Spring is in full swing for many of us, bringing with it fresh and sparkling energy!
Our first article, "Beautiful and Versatile: Focus on Green Crystals" by Debbie Elaine, is jam-packed with information about these lovely colored gems. Balancing the heart chakra, and helping us grow, crystals such as Green Aventurine, Green Fluorite, Malachite, and Jade are always helpful for bringing in new energy.
Our second offering this month, "Crystals for Spiritual Communication" by Rachel Niemczyk, gives great suggestions for crystals that can boost connection and communication. It also offers helpful tips for connecting to spirit realms and grounding your energy after meditation or spiritual communication.
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Beautiful and Versatile: Focus on Green Crystals
By Debbie Elaine
When I think of spring, I immediately think of things that are green; from leaves to grass to crystals! Green crystals tend to work with the heart chakra and most encourage growth. Some green crystals are associated with luck and prosperity! Let’s look more closely at a few.
Do you have only one favorite crystal, or is it tough for you to choose? I love them all, so it’s always tempting for me to say, “Oh, that’s my favorite!” when someone asks me about almost any crystal. But when I stop to think more deeply on it, Green Aventurine is definitely one of my favorites (see, I still can’t commit to just one!)
Green Aventurine is a member of the Quartz family that gets its color from Fuchsite inclusions—microscopic inclusions—and sometimes you’ll catch a flash of iridescence in Green Aventurine. It is a crystal of good luck and is often used in prosperity rituals. Something I like about it is that it doesn’t have to be right on your body to help you - if it’s in the room with you, you can benefit from it. Green Aventurine gently pulls away dense energies and helps with navigating through life’s changes with a positive attitude and a sense of humor. When working with the heart chakra, I find that Green Aventurine and Rose Quartz used together are a powerful combination that is never overwhelming because the two crystals balance each other so well.
Another green crystal I am always drawn to is Green Fluorite. I think ALL Fluorite is gorgeous, especially Striped Fluorite, but Green Fluorite always seems to capture my attention when I visit crystal shops! Fluorite is good for clearing out what I call “metaphysical muck” or dense energies in your aura. It works very quickly, though, especially if you have a large piece, so some people find it tough to wear as jewelry. Green Fluorite is especially suited for clearing the muck from your heart chakra. One of the results of clearing out your metaphysical muck is that you may find yourself able to think and make decisions much more clearly. So Green Fluorite is a great choice when you want to make sure your thoughts and plans make sense, both logically and emotionally.
Next up, Malachite. I adore the stripes and swirls of this magical crystal! Malachite is a powerhouse of cleansing, protective and heart-healthy energies! Be advised that it absorbs the harmful vibrations, though, so you need to clear it often, using sound or incense or Reiki. If you are doing energy work such as sending healing prayers or Reiki to situations, you might want to keep Malachite handy. It shields you from energies or entities that might otherwise try to sabotage your efforts, and protects against more of that metaphysical muck that can be floating around like multi-dimensional smog.
The last green crystal I’d like to highlight here is Green Jade. There are two types of Jade - Nephrite and Jadeite - and their sources and colors vary, but both are considered Jade and both can be green. Green Jade always feels rich to me, and not surprisingly, it’s a prosperity crystal that can be used to attract luck and abundance with an energy that also encourages mastery over that money. So for those who have trouble managing their finances, or who feel like slaves to their money, Green Jade might be a good crystal to spend some time with.
So, like eating our green vegetables, green crystals are a vital part of a healthy energetic “diet”. There are other great green crystals not mentioned in this article. I’m not ignoring them, as they just didn’t pop into my mind when I set my intention to write this article, but you can check them out in crystal books, online by searching for images of green stones or green crystals. To benefit from their energy, try wearing crystal jewelry, carrying pocket stones, setting up grids programmed to send you the energy you need, or charging your drinking water. Crystals are also great companions for energy sessions like Reiki. Be advised, though, that not all crystals should be placed in water as they can dissolve and/or leech toxins into the water. Check with our list of Crystal Cautions at this link before charging water, and even if a crystal IS toxic in water, you can still charge your water indirectly. Here’s a link to more information about charging water with crystals.
One final reminder, before I go grab my Green Aventurine pendant and head out for the day: remember to cleanse your crystals regularly for best results and purest energy benefits. How often you cleanse (also called “clearing”) them depends on the type and amount of use they get as well as the individual stone. Use your instincts, but don’t underestimate the importance of this step. It really is that important! Here's a link to more information about the various ways to cleanse your crystals, so you can find which will work best for you.
