Crystals and How to Use them to Heal by Laura Morrice
Crystals have always fascinated me, ever since a young age there has been this pull towards them, like they were calling me into their magical world of vibrational healing. I was in awe of the stories of The Ancient Egyptians, Native American Indians and the mythical tales of Atlantis and Lemuria. These wise cultures and civilisations knew about them not just for their beauty and rarity but also for their therapeutic properties and their ability to heal.
So it’s absolutely no surprise that I now have crystals and their energies seeping into pretty much every aspect of my life and lifestyle. I first began working with crystals almost 20 years ago and they continued to find ways to play a more dominant role in my work as a healer until I finally did a Crystal Healing course in 2008 and since then there hasn’t been a day go by that isn’t influenced by the energies of these magnificent treasures gifted to us from Mother Earth and the Universal Energies.
They are so versatile to work with, there are so many ways to use them and infuse the therapeutic, healing properties that they carry into your physical, emotional and metal bodies, not mention into your home and working environment too.
In this blog I am going to share with you some ways that you can use crystals for healing but before we begin looking at some of the different ways to work with them, first there are a few things that you need to do to prepare your crystals. This ensures that you get the full benefit of the magical energies they have to share with you.
Buying and Cleansing Your Crystals
If you are new to crystals then you’ll want to go and purchase some, for this I have a couple of pointers for you.
1. If you can, purchase your crystals from a reputable crystal shop. It is good to be able to physically see and hold the crystals before you buy them. This allows you to be intuitively drawn to the crystals that are right for you in that specific moment, or for the crystals to choose you (as is more often the case). Even when you know which type of crystal you want to buy, it’s good to select the “right” piece and this can only be done by looking at them, touching them and making an energetic connection with them. Also a good crystal supplier will be there to help you, they will answer any questions you have, offer suggestions etc… and it’s good to support local shops and businesses.
2. Once you have purchased your crystals you will need to cleanse them before you can begin to work with them. There are many ways to do this, I will include a few of my favourites for you.
- In running water (a stream/gentle flowing river). I use to do this all the time at my previous home as I had a stream running through my property, right next to my house. If you do use this method it is a good idea to place tp place your crystals in a bag or container that will prevent them from being washed away downstream. Place them in the water and leave them for a minimum of 30 minutes. Once they’ve been cleansed remove them from the water and allow them to dry naturally with the air. *** DO NOT USE FOR WATER SOLUBLE CRYSTALS ***
- Place them in a bowl of rock salt/sea salt so that they are fully covered and leave them overnight. The salt helps to draw off old energy that may still be attached to the crystals.
- Put them out to cleanse (and charge) under the light of a full moon. If you can’t place them outside then put them on a windowsill that gets the light of the moon.
Dedicating Your Crystals
Once your crystals have been cleansed they need to be dedicated to the love and light of Universal energies. They are, after all a gift of love to us from Mother earth and the Universe, so it’s nice to honour that. This process doesn’t need to be repeated often. After initial purchase and then as you feel is necessary.
Hold your crystal in your dominant hand and take some time to breath deeply and connect to the energies, then state:
“I dedicate you (state the type of crystal) to the love and light of Universal energy, for the highest and greatest good. I am open to receive your energies and any guidance that you may have for me, thank you”
Your crystal is now ready to be programmed for using.
Programming Your Crystals
When you want to use your crystals for specific healing purposes then you must program your intentions into the crystal so that its energies can serve in the best possible way.
To do this hold your crystal and take a few deep breaths and connect with the crystals energies. Then start to gently rub the crystal with the pad of your thumb being sure to cover all if the surfaces. After some time you will notice that the pad of your thumb will feel like it’s starting to stick to one of the sides of the crystal, once this happens hold your crystal and state the intention that you have for it, allowing it to flow into the crystal. Do this for a slong as you feel is right. A variation on this is to state your intention and then blow the intention into the crystal through your breathe. Play about with these and see what feels best to you, your crystal may even guide you to do something else a little different!
