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 its 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 vibrate in a measurable way. They are conductors, generating a current which can both absorb and produce light, heat, expansion, and contraction. Human bodies also produce heat, light, measurable electromagnetic pulses, and can create friction. When working with crystals, we activate these measurable characteristics, and they activate the same within us.
Crystal Healing... Where did all of this information come from?
It's 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 known 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The first historical references to the use of crystals come from the Ancient Sumerians, who included crystals in their magic formulas. The Ancient Egyptians used stones primarily for protection and health. Green colored stones, in general, were used to represent 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 forever remain solid. The word amethyst means "not drunken", and it 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 invincible.
Throughout history, traditions, religions, and a vast amount of experiences, experimentation, and channeling, crystals continue to be recognized as meaningful, purposeful, healing, and magical gifts from Mother Nature.
Choosing Your Crystals
Intuition and Feeling – Let your intuition guide you! You don't have to know the name of a crystal or its properties in order to choose it. Sometimes a crystal will 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 its name and then read about its properties. You probably won't be surprised when you discover how well it resonates with you. Or don't read about its 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 to 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 meant for you. However slight, notice which way your body sways. For the majority, a forward sway is a yes, backward a no. You can determine your yes and no by simply asking yourself a couple of questions that you already know the answers to. Trust what your body tells you, as it knows you best.
Chakras, Colors, and their Corresponding Crystals
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Any stone that helps you feel protected and connected to Mother Earth.
Any stone that helps you feel grounded, supported, safe, and stable.
Any stone that makes you feel creative, juicy, joyful, and alive.
Any stone that amplifies your strength and personal power.
Any stone that generates feelings of love and forgiveness towards yourself and others.
Any stone that supports you in feeling safe to express your truest self.
Any stone that helps you connect to your inner vision, dreams, intuition, and psychic abilities.
Any stone that unites you with your higher-self and spirit guides.
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 its highest possible vibration. You may choose all, some, just one, or none of these methods... 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 or 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
Reiki, and simply using your own personal power
Do be mindful though, as some stones, such as Selenite, don't like to get wet. Amethyst may fade over time in the sun. 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 its 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.