Physical and mental wellbeing are much talked about at the moment and rightly so. We all want to feel well, resilient and happy. This is a huge subject and my intention here is to simply offer my personal experience and trust that this may offer you an insight into the role of crystals and minerals and the affect that they have on our mind, body and spirit.
It is not necessary to perceive humans as having a spirit or soul for this section to be meaningful but many who use and have written about crystals for personal transformation discuss various energetic realms that surround us, reincarnation, spiritual development and this, with an awareness of our ancestors using them in ritual to affect personal or tribal transformation, led me to a personal belief that we are more than physical matter. Physics has taught us that all matter vibrates and so even on a purely physical level, we know that everything is energy.
As someone who is much more aware of my mind and body than my aura or soul, my first dip into actual crystal healing was at a market when a fellow trader offered me a citrine for the bloated and painful stomach I was experiencing. This extreme pain after several years had been given the diagnosis of IBS but nothing up until that point had done anything to help me get rid of it. I held the citrine to my stomach and needless to say, after a few minutes my pain stopped and I started the most important conversation of my life to date.
Thinking back though, crystals had had a place in my life since I was young. My mum had several pieces in our home including of course, the iconic home maker, amethyst. Sitting with one feels quite normal to me, like a walk in the woods or a swim in the sea – moments that are good for the soul. Time spent that helps us to feel better.
I realised that stress, anxiety and anger were triggers for my pain and in the late 80’s discovered the work of Louise L. Hay and her iconic book ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ who explored the nature of affirmations as a means to change. I discovered that dis-ease is the opposite state of being at ease and I learned that over time, feelings of fear, helplessness, hatred, resentment and so on, make us ill and manifest as actual ailments. At this time, I also read an eclectic diet of books on religions, philosophy, ancient civilisations, sacred geometry, magic, music, maths. You name it I read it as I was on a quest to understand the nature of the human experience and the universe!
Crystals and minerals have been studied in many different ways, particularly in the last few centuries. Their geometry and chemistry have given rise to an understanding of the many – and some say, sacred – aspects of the universe – but to me, it is the same story that science and religion address under different guises. They are all allegories for the nature of being and the personal choice we have as to how we are and who we are.
I now believe that crystals have come to light over the centuries to help us to be light and to shine light. To be a part of our natural world rather than alienated from it. Pick a stone up. Feel it. Notice it. Feel your response. Don’t think your response, feel it. This is hard. Breathe well (this is sometimes called centering). Crystals help us to be well. Their unique vibration affects our own matter, our own frequency, and help us sing a new tune. Some crystals have come to light more recently, others have been with us for as long as we have crafted them into tools and adornments. As new finds are made, more people discover their signature vibration and tune in, which has the added bonus of bringing us into connection with each other.
We can think about light as cosmic rays, or we can think about light as love. We can be divine in each moment and then to join these moments together, stitch by stitch, to form a longer moment, a better way of being. One day at a time. Sound familiar? With every thought and act, consider how to shine love into that experience, no matter what. To forgive yourself when you lapse is to bring love to that moment once more.
We actually manifest our reality all the time. The leap of faith is understanding that, and thinking and acting accordingly.
You have got yourself to precisely where you are now – so what are you going to manifest next? This is a tricky concept when dealing with things that feel like they are happening to you. Things happen all the time, but we are solely responsible for how we perceive them and, consequently, how we act. Some schools of thought believe that every challenge is individually or collectively created to enable emotional and spiritual growth, insight, and transformation. With integrity, kindness, compassion, hope, and joy, we can be well.
So, we know crystals help us but how do we think of this in practical terms? How might we draw on their ‘healing’ properties and apply them to our day-to-day experience?
Two particularly effective ways to use crystals in our everyday lives are when we focus on our chakrasand ourintentions. A crystal’s presence can act as a physical prompt to remind us to tune into our intentions; they can also assist in an ‘unblocking’ of a particular chakra, and a release of our energy flow.
Read on to discover how you can use your crystal’s properties to enhance your wellbeing.
