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They’re thought to promote the flow of good energy and help rid the body and mind of negative energy for physical and emotional benefits. Historically speaking, crystals are touted as ancient forms of medicine, with philosophies borrowed from Hinduism and Buddhism.

 

JUST BEGINNING?

When you are just starting to work with the energy of crystals, it can all feel quite overwhelming. What stones should you work with? Where do you begin? How do you get the most out of your energy crystals?

Created over the millennia, healing crystals harness the life-giving elements of the Earth and the universe. Harnessing the energy of the Sun, the Moon, and the oceans, semi-precious stones connect us to universal energy as soon as we come into contact with them. Many people wonder if crystals have healing powers, and while there are many anecdotes describing the curative effects of healing stones, crystal energy works differently on everyone depending on how receptive you are.

 
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HOW DO CRYSTALS WORK?

The power of crystal healing is that each crystal carries a unique vibration.  The vibrations that these energy crystals hold can realign and re-calibrate your energy with theirs, helping you to raise your vibration and reach a higher state of being. Due to their structure and composition, crystals emit vibrations at a constant frequency, meaning that their vibrations do not change. This is especially powerful because when a crystal comes into contact with a lower vibration, it raises the vibration of that person or thing to match its own. When a crystal comes into contact with your body or your energy, it attunes you to its higher frequency, which allows you to move past mental, physical and spiritual blockages. This boost of positive and uplifting energy can be the difference between darkness and light. 
The crystal works with your intentions in a similar way. Holding a strong and positive energy, the crystal amplifies and magnifies the energy of your intention so you can manifest faster and more effectively.
At every moment, we have the ability to choose our thoughts and as we continue our journey, each day presents us with new challenges and wonderful beginnings. Healing crystals remind us to quiet the chatter of the mind and reconnect to the universally healing vibrations of the Earth. An important lesson to learn from crystals is patience, because just like the eons of time it took for these semi-precious stones to evolve and transform, working with the healing power of crystals also takes time. As you learn, grow, and evolve, use crystals as a reminder to be grateful for the abundance of Mother Nature and the great mysteries of the universe.

 
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WHAT CAN CRYSTALS DO FOR ME?

Think of your crystal as an ally on your journey, helping you to reach your goals and make positive changes in all areas of your life. Use the Energy Muse crystal guide with healing healing stones for manifesting your intentions and what you want to create in your life. These otherworldly rocks connect us to the energies we want to embody because they are tangible, physical forms that have powerful vibrations. This energy continues to connect with you when you wear these intention crystals close to the skin or place them in your environment. With every thought and intention, these crystals pick up on your unique vibrational energy and amplify the positive vibes that you’re cultivating. 
In this magical world of vibrations, crystal energy helps you on your spiritual journey because it works to hold your intention and send it out into the universe. A thoughtful and meaningful intention is the starting point for working with healing crystals because the intention acts as the “job” you give to your crystal, allowing its energy to work for you.

 
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HOW TO CHOOSE A CRYSTAL?

There are two main ways to choose a crystal – with your intuition or based on your intention. If you aren’t sure what you want to work on, letting your intuition guide you to the energies you need is one of our favorite ways to select your stones. Once you know the crystal basics from our healing crystals guide, you can use your intuition to choose the right healing stones for your spiritual journey by looking at or feeling different stones until you feel drawn to one or a few of them. Although it may feel as though you are picking your crystals, crystal experts often say that the crystal chooses you instead of the other way around. They grab your attention and pull you in with their dazzling colors or otherworldly shapes and patterns. Because each crystal has a unique vibrational energy, your intuition will guide you to the stones that are right for you at that specific time in your life.
The other way to choose your crystal is by matching your intentions with a stone. When learning how to use energy crystals for overall well-being, it also helps to identify a particular problem or challenge you’re currently facing. Once you have decided on a particular goal or intention you want to pursue, you can pair your intention with a crystal that has an energy that will support your intention.  
Finding the right stone is like any practice of wellness. It requires patience while you quiet the mind and learn what works for you. One way to “test” different crystals is to hold the stone in your hand and quietly think of your intention. Notice if you feel sensations such as hot or cold, pulsations, or calmness and tranquility. These are all signs that this particular rock is perfect for your healing needs.

 
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I HAVE MY CRYSTAL. NOW WHAT DO I DO?

One of the most important, and often overlooked, steps in learning to use crystals for health, balance, abundance or any other goal is setting your intention, or programming your crystal. In our own words, you have to give your crystal a job and a purpose! Crystals want to work for you, but you have to tell them what to do. In the moments when you’re vibrating at a lower frequency, your intentions can fly out the window. When you reconnect with your programmed crystal, it will help you remember your goals and limitless potential.

