For many centuries crystals and gemstones have been used for their healing and mystical powers as conduits of energy. Crystals and gemstones ‘vibrate’ on their own individual level. They vibrate in a way that resonates and strengthens particular energies inside each and every one of us. These are energies of the inner self and are the energies that make up the attitudes and human qualities of a person.
Modern technology uses crystals in many products that many people are unaware of. These include computers, ultrasound devices, watches, communication systems, laser technology and the list goes on. This is due to the fact that crystals can store, amplify, transform and focus and transfer energy. Because of the above properties, we can use crystals on ourselves to improve our life. Whether it be for physical health, emotional balancing, mental clarity and focus or spiritual wellbeing.
In modern society, stress is the main contributor of imbalance in our lives. Stress can come from work, home, family, relationships, lack of money, social expectations and personal losses. There are many stress related problems and diseases. Symptoms such as insomnia, mood swings, nervous tension, emotional and mental instability are just a few of the early signs. In more serious circumstances it can manifest into physical forms resulting in cancers, ulcers, heart disease, backaches, headaches, migraines and the list goes on.
By wearing or using crystals or gemstones, it does not make you a better person. It only makes it easier for you to see who you really are and what you want or need to change about yourself and the things around you. This will resonate with the different energies of the inner self and strengthen those energies.
Projective and Receptive Stones
It is said that projective stones destroy disease, strengthen consciousness, courage, strength, physical energy, luck and success. Projective stones are usually dense, heavy or opaque, red, orange, yellow and gold. Some examples are ruby, diamond, lava, topaz.
It is said that receptive stones are calming, soothing, inward and magnetic. They enhance meditation, spirituality, wisdom, mysticism and peace. Normally translucent, green, blue, purple, grey, silver, black, pink or white. Some good examples are moonstone, aquamarine, emerald, rose quartz, pink tourmaline, kunzite, lapis lazuli, sodalite and sapphire.
Protection, courage, energy, grounding. Helps with blood associated problems, slows bleeding, heals rashes and wounds. Red stones associate with the Root Chakra
Calming, soothing, relieves distress, helps with love for self and others. Smooth difficult relationships, improves ability to let go of past and find love for self. Helps with unconditional love for others. Pink stones are associated with the Heart Chakra.
Personal power, self esteem, desires of the soul. Attract luck and success and aid in positive outcomes. Orange stones are associated with the Sacral Chakra.
Communication, inspiration, protection, visualisation, personal strength and power, control. Aids in digestion, nervous system and skin problems. Yellow stones are associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra
Money, luck, prosperity, grounding and balancing. Aids in healing for the eyes, kidneys, stomach migraines and is associated with intuition. Green Stones are associated with the Heart Chakra.
Great stones to calm the emotions, ulcers and inflammation, sleep. Also good to help with communication and being able to gently release what we need to say with love and without judgement. Blue stones are associated to the Throat and the Third Eye Chakras.
Good for mysticism, meditation, psychic work and inner healing. Helps with subconscious, obedience, mental illness, headaches, concussion and sleep problems. Purple stones are associated to the Third Eye and Crown Chakras.
These stones are ruled by the moon and are good for sleep, psychic abilities, protection and headaches. As a bonus for breast feeding mums they also help with lactation. White stones are associated with the Crown Chakra.
Self control, grounding, resilience, quiet power, invisibility, peace and anxiety. Black stones are associated with the Root Chakra.
Combine the colours and the properties and see what you get.
Living with Crystals
Crystals can play a vital role in making your environment beautiful wherever you are. You may choose them for their beauty, or for the particular reason that is relevant to you or your living space. Here are some ideas for placing and using crystals around you.
In the bedroom: It is important to first note that too many crystals in the bedroom may not be a great idea for everyone. You mostly want to relax and sleep in your bedroom so too much amplified energy may not help. Having said that, stones like Tigers Eye, Amethyst or Rose Quartz are said to be gentle and restful to have around you and the best place being beside your bed. Any of the crystals that help with sleep problems are fine to have on the bedside also. If you want to enhance the energy for love making then Rose Quartz or Peridot are the most recommended.
To encourage the children to sleep: I have found from personal experience and feedback from clients that a piece of Amethyst under their pillow or mattress works like a charm. The Amethyst helps to induce their sleep and prevents nightmares waking them through the night.
Study or Office: Here electromagnetic radiation from computers is the main issue. Stones like Smoky Quartz, Rutilated Quartz or Amethyst are the best stones to help maintain a balanced environment. The best place for them is sitting on or close to your work desk. If you have a meeting you feel may be challenging then you can place a Rose Quartz on the desk to calm the energies. This is also a great stone to have around the office at all times. If you feel you need inspiration a beautiful Clear Quartz is good. For stones that sit around in electronic environments you will need to remember to cleanse them regularly.
Bathroom: It can be very restful to put a handful of small smooth polished crystals in the bath with you. Water is a great conductor so the bath will be gently energising them and so will you. Rose Quartz, Carnelian, Citrine, Amethyst or Tigers Eye are fun to try. Place the crystals in the bath and then run the water. Add three or four drops of an essential oil like lavender or frankincense, light a candle and just relax. You can also use blue stones in the bath for purification.
Living Room: Here you may wish to create a special place for your crystals. A good idea is to set aside a particular table covered with a silk cloth with a nice candle and incense with your stones. In India and several other countries many houses have their own small shrines which are tendered to on a daily basis. A beautiful arrangement of crystals, candles and fresh flowers is an attractive focal point that provides fantastic energy in your living room. Even the intrusive television set can be enhanced by an Amethyst cluster placed on or near it to help balance the electromagnetic energy as well. If your children have their own play environment and they (like most children) tend to have moments of heated discussions or sibling rivalry a Citrine Cluster can be very beneficial as it protects their energies from each other and the Citrine will absorb the negative energies and transmute them back into positive energies.
Purchasing and cleansing your crystals
When buying your crystals many people say that it is important to choose the crystals that you are attracted to as this is your intuition telling you what crystals you need at that particular time. You will find that certain crystals will vibrate to you and you will have a feeling of need for these crystals. You are able to attune any crystal to your vibration and empower it to follow your will. This can be done through meditation or ‘bonding’. This is basically just sitting in a quiet place and relaxing your mind and body while you hold your crystal. Feel the texture, the shape, etc and get to know it and think about what you would like to accomplish with it’s help. Please remember to have only the purest intentions when empowering your crystals. It is also important to remember that just because you have crystals doesn’t make you a better person. You personally need to want to make that change.
Gems and crystals attract a lot of vibrations, some of them are positive and some are negative. It is important to know that your crystals have travelled a long way to get to you and have collected many vibrations on this journey. You must cleanse your gemstones and crystals before you put them to use to remove any of their previous vibrations and ensure that only the purest energies remain.
There are many ways to cleanse your crystals so here are just a few:
Water / milk / salt water – these are universal cleansers and your stones can be washed in them or kept immersed overnight and used in the morning.
Keeping your stones in the rain for a few hours will also cleanse them.
Sitting out at night under the full moon will cleanse and recharge your crystals brilliantly.
Bury them overnight in the earth without wrapping them. You will need to run them under water in the morning to clean the dirt off.
The quickest way to cleanse your gemstones and crystals is to pass them through the smoke of an incense stick or sage smudge stick for a few minutes. It is important as you do this that you keep your mind clear of any negative thoughts and stay focused only on cleansing and energising your stones with the purest of hearts.