Crystal Healing A to Z: Beginners GoTo guide on a magical journey

YES! Crystals are magical and YES! They do work. I know Crystals are both fascinating and overwhelming for beginners but not to worry we got you covered. In this comprehensive guide, we will tell you everything you need to know about these beauties and much more.

What is a Crystal?

Our home earth is boundless in its beauty, and one of its very special gift to us are crystals. Crystals are precious stones that are formed naturally in the womb of mother earth. 

These are widely available and come in various color combinations, shapes and sizes. They possess beautiful vibrant colors and unique patterns that make them stunning and very appealing to the eye.

Do Crystals actually work? The science behind healing Crystals

Do Crystals actually work

So you have heard your family or friends gushing over their crystal collection and how it has brought a magical change in their life and wondering what is all the craze about? But crystals are not something new to us and have been used for centuries for their beauty and healing properties.

Everything around us is composed of energy – and rocks, gemstone, and crystals are no different. Crystal in their natural form are powerful conduits of energy, and their gorgeous colors, shapes, and inclusions (foreign substances enclosed in the mineral) all influence how they magnify energies. 

Different crystals hold different properties since they have different molecular structures and vibrate at different frequencies. Some crystals are very popular as healing stones since they are specifically designed to heal us by directing energy flow towards our bodies.

Surrounding our physical body we all have an energy body that holds various energy centers and whatever our present emotions are the energy of those emotions is stuck in those energy centers. 

Crystals work by either drawing in and absorbing excess or negative energy from our body or projecting their own healing energy to our energy centers thereby providing us with holistic physical and spiritual healing.

What kinds of Crystals are available?

What kinds of Crystals are available

Crystals are available in various structures and forms. Following are some of the most common crystal shapes you’ll find in the market

Raw stones – Raw stones are crystals in their natural form and untreated. These are said to have strong natural energy and are less expensive then the treated ones.

Crystal points – Crystal points have a pointed end which helps to focus and thus intensify the energy emitted from the crystal. You can use it to direct healing energy inward, by turning the point toward you, or outward, by turning it away.

A standing point will continue to radiate the energy of your intention out into the universe even after you leave it. Points are one of the best crystals to work with for beginners.

Spheres – A crystal sphere emits energy equally in all directions. It provides a gentle, grounding energy. You can hold spheres in both hands while meditating to achieve a sense of balance.

Cube – A crystal cube powerful grounding stone and can be used as a protective grid by placing it in four corners of a room.

Pyramid – Pyramids work similar to points by sending concentrated energy up into the universe. They are popular in grid settings and manifestation. You can write your wishes on a paper and place the pyramid above it.

Heart – This crystal shape is symbolic of loving energy of heart and spirit.

Harmonizers – Crystal harmonizers are a pair of cylindrical shaped crystals. They help you achieve a state of spiritual mental and physical balance.

Cluster – Crystal clusters occur naturally and have many points clubbed together. Because a cluster has so many points, it is believed to vibrate at a very higher frequency. 

Keeping a cluster at home will make sure the space is always uplifted with high vibrations.

Tumbled Stones – Tumbled stones are the best crystals for beginners because of their convenience and versatility. They can be easily held in hand or carried in pocket or purse. They are also commonly used in grids.

Granules and Chips – Crystal granules and chips are used for decoration in altars and in Grids to give it a beautiful look. They are also used in Crystal jewelry.

Geodes and Caves – Geodes are huge rocks that are full of crystallized minerals on the inside. Geodes are powerhouse of energy and greatly balance and uplift the energy of the space around them.

What are Man-made Crystals?

Man-made stones are merely altered versions of the actual stone. While some stones are completely created in labs. 

The Advantages of man-made stone is that their appearance is more clear and colors are brighter and uniform. Some popular man-made gemstones are Diamond, Ruby, Opal.

What is Crystal Healing or Crystal Therapy?

