of accomplishing tasks. You can feel more self-confident and worthy. It can feel as though your energies and resources are collected and available whenever you need them.
3.) Jade Restores Kidney Energy
The ancient Chinese believed that Jade promoted longevity and restored the life-force. Based on what we understand about kidney energy, or what the Chinese Medical doctors call kidney “jing” it makes sense that Jade would have these properties.
According to Chinese Medicine, kidney jing is the most valuable life essence and not to be wasted. Jing is stored in the kidneys but circulates throughout the body. There are two types of jing: prenatal and postnatal. Prenatal jing is passed from the parents to the fetus and determines basic constitution, strength, and vitality. Prenatal jing cannot be augmented, only conserved by practicing balance in all life activities.
In contrast, postnatal jing can be replenished. It is extracted from the food we eat and the air we breathe. It also determines constitution, influences our strength and resistance, and contributes to growth, development, sexual maturation, reproduction, as well as the formation of bone marrow, the brain, and the spinal cord. Wearing Jade/Prehnite enhances your body’s ability to obtain life-giving energy from food and air. In this way, it supports and replenishes kidney jing.
Weaknesses in kidney jing in children include symptoms of poor bone and teeth development, stunted growth, and poor mental development. In adults, deficient kidney jing can contribute to: amenorrhea, chronic miscarriage, chronically weak or sore lower back, deafness, dizziness, hair loss and teeth loss, impotence, incontinence, infertility, kidney infection, low libido, lowered immunity, memory impairment, osteoporosis, poor short-term memory and concentration, premature graying of hair, tinnitus, urinary incontinence, weak knees, and chronic cold, influenza, and allergies.
Furthermore, the kidneys are the seat of courage and willpower. Any impairment in kidney energy can result in a susceptibility to feeling fear and paranoia, and difficulty releasing memories that conjure these feelings. One of the first things I do during a gemstone therapy session when a client reports issues involving fear, is to apply Green Nephrite Jade/Prehnite to the kidneys. This helps connect my client with her courage, and aids the release of the energies of the fear itself as well as the associated memories.
Introducing Symbiotic Prehnite
Therapeutic-quality Prehnite is a pale yellowish-green color, with few or no visible inclusions and a pearly luster. It is usually cut into rondels although spheres are sometimes available. Prehnite energy is softening, soothing, and accommodating.
Prehnite softens, because in the presence of its energies, the energetic fabric associated with physical tissue becomes more flexible, bendable, and receptive. The fabric releases its hold on rigidities born of hardened mental concepts and opinions, and limiting emotional patterns or negative emotions. With Prehnite energy clearing the way, Nephrite Jade energy is more effective at drawing in loosened fabric and a person’s enhanced centripetal force becomes more therapeutically beneficial.
Prehnite energy soothes by correcting irregularities in the tissue fabric. Prehnite is better at mitigating excesses, while Jade fills in the breaks and pulls the tissue’s energetic matrix together. Imagine spreading butter over toast. Prehnite is the knife that evens out the clumped energies to produce well organized connective tissues.
Prehnite is accommodating in that it allows healing energy to access the tissues when it otherwise couldn’t.
When Jade is worn by itself, it will draw together the body’s energies. However, they are likely to meet resistance from unwanted energy accumulations and outdated patterns of thought and emotion. These patterns try to keep the status quo and prevent the body’s energies from moving into a new, healthier configuration.
When Jade is strung with Prehnite, the Prehnite energy paves the way for the Jade. It softens the tissues’ energy patterns making them more permeable to the Jade’s influence. With the softening, unwanted energy accumulations dissipate. Prehnite’s soothing effect makes these transitions occur gracefully and with ease.
Therapeutic-quality Green Nephrite Jade ranges in color from a medium light green, to bluish and olive green, to a rich pure green, which is the highest quality. Cracks and inclusions should be absent. Nephrite’s green color is due to iron molecules. Ideally, they should be evenly spread through the Jade, to reflect the evenly woven collagen fibers that the Jade/Prehnite strives to produce.
