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Crystals 101 : Crystal Healing

There has been a lot of talk of crystal healing, stone therapy and other similar references to crystals.

Today we will explore the very basics of Crystals, Crystal Healing and Stones. Crystals have gained rapid popularity but the truth is that crystal healing has been around for centuries, dating all the way back ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt.

The Chinese have been using stones and crystals for centuries mainly due to the nature of their holistic approach to medicine; the body as a whole that is affected by energy flow, Chi or Qi. Buddhist and Hindu cultures have understood the concept of Chakras long before our current spiritual influx. So what do they know that we do not? Let’s explore the world of Crystals and Crystal Healing together.


 What is a Crystal? Is it the Same as a Stone?

A crystal is a gemstone mineral that has a repeating molecular crystalline pattern and had geometric angles. Crystals are made up of minerals such as silica. Stones are made up of various minerals and generally do not have geometrical angles, rather they are round or oblong. Some stones may be smooth to the touch and others with more texture depending on the mineral make up and where it was formed.

How are Crystals used?

Certain Practitioners may use crystals by directly placing the stone on the body during a healing Reiki session, where additional energy healing is utilized. Others carry or wear the crystal carrying the frequency or vibration that is of most value to the wearer. During healing sessions, a practitioner may choose the stones/crystals that align with your needs, whether it me calming energy or the desire to heal a physical ailment.

Which Crystal is right for me?

Each crystal has its very own unique vibrational frequency. Often times, one will encounter a particular crystal or stone that will be very appealing, whether it is the aesthetics of the stone or the feeling when you touch it or for no particular reason but an unexplained pull. There are many helpful resources such as healers, books and crystal enthusiasts that can help in this process. Understanding what healing properties the crystal vibrates can also aid in deciding which crystals to look for.


A few Common Crystals

  • Quartz– quite possibly the common and abundant crystal, it can come in various colors and sizes. Quartz has balancing properties, energizes other crystals and helps transmute negative energy.
  • Amethyst stone – also known as the “sobriety stone” has a gentle purple hued coloring. It is a calming stone used to help heal personal loss or grief and provide inner stability. The nick name was derived from it’s ancient uses for helping with addictions, especially to alcohol.
  • Citrine– This is a yellow orange crystal is very unique in that it does not absorb negative energy, thus it’s energy never need to be cleansed. It attracts love and happiness and is generally is known for its facilitation of abundance and manifestation and personal success
  • Smoky Quartz – Grey-ish translucent in nature, this beautiful crystal is a centering stone that is well known for blocking negativity. This stone is also great to have in the work setting as it is stone of grounding and focus, thus helping with clarity and productivity.
  • Hematite – a black, shiny stone that can be smooth with a reflective, even black surface. This is also a grounding stone and aids in circulation, lowering blood pressure, and relieving anxiety associated with feeling aloof or lost. This stone has cooling affects on the body and is stabilizing in energy with a very powerful vibration.

There is tons of information out there on the practice and science of Crystal Healing.

Crystal Healing is a fun, safe way to explore what Mother Earth has really provided us naturally. The ancient civilizations used crystals and stones to guide their spiritual journeys as talisman and assist in healing bodily ailments.

Crystal Healing is not a substitute for a visit to your health care professional, however, they can assist in helping you more readily accept healing on a spiritual and energetic level, which in turn translates itself into the physical. Think about prayer and all other types of metaphysical healing; allowing the heart and body to accept all forms and levels of healing is what Energy Healing is about.

To learn more about which stones resonate with you and how they contribute to a higher level of healing and cleansing, please do join us every Friday for the Healing Happy Hour, where we can share your findings and continue to learn more about different crystals. This is a loving and open time for experts as well as beginners in exploring the different types of energy healing that is available, such as Crystal Healing. There are many options out there in helping you to be your best and truest self, sharing the experience with others on that same journey into self discovery is perhaps the gem that we can find in the overall experience.


Personal Note from the Author:
Some are skeptical and overall have a negative standing, however it is up to the individual to experience and make the judgement call. I personally was very skeptical about Crystal Healing when I first began with one lonely hematite stone purchase over a year ago. I had no idea which crystal to choose, to me their beauty was what I was mainly going by. Then Claudia, owner and experienced healer said to me, “The stone/crystal will call to you. You will know which one is for you.” … and surely, a stout little hematite cube called out to me, it was smooth to the touch and one if its side indented perfectly with my thumb print. That was “The One”. I now have 8 stones that sit on my table by my nightstand that get used often during meditation and tag along with me safely hidden in my pocket. I am not bold enough to wear them but I see how much of a sense of peace I get from acknowledging the discomfort at hand, choosing a stone that correlates with the solution I desire, such as higher focus and clarity at work. This process is perhaps what I find most soothing. To be able to acknowledge something that is bothering me that cannot be fixed by a pill, such as the feeling of anxiety, helps me to start the momentum for the desire to address, heal and gently guide that emotion away. I believe that if I carry such thoughts with me for extended periods of time, I certainly would develop a physical illness, so Crystals help me to address and heal the energies that turn in illness, so I consider it to be a preventative in my over all wellness.
There is benefit to understanding universal harmony between the naturally created elements such as crystals. At worst case I am fooling myself into being a more positive, optimistic person with the belief that I am balanced and grounded…and with the added benefit of having these beautiful natural elements decorating my living space.


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