What are Chakras?
My journey working with crystals began with the basic knowledge that light comprises all colour, and then connecting that to an old tradition of assigning a colour to each of our physical energy junctions: chakras. Just as light is constantly moving, so is all energy, and I picture energy as a spiral up through the trunk of my body and out the top of my head, flowing through each chakra from the earth out to the sky. Old traditions described this as the serpent, or kundalini, with a sense of spiralling upwards toward greater understanding. The notion of ‘blocked’ energetic centres is when we are stuck in the same reality ad infinitum.
Our chakras are focal points where the many energy flows of our ethereal body intersect. In most modern representations, there are seven chakras. In the early traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism the number varies, but the philosophical texts from all these religions, and the ancient Chinese system of acupuncture, acknowledge and support the existence of this energy flow and its connection to everything else in the universe. ‘Chakra’ in Sanskrit means a wheel or circle, and can be thought of as discs of rotating light through which our vital energy flows.
When chakras are ‘blocked’ or there is poor energy flow we became out of balance, which over time impacts upon our physical bodies. Crystals help us to focus on ‘opening’ our chakras, connecting to the life force of the universe, and keeping our tiny part of this constant flow strong and vibrant.
Below is a simple summary which hopefully clarifies how an understanding of each chakra helps with the changes we need to make at certain points in our lives. We may ponder, meditate, exercise, visualise, use mantras or affirmations in order to focus upon those aspects of our lives that appear difficult or stuck, with the intent of gaining transformative insight: an ‘unblocking’ of the chakra and a freeing up of our energy flow.
The particular issues we face as individuals are unique to our circumstances but with the chakra colours we can attribute aspects of the human experience to each, take a new look at where we are stuck on repeat, and create a new story about that experience. Every new thought is an act of creation.
The transformative potentials held in each chakra are a guide to the steps we make to achieve wisdom, compassion and liberation from toil and dissatisfaction. When we are intent on becoming a happier healthier human, we are effecting changes within ourselves that will impact on everything around us.
Shop by Intention
This is a huge subject, but simply put, our thoughts shape of our lives and our reality. I am as I think.
Firstly, we need to accept that we can’t change anything other than ourselves and our perception of what is happening around us. Secondly, we attract what we give out: the story we tell ourselves has a significant impact on our experience. Thirdly, the universe is limitless, and we grow and develop in ways limited only by our sense of self, and belief in what we deserve.
Many of you may be familiar with this notion and have personal experience of mindfulness, gratitude, or affirmation practices, and use these to great effect.
Choosing your intention may be as simple as writing down an aspect of yourself or your life that you wish was different: a positive statement of how that change will look; more I express myself clearly and find the right words easily, than, I wish people understood me better. You may wish to create a mantra to chant, or you may simply decide to change how you view an aspect of yourself by remembering that positive affirmation every time you revert to negative statements about your perceived reality.
“May all that is unforgiven in you Be released. May your fears yield Their deepest tranquilities. May all that is unlived in you Blossom into a future Graced with love.”
Crystals and minerals are wonderful tools in developing our intentions, as not only do they remind us of what we wish to achieve by virtue of their presence in our lives, they also fuel the energy of our thoughts with their own unique vibration.
In practical terms, a tumblestone may be carried in your pocket or bra to remind you of the change you are making every time you feel it; a cluster may serve as a part of a pre-yoga ritual or meditation; a pendant may be worn on the days you need that particular support; or a polished piece may be held as you chant, sing, or dance to your mantra or say your affirmation.
I have chosen twelve intentions that in my experience best encapsulate the changes we wish to make; you can also find these as part of the filter options on my Shop page. I have expanded on these key 12 intentions below so that you can find the best match for your own personal goals and easily search for that support.
Remember, we are the change we seek and we all deserve wellbeing.
To pay my bills with ease.
Confidence that the universe will meet my requirements.
An understanding that I do not have to limit my expectations.
To feel worthy of prosperity, good health and comfort.
To accept the unlimited reality of the universe.