What is Crystal Healing or Crystal Therapy

Over the past few years energy healing is slowly and steadily gaining momentum and acceptance worldwide as a safe and holistic mode of alternative therapy. 

Crystal healing comes as part of energy healing. A Crystal healer or Crystal Therapist has vast knowledge and experience over the years of working with different forms of crystals and gaining an understanding of their properties and energies. 

All crystal healers are also associated with other energy healing modalities and have in depth knowledge of our energy bodies and how they function.

In A Crystal healing session, a crystal healer usually uses crystals in combination or as a part of other healing techniques.

Crystal Healing Techniques you can learn

Crystal healing doesn’t need a long practice or a deep study. All it needs is belief, intuition and an open receiving heart. Anyone can work with crystals and learn to heal with them using the below techniques.

Creating your own Crystal Grid

A crystal Grid is formed by placing crystal stone in structured patterns. Based on your intention and purpose of Grid the right crystals are selected and each stone is placed in a manner so as to achieve a symmetry and geometric pattern which looks like a Grid.

The best way to create your own crystal grid is to use your intuition. Understand what energy you want to establish, and work from there. 

Generally you begin by placing a crystal point or pyramid at the center of the grid since it helps to concentrate and amplify the energies of the surrounding crystals. 

The surrounding stones are chosen based on the intention of the grid and placed in a symmetrical pattern..

Once your grid is ready make sure to cleanse and purify the energy surrounding it using smoke of sage. 

Activate the grid by taking a quartz point, and drawing an invisible line connecting every stone in the grid as you visualize your intention coming to fruition. 

You can also write your wish on a paper and place it under the center stone.

Crystal Grid

Clear Chakra Blockages with Crystals

Chakras are a powerhouse of energy centers in our body. 

Our body holds many energy centers but 7 of these are the main energy centers known widely as the 7 Chakras. Each of these seven main chakras has a corresponding number, name, color, and is connected to specific area of the spine from the sacrum to the crown of the head.

A popular mode of Crystal healing is using it in combination with Chakra healing.

 As per their color and composition different crystals are recommended for each of the 7 chakras (7 energy centers) in our body. 

Healing chakras
Below are some of the popular crystals used with each Chakra.

Root Chakra (Muladhara)

The root chakra is situated at the base of the spine and is the foundation of all chakras. It provides us a sense of security and stability. A block in this chakra will make you feel insecure and fearful.

Color: Red

Crystals: Red Jasper, Bloodstone, Obsidian

Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana)

The sacral chakra, is connected to our sexual energy and creativity. A blocked sacral chakra will make us feel inferior and inhibited.

Color: Orange

Crystals: Carnelian, Coral

Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

The third chakra, the solar plexus chakra is associated with your confidence and power. A perfectly working solar plexus chakra will make you confident and clear in self belief. 

While under-active or over-active chakra will make you timid or over confident and dominating.

Color: Yellow

Crystals: Citrine, Tiger eye, Calcite, Amber

Heart Chakra (Anahata)

The heart chakra, is the bridge between the lower chakras (associated with materiality) and the upper chakras (associated with spirituality).

 An open heart chakra holds capacity to love unconditionally and feel compassion and empathy for all. 

If your heart chakra is under-active you will have difficulty giving or receiving love.

Color: Green and Pink

Crystals: Rose Quartz, Green aventurine, Jade

Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)

The throat chakra, is connected to our personal power and gives voice to our heart. When it’s functioning at full power, it helps us to express ourselves with clarity, confidence and compassion. 

Blocked throat chakra leads to difficulty in voicing your feelings.

Color: Light Blue

Crystal: Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Blue lace agate

Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

The Crown chakra is the highest chakra situated at the top of our head and helps open us spiritually. With regular meditation you can help open the crown chakra and access higher consciousness.

Color: White / Violet

Crystals: Selenite, Clear Quartz

Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana)

The root chakra is situated at the base of the spine and is the foundation of all chakras. It provides us a sense of security and stability. A block in this chakra will make you feel insecure and fearful.

