The beauty and
power of crystals and other stones have long been recognized, from the ancient times
of Tutankhamen to the modern masterpieces of Cartier and Faberge.
They have always
been prized for their beauty and their healing and spiritual properties.
priests and spiritual seekers have used crystals for their special powers.
today continues to find new ways in which minerals can help us restore to balance
our stressful lives.
Science has yet
to determine what happens during crystal healing, but changes felt by the participants
and the lasting benefits that can be gained are not diminished by this. A popular
theory is that crystals actually vibrate at the same pitch as people, and can be
used to relieve suffering because the resonance between the patient and the stone
either combats the vibration of illness or amplifies those of health.
such as herbalism, homeopathy and crystal therapies, can be seen as natural alternatives
for, or complementary with modern drugs. With the recent swing toward holistic and
alternative medicine, many people are turning to crystals not only to help cure
their ailments, but significantly, to maintain optimum health.
CHOOSING YOUR CRYSTALS
You can start
with a very straightforward collection of stones.
stones are very useful in crystal healing. For convenience, select stones that will
not be too heavy when placed on the body but won’t be so small as to get lost easily.
Flatter stones will stay in place more easily than round ones. Aim to gather at
least two crystal stones of each spectrum colour (they don’t have to be the same
type of stone).
• Small natural
crystals of clear quartz are invaluable. It is useful to have 10-12, each about
2-3cm 3/4-l 1/4 inch in length.
• Small natural
crystals of amethyst, smoky quartz and citrine are less common but well worth acquiring
• A small hand-sized
Crystal cluster of clear quartz or amethist is useful for cleaning and charging
your stones and crystal jewellery.
• Larger single
stones and tumbled stones are useful to hold and to use as meditatior tools. Work
with one or two that attract you and that you feel happy with. It is better to work
with a few stones, than superficially with many.
Whether a crystal
is clear or battered and grubby it will have the same internal orderliness and potential
are hard, others scratch very easily. Even hard crystals may be brittle and handle
them with care.
CLEANSING YOUR CRYSTALS
New stones need
to be cleansed before you use them. Cleansing crystals removes unwanted energy and
restores them to their original clarity, so it should be carried out each time your
crystals are used for healing. If you do not cleanse your stones they will become
less effective and may pass on imbalances or energetic static. You might detect
this as a feeling of heaviness or unpleasantness.
OR SMUDGE STICK: Hold the crystal within the smoke of the incense
or smudge stick. Herbs such as sage, cedar, sandalwood and frankincense are used
for their purifying qualities. Placing stones on a crystal cluster will clean them
; alternatively surround the stone with clear quartz points for 24 hours.
Take a deep breath and blow over the crystal. Imagine that you are clearing away
SALT: Use dry sea salt in a small container and bury the crystal for
24 hours. Don’t use salt water as this damages softer stones.
AND WATER: Hold the crystals under running water for a minute and
then place in the sun to dry.
The vibrations of a pure sound can energetically clean a crystal. A bell, gong or
tuning fork can be used for this purpose.
CHAKRA HEALING WITH CRYSTALS
There are many
thousands of minerals on earth, but only relatively few are used in crystal healing.
The easiest way
to remember what each crystal does is learning the properties of color which will
help you identify the general functions of a crystal or gemstone.
The color energy
of crystals has enormous potential for healing.
The Color red
stimulates, activates and energizes. It is associated with the first chakra at the
base of the spine, which is the centre in the subtle anatomy for action and activity.
Ability to use practical skills, movement, motivation, protection, physical survival
and the use of life—energy are some of its main functions.
in its red varieties, is one of the speediest energizers. It will increase energy
wherever it is placed. It will also tend to activate other stones placed nearby.
is a red variety of the very hard mineral, corundum. It works with the energies
of the heart centre and the circulation within the subtle anatomies. It is energizing
but balancing in its effects.
a dark or brick red massive form or quartz, is commonly found on beaches. It is
a useful stone to place near the base chakra. It is grounding and gently activating
to the functions of the body.
Pink, a blend
of both red and white, has a gentle and subtle way of pushing things towards a resolution.
It is related to the actions of the base Chakra and the heart chakra, and helps
to bring emotions and sensitivity into our daily actions.
CRYSTAL is the best known and favourite of the pink stones. It has a calming
and reassuring effect. However, it can also be a powerful releaser of unexpressed
emotions where they might be thwarting personal growth.
when polished, is a salmon pink often flecked with black. This works with the practical
aspects of our feelings, and has a greater grounding effect than other pink stones.
is a pale pink and violet stone. Having striated crystal structure it is an excellent
shifter of emotional debris, and also helps self- expression.
is a delicate banded stone of pink, yellow and orange. It will help to improve
self—image and self-worth, especially when problems in this area are preventing
action. It is excellent for balancing the functions of the second and third chakras.
