A Beginner’s Guide to Crystals.

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When we are around crystals or gemstones our energy levels balance, harmonize and are heightened. Crystals have the ability to alter and raise our vibrations.   

Crystals appear solid and still, however, they are a collection of highly vibrating atoms. They started out as liquid or gas situated under the Earth’s surface. When either the liquid or gas rose to the surface and cooled it bonded and formed to be what we now perceive as a solid state, with each atom organized in an orderly, repetitive pattern. These atoms vibrate at a very high speed and both temperature and sound can influence their frequency.

Each crystal has its own unique vibration and when we use our intuition we are able to connect with the crystal or stone that has a vibration that resonates with our own.

Crystals awaken the cells within our bodies that are vibrating on a low frequency. They engage with them to lift our vibration so that all our cells are vibrating on a similar frequency. 

Just as crystals are capable of influencing our frequency, we are also able to influence the frequency of a crystal. Temperature is one indicator that causes change. As soon as we hold a crystal in our hand we activate it and its vibration will automatically alter. This is why when choosing a new crystal, we place it in the palm of our hand until it warms to our body temperature and when the vibration stabilizes we are able to feel how it resonates with our own vibration. 

Placing a crystal near a candle will also warm and activate it so that we feel its powerful vibration while meditating.

When we receive a crystal and we are ready to connect with it, we should sit in the lotus position, if comfortable, and cup the crystal in our more dominant hand, with our less dominant hand underneath. Inhaling and exhaling deeply we can focus on the vibrations emanating from the crystal. The vibrations from the crystal will radiate through us and interact with our own energy.

We can then reprogram the crystal by imagining we are immersed within it. We can then attune to the crystal and voice a clear and pure intention for it. We will begin to feel a resonation with the crystal, which may consist of either subtle or more noticeable sensations. We can then swap the crystal to our less dominant hand with our more dominant hand underneath to balance the energy throughout our body. 

The crystal will then be programmed to our set intention and each time we hold it we will reconnect and realign with it. As the crystals vibration and our own vibration merges we will harmonize on the same frequency so that we have absolute resonance with the crystal. We are then able to heighten our awareness as our vibration is raised and we will be able to reach a higher level of consciousness.

It is imperative that we take good care of the crystal so that harmful energies cannot interfere with it. We should be careful where we store it and also be aware of who else may be handling it. After anyone else has touched it, we should cleanse and reprogram it.

It is common for people not to allow anyone else to handle crystals they are specifically working closely with. It is also essential to reaffirm the intention regularly, even if the crystals have been stored safely.

Clear quartz is one crystal that is very easy to program as long as our intentions are for our own, or external, higher good. It has excellent communication qualities, helps to gain clarity and it clears emotional blockages.

Rose quartz is often used for healing as it strengthens empathy and opens up the heart chakra to allow a pathway for love and compassion to enter. It carries a strong vibration of unconditional love so it is capable of transferring painful emotions into loving ones. 

Pink is a naturally loving and compassionate color and when healing rather than envisaging a white light surrounding and protecting our bodies, we can envisage a soft pink light as this enhances our healing power and infuses it with unconditional love. It also helps us to connect to our inner knowledge. 

Rose Quartz gets its name from its beautiful rose-pink color. It is a transparent pink crystal that has a soothing and calming essence and is the perfect healing tool when our hearts are heavy and distressed. It communicates directly with the Heart Chakra and its peaceful energy circulates a loving vibration that helps us to let go of anger, resentment and fear and it enhances our ability to love and accept our self and others unconditionally.

The soft and gentle feminine energy that emanates from Rose Quartz helps to tenderly soothe aching hearts and heals old wounds. It assists us with releasing our self from the past so that we can refrain from repeating old patterns of behavior that keep us caught in a rotating cycle of pain.

We can keep a small piece of Rose Quartz close to our heart by popping it into a piece of clothing or wearing it on a chain as a pendant. Keeping Rose Quartz near to us heightens general feelings of wellbeing, self-worth, self-love and unconditional love for others. The gentle, but powerful energy radiates and vibrates in our aura.

Rose Quartz can also be placed around the home to harmonize each room as its presence emanates soft, warm, sensual and romantic sensations.

Yellow Jasper is another highly recommended crystal as it replenishes and rejuvenates energy, so it is worth carrying a piece along to any social events or places that we think may drain our energy.

Crystals can be used in various ways. We can place them under or in our pillows, clothing, in pockets or purses, we can use them while meditating or place them around us as a visual aide.  

When we are around crystals and gemstones we will feel energized, balanced, grounded, calm and centered. We will also find that we will not need to carry out protection visualizations or grounding techniques quite so often as the vibrations from the crystals and gemstones naturally protect our energy. 

It is essential to cleanse crystals regularly as they can easily become contaminated with either our own or external negative energy. Crystals that absorb negativity should be cleansed more frequently.

Sea salt is a natural cleaning agent, so we can leave crystals in a bowl of water with a tablespoon of sea salt. Not all crystals should be cleansed with water. Generally, ones that end in “ite” should not be left in water. It is always better to check if water cleansing is suitable although often our intuition will guide us.

We can run crystals under flowing water, either a tap or a waterfall, to remove any residual energy along with dirt and grime. Alternatively, sound vibration harmonizes them or we can choose to smudge crystals. We can also bury them under the earth so that they can reconnect to their natural environment and Earth’s energy can realign and recharge them.

Once crystals have been cleansed we can leave them out under the sun, although not on days that are too hot. We can also place them out underneath the moon and stars so the natural energy that is transmitted reenergizes and recharges them.

A new or full moon is an opportune time for cleansing and recharging as they are periods of releasing and letting go of negative entities.

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Author: Alex Myles

Editor: Travis May

Image: Joanna Koskinska/Unsplash 

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Alex Myles

Alex Myles is a qualified yoga and Tibetan meditation teacher, Reiki Master, spiritual coach and also the author of An Empath, a newly published book that explains various aspects of existing as a highly sensitive person. The book focuses on managing emotions, energy and relationships, particularly the toxic ones that many empaths are drawn into. Her greatest loves are books, poetry, writing and philosophy. She is a curious, inquisitive, deep thinking, intensely feeling, otherworldly intuitive being who lives for signs, synchronicities and serendipities. Inspired and influenced by Carl Jung, Nikola Tesla, Anaïs Nin and Paulo Coelho, she has a deep yearning to discover many of the answers that seem to have been hidden or forgotten in today’s world. Alex's bestselling book, An Empath, is on sale now for only $1.99! Connect with her on Facebook and join Alex’s Facebook group for empaths and highly sensitive people.

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10 Responses to “A Beginner’s Guide to Crystals.”

  1. easy is right says:

    nice, nice, nice,

    form/content

    Love

  2. Cynthia Brown says:

    What about amethyst ??

  3. Kacey says:

    Perfect, just perfect! What a truly wonderful beginner’s guide to crystals. Your informative, simple, and yet thorough, explanation especially of Rose Quartz really resonates.

    Thank you, Alex!!

  4. Marta says:

    Really nice article. There are plenty more crystals, minerals and gems to discover 🙂

  5. Rachael says:

    Rose Quartz is my favorite! Thanks for the cleaning tips 🙂

  6. Carmen says:

    What about amethyst? I’d like to know a little bit more

  7. meisie says:

    Beautiful piste and true. A wise lady taught me a lot about crystals and their different vibrations.

  8. Florence says:

    How do I choose a crystal that suit me

  9. Jhony says:

    Very good read. I truly enjoyed it. I've started collecting crystals and I love the feeling and vibrations I get during meditation. Thank you.

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