Claire has worked with crystals and many other aspects of paganism for over 14 years. She has also studied reiki up to master level.
Healing crystals can be used in a variety of ways to enhance and benefit our everyday lives without being intrusive or difficult to manage. Popular and simple methods for working with crystal are wearing them in jewellery or to carry small tumbled or palm stones with you. These can be easily kept with you and depending on the crystal type, can be the cheapest way to obtain crystals. The way that you work with your crystal with depend greatly on your needs and situation for example, whether you can (and want) to open about your use of crystals. Jewellery and small concealed stones are discrete and unlikely to raise questions from others though as crystals become more popular and well-known they are often used purely for decorative purposes. This factor can be utilised by anyone needing to conceal their use of crystal healing as you can simply state your stones are pretty décor choices.
Your living and workspace may also have an impact due to factors such as having young children or working an outdoor job. Some ideas for bringing crystals into your everyday life include:
- Placing a crystal in your bag
- Having crystal keyrings
- Placing crystals in your office or on your desk
- Using decorative crystal items such as crystal trees or wind chimes
- Crystal gem essences (when prepared correctly and safely)
- Crystal grids
However, you decide to bring crystals into your everyday life it is important to remember they the stones need to be cared for in return for their beneficial properties. Crystal will need to be cleansed regularly, practically when they are in everyday use. There are many methods for cleansing healing crystals including using water, moonlight, smoke, sound, and earth, though not all are suitable for all stones. Many crystal types should be kept out of water, for example. This can be due to them having potentially toxic properties or because the water will damage them. Other stones such as amethyst can be faded by being left in sunlight. If you are unsure of which cleansing method is best for your crystal moonlight is a good option to go for. This is carried out by leaving your crystals in the light of the moon. Short term sunlight is also fine but take care of leaving your crystals there for longer periods or placing them in your home where they are in direct sun.
If you wish, crystals can also be programmed with a specific intention so that all of their energy is channelled into this aim. Programming crystals is a simple process in which you ask that the stone help you in reaching your goal or for help with a particular situation or difficulty. Further information on programming crystals can be found in my article How to Work with Crystal Memory and Programming.
1. Using Crystals for Protection
The term protection can apply to a range of situations from protecting yourself from the negative energy of others to protecting against accidents and injury. In our lives, we can come into contact with a great number of people on a daily basis, while travelling to and from work, school or college as well as the people present in these places. Even just going to a local shop we are likely to encounter other people and the energy that they possess and put out into the world. This energy is not always pleasant and can have a negative impact on your own energy and feelings especially for sensitive people. An encounter with a grumpy or angry person can leave you feeling drained and tearful or feeling stressed and afraid. Even when negative energy is projected out onto others without intention or awareness it can still cause them to feel drained and unhappy or to take on the negative feelings themselves.
Crystals can be used to help shield us from the negative energy of others in public situations as well as when we have to interact with negative people directly.
Fire Agate: This is a calming and grounding crystal that has strong protective properties. It is particularly useful for creating a shield against ill-wishing and returns harm back to its source. Fire agate is connected to the root chakra and so helps in creating a deep feeling of safety and security.
Carnelian: Another grounding stone that also helps to restore motivation and increase creativity. Carnelian can be used to protect against the anger and resentment of others as well as calming negative emotions.
Pyrite: A good choice of crystal for protection against control, manipulation, and criticism. This crystal helps in seeing the truth of a situation and boost confidence.
2. Crystals to Carry When Travelling
Although not everyone travels for pleasure, most of us have to travel in order to get to work, school or run errands. Even these short trips can prove to be stressful and fraught with difficulties whether we drive or travel using public transport. Crystals can be used in a number of ways when travelling such as protecting against accidents, calming anger and frustration and easing fears about travelling.
Moonstone: This crystal has long been known as the traveller’s stone and is believed to be especially beneficial when travelling over water. Moonstone can help prevent us from overacting to situations and aids in relieving stress. It helps in listening to your intuition and can make the transition between work/school and home smoother.
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Tiger’s Eye: This protective crystal is also very grounding. It encourages patience and slowing down when you feel overstimulated. Tiger’s eye reminds us to look at situations from a realistic perspective and helps you through any deception.
Smoky Quartz: This form of quartz helps in reducing negativity and stress that arise as a result of travelling. It helps in keeping you alert and encourages cooperation. Smoky quartz is a protective crystal that may protect against road rage and vehicle breakdown.
3. Easing Communication With Crystals
Communication is a feature of almost every aspect of everyday life, whether this is with friends and family or work colleagues and other professionals. Good communication skills can help you in getting your needs met, sharing ideas and your wishes and even help you advance within your job. Unfortunately, these skills do not come naturally to many people or certain situations or subjects may prove to be difficult to talk about or express your views on. In our relationships with friends, family and partners it can be difficult to ask for help or feel that you are being heard fully. It can also be hard to speak out, especially if your view differs from those around you. At work, you may feel it is better to struggle on than to talk about a problem you have or to challenge those higher up to make changes. Many crystals possess vibrations that can benefit us in day to day communication as well as when we need to speak up about bigger issues. Communication is linked to the throat chakra and so crystals associated with this chakra can be particularly beneficial. An ideal way to work with crystals in enhancing communication is to wear them on a short chain over or close to the throat chakra.
Blue Kyanite: Blue kyanite is a good choice of crystal for preventing petty arguments arising at work. It can also be used to help you keep calm when working with difficult colleagues or clients. Place a blue kyanite crystal on your desk or alternatively carry or wear one during working hours.
