From Spencer Pratt, to your weird hippie aunt, to the girl in the cubicle next to you – everyone is into crystals right now. Healing crystals are having a moment, and with all of the turmoil in our socio-political climate, it just makes sense that you’d be looking for something to help ground you and enhance your spiritual practice.
Get ready to take your natural black girl magic to the next level with this beginner’s guide to healing crystals.
First of all, what is a healing crystal? Glad you asked. Healing crystals are semi-precious stones created in the earth and that connect us back to our home planet. Einstein said everything is a vibration, and crystals hold onto our vibrations and reminds us of our connection to Earth and nature. Since the beginning of time our ancestors have used crystals as jewelry, peace offerings, and protective talismans. Clear Quartz makes up over a tenth of the Earth’s crust and is used in nearly every kind technology. Clear Quartz enables communication through technology, so clearly crystals can communicate – and our vibrational energy can be harnessed and used via crystals. Just look up the research conducted by Marcel Vogel.
Okay, so now that you know the what, let’s get to the why and the how. Healing crystals aren’t just for “healing” per se. They can be programmed to help you manifest your intentions and align yourself with your highest good. Crystals are tangible forms of the Earth’s powerful vibrations. The Earth’s energy connects with you via crystals when you wear them or keep them close to you. To find the right stone for you you’ve got to be patient. Quiet the noise around you, hold the stone, and think of your intention (an intention is a setting goal that align with your values, aspirations, and purpose; intentions are like magnets – they attract what will make them come true). Does your hand pulsate, is it hot or cold, do you feel at peace? These feelings will help you know whether or not it’s the stone for you. Once you’ve found the right stone; cleanse it, pray over it, think of your intention while holding it – “program” it. Let the healing begin!
I know that all of this sounds well and good, but what crystals should you really be looking into? Here’s a list of the my personal crystal essentials for newbies.
Clear Quartz amplifies energies and intentions. It’s the most versatile stone, as it amplifies stones around it. Clear Quartz can be used for basically anything, so it’s definitely the best for beginners.
Selenite is a powerful cleansing stone because it ensures a positive flow of vibrations between you and other rocks in your collection, which makes it an ideal crystal for beginners.
Amethyst is known for it’s beautiful purple color and is great as home décor – it’s also a stone from strength and protection.
Citrine is infused with light, so it’s great for ridding bad vibes and energies. It’s also a master of manifestation, bringing in light and making sure everything works to your highest good.
Black Tourmaline is a powerful protector. Black Tourmaline helps release bad vibes and negative energies by absorbing them.
Aventurine is known as a “lucky” stone. It’s a great stone for anyone looking for peace.
Rose Quartz is the love stone. Self love, romantic love, loving energies. Rose Quarts is comforting and peaceful.
This dark crystal is actually glass formed when molten lava from volcanic eruptions cools quickly. Obsidian is great for grounding and warding off negative energies.
Jade has been used as a healing stone for millennia, so its powers are legit. Jade is serene, and is known as the “dream stone” – it’s great for meditation and introspection.
Agate is the communication stone – it opens you up and make expressing yourself easier. A stone of confidence, security, and stability.
Carnelian is a stone for creativity. It’s not just for artists, Carnelian can open your mind and help you remove whatever is blocking you or keeping you stuck.
Turquoise is a protective good luck charm, and it just looks great.
Flourite helps clear mental and emotional confusion, which can prevent concentration.
Crystals come in several different shapes and styles – I’d recommend starting out with tumbled stones, because they’re small and smooth and can easily fit in a pocket, purse, or bra cup. Crystal clusters occur naturally in nature – a cluster happens when many points form on the same stone. Clusters are believed to vibrate a higher energy, because of their multiple points- so they’re not just pretty, they’re potent. Crystal spheres emit energy in all directions equally. They’re gentle and holding two spheres during meditation or prayer can help bring harmony and grounding during your practice. Crystal cubes create calm in an environment, while crystal pyramids send concentrated energy into the universe. And finally, heart shaped crystals remind you to keep your spiritual practice and your intentions close to your heart.
Go forth in your new practice and prosper! Just remember, spiritual and faith based practices are not medical fact and should not be taken as such on the internet.
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