Many ‘alternative’ therapies work on the belief that it is necessary to allow the energies of the body to flow freely in order to attain health, wellbeing and happiness. Illnesses and stress can cause blockages, which prevent the energy flowing. The prevention of the energy flow exacerbates the illness or stress and so it becomes a downward spiral that is difficult to escape from. So treatment is based on re-establishing that flow.
This is the basis for acupuncture, reiki, feng shui and crystal healing.
Isn’t it just a ‘New Age’ Thing?
Not at all. In fact,there are over 200 mentions of the positive use of crystals in the Bible! In Exodus, Aaron (Moses’ brother) was told by God to make a breast-plate from specific crystals which would give him both protection and wisdom.
Crystals have been used by ancient civilizations for centuries and right up to today, for
Divination and scrying (foreseeing the future)
Silicon chips for computers
Clocks and watches powered by quartz crystals
Where the Word Comes From…
The name ‘crystal’ is derived from the Greek ‘Krysos’ which means ‘ice cold’. Crystals were believed to be a form of ice that was so cold it never melted. It wasn’t until the late 1700’s that it became understood that crystals grew, layer by layer.
What are They?
Crystals began growing when the Earth was beginning to form. The continual heating up and cooling down helped to form the amazing crystals that we see today. Now that crystal growth is understood, they are also ‘grown’ commercially.
Most crystals are made from silicon and oxygen. The core of the Earth is primarily made from silicon. Silicon combined with oxygen makes silicon dioxide, more commonly known as quartz. This is the basis for all crystals. It is the inclusion of other elements during the growth that gives rise to the different types of crystals.
How do they Work?
It has been scientifically proven that all matter is made from energy. Every object, whether it’s a human being, a table, a lake or even a single grain of sand has some form of energy both inside it and around it. Energy resonates with a specific vibration and everything that contains energy has its’ own vibration.
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, this has been realized for centuries and the ancients knew that for the human body to function well, this vibration has to be correctly ‘tuned’. Just think of your body as a radio. When it is correctly tuned in, the sound is clear and easy to understand. If it’s not, the sound is muffled and indistinct. When you’re healthy, your body is ‘in tune’ and it’s out of tune when you’re ill or stressed.
Unlike our bodies, crystals have a set formation so their vibration doesn’t alter. Their resonance is constant and so they are wonderful tools to help bring the body’s energies back into tune.
Crystals work on a very subtle level so it’s not unusual to feel nothing when you first start working with them. Some people are more naturally ‘attuned’ than others but just know that the crystal will be working, even if it takes some time for you to feel the benefits.
How do I Use Them?
If you are new to crystals, the easiest ways are to place them in your home, at work or wear them as pieces of jewelry.
Using Crystals to Energize
This brings us back to the energy flows of the body. The best way to use crystals is in conjunction with your own energy ‘points’. These are known as chakras. The word Chakra is Sanskrit for ‘wheel’ because each of the seven main chakras is an energy point that spins to carry and transfer energy. If the flow of energies is blocked because of negative emotional issues such as stress, anxiety or anger they can cause physical illness.
Each chakra has a colour associated with it. To clean, open and activate these energy points you can wear a chakra necklace or bracelet which includes crystals in each of the seven chakra colors. Alternatively, you can perform a ‘chakra layout’.
How to Perform the energizing Chakra Layout
You will need 7 crystals that correspond to the chakra colors. You can buy complete ‘chakra sets’ or choose individual crystals. There is a list below to help you choose. You may feel more drawn to one than another or have the specific symptoms of chakra blockages shown below. If so, go with that one.
You will be lying down on the floor for this exercise. First, make sure that you will not be disturbed so take the phone off the hook! Gather your seven crystals and lay them on the floor in sequence next to where you will lie. Then lie down and place each stone on its’ associated chakra point on your body. Simply lie quietly and try to relax. Do this for at least several minutes.
The Location, Function and Color of each Chakra and Suggested Crystals
Crown Chakra (number 7)
Location: on the top of your head (your crown)
Function: Helps to connect you to your spiritual inner self. Helps with positive thoughts, brings inspiration and increases imagination.
Symptoms of chakra blockage: feeling confused, can’t think clearly, depression, becoming obsessional, feeling tired all the time.
Color: Purple or White
Crystals to choose from: Amethyst, ametrine, atlantasite, lepidolite, opalite, clear quartz, ruby in zoisite, russian serpentine, seraphinite.
Function: Helps with clear vision (physical and spiritual), strengthens intuition, aids psychic abilities, helps with concentration, brings increased self-knowledge.
Symptoms of chakra blockage: headaches, nightmares, eye problems and/or poor vision, neurological disturbances including poor balance and hallucinations
Color: Indigo or dark blue
Crystals to choose from: Amethyst, celestite, fluorite, lapis lazuli, lepidolite, moonstone, clear quartz, seraphinite, sodalite, turquoise.
Function: Helps with clear communication and expressing ourselves.
Symptoms of chakra blockage: repeated colds and sore throats, asthma, hearing issues including tinnitus, stiff neck, being unable to show emotion.
Color: Light blue
Crystals to choose from: Amazonite, angelite, aqua aura quartz, aquamarine, blue chalcedony, blue lace agate, blue calcite, celestite, chrysocolla, kyanite, labradorite, lapis lazuli, lepidolite, clear quartz, sodalite, tanzanite, topaz, turquoise.
Function: The center of emotion, helps with being compassionate, showing and feeling love, understanding and forgiveness.
Symptoms of chakra blockage: heart problems, lung problems, hyperventilating, circulatory issues, raised blood pressure, fears of abandonment or betrayal.
Crystals to choose from: Moss agate, amazonite, atlantasite, green aventurine, chrysocolla, chrysopras, emerald, jade, labradorite, lepidolite, moonstone, morganite, peridot, pink kunzite, clear quartz, rose quartz, rhodonite.
Brow or Third Eye Chakra (number 6)
Location: In between and just above the eyebrows.
Throat Chakra (number 5)
Location: over the throat.
Heart Chakra (number 4)
Location: Middle of the chest..
Solar Plexus Chakra (number 3)
Location: Between belly button and bottom of ribs.
Function: Helps with confidence, having a sense of humor, personal power and authority, showing and feeling warmth.
Symptoms of chakra blockage: anxiety, stomach ulcers, digestive issues, feeling low, constant tiredness, allergies, feeling overly sensitive, having low self esteem, feeling a loss of control in one’s life.
Crystals to choose from: Ametrine, orange calcite, citrine, hematite, yellow jasper, moonstone, clear quartz, rose quartz, rhodonite, sunstone, tigers eye.
Function: Helps with keeping your feet on the ground, controls the nervous system so helps with keeping you safe and centered, promotes stability and patience, courage and success.
Symptoms of chakra blockage: problems with any part of the body from the hips down, arthritis issues, dental problems, constipation and often issues with gaining weight or obesity.
Color: Red or black.
Crystals to choose from: Garnet, hematite, red jasper, black obsidian, smoky quartz, clear quartz, rhodonite, black tourmaline.
Base Chakra (number 1)
Location: The base of the spine.
It’s also advisable to put a ‘grounding’ crystal such as black tourmaline, hematite or smoky quartz on the floor between your feet to keep you ‘anchored’ and stop you feeling spaced out.
The All-Purpose Crystal
You may have noticed that this crystal is applicable to every chakra and it is a favorite with crystal lovers because of its’ multiple applications.
If you’re not a jewelry wearer, just put one under your pillow and see how it improves your sleep.
If you find it on the floor one morning – it has done its’ job!
Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it!
Crystals are not only healing, they’re beautiful too – so why not get some and give them a try. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!