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What Are Crystals? (Healing Crystals)

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Crystal properties

Crystals or gemstones are natural grown minerals or special kinds of rocks with specific properties. The main difference between a crystal and a common stone is in its atom and molecular structure. Crystals are usually constructed of one or a few types of atoms that form a connected repeating atom patterns. A specific property of crystals is that they form over time. Process of growing of crystals is called crystallization.

Crystals energy

Because of their structure, crystals are able to receive, store and transmit energy. This energy can be used for healing in so called 'crystal therapy' - a common alternative practice of healing. Crystal meditation is a practice of combining the energy of crystals by making crystal grids or laying them on chakras with different meditation practices. Crystals are great 'friends' to have around and they strongly affect the energy of the place if used as ornamental objects and garnish. They can also improve energy field and general well-being of people wearing them as jewelry. Gemstones of different types emit different energies and should be used in line with their energetic vibration and their properties.

Healing with crystals

For proper use of gemstones for healing and energy work it is required to learn certain knowledge and practices of working with crystals, energy and intention. Most important things and very simple to learn are how to clean, charge and program your crystals. Crystal can be strong tool for healing a persons mental, spiritual and energy disorders which are closely connected to all physical symptoms that we call illnesses.

Crystals and chakras

Some of the most common but very effective and strong healing stones for beginners are:

  • Red Jasper - For strengthening the basic energy of a person, ideal for root chakra (1st).
  • Tiger's eye - Builds self-esteem and raises faith. Works on sacral chakra (2nd).
  • Citrine - Amplifies life-force energy, brings light and positive vibrations trough solar plexus chakra (3rd).
  • Aventurine or Rose Quartz - Best for opening the heart, bringing love, harmony and connection. Usual use is on the heart chakra (4th).
  • Calcedone - Strengthens the willpower and opens the center for self-expressing. Use is on the throat chakra (5th).
  • Amethyst - Strengthens connection to spiritual energy and raises psychic intuition, for use on the third eye chakra (6th)
  • Clear Quartz - A purest crystal with universal energy for amplifying and balancing overall work of all chakras and energy systems. You can use it on the crown chakra (7th).

There has been some talk recently about whether or not crystals can have an adverse effect on people, making the ill, You could probably argue for both sides of this case and have a winning argument.

Firstly I would like to say that I believe that all energy be it Crystal Healing Energy , Reiki Healing Energy, Chi Healing Energy or any other type that you like to name can not cause harm or be used to cause harm(except if toxic crystals are used incorrectly). Having said that can energy cause an adverse reaction, well in a sense it can but I would like to qualify this. Firstly it is not the energy itself that is causing the adverse effect it is the underlying cause that is creating any discomfort the person maybe feeling.

The Crystal energy allows the person to become consciously aware of the cause or problem. If they have suppressed it or refused to accept it they may have been ignoring the symptoms. The crystal energy just brings it to their attention a little more forcibly.

The crystal that does this may not necessarily be the one that will help the person with their healing, but it most certainly brings the problem to the surface, so that it can be dealt with in the appropriate manner.

I am sure that there have been times when a particular crystal has not appealed to you or has actually repelled you. When I was doing my Holistic Healers course, one of my teachers actually recoiled from a piece of Pyrite crystal that I showed her. This reaction was so extreme that many of the class noticed it, I asked her why she did not like the Pyrite crystal, and she replied that she had an aversion to all similar crystals. She could not say why and was not inclined to find out. (Strange attitude for a Holistic Healing teacher). I am not even going to try and guess what the cause was as the possibilities are unlimited.

Some people speculate that the properties of the crystal may hold a clue and that could be so, but there could be another reason.