Blue Lace Agate: This pretty variety of agate has a calming energy that is excellent for soothing anxiety over-communicating with others. It is particularly useful in situations where you need to stand up for yourself and speak your truth.
Chalcanthite: A richly coloured blue crystal, chalcanthite is connected to the throat chakra and helps us in understanding our intuitive feelings regarding those around us. This is a good crystal for assisting you in working towards personal goals and desires and in communicating your needs and wishes in achieving these. Care should be taken with chalcanthite as it is water-soluble and should not be cleansed using water or left where it will get wet.
4. Calming Crystals for Stressful Situations
Whether at work or home, life can throw stressful and unexpected situations at us. Even when these are not major or putting us in any danger they can still be difficult to wade through and many small issues can accumulate into a lot of stress and worry. The calming vibrations of many crystals can aid us in keeping calm when we must face difficult issues or can be used to help calm smaller stresses such as travelling to work or strained relationships with colleagues and prevent them building up to overwhelm us.
Mtrolite: Also known as chrome chalcedony, mtrolite is a useful crystal for helping you to remain calm and centred through changes that come your way. This crystal can aid in helping you to be more open to change and in understanding which situations you can change and move past and those that must be accepted as they are.
Petrified Wood: Petrified wood is a strongly grounding stone that is formed from trees fallen into water containing elements such as manganese, iron and copper. These are then absorbed into the wood and form crystals in a variety of colours. This calming crystal may help you to worry less about smaller issues in life and is excellent for people prone to worry or overthinking issues.
Ametrine: Ametrine is a combination of amethyst and citrine. It is useful crystal for calming the mind during stressful situations and helping you focus on what needs to be done. This is a harmonising stone that encourages thinking things through thoroughly and exploring all possibilities. It aids concentration and helps in removing negative emotional programming that is preventing clear thinking and actions.
5. Crystals for Concentration and Focus
Concentration can be a difficult skill to master and this is even more so with modern life so full of tempting distractions. It can be tempting to check your phone or social media over and over leading to mistakes or difficulty retaining the information you need. Crystals may help boost concentration and focus helping you to get your job down well or in studying for important tests or exams. They can be used to help gather scattered thoughts that impair focus and create distractions.
Sapphire: Sometimes known as the wisdom stone, this crystal can focus and calm the mind bringing feelings of balance and peace. It helps in releasing unwanted thoughts and thoughts that no longer serve us. Sapphire aids concentration and can help to boost self-expression when used on the throat chakra.
Apatite: Apatite clears confusion and stimulates creativity and intelligence. It is a useful crystal in manifestation that can show you how to turn your ideas into reality. This crystal has motivational energy that benefits quick and efficient learning. Apatite is also a good choice of crystal for helping you to focus during meditation.
Sillimanite: This energising stone helps to align the chakras and is also known as fibrolite. It helps to bring clarity to your thoughts and is a good choice for use in meditation. It is a beneficial crystal for anyone who struggles with self-discipline and helps focus intention and concentration on the task at hand.
6. Attracting Luck With Crystals
Good luck can be defined as the good things that happen to us by chance and can feel a great force in boosting our lives and well-being. Throughout history charms and symbols have been used as talismans designed to attract good luck or repel bad. Many varieties of crystal are believed to have the ability to attract more luck into every area of our lives from catching our morning bus on time to securing a promotion at work.
Garnet: Garnet is a good choice of crystal if you are looking to increase your luck in connection to work or business. This crystal will help to keep your enthusiasm and ambition high while also keeping humble and grounded. Garnet is also useful for increasing motivation and inspiration.
Jade: This crystal has long been used for luck within Feng Shui. It is believed to bring harmony, good luck and balance to anyone who works with it. Jade is especially beneficial in conducting business deals and talks or in completing sales.
Labradorite: This attractive crystal attracts good luck and good fortune due to its high vibration. Labradorite is a useful crystal to use when you feel stuck in life and aren’t sure how to get your life flowing forwards again. It also aids in dispelling negativity and protects against making bad decisions.
7. Working with Crystals to Get a Good Night's Sleep
Getting enough sleep is an important part of ensuring good health and well-being. Unfortunately for many people this is easier said than done and can be caused by many factors. Busy schedules and long lists of commitments can greatly reduce the time people have to relax and sleep adequately. Stressful busy lives can also leave us unable to relax and unwind when our brains are constantly filled to the brim with thoughts and things we must remember. Crystals can be used to help us wind down or take a few relaxing moments for ourselves in a hectic day as well helping us to get a restful night’s sleep.
Blue Calcite: Holding or carrying a blue calcite crystal for a couple of hours before bedtime can help your mind relax and unwind after a busy day. This crystal is thought to lower blood pressure, soothe anxiety and aid in releasing negative emotions.
Celestite: Celestite calms the mind, bringing clarity and sharpness to our thoughts. It can help to instil a deep feeling of peace during difficult times and may help dampen fiery emotions. Placing a celestite crystal underneath your pillow is said to prevent nightmares.
Khutnohorite: This crystal has a gentle energy that fills the surrounding environment with peace and calm. It is a stone of forgiveness that may help us work through grief, fear and resentment that we are holding on to. Khutnohorite can help to reset disturbed sleep patterns so can be a good choice of crystal for shift workers. As this is a delicate crystal it is better to place it in your environment, for example next to your bed, than to carry it with you`
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