I remember one day, years ago when my mother-in-law came over with her crystals for healing and a handful of sage to cleanse my aura. I'd been having a rough go of it after having my first kid, and she only wanted to help.
But I was like:
So, I told her I didn't want any of that new age woo-woo in my home.
Times have changed, though, and it seems everyone I know uses crystals for healing.
And here's the truth:
I do run with a reasonably spiritual crowd now that I'm older and wiser.
Mom would be happy!
The thing is, crystals for healing are a lot more mainstream than they were a few years ago.
Just a quick search on Instagram and Facebook give you tons of photos like this:
Crystals are beautiful, and they naturally draw people to them.
In fact, it's easier than ever to buy crystals online or find them in a local shop nearby.
That's not all:
There are crystal healers aplenty who know how to use them.
Crystals Are Everywhere
Salt is a crystal; diamonds are crystals, and snowflakes are crystals too.
Even our DNA is a crystal-like arrangement.
This video by Spirit Science explains some of the scientific properties of crystals and the concept backing the use of crystals for healing.
There are six categories of crystals
According to the folks at Spirit Science, all crystals will fit in one of these six categories describing their shape.
Crystals transmit frequencies
Spirit Sciences says that we have crystals to thank for modern computer science.
The first radio transmitter used a wire that was touched against a quartz crystal, resulting in the frequencies transmitting through that crystal.
Quartz crystal is stable and has a measurable frequency of its own which makes it perfect for basic technology.
When we use crystals for healing, we're transmitting our frequency through the crystal, much like the quartz and the radio transmitter.
But here's the thing:
Speaking metaphysically, once you understand the science behind using crystals, it's not so hard to believe that there's something to all the hoopla about crystals for healing.
The oldest known pieces of our planet’s surface are 4.4-billion-year-old zircon crystals from the Jack Hills of Western Australia.
History of Crystals for Healing
The history of crystals started long before my mother-in-law discovered crystals for healing.
People were using crystals for healing as far back as the stone age, or the archaic phase, before science.
Scientists discovered precious stones and healing crystals in burial tombs and cave drawings depicting the first way that people used these magical stones for healing.
During the mythological era, crystals for healing were given a place in the stars with the gods and the zodiac.
And that's not all:
The Greeks discovered how to use crystals in more scientific ways, and during the middle ages, crystals were a source material.
Throughout the medical phase, crystals for healing were ground and processed alchemically into medicines.
And get this:
Some are still used today in homeopathy practices.
Over the past 300 years, crystals for healing took a backseat to scientific uses for these fascinating stones.
In modern times esoteric practitioners draw from all angles of the rich history of healing crystals that came before them.
Unfortunately, there are no scientific studies in today's world that provide evidence that crystals work for healing.
“I believe in kindness and karma — which could make me a Buddhist. I believe in mystic healing and crystals’ powers—which could make me a witch. I believe in truth, honor, and forgiveness — which could make me a Christian. I even believe in the existence of past lives and that each and every one of us is watched over by guides from the other side — which, to some, would make me totally woo-woo squared.”
― Emma Mildon, The Soul Searcher's Handbook: A Modern Girl's Guide to the New Age World
CRYSTALS FOR HEALING WORK WHEN YOU BELIEVE THEY WORK
Science wants to call the success we have with crystals for healing a placebo effect. That's okay because crystals for healing really only work when you believe they will work.
It's that frequency thing, yo.
In 2000, the largest, most spectacularly-formed natural selenite crystals in the world were discovered 1,000 feet deep in a Mexican volcano. The translucent beams are as big as four feet across, with some of them as long as 36 feet and weighing as much as 55 tons.
Heal Yourself with Crystals for Healing
As you gather your crystals, you will tune them to your specific purpose.
If you're depressed, suffer from anxiety, have headaches, or stomach problems — tell your crystals and they will help you.
Remember, there are specific crystals to use for healing, and you will want to cleanse and program them once you determine which will work best for you.
Choose the Right Crystals for Healing
When you're searching for your crystals, first think about what it is that you need from them.
Crystals for healing help with all kinds of mental health and physical issues — they help to address fear, anxiety, phobias, addictions, and more.
Shaq's getting rid of some.
Once you know why you're looking for your crystal for healing, it's time to buy your crystals.
You can order crystals online, but if you go to a physical store, it's easier to feel their energy.
Take some time and explore the available inventory. Pay attention to the ones that stand out from the crowd to you.
