Crystals and gemstones are minerals formed underground over thousands of years. Each possesses its own individual energy and frequency depending on how it was formed and factors such as size, composition and colour.
Everything in our universe has its own unique vibrational frequency. As humans our vibration is very unstable and is constantly changing, influenced by many things around us such as people, environment, emotions and even social media. Crystals on the other hand, have a vibrational frequency which is highly stable and doesn't change, because unlike us, crystals are made up of a perfect fixed, regular, repeating pattern of molecules. The more stable a frequency, the more powerful it is and this is why crystals have the ability to influence our unstable, less powerful energies.
Since they are all naturally extracted, crystals and gemstones harness the energies of the sun, moon, and oceans (all-natural healing energies). This means they can be used in a variety of ways to help improve our state and wellbeing. For example, when you place or hold a crystal over the body, it interacts with the body's chakras and can balance misaligned energies, which in turn helps promote physical and mental wellness. Crystals can also be used for manifesting, which put simply is the act of turning your thoughts into reality. By holding your crystal while 'setting your intentions' (see more below), and then regularly visualising your goals or desires, it is believed that the crystals will then work with the universe to bring them to reality!
CARING FOR YOUR CRYSTALS
Crystals pass through many hands and different environments before they reach you and have absorbed lots of different energies along the way. Therefore it is important that one of the first things you do with your new crystals is cleanse them. This returns them to their natural state, enabling you to begin your connection with them and fully benefit from their power. It is also important to cleanse your crystals on a regular basis. Acting much like a filter, crystals absorb negative energies surrounding them, transforming them into more positive, useful energies. And just like a filter needs changing or cleaning to perform effectively, so do crystals. How often you need to do this will depend on how often/much you use the crystal. A crystal you use or wear daily will need cleansing more often that one that is sat on a shelf. Either way, once a month is a good rule of thumb or whenever you feel the need.
Here are some ways you can cleanse your crystals:
Moonlight - On the night of a full moon, lay your crystals out enabling them to soak up the beams. They prefer to be outside, and even better, in contact with the earth. If this is not possible then a windowsill will still do the job. Don't worry if it is cloudy or you can't see the moon, the crystals will still absorb the powerful lunar vibes.
Sunlight - Crystals love to sunbathe! Lay them out on a warm sunny day. Again, outside on the earth is where they love to be, but a windowsill works too. They don't need to be out all day, just an hour will be enough. **Be aware, some crystals can fade and even crack when exposed to strong, direct sunlight. So check if this method is suitable for your particular crystal first.
Water - This method is only suitable for crystals that are not water-soluble so check if this applies to your crystal first. Soak your crystal or place under running water while visualising any unwanted energies being washed away.
Other Crystals - Clear quartz and amethyst are great cleansers. Place your crystals on or close for a while or overnight for a cleanse.
Smudging/Smoke - Waft the smoke from sage, palo santo or incense around your crystals while visualising the smoke carrying away any unwanted energies.
When you use your crystal, its energy can be drained so just like your mobile phone, it may need recharging every so often. You can charge your crystals in the same way you cleanse them, by using:
- Placing near/on selenite
Amongst their many powers, crystals are believed to be able to help you manifest what you want. When you have set an intention with a crystal, it holds that intention and works to attract energies that will help to bring it into your life. To do this, think carefully about what you are wanting to manifest. It could be a new job or career, help with a relationship or a big decision, or maybe you just want to feel calmer or worry less. If possible choose a crystal that has properties in that particular area. Hold your crystal, take some deep breaths and ask for the crystal's help in manifesting this. Visualise it as though it has already become a reality, including how you would feel and what it would mean for you. Then keep your crystal close to you, this could be wearing it or simply keeping at the side of your bed. The crystal will continue to emit the vibrations of your intention. For even more power, regularly hold the crystal and visualise/manifest to further amplify its vibrations.
These are just the basics and should help you on your crystal journey. I highly recommend further research into the many properties of crystals, they really are fascinating and there is so much to learn!