Orange is an
equal mix of red and yellow, and this combines energizing and focusing qualities.
It is associated with the second chakra, which deals with the flow or lack of flow
within the body Creativity and artistic skills are an expression of this flow, while
shock, trauma and blocks indicate the lack of flow.
is the most popular orange stone, characterized by a sense of warmth and a gently
energizing effect. It is commonly found on beaches. It will nearly always be of
benefit in healing.
is smooth and lustrous. It is ideal for the delicate encouragement of potential,
and because of its softness and watery feel, is good at melting away problems.
orange and browny- orange, is a balanced stimulator that will bring out practical
creative skills. It can be used as a gentle grounding and supporting stone.
with its elongated crystal form and parallel striations running its length, is an
excellent clearing stone that can be used to direct energy around the body.
which can be found as natural nuggets and crystallized forms, is ideal for use when
a lack of flow creates stagnation and clumsiness. It has a beneficial effect on
many physical and subtle systems.
to the solar plexus chakra that regulates the functioning of the nervous system,
digestive and immune systems and the ability to discriminate and identify things.
Stress, fear, happiness a contentment are all linked to this colour.
a fossil tree resin, varies in colour from a lemon yellow to a rich orange brown,
including a deep red and green. It has a beneficial effect on the nervous system
and self-healing processes.
QUARTZ CRYSTAL is a clear or smoky crystal containing fine threads of golden
or orange rutile crystals. It is excellent for moving healing energy from place
to place, and works well with broken or damaged tissues.
is a variety of quartz with a velvety sheen that looks like a sweet. The packed
fibres and the bands of browns, golds and reds speed up energy flow and anchor subtle
changes into the physical body
CRYSTAL is a popular yellow stone. When it is a bright, clear yellow it will
help to keep the mind clear and focused.
known as “fool’s gold”, helps to cleanse and strengthen. It calms the digestive
Green is found
in the middle of the spectrum and it is associated with the heart chakra, located
at the midpoint of that system. Emotions and relationships are balanced here and
the qualities needed for growth and personal space are encouraged.
is an excellent heart balancer. It is gently expansive, allowing for an easy expression
will dig out deep feehngs, hurts and resentments and will break unwanted ties and
patterns of behaviour.
is a green quartz with flecks of red jasper, giving it an active balance of energy
and calm. It stimulates emotional growth and is of benefit to the heart and circulation.
is ideal for supporting the lungs and easing breathing difficulties, as well as
feelings of being emotionally stifled. It brings in the energy of the natural world.
is a vivid light green stone associated with volcanic activity. It is one of the
best cleansers of the subtle bodies and will help to motivate growth and necessary
calms and balances the emotions and helps throat and lung problems.
the green variety of the mineral beryl, is a help to finding personal direction
in activity. It brings clarity and calm to the heart and emotions.
BLUE CRYSTAL STONES
The throat chakra,
associated with conmiunication, works with this color. Communication using sight,
voice, color, taste, smell — all the senses — is involved at this centre, as are
inner forms of communication the way you talk to yourself, your thoughts and the
ability to express yourself all come under the vibration of light blue.
has been used for centuries as a supportive and protective stone. It strengthens
all the subtle bodies and the fine communication systems of the body, such as the
AGATE is a beautiful, banded variety of quartz that gently cools and calms.
It can be used for lightening thought and works well with rose quartz.
is a soft stone that forms clear, delicate blue crystals Very inspiring and “dreamy”
in its qualities, it is ideal for lifting heavy moods and helps with difficulties
in expressing spiritual thoughts and needs. It is also helpful for throat problems.
a blue variety of beryl, stimulates the healing properties of the body. It improves
confidence and the ability to stand your ground, and helps to release the flow of
The brow chakra,
the "third eye", is linked to the midnight blue of indigo. Perception, uderstanding
and intuition are qualities of this chakra, together with a deep sense of peace
is a rock of different minerals that has a large proportion of deep blue lazurite
as well as often being flecked with iron pyrites. It has a powerful effect, stimulating
the rapid release of stresses to enable a greater peace to be experienced Lapis
also stimulates the higher faculties of the mind and uderstanding.
can look very similar to lapis lazuli, though it is usually of a less vivid blue
and has cloudy veils of white running through it. It calms the mind and allows new
information to be received.
forms translucent thin blades of crystal that often look like fans. A wonderful
mover of energy that is blocked or inflamed, it is calming and clearing and is a
rapid restorer of equilibrium to all areas.
is most commonly seen as small round nodules but can also forms shiny crystals.
It will free up difficult and long_standing blocks in communication and will reveal
those structures that are stopping us from using our full potential. It stimulates
memory and recall.
can be expensive when it possesses the correct depth of color, othewise you can
find good—sized crystals at a reasonable cost. It relaxes and improves the mind.
