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Updated: Aug 20, 2022

When you hear the word "crystals," what comes to mind? Beautiful, smooth-faced minerals in regular geometric patterns may conjure up images in the minds of many individuals, and others would see a set of opulent crystal glasses. A crystal, according to gemologists, has an atomic-level definition.

It is a "highly organized" repeating pattern in which crystals' atoms are placed. Crystal systems are the technical term for these kinds of designs of arrangements. A mineral is said to be a crystal if its atoms are clustered in one of them.

When it comes to alternative treatments, the use of healing crystals is undoubtedly at the forefront. For those who are new to the idea, crystals have a variety of therapeutic qualities. The list of benefits ranges from providing mental calm to combating depression. They have also been employed in ancient medicine and by priests to harmonize the body's chakras.

When you first begin working with the energy of crystals, it may be rather daunting. Healing crystals, which the Earth has created for over millennia, harness the life-giving forces of the Earth and the Cosmos. Semi-precious stones, which harness the energy of the Sun, Moon, and seas, instantly link us to universal energy when we come into touch with them.

Many people question whether crystals have healing properties. Although many testimonials illustrate the therapeutic qualities of healing stones, crystal energy acts differently on everyone depending on how receptive you are.

How Do I Choose a Crystal?

There are two effective methods to pick a crystal: intuitively or with purpose. If you're unsure what you want to work on, one of our favorite methods to choose your stones is to allow your intuition to direct you to the energies you need. After you've learned the fundamentals of crystals from our healing crystals guide, you may utilize your intuition to choose the proper healing stones for your spiritual path by gazing at or feeling various stones until you're pulled to one or a few of them.

Although it may seem that you are selecting your crystals, crystal experts often state that the crystal selects you rather than the other way around. With its vivid colors or unique forms and patterns, they capture your attention and draw you in. Because each crystal has its vibrating frequency, your intuition will lead you to the perfect stones for you at that particular point in your life.

Another method for selecting a crystal is to match your aspirations with a stone. It also helps to pinpoint a specific issue or obstacle you're presently encountering while learning how to employ energy stones for general well-being. Once you've settled on a particular goal or desire to pursue, you may couple it with a crystal that possesses energy that will support your desired outcome. Here are some examples of how this may be done: Citrine helps you materialize your desires and enhance intention for abundance and prosperity by harnessing the uplifting energies of the sun to bring riches into your life. Carnelian is a potent gemstone for stimulating creativity. Rose Quartz is a pink rose gemstone that is ideal for love-related objectives and concerns of the heart.

Finding the correct stone is similar to any other kind of health practice, and it takes time to calm the mind and figure out what works best for you. Holding the stone in your palm and calmly thinking about your objective is one approach to test various crystals. Take note of any sensations you have, such as hot or cold, pulsations, or feelings of peace and tranquility. These are all indications that this specific crystal/gemstone is ideal for your healing requirements.

How to Cleanse Crystals

Listed below are a few ways to cleanse your stones before using them or after extended use: · Sea Salt in a wooden bowl * · Smudging (with Sage and/or herbs) · Water (some stones are altered by water, so use with caution) * · Saltwater (with caution) * · Reiki energy · Singing bowls or bells · Full moon · Sunlight · Earthing (burying in the Earth for some time) · Some stones can also be used to cleanse other stones/crystals (ex. Kyanite, Selenite)

Based on the mineral content, Mohs hardness, and finish (polished or unpolished), we recommend being mindful of which method you utilize to cleanse your crystals or gemstones until you learn if water or salt should be used to cleanse them.

How Learning Your Chakras Can You Help Select Crystals

When working with stones, a simple way to learn how they can be used in grid work or overall healing is first studying the Chakra system. By understanding the 7 Chakras, their location, and what they symbolize, you will learn to understand the general metaphysical properties of stones and how to utilize them in your grids, healing practice, and everyday life. Below is a list of each of the 7 main Chakras, their location in the body, major themes, and a few crystals that correlate to that Chakra.

Root Chakra

Location: Base of the spine Safety/Security/Grounding Stones: Hematite, Ruby, Garnet, Obsidian, Onyx, Bloodstone, Red Jasper, Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz

Sacral Chakra

Location: at the naval Creativity/Vitality/Sexual Expression Stones: Carnelian, Coral, Amber, Orange Calcite, Peach Aventurine, Moonstone, Fire Opal.

Solar Plexus Chakra

Location: base of diaphragm Personal Power/Abundance/Self Esteem Stones: Citrine, Topaz, Tiger Eye, Yellow Calcite, Amber, Yellow Sapphire

Heart Chakra

Location: Heart Love/Compassion/Healing Stones: Green Aventurine, Chrysoprase, Chrysocolla, Jade, Pink Tourmaline, Moonstone, Kunzite, Malachite, Green Tourmaline, Rose Quartz

Throat Chakra

Location: throat Self-Expression/Truth/Communication Stones: Aquamarine, Blue Calcite, Amazonite, Azurite, Kyanite, Lapis Lazuli, Celestite, Turquoise, Blue Topaz, Blue Aventurine.

Third Eye Chakra

Location: Brow level, center of forehead Intuition/Clairvoyance/Connections to Guides Stones: Celestite, Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Quartz, Fluorite, Amethyst, Iolite, Lemurian Quartz

Crown Chakra

Location: Right above the physical head Divine Wisdom/Connection to the All/Oneness Stones: Amethyst, Sugilite, Fluorite, Selenite, Kunzite, Rutilated Quartz, Tibetan Quartz, Quartz

How Crystals Raise Your Vibrations

Since the dawn of time, humans have turned to crystals for healing and spiritual fulfillment. These are Mother Earth's treasures that the action of elemental energy has created. They can collect the sun, moon, salt, oceans, dirt, and mountains in a single shimmer and then convert all of the healing force back into us.

It has been documented that healing crystals have been worn on the breastplates of priests and warriors. They have also been used in mystical rituals that have served as guiding lights for ancient tribes. These powerful stones have a tremendous amount of influence in the contemporary world. As time passes, we reawaken to the magic and power that they hold, and they may prove to be a beneficial modality in our efforts to reconnect with the natural world.

They facilitate the transmission of our intentions, boost our vibrations, and may bring out all of the latent grace, beauty, and magic that has been hidden inside us all of our lives. Remember that everything in life has a vibration, and if we can align our inner vibrations with the things we want in this world, we may be able to bring those things into our lives as manifested reality. When it comes to crystals, their purifying power and uplifting vibrations might assist in bridging the gap.

We are invited to clear our thoughts, sit in meditation, and reflect on what we desire to manifest with the assistance of our mineral friends.

How to Use Crystals

One of the most effective methods to incorporate crystals into your everyday life is wearing them as jewelry. Wearing gemstone jewelry is an easy approach to ensure that you remain in constant contact with the selected crystal; whether worn as a necklace or bracelet, you can connect to the metaphysical properties of the crystal/gemstone. You can also carry them in your pocket, set them in different rooms in your home, or place them in grid formations to create a consistent flow of energy around a specific goal, intention, protection, prosperity, peace, etc.

No matter how you incorporate them into your life, they assist in restoring our energy centers by eliminating negative emotions, removing stagnation, and restoring balance. Crystals also help us become more aware of ourselves, allowing us to discern what gives us pleasure and what we should avoid more clearly. If you are new to the healing powers of crystals, stop by the shop and let us assist you in curating the perfect beginner collection for you.

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