Color: Red

Crystals: Red Jasper, Bloodstone, Obsidian

Meditating with Crystals

Crystals blend beautifully with meditation. Greatly improving your focus and surrounding you with lingering positive energy.

How to use crystals in your meditation sessions?

#1: Use grounding stones to Center and Ground yourself
Grounding stones are usually brown, black or green stones. Commonly used grounding gems are hematite, black tourmaline, smoky quartz, bloodstone, tiger’s eye, red jasper.

 

You can ground yourself by placing a clear quartz or amethyst above the crown chakra and two red, black or brown stones just below the soles of each foot.

 

#2: Use crystals while giving Reiki
Crystals are fast becoming common in Reiki since they greatly enhance the reiki energy.Reiki Crystals are selected as per their color and association with the affected chakra.

 

During a Reiki healing session the healing crystal is placed on the targeted body part and we place our hands over it to channel reiki.

 

#3: Use quartz for Clearing the Aura
You can use a crystal to cleanse your aura and clear it of blockages, tears and leaks. Move the quartz over your body from head to toe.

 

As you move down, you will feel a slight tugging motion where there is a blockage, or a hollowness where there is a tear or leak.

 

Sweep the aura again until the sweeping motion feels clear and fluid in your hand. If there is a leak or tear, hold the quartz over that area for a while, until it feels healed and there is no resistance.

 

#4: Chanting with Crystal Healing Beads
Many crystals are used in prayer Beads, clear quartz being the most popular. These prayer beads can be used to chant affirmations and in meditation.

Some of the Best Crystals for Healing

Here’s for you a compilation of some of the popular crystals to heal various aspects of your life.

Foster Love and Harmony in relationship

Pink Rose Quartz Crystal

Rose quartz

This healing stone is the most popular one due to its beautiful pink color and loving energy. Rose quartz is often known as the stone of unconditional love and is popularly used to attract love into your life. The calming reassuring energy of this stone helps restore harmony in your relationships.
ruby

Ruby

This stone is said to enhance our passionate side and manifest our deep desires. Ruby attracts love towards you that is strong and long-lasting, but it can also invite short, fiery encounters if that is what you desire. It also helps in developing self-love.
Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite is a crystal for self love.This lovely banded crystal will teach you to love yourself first and know your self worth. Rhodochrosite also helps in letting go of unwanted memories, leaving the past behind and moving on.

Achieve overall Health and Immunity

Green-Aventurine

Green Aventurine

Aventurine works wonderfully to promote overall health and wellbeing. This stone is said to have anti-inflammatory properties which helps in treating allergies and infections. It also helps in stimulating metabolism.
bloodstone

Bloodstone

Bloodstone as the name suggests is the best stone to deal with blood disorders and regulate your blood pressure. This stone is known to purify and detoxify the body and greatly improve your immunity.
tourqouise

Turquoise

Turquoise is known as one of the master stones of healing. Its detoxifying effects help relieve the body of any pains and aches. It also helps in regeneration and repair of body cells.

Increase Vitality and Energy boost

citrine

Citrine

Citrine is great for infusing positive and creative energy within you. Citrine is a powerful stone to manifest success. Citrine pushes you towards your goal motivating you and pushing aside any feelings of fatigue of lethargy and bringing in zeal and enthusiasm.
carnelian

Carnelian

Carnelian is another powerful stone to bring vitality and motivation in your life. It is an excellent health booster. Use this stone if you are feeling demotivated and lacking in passion for life. 

The energy of this stone will bring new found enthusiasm and give you courage to follow your heart.

Improve Mental Clarity and Intuition

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Clear Quartz

Quartz crystal is a master healing stone. It is said to increase spiritual wisdom. It is a powerful cleansing stone and can be used to increase focus and mental clarity. It also helps in improving concentration.
lapis-lazuli

Lapis Lazuli

This is an exquisite crystal known as the healers stone. Lapis Lazuli cleanses and purifies the body. It works as a powerful stone to increase your insight and intuition. It encourages you to be honest and brings clarity and confidence in your communications.
lepidolite

Lepidolite

One of the best crystals for releasing old negative patterns and bringing about a positive change in life. It aids in overcoming any kind of emotional or mental dependency supporting the release of addictions and encouraging independence, self love and trust.

