A brief discussion of wonderful properties and uses of crystals in our lives.
When we imagine something clear and transparent, beautiful and sublime, what comes to mind? One short word: Crystals. No wonder that it’s all this pristineness that has gotten crystals recent fame and acknowledgement amongst many American youth and celebrities, who are loudly and openly vouching for how much these crystalline rocks mean in their lives. Likewise, their value has remained strong in the economy even when the use of other precious gems such as diamonds has been hit around 20% during the recent pandemic. So let’s delve straight into this craze that is being called the magna carta of alternative therapies.
Crystal healing is a type of alternative therapy that involves using these rocks to bring balance to an individual’s life and mind. So how do these work?Just like everything else in the universe, we each have our own unique vibrational frequency. People with higher vibrations radiate kindness, love, peace, and compassion, whereas people with lower vibrations experience more low-vibe emotions like jealousy, anxiety, anger, or fear.
Whatever frequency you’re at, as a human, your vibration is very unstable and very easily influenced. It changes constantly as we’re exposed to other people, social media, the news, traffic, the weather, good news, bad news, our own memories, etc.
Crystals, on the other hand, have a super stable energy frequency that doesn’t change. Why? They’re made up of a fixed, regularly repeating, perfect geometric pattern of molecules. And they maintain their perfect stability with no effort. Exactly the opposite of our constantly changing, non-stable human nature.
These pure elements, having been intensified naturally, influence us by interacting with the subtle energetic-body and refracts our energy back to us in a different way – just as a crystal breaks down light into rainbow colors. So in effect, crystals help us to access what we already have. They act as energy purifiers and amplifiers.
Crystals are said to “have a stable and unchanging energy pattern, each with a unique frequency and energy field, or resonance” that gives them special properties, explains Judy Hall, in her work, The Little Book of Crystals. As a result, “they act like tuning forks,” helping bring “harmony” to the “very unstable energy field of the human body”.
More often than not, the emotional distress that we encounter in our personal lives can be linked to a certain chakra; chakra is an ancient meditation practice and originates from an old Sanskrit word, translating to ‘wheel’. And this represents the 7 different zones around your body, with 7 different centres of energy.
Although this spiritual tradition of states of energy manifest in various forms in various cultures such as the Tibetan Buddhist tummo, or inner fire, the Chrisitian Holy Spirity, the Chinese Martial Arts and Healing Arts Chi, and the num of African tribal dacers and healers, the system of chakras to represent our’s body’s vibrational centres and their connection to our emotional states is easy to understand. So I will use it to demonstrate which crystals can balance which energies in our bodies, alleviate our stresses and can help each of us to feel better in our lives:
1. Root Chakra
Location: Base of the spine and tailbone
This is your grounding chakra that is connected to your sense of stability and security that your basic needs are in place, including your physical security along with financial and emotional security.
Natural disasters, wars, and conflicts are all at odds with this chakra and your survival centre. Other symptoms that this chakra might be out of balance include stomach aches, excessive negativity, feeling of insecurity or feeling distant from the world.
The crystal: Red Jasper to feel protected and fortified.
2. Sacral Chakra
Location: Lower abdomen
It represents your well being, sexuality, creativity, pleasure, and helps to find a connection with others. This helps you out with bringing balance in your life and aligning with your sense of purpose. Signs that this chakra might be out of sync include: over or under emotional ness, problems with libido or sense of feeling stuck in a particular mood.
The crystal: Carnelian. In ancient times a lot of people would wear it when they travelled out but it allows us to release negative self talk and allows us to feel our passions better.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra
Location: Upper abdomen
It dictates your self esteem and confidence. This chakra is associated with your digestive system, which provides energy and fuel to your body. Signs that this chakra might be out of balance: Manipulation, misuse of power, feelings of helplessness or loss of control, and lack of purpose and direction.
The Crystal: Yellow jade. This stone helps you to be self confident and in control of situations.
4. Heart Chakra
Location: Centre of the chest, just above the heart
This chakra helps us to open ourselves up to love, compassion and joy and gives us the ability to feel inner peace. The heart chakra is related to the cardiac system (the heart and the lungs). The signs that this chakra might need attention include defensiveness, jealousy, fear of intimacy and unforgiveness.
The crystal: Rose Quartz: This is a chakra crystal of beauty and love that gives rise to compassion, appreciation and soothing, calming feelings.
5. Throat Chakra
This chakra is associated with communication and self expression. This means this chakra conveys self-expression, speaking your truth, and knowing your purpose in life. Some of the signs that this chakra might be out of balance include: feeling of insecurity, verbal aggressiveness, keeping secrets or telling lies or, oppositely. being shy or secretive.
The crystal: Blue Apatite: This is a stone that promotes creativity and communication. Use it to clear confusion and achieve your goals.
6. Brow or Third Eye Chakra
Location: Forehead between the eyes
This chakra allows you to focus on and see the big picture in life. It is your centre of intuition, wisdom, and your ability to think and make rational decisions. Some of the signs that this chakra might be misaligned include illusions, lack of clarity, and not being able to see beyond the present moment to the bigger picture. This also includes issues with your eyes, ears, spinal cord or hair and scalp, as well as experiences with headaches/migraines, nightmares, and neurological and personality disorders.
The crystal: Sapphire: A stone of insight and happiness, Sapphire helps you resolve issues and fulfil your goals and ambitions.
7. Crown Chakra
Location: Top of the head
The highest chakra represents our spirituality, our visions and helps us reach a higher state of consciousness. When you are feeling down, have a lack of purpose, or other feelings of depression or mental exhaustion, your Crown Chakra is in need of attention.Physical signs of such an imbalance include clumsiness, imbalance and light sensitivity.
The crystal: Clear Quartz: This healing crystal magnifies the properties of all other stones and it aids in our ability to connect with our soul for enlightenment.