When most people hear about crystal healing, the first thing they ask is – how does it work? The short answer is that we’re not sure. There are many theories, including the colour resonances between crystals and the chakras, and the effect their energy/vibration has on our largely water-filled bodies.
What we do know is that even though they look rather calm and unassuming on the outside, crystals are a mass of energy on the inside with tiny particles vibrating around an atomic core. If you want to explore this energy yourself, read our guide to selecting and cleansing healing crystals.
Selecting your crystals
There are several different ways you can choose your crystal, but our favourite way is by intuition. Close your eyes and clear your mind before making your selection and when you open your eyes, see which crystal jumps out at you the most. Go with your gut and trust your intuition and you’ll always pick the right crystal for you.
Cleansing your crystals
The reason crystals are used so often in healing is because of their ability to absorb and project energy. Before you start using your crystals, it is important to cleanse it of any previous energy. There are a number of ways you can do this, ranging from simple visualisation to burying them in the earth overnight. We like to cleanse our crystals by holding them under running water for a few minutes, visualising the water as pure white light before leaving them on the windowsill to charge in either sunlight or moonlight.
Storing your crystals
A soft cloth bag is ideal for storing tumbled stones, but if you have more delicate crystals – you may want to wrap them individually in cloth or even display them on a shelf. Remember that crystals on display and those worn as jewellery will pick up lots of energies and should be cleansed often.
Types of crystals
There are many different types of crystals available depending on your needs, however the following four are great to start with if you are a newbie to crystal healing.
A favourite of many, this beautiful purple stone instils feelings of peace and is often used to reduce stress and aid sleep.
2. Rose quartz
Pale pink in colour, rose quartz resonates with the heart chakra and helps to heal emotional upset and is also known for soothing headaches.
3. Smokey quartz
Smokey quartz is a grounding stone to use at the end of a healing session. Absorbing negativity, it is a great crystal to deter anxiety and depression.
4. Clear quartz
Known as a master healing stone, clear quartz can be used to improve clarity of mind and to draw out pain from the body.
Find out more about the therapy and find a crystal healer near you on our crystal therapy page.
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