How to use the Energy of Crystals for your Spiritual Growth

Have you ever wondered how to use the Energy of crystals for spiritual growth and well-being? Then you are in the right place! This is my obsession right now and I have been doing some intense research.

Welcome to week five of my Spiritual Journey series; 7 tools in 7 weeks. Thank you for joining me, I am so happy you’re here.

This week we talk about the energy of crystals

Earth is home to more than 4000 naturally occurring minerals. A mineral is an inorganic substance of definite chemical composition and specific crystalline structure.

Most minerals are crystals, but not all. A mineral has one specific chemical composition, where a rock is a mixture of minerals. Crystals have a repeating geometric molecular pattern.

Quartz is the most prevalent mineral on our planet, making up between 12 and 20 percent of the earth’s crust. That’s a lot of crystal. Mother Earth has been lovingly growing these crystals for millions of years.

Crystals carry the energy of the earth, the moon and the stars. Each crystal has an individual vibration just as we do. There are many ways we can put the energy of crystals to work in our lives.

How can I use my crystals?

Working with chakras:

The powerful energy of crystals can be used to clear and balance the body’s chakras. The seven chakras are our life force energy centers. They run along the spine, from the tail bone to the crown of your head.

Each of the seven chakras has its own healing color associated with it. When using crystals for this purpose, the color of the stone or crystal should correspond to the color of the chakra.

The energy of crystals for chakra balancing

 

 

 

 

 

 

The root chakra is the first energy center, located at the base of the spine. This chakra is associated with the feeling of safety and grounding. The root chakra’s color is red.

When choosing stones or crystals for root chakra work, they should be red or black in color. Some examples you can try would be red jasper, garnet, bloodstone, black onyx or black tourmaline.

The second energy center is the sacral chakra, located in the pelvic area. This chakra is associated with sensuality and creativity. The sacral chakra’s color is orange.

There are many great orange stones and crystals to try when working with this chakra. Good examples would be sunstone, carnelian, orange calcite and goldstone.

Moving up the spine:

The solar plexus chakra is our third energy center as we move up the spine and it’s location is right around the navel or belly button. This chakra’s color is yellow and it is associated with confidence, self-esteem and expression of will power.

Some awesome yellow stones to try when working with the solar plexus are citrine, yellow jasper, heliodor and yellow jade.

The heart chakra is our fourth energy center as we continue our way up, of course, located in the center of the chest. This is our love center. It is also the energy center of the chakras with three above and three below. The heart chakra is where the physical and spiritual come together.

The energy of crystals,; chakra stones

Green is the color of the heart chakra, however pink crystals also have great energy for work with this chakra. Some to try might be green aventurine, rose quartz (the love crystal), ruby in zoisite, green calcite, green jade, chrysoprase and emerald.

Moving above the heart to the fifth energy center which is the throat chakra. It is located at the center of the neck, in line with the shoulders. The throat chakra is associated with self-acceptance and speaking your truth. This chakra’s color is blue.

Many amazing blue stones and crystals are available for working with throat chakra. You might want to try blue calcite, aquamarine, sodalite or blue quartz.

The third eye chakra is the sixth energy center located in the middle of the forehead between the eyebrows. It is the center of intuition, associated with intellect and spiritual insight. The color for this chakra is indigo.

Great crystals and stones to try while working with this chakra might be iolite, lapis lazuli, kyanite, apatite and tanzanite.

The seventh chakra:

Located at the top of our head is the crown chakra. This is the seventh primary energy center. It is associated with enlightenment and spiritual awareness. This powerful chakra is our connection to the Universe and Divine intelligence.

The color for the crown chakra is usually depicted as violet-purple or white. White being beyond color, complete purity of spirit. Crystals with the most powerful vibrations are used when working with the crown chakra.

Most notable would be amethyst and clear quartz, both considered to be master crystals. Other stones and crystals you can try when working with this chakra include charoite, lepidolite and eudialyte.