It balances all aspects of the self by releasing tension and promoting peace of
Violet and purple
are linked to the Crown chakra located above the top of the head. Inspiration, imagination
empathy and the sense of service to others are the energies of this centre. Violet
and purple stones help to re_balance extremes within the systems of the body, so
they can be of use when you are not sure of the nature of a problem.
is also called water sapphire, but is no relation. It has a subtle violet translucence
that increases the imagination and all aspects of intuitive creativity.
is perhaps the most useful all_purpose healing crystal. It is universally applicable
in its uses and benefits. Amethyst is a good stone to use with meditation as it
quietens the mind and allows finer perceptions to become clear.
comes in a wide variety of colors, though violet is one of the commonest. It can
be used to great effect with the upper chakras where it enables subtle energies
to integrate better with normal consciousness, increasing the practical use of ideas
and inspirations. Fluorite helps with co-ordination, both physical and mental.
is a stone with various shades of purple. It can be useful in group situations where
it helps to resolve personal difficulties and brings greater group coherence. This
stone is also indicated for those who are uncomfortable with their circumstances
or who feel as though they don’t “fit in”.
White or clear
stones are often used at the crown chakra where they reflect the qualities of universality
and clarity of that centre. White light contains within it all other colors, so
it symbolizes the potential to reflect all energies. White stones also reflect the
energies around them. White is related to the concepts of clarity, cleansing and
strengthens and brings coherent energy, as does milky quartz, which has a gentler
effect. All the subtle systems of the body are enhanced and clarified. A state of
harmony is brought about.
DIAMOND is a clear, bright variety of quartz excellent for all detoxification
processes and for cleansing imbalances from the subtle bodies. It will amplifr the
qualities of the stones placed near to it. Clarity of mind and vivid recall of dream
states are commonly induced.
is a variety of clear calcite that helps us to relate to the world in a balanced
and productive way, with clarity.
is white, milky, creamy or pearly in color. It has a characteristic soft luminescence
from which it gets its name. It is an excellent stone for clearing tensions gently
from the emotions and from the abdomen, where it can help the digestive system.
Moonstone will work well wherever there is imbalance in the fluid systems of the
also named for its soft moonlight quality, is a type of gypsum. Do not place this
stone in damp or wet — the thin slices of crystal will slide apart and disintegrate.
Selenite is a good stone for removing emotional turmoil or confusion. It clarifies
awareness and helps to reach new states of consciousness.
While white stones
reflect and clarify light, black stones absorb light. White will reflect the visible,
black will show you the hidden potential of any situation. Black is solidifying
and manifesting. It holds all energies quietly within itself and so requires patience
to explore fully Black stones are usually grounding, acting as energy anchors to
help you return to a normal functioning state. Many will also reveal hidden aspects
so that they can be dealt with — in this respect black stones have a purifying role.
is a gentle grounding stone. It is protective and is able to dissolve negative states.
It will reach to deep levels of the self to cleanse and balance, and so can be a
useful meditadon stone. Smoky quartz has all the qualities of clear quartz expressed
in a steadier gentler manner.
comes in all colors but the black variety is called "schorl". It is a good protective
stone, grounds energies with great speed, and will help to realign physical problems
to do with the skeleton and muscles. As a long thin crystal with parallel striations,
schorl is a very good energy shifter.
is volcanic glass. It can be pure black or have flecks white (snowflake obsidian),
patches red (mahogany obsidian) or a smoky translucence (Apache tears). Obsidian
is excellent at bringing imbalance to the surface so that other stones can clear
it away It can also be used to find the hidden factors around situations so that
the right action can be taken.
is an iron ore that can be rust red but is more often a silvery grey with a metallic
sheen. It will help the assimilation of iron within the body and has a supportive,
grounding and centring effect. It is quietening and calming to the mind.
There are many
gemstones and minerals in which a mix of colors occurs naturally. You can determine
their actions from the color combinations that they display. In general, stones
that display a full spectrum of color, or that contain ralnbow fractures, will be
able to reflect a wide range of states and qualities and can therefore be used for
a variety of reasons. Stones with a combination of two colors have specific functions
determined by those colors.
is a quartz which shares the colors and qualities of amethyst and citrine, being
part violet and part golden. It balances the mind, augmenting the imagination and
the rational mind.
is perhaps the best known of the multicolored stones. With a high water content
which refracts light in a multitude of ways, opal works with the emotional balance.
Depending on the play of colour, the opal will naturally harmonize with different
is a mix of these two related minerals. It allows the deepest imbalances to surface
and then be removed. It will also help you to express your needs in a clear, direct
appears a dull waxy grey until it catches the light when beautiful iridescent sheets
of peacock blues, yellows and oranges appear. Labradorite will deflect any unwanted
energies from the aura.
is a blue variety of tiger’s eye with gold, green and orange between deep blue strands.
It is ideal for the throat, brow and crown chakras, where its rapid energy enhances
the flow of information into the body.