Carnelian is a beautiful and vibrant gemstone that emanates a strong vibration of creativity, vitality, and self-confidence. In the presence of carnelian, self-doubts are cleared and lifted away, vitality is enhanced, and you begin to feel confident expressing your unique creativity. Whether held in the hand or worn next to the skin, carnelian cleanses, heals and gently strengthens the swadhishthana, or sacral, chakra with the confidence and self-discipline necessary to achieve all your goals. Japa malas, or "prayer beads," consist of 108 beads held together by a sacred thread, along with a "guru" bead which is attached to the tassel. The beads represent your individual mantras or prayers, the thread represents your unbroken state of concentration, and the guru bead reminds you of the divine grace that gently removes all your blockages and limitations as you strive to move forward on the spiritual path. Although this mala has 108 beads and can be used for mantra japa, you may prefer to wear it around the neck as a sacred necklace. The gemstone beads will attract cosmic energy and transmit that energy into your body and aura. The 108 beads in the mala will purify and energize the 108 main energy centers in the subtle body, filling them with divine nectar and helping you to achieve a refined and elevated state. Wearing a mala during any sacred activity, like a puja, homa or meditation, will allow you to attract and retain the divine vibrations of that activity to a very high degree. Whether used for japa or worn as a sacred necklace, this carnelian mala will help you to gently release lethargy and self-doubt, and will empower you with a spirit of confident optimism. The more mantras and prayers you recite with this vibrant carnelian mala, the more divine energy you will attract into your life for discipline, self-control and the power to achieve your goals. For more information on the use and care of japa malas, please see The Spiritual Significance of Malas and Murtis.