Find yourself intrigued by the healing powers of crystals? Here’s what you need to know.
For the last few years, crystals have become increasingly popular. Hailed a big wellness trend for 2017 at the end of last year, the trend is rapidly growing. On Instagram, the hashtag itself has impressively over 5,000,000 posts. Reportedly, even Cara Delavigne, Lena Dunham and Kate Hudson are fans.
What are crystals all about?
Firstly, crystals and gemstones are living organisms. This means they have a life energy of their own. It’s believed that crystals have energy systems that can balance energy in the body and in physical environments. Crystals have existed for millions of years and healing practice has been around since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians used crystals for protection and health.
Crystals come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Each crystal also has its own energy. The practically insta-famous crystal rose quartz, for example, is a ‘love stone.’ It’s used to enhance love in any situation. Whether that’s self-love, platonic or romantic love.
Holistic vs scientific?
Crystals are widely recognised as a more holistic and spiritual healing practise. Crystal fanatics claim that they can be used to heal both physical and emotional imbalance. To quote, medium and Reiki master Samantha Fey, crystals can ‘subtly but profoundly change our energy, health and aura.’
The scientific community are however not entirely sold on this one. In fact, the few studies on crystal practise have led scientists to label this as a placebo effect. Claiming the power of suggestion plays a role in the user’s belief that the crystal is ‘working’.
Using crystals for healing
If you’re intrigued by healing crystals then don’t let skepticism hold you back. If you’re open to the power of crystals, then it’s time to get in touch with your spiritual side.
When it comes to choosing the right crystal, there’s no ‘buyers guide.’ It’s best to go with your instinct. Some spiritual healers advise that you do not choose a crystal, it chooses you. Head to a local holistic shop, pick up a few crystals and try to determine which one connects with you.
Crystals all have their own unique properties. You can find a crystal to calm anxiety (hematite), bring good luck (jade), or even inspire creativity (moonstone).
To use your crystal for healing, try holding it while you meditate or find a relaxing space in your home and add a few healing crystals.
My own experience with healing crystals
I have tried crystal healing and found it to be a very positive experience. When I first went to a holistic spa, I was slightly confused by the line of crystals gently placed on my body. This was all new to me, so my inner sceptic was shouting ‘WHAT IS GOING ON?’. For the first 30 minutes, I focused on balancing the crystals, and trying not to move worried they were going to slip off me! Admittedly, not the whole point of crystal healing but I was new to all of this.
After a few sessions, I soon didn’t notice the crystals. I managed to relax and feel peaceful, and soon I was feeling more positive. I only ‘dipped a toe’ in crystal healing so to speak, so I can’t advise on long-term effects but my experience has definitely left me feeling more curious about it.
It’s worth mentioning that I didn’t choose the crystals, they were chosen for me by the practitioner. In hindsight, I would love to know what crystals were used!
Since this, I have purchased a Himalayan rock salt lamp. I can say I’m definitely converted! I love the warm glow of the lamp and find it very soothing before going to sleep.
But this is my experience, what will be your experience with healing crystals? If you’re interested in this practice, let us know in the comments below. You could even use crystals to heal body imbalance pre/during menstruation! Let us know how you get on. Tweet us @totmorganic