AyurVeda and Light Therapy
Precious gems have long been used for their restorative qualities. The earliest and most systematic use of gemstones for health originated in AyurVeda, the traditional healthcare system of India. The Ayurvedic physician Charaka prescribed gems for prolonging lifespan and promoting happiness, fulfillment of desires, ideal health, and the development of higher states of consciousness.
The word AyurVeda literally means “science of life.” Although AyurVeda is the oldest continuously-practiced tradition of healthcare in the world, only fragments of the original knowledge survived the long passage of time.
Revival of the Complete Science of Life
During the 1980s, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation technique, worked with traditional Ayurvedic physicians to restore the science of AyurVeda in its completeness, with consciousness as its foundation. He called this revival of knowledge Maharishi AyurVeda.
Today Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems (MLG) is an important modality of Maharishi AyurVeda. It is highly regarded for its ability to enliven the body’s inner intelligence and healing mechanisms to restore balance from within.
“I was pretty anxious, and the gem light therapy has really seemed to improve my anxiety, and I feel pretty relaxed; no anxiety.”
— Dan Dubie
Combining Gems and Light to Enliven Balance in the Physiology
In AyurVeda, the microcosm is considered a reflection of the macrocosm—the individual is a mirror of the universe. The five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space are found both in nature and within our own body. Light therapy harnesses the life-giving power of the sun (the fire element) to balance our mind-body system.
In each deeply relaxing and nourishing MLG session, by shining light through precious gems, the light resonates with the subtler frequencies of the body. This acts as a catalyst for self-healing and transformation of existing disorder within to a more natural state of order, strength, and integrity.