Gemstones and Healing
Many people wonder how crystals and gemstones used for metaphysical purposes work for healing the mind, body, and soul. It is hard for some people to grasp exactly how they do work or to believe they work at all.
Who Am I?
I have been studying crystal healing for 30 years and most of what I have discovered has been through personal experience and intuition. I found that most of the information available out there is just shared from one source to another and not a lot of it is from personal experience.
I have always been interested in healing therapies, especially mega-vitamin, herbs, exercise, and hypnotherapy. I am a trained hypnotherapist and I have had the privilege to use my skills and ability to go deep into a state if receptivity to uncover how plants, minerals, and energy interact with me.
Over time I have learned to hear what these things are saying. It can be hard in our awake, conscious, mind, to feel their subtle messages. It really isn't subtle when you are able to tap into it but at first, it feels so. This article is my attempt to use conscious words to describe what I have discovered.
Vibrations of Gemstones
There is no doubt in my mind that the vibrations have an effect on us. Vibrations, really? Why yes, everything vibrates!
Atoms make up everything, we all learn that in elementary school but we seldom go deeper. How does an atom know to be a chair and not an ear? Vibrations that's how!.
The physical state of gas, liquid, and solid is determined by how fast an atom is vibrating. Vibrations pass through an atom informing it of what it is. It is not the atom that makes an ear but the vibration passing through it that does.
Everything vibrates at a different frequency but some things have a similar or harmonizing vibration.
How this impacts healing can be explained in the following example: Your joints require calcium. If you had to eat enough calcium to completely saturate your body so your joints received what they needed you would have to consume a ridiculously large amount. Instead, the specific vibration of calcium is attracted to the areas of your body that need it. That is how stones vibrating at different energies will help a particular area or issue. Similar and harmonious vibrations attract one another.
Healing (and illness) occurs on many levels.
- If your body doesn't have the vitamins and minerals needed
- you are having thoughts that conflict with a healthy vibration
- you are in a toxic environment
these factors can contribute to a healing crisis.
Gemstones do not heal the illness, they help raise the proper vibration in conjunction with thoughts and nutrients etc. That is why if you are using crystals for healing but continue to eat things that are not harmonious with you, take substances that block your energy, live in emotional, spiritual or physical toxicity, then the crystal might not help. The vibration of gemstones can support the other work you are doing to heal.
Cleansing Your Gemstones
It is important to keep your gemstones cleansed and charged. Why? How?
Energy and vibrations have residue and as they pass through a crystal some of the energy can stick and be left behind. Any vibration can leave residue and must be cleansed. Crystals pick up energy from the place on the earth they were formed, from the other minerals around them, from the miners, cutters, sellers, buyers who have touched them, thoughts and feelings you have, etc., so it is really important to know how to cleanse them.
Minerals and gemstones, for the most part, share their energy and vibration and amplify energy around them, but they have small pockets that hold energy as well. If those pockets are filled with energy that is counter to what the gemstone vibrates at or to what you wish the gemstone to help you with then they need to be cleansed.
There are many ways to cleanse crystals and minerals. It is important to know something about the physical makeup of the rock for some techniques since they can harm them. For instance, you can't wash selenite in water since it is water soluble, you also can't use the sunshine to cleanse larimar as it will fade.
You will find one that works for you, it has to be one that you intuitively feel strongly about because a lof of the cleansing is actually your vibration of believing the piece is clean.
Sage, salt, moonlight, earth, sunlight (some rocks fade) prayer, candle flame (amber burns) are all ways people use. Google search all the different ways people have found that works for them and experiment to find one you connect with. Also, check out our article by Garnet on cleansing gemstones.
I have my personal preferences on how to cleanse gemstones. I regularly smudge my gems or run them over a candle flame. I use a crystal specifically for cleansing that I have been using for 30 years. In one hand I hold the crystal and use it to pull a great deal of energy into and through me and shoot it out of the crystal that I am holding in another hand while I recite a mantra or prayer. I use this statement to cleanse my gemstones "I am the light of the creator within, I am a clear and perfect channel, light is my guide", three times.
Charging Gemstones and Jewelry for Metaphysical Purposes
Once you have cleansed a piece, it is a good idea to charge it.
Charging will ensure the residue left in the crystal is the vibration you are seeking. Since the crystal will amplify what is in it, you will want the residue to be what you are after as opposed to something you are not.
I breathe deeply three times and then take the gemstone and hold it over my third eye with my eyes closed. I visualize the outcome I want to and feel it as if it is a full reality. By that I mean I see it, feel it, smell it, and then push it into the crystal to charge it for the intended purpose.
It takes practice and time to be able to visualize powerfully with all of your senses so I advise beginners to complete the charging process by visualizing puppies, kittens, your child, or whatever fills you up with unconditional love and push that into the piece as well. That energy never hurts!
It's All in Your Mind
Some feel that crystal healing is "just" placebo. I am really okay with that belief being a hypnotherapist.
I strongly believe, based on experience, in the power of the mind. Even if that is the "only" thing going on it can sometimes be enough. I have seen people bend a metal rod with "just" their minds. Our minds and emotions also create chemicals and hormones that can have healing capabilities. The mind is a powerful tool to add to your treatment plan.
The vibrations we create with the power of belief instruct our energetic field and that is what creates everything, so when someone says "it's just in your mind", smile and say, I know, isn't that amazing?
When we experience trauma, either emotional, spiritual, physical or mental it causes a block similar to residue left in a crystal that I talked about earlier except it's left as residue in us. It is an energetic little lump in our energy field. To clear it we have to go to a higher vibration to move it along. Imagine a power washer on a sidewalk with a garden hose removing a pile of dirt. Eventually, it will cleanse off in the rain naturally, hopefully, but actively going after it with a strong flow of "energy" moves it along much more quickly. Crystals can help us to really amp up that energy and get things moving along and flowing. So cleanse your crystal and charge it and in return, it will do the same for you.
Being mindful and repetition is like a boost to that "garden hose" I mentioned earlier. Mindfulness is noticing what is happening in and around you and also choosing a new pattern or energy.
Reinforcing the energetic pattern, repeating your intent, praying, being grateful, gives boosts to those trains of energy you want to create.
Having a "ritual" or pattern around your healing crystals and jewelry amplifies and builds the energy.
What if I Think Negatively?
Fake it until you make it!
You will often hear people say "don't give energy to unhelpful energy patterns." People think that means stuff them, ignore them, stay in denial, but I have learned that gives them energy! Instead look at them, allow them, acknowledge them, and let them be. Then move onto the pattern you want to encourage consciously.
Not giving them energy means to not allow them to rule your experience. They are not there to be judged or make you feel like a failure. They just are. You can't become aware of them, nor can you call in their opposite if you deny them.
You can, instead, laugh, acknowledge, watch and then make a conscious effort to think, act, and say the opposite or an alternative.
Hold your jewelry and do this simultaneously and eventually your jewelry will be so highly charged that when the unhelpful vibration occurs all you have to do is touch the piece and your energy pattern and thoughts will shift.
It is really hard for me to express everything I know into such a short article. I hope I was able to get across some of what I understand and to give you a clearer perception of the very basics of metaphysical crystal healing.
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