If you are interested in using crystals to work with your chakra centers, Amazon has sets containing all seven stones you will need. I am an affiliate with Amazon, which means if you make a purchase using my link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Have fun using the energy of crystals to balance your chakra energy centers and remove the blocks that are preventing you from being all you are meant to be!

Up next, using the energy of crystals for meditation:

Adding a crystal to your meditation practice can amplify the energy of your intention. You can hold the crystal in your hand during your meditation or place it close by. You may also want to try using the crystal as the focus of your attention by placing it in front of you and meditating with your eyes open.

Choose your crystal based on what you are wanting to work on or resolve within yourself. Some research into the many healing properties attributed to different crystals may be required.

For more information on how to start a solid meditation practice, see the first post in my Spiritual Journey Series.

Meditating with one of the chakra crystals mentioned above would be a great way to start. If you are already comfortable with using crystals for your meditation, you may want to try using all seven chakra stones.

To do this you will lie down on your back for the meditation. Place each stone on your body in the corresponding location of the chakra with the matching color.

As you follow your breath, spend a couple of minutes concentrating on each chakra center, beginning with the root chakra and working your way up to the crown chakra.

Massage therapy using the energy of crystals:

Crystal massage can be done with either a crystal massage wand or a smooth polished massage stone. No special talent is required to perform a massage using crystals, however some research may be required into the type of crystal you want to use.

There are many books and websites available to research the individual healing properties and energies of different stones and crystals.

A crystal massage wand is a stone or crystal with a slender cylinder shape that may be smooth or faceted. The wand will normally have a pointed end and a rounded end.

A crystal massage stone could be a palm sized smooth polished crystal, a crystal sphere or ball or a crystal roller. Choose a crystal massage tool that resonates with you. Your intuition will lead you to the perfect item for your needs.

Crystal grids:

What is a crystal grid? A crystal grid is a structured arrangement of multiple crystals used to combine, enhance and magnify the energies of the crystals used.

the energy of crystal grids

You may want to consider using a crystal grid if you have not been able to achieve your goal using a single crystal.

A crystal grid will include three to five different types of crystals and may contain other elements such as flowers or candles. Let your intuition guide you.

In the center of your grid will be the focus stone. This crystal will collect source energy and funnel it into your grid. The next stones in the grid are called way stones. They are the middle men between your focus stone and your desire stones. The outer stones of your grid will be your desire stones. These represent what you are desiring as your final outcome.

When choosing your grid crystals, begin with the desire stones. This will likely be whatever stone you were working with to achieve your desired result prior to assembling a grid. Next choose your way stones. Polished or tumbled stones with saturated color work well here.

The way stones are the intermediate between your desired result and the source energy that will provide it. The way stone energy will represent the steps necessary to accomplish your goal.

Finally you may choose your focus stone. Choose a stone that will amplify the energy of the other grid crystals. Clear quartz is always a great focus crystal but there are many other options.

Activating your grid:

Before assembling your grid, be sure to cleanse both your space and the crystals you plan to use. If you are into Feng Shui, you may want to locate your grid in the area of your home or office that relates to your desired outcome.

A sacred geometry pattern may be used for the placement of your grid crystals such as the flower of life pattern. If using a cloth, choose colors that coordinate with the grid crystals.

Assemble your grid by placing the crystals from the inside out starting with the focus stone. Write your intention or desired outcome on a small piece of paper and place it under the focus stone.

Activate your grid using a wand or quartz point. Standing or sitting next to your grid, hold the wand in your hand and focus on your intention for the grid. Slowly move the wand above each grid crystal, connecting them and there energies.

Leave your crystal grid in place for at least forty days.

If you would like to read the other posts in this series, I have included links below.

Have fun using the energy of crystals and I hope all of your dreams come true!!!

Week one – How to create a solid meditation practice

Week two – Daily soul writing for your spiritual journey

Week three – Using positive affirmations to kick the negative self-talk habit

Week four – What is mirror work and how can it help me?

