How to use Crystals
There are many different ways in which Crystals can be used. This really comes down to personal preference. Some of the more common ways that Crystals are used are as follows:
- Worn on the body with Gemstone Jewellery or close to the body, for example Tumbled Stones in the pocket or placed inside clothing.
- Kept under a pillow
- Used in the Bath
- In Meditation Practice
- Placed around the Home or Workplace for space clearing and room cleansing
- Counteracting Environmental Pollution
- Making Gem Essences
- Used in Aura Cleansing
- The Laying of Stones on the body for Chakra Balancing
Worn on or Close to the Body
One way to benefit from the properties of crystals and stones is to wear them. Often people who have no conscious knowledge of crystal healing will intuitively select crystal jewellery with stones that will have a positive healing effect for them. Choose stones appropriate for the purpose you want but always use your intuition. Crystals worn on or close to the body are often used for healing or protective purposes. These usually do affect the entire body and energy field. The particular location of the stone is also not absolutely critical in most cases. Placing the stone on or near the specific area related to the purpose of treatment is often faster and has a more focused effect, however as in any form of healing, the healing energies will go to where it is intended and to where the healing is needed. You can also direct and focus the energy from the crystal by intention. Sometimes you will feel that a stone needs to be somewhere that has no pocket or practical place to wear jewellery. Little pouches can be pinned inside clothing for fine tuned placement.
The length of the chain a pendant is on will help control the strongest effect of the stone. A Pendant or Necklace resting at the throat chakra might have the greatest affect on areas governed by the throat chakra (for example: communication and creativity and other throat chakra issues) but will still provide energy to the entire aura and physical body. A stone worn lower down and near to or on the heart will again have a greater affect on issues and areas governed by the heart chakra, for example: matters of love and compassion.
Many people feel that stones worn on the left side have to do with receiving energies and that stones worn on the right side will primarily influence projective matters and outside issues.
Kept under a Pillow
Keeping Crystals under the pillow whilst asleep has many advantages. Certain crystals can help with sleep problems like insomnia. They can ward off nightmares and psychic attacks. Other crystals have properties to aid in dream recall and some can assist in out of body experiences and astral travel.
Used in the Bath
Crystals can be used in the bath water or placed around the edge of the bath tub. This method is very effective and enjoyable. Bathing cleanses not just the physical body but also cleanses us on all four levels. Bathing can wash away the stresses and strains of the day, any negative emotions we might be holding onto and can refresh us, soothe us, revitalise us and energise us. Placing Crystals in the bath will absorb any negative energy or emotions. In addition the healing energies of the crystal will be directed to where it is intended. Aventurine is an effective crystal for use in the bath. Good "all round" crystals like Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz and Amethyst are also great for use at bath times.
In Meditation Practice
The energy structure of a crystal naturally imparts a stillness and order to the subtle body system, which in turn helps to quieten the mind. Problems are issues that have not yet been resolved by normal thought processes. By altering our way of thinking away from everyday issues a solution can automatically arise. Crystals can be placed in front of you in meditation practice of they can be held in the hands.
Placed around the Home or Workplace for Space Clearing and Room Cleansing
Crystals are able to alter the energy of a space, enlivening the atmosphere and neutralizing negative energies. Crystals can add harmony to any space. There is no hard and fast rule as to where you should place your crystals. You should use your intuition. Rough Crystals, Crystal Clusters and Pyramids, Points and Wands have a better ability over small single crystals to retain their own energy integrity. Because of this they are able to retain more negative energy before they need to be cleansed again.
Counteracting Environmental Pollution
Every day our bodies are subjected to harm from everyday substances. This is known as Environmental Stress. Substances like plastics, electricity, radio and microwaves have harmful effects. These substances increase the stress loading on our systems making us more susceptible to Illness and Dis-ease. The earth has a natural electromagnetic field called the geomagnetic field. Man-made substances can reduce this ambient earth energy by shielding it, or by setting up stronger electromagnetic resonances that may interfere with natural frequencies. Shungite is widely reported to counteract EMF. Electrical devices in the home and workplace create a powerful electromagnetic field around itself. This can cause a problem of entrainment in a person who is run down or susceptible. Entrainment is when the natural frequencies of the body become enmeshed with a stronger set of frequencies from an outside force. Crystals can be used to amplify personal energy fields which may counteract the effects of environmental pollution. The use of crystals is becoming quite popular in modern offices where computers, artificial lighting, air conditioning, metal furniture and nylon carpets can be disastrous for the energy system.
Making Gem Essences
A Gem Essence is a liquid form of a crystals energy patterns. Gem Essences are made with water. The unique properties of water makes these Gem Essences very effective. In addition because it is a liquid it can be used in ways in which a solid crystal or gemstone cannot be used. Caution should be taken when making Gem Essences as some crystals and minerals are toxic. Always stick to a member of the Quartz family if you are unsure. You can make Gem Water and Gem Essences. Gem Water is made by simply placing a crystal gemstone inside a bowl of spring water. The bowl of water is then left overnight for about 10 hours. Gem Water is not as potent as Gem Essences and therefore can be safely sipped or drank during the day. Gem Water can also be used in the bath, inhaled and also used as a spray on the body, pets and even around the home. Gem Essences are made in a slightly different way. They use the energy of sunlight to activate the memory of the water.
To make a Gem Essence you should place the crystal in a bowl and cover it with just enough spring water to cover the crystal and then place the bowl containing the crystal in the sunlight for about 2 hours. Then half fill a storage bottle with brandy to act as a preservative and fill the remaining half of the storage bottle with the Gem Essence. This is known as the mother essence. To make the essence suitable for regular use you should make another bottle which is called the stock bottle. The stock bottle should contain 50% normal water and 50% brandy. Add a few drops of the mother essence from your stock bottle. Again the Gem Essence can be sipped throughout the day, you can add a few drops to the bath, it can be inhaled or you can use it as a spray on the body, pets and around the home. Alternatively you can make Gem Essences using Essential Oils.