Healing crystals: How they work and 5 ways to use at home
Over the last few years, the use of healing crystals as a form of self-care has skyrocketed. What used to be popular only amongst spiritual and new age communities, crystals and gemstones have hit the mainstream interest — especially on Instagram.
This sudden interest in healing stones could be explained as Millenials and Gen Z are searching for alternative medicine, holistic and spiritual practices. Whether for healing, spiritual, or personal reasons, if you’re reading this article, you might be interested in getting some crystals to wear or to upgrade your meditation practice.
However, if you haven’t had a crystal or stone before, there are some things you should know before buying one. To benefit from the magical properties of a crystal, it goes beyond simply buying one, leaving it sitting on your sleeping table and just wait for the magic to happen...
If you’re considering to turn into the potential healing power of crystals, there are some specific ways to activate their healing energy. In this article, you’ll understand how they work and how you could benefit from them.
What is a crystal?
According to the International Gem Society, a crystal “is a solid whose atoms are arranged in a “highly ordered” repeating pattern. These patterns are called crystal systems. If a mineral has its atoms arranged in one of them, then that mineral is a crystal.”
Crystals and gemstones have been used over millennia by our ancestors. In the Bible, in the Koran and many other religious texts as well as in Buddhism and Hinduism they used to be seen as precious and were used for protection and health.
Marisa Galvez, a Standford scholar, analyse the human obsession with crystals throughout history: “The physical qualities of crystal make it stand out among other stones,” Galvez said. “Its ability to refract light and its transparent but dark appearance are partially the reason why so many different cultures and societies ascribed magical powers to this stone.”
How does crystal healing work?
Crystal healing derives from their structural compositions: These minerals are organic conductors that vibrate at their own consistent frequencies. When properly used, we can raise and direct its energy to a targeted source — to the cosmic warriors out there, does it ring a bell? It sounds pretty much like casting a spell, doesn’t it?
Gemstones and crystals work as a mirror — they reflect and enhance our inner power, making them the perfect tool for manifestation. Setting a strong intention and directing the energy to a crystal, creates a symbiotic connection with it.
Choosing the right crystal for you
Have you ever tried to buy a crystal but haven’t had the slightest idea which one you should choose? There are a myriad of crystals and gemstones and picking a few — or maybe just one — can be quite overwhelming — to not mention frustrating.
As a matter of fact — that might be helpful to know — crystal healers say that you don’t choose a crystal. They choose you. If you wish to buy a beautiful crystal pendant or just a couple of crystals, let your intuition guide you. Whether you’re buying from an online shop or a brick-and-mortar shop, it works well for both. As a rule of thumb, the first stone that calls your attention and keeps on “calling” you, is the right choice.
Alternatively, if you intend to buy your crystal online, we also suggest you read over the crystal properties and benefits.
For instance, if you’re looking for a crystal pendant maybe you should consider getting a personalized pendant from Namacci. Different crystals are combined in one customized pendant especially for you. Each crystal has specific healing properties that support you on your journey.
For a free crystal reading session to see which crystals would be a good fit for you, send a DM to @ namacci on instagram.
How to use healing crystals
There are countless ways to work with these amazing stones and adding them to your daily routine will definitely help you to feel more energized, calm and uplifted. Here are some ways to get started:
1. Hold a crystal while meditating
To begin with, set the energy of the place. Light some candles, incense or sage, place some sacred images and objects around. Then clean your stone: you can pass the crystal through the incense or sage smoke.
Ground yourself, connect to your higher-self, set your intentions for the session and ask the Universe to guide and help you. Hold your crystal in one of the hands during your meditation.
2. Wear a crystal
Wearing a crystal on your body is definitely more powerful than holding for a few minutes during meditation. To choose the best crystal healing pendant, choose the chakra you would like to work with or what would you like to heal or manifest. Here, at our Namacci shop, you can find specific pendants for protection, prosperity, heart-opening, health, positivity and so on.
3. Place them around the house
What about raising the vibration of your home with crystals? Crystals, gemstones and orgonites can shift the energy of any space and bring a sense of ease. You can place them strategically around your home and take advantage of their full potential.
4.Use them during your yoga practice
Stones and yoga go along pretty well. Place your favourite stone closer to your mat during the practice and set an intention before starting it.
5. Carry a crystal with you
Being in constant connection with a crystal will increase your perception of its energy. Carry a crystal with you throughout your day — it can be in your pocket or in your purse.
By Camila Santiago