Crystals can be specifically chosen to work with healing issues of particular chakras. Each of the chakras vibrates to a different energy level (indicated by their occult colour and elemental associations) and crystals also vibrate at different levels of energy.
Choosing a crystal with the energy level that you wish to manifest in a particular chakra is how you would select a crystal. An example would be if a crown centre was very blocked, and the optimal functioning of the crown on the patient in question required amethyst, to align it with the higher protective and spiritual properties of the stone, then you would place amethyst in the aura of the patient (around the head).
Remember that Crystals are tools and will act as they are intended by their owner (provided that the intention of the owner is in relative alignment with the purpose and energy of the crystal). Always choose crystals intuitively based on what ‘jumps out’ at you and feels right for you. You will know if a crystal is meant to be yours because you will feel a deep rapport with it as an individual ‘being’.
In any healing work, always hold the intention for healing according to the Highest Good. Always ask to be a clear channel for Spirit and for Divine Will to simply flow through you.
Cleansing your Crystals
You will need to cleanse and program a crystal for healing, clearing it of any past programs or energies. Here are some tips on this topic; Crystals store memories, information and intent of those who handle them. You can clear that information and start afresh.
Cleansing and clearing can be a regular practice for new and old crystals. This helps clear psychic debris, negativity and accumulated energy in the stone. It also helps to prevent fading, shattering or cracking, prevents redistribution of negative energy (perhaps into your energy field – no thanks!).
Cleansing your crystals before and after a healing session on yourself or on others is most significant. Cleansing can be done in any number of ways. The most important thing is to use your intuition to guide you. Remember that some crystals do not respond well to being in water – especially those that are porous – it can actually erode them (halite and mica are examples). So be cautious around scrubbing, soaking or polishing your pieces!
Use a gentle touch if you aren’t sure. I have seen plenty of store-owners cleanse stones with eucalyptus oil because it gives a shine (when they are non-porous and already polished or smooth stones) and removes sticky labels, but you may find it a bit harsh when cool water can do just as good a job, as can passing it across the smoke from incense. It is more about your intention than the action itself.
For coloured stones, keep them out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time as they can fade. But sunlight is a great way to cleanse and energise clear quartz. Fluorite, Rose Quartz & Celestite, for example, will fade in direct sunlight. Temporary exposure to the sun is fine for most crystals. You can cleanse most crystals in water, in the earth, in moonlight or in sunlight. Leave them resting for a couple of days on a clear quartz cluster on in your garden. You can smudge your crystals with incense – perhaps sage, lavender and rosemary or why not bathe them in flower essences, invoking the devic energies of the flowers for cleansing?
If you do choose to clean then with essential oils, take care with staining if you use something like patchouli or myrrh on a light stone – better to use ‘white’ oils like eucalyptus or lavender.
Using spiritual healing techniques like Reiki or Pranic Healing on crystals is beautiful – they love to soak up that energy and there is a palpable difference between a crystal charged with blessings and energy (just like the experiments done with sending different thoughts and intentions to water crystals and seeing their structure respond, crystals are natural energy conductors.
To put the ease of cleansing into perspective, the American Indians cleared their crystals with a short breath! As you can see, intention is the key and is far more important than what you actually do – action without focus is relatively ineffective. Energy follows thought – so use your thoughts to hold healing, cleansing, clearing images.
You can program crystals in numerous ways and for unlimited purposes but the evolution of the crystal kingdom (and the human kingdom) is assisted so well by using intention to heal and do no harm. Certainly, that is a lightworker’s creed, to tread lightly upon the earth. You might like to create a programming ritual – pass it over flame (easy does it!), incense, salt, water & the breath to tap into all the elements. You can then invoke Archangel Uriel to assist you in programming the Crystal. Fairies tend to love Crystals – so Faery Wicca Rituals are fun if you are so inclined.
To program or dedicate your crystal, hold the piece in your left hand (your receptive hand – so use your non-dominant hand, which means your right hand, if you are a left handed person) and give thanks. Next you can mentally clear it of all previous instructions, then pass on the instructions to the crystal by imagining your intent flowing into the crystal and it being received and acknowledged.
Give further thanks and the deed is done!
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