A Beginner's Guide to Using Crystals

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A Beginner's Guide to Using Crystals
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Have you ever felt a crystal’s pulse? It’s like feeling the Earth’s heartbeat in your palm. A tiny humming piece of time-worn, worldly existence. To some, this may sound like a bunch of mystical mumbo-jumbo. To others, myself included, crystal healing is the closest thing we human beings have to magic.

Many ancient cultures tapped and believed in the healing powers of crystals and gemstones. And whatever beliefs you may hold about spirituality and alternative healing (or your opinions on the “new New Age”), or their recent surge in popularity, you’ve gotta respect the fact that these high-vibe stones possess the ability to raise our own energetic vibrations.

So why crystals? Read on for a crash course in using them to welcome more positive energy into your life.

Step 1: Finding the right stone for you.

Of course, there are myriads of online shops and resources available, but if you’re just getting started, I would really recommend doing your “crystal shopping" in person.

Also, do your research. Is there something in particular you want to attract into your life, or just a general desire to supercharge your energy in all realms? From attracting love, money, and health to healing both physical and spiritual ailments, expanding the mind, and more –– whatever you’re looking for, trust me, there’s a crystal for that.

Some popular examples to start with:

Quartz, the "Master Healer"  
Quartz, the "Master Healer"  
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Amethyst's healing properties include grounding and expanding the mind
 
 
Amethyst's healing properties include grounding and expanding the mind    
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Rose Quartz, the love stone, promotes love of all types (including radical self-love) and healing
 
 
Rose Quartz, the love stone, promotes love of all types (including radical self-love) and healing    
Citrine, the money stone, attracts wealth and abundance, and stimulates mental clarity and creativity
 
Citrine, the money stone, attracts wealth and abundance, and stimulates mental clarity and creativity  

If you are drawn to a stone visually, there’s a reason for that. But what matters much more is how you resonate with it on an energetic level. So, pay attention to its size, shape, and color — how it catches your eye, how you can see it sparkle in the light — but be sure to hold it in your hands to really focus on how it feels.

After the stone has warmed to your temperature, you’ll be able to sense the energetic connection –– or not. Remember, there's no right or wrong way to go about this. It’s about what resonates.

Also, not everyone can feel a crystal’s pulse, but others will find that with time (and meditation) it’ll come.

Step 2: Cleansing and recharging the crystal.

A Beginner's Guide to Using Crystals
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Note: It’s important to remember that you will need to make the process of cleansing and recharging your crystals a regular occurrence! And that starts with the moment you add it to your collection, whether you’re starting from scratch or a regular hoarder of gems and minerals (hi, same).

Because crystals absorb energy, it’s crucial to cleanse them to clear them of any negativity or residual energy they’ve picked up before you took them home.

There are several ways to cleanse a crystal; again, it’s all about whatever method resonates most deeply with you! Using sage to “smudge” or cleanse the crystal with purifying smoke is a popular method. So, too, is harnessing the power of a full moon by placing your crystals out beneath its light overnight. Alternately, you can set your crystals out in the sunlight to recharge them as well.

Step 3: Set your intention with the stone.

Just like there are different ways to cleanse and recharge your crystals, there are different ways you can go about setting your intentions. Personally, I resonate deeply with the act of setting intentions according to the phases of the moon.

During a new moon, for example, writing your intentions down on a slip of paper and placing the crystal atop it is a powerful way to set your intention, and by the time the full moon rolls around, you should be able to see those goals start to manifest.

Step 4: Working with your crystals on a regular basis.

Crystal Altar
 
Crystal Altar  
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Using, carrying and vibing with your crystals every day is the most effective way to manifest the goals, intentions and good energy you wish to attract into your life. Even the placement of the high-vibe stones on or near your body can amplify and enhance your emotional and spiritual well-being. Meditating with them? Total game-changer.

Of course, adorning yourself in crystal jewelry is another obvious choice. Not to mention they can be used to decorate and invite positive energy into the home. Sacred spaces, anyone?

But if that all sounds like a lot as you're just starting out, achieving this can be as simple as carrying the stone with you in your pocket or purse. Placing it on your desk at work or beneath your pillow works, too. For example, I carry amethyst and citrine chunks in my car to help offset the stress of my workday commute. Simply pull out the stone when you feel the need to center your intention, and let the magic happen.

I am a beauty, fashion and lifestyle editor at Livingly. Lover of wine, glitter, festival fashion, and everything op-ed. You can reach me at kimia.madani@livingly.com.
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