Did you know that the Bible refers to crystals over 200 times? Crystals, rocks and stones have been recognised for their properties for thousands of years! The energies inside them are so powerful, that we are able to use them in transmitting frequencies, thoughts and emotions through them. It is even believed by many psychics, that they have been programmed by ancient civilisations to hold past secrets, stories and other information about lost civilisations. Whether you are skeptical of this idea or not, it is still apparent that crystals are amazing specimens as they form over a long period of time within the earth – the larger ones taking up to millions of years to produce one specimen! Over this time, they are absorbing vibrations and energy from the earth and become full of metaphysical potential, ready to be harnessed by those capable of unlocking their abilities.
Crystals can be used extensively in our daily lives for healing, energising and balancing our mental, physical and spiritual aspects. As humans, we are naturally receptive to their vibrations as they transmit, reflect, store light and receive energy. Placed directly onto the body, worn as jewellery, held in your hands or even tucked into your bra – these are all amazing ways to harness their energy!
Forms of Crystals
Crystals come in so many different shapes and forms, such as tumbled stones, terminated and double terminated points, laser wands, massage wands, clusters, geodes, pyramids, spheres and even heart shapes. Large crystals, such as geodes, are very powerful as they can charge a very large space and affect all those that come into contact with the space around the crystal.
When it comes to the shapes of the crystals, different forms are often used for different crystal practices. They are also used for convenience – tumbled stones and smaller specimens are obviously much easier to carry with you than a large cluster. Below I’ve outlined some of the properties of crystal forms, but remember not to be fixed to these. Always use your intuition to guide you, as if a tumbled stone calls to you rather than a geode, then that connection is much more powerful than considering what you ‘should’ or are ‘told to’ use in your practice.
These are rounded stones which have been polished into smooth specimens. They are put into a rmachine which tumbles them until their edges are smooth. These stones are often used in jewellery or carried in mojo bags (small pouches that may be carried containing crystals and other magical items). Tumbled stones are affordable, conveniently sized and durable which make them great for use in body layouts, crystal grids and also to be placed inconspicuously.
Single terminated points
A single terminated point is a crystal which has one termination, or point. Due to this formation, the energy is directed from the base or bottom of the crystal, out of its single point. These crystals are generally used in healing as pointed away from the body, it draws energy off it and when pointed toward the body, it channels energy inward.
Double terminated points
A double terminated point, as the name suggests, has one termination or point on each end of the crystal. This allows the energy to flow in both directions, sending and receiving as a bridge between energy points. These crystals are used often in healing as they absorb negative energy while releasing positive energy, which can be helpful for overcoming issues such as addiction. They are also useful in crystal grids, for placing on the third eye during meditation to enhance psychic abilities.
A cluster can be large or small, but consists of many crystal points embedded on a base. They radiate out energy and can also absorb it, which makes them perfect for cleansing a room as they can be left in the space to do their work. Clusters can also be used to cleanse other crystals, simply place the smaller crystal on the cluster overnight to be cleansed.
A geode is a cluster of crystals contained in an outer rock form, creating a cave like shape. The many crystals inside the geode point inwards, holding and amplifying energy within. The energy is then diffused and released slowly, due to its cave like shape, making it useful for protection and spiritual growth. They are also useful for overcoming addiction.
A laser wand is generally made of clear quartz, thicker at the bottom tapering to a narrower point. The shape of the crystal makes it perfect for very precise and focused energy, as they are often placed at the top of wands. Laser wands are used to send energy in a particular direction and can also amplify the energy of other crystals. They are often used in healing to draw symbols, connect crystal grids or over the body to remove blocks.
Massage wands are crystals that have been shaped with smooth, rounded edges which allow them to be used comfortably on the skin. They produce a cool sensation that can be very relaxing and are often additions to massage and reflexology.
These crystals have been shaped into square pyramids with smooth sides, they amplify energy and then tightly focus it through the apex. These are often used in chakra cleansing, drawing off negative energies and blockages. This shape also enhances the properties of the crystal.
Crystal spheres are what the famous crystal balls of psychics have been modelled from. They can be used for scrying (gazing into the surface), rolling out sore areas of the body, to hold in the palm during meditation or in healing practices. As the surface is uniform, crystal spheres emit energy uniformly and are a useful tool for moving energy through a whole environment.
To use the sphere for scrying, you may hold the ball in your hand or place it onto a stand. Gaze into its surface and let your eyes relax. Clear your mind and allow yourself to be receptive to whatever follows. You may be presented with symbols, images, colours or scenery in your minds eye. Make a mental note of them and come back to them after the session has ended. Once you feel that you would like to finish your session, blink your eyes and allow your mind to return to the physical plane. Thank the ball for its message.
Unsurprisingly, the heart shape crystal is used to attract loving energy. It works to deter negative energies such as sadness, grief, pain and suffering. They are powerful for use in crystal grids when looking to heal negative emotions and also for use in heart chakra work.
Crystals are so powerful as we can program them with our intentions by asking it to assist us in our lives in a particular way. Due to these properties, crystals are used quite a lot in modern computer technology!
Before programming your crystal, I recommend that you cleanse your crystal to remove all negative energies it may have picked up on its way to you, there are a few different ways that you can do this – check out this blog post. For my own practice I often use incense or water, but just remember that some crystals don’t do well with water and can be damaged through that cleansing method.
Once cleansed, it is then time to program your crystal, for myself, I would select a crystal that I am drawn to or one that aligns with the intention I am going to program into the crystal. To begin programming, I do this by cupping the crystal between my hands and thinking or voicing my intention such as ‘I will be positive in all that I do’ and I repeat this 12 times. I then finish off by saying ‘I dedicate this crystal to this purpose so long as it aligns with the intention of the Universe. So mote it be’.
The process of programming a crystal is a very personal practice so it is not intended that you follow what I do step by step but to use it as a guide to start you on your journey with crystals. Trust your own intuition and let the energy of the crystal that you choose direct you.
Clearing a Programmed Crystal
After a while, you may want to clear that crystal to use it for another purpose or feel that it has fulfilled what you needed it to do. To clear a crystal, I generally use one of the cleansing methods outlined in this post.
Different crystals have different properties, often these can overlap, but certain crystals excel at helping with aspects of your life. They don’t exhaust their energy, they draw in and release over and over. Sometimes you may feel drawn to a certain crystal because you need its energy, or other times you may actively seek out a crystal to aid with an aspect of your life.
In a future post, I’ll outline some uses and properties of commonly available crystals that are great to get you started on your journey!
Harness the Power!
If you’re interested in dabbling with crystals I recommend spending some time with them. Gather together the ones that you own, or if you don’t have any, visit a metaphysical shop and purchase a couple that you are drawn to. They don’t need to be expensive, overly large or any specific type or shape – trust your intuition to guide you!
Gather your crystals, burn some incense, sit down in a quiet space and hold each crystal in your hand for a few minutes. Look at its surface, feel the vibration. Does anything pop into your head, do you get any stirring of emotions? Note down what you feel whether mentally or on paper. Spending time with your crystals is the best way to begin to work with them and harness their energy.
What crystals do you own? What crystals are you drawn to? Have you had any experiences with them?
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Love and light x