All About Crystals
What are crystals, and how do they work?
Crystals are a solid material made up of ions, atoms, and molecules that are arranged in a repeating pattern. They will only form from gas or liquid solutions that are at the correct temperature and pressure, but once crystallized they can remain unchanged for millions of years.
Crystals are the most organized and stable matter in the Universe. Each crystal has one molecule repeated throughout it's structure. It has inherent order and stability and can maintain a constant electromagnetic signature.
Crystals exhibit two very important properties:
Piezoelectricity – the quality where electricity (and sometimes light) is produced by compression.
Example: Quartz vibrates at 60 hertz (60 times per second) so it is used in watches to keep accurate time.
Pyroelectricity – the quality of an electrified state or polarity which is produced by, and changes with, variations in temperature.
Because of these two characteristics, crystals actually do vibrate in a measurable way. Heat, light, or friction can cause crystals to become conductors, thus generating electric current which can produce light, heat expansion and contraction.
Human bodies produce heat, light, measurable electromagnetic pulses, and can create friction. Therefore, we can activate these measurable characteristics in crystals.
Crystal Healing... Where did all of this information come from?
It is fair to say that as long as we have existed as a species, we have had an affinity with stones and crystals. The use of talismans and amulets dates back to the beginnings of humankind, although we have no way of knowing how the earliest of these objects were viewed or used. The oldest amulets are of Baltic amber, some from as long as 30,000 years ago.
The first historical references to the use of crystals come from the Ancient Sumerians, who included crystals in magic formulas. The Ancient Egyptians used stones primarily for protection and health. Green stones in general were used to signify the heart of the deceased and were included in burials. The Ancient Greeks attributed a number of properties to crystals and many names we use today are of Greek origin. The word 'crystal' comes from the Greek word for ice, as it was believed that clear quartz was water that had frozen so deeply that it would always remain solid. The word amethyst means 'not drunken' and was worn as an amulet to prevent both drunkenness and hangovers. Hematite is an iron ore that the ancient Greeks associated with Aries, the god of war. Greek soldiers would rub hematite over their bodies before battle to make themselves invulnerable.
Through history, traditions, religions, and a vast amount of personal experiences, experimentation, and channeling, crystals continue to hold meaning and healing abilities.
Choosing Your Crystals
Intuition and Feeling – Let your intuition guide you! You don't have to know the name of a crystal or it's properties in order to choose it. Some say that crystals actually choose you! If you are drawn to a stone, pick it up. How does it feel? Notice any physical sensations that may arise. Do any emotions surface? Note it's name and then read about it's properties. You probably won't be surprised when you discover how well it resonates with you. Or don't read about it's properties! Sit and meditate with your crystal and let it tell you what it's there for.
Sight – Close your eyes and take a few grounding breaths. Open your eyes and pick up the very first crystal that you see.
Body Dowsing – This is where you use your body as a pendulum. Pick up the crystal that you feel is calling you, and hold it in your receptive (non-dominant) hand. Or, visualize the crystal that you are curious about. Close your eyes and take a few grounding breaths. Ask yourself if this crystal is for you. However slight, notice which way your body sways. For the majority, a forward sway is a yes, backwards a no. You can determine your yes and no by simply asking yourself a couple of questions that you already know the answers to.
Chakras, Colors, and their Corresponding Crystals
Any stone that helps you feel connected to Mother Earth.
Any stone that helps you feel grounded and secure.
Sacral – Orange: Orange Calcite, Carnelian, Sunstone, Peach Moonstone, Orange Aventurine, Copper...
Any stone that makes you feel juicy and alive.
Solar Plexus – Yellow: Amber, Tiger's Eye, Citrine, Rutilated Quartz, Yellow Aventurine...
Any stone that uplifts your strength and personal power.
Any stone that generates feelings of love and forgiveness towards yourself and others.
Any stone that helps you to feel safe expressing yourself.
Any stone that helps you connect to your inner vision.
Any stone that connects you with your Higher-Self.
Soul Star – Clear and White: Apophyllite, Selenite...
Any stone that you feel is unlocking your transcendence.
Clearing & Cleansing Your Crystals
Shift the energy within the stone so that the accumulated negativity is removed and the crystal can radiate at it's highest possible vibration. You may choose all, some, just one, or none of these methods... and maybe you'll discover another that you prefer! Let your intuition guide you. Do this whenever you feel called to, if you've been in a particularly stressful situation/environment with your crystal, or if your crystal is feeling energetically heavy or off balance.
*rinse under running water (preferably a river, but a faucet will do as well)*
*smudge with Sage, Palo Santo, Mugwort, or any other sacred herb or incense*
*place in the sunlight and/or moonlight*
*place upon a large Clear Quartz cluster or Selenite*
*bury the crystal in the Earth, dry brown rice, or sea salt*
*sound vibration: singing bowl, tuning fork, drum, your voice*
Do be mindful though... some stones, such as Selenite, don't like to get wet. And stones that are polished may become dull if placed in sea salt.
Setting Your Intentions
Attune your crystals to your specific vibration, needs, and desires. Ground yourself. Sit with and get to know your crystal. Hold it, stare into it, and breathe with it. State your needs and your desires. Ask your crystal to vibrate at it's highest potential so that you may vibrate at your highest potential. Carry your crystal in your pocket (or even in your bra!), wear it as a piece of jewelry, sleep with it in your pillowcase, and meditate with your crystal.