A Crash Course in Crystals
I was first introduced to crystals when my best friend gifted me a beautiful clear quartz about 10 years ago. She was pretty into crystals at the time – and still is – and while I honestly knew little to nothing about the lovely clear stone, I did feel some serious good energy radiating from it and was excited to learn more. Over the years she continued to gift me several more stones, peaking my interest into the crystal world.
If you are just now dipping your own toes into the realm of crystals I know from personal experience it can be a bit overwhelming. But I promise crystals do not have to be complicated nor are they some weird, new age trend.
My first bit of advice is to just have fun and listen to your own intuition because that’s really what it’s all about. When I’m choosing crystals or using them, I try to trust my own connection with that crystal and not get too bogged down with everything. If you really start getting into it you can kind of make it as complicated and as in-depth as you want, or you can keep it more basic. Here is some information that will hopefully make your experience with crystals a little less intimidating.
What the heck do crystals even do?
Just to clarify, when most people talk about crystals they are referring to the minerals (most commonly quartz) or fossilized resins that are believed to have beneficial health properties. These gems have thousands – sometimes even millions - of years of the Earth’s history stored within them. And just by holding them, carrying them around or having them in your home you can harness that energy to tap into your most glorious self. Hot damn! If that’s not dope as hell I don’t know what is.
So what do these stones do you may ask? In the most basic sense, crystals have energy, people have energy and people can use the energy that radiates from crystals for healing, setting intentions or boosting certain moods or things in their life (e.g. love, communication, protection, health, etc.)
How do you use crystals?
There are countless ways to work with crystals including holding them, meditating with them, sleeping with them or even just having them around. There’s no one right way to use crystals so find what resonates with you.
Here are my three favorite ways to enjoy crystals:
Set intentions with crystals. This is a super easy way to work with crystals and a great way to become more in tune with your own spiritual needs. To begin, take time to relax and reflect on your wants, needs and goals. Holding your crystal in your hand, focus on syncing with its energy while visualizing your objective or intention. I find it helpful to say my intention out load a few times during this process. When you are done, that crystal will act as a visual reminder of what you are working on/towards. Be sure to keep it somewhere that you will see it frequently so you can get that visual reminder often.
Wear crystals or carry them on me. The more contact you have with a crystal, especially direct contact, the more aware you'll be of its energy. I love wearing my rose quartz necklace or Mala beads made of various crystals on a daily basis. Not only are they beautiful, but whenever I need to center myself or bring my attention back to what I am working on, I have that physical reminder on my being. It’s also very comforting to have such positive energy on my physical body while I’m at work or out interacting with others.
Display crystals in my home. Crystals make for jaw-dropping statement pieces AND do double-duty to shift the energy of a space. And if you are using them to set intentions, then on top of that your décor is a reminder of your focus on self-development. Wham bam thank you ma'am. And let’s be real here, even if you have no interest in crystal healing or think all the crystal energy talk is silly, I think we can all agree that crystals are incredibly beautiful and are wonderful décor.
Does shape matter?
Crystals do come in an array of shapes but no, shape doesn't change the stone at all... but it may change your experience with it. For example, you may enjoy how a crystal sphere feels in your hand or if you may like how easy it is to carry a tumbled stone in your pocket, or perhaps a heart-shaped rose quartz is a nice visual reminder of that stone’s properties. Basically, you should select a shape that appeals to you. You can’t go wrong if you just let yourself choose what calls to you.
What is the right way to care for crystals?
When I purchase or receive a new crystal, I like to clean it right away just to remove any negative energy and reset it for my own personal use. Plus, overtime a crystal’s energy becomes overloaded and dim. You may even feel that it doesn't seem to be “working” or have the same feel that it used to, and that’s usually a good indicator that it needs to be cleansed.
So, how do you clean your crystals? Good question! Most sources will say cleaning them with H20 is a big no-no. I don’t really know, but I just trust the Internet so I clean them the fancy way… with sunlight or moonlight. I just leave them on a little plate on my porch all day or all night and then bring them back inside and I’m good-to-go. You can also try cleaning them with Sage or Palo Santo smoke, or even bury them in soil (like in your yard or even just a potted plant) for 24 hours.
Which crystals are right for me?
There are whole lotta crystals out there (and I kind of want them all, but I also kinda got to pay my bills so self-control is important I guess). Like I said before, choose the crystals that you are attracted to or the ones you feel drawn to. I’ve always found that the crystal(s) someone chooses is relevant to his/her life in the present moment. That’s your intuition’s way of telling you what your soul needs – so listen to it!
If you really can’t decide, read what they each do. More often than not, crystals are very clearly labeled and even come with a card or slip that explains the intended use. For example, if you are feeling very stressed out perhaps you want Blue Lace Agate, or if you want a confidence booster maybe you need Aventurine. Psst... there's a really fun "Crystal Test" you can take to help you decide.
Here are some of my favs:
Clear Quartz. Known as "The Master Healer,” this crystal can be used for pretty much anything and everything. It can heal issues at the physical, mental, emotional and soul level. It resonates with the higher chakras, bringing in divine white light and connection to higher self, higher consciousness, higher wisdom and unconditional pure love.
Rose Quartz. This is a very soothing and calming stone, symbolizing love and harmony. It helps open your heart to give and receive love. It also encourages you to forgive others and yourself, helping you to move on. It emits vibrations of love, harmony and peace.
Amazonite. Act as a powerful filter, protects against pollutants and calms the brain and nervous systems. Balance masculine and feminine energies while opening the heart and throat chakras. This is an extremely soothing stone and helps promote good communication.
Green Agate. Enhances mental and emotional flexibility, and improves decision-making. This is a very grounding stone that promotes love and compassion, as well as relationships to others. It eliminates or transforms negative energy and is useful in resolving disputes
Black Tourmaline. One of the top protective stones, it can also help you with grounding and create shield against harmful electro magnetic fields.
What are your experiences with crystals? If you have already jumped on the good vibes crystal bandwagon, what tips can you share with others? If you haven’t taken a sip of the rose quartz Kool-Aid yet, that’s ok too.
As always, if you have any questions or comments please leave them below.