"Kellie's articles on using healing stones and other informative lessons"
|How to Choose
As we are becoming more and more aware of the healing effects of crystals and gemstones on our health, it is only natural to look for information on how to use them. This article is a first in a series of educational information to aid you on your path to healing with gemstones and crystals. We will start this series by sharing a little information on how crystals work and then go onto learning how to choose them!
In simple, easy to understand terms, the reason why crystals and gemstones make wonderful healing tools is because of what science calls its piezoelectric effects. You can see this effect in modern Quartz watches. Crystals and stones respond to the electricity that is coursing through our body, if the energy is unbalanced, the constant electrical vibrations of the stones will help to harmonize, balance, and regulate the flow of these energies.
Now that we know how crystals work
to aid in our healing process, let's learn how to choose one.
The first method is to simply close your eyes and quietly meditate for a few moments. When you are ready, open your eyes very quickly and pick up the first stone to which your eyes become naturally drawn.
The next method is to run your left hand, your receiving hand, over all of the stones available for purchase. (You use your left hand because the left side of the body brings energy/information in more strongly in most people.) You will soon discover that one of the stones will make the palm of your hand tingle or get warm, this is your stone!
You may also intuitively 'know' which
stone you should choose and which is right for you. You might feel
as if the stone is jumping up and down and shouting "choose me, choose
me!!" You may also sense or
If you are a competent dowser then you should be able to choose the appropriate stone with your own individual techniques. In July's newsletter there is an article on how to use a pendulum for dowsing if you would like to try this method.
Sometimes you even feel as if the
stone is choosing you! They come to you with a particular purpose
and have a special reason for wanting you to work with them. Just
accept this when it happens and count
Unfortunately many of us do not have access to retail shops that carry a good line of healing stones and crystals. But in today's world we have the internet and mail order catalogs that offer just about any stone you could possibly need. It is very easy to choose stones over the internet if pictures are provided on the web site. Just look through the photos of the stones and let your intuition guide you into choosing which stones are best for you. It is really that easy!
I would be very interested in hearing
YOUR individual methods of choosing stones, please feel free to email me
with your methods and I will share it with our subscribers in our next
CLEARING GEMSTONES AND CRYSTALS
Sometimes a stone or crystal you are strongly drawn to doesn't feel good, or a stone that felt good previously doesn't feel goo now. The stone or crystal may need to be cleared. Clearing is necessary before using any stone for healing. The clearer the energy of a healing stone, the more powerful it is. Crystals and healing gemstones need to be cleared as soon as they are purchased as well as clearing after every healing. A cleared, ready crystal feels positive and bright, tingly and cold to the touch. A crystal that needs clearing may feel hot, heavy or drained. There are a number of ways to effectively clear crystals and gemstones.
A.SEA SALT- Sea salt is the most traditional purifying agent in psychic work and healing. It dispels any sort of dis-ease and negativity, and is a physical and psychic disinfectant. I feel it is the most accepted and probably the most powerful method of clearing crystals and stones. I highly recommend it for the initial cleansing of a new healing stone. **However, over use of this method may cause your stones to become dull and lifeless. Salt can be mixed with water or used dry. To use salt water, mix a tablespoon of sea salt in a glass or ceramic cup of cold water. Do not use plastic or metal containers. Place the stones in the solution and allow to soak overnight. To use dry salt, place the sea salt in a glass or non plastic container and bury the crystals with the points facing downward into the salt. Again, leave overnight. Sometimes a stone may take longer to clear, especially if it has been used in a deep, intense healing. If this is the case, leave another day or two in the sea salt. When clearing gemstone necklaces it is best to use the dry sea salt method. Be sure to use sea salt only, table salt contains aluminum and other chemicals. For those who live by the ocean, salt water can be brought from the beach in a jar, or gently wash them directly in the ocean.
B. MOONLIGHT- Moonlight is another way of clearing your gemstones. Simply place outside from the Full to the New Moon. Waning Moons are good times to clear crystals, to dispel old energies, but any time works. The amount of time used varies with the sensitivity of the healer and the amount of material from which the stone needs cleansing. Try hanging your gemstone necklaces in a tree where the moonlight can cleanse them. (I personally do not recommend ever placing your crystals and gemstones in the sunlight, many stones tend to fade their colors in the sun. Also internal fractures may cause your stone to crack or break if placed in the sun.)
OTHER METHODS THAT WORK WELL- Burying your crystal in a cupful of dried herbs will also clear it. Suggested herbs for this are rose petals, sage, frankincense, myrrh, and sandalwood. You can usually find these at low cost at many co-ops or herb stores. This is a gentle way to clear crystals, and a pleasant way, but it does take longer than sea salt.
Crystals may also be buried into the Earth. This is especially helpful when you feel deep cleansing is needed. Outdoors, simply dig a hole the size of your crystal into the Earth, place your crystal again point down, and cover with soil. The amount of time needed is personal choice. Be sure to place a Popsicle stick or some other marker to insure you fine your stone again!!! For apartment dwellers, use a flower pot to bury your stone in.
A quick way to cleanse your healing stones is to smudge them with burning cedar or sage. Smudging is an excellent way to make sure your stones are purified. Simply hold the burning sage or cedar stick while passing your stone through the smoke. I usually do this a couple times to ensure cleansing. I also like to cleanse my stones by smudging after every healing.