Let me use a personal example using colour aversion that I had. For years I refused to wear or own anything that was blue, particularly navy blue, I literally hated the colour, when people asked why, I could not say. Later as my spiritual journey progressed, I started to question this attitude I had to the colour blue after all it was a colour. I realized after many hours of contemplation and discussions with friends, that it was the only colour that my mother seemed to wear. Now I love my mother dearly, even though she passed over many years ago. I realized that for me, blue had come to represent her sadness with her life. She had a very hard, unhappy and lonely life. I cannot say that there were very many times that I actually saw my mother really happy and laughing. So you see it was not the colour itself that I disliked. It was my mother's sadness that haunted me.

Once I discovered this, I have found a new liking for blue (although navy is not something you will find in my wardrobe, still need some work here).

As you can see from my experience it is not always something about that the crystal is doing, but something that the person associates with the colour, shape, feel or even the name of the crystal that can make them feel uncomfortable.

Now whenever I feel an aversion to a crystal or anything else for that matter. I take a good look to discover why, sometimes it can be hard and I might put it down and come back to it later. If you do this that's fine, something's need to be done slowly and in stages.

Always remember things happen for a reason and they happen at a time that is right for you. We all have things that we need to deal with and the crystal kingdom is there to help us through, with support and insights in how to handle things. We are never on our own help is there for the asking. Here you can find out more details about Crystals.

Healing Crystals for Sleeping and Dreaming

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Lately I had been having trouble sleeping. You the feeling, mind can't shut down, worrying about everything, tossing and turning, bad dreams and looking at the clock a million times.

I decided to try the usual suspects for helping me get to sleep like, Amethyst, Moonstone, Lapis Lazuli, Howlite and Sodalite, well nothing seemed to be working, so I decided to let the crystals decide what I should use.

I meditated and kept getting vague feelings but nothing that I could put my finger on, I figured I was trying to hard to get an answer, we can do this and I believe that because we are trying to force a result, the answer becomes even more elusive. Anyway by bed time I still had not found a crystal to take with me to help me sleep. I was not looking forward to another sleepless night. I began checking the house to make sure that it was all locked up and windows closed etc. I put my hand in the pocket of my cardigan and there was a piece of Hematite that I had been cleaning on a Citrine Cluster, it must have been there for most of the day. I decided that I would take this with me and see if helped me sleep any better, as I was checking the room where my grandson had been playing that day I remembered that he had be playing with some Opal bookmarks, I did not remember putting them back, so had a look around and found them under the bed, I decided to leave the on the desk and put them away in the morning. As I was leaving the room, one of the crystals called to me to take it with me, it was the one shaped like a butterfly, the urge was so strong that I could not resist. So off I went to bed with the Hematite and Opal butterfly which I placed under my pillow.

I must have fallen asleep very quickly that night, because I do not recall tossing and turning or my mind going over and over the day's events, like it normally would. I awoke in the morning feeling better than I had done in a couple of weeks. I had had the most wonderful dream, about summer and the birds, flowers and trees. Not the usual one that I had been having lately about been trapped alone.

I new that Hematite was a good healing crystal for grounding, but had not used it for sleep before and the healing powers of Opal crystals could be used for memory improvement, creativity, but could not remember why these two healing crystals would have helped me sleep (we can't remember everything that each crystal is capable of as their uses are so varied). I looked up these crystals to see if I could pinpoint a reason for their success.

Opal healing crystals also promote happy dreams and allows for the release of inhibitions, I figured that this is what the Opal had brought to me. The Hematite which is sometimes called the Crystal for the mind, helps us sort things out, and brings calming to most situations; again these are the healing qualities that this crystal brought to me.

So you see that sometimes, if the traditional or most commonly used healing crystals are not working for you, there maybe others out there that will do the job. There are underlying reasons why a particular situation is occurring and most often we do not consciously know the reason for this. Go with your intuition when choosing healing crystals to treat the conditions, you will find that although the crystals that you choose may not be the "norm" that they will do the job quite effectively.

I have been keeping these two crystals under my pillow for about a week now and have been getting good sleep and lovely dreams; I am feeling that I will not need to keep doing this for much longer. Also I feel much better through the day; I find myself smiling at people as I pass them in the street and really looking forward to the day, have not felt this good in a few months. 

 

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