A Beginner's Crash Course in Crystal Healing
Crystal healing can seem a bit other-worldly. There's a lot of information to sift through, and everyone has their own response to working with crystals. But there are a handful of concepts that are true across the board. So fans and skeptics gather around, let's talk about crystal healing!
What is Crystal Healing?
Crystal healing is a metaphysical healing practice where you use the vibration and energies of specific crystals to heal physical, mental, or spiritual traumas in yourself. The practice dates back millennia, as ancient cultures used crystals in their healing methods. The ancient Egyptians buried their dead with quartz and often used crystals in healing elixirs. (How cool is that?!)
I do want to note that crystal healing is more of a spiritual practice than a medicinal one (although some people would certainly argue with me on that point). The really cool thing about using crystals to heal is that you gain back whatever magic you put into it tenfold. So if you begin a crystal healing session with the intention of receiving something back from the practice you will. And if you expect to get nothing out of it... you won't.
Crystal healing is a beautiful gift from Mother Earth, from Gaia. She took care of these little crystal babies and formed them with the greatest intent. Some crystals (like salt crystals) can take months to form in nature, while others can take thousands, or even millions, of years.
How Crystal Healing Works
Truly, the way crystal healing works is pretty straightforward: you have a specific vibration, energy signature, or aura, just as crystals do. When you use crystals mindfully, they can help to realign and balance your energy signature back to its natural state, leaving you feeling more calm, clear, and level-headed.
In a way, crystal healing is a tool for realizing your own power and potential. The energies of the crystals you choose will absorb and amplify your own healing energy and circle it back to you.
The crystals you choose to use in your healing practice are ultimately connecting you to prana, qi, life force, energy, whatever you want to call it! They're a way to ground into our individual truths and to be still and know the generational wisdom that each and every one of us has.
Healing Benefits of Crystals
Depending on how you use your crystals, they can help you in many ways. Some of the healing benefits of crystals are:
Assist you in tuning into your intuition
Add a focal point to your meditation, visualization, etc.
Help clear emotional blockage
Help cleanse the chakras
Help cleanse people and spaces
Help stimulate creativity and ideation
Starter Crystals for Self Healing
Now that you know a little bit of background the next burning question is "which crystals do I use?" Here's a short list of some of the most common healing crystals and what they can be used for.
You can use amethyst to enhance your intuition. It's deeply connected to the Third Eye Chakra and the Crown Chakra. You can also use it to help promote restful sleep and a connection to your highest Self. To use it, either place directly on your body, wear it as any time of jewelry, place it by your bedside, or keep it in your meditation space.
Black tourmaline connects you to your Root Chakra, and is known for absorbing (and transforming!) negative energy. You can use it to ground and release stress. Place it on your body (it's most powerful when placed near the Root Chakra), wear it as jewelry, or place it bedside to absorb bad dreams.
Use blue apatite to tap into your self-expression and facilitate big, creative ideas. You can also use this crystal to promote healthy motivation. Blue apatite is connected to your Throat Chakra and Third Eye Chakra, and you can use it by placing it on your body, wearing it as jewelry, or keep it on your desk (or wherever you engage in creative activities).
Jade is known for promoting prosperity, good luck, and wealth. You can also look to jade for spiritual guidance and general clarity as it does not have a specific corresponding chakra. Hold it during meditation or place jade anywhere you would like to invite prosperity.
Moonstone connects us with spiritual beings and the realm of the Divine. It can help you to heal your intuition or it can be used when you are in the midst of fulfilling a dream of yours. It is connected to your intuitive center: your Third Eye Chakra. Place the stone on your Third Eye Chakra during meditation or try placing it under your pillow while you sleep to help manifest your dreams.
Rose Quartz is your unconditional love stone. Love for yourself and others, platonic love and intimate love. With a connection to your Heart Chakra, you can use this stone to instill a sense of peace, calm, and hopefulness into your life, all while healing yourself spiritually. You can place rose quartz in your home to promote a loving environment, wear it as jewelry, or place the stone on your Heart Chakra for self-healing.
Selenite is your crystal for connecting and communicating with the Divine (i.e. your higher self). You can also use this purifying stone to cleanse other crystals, protect yourself, or ground yourself on your path to enlightenment. It's connected to your Crown Chakra, and is best used in your meditation space or placed on or near your Crown Chakra in meditation.
Serpentine is named after the serpent and its ability to regenerate. This is a crystal of true regeneration power! Specifically connected to your Heart Chakra, this is a powerful crystal to use when your heart is in need of a fresh start. Try using this crystal placed on your Heart Chakra in meditation, wear it as a necklace, or place it anywhere that reminds you to take care of yourself.
Sodalite is your truth stone. With its connection to your Throat Chakra, you can use sodalite to enhance your communication and integrity. Meditate with it on your Throat Chakra, wear it as a necklace, or place it somewhere you often rely on your communication skills (i.e. a challenging work environment).
Try This Crystal Healing Practice
When you're ready to try a crystal healing practice, start by choosing a crystal based either on what you know about its healing properties or simply by choosing one that "speaks" to you, even if you don't know what kind of crystal it is (it's calling you for a reason!)
Cleansing Your Crystals
You can cleanse your crystal of previous energies, positive or negative, in the light of a full moon by leaving the crystal to bathe in the light overnight. You can also cleanse it by burning sage, palo santo, or incense (like Nag Champa) and letting the smoke wash over your crystals.
Charging Your Crystals
You can charge a crystal with a specific intention by naming that intention and then allowing your crystal to bathe in the sunlight (a few hours or an entire day).
Using Your Crystals
When you're ready for your crystal healing practice, start to become sensitive to your crystal's energy. Sit with it and pause in meditation to see what it is telling you or what you have to learn from it.
Then place your crystal over one of your energy centers that feels like it could use some healing (check out the Chakras, or intuitively place the crystal where it feels like it's needed).
Once you've placed your crystal, take several deep breaths and center into the present moment. Stay for as long as you feel that you need to.