Back to School with Crystals
by Debbie Elaine
“Back to School” is a phrase that causes mixed reactions among those who hear it. Each new school year can bring with it new routines, new challenges, and new things to enjoy. Crystals and their energy can be helpful allies for this transitional time of year. First, let me state that I am not a doctor and cannot prescribe treatments. My recommendations are based on my experiences and the experiences of others when working with crystals, students, and energy healing.
Depending on your child’s age and school, you may want to have the crystal energy available to them at home only, or as a pendant, so the crystals can do their work without becoming a distraction or an issue while at school. Crystal key chains can be a functional way to take the energy to school. They can be clipped to backpacks or pencil cases. Older students with lockers might hang the key chains in their locker to be a touchstone between classes. For students comfortable answering questions from curious friends and teachers, our Crystal Oracle Cards make great book marks for texts or can be tucked into pencil cases or book bags.
For students who are beginning the year in school for the first time, Rose Quartz can be soothing for separation anxiety (this applies to both Mom and little one!) and helping keep that “I’m loved” feeling throughout the day. A piece of Amethyst or Blue Lace Agate by their bed can help reduce the "Night-Before" jitters and allow for a better night’s sleep before the big day. They are also wonderful to use as weekends and vacations end throughout the year.
As it is so good for memory and learning,Calcite is known as THE crystal for students. Place them where your child does their homework. Holding the crystals while reading can give fidgety hands something to do while delivering positive Calcite energy (Calcite absorbs negative energy when used, so remember to clear it if you sense it isn’t working as well).
If “Back to School” means difficulty with back to bedtime and back to struggling to get teens up in the morning, banning electronics from the bedroom and starting calming routines about an hour before bedtime can make mornings happier for everyone. Teens have so much social stress in addition to school stress, that this might be a good time to help your teen pick out a crystal that attracts them, then teach them how to meditate before bed each night (you could start this at an earlier age, too). Holding a piece of Selenite and picturing their stress of the day going into the crystal to be transmuted into light is an easy beginner meditation that will help develop healthy stress management habits they can keep throughout life. And when they STILL haven’t gotten enough sleep, some Citrine or Sunstone charged water in the morning may help them get moving, in a much healthier way than drinks and breakfast foods that may be high in sugar.
Some other challenges school can present include:
Disorganization: Let Fluorite assist with clearing out clutter and finding routines that encourage organization.
Shyness: Blue Lace Agate and Amazonite can be helpful for finding their voice and sharing their thoughts in and out of class.
Making Friends: Green Aventurine has a loving, calming, nurturing yet happy energy that allows us to appreciate ourselves and others (who wouldn’t want a friend like that?).
Grounding/Protection: Hematite (for teens, not younger children) and Red Jasper (all ages) can help ground and center children and adults, making them less vulnerable to energy attacks and bullies.
Autism: Sugilite has been found helpful for those with autism. In my experience, children with autism can be very attracted to crystals. Black Tourmaline can also help ground and protect children with autism who may be overly energy sensitive in a crowded school setting.
ADD/ADHD: Many people have found Moonstone helpful for students (and adults!) who struggle with this. A friend of mine who taught students with this issue put a few pieces of it around her classroom and found it helped settle the students into a calmer, more focused routine.
Energy-Sensitive Children: For those who are overwhelmed by all the constantly fluctuating energies of the school environment, Black Tourmaline, Black Obsidian, and Garnet can help ground and protect them, allowing them to concentrate more comfortably on their schoolwork.
Finally, one thing to keep in mind when using crystals with children is that the smaller/younger the child, the more sensitive to energy they are likely to be. Fewer and smaller crystals are better for young children—keeping them in their environment instead of on their body also works. Adolescents and young adults can handle wearing larger and often even multiple crystals. This is also an excellent time to begin teaching them how to clear and charge their crystals, and to notice if a crystal feels right for them, or if it is too strong and makes them feel spacey. And, as much of the world is still not open to the joys of working with crystals, help them to be prepared to politely respond to those who are curious or judgmental.
Best wishes to you and your family for a happy, healthy, and crystal-blessed year of growth and learning. ~Debbie Elaine (Educator, 20 years)