Overcome Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Amethyst

Amethyst

Known as “nature’s tranquiliser” Amethyst is one of the most effective healing crystals. Amethyst helps keep your mind focused and releases negativity helping you with Stress and anxiety.
Smokey Quartz

Smokey Quartz

This is a great stone for filtering out stress. It works by clearing unwanted negative energies and grounding them directly into the earth.
Amazonite

Amazonite

This beautiful stone in the color of the sea greatly helps in filling your heart with love and compassion. This stone will calm your mind and bring a wonderful sense of wellbeing to you filtering out thoughts of any stress and worries.

Enjoy perfect Sleep and Relaxation

Howlite

Howlite

Howlite is a calming stone. It calms your communications and especially aids in insomnia caused by an overactive mind.
rose quartz

Rose Quartz

Keeping rose quartz under your pillow calms emotions that prevent a peaceful sleep and brings good dreams.
Amethyst

Amethyst

A magical and powerful healing stone Amethyst helps you access your subconscious and bring wonderful dreams.

Ensure Protection and Grounding

black-tourmaline

Black Tourmaline

It is a magical stone for protection from unwanted energies and also works as an excellent grounding stone during mediations. Make sure to use BT in your crystal grids to seal in the energy of the grid from leaking out.
selenite

Selenite

Known as a powerful cleansing crystal the energy of this stone vibrates at a very high frequency hence dispelling out any negative energies from its space. It also has a strong protective energy that helps in warding off harmful spirits.

Crystals in connection with other Spiritual and Healing Mediums

Crystals have close connection with spirituality and other natural healing mediums.

Crystals and Sacred Geometry

Crystalline structures reflect the perfection of the Universe in earthly manifestation. All Natural elements if you observe have a pattern of symmetry. 

These symmetrical forms are repeated in every part of life-from snowflakes, leaves, fruits to DNA strands. 

Our physical body too is designed in a symmetrical pattern. Crystals too depict this sacred geometry in their patterns.

Crystals and Law of Attraction

Various LOA(Law of Attraction) techniques employ crystals for amplifying the power of manifestation using the crystal. Common Practise is to repeat affirmations by holding the chosen crystal in your hand. 

Placing crystal along with your wishlist in your altar.

Some of the popular LOA Crystals are Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Pyrite, Aventurine, Rose Quartz

Crystals and Astrology

In astrology our entire universe is said to be based on the twelve signs of the zodiac and the seven planetary forces. These seven powerful forces are said to drive the world and affect every natural creation on earth. 

Each gemstone is said to be associated with one of the planetary forces. Your zodiac crystal can enhance the positive attributes of your sign and balance its negative aspects.

Crystals and Feng Shui

Crystals are commonly used in Feng Shui to bring positive and healing energy into your home or any environment where the stone is placed.

 Popular Fengshui items using crystals are Mandarin Ducks. Crystal bead trees. Best places to keep your crystals to invite positive energy to the space are Front door entrance, Living Room, Bedroom.

Crystals and Herbs

Crystals and herbs go hand in hand during any healing rituals. Spell jars which are new age magic potions created using a combination of crystals and sacred herbs and essences are fast gaining popularity. 

Spell Jars can be created for your own personal use or you can gift them to your dear ones to show your love, appreciation and care.

Caring for your Crystals

Crystal cleansing

Who doesn’t need a bit of love?. Crystals too need love and care just like your near and dear ones. Treat them as you would dear friends, in other words, nurture and respect them. 

Caring for your crystals involves regular cleansing and charging of your stone. A healing crystal especially needs regular cleansing since it absorbs a lot of your energy. 

Too much accumulation of this uncleared energy can lead to breakage and cracks in the crystal.