In the marketplace, very expensive Jade may or may not have iron markings. It seems as though price has more to do with the clarity of the Jade and purity of its green color. For therapeutic purposes we are presently trying to avoid the iron markings. To make necklaces affordable, however, we’ll accept some beads that have minimal iron markings and place them near the clasp.
By far the highest quality Green Nephrite Jade is presently coming out of Siberia. We offer both Siberian and Canadian. Canadian Jade is more economically priced.
6-mm Jade Single Spheres Available
In my constant efforts to make gemstone therapy more affordable and widespread, I teach beginning gemstone therapy students how to make and use custom gemandalas. These gemstone mandalas consist of single therapeutic gemstones arranged in a geometric pattern. They can be used for any target area or intention that a client or individual puts forward. Because the gemandala energies are unique and specific to the target area or intention, it is uniquely capable of supporting a positive vibrational shift. The greater the variety of gems a practitioner has in his gem kit, the more precise an energy field he can create with a custom gemandala.
For custom gemandala purposes, we have four grades of 6-mm Green Nephrite Jade spheres available. We suggest that people collect at least four, and up to eight each of any particular gemstone. So eight of any one of the following would suffice. Or you could get four of the less expensive spheres and four of the pricier ones for greater variety.
Canadian Jade $8 each (pale green) and $10 each (a little richer green color)
Siberian Jade $37 (a bright medium green) and $52 each (a bright rich forest green)
How to Work With Jade/Prehnite
All the literature I’ve read on the ancient uses of Jade stated that the people wore it constantly. The Chinese had their “pi” pendants, which were circles of Jade with a hole in the middle, the Maori wore Jade pendants called hei-tiki. The Olmec, Maya, and Aztec people wore beads and ear pieces, or kept Jade stones in their pocket, and even had Jade inlaid in their teeth.
In my own experience with Jade/Prehnite, I’ve found that my necklace has become a partner of sorts. My body likes it, and the necklace likes me. After wearing it for several days in a row, I did find that I needed a break from it. Then a few days later, the love affair resumed and I didn’t want to take it off. Because I work with so many different gemstones, I have to give time to each to improve my understanding of how they work. The Jade/Prehnite combination is one I keep coming back to.
Jade/Prehnite for Personal Use
I would suggest this necklace for those who don’t have a favorite necklace that they’re working with at this time, and who are looking for another gemstone relationship to help them through the next phase of their life journey. If you’re busy working with certain necklaces already, wait until you reach a time when you’ve finished the cycle and want to commit to something new and different. That’s when you might want to look into adopting a Jade/Prehnite necklace.
Jade/Prehnite in Gemstone Therapy
During gemstone therapy sessions, Jade/Prehnite can be wrapped on a wand and applied in the aura. In most cases, if given a choice, the client’s body prefers direct contact with the gems (against clothing is okay). I like to place the necklace in a bunch or spiral behind a client’s back, in the kidney area, while she is lying on the treatment table. Sometimes the kidney seem to prefer to receive the Jade/Prehnite energies through a placement on the front of the abdomen, or when the necklace is laid in a straight line along the front midline of the body.
Jade/Prehnite placements are an excellent therapy for sore joints, bruises, broken bones, strained muscles, or sore back. If you prefer a cold application on the target area, place the necklace in the freezer for a few minutes. Then place it on the area, or wrap it around an elbow, wrist, ankle, or knee. Wrap it around a sore shoulder and use a safety pin to affix the necklace near your shirt collar.
If you prefer a warm application, dip the necklace in a bowl of very hot water. To preserve a wood button clasp, hold it to keep it dry. Lift the necklace from the hot water, dry it quickly and then place it on the sore area and cover it. You can use a towel or wrap it with an elastic bandage. The heat or cold from Jade/Prehnite penetrates and soothes.
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