The ancient practice of working with healing crystals has been dated back thousands of years, and once again this lost knowledge seems to be resurfacing. Whether you suddenly feel intuitively drawn to these or stones or have a curiosity to learn more, this guide will help you gain an understanding of what crystals are, and how they work at an energetic level to help you find physical, mental, and spiritual well being.
What are Crystals?
Crystals have been around for millions of years and occur in many unique shapes, sizes, and in a beautiful array of colors. Most all are formed beneath the Earth's surface due to pressure, temperature, elements, time, and space. Some are formed from molten magma, and others have crystallized from the precipitation of fluid, most likely water. Their molecules can be arranged in seven distinct systems, include isometric, tetragonal, orthorhombic, monoclinic, triclinic, hexagonal, and trigonal, which cause them to grow into these different shapes including cubes, and triangular points. In metaphysical use, Crystals are special in the sense of the atomic structure of these systems, which is an extremely organized and repeating pattern. These specific patterns determine the physical properties of the stone such as clarity and strength and the energetic properties. This pattern emits waves of energy which can then be absorbed by your body's own electromagnetic field.
Use in Ancient Time & Present Day
Crystals have been used throughout time as decorative embellishments, to symbolize those of high status, and for their energetic properties. Many cultures around the world have harnessed the power of crystals including the Romans who used stones as protective amulets, and the Chinese who used crystal tipped acupuncture needles. Egyptians placed quartz on the forehead of the deceased, Lapis Lazuli was worn by royalty, and various energy conducting stones have been used in the construction of the pyramids which is theorized to have been ancient power plants. In more current times, crystals were used to transmit radio waves, in watches and clocks, electronics, computer chips, and LCD (liquid crystal display) screens.
We now seem to be reintroducing this ancient knowledge of energy and it's uses for good reason. We are busier than ever and constantly distracted, rarely bringing attention inwards to connect with ourselves, which is vital to our own personal happiness, health, and vitality. When your energy is balanced, great healing can take place. Crystals are a tool that can help manifest the awareness back into our lives and help to heal and balance ourselves once again.
How Do They Work?
It is a fact that through the understanding of quantum physics, all that exists consists of energy. As humans, we also have an energy body constructed of tiny atoms vibrating at immense speed, so fast in fact, that we appear as whole and solid beings. Everything on this earth vibrates at it's own unique frequency of energy. Sometimes these energy patterns become disrupted creating distress, disease, and imbalances. This can be caused by various factors including emotions and your environment. As stated above, crystals work by emitting their own specific frequency, which is absorbed by your energetic body and can help to ease symptoms and bring balance back into your energy field.
Your intention and connection to the stone will help create the healing process. You must understand that healing crystals are to be used as tools to aid in helping people discover the deeper layers within themselves. This does not mean that by simply holding the stone you will get access to these layers. Some time and work needs to be done to achieve this, so you must be patient with yourself to create the change and allow your crystals to work.
"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration" - Nikola Tesla
How to Use Your Healing Crystal
Before you begin it is always a good idea to cleanse your stone, to remove any stagnant or negative energy previously taken on by the stone as they will retain energy. There are several methods of cleansing including smudging them with sage, placing them in salt water, in the light of the sun or moon, underground, or placing them on or around cleansing crystals such as Selenite. Take note that there is no wrong or right way to use a healing crystal. You can use it any way you that feels right to you. By connecting with your stone more often, you will be able to receive it's metaphysical benefits. The following are some examples on how you can implement the use of healing stones in your life.
- Through meditation: Try sitting quietly with your stone placed in the palm of your hand. You could program the stone to work for you by closing your eyes, and taking deep breaths, and try reciting a mantra either aloud or in your head, “I ask that the highest vibration of love and light connect with my highest self to clear all unwanted energy and any previous programming. I command this crystal to hold the intention of (Include your intention).” Continue to sit for up to 20 minutes to start, clearing the mind and letting thoughts pass, allowing your crystal do it's work.
- Wear them as Jewelry: The more you are in contact with your stone, the more you can absorb its powerful energy. Thus, the only way to be in constant contact is to wear it. You could include it as as beautiful and beneficial accessory in crystal jewelry such necklaces, bracelets, rings, or earrings, and even other piercings. If you have a specific chakra or area you would like to work on for example, your could choose a healing crystal necklace for the throat or heart chakra, or a bracelet due to the wrists natural alignment which is closer to the base of your body for the root chakra. Alternatively, you could tuck it in your garment such as a bra before you leave for work or other engagements.
- In your space: Place them in your surroundings as a beautiful decor piece or in areas such as your bedroom, office, or other living space. You could carry one in your pocket, purse, or even your car. This will help you remain in constant connection with the metaphysical energy that they exude.
Selecting Your Stone
Now that you've learned the basics of healing crystals, try experimenting with one of your own. You can choose your stone by letting your intuition be your guide and seeing what you are pulled to naturally. It is also believed that a stone you are repelled by may carry vibrations that show an area you need to work on in your body or life. You could also choose a stone by it's healing properties to find one suited to your personal needs.
Crystals are just one of many tools available to help along your journey of self growth and healing. If you would like to find out more information on these beautiful gifts from nature or to find a stone of your own, be sure to check our crystal collection and you may just discover one that resonates with you.