Mala, which is Sanskirt for “garland,” is rooted in Hinduism and Buddhism and are meant to help you focus your mind during meditation. Malas, also known as yoga beads, are necklaces that always have 108 beads. 108 is the number is described as the numerical equivalent of “Om” (one of the most important spiritual sounds in mediation).
Lapis activates the psychic centers at the third eye, facilitating enhanced intuition and access to spiritual guidance. It is a stone of visionary awareness, bringing new information to the mind and images rather than words. It enhances intellectual ability, making one a better learner and teacher. It is a stone of truth and a stimulating influence to the throat chakra. Lapis is a stone of initiation as well a catalyst for a mystical journey to higher awareness. Lapis is often particularly attractive to individuals with past life connections to ancient Egypt, and meditating with the stone can assist them in recovering memories of those past-lives aiding evolution to the current incarnation.
Source: “The Pocket Book of Stones” by Robert Simmons.