Now your crystals are ready to be used for healing, you have made an energetic connection with them and they to you. I would suggest buying a journal especially for when you’re working with your crystals so that you can record the experiences you get from working with them. Some insights will come quite quickly to you, others may come to you in dreams, during meditations etc...Keep an open mind and keep your journal close by at all times!
Healing with Crystals
There are so many ways that crystals can be used for healing ranging from simple techniques using one crystal to intricate grids using multiple crystals. Here I will include a few of my favourites for you to try out. As your knowledge grows you will find new ways to use them and I encourage you to explore different methods, Use your intuition, let the crystals communicate with you, let them guide you and remember to have fun and enjoy working with these beautiful energetic beings. Invite them in to your life with love in your heart and allow them to change your world in the most exciting, unexpected ways.
Method 1 – One Crystal for One Purpose
This is the simplest way to use a crystal for healing. Select a crystal that is appropriate for the type of healing you wish to carry out, e.g; rose quartz for heart/emotional conditions, fluorite for colds, flus or sinus problems. If you are unsure which crystal to use go for clear quartz. This is a master healer and can be used for any condition on any part of the body, it had the ability to provide whatever is needed for our highest and greatest good.
Once you have prepared your crystal and programmed it for your chosen intention, there are two ways to enjoy the healing properties on offer;
Place the crystal on the appropriate part of your body and secure it in place with a piece of surgical tape, then go about your daily business knowing that as you do, the crystal is emitting its healing vibrational energy into your body for the highest and greatest good.
For a more intense, focused healing experience lie down in a comfortable position. Put on some relaxing music and light some candles and incense and place the crystal on the corresponding area of your body. Hold the intention that the crystals energies are flowing into your being and focus on the gentle ebb and flow of your breath coming in and out of your body. See and feel the crystals energy as beautiful bright, white light flowing to you and through you. Lie and enjoy this experience for as long as you feel is necessary. Be open to any guidance that you may receive during this healing session.
Method 2 – Chakra Layout
The chakras are energy centres located in our bodies. They each correspond to the bodies internal organs, our hormone production and the flow of our energy. They go beyond the physical body and out into our etheric, emotional, mental and astral bodies. Often before physical ailments are manifested fully in body they are noticeable in our etheric bodies, so this method is great not only for aligning and balancing our chakras and energy bodies but also for keeping our physical body in top tip condition. If you aren’t yet knowledgeable in the specific properties of different crystals an easy way to select the right ones for this technique is to match the colour of the chakra to a crystal of the same colour
CHAKRA / COLOUR / CRYSTAL
ROOT CHAKRA / RED / RED JASPER
SACRAL CHAKRA / ORANGE / CARNELIAN
SOLAR PLEXUS / YELLOW / CITRINE
HEART CHAKRA / GREEN / MALACHITE
THROAT CHAKRA / BLUE / BLUE LACE AGATE
THIRD EYE / INDIGO/VIOLET / AMETHYST
CROWN CHAKRA / PURPLE/WHITE / SELENITE
The above is a guide for corresponding colours and crystals for the 7 main chakras.
Lay out the crystals on the body and relax as they go to work, cleansing and balancing their energies to restore your being to its optimum vibrational frequency. To further enhance the balancing of your chakras you can include small clear quartz points in between each chakra, pointing upwards to the head.
Method 3 – Grids
Crystal grids are a fanatic way to benefit from the energies and they can be used for pretty much anything you can think of. You can create grids for protection which can be placed around your bed, house or garden. They can be created to help you to manifest things that you would like to see materialise in your life, e.g; a new relationship or job, financial assistance, even help for passing exams by creating more focus and clarity in your thoughts. They can be as simple or as extravagant as you like and creating grids is a great way to play around with the crystals and how they work in conjunction with one another.
I’ve said this so many times already but allow your intuition to guide you when creating your grids, especially for placing them and adding in any other objects to help enhance the energies that you are wanting to create, flowers and herbs make a great addition to grids, they can be very complimentary.
