Life throws us off balance. Work brings stress, the future inspires anxiety, and we’re always worried about our families. Not to mention our health which seems to sabotage us at the worst times. Instead of downing over the counter medication, try one of the oldest methods of healing on the planet – crystals.
Healing crystals date back at least 30,000 years. Amulets have always been prized by humankind, as archaeologists have discovered. Almost every ancient civilization used crystals for protection, healing, and decoration. These days, the use of healing crystals is still alive and well – even some celebrities praise their benefits! Every crystal has its own “powers” so to speak and can be used for different purposes.
Below are some examples of common uses and which crystals are best for each.
Enhance your meditation practice with a grounding stone to put you in the right frame of mind. The best stone for this purpose is a quartz crystal, which offers clarity and focus. “Program” your meditative intention into the stone by holding in your mind what you which to attract into your life. Think big picture; instead of saying something like “I want more money,” try “I attract abundance and will never know the meaning of scarcity.”
There is no right or wrong way to use stones in meditation, but the best ways are to hold them in your hands or lay them on your body, preferably against the skin.
Many different crystals can be used to enhance your yoga practice. From the self-love inspiring rose quartz to black tourmaline’s composure building properties, and selenite for clarity, each stone’s purpose is to create an environment of positive energy that you can call upon and use during your asanas.
Place crystals on or around your mat, or build an altar and practice in front of it.
Carry With You
Sometimes, you need something to give you an extra feeling of support, or a reminder that you are strong. Healing crystals aren’t just good for their inherent qualities; they’re also wonderful reminders of the power within you. Find one that speaks to you and carry it with you in your purse, your car, or as a piece of jewelry.
To find the crystal that speaks to you, go into a shop that sells a variety and holds a few in your hand. You can get one for its properties alone, but it’s advisable to choose one that resonates with you and just seems right. You’ll know it when you feel it.
In the Bath
What could be more luxurious than milk and rose bath with candles, soothing crystals, and Zen music? Cleanse your mind along with your body by placing crystals in or next to the bath. A few common choices are amethyst for stress relief, rose quartz for self-love, and hematite to inspire a state of calm. For an even more relaxing atmosphere, find some healing crystal candle holders and candles with essential oil. Aromatherapy to the max!
After using your crystals, make sure you cleanse them. Crystals absorb a lot of energy, and after being inundated with a variety of different vibrations they need to be reset. There are quite a few cleansing methods you can use, from leaving them in salt water for 24 hours to smudging them, to set them out in the sunlight or moonlight. Whichever way you choose, you will need to set your intention once again after they have been cleansed of previous energy. Crystals may seem a little high on the “woo-woo” scale, but once you try them you will see why they’ve remained in use for so long!