There’s no subtle way of saying this… the world seems to be absolutely full of negativity right now. It can be hard to keep your own energy aligned when surrounded by so much darkness.
Healing crystals are a great way to keep your vibes high in a time where it seems like everything is trying to drag you back down.
What is Crystal Healing?
Crystal healing is a type of vibrational medicine. The belief is that crystals have inherent healing and spiritual qualities. Each crystal has its own special properties, based on its color, texture, shape, and type, and is used for different purposes (love, healing, protection, etc).
Much of that ability has to do with our chakras. There are seven in the body, each its own energy center that helps regular the areas of the body it is near. Starting from the top of the body, the first is the crown chakra (at the top of your head) that is said to be the center of spiritual awakening. Then, moving up the body, there is the brow (or third-eye), throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral, and root (at the base of the spine). Their purpose, as a whole, is as entrances and exits in our aura that allows the flow of vital life energy in and out.
Each chakra is also associated with a specific crystal or set of crystals that can help realign them if they get thrown out of whack.
- Crown (7th chakra at the top of the head) - clear quartz, moonstone, and amethyst
- Brow/Third-eye (6th chakra in the middle of the forehead) - sodalite, lapis lazuli, and sapphire
- Throat (5th chakra) - turquoise, celestite,and blue apatite
- Heart (4th chakra) - rose, amazonite, and aventurine
- Solar Plexus (3rd chakra in the upper abdomen) - agate, citrine, tiger’s eye, and yellow jade
- Sacral (2nd chakra lower abdomen under belly button) - amber and carnelian
- Root (1st chakra at the base of the spine) - red jasper, garnet, and hematite
Even if it isn’t the actual crystals that heal and help rebalance, studies have shown that there is tremendous power in the placebo effect. While we may never truly know exactly what makes crystals such a powerful healing device, what matters is the effect. People truly do feel better, both physically and spiritually, when they are used.
What is Alignment and Why is It Important?
Understanding the chakras helps people better understand alignment, as well. With alignment, one or more of your chakras is out of balance. This can mean either a physical or a spiritual problem with that specific area, leading to a feeling of just being “off.” With practice, many can actually sense their chakras and be better able to decipher which are out of alignment so that they can work to fix them.
Alignment is important because it is the journey energy takes through our body. If our chakras are out of balance, the energy flow can get hung up in a certain place and cause all sorts of problems. Mostly, we feel these problems on an emotional level, depending on which chakra is off. However, in some cases, a lack of energy balance can lead to physical problems as well.
Signs you may be out of balance include:
- You feel disconnected from yourself
- Your reality feels much different from your dreams
- You seem to get sick a lot more lately
- You feel tired and sluggish all of the time
- You’re not attracting positivity like you used to
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, it may be time to use healing crystals to help realign your energy. The longer it goes on, the more tricky it can be to fix, so don’t put it off and think it will go away or fix itself.
Energy alignment requires action.
How Should I Use Crystals For Healing And Alignment?
First and foremost, before using crystals in any healing or alignment practice, they first need to be cleansed and charged. There are plenty of different ways to do this, ultimately coming down to personal preference. Some people prefer to take them out into nature and leave them under a full moon overnight. Others will physically cleanse and charge them with salt water. However you do it, it is important so that the crystals do not bring any previous energy with them into your practice.
After that, how you use them depends on what feels right. Wearing the crystals regularly can help if you’re feeling particularly out of balance, as can simply putting them in your purse or bag. You can also use them in your meditation space, placed around where you are sitting, to concentrate your energy and focus.
If you can figure out which of your chakras is out of balance, it can also help to spend some time with a crystal from that set physically over the chakra. For instance, if the problem is with your heart chakra (trouble with loving yourself or others, unchecked emotions, etc), try lying down in a calm, quiet space with an aventurine crystal over your heart. Focus specifically on that area and feel the crystal working to unblock your energy. You’ll be surprised by the results!
What Crystals Are Best For Healing?
Amethyst - Amethyst is a form of quartz crystal that comes in various hues of purple. Heaters have used amethyst for years. They believe that it vibrates on a level that allows it to help people seeking higher consciousness. In addition, it can help promote a healthy night’s rest, which is so essential for both healing and feeling in balance. It wards off negative energy and is perfect to help during meditation as well. It helps to create a safe space, both physically and mentally, which is so important for feeling like you’re in balance within yourself.
Citrine - Citrine is also a quart crystal, this time yellow in color. Many believe it is so effective for healing because it can harness the powers of the sun. It can also absorb negativity, help with digestion, and act as a manifesting stone so that you can make your wildest dreams into reality. Citrine helps heal your aura and put it back into balance so that you can operate from a place of greater positivity.
Fluorite - Fluorite is absolutely stunning, a stunning rainbow of colors and shapes. It can also glow under a blacklight! It is one of the most common crystals used for healing, due to its ability to cleanse and purify both the body and the soul. It will also help you radiate positive energy and bring back your good vibes, no matter how bad of a day you’re having.
Bloodstone - This appropriately named crystal is said to help purify the blood and improve circulation. It does the same thing on a spiritual level, purifies and recirculates feelings of creativity and selflessness while removing negativity and irritability.
Clear quartz - While citrine and amethyst are a form of quartz, the original clear quartz is still one of the best crystals to use in healing and alignment. It’s known as the “master healing” for good reason. It’s main purpose is to help return balance to both the mind and the body, and it does that by regulating the flow of energy both in and out.
Other Ways To Help Align Your Energy
In addition to using crystal healing to help get your mind and body back to a state of alignment, there are two other ways that you can incorporate into any daily routine. Neither of them don’t even require purchasing anything extra, and can be done nearly anywhere.
Living in the moment is one of the best things you can do for yourself, not just for alignment purposes. Living in the moment focuses you to pay attention to what is happening right now, instead of worrying about things that have happened in the past or may happen in the future.
Simply direct your attention to the way the air feels as it flows in and out of your lungs. Feel your heart beat in your chest. Notice any smells around you, any sounds. Acknowledge them without judgement. Even practicing this for a few minutes at a time can be very helpful to return yourself to a neutral sense of alignment.
To better find a sense of alignment, physical activity can also be helpful. Sometimes just taking a nice, quiet walk out in nature without technology or other people there can be enough to allow your chakras to unblock themselves and find a better sense of balance. It’s also great for your body and the physical flow of energy than can so often lead to aches and pains when not used regularly.
We are living in a world full of bad vibes. As positive as we are, simply being around that energy can drag us into the abyss.
Helping yourself out using crystal healing to bring your body and your mind back into alignment can ground you and help you feel more in balance, both mentally and physically.
We all deserve that, especially right now.