"your thoughts guide your words your words dictate your actions"
Tied in with my previous blog post ‘I AM…’, using affirmations together with the energy garnered from the earth can be very powerful.
In reality, we are also of the earth.
You have to set your intentions. The intentions you want to bring into your life. You can choose to carry the stone with you every day to remind you of these intentions or just hold it when you meditate and pray.
How do crystals work?
Crystals work to balance the seven energy centers in your body and bring in positive vibrations. These energy centers are called 'chakras' and when one is out of balance you will feel it. You may physically feel you need to stretch a certain area of your body, something may feel "off", you may feel nauseous or you just have the urge to meditate to become more relaxed. Your chakras start from the base of your spine to your crown. Chakras are a visual/energetic way to express how certain areas of the spine/nervous system connect to the body organs. See the image below for a little more clarity.
In order from bottom to crown: the root chakra (base of the spine connecting you to earth), sacral chakra (around the reproductive organs), solar plexus chakra (right above the navel-the gut), heart chakra (the heart and lungs), throat chakra (throat and thyroid), third eye chakra (the mind-brain-the psyche), and crown chakra (higher self- reason why it's last & relies on the balance of the energy centers below to function at full capacity).
There are actually specific crystals that work to amplify each energy center in your body. That, I will discuss later. Crystals are thought of as conduits of healing, though the research on this concept is limited.
The image below is a good representation of which aspect of you each chakra is centered around and what emotions will go against them. Use this image as a guide, if you are constantly feeling one of the counter emotions you know specifically which chakra you'll need to work on.
An important lesson to learn from crystals is patience, because working with the energy of crystals takes time. As you learn, grow, and evolve, use crystals as a reminder to be grateful for the abundance of Mother Nature and the great tools for healing she has provided us with. We have the ability to choose our thoughts as we continue our journey. Each day presents us with new challenges and wonderful beginnings. Healing crystals remind us to quiet the background noise, set our intentions, and reconnect to the universally healing vibrations of the Earth.
How can crystals work for me?
Used mostly in the practice of meditation, healing crystals harness the elements of the Earth to help reconnect us with the earth. If you ever feel like your energy is “off” or you don't feel grounded, you may want to try implementing crystals into your meditation time.
Biologically speaking, we have electric currents running through our body some may feel it as an aura or 'vibe'. Crystals tie into our ‘vibe’ because they, too, store energy. They are tangible, physical forms of powerful vibrations. The energy they have continues to connect with you when you wear the crystal, meditate with the crystal actually on the chakra in which it corresponds, or place the crystal in your environment.
If you are just starting to use crystals, the easiest way to begin is by using tumbled stones (polished crystals, shown in the next image). Some people make necklaces out of tumbled stones or just carry them in their pockets. Using crystals throughout your spiritual journey will help to hold the intention you set on the stone close to you, especially when you wear the stone or have the stone in your environment.
How do I choose a crystal?
There are three ways you can choose a crystal that is the best fit for you:
Figure out which chakra you want to work with and choose a crystal that will help to bring that chakra into alignment.
Figure out what it is you want to work on within yourself, whether it be love, happiness, a clear mind, peaceful sleep, good health, creativity, abundance, a problem or challenge there is a crystal out there for you.
Go to what you are drawn to. Enter your favorite crystal shop and literally feel the vibrations in the crystals. Once you’ve found your match, you will know. Some experts even say the crystal chooses you. Trust it.
*Notice once you are holding the stone: if you feel a sense of peace, a calmness, or vibration… these are all signs that the stone has chosen you and is the right fit for your healing needs.*
Once you have your crystal, programming your crystal is simple. The first step is to cleanse your crystal of any energy it may have picked up before it got to you. You can choose your preferred method of cleansing that resonates with you the most. I will discuss these methods towards the end of this post😊. After your stone is cleansed, meditate and set your intentions on your stone.
What are intentions?
Intentions are thoughts with a purpose... speaking things into existence. I believe words are spells (simply meaning, they have power). They create affirmations throughout your life, so setting them on an aspect in your life can be a powerful tool to achieve happiness. Thoughts with a purpose attract what we would like to come true. Our thoughts govern our words and our words govern our actions.
Crafting an intention starts by setting a goal (thought/feeling) that aligns with your values, aspirations, and purpose. Once you've done that, you can then speak (words) that intention (thought/feeling) onto your crystal.
Here are some of my favorite beginner crystals to help you start your journey, starting from your root chakra up to your crown chakra:
7. Hematite- is great for deflecting negative energy/moods of others. It grounds you and reconnects your spirit to the energy of the earth.
6. Red Carnelian: to get your creative energy flowing and aids in fertility.
5. Citrine: to help bring abundance into your life, manifest your dreams, help with your career, and enhances focus.
4. Rose Quartz: Great for emotional wellbeing, the stone of love which manifests self-love.
3. Turquoise: Heightens emotional intelligence, Promotes self-forgiveness, self-acceptance, and release of regrets.
2. Amethyst: Best for relieving stress and bringing balance back into your life, it’s thought of as the most protective stone. Protecting you from spiritual attacks.
1. Clear Quartz: works hand-in-hand with other crystals to amplify their vibrations, thus, amplifying your intentions.
Caring for Your Crystals:
**BE careful who you let touch your crystals and where you bring them, they pick up all energies**
Like a battery can get corroded and lose energy, so can your crystals. Your crystals can get weighed down with energies and not “feel” as powerful. The best way in my opinion to cleanse crystals is with moon light, especially on a night where there is a full moon or new moon. The crystal will absorb the energy of the moon light and rid itself of any negative energies.
Another method I use between full moons, is smudging with white sage. To do this simply ignite a bundle of white sage, let the flames dull to a soft smoke, then move your crystals through the smoke while rubbing it.
You can also wash your crystals in a natural spring or river.
There are other ways to cleanse and recharge your crystals. These are the three I use and find to be the most beneficial. Use caution when using other cleansing methods as they may be too harsh for your precious stone.
It takes a conscious effort to open your mind to the power of crystals, but once you get started I guarantee you will feel a difference in your life and the people around you. Crystals can be used no matter your religious beliefs, that's the beauty of it all.
Leave a comment below to let me know how crystals have worked for you :)
Till next time,
Hello world! I am Chérie Jade, I am passionate about promoting a holistic lifestyle and encouraging preventative practices for day to day healthy living.