Crystals. Those beautiful natural adornments of the earth, how they enchant and charm us with their uniqueness and beauty. If you’ve ever held one you know what I’m talking about - the instant connection and attraction you may have to certain crystals. Chances are, you’re reading this and either thinking yes, in love! are skeptical or dismissing the notion already as new age hippy pseudoscience. Chances are, even if you are feeling the latter, you still know your own birthstone ;)
Well, you’re still here, so you’re at least curious.
Remember when we were children, we believed in magic? Then we grew up and learned about science and using the scientific method to understand the world, applying reason, logic, skepticism and evidence-based judgements to our decision making.
But as we get older and (hopefully) wiser - we begin to realize and understand that both consciousness and the physical world, with all its perplexities, mysteries and complexities are deeper and far more complex than we ever imagined.
The heart and mind are real and more than the sum of its mechanical (biological) parts.
Magic and Science intersect. What we see as magic is merely what science has yet to explain. No longer the realm of New Age curiosities and oddities, science is shedding insight into what we crystal lovers have felt all along, that there is something very real happening with its “magic”.
“If you want to understand the universe, think of energy, frequency and vibration” - Nikola Tesla
Fact: Everything resonates at a vibrational frequency
Resonance Theory of Consciousness
Let's look at this excerpt from Scientific American:
“Resonance—another word for synchronized vibrations—is at the heart of not only human consciousness but of physical reality more generally.
So how were the hippies right? Well, we agree that vibrations, resonance, are the key mechanism behind human consciousness, as well as animal consciousness more generally. And, as I’ll discuss below, that they are the basic mechanism for all physical interactions to occur.
All things in our universe are constantly in motion, vibrating. Even objects that appear to be stationary are in fact vibrating, oscillating, resonating, at various frequencies. Resonance is a type of motion, characterized by oscillation between two states. And ultimately all matter is just vibrations of various underlying fields.
An interesting phenomenon occurs when different vibrating things/processes come into proximity: they will often start, after a little time, to vibrate together at the same frequency. They “sync up,” sometimes in ways that can seem mysterious. This is described today as the phenomenon of spontaneous self-organization.
Examining this phenomenon leads to potentially deep insights about the nature of consciousness and about the universe”
Yes, you read correctly: They sync up. That’s the law of attraction right there folks.
Like attracts like.
Which begs the question: what vibrational frequency are you putting out? what experience are you creating? For empaths and children, in particular, they are even more sensitive and attune - being affected immensely by their emotional environment, which in turn affects their physical and mental development.
Don't understand what I mean? Think about when you've walked into a room where an argument just took place and you can literally feel the tension in the room or how being with positive and peaceful people inspires and uplifts you.
Both the physical and the immaterial can affect our emotional and psychological states:
such as music, sound and frequencies have the ability to profoundly influence our emotions.
To recap: everything has a vibrational frequency - you, me, plants, animals, objects. And we are now beginning to understand - as part of the mind-body puzzle - that our emotions themselves operate on a vibrational scale.
People on the higher vibrational scale radiate love, kindness, peace and happiness. People with lower vibrations experience emotions such as fear, anger, guilt and shame.
Because we are human, our vibrational frequency is unstable, we are constantly changing influencing and being influenced by others. Here is the interesting part: You can actually learn how to process and centre your emotions to move up (or down) on this vibrational scale.
How do you raise your vibrations?
Crystals can support this process (so can yoga, meditation, spending time in nature, music/art therapy and essential oils - big time). As promised, I’m going to talk about crystals in particular and how they can be used to support your emotional wellness. Because unlike humans, Crystals are composed of fixed geometric patterns of molecules and hold a stable energy frequency that does not change.
Furthermore, because of the law of attraction, you can use them as tools to attract more peace, joy, love and courage in your life by using them for focusing and channelling your intentions.
These are some of my favourite crystals I recommend to use as a starting point or to add to your collection. Remember, these are not magical stones that will do the work for you, they are tools to help you anchor and focus your intention, while you move through the layers of your inward journey. As such, choosing crystals should be a similarly intuitive process.
Rose Quartz: Love + Kindness + Harmony
The fair and lovely Rose Quartz, with its gentle pink essence, is a stone of the heart, a Crystal of Unconditional Love. It may have been used as a love token as early as 600 B.C. and is still an important talisman of relationships. According to the myth, Cupid, the Roman god of desire, or Eros, the Greek god of love, bestowed the gift of love to humans in the form of rose quartz. Later in Ancient Native American cultures, they believed that this love stone could be used in amulets to resolve anger and disappointments and bring love into the newly harmonized emotions.