Cleanse them regularly using below techniques

Frequent cleansing of your crystals ensures the removal of unwanted negative energy (especially after using them for healing) and restores them to their original clarity. 

Their effectiveness will also be heightened. You will know that a crystal needs cleansing when it loses its sparkle, brightness, color or feels sticky to the touch. 

Because of their electric properties, dust may be drawn to crystals which alters their natural healing abilities.

Methods to cleanse Crystals

#1: Visualizing
Visualize a strong beam of white light penetrating the crystal from top to bottom and filling it completely and cleansing it of all negativity and restoring positive energy.

#2: Light Brushing
To remove dust from delicate crystals, you can use a soft bristle brush or feather and lightly brush the crystals.

#3: Physical Cleansing
Cup the Crystals in your hands or in a bowl and place them under cool running water. DO NOT use any chemicals such as soap or detergent. 

Avoid salt since it can damage certain soft stones. Put them out to dry on clean tissue paper. Your crystals will sparkle!

#4: Moonlight
Full Moon and New Moon energies are wonderful to charge the crystals. Keep them out in the open overnight.

#5: Sunlight
Just like the moonlight cleanses, sunlight is a wonderful way to re energize your crystals so they work at their maximum capacity.

#6: Burning Incense for Smudging
This is a traditional way of cleansing crystals.The smoke of sacred herbs such as sage, cedar, frankincense, sandalwood or Palo 

Santo is used to gently rid the crystal of accumulated unwanted energies. Please make sure your room is well ventilated when you do this.

#7: Reiki or Light
Reiki can be given to your crystal too. Hold your palms over the stone and direct reiki energy to uplift the energy of the crystal and cleanse it.

#8: Sound
You can use the high vibrational energy of singing bowls, tuning forks, sounding bells, gongs, ceremonial rattles or tingsha to cleanse your stones.

#9: Cleansing with Quartz or Selenite Crystal
These are two of the best crystals for beginners because they are both cleansing crystals. These are self purifying stones that don’t need to be charged.

Because their energy remains clear and amplified, you can use them to charge and cleanse your other crystals. Place a stone on your cleansing crystal to purify and enhance its energy.

Charge and Activate them before use

You can charge your crystals by keeping them in moonlight or sunlight. You can also hold them in your hand and do intent setting using affirmations. 

Once activated a crystal is re energized and ready to work with your energy and serve its purpose.

Program your Crystals to work for you

It sounds complex but is actually pretty simple unlike software programming. Programming is simply the process of attuning the crystal for its purpose by setting an intent. 

Precise directions are required to achieve the best results.

Formulate a precise phrase that accurately describes the nature of the programming. Hold the crystal in your hand and relax and center your consciousness around the crystal. 

Repeat your phrase multiple times to initiate the program and once done seal the energy using a visualization technique.

Various ways you can work with your Magic Crystals

Now it’s time for some action. Don’t just stock them and stare at their beauty but there are hoards of ways you can make them work for you.

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#1: Wear your Crystals
The best way to work with crystal is to wear it on your body as an ornament. This way the crystal stays with you constantly and works closely with your energy.
#2: Create Crystal Elixirs
An elixir is a liquid (usually water) that is imbued with the properties of a crystal and used to allow you to drink the properties associated with that crystal. It is a quick, easy method to receive healing.

It also serves the purpose of purifying drinking water. Popular crystals for elixir are Rose quartz, Amethyst, Bloodstone
#3: Sleep with your Crystals
Often what keeps us up at night are lower vibrational energies like stress, worry, anxiety, or fear. Crystals have a stable energy frequency, so they can align your energy with theirs.

“By attuning our energy with their own, crystals can help us release any lower vibrational energy that prevents us from sleeping soundly.

Best way to achieve a sound and peaceful sleep is to keep the chosen crystals under your pillow. Popular crystals that can be used for restful sleep are Rose Quartz, Howlite, Lepidolite.
#4: Place them around home and desk
Crystals can also be used as decorative items and placed in various sections of your home to uplift the vibes in that section.