Week six – Try a manifestation box instead of a vision board

Week seven – Pay attention to your inner guidance

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Simple questions that reveal glimpses of how you have been guided all along

We are constantly being drawn to the truth about who and what we really are. Of course, the closed, sleeping mind will not realize this. Once you are awake or have opened your heart and mind to why we are here on Earth, life may start to look a bit different to you.

Everything around you may take on new meaning. You may begin to see, on a much deeper level, the impact of the movies you watch, the books you read, and the music you listen to. Your preferences may begin to transform as well, becoming more in line with your true authentic self.

I want to share with you a look back at the very early origins of my own journey. There were always signs, events and preferences drawing me toward my ultimate goal. Even though I only truly awoke to our purpose recently, I can now see how I was consistently being shown the way throughout my life.

Remember to look to your past and your childhood as you answer these questions. That may be where you find the most connection and meaning.

1. What is your all time favorite song?

Music moves us. It is something we connect to very deeply in many cases and what we are attracted to may say something significant about us.

I never have to think about my answer to this question. It is a given for me. I had my favorite song tattooed on my hip when I was twenty years old. The name of the song, not the lyrics! It is the only tattoo I have and I can still cry when I hear the song, some thirty years later. It touches my heart in a very deep way. My song is “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel.

Back in the nineties, before my ex-husband and I were married, we attended a Peter Gabriel concert in Phoenix, Arizona. We had eighth row seats, I believe, and it was amazing! When he sang my song I cried like a baby. My ex wanted to know why I was crying. All I could say was “I always wanted to feel this way (about someone).”

I didn’t know the truth of my why. My sleeping mind believed, as most of us would, that someone external might provide this feeling for me someday. I now know that is unlikely to happen. This depth of emotion can only be found within.

I now believe this song to have a more spiritual meaning that I just couldn’t see back then.

2. What is the best book you have ever read?

I love to read! Reading is knowledge and I want to continue to learn every day of my lifetime. I read non-fiction almost exclusively now, but when I was younger, fiction was definitely my thing.

My favorite book of all time is “The Talisman” by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I first read this book around age nineteen or twenty and have re-read it a few times since.

I now see Jack’s quest to find the talisman as a spiritual transformation journey. A journey experienced in multiple realms, where Jack was required to walk into his fear and face his demons. All the while he was receiving divine guidance and protection.

Wolf is a favorite character in this story. His famous quote is “Wolf! Right here and now!” Could this be a not so subtle message about staying present? Below are quotes I found from each author, just for fun:

 

 

3. What is your favorite movie of all time?

Super easy question for me. The Matrix. Written and directed by the brilliant Lana and Lilly Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves. Released in 1999, the special effects were ahead of their time, but it was the story that captivated me.

The timing of this film was impeccable with the internet really starting to take hold. I felt the story was incredible and yet credible at the same time. One part of my mind (the ego) doesn’t want to believe anything like this is possible, but another part (the soul) knows that is.

And, of course, Neo is on an epic spiritual journey in The Matrix, which seems to be a theme for my favorite things in life. This movie is the ultimate story of spiritual awakening.

I was thirty-two when it was released eighteen years ago and there has not been a film since that has grabbed hold of me like this one.

4. What was your favorite television series ever?

I really had to put some effort into this one. We watch so much TV and there are so many shows to choose from. Although I have a couple of currently running favorites, I took my own advice and looked to my past to find my answer. The X Files. Absolutely.

Again I see the struggle of ego versus soul in this story, but brought out by the individual characters in the series. Scully represents the ego to me. She is the smart, practical, closed mind that has to see it to believe it. Mulder represents the seeking soul here. He instinctually knows things he cannot see with his human eyes. He lives his life based on his intuition.

As the series progressed Mulder and Scully learned to work together and rely on each others strengths. Not at all unlike the process of the awakening soul’s struggle to convince ego of what it refuses to believe and create conditions where soul and ego can learn to work together toward a common goal.

5. How did you express your creativity as a child?

When I was a teenager and young adult, I wrote poetry. A lot of poetry. I was never published, I just wrote to retain my own sanity. I did briefly consider becoming a journalist around the age of thirteen or fourteen, but it faded out.