Rose Quartz carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort. It speaks directly to the Heart Chakra, dissolving emotional wounds, fears and resentments, and circulates Divine loving energy throughout the entire aura. Reawakening the heart to its own innate love, it provides a deep sense of personal fulfillment and contentment, allowing one the capacity to truly give and receive love from others. Chakra: Heart
Amethyst: Peace + Stability + Focus
"Amethyst's inherent high frequency purifies the aura of any negative energy or attachments and creates a protective shield of Light around the body
Purple Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients, it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond. It has always been associated with February, the month the Romans dedicated to Neptune, their water-god, and is the traditional birthstone of that month. It carries the energy of fire and passion, creativity and spirituality, yet bears the logic of temperance and sobriety.
Amethyst is a remarkable stone of spirituality and contentment, known for its metaphysical abilities to still the mind and inspire an enhanced meditative state. Its inherent high frequency purifies the aura of any negative energy or attachments, and creates a protective shield of Light around the body, allowing one to remain clear and centred while opening to spiritual direction. Its ability to expand the higher mind also enhances one’s creativity and passion. It strengthens the imagination and intuition and refines the thinking processes. It helps in the assimilation of new ideas, putting thought into action, and brings projects to fruition. It is a talisman of focus and success. Chakra: Crown
Clear Quartz: Healing + Balance + Growth
"In the metaphysical world, Clear Quartz crystals are the supreme gift of Mother Earth. Even the smallest is imbued with the properties of a master healer teacher. Ancients believed these stones to be alive, taking a breath once every hundred years or so, and many cultures thought them to be incarnations of the Divine.
Today's healers agree, believing crystals are living beings, incredibly old and wise, and willing to communicate when an individual is open and ready to receive. Wearing, carrying or meditating with a Clear Quartz crystal opens the mind and heart to higher guidance, allowing the realm of Spirit to be transmitted and translated into the world of physical form.
Resonating at the level of an individual's needs, Clear Quartz also amplifies whatever energy or intent is programmed into it, and continues to broadcast that energy throughout the world and into the etheric realms. This may accelerate the fulfillment of one's prayers, intensify healing or spiritual growth, or simply allow the crystal to hold a pattern of energy long enough and strongly enough for the manifestation of a goal to occur".
Celestite: Calming + Tranquility + Courage
A heavenly blue colour, this crystal inspires deep relaxation and calm. Keeping a stone in the bedroom and bring tranquillity and harmony into your space, the perfect companion for a restful sleep. Before you close your eyes at night, hold the Celestite crystal in your hand and let it give you the wisdom and strength to allow your dreams to outweigh your fears and your actions are louder than your words. The day might be over and what's done is done, but the gentle and soothing Celestite reminds us that each day brings new opportunities to pursue our goals, giving perspective and renewed hope for tomorrow.
Citrine: Joy + Energy + Positivity
Reach for this crystal for a "pick me up". Citrine is like a crystallized ray of sunshine. It represents spiritual joy since it spreads positive, energetic light around its aura.
Citrine frequencies are some of the most powerful for motivation and perseverance. Because of its association with the solar plexus chakra, Citrine crystal properties are effective in increasing your personal power and self-confidence. Enhancing this energy center can help dissolve blocks and stagnation, resulting in higher energy levels and a boost in overall circulation. Citrine’s bright and happy energy fills your spirit with positivity and the highest vibrations, with its sunny energy. Meditate with Citrine is by repeating a mantra that reflects its healing properties: "I am light" Chakra: Solar Plexus
Selenite: Purity + Peace + Cleansing
Selenite is a specific variety of the mineral gypsum named after the Ancient Greek goddess of the moon, Selene. The Greeks especially appreciated the beauty of selenite, even making windows with the stone.
The gemstone selenite is most closely associated with the crown chakra, which represents wisdom and spirituality, as well as the third eye chakra. The colourless beauty and translucency of selenite are often attributed to purity and peace in both metaphysical beliefs and colour theory. Selenite is excellent to use when meditating or trying to achieve mental clarity, as it is believed to compel the person holding it, to be honest with themselves.
Selenite is considered a high-energy crystal that vibrates at a high frequency. Despite being an incredibly soft stone, so soft a fingernail can scratch it, selenite gemstones are believed to be a stone of protection that wards the mind. It is commonly used by crystal practitioners as a way to cleanse the body, mind and spirit of negativity and self-limitation--as well as cleansing other gemstones being used in healing practices.
Look for these crystals at your local health food store, holistic fair or rock shop, take some care to enquire as to where they come from to ensure ethical origins. Once you get started with crystals, you will be in love. There are many, many more.
I also highly recommend the book: "Crystals: the modern guide to Crystal Healing" which you can purchase here.
How to use:
There is no right or wrong way to use your crystals: meditate with them, keep them on your bedside table, wear them and keep them close.
Essential oils and crystals work synergistically when you imbue them with positive intentions They are reminders that the earth has everything we need to heal and feel whole, that life is about appreciating moments of wonder and beauty, that we all have the power to create. That everything is interconnected, what you do matters - and acts of love transcend lifetimes.