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Beginner's Guide to Working with Crystals
By Stephanie Arnold
Part 2: So I Have My Crystals, Now How Do I Use Them?
Yea! You have selected your new crystals and they are cleaned, charged and ready to go. Now, what do you do with them? How can they be used for healing? There is a variety of ways to use crystals to improve and heal your life.
The easiest way to use crystals is to have them near you and just bask in their energy. Place them around your environment, workspace and home, wear them as crystal jewelry, or carry them in your pockets. Any crystals near you will have some impact on you. Some crystals work better when placed directly on the skin, which enables their minerals to be absorbed through the skin. Some crystals that work best this way are Lithium Quartz, Lepidolite and Moss Agate. You can use any combination of crystals and as many as you want at one time, as long as you are comfortable with them. The best way to work with the crystals is to let your intuition guide you. As you continue on your crystal healing journey, you will find it helpful to pick up a couple of books to reference when you have questions. Two of my favorite books for beginners are The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall and The Illustrated Directory of Healing Crystals by Cassandra Eason. There is also lots of helpful information at HealingCrystals.com.
Another way to use crystals is in combination with the Chakras. Each person has seven major Chakras: Base, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown. A great way to align the Chakras is by placing particular crystals over the location of each Chakra. Each Chakra is associated with a specific color and basically any crystal in those colors will resonate with that Chakra. The colors are: Base - Red/Brown/ Black; Sacral - Orange; Solar Plexus -Yellow; Heart - Green/ Pink; Throat - Blue; Third Eye - Indigo; and Crown - Purple/Clear. While there are many crystal combinations that will work for this, a basic set could include Red Jasper, Carnelian, Citrine, Green Aventurine, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli and Amethyst. There are also pendants, necklaces and bracelets available that incorporate seven Chakra crystals that you can wear all day long to keep balanced and centered.
Many different varieties of crystal wands are now available as crystal healing becomes more popular. Crystal wands can augment acupressure, reflexology and massage therapy, helping to make them even more effective. Two books that can help you learn about using crystal wands with reflexology are Crystal Wands: For Healing, Massage Therapy and Reflexology by Ewald Kliegel and Gemstone Reflexology by Nora Kircher. The energy from the crystal will assist in removing blockages and energizing areas of the body that are in need. With crystal wands, the wider end is used for drawing energy out and the narrow end is used for putting energy into a specific spot for healing. The type of crystal the wand is made from will affect the healing process as well. I like to use a Sodalite wand for balancing energies and a Mahogany Obsidian wand for activating.
One of my favorite ways to use crystals for healing is to make crystal water or an elixir. When crystals are placed in or near water, the water absorbs the crystal energy and becomes a valuable tool for healing. To make gem water, place washed (gentle soap, water and a soft toothbrush) and cleared crystals inside a glass pitcher or container and fill the container with spring or distilled water and leave for two to twelve hours. I also like to place my water in the sun or moonlight to give it an extra boost. This water will stay charged for 24 hours to one week in a tightly sealed container inside the fridge, or you can add one part of alcohol, such as vodka or brandy, to ten parts crystal water to preserve it for several months. Cider Vinegar can also be used instead of alcohol. Before using crystals with water, always consult a reference to make sure the crystal is not toxic. (We have a list of Crystal Cautionsavailable on our website.) A great reference book for making these is Gem Water by Michael Gienger and Joachim Goebel. If you would like to make gem water or an elixir with toxic crystals (or you just want to be careful with all crystals) you can place the crystals just outside the glass container or in a small glass jar before placing them in the water, and the water will still be energized. Drink the energized water at least twice daily for best results. Start with a small dose at first and increase gradually, as some gem water can have intense healing energies.
Have fun healing with your crystals – I hope you enjoy the experience. : ) Love, Light and Crystal Blessings to you!
* For more information or if you have questions, please visit us at www.HealingCrystals.com*
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