For this grid you will need 4x clear quartz points. They are then placed one at the top, one to the right hand side, one to the bottom and then one to the left hand side, all with their points facing into the centre. This is a basic grid that can cleanse and energise anything that is then in the centre, so this could go around your bed, a room, around you while you meditate, other crystals, objects representing your desired manifestations etc…
This is an excellent starting point for creating other grids for more specific purposes which you would add more crystals to. Whatever you intended reasons for the grid will help you to decide what other crystals you want to add to it and where to place them within the grid.
A Grid for Balancing Emotions
This is a great grid for balancing your emotions, my favourite way to use it is to lie or sit in the centre and meditate while focusing on my breathing. A minimum of 15 minutes will help generate the best results, repeat as often as is necessary. It’s also a good grid for around your bed.
- 4x clear quartz points
- 4x smoky quartz
- 4x rose quartz
- 4x amethyst
- 4x selenite
Lay out the four clear quartz points as in the basic grid guide. Then put the smoky quartz at the points followed by rose quartz and then amethyst and last but not least the selenite.
The quartz points are focusing and amplifying the direction of the energy, the smoky quartz is helping to remove any negative energy but it’s also grounding the energy of the grid into the here and now, therefore grounding your emotions.The rose quartz is the crystal of unconditional love so will help balance the emotions of love in every area and aspect of your life and allow you to not only give unconditional love but also to receive it, which is such an important lesson for all of us.
The amethyst is one of the most spiritual stones and helps to lock in your spiritual guidance, open up your intuition and your acceptance of your divine guidance. It also helps to balance out the high vibrational energy of the rose quartz, which can sometimes be overwhelming for people not used to the high love vibes. Then the selenite, this is a beautiful high vibrational crystal that calls in the love energies of the angelic realms. Creating a safe space for you to absorb the the love, light energies from the grid, for your highest and greatest good.
Example of grid layout for meditating in.
Geometric Patterns for Grid Templates
This method is particularly good for manifesting something specific as the geometric patterns act like portholes to other dimensions through space and time, therefore they can help assist in bringing your desire to the here and now. One of the most common and best templates to use for this is the Flower of Life.
These types of grids can be set up and placed on an alter, or area of special significance in your home. Then everyday you would spend some time focusing on your desire, meditate, do visualisations to help with the manifestation, add in positive affirmations etc...This will add power to the grid and the intention for its purpose, increasing the effectiveness of the grid.
This is a fantastic method for getting the healing vibrational energies of the crystals actually into your body. The only two things you have to pay attention to is;
Do not use water soluble crystals, as they will melt. If you’re unsure there are a multitude of books and resources online.
Do not place crystals that are toxic, directly into the water. You would need to place these inside a. smaller jar, which would then be placed into the container of water. Again list of toxic crystals can be found online or in any good crystal book.
A Crystal Elixir for the Cold
Take a piece of fluorite that you have cleansed, dedicated and then programmed and place it in to a jug or large jar of filtered water. Place this water in the sunlight or the moonlight for a minimum of 1 hour (the longer the better) and then drink the water as often as is necessary until your symptoms start to improve.
A Crystal Elixir to Soothe and Nourish the Skin
Take a piece of rose quartz and prepare the crystal in the usual way. Then place it in to a jar or jug of filtered water and leave for the desired amount of time. This water can then be drunk or it can be applied topically to the skin.
A New World
Now that you’ve got the basic know how for using crystals to heal I hope that you have fun and enjoy discovering all that these beautiful creature have to offer us. There really is a whole new world awaiting for you to jump in and embrace the knowledge , learn from it and find new and traditional ways of working with crystals and they’re amazing energies. You are only limited by your own thoughts and expectations, so do yourself a favour and be fully open to exploring the magic that crystals have to offer and how they can alter, enhance and change your life and the life of others for the better.
This subject will provide you with enough wonder and inspiration to last many lifetimes over and I promise that it will deliver to you the most beautiful, profound ways of adding a natural, loving healing energies into your life. Once they have you under their spell, there really is no turning back. I hope that they give you as much love and enjoyment, not to mention the deep and meaningful insights about yourself and your life, as they have given and continue to give me.
Love and Light