Programming your crystal is simple. The first step is to cleanse your crystal. You can choose your preferred method of clearing, and what resonates with you the most. Here are some of our favorite ways to cleanse and clear the energy of your stones:

  • Sun/Moon: Place your crystal out under the light of the sun or the full moon for at least 4 hours. 

  • Sound: Download and play the music of Tibetan singing bowls, the Om mantra.

  • Smoke: Immerse your crystal in the smoke of a burning sage stick, Frankincense resin or Copal incense.

  • Earth: Bury your crystal in the Earth and allow it to become recharged with Earth energy. 

  • Other crystals: Place it on top of a Selenite plate or in a Selenite bowl to clear and cleanse any stuck energy.

After cleansing, hold your crystal or crystals in your hands, close your eyes, and take three deep breaths. Then, while in this space of love and light, ask that your crystal be cleared of all unwanted energy or previous programming.

 
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TYPES OF CRYSTALS

Clear Quartz and How to Use it

If you're wondering, 'what are crystals used for?', one of the best stones for beginners to collect is Clear quartz. This crystal further amplifies your intention, which makes it an essential component of any crystal collection. It is also the most versatile stone because it magnifies the vibrations of stones that surround it. In fact, clear quartz crystals are often used to cleanse and re-energize crystals. This is because of its powerful cleansing effects and the ability to counteract negative energy blockages.

Selenite and How to Use it

Selenite is another powerful cleansing stone because it ensures a positive flow of vibrations between you and other rocks in your collection, which makes it an ideal crystal for beginners. This crystal cleanses and purifies your energy, your other stones, and your environment so everything is vibrating at the highest frequency.

Amethyst and How to Use it

Known for its powerful spiritual properties, Amethyst is an ideal stone to place around the home as décor both because of its aesthetic beauty and healing properties. Amethyst crystal is one of the most powerful stones for boosting intuition and connection to self, as well as creating a peaceful and relaxing environment to sooth away stress, worry, or tension.

Black Tourmaline and How to Use it

One of the most powerful stones for protection, Black Tourmaline acts as your energy bodyguard to create an energetic boundary and protect you from unwanted energy. It works by absorbing the lower vibrational energy around you so you do not take the hit. 

Carnelian and How to Use it

The vibrant colors within the Carnelian crystal is a perfect representation of this stone’s fiery and vibrant energy. As one of the best stones for igniting passion and tapping into your creative nature, Carnelian gives you the confidence to break through energetic blocks. It inspires you to take action toward your creative pursuits.  


Rose Quartz and How to Use it

The soft and gentle energy of Rose Quartz is perfect for connecting with and opening your heart. When it comes to relationships, Rose Quartz can support love of all kinds – friendship, family, romantic partners, and even self-love. 

Citrine and How to Use it

A stone that harnesses the power of the sun, Citrine is infused with light and positive energy, which helps to raise your vibration and fill you with happiness. Considered one of the most powerful stones for manifestation, citrine helps make your intentions a reality by guiding you to direct positive energy out into the universe.

Blue Apatite and How to Use it

Blue Apatite is an inspiring crystal that awakens new ambitions and motivates you to take action, especially when it comes to your health and well-being. If you are on a journey to improve your mental, physical or emotional wellness, connect with your Blue Apatite stone to stay on track with your goals.

Aventurine and How to use it

The Aventurine crystal is known in the gemstone world as one of the luckiest stones, which makes it a must-have for inviting good luck and prosperity into your life. Besides boosting your luck in everyday situations, the Aventurine crystal healing properties are especially useful for high-stakes moments like job interviews, performances, important meetings, and even dates. Wherever you need luck on your side, Aventurine is the stone to call upon in your crystal collection. 

Obsidian and How to use it

The Obsidian crystal meaning is linked with the concept of darkness, and just like our ever-spinning planet and its phases of night and day, the human soul also contains elements of light and dark. A powerful protection stone, the Obsidian crystal stone meaning helps you identify your dark shadow side so that its healing properties can clear it away from your psyche. Instead of hiding from darker energies, Obsidian shines a light on the negativity and clears it away, helping us to choose the path leading towards light and love.

Onyx and How to use it

Echoing the stillness of the night sky, the Onyx crystal stone meaning symbolizes initiation and change in Peruvian and Native American traditions because it inspires feelings of personal power that comes from facing your fears. Being free of garden-variety phobias is like having a super power. It frees your soul from the shackles of self-doubt and anxiety by guiding you to a richer, more meaningful existence.