Think about the color, shape, size, and how you plan to use your crystal for healing.
Your crystal may be a large chunk of rock, a tumbled stone, or maybe, for now, you would prefer a necklace or bracelet.
25 Crystals for Healing
Increases self-esteem, stability, strength, balance, and clear the mind.
Helps you to stay alert and guards against toxins.
Brings emotional balance and helps fight depression.
Helps you to stay alert and guards against toxins.
Helps fight fears, phobias, and stress. Good for the respiratory system.
Stimulates muscle tissue and blood flow. Guards against stress and promotes well-being.
Supports letting go, surrendering pain, the release of grief, sadness, and fear.
Transformation of the negative ego by reducing superiority or inferiority complexes.
Aids emotional stability, speeds healing and is a symbol of balance and purity.
Helps prevent mental confusion and makes it easier to develop awareness.
Gives us the energy and courage to abandon harmful patterns. Also helps blood and hormone dysfunctions.
Helps dissolve negativity and reinvigorates the blood.
Works against toxins.
Calms the mind, increases mental ability, concentration, memory, and sight.
Curing energy which helps extract pain and brings emotional issues to the surface.
Increases intuition. Help keep emotions under control. Eases anxiety and stress.
Promotes self-understanding and acceptance of our sexuality, as well as repelling negative thoughts.
Reduces depression, stress, rage, and jealousy. Cures grudges, hurt egos, and helps repair relationships — powerful protection against evil.
Provides protection and helps in trauma healing.
Aids the capacity of giving and receiving love, and eases sufferings, fear, and resentment — Increases self-esteem.
Stimulates good health, security, discipline, and stability.
Protects against negative energies and provides security, courage, and self-acceptance. Good against depression and negative emotions — Eliminates subconscious blocking.
Magnetic energy which helps guard against mental exhaustion and traumas.
Strong curing power which defends against debilitating diseases like a heart condition, arthritis, and weak immune system — repels negative energy.
Aids in relationships and increases self-knowledge — Improves meditation, circulation, and spiritual condition — helps soften the skin.
No doubt you have some ideas about which ones will do the trick.
“I wish to stay drenched forever in those rain-blue eyes in those ... soul-reaching crystals not moving a muscle nor breathing just savoring this turquoise ache against my heart.” ― Sanober Khan, Turquoise Silence
Before using your new crystal, you'll want to cleanse them. It's the way to ensure they reset to their natural frequency.
Crystals store energy.
Each time the stone passed through someone hands, from the mine to the market, the crystal absorbed energy.
Crystal cleansing is vital to wash away the energy it has absorbed up to this moment.
And the cool thing is:
Cleansing honors the stone and accounts for the journey it went through to land here, in your hands, and make it yours.
THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO CLEANSE YOUR CRYSTALS FOR HEALING
Cleanse hard crystals such as quartz in running water, like a stream or under a faucet. Submerge the crystal and let the water flow over it to neutralize any negative energy it may have stored.
Another way to cleanse hard crystals like amethyst is to submerge them in salt water for a few hours. Then rinse them in cool water and pat dry.
Again, this will neutralize any negative energy.
The moon's energy is purifying and easily used to cleanse and charge all of your healing crystals.
They'll get the most frequency revitalization if you put them outside in the moonlight during a full moon or a new moon.
The feminine energy of the moon is said to help with spiritual and emotional healing.
MORE WAYS TO CLEANSE YOUR CRYSTALS
Use brown rice to cleanse protective stones such as black tourmaline and red jasper.
Rice absorbs all the stuff those stones absorbed.
So, be sure to throw the rice away when you're finished.
Here's another thing you can do:
Set the crystals outside in the dirt before the sun goes down and bring them in around 11 a.m. — give them a rinse, then pat dry.
Keep in mind, tumbled crystals handle sunlight better than natural stones.
You can use sound cleansing for any of the crystals.
Cleanse the entire collection at once.
Chanting, a tuning fork, or using a bell will work if you don't have cleansing bowls like the woman in the video.
The idea is to allow the sound to wash over the whole space for 5 to 10 minutes.
Hold the healing crystal, cupped in your hand in front of you. Close your eyes and envision white light surrounding the stone, cleaning all of the negative energy and impurities it's picked up along the way.
And pay attention:
Because you'll feel a shift in the crystal's energy.