To improve your relationships and maintain harmony you can place the crystals in your bedroom or near a photo frame. For reaching your maximum potential at work you can place them on your work desk.

To invite positive energy into your home you can use them as a wall hanging at your entrance.
#5: Enjoy Crystal Baths
Crystals can be used in combination with calming essential oils and mineral-rich bath salts to provide complete relaxation to your body. Crystal infused soaps and candles are also available to enhance your experience.
#6: Use as Pendulums for Divination
A pendulum is an object which has a string or a chain of metal or leather attached to it and swings back and forth or in a circular motion.

Crystal pendulums are commonly used for divination and for detecting energy blockages in the body.

Hold the pendulum a few inches above your body moving it from head to feet to detect any blockages and imbalances in the chakras. Clear quartz crystal is commonly used in pendulums.
#7: Use them as Magic Rock
Magic Rock exercise is a very famous gratitude attitude exercise that has also been shown in ‘The Secret’ video. You can pick any of your favorite crystal to be a Magic Rock it should be small enough to comfortably fit in your palm.

To follow the Magic rock practise Just before you go to sleep, close your eyes and hold the magic rock in your hand. Now think about all the good things that happened today.

Recall as many things as possible and say the Magic phrase Thank You Thank you Thank you for each and every one of them. For making this a habit, you have to do it for the next 28 Days as well and make it a lifelong habit.
#8: Set up your own Crystal Altar
Crystal Altar is a dedicated sacred space to hold your crystals and provide regular care for them using various rituals such as Smudging. Creating a crystal altar serves as a physical embodiment of your devotion to your intention and practice.

An altar can be placed on a small side table or even be a main display feature. You can place it anywhere. In the bedroom, office, lounge, meditation room or even in a dedicated spot outside in the garden.

Wherever you choose to place your altar, be mindful that this place should feel peaceful for you somewhere you can achieve relaxation and not be disturbed. It’s a perfect place for meditation.

You can enhance the beauty of your altar using flowers, plants, candles, feathers and other decorative items.

How to choose your crystals?

They say you don’t choose your crystal but the crystal chooses you. This is vouched for by all crystal enthusiasts. When you embark on your crystal journey you just can’t stop at buying 1 or 2 crystals.

 

It’s a lifelong investment and when you get a crystal home it automatically invites more friends for itself and soon you will find your home filled and lit up with these beauties and their healing energy.

What if your Crystal breaks. What to do with broken crystals?

I know, a Crystal breaking is akin to your heartbreaking but nonetheless is very common. If a crystal breaks it simply means it has served its purpose and you do not need the energy of that stone prevalent in your life anymore.

 

Another reason for crystal breaking could mean it has imbibed too much negative energy which was not cleared and cleansed in a timely manner hence it very very important to cleanse your crystals regularly. You can still cleanse and use the broken pieces in your grid setting alternatively you can bury them in your garden or pots.

Are there any side effects of Crystal Use?

Although crystal healing is very safe and no crystal is bad I would like to put in a word of caution here. Some crystals are known to be very powerful and you need to be extra careful while bringing these crystals into your energy space.

Since they require you to be prepared to handle their strong energies. Some strong energy crystals are Tektite, Moldavite. These are said to have alien origins and were formed from meteorites hitting the earth.

Where can you find Crystals?

So by now, you have read enough and can’t wait to get your hands on these beauties. No worries they are easily available. You can purchase crystals from a local store near you, gem exhibitions, or purchase them online.

 

Crystal jewelry is widely available in online stores and local jewelry shops. If you are adventurous Crystals in their raw natural forms can be found in mountain areas or along river banks.

On a Last Note

Remember your mind is the Best Medicine. Crystals do work if you believe in them. Trust them, invite them into your life, show them love and respect and they will be more than willing to bring miracles into your life. Enough said! Now go get that Crystal Magic into your life!

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