If you love all things hippy-dippy then there’s a chance that you’ve heard of crystal healing. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, buckle up because I’m going to rock your world! (sorry for the pun-I swear I’m a lot funnier). But that’s exactly what crystals are, they’re rocks. Found within nature these beauties can act as healing tools. By collecting and working with crystals daily you have the ability to attract and amplify the sensations of love, confidence, professional success, motivation, and so much more.
I work with my crystals on a daily basis and have seen tremendous changes. My friends have taken notice and I’ve been acting as a guide to help them build their own crystal kits. Crystal healing can be intimidating because there’s a lot of information to absorb all at once. I want to help as many people as I can by spreading the word of crystal healing, so please allow this to be your beginners guide.
Where to buy authentic crystals?
With crystal popularity on the rise it’s possible to encounter a scam. You can purchase crystals on Etsy, but buyers beware, fakes do exist. Inquire with the seller and check reviews.
Annabelle DeSisto is a comedian, podcast host, and crystal lover. When she’s not hosting her hilarious podcast Adderall and Compliments she’s putting together some of the most stunning and affordable crystals. She offers starter kits and has a selection of necklaces. Each kit comes with six crystals and clocks in at $19 each. This is the best bang for your buck and the crystals are 100% authentic. To shop visit her website adderallandcompliments.com
Celestial Awakenings, located in Portland, Oregon has a huge selection and a very attentive staff. You can also shop their store online. I recently made an online purchase and in addition to my order they sent me a Brazilian amethyst for free. To get more information visit celestial-awakenings.com
Check your local listings for metaphysical stores, you might be surprised what’s available in your community. There are other shops that sell crystals but I’m only listing the vendors that I’ve done business with whom I trust full heartedly. Whatever the case maybe make sure to ask questions and check customer reviews.
Which crystal is right for you?
If you have the option to visit a metaphysical store take a walk around the room and pick up any crystal that you are immediately drawn to. Trust your natural spirit and intuition to guide you in the right direction. Of course you can always seek out a particular crystal when you are in need of its power. I’m currently enrolled in a MBA program and was struggling in school for a few weeks. I was told that fluorite can help with academics and I made an effort to add a piece to my collection for the duration of the course.
My Recommended Starter Kit for Beginners
Aventurine – growth, stone of opportunity, luck, and money. (Heart Chakra)
Citrine – professional success, manifestation, optimism, and mental clarity (Sacral Chakra)
Selenite – crystal purifier, activation (never needs to be cleansed) (Third Eye Chakra)
Rose Quartz – unconditional love, self love, relationship love, family love etc. (Heart Chakra)
Black Obsidian – protection, grounding, removal of negativity (Root Chakra)
**most of these crystals have many more benefits this is just a quick overview
Programming your new crystals
You want to dedicate an affirmation to each crystal. For example, my rose quarts affirmation is “I welcome all forms of love into my life.” Make the affirmation personal to you and your goals. Hold the crystal in your non-receiving hand, I’m right handed so my non-receiving hand would be my left. Simultaneously repeat your affirmation, try to feel a connection to your words. It’s also important to work with your crystals daily. Keep them in your bra, pocket, bag, etc. The more you work with them the more you will get out of the practice.
How to care for your crystals
Think of your crystals as a sponge, they soak up all of the negative energy in your environment in order to release positivity. It’s important to cleanse your crystals in order to wipe out the unwanted vibes. At the end of each day I come home from work and run my selenite stick over my crystals to clear and start fresh. You can also cleanse your crystals by burning palo santo and allowing the smoke to surround the crystals. Other options include placing crystals in the sunlight or by placing them in a salt water bath. The crystals don’t need to be in the sun or submerged in water for a lengthy period of time. Not all crystals love sun or water, over exposure to sunlight can cause fading and some crystals, like selenite can dissolve in water.
Full Moon Ritual
On the night of the full moon I first rinse my crystals in water and then meditate with them while repeating my affirmations. I also light my palo santo stick and allow the smoke to surround my collection. I use the full moon ritual as a time to give thanks and to show my appreciation. I place my crystals outside in a flower box, you also can leave them inside but close to the window. Don’t worry if they are not directly in the stream of moonlight. If you miss the first night of the full moon, don’t panic! The first three days of a full moon are all equally as strong.
There is no right or wrong way to use crystals. Usually, the same concepts apply throughout the crystal community but everyone has their own traditions, and practices that they cherish. Some users perform a ritual under the new moon, or allow their crystals to soak in the ocean. Luckily, we have the internet to connect us and everyone can learn from one another. As long you as you continue to work with them daily you have the ability to fulfill your aspirations.
Sam Alder is a vegan, green tea junkie, and weight lifting enthusiast. She holds degrees in History and International Affairs and is pursuing her MBA. She currently works in marketing and design.
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