“The bones of the Earth.”
“The stone people.”
Gems, stones, minerals, rocks...
However you refer to them, crystals by any other name are powerful tools for healing, manifesting, and divination, come straight from the core of our planet Earth herself.
Crystals and crystal healing have become very popular since the new-age movement of the 1960s, but their healing and divination properties have long been known to the mystics and sages of yore. According to EnergyMuse, “many crystals have been nestled deep within the Earth for millions of years. As a result, they hold the imprint of life and the Earth's evolution within their walls.” Effectively, crystals are portions of the solidified, crystalized energy of the Earth.
Crystal energy vibrates on a frequency that fixes them in the present, in the now, at all times. When you attune yourself to your crystals, they’ll ground you in the moment too, opening up your mind, body, and soul to new perspectives while elevating your own unique energy.
Where to Start with Crystal Healing
Choosing the Right Crystal for You
There are quite literally thousands of types of crystals, and no two are identical. Look in any metaphysical or lapidary shop (online or off!) and you’ll see what we mean! Today, crystals are available in their raw/rough form, tumbled/polished, or carved into specific shapes and figures like points, pyramids, spheres, cubes, and hearts.
How you prefer your crystals to look and feel is entirely a matter of your own intention and personal taste.
While we encourage you to research the crystals you’re interested in, it’s usually best to choose your crystals intuitively. Instead of searching for a specific crystal to cure a specific problem, we recommend that you find your nearest crystal provider and spend a few hours handling as many types of crystals as you can, especially if you’re new to crystal healing. Crystals interact with human energy in very particular ways; the same crystal can feel vastly different in the hands of different individuals.
Notice each crystal’s weight, its colour(s), shape, size, texture, and how it feels in your hand. Regardless of what a specific crystal is supposed to do for you, explains EnergyMuse, “it’s important to focus on aligning your intention with your crystals and developing your own relationship with each stone.”
Crystals range from very small, inexpensive, and readily available to very large, expensive, and rare. That said, a crystal’s size and rarity do not make it more or less powerful; a raw amethyst geode as large as your head does not necessarily make it a better choice for you than a nickel-sized tumbled green aventurine stone, for example.
While there are no hard and fast rules for choosing your crystals, you’ll almost never be wrong when you listen to your inner voice, your intuition. Crystal healing requires you to activate all of your physical and mental senses. Open your eyes, your mind, and your soul as you search and ask yourself:
Which crystals seem to beckon me closer?
How & Why Do Crystals Work?
One of the first things people wonder about when it comes to crystal healing is how it works. Like many metaphysical tools—and yet even more aspects of life—the exact science behind how the energy of crystals affects the energy of our bodies is somewhat mysterious.
Some point to the structure of crystals, which feature atoms that form a crystalline pattern, called a lattice. The individual structure of each crystal contributes to its own unique energy, and even the shape of crystals can affect their energetic vibrations.
All matter is made of energy, and we have collectively been growing more interested in how energies affect us recently. You may pick up on the energies of your loved ones or even colleagues, noticing when they seem particularly light or dark, heavy or uplifted.
Crystal healing works similarly, and you may immediately feel the energy of a crystal simply by holding it in your hand. Every type of crystal has a different energy, and part of its healing properties come from this unique energy. The energy of the stone is combined with your energy, introducing certain properties: the elimination of negative energy, the introduction of positive energy, and even the balancing of chakras and reduction physical ailments.
But one of the most important aspects of crystal healing is your own intention. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of what the mind is capable of, but we can easily see the results of intention when exploring such notions as the Law of Attraction. Perhaps one of the greatest contributions to the efficacy of crystal healing is your own belief in the powerful healing properties of crystals. While their energy is palpable, a crystal can do nothing for you unless you believe it can.
When you bring a new crystal home, it’s a good idea to clear it of any residual energy it has accumulated in order to allow the crystal to become attuned with your energy. This is usually done through a meditative state: EnergyMuse explains that “the process of tapping into a crystal’s vibration is similar to how we tap into our own -- with stillness.”
There are many different ways to cleanse your crystals. Read about a few of our favourite methods right here: Tarot & Crystal Cleansing 101: Ways to Clear & Cleanse Your Tools.
You can cleanse your crystals as frequently as you like. Many crystal enthusiasts choose to cleanse their crystals regularly on a New Moon or a Full Moon; some don’t cleanse their crystals at all after they’ve brought them home. Again, it’s best to make these decisions based on the way the crystal feels for you on any given day and based on what you need from the crystal.
Simple Ways to Use Crystals
We know that each planet brings a different energy and influence into our lives.
- Carry in bags/wallets/pockets
- Wear as jewelry
- Place on altars, nightstands, meaningful spaces
- During meditation
- Place under pillows to aid sleep and ward off nightmares
Crystals, the Chakras & Reiki
Reiki is an energy healing method that often employs the use of crystals to clear stubborn blockages and facilitate healthy energy flow through the body’s chakra system.
Learn more about Reiki! Check out our Ultimate Guide to Reiki & Energy Healing
Since each chakra is associated with a particular colour and energy, certain crystals are known to have stronger effects on certain chakras. Here are some of the most powerful crystals for each of the seven chakras:
Root Chakra Crystals
- Smoky quartz
- Red jasper
- Black onyx
Sacral Chakra Crystals
- Tangerine quartz
- Orange calcite
Solar Plexus Chakra Crystals
- Yellow jasper
- Tiger’s eye
Heart Chakra Crystals
- Ruby zoisite
- Rose quartz
Throat Chakra Crystals
- Blue apatite
Third-Eye Chakra Crystals
- Lapis lazuli
- Indigo gabbro
Crown Chakra Crystals
- Clear quartz
- Lemurian quartz
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