Crystal Blessings, Light and Love for you this spring and always,
Crystals for Spirit Communication
By Rachel Niemczyk
There are many times in life when we feel stuck, unsure of what direction to take next or how to resolve a certain situation. I always suggest looking inward for answers first. I am a firm believer that we all carry the answers we seek inside ourselves. Even so, sometimes we are so close to our own situations that we cannot see the answers clearly. At these times we need help; guidance and clues to the best available option.
I find that some of the best helpers we have are spirits from the other side, whether they are angels, spirit guides, members of our soul family, or any of the numerous spiritual aides available. But how do we connect with a spirit to gain this help? And how can we make sure we get the clearest information possible?
Sometimes the clearest way to get the information you need and to connect with a spirit is to meditate with crystals. You can also ask for signs throughout the day and carry crystals with you that day. Certain crystals facilitate spiritual awareness, spirit communication, and clarity to help you receive and understand the messages given to you.
All of the crystals described below can be held in your hand while you meditate, placed under a pillow while you sleep, or worn as jewelry throughout the day to gain insights about your life. The important aspect of this process is that you use crystals in the best way for you personally. If you are more of an auditory or sensory learner then you might want to meditate while holding the crystals. If you are more visual you might want to use the crystals under a pillow while you sleep or carry them with you throughout the day. Just make sure that you do what feels best for you. Spirit communication is always a personal journey.
During and after the communication process, please hold a grounding stone for approximately ten minutes (two examples given at bottom of article). Grounding crystals raise the amount of energy being received from the earth and stabilize your vibrations so that you are not lightheaded or dizzy (always a strong possibility) after communication. A clear head always helps when deciphering any messages you have received.
Connecting to the Spirit Realms
Amethyst opens up the upper chakras, clearing the energy pathways. It helps alleviate anxiety and impatience so you can concentrate better during meditation. A wonderful aid for spiritual journeys, it helps the user gain greater insights while protecting the user. It is particularly powerful for dream messages.
Angelite is especially good for communicating with angels. Angelite is a facilitator for connections and communications with the divine. It promotes spiritual awareness and raises your spiritual senses, enabling you to open yourself to new information.
Apophyllite is fantastic for communicating with spirits. It connects you with spirits, enhances meditation practices, and helps you to remember dreams which have messages from the other side. It also boosts your intuition, aids mental clarity, and increases your concentration so you can achieve those “aha” moments afterwards. Definitely a crystal worth having!
Well known for aiding the communication process, Blue Lace Agate is amazing for spirit communication. It balances your emotions so that you can more easily raise your energy to receive information from spirits.
Celestite opens your connections to higher realms. It begins to do so by helping you relax, clearing away thoughts, worries, or stresses you might have. Then it strengthens your link to higher beings, particularly angels. A very soothing stone, it can gently transition you into a dream state and help you recall and interpret the information you gain.
Charoite is wonderful for channeling and communicating with spirits. It helps you connect with the divine by enhancing your natural intuitive talents. Often we receive messages through sight, sounds, and impressions. Whether meditating or going through the motions, it will help you to receive information from spirits.
Clear Quartz is the ultimate amplifier. It boosts the energy of any crystal you use and concentrates your energies towards your goal. Not only does it do this, but it also creates a bond with the spirit realm in and of itself. It acts as a fantastic channel for higher beings and helps you sense and commune with those spirits.
Phenacite is an incredible choice for meditation. Not only does it cleanse your energetic field, but it focuses your mind and increases your awareness. You’ll definitely be able to receive intuitive messages when using this crystal.
Selenite is probably my favorite crystal to use while preparing to communicate with higher realms. I primarily use it to cleanse my aura, but it is a fantastic aid for spirit interactions. It also promotes dream recall.
Grounding Your Energies Afterward
Jet is especially protective during travels, both of the physical and spiritual kind. As a grounding stone, it helps bring you back to earth so you are not as lightheaded after your adventure.
Obsidian protects your aura and grounds you. It also brings wisdom to your thoughts and helps your intuition, a wonderful stone to use when going over messages you have received from the other side.
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Permutt, Philip. The Crystal Healer: Crystal Prescriptions that will Change Your Life Forever. New York: CICO Books, 2007.
Simmons, Robert and Naisha Ahsian. The Book of Stones: Who They Are & What They Teach. East Montpelier: Heaven & Earth Publishing LLC, 2005.