Crystal Charging AKA Crystal Programming
When you program or charge your crystal, you're performing a ritual, much like you did with the cleansing.
Now, you're connecting your intentions with the crystal for healing.
Follow these steps to charge your crystals:
- 1Figure out what you need
- 2Pick a crystal that stands out to you
- 3Hold the crystal first to your heart, then to your third eye
- 4Hold the crystal in front of you, arms extend and visualize what you need
- 5State your need out loud and thank the crystal for transmitting the need outward
10 Ways to Use Crystals for Healing Starting Now
- 1Carry a crystal with you in your pocket
- 2Sleep with a healing crystal under your pillow
- 3Place crystals throughout your home
- 4Write your intention, need, or goal on a piece of paper and set the crystal on top
- 5Cleanse your energy with a selenite wand, tourmaline, or obsidian
- 6Wear jewelry made from healing crystals
- 7Use a crystal point as a wand to direct energy
- 8Bury crystals to provide a protective boundary
- 9Make a crystal grid
- 10Use crystals to heal, open, or activate your chakras
Sacred geometry arrangements — patterns found everywhere in nature.
The grid combines sacred geometry with a variety of crystals for healing that activates the flow of energy for a specific purpose.
Sacred geometry patterns combined with the arrangement of specific crystals create an energy frequency that amplifies your intention.
In other words, it's a power-up.
Each crystal grid's geometric pattern has its own sacred meaning.
It's essential to state your intention clearly.
"This grid will fill me with confidence and help me overcome my social anxiety."
A clear intention focuses you, so write it down before you start.
How to Use a Crystal Grid — Step by Step
Flower of Life Grid
As a beginner practicing with crystals for healing, the flower of life grid is a good one to use.
The geometric pattern known as the Seed of Life AKA Flower of Life is excellent for grids because it represents all possible beginnings and all potential paths — a place where anything can happen.
The focus stone
A focus stone is a crystal that's in the center of a Crystal Grid.
The focus stone brings in the life force energy.
Then, it shapes it through the sacred geometry pattern...
and fills it with its color energy.
And here's where it completes its mission:
It then sends the life force energy down the path to the way stones.
Crystals that surround the center stone on a path are called the way stones.
The way stones are like a pump in a water system.
What they do is this:
They take the modified energy from the center stone and amplify the energy flowing through the grid.
These crystals are on the outer part of the crystal grid.
They give the universal life force its final shape and tune it to the desired outcome of the crystal grid.
A desire stone is a crystal you may use alone to get the desired outcome.
But if you use it in the grid:
It amplifies the energy and brings the crystal more power.
There is a journey to the desired outcome. The lines of the grid allow the energy to expand from the focus stone.
Sacred geometry aligns with and guides the energy down the path to the desired result.
The path represents the flow of energy.
Each grid has a different energy path depending on its shape.
Crystals and Chakras
Crystals for healing are used in holistic practices to align, unblock, and activate our Chakras, by interacting with them through vibration.
Each Chakra has a color that is connected to it as well as certain crystals.
When we place the crystals for healing on the spot where our chakra is located, the crystal absorbs and re-energizes the chakra, freeing the energy.
Crystals for Healing the Chakras
Crystals — garnet, onyx, and red jasper
CRYSTALS — CARNELIAN AND ORANGE ZINCITE
Crystals — citrine and yellow sapphire
Crystals — rose quartz or green tourmaline
Crystals — turquoise or blue lace agate
Crystals — lapis lazuli or sodalite
Crystals — amethyst or clear quartz
“Crystals are like friends”. When you first make a new friend, you naturally sum up who they are by what they like and dislike, associate with and have an affinity towards. They are beautiful to look at, great to meditate and relax with and are soothing and comforting. Just like an old friend.”
― Andrew Pacholyk, Lead Us To A Place: Your Spiritual Journey Through Life's Seasons
Crystal Healing Practitioners
If you would rather see a professional than start working with crystals for healing on your own.
There are crystal healers throughout the United States and internationally. Hibiscus Moon has an extensive list of crystal healers posted on her blog.
Crystals and You
Perhaps crystals for healing work due to a placebo effect. Or, maybe there's a connection between all living things that we can only feel intuitively.
But here's the thing:
It doesn't matter.
Whatever it is, there must be something to the magic of crystals for so many societies throughout history to have sought them out for their healing powers.
Why is it so difficult to believe that crystals for healing are as potent as their counterparts used for technology?
Food for thought.