It seems all of my life I have turned to the written word to get me through the most difficult of life’s challenges. From journaling, to letters, to prayers, yes, I often put my prayers on paper. I write to express my emotions. I write to ask for guidance. I write to release my fear. Writing is my default mode.

Yet, I didn’t consider myself a writer, not until recently anyway.

6. What do you collect?

I think most people collect something. I’m not a pack rat. I have moved so many times in my life, I know how to purge! That said, I do hang onto a few keepsakes due to their sentimental value and I have a few collections as well.

What defines a collection? Let’s say, for the sake of this article, that a collection is a group of five or more items that relate to each other in some identifiable way. As far as clothing is concerned, I would say, overall, it is not a collection, however, if you have a shoe fetish, are crazy about handbags or have twenty cardigan sweaters, that might count.

I have a collection of Austrian leaded crystal animals. 1988-2008

I have a collection of cat statues and figurines. 1988-present

I have books. I purge them, but it is difficult for me, and some always make it back into the collection. I have many waiting to be read and would love to have a small library area to keep them stored and displayed.

I love shoes. I have been purging these lately as well, but still have way more than is necessary.

I have a Pandora type bracelet. I suppose the beads qualify as a collection. 2010-present.

My newest collection is healing crystals. I’m learning more about their energy and properties everyday and I have been using them to enhance my meditation practice. 2017

Obviously I am an animal lover, cats in particular. Cats are Zen masters who share their energy and high vibration with us. I love that cats can physically manifest their vibe by purring. Check out my post 6 things cats know about mindfulness and awareness.

Unknown to me when I started collecting, Austrian crystals are often used to clear energy blockages. I guess those will be coming out of storage!

Shoes, it seems can symbolize both paired-ness and the ability to stand up and walk forward. Books represent, for me, knowledge, wisdom and the longing for continued growth. The bracelet beads, which each represent something “me”, is a subtle presentation of myself to the world. Coming from a very private person, it might be a significant statement.

7. Are you drawn to a certain stone, crystal or gem?

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? Not always the case, but if you happen to be captivated by the Diamond, there may be a reason why.

The Diamond is a crystal of Light, a symbol of perfection and illumination. It has been known since antiquity as a “Stone of Invincibility”, bringing victory, superior strength, fortitude and courage to its wearer.

Although I wore Diamonds while I was married, this stone has always seemed to be the sidekick of other gems in my life. The reason may be that I require only a small bit of the Diamonds energies added to the larger energy I require from another crystal or gem.

I believe a certain type of stone may “call to you”, drawing you into its energy field. I also believe that the crystal you require for growth can “find” you or seek you out. This may happen for you when you receive a piece of gemstone jewelry as a gift.

The first crystal to look at in your story is your birthstone. Each birthstone will have specific qualities and attributes that say something about you. crystalvaults.com is a great source for researching this information.

In my post What your Favorite Stones and Gems say about your Journey, I talk more about this subject and share some of the crystals and gems that have influenced my own spiritual journey.

8. Who was your very first spiritual teacher?

Yeah! You’ve made it to the final question. Let me start by saying that a spiritual teacher doesn’t have to be a practitioner of any “woo woo stuff.” Your first spiritual teacher may have been a parent, child, friend, professor or someone you met for only a brief encounter, but who left a very lasting impression on your soul.

My first spiritual teacher was a friend. She was my soul sister and one of the most fascinating human beings I have ever met. We met when I was fifteen years old and she led me on a journey that shaped the person I am today.

We dabbled a bit in the “woo woo stuff”, just enough, perhaps, to provide me a base to come back to later in life. She taught me some of my first lessons in unconditional love. That we can love each other despite our differences. That “family” doesn’t have to mean “blood”. We can create our family to include whomever we wish.

Wherever this amazing woman led, I followed. As I followed, I learned and every turn seems now to have been only in my own best interest. Without question, she directly influenced my career, where I have lived and the people I have met.

