Spirituality and Finding Your Path with the Help of Crystals
By Susan Jolley
Traditionally, spirituality had been defined as a process of personal transformation in accordance with religious ideals, but sometime in the 19th century it was often separated from religion and became more about subjective experiences and psychological growth. Spirituality has now become a broad concept with a widely agreed-upon definition which leaves room for many perspectives. What it has now come to mean is a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves and typically involves the search for the meaning in life. It emphasizes an intuitive, experiential approach to life’s meaning and an individual’s intuition of what is the truth.
This makes this more of a universal human experience, something that touches all of us. It still denotes a process of personal transformation, but separated from organized religions. It recognizes that there is truth in other religions as well, since they all believe in a loving God and a loving God would redeem all his children, not just one specified religion. There are many influences on spirituality which include, but are not limited to, Religious, Western, Orientalist, Asian, Transcendental, and Psychological to name a few. All may include meditation, mindfulness, prayer and work to disengage the ego-centered way of life, discover the essence of one’s being and engage life through the Divine Source that resides within.
So what does all this mean for you? The best way for me to answer this is to tell you to explore until you find the practice that resonates so deeply within that you feel you are home. For me, I was in a time of being so lost. I did not believe in the organized religions but also felt so strongly that there was something missing in my life and that there was something out there that I needed to discover. I started reading about the Tao and felt a strong connection to it. Then one day I was led to a Powwow. The very minute I stepped on to the powwow grounds I knew I was finally at home. My guides are all Native American, my visions come in Native American references and my voice is Native American. I tell people that I am spiritual, not religious, that I believe in a higher power, I believe in the existence of different spiritual paths and I believe in the importance of each person finding their own individual path to spirituality. My strongest piece of advice is to seek out using your heart, not your head or what others say you should be doing and you will find your path. It may not be easy, but keep your faith because when you get shaken to the core, your faith will bring you through it.
There are many crystals that can help lead you to finding your path. It begins with opening your heart and some crystals that can help with this are Danburite, Chrysocolla and Chrysoprase. These are my favorite crystals to carry. Crystals that can help connect to the Ancient Wisdom are Serpentine and Lemurian Crystals. Crystals that can help connect to the Angelic Realm are Angelite and Phenacite. Crystals that can help open and enhance your intuition are Apophyllite and Stilbite. Crystals that can help you with your Spirit Guides are Howlite, Lapis Lazuli and Leopardskin Jasper.
It is my suggestion that you go with the one or two crystals that you are most attracted to. This will get you started and you can slowly add to them if you need to. One little trick I do when I have difficulty deciding on a set of crystals is to write the names on pieces of paper, turn them upside down, and just let my hands float over them while in a meditative state. I just constantly move my hands over them and eventually I am guided to pick one. I trust that my soul knows what I need and that is the crystal that I will begin working with.