Complete awareness of the laws of attraction.
Not to confuse greed, which is want for the sake of having, with the desire to make a new reality.
To feel comfortable creating a wholesome and comfortable life for myself.
To live in the bounty of unlimited possibilities.
Clear verbal interactions with others.
To listen well.
To speak effectively.
To hear and understand.
To be heard and understood.
To find the right words to convey my thoughts and ideas.
To recognise body language.
To develop telepathic experience.
To notice the messages of reoccurring patterns and symbols.
Connection with energy beings or loved ones who have left their bodies.
To be the creator of original articles, items or ideas.
To make my visions a reality.
A life with imagination as the driving force.
To open myself to playfulness.
To be guided by inspiration.
The confidence to create the shape of my life.
To use my natural talents to support myself and others.
To be inventive in finding solutions to the challenges I face.
To give free rein to my knowledge, cleverness and innate genius.
To allow resourcefulness to stimulate my activity.
To change the atmosphere in my home or work space.
To create a positive environment around me.
To remove old attachments or patterns that are unhelpful.
To sweep out all that no longer serves me.
To shift away stubborn entities with the intention of helping them find their way.
To stimulate and clear my chakras and energy flow.
To clear and expand my aura.
To connect with and energise earth’s ley lines.
To be more perceptive.
To improve my instincts.
A better understanding of my innate knowing.
To notice and trust my hunches.
To develop my foreknowledge or clairvoyance.
To listen to my gut feelings and act accordingly, with confidence.
To open my third eye.
To develop Extra Sensory Perception.
To love and be loved.
To experience all the varieties of loving relationships.
Romance in my life.
To cherish my family.
A full appreciation of every moment in the present.
To be a good friend to those I have in my life.
To give and receive affection unconditionally.
A more passionate love life.
The devotion to emanate the pure joy of childlike happiness.
To appreciate the beauty in everything I surround myself with.
To let go of the fear of loss.
To experience the limitless power of kindness.
To think clearly.
To reliably remember what I need to.
To create a plan to achieve my goals.
To calm my thoughts and create a helpful story that nurtures my efforts.
To bring order to my thinking.
To study well.
To offer the best of myself to my work and play.
Trust in my decisions.
My imagination to reign free.
To master clear perception.
To feel safe.
To create a space of positivity.
To be secure from harm.
To prevent external negativity from affecting my wellbeing.
To create a safe haven.
To shield myself from toxic people.
A sense of thriving in my survival.
A grounded connection to mother earth.
To be centred.
To feel a sense of belonging.
To trust that I will always be ok.
To deal with my challenges with calm.
To experience more tranquility in my day to day life.
Support to let go of fear and anger.
The wisdom to understand what we can change.
Acceptance for others as they are.
More moments of peace and quiet.
To remain composed under pressure or opposition.
To keep cool in the face of trouble.
To learn to live in the stillness of the moment.
Better balance in my life.
To enjoy clear energy flow.
To sleep well.
My child to benefit from enough good quality sleep.
A happy bedtime routine.
To wake replenished with enthusiasm for my tasks.
To recall my dreams.
My dreamlife to help direct my wakeful focus.
To trust that my dreams are helping my process.
To appreciate rest as an essential part of my health.
Acceptance that our sleep patterns change throughout our lives.
To acknowledge the life force that exists in everything.
A feeling of connectedness to all things.
To live in accordance with Buddha nature.
To connect with others energy in a mutually supportive way.
To rise above the mundane.
An awareness of universal oneness.
To open my perception beyond the physical world.
The loving support of my ancestors to be present in my life.
To discover the non-physical way to express pure love.
To allow God is Love to guide my life.
To create rituals that make time for a sense of the wonder of being.
Confidence that I will complete the things I want or need to.
Enthusiasm for the things I do.
Stamina and lust for life.
To feel an inner glow.
To make brave choices and venture outside of my safe zone.
To feel energetic.
To be more animated.
To live life to the best of my abilities.
To add some sparkle to my efforts.
Fun and laughter in my life.
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