Crystal Healing For Beginners: 4 Things You Must Know
You don’t have to be a New Ager or be into magic and mysticism in order to benefit from the healing properties of crystals. Using crystals to heal makes sense when you think about it, considering they have vibrational energy properties.
Because of this, crystals can pick up vibrations from our chakras and help flush out negative energy. They act as conduits for healing by allowing positive, healing energy to flow into the body as negative energy flows out. This can happen while you’re holding them, by being next to your body in jewelry form, or even by just displaying them in your home.
You can use crystals to tune into your wants and desires and to work through any personal issues you are experiencing. They can help you reach your goals by balancing your energy and getting you spiritually aligned. Just like you tune a radio to get the strongest and clearest radio signal, you can also tune into yourself. Consider this explanation from the founder of Place 8 Healing in California, Azalea Lee;
“Everything in the universe is a vibration, including you. Each one of your organs, chakras, mind, and thoughts are vibrations as well. As a whole, you are an intricate symphony of resonances, with some vibrations out of whack. Crystals have a specific and clear vibration. By openly engaging with these vibrations, crystals can act as a tuning fork to help recalibrate your vibrations to a more ‘in-tune’ place, helping you to be more balanced physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”
After being introduced to crystals and crystal healing during a psychic reading, I did some research and spoke to several different online psychics to learn more. It made sense to me and I have embraced the art ever since. At this point I now have a pretty extensive collection of crystals and I love every single one of them. At first I was just pulled in by the beauty of each of my crystals and that’s how I chose which ones to get.
After purchasing them, I learned everything I could about each one. I now associate each one with its unique energy.
For example, Rose Quartz symbolizes love and harmony and is used to help you open up your heart in order to give and receive love. When I look at or hold my Rose Quartz stone, it reminds me to check in with my spouse and with my own heart, and I feel a wave of love and gratitude wash over me. I also reach for it and hold it anytime I am feeling emotionally troubled.
There is nothing wrong with being skeptical, and you don’t have to learn all the metaphysical words and phrases in order to benefit from the power of crystals. It’s important to remember that at the end of the day, crystals are used to achieve balance and increase personal awareness.
This often includes looking at things differently than you normally would and being open-minded. If you are looking to begin your own journey with crystals and crystal healing, it is helpful to be as informed as possible. Below are 4 things to know before you get started.
Choose The First Crystal That Draws You In
Usually when you’re in the market to buy something, you are told to research products first, then choose the one that seems the best. With crystals, it is actually better to pick a stone that draws you in on its own and then research it’s uses and benefits afterwards. It doesn’t hurt to learn about the different properties of all the crystals ahead of time, because that can help point you in the direction of the variety that will benefit you, but it isn’t necessary.
As I learned from a psychic, when you pick first and research later, you might think that you are picking a certain crystal for the way it looks, but this isn’t the case. You are actually being pulled in to that particular stone intuitively for its spiritual benefits. You actually end up selecting the stone you need the most at that point in your life when you go with your gut first. You’re essentially letting the crystal choose you.
Choose Quality Over Quantity And Watch Out For Fakes
While it’s helpful to choose the crystal you’re most attracted to, you also need to make sure that you’re only buying quality stones. It’s very common for ‘metaphysical’ crystals to be artificially treated and heat-treated to look like a different stone.
For example, about 98% of the ‘citrine’ stones available are not actually citrine but amethyst treated to look like citrine. There was a chemical process patented back in 2006 that is used to color stones such as Angel Aura, Titanium Aura, Aqua Aura, etc. Some crystals that claim to have healing properties are even made in factories, such as Opalstone and Goldstone.
In order to truly heal with crystals, you have to research the different shops and make sure they are selling nothing but the real deal. Also, make sure they they are ethically sourced. You will have to pay more for your crystal collection up front, but it will be worth it. There’s nothing worse than spending your money on a healing crystal collection that have no healing properties.
Look at a healing crystal collection as a lifelong investment because true crystals are meant to last a lifetime. Choose quality over quantity with them, just as you would with a good pair of running shoes or your favorite jeans. It’s a good idea to start your collection by spending your money on one quality stone, research it, work with it and get to know everything you can about it, then move on to another. Build your collection of quality stones slowly, instead of buying several fakes at once.
Since each stone has its own unique set of benefits and its own energy, you should associate it and use it for things you want (or want to get rid of) in your own life. You are the only person who knows what you are looking to clear away from your life or heal in your life so that’s going to look different for everyone. Once you have chosen a crystal based on the magnetism you felt towards it, learn as much as you can about its benefits and energy and apply it to your personal situation.
“Working with crystals is very much like making food. Making scrambled eggs or turning eggs into a delicate lemon soufflé depends on intent and technique, much like a chef would understand his ingredients to maximize their deliciousness. The best way to care for crystals and reap their benefits is to learn about the individual crystals and develop technique with them through the experience of working with them. As with everything, how much you put in is how much you get out with crystals,” Lee says.
You can always learn more about individual crystals by consulting an online psychic. They are a great resource for a beginner to learn and start their journey. You can tell the psychic what you are struggling with the most and they can tell you what stones they suggest for that particular problem.
Be Sure You Place The Crystals In the Appropriate Place
Where you put certain crystals depends on what you’re using them for. For example, citrine is used for revealing goals and inspiring new beginnings. A work space or office would be the perfect area to place citrine because of its ability to manifest goals and progress forward. The bedroom would be a great place for it if you were trying to have a baby.
You can also get guidance from a psychic to figure out the perfect placement for your particular crystals based on your needs. Since each crystal variety has its own set of healing properties, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the most common ones. Especially if there is a certain area of your life you are looking to improve.
Read The 7 Most Common Healing Crystals And How To Use Them to learn about the most common stones and their different healing properties. This will help you know which crystal to use depending on what you’re hoping to accomplish.