Our journey together, here on Earth, lasted seventeen years. And even with her passing from this physical world, she was guiding me to life choices I would not have made otherwise. She continues to visit me in my dreams and I am so very grateful for her continuing presence in my life.

Smiles and Hugs to you!

 

 

 

 

What do your favorite stones and gems say about your journey?

The connection between humans and crystals is as old as time itself. Crystals have been used throughout history for jewelry, armour and other adornments. They have even been found in ancient grave sites, apparently intended to accompany the deceased into the next life.

Stones (crystals) and gems come directly from the Earth and have undergone their own process of transformation. They contain their own energy and vibrations just as we do. Throughout the ages crystals have been believed to have the power to influence our own energies and have been used to promote health and healing, for protection, to attract love and to attain inner wisdom.

There are times you may be drawn to a certain stone or gem and times when the crystal you require finds you, such as when you receive one as a gift.

I’d like to share with you some of my favorite crystals, how they came to be in my life and a brief description of the stone’s qualities. Feel free to click the link on each if you would like to know more.

 Most children like rocks and I was no exception. I remember a rather large piece of Rose Quartz I found as a young girl. I’m sure it wasn’t a naturally occurring substance in my neighborhood. I don’t know where it came from or how it got there, just that it ended up in my hands and I was very fond of it. 

This was quite possibly my very first experience with crystals.  I no longer have this piece, but the memory of it has never left me.

Rose Quartz is considered to be the stone of unconditional love. It carries a soft, feminine energy of compassion and peace. Dissolving emotional wounds, fears and resentments, Rose Quartz allows one the capacity to truly give and receive love from others.

My love affair with the Opal began early in life. It isn’t my birthstone, my birthday is in August so I’m a Peridot. Both my mother and sister have October birthdays, but neither seemed to embrace the Opal as I have.

I had always heard that the Opal was bad luck if it was not your birthstone. I either didn’t believe it or I didn’t care. I wanted an Opal.

My first Opal was a ring gifted to me in my late teen years. The stone was lost when it came loose from the setting and my boyfriend had to replace it. The replacement Opal was even more stunning than the original, but after a short time, the entire ring fell down the sink drain and was not recovered even after removing the pipes to look for it.

I decided that maybe there was more to the bad luck rumors than I thought. Or perhaps my subconscious mind had believed the rumor all along. Either way, I gave up on the Opal, for a very long time.

After my divorce in 2009, my love of the Opal resurfaced. It began with a pair of earrings, I purchased for myself. I was then gifted a beautiful loose Opal by a neighbor, which I later had set in yellow gold with a pink tourmaline and citrine to match the earrings.

The following year I received, as a gift, the most amazing piece of jewelry I own. A bracelet containing seven opals and eight mother of pearl set in Sterling silver.

The Opal inspires love and hope, innocence and purity as well as luck and happiness. Mother of pearl is a stone of protection and it stimulates clarity and intuition. As for my birth stone, the Peridot, it has some very interesting energies I would not have expected.

While some Peridot are born of Earth, others have extraterrestrial origins, found in rare meteorites and comet dust. Peridot promotes responsibility, forgiveness, self-worth and inner-radiance.

Shortly after moving across the country, in my early twenties, my best friend and soul sister gave me a small polished Malachite stone to keep in my pocket.

I still have this blessed gift in my possession. Malachite is a stone of transformation, aiding one with changing situations and personal growth. What an appropriate gift!

On my forty-sixth birthday I received a Blue Sapphire ring, set in white gold. This was my very first Sapphire, of any color.

To the ancient and medieval world, the Blue Sapphire signified the height of celestial hope and faith, believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight.

Most recently I have been crazy about the Pink Tourmaline. This pink gemstone infuses love and spirituality and  encourages compassion and gentleness during times of changes and growth.

I encourage you to explore the meaning and energies of the crystals and gemstones that have chosen you and influenced your own journey. crystalvaults.com is a great resource for your research and discovery. The website has a wealth of information available on each type of crystal. It’s definitely worth a visit.