One of the ‘traps’ and delusions is to think that if we study enough books we will ‘know everything’ and ‘understand nature’. What I’ve found to be true, is that the more I ‘know’, the less I ‘know’. And it’s this wonder of not knowing and staying in amazement over the beauty and mystery of nature, and remembering to ask questions … is when the magic shows up.
Crystals are certainly nothing new, and have been around for as long as the Earth itself. The use of crystals is also nothing new, with historical references from the Egyptians, Ancient Sumerians, Ancient Greeks, Chinese and just about every other ancient civilisation. It’s safe to say that as long as we have existed, crystals have been an integral part of our life in some form or another.Read more…
I still carry around the same little howlite crystal that caught my attention 20 years ago. Now, I live in a house with over a tonne of crystals in various rooms. Seriously. My husband is quite the crystal lover. I certainly can not profess to be an expert as the healing properties of crystals baffles me more than anything else, and I love that I have absolutely no idea about how they do what they do. But what I do know is how I feel when I use crystals in my daily life.
Following are my top tips for choosing, caring for and using crystals.
How to Choose a Crystal
There are different crystals for just about anything. Some are renowned for their cleansing, stress-relieving and purifying properties, e.g. amethyst. Others for their soft energy of love, compassion, self-acceptance and peace, e.g. rose quartz. And others for their warm, energising, abundant properties to help support the transformation of dreams and wishes in to tangible form, e.g. citrine. When choosing a crystal I have always found that it’s best to follow your instinct and go with the ‘gut’ reaction. Whenever I’ve chosen a crystal it has always been a non-negotiable deal in my head. It’s like the crystal is literally jumping up and down saying ‘pick me, pick me’. This may sound a bit ‘woo woo’, but I assure you, nobody knows what is better for you than you. So always go with your gut instinct.
When you first receive a crystal it is helpful to cleanse it
Crystals take on energy, just like we do, especially if they are frequently handled. So it’s essential to care for your crystals and cleanse them regularly. The energy of the full moon is the perfect time to cleanse and charge any crystals that you have at home. On the evening of a full moon wash your crystals in salt water, preferably in the ocean, but not imperative. If you can’t get to the ocean, then gently rinse in a bowl of water with a sprinkle of sea salt. Then lay your crystals out on a natural surface (preferably the earth) under the full moon’s light.
How to use crystals
Take a moment for yourself and quieten your mind. Then choose an area in your home where you instinctively feel that you would like to position your crystal. It may be a rose quartz in the bedroom, or an amethyst in the living room or citrine in your work space. Again, go with your gut instinct. You can always change your mind and rearrange at a later date.
Crystals are also great to use during quiet ‘me’ moments. If you’re having a stressful day, take 5, 10 or 15 minutes just for you. Turn your mobile phone to silent mode and find a quiet space at home. Lay on the couch, bed, floor or wherever else you feel comfortable and hold the crystal in your hand. Or you might feel like placing the crystal on your body, on a certain chakra area. Again, follow your natural instincts. Take the time to clear your head. With every exhale breathe out any stress or worries. With every inhale breathe in peace and love.
Do you have a favourite way of using crystals?
written for my Wellbeing Expert page on Foxtel’s LifestyleYOU site1