Crystals are much more than just a pretty sparkly decoration for your vanity and they're not just hippie-dippy woo weird stuff either! And for good reason! These gems are infused with thousands sometimes millions of years of the Earth's history, granting them healing energy that can help boost any mindful practice. But just like with any diet or exercise routine, a crystal practice that works for one person won't necessarily work for the next.
But what exactly are they and is it really possible to use the powers of crystals for healing?
How to choose a crystal
There are a few ways you can choose a crystal, whether it’s your first or just the latest to add to your collection.
Choose a crystal that you feel drawn to. This is one of our favorite ways because it all comes down to your own intuition!
Whether you’re in the room with crystals or browsing online, pick one that catches your eye. It might have a message or purpose for you that you don’t even know you need yet!
Choose a crystal based on what you are struggling with. This struggle might be something physical or on a more energetic level.
For example, rose quartz is a good stone if you are going through a time of upheaval or intense stress, whereas amethyst is thought to aid with headaches and nervous tension.
- Choose a crystal based on what you want more of. For example, if you want more money, choose a crystal that is about abundance and finances. If it’s love you want, opt for a stone that is all about attracting love.
How To Use Crystals
1. During Meditation
Gemstones and crystals make meditation even more powerful. Hold the crystal in one or two hands, close your eyes, and focus your attention on your breathing. Some crystals can help you to ground better during meditation, others give energy and help you be more loving for yourself. Whether a stone works for you, depends on who you are and what you need that moment. So experiment a bit with different types of crystals.2. In Your Pocket
The more you (physically) get in touch with gemstones, your awareness of its energy will grow more and more. By carrying a crystal with you (for instance in your pocket, handbag or wallet) you can use this energy every moment of the day. Jewelry with gemstones is also a great option.3. On Your Body
Placing crystals on certain places of your body could have a stronger effect than just holding one. When a chakra needs a bit of attention, lay the matching crystal on the chakra point, or near it, to bring out all emotions, and make your energy flow freely.4. During Yoga
Put one or more gemstones on or near your yoga mat to surround yourself with positive and calming energy during your practice. Or put a crystal on your body, when you arrive at the end of your series, during savasana. This will help you focus on your inner world even better and relax more.5. In a Grid
A Crystal Grid is a collection of crystals that make a certain shape. You can use a premade shape (try Google) or you can place the stones based on your intuition. Putting together a grid is a very mindful activity and can help you strengthen your intentions.6. Part of an Altar
A house altar helps make you feel at peace in your own home. When you use crystals on your house altar you can add terrestrial energy. Do you work with a certain intention? Write it down and put a gemstone on top of it.7. As Home Decoration
With crystals in your interior, you kill two birds with one stone. They are beautiful to look at, and they also have a positive influence on the energy and atmosphere in the house. Choose a single, large crystal as an eyecatcher, or put a couple of different smaller stones together.8. Self-care
Did you know you can let your face shine even more by using crystals? For instance, put a gemstone in your bathwater (check if the crystal can withstand water, you can Google this) or make your own facial care with gemstones.
When should you cleanse your crystals?
There are a few times that it is recommended to cleanse your crystals.
When you first purchase your crystals and bring them home, it’s a good idea to cleanse them of any energies they might have picked up. You might also want to cleanse them if you’re going through intense or difficult times and are in need of as much positive energy.
Ideally, you want to cleanse them on a regular basis - once a month is a good guide to start with. That way, they’re always ready to go when you need their gentle support.
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