Formed in India and more precisely in the Narmada river, the Shiva Lingham is jasper taking their characteristic shape naturally rolled in geological depressions called “pots”. The lingham we find today are cut by human hands but do not lose their symbolism.
The Lingham is the symbol of the god Shiva, masculine principle, within the manifested world. The union of Shiva and Shakti (feminine principle represented by the Yoni or cup) is at the origin of the creation. The Linghams are a phallic representation, but their soft curves are reminiscent of the primordial egg which is at the origin of the universe. They bring together in them the feminine which brings things and beings into the world and the masculine which is the energy necessary for this creation.
In lithotherapy, I use the lingham as a grounding stone at the level of the root chakra. In the temples, the lingham is the god Shiva himself as a creative principle and are planted in a base representing the Earth. They rise to the intermediate world of men and then to Heaven. Symbolically, they connect these three worlds. They help us to find our place and our balance in our hectic and shifting world where it is sometimes difficult to find a moment of calm.
I use them equal to the level of the sacred chakra. This chakra speaks to us of energy and eroticism. The lingham carry within them the energy and the sacred linked to the act of procreation represented by the union of Shiva and Shakti. In this they help us to harmonize our sexuality and to feel safe with our own body and our desires. Likewise, they are excellent in case of fatigue. They help us gain stamina and conserve our energy during periods of intense work or stress.
They are also valuable at the level of the third eye chakra. They open the doors of intuition and thereby help us to sort out our thoughts and our intuition. During meditations or even in everyday life, they allow us to let thoughts pass like clouds in the sky and listen to what our heart tells us. In meditation without an object, the flow of thoughts can then simply be observed as a flight of wild birds and our mind will remain calm and serene, detached. In analytical meditation, they will dispel preconceived ideas, leaving room for intuition.