Finally, if you are in a hurry and
feel that your crystal needs to be cleared, you can easily run them under
cool tap water. Make sure the points are facing down the drain to run the
negative energy right down the sink!!! NEVER USE WARM OR HOT WATER, THIS
WILL FRACTURE OR BREAK YOUR CRYSTALS. Visualize the crystal as sparkly,
tingly, cold, and belonging to the healer.
PROGRAMMING AND DEDICATING STONES
After you choose and clear your gemstone or crystal, it is a good idea to dedicate it or program it. The purpose of programming a crystal or gemstone is to focus its abilities on something you specifically need, thereby magnifying the stone's intent through your own. The purpose of dedicating the stone to a high level healing energy or Goddess (God) is to protect it from negative energy. A crystal or stone that is programmed and dedicated in these ways becomes much more powerful and useful as a tool.
This is a very simple process. Hold the crystal or gemstone in your hand and sense its energy. With the stone being newly cleared, the energy will feel stronger and even more appealing that before. As you sense this energy and appreciate it, ask quietly to be connected to the deva of the crystal or gemstone. Though not animate, stones are living things and the deva of the piece is the stone's life-force energy. Once you feel you have sensed what you can from the energy, think of what you will be using the stone for. Think of these uses, then quietly ask the gemstone if it is willing to act in the way you wish. The crystals energy may increase with a yes or seem to disappear with a no. If the stone accepts your intent, state in your mind that it be so. Once a stone is programmed, it will hold its intent until you or someone else reprograms it.
To prevent any negative energy from
attaching itself to your crystal you may with to dedicate it. To
do this, simply hold the crystal or gemstone in your hand and state clearly
in your mind: "Only the most positive high-level energy may work
through this healing tool". Focus on your intent for awhile, then
end your sensing (meditation) with "SO BE IT". The stone is now dedicated.
You may also choose to dedicate your gemstone or crystal to a specific
healing energy, for example, to a Goddessof healing. There are many healing
goddesses, including Isis, Yemaya, Diana, and White Buffalo Calf Woman.
For stones programmed for protection, Hecate or Kali are strong protection
Laying on of Stones
The technique of using crystals and gemstones on the receiver's body for healing is called laying on of stones. It is a powerful method of cleansing negative energy, clearing and balancing the chakras, effecting emotional release, and bringing light and healing into all the aura bodies. Cleared, programmed, and dedicated stones move the receiver's vibration into alignment with the planet and the universal grid. This results in a freeing of life force energy in the chakras and aura, a healing of the Body of Light, and a transformation of negative or dis-ease into health.
The process may be done with clear quartz crystals only, colored gemstones only, or a combination of both. The stones may be used alone or with a hands on healing (ie;Reiki). The stones are placed upon the receiver's body from feet to head. The healer then begins using her hands as usual starting at the head and moving toward the feet. (Use gemstones with colors matching each chakra's color. The stones can be in any form—faceted, raw, tumbled, eggs, or beads.) Energy in this type of healing needs to move in one direction through the body, either Earth to sky or sky to Earth. If the energy is Earth to sky, all the gemstones that have points are placed with the points turned towards the receiver's crown. The effect of this direction is to move the receiver's energy to a higher vibration or more spiritual level. If the direction is from sky to Earth, it is the opposite, with the crystals pointing toward the feet. This direction moves life force energy from crown to feet for grounding and rooting into Earth. To begin, the receiver lies on her back on a padded floor or massage table, with pillows under her head and knees for comfort. The space should be quiet, comfortable, and warm. Use only stones that have been dedicated to positive energy and programmed for healing. Invite spirit guides and angels into the session if you wish.
Start by placing a clear quartz crystal above her head and below her feet. In the right hand place another crystal and in the left hand place a rose quartz gemstone. (my personal method). Then go chakra by chakra, moving from the feet to crown and placing the appropriate colored gemstone for each center. (Be sure you have your healing stones spread out where you can reach them easily.) There may be stones that you are drawn to for a particular reason, let yourself be guided, there are no real rules. You cannot do it wrong. A stone that is not needed for the session or is inappropriate for the receiver's energy will roll right off or roll to another place where it is better utilized. Allow this to occur. If the receiver feels uncomfortable with a particular stone, remove it, the energy is not right for her needs. In some cases you may feel the stone has rolled off too soon, if your intuition is telling you the stone's job is not complete, gently replace it. When the stones are all in place, the healer has two options. She (he) can go to the head and begin a hands on healing. Be sure to cover the stones with your hands carefully in order not to scatter the gemstones. While your hands are covering each chakra over the stone, visualize the bright color of the gemstone entering the chakra, making it appear bright, balanced, centered, and healthy. (If you could see chakras they would appear as luminous wheels, circles, or disks. Each chakra is brightly colored and are strung together like shiny beads all in a row from your feet to your head.) Do this visualization until you feel confident to move to the next chakra. Be sure to flick fingers to release any negative energy before going to the next center. End with a complete brushing of the aura.
The other option a healer has once the stones are placed is to sit beside the receiver and simply wait, allowing the gemstones and spirit guides to do the healing. As the receiver's chakras and aura absorb and are balanced by the crystal and gem energies, the stones begin to roll off one by one. When all the stones are off, or the receiver feels finished with those that remain, the healing is over. End with a complete brushing of the aura and allow the receiver to lie quietly without the stones. Ask for feedback and discuss anything that you feel should be discussed. While she is doing this, the healer can gather up the stones from the table or floor and clear them again before putting them away. Put them into your protective box.
A laying on of stones healing can
be quite intense. There is often a major energy shift during this
type of healing. More frequent emotional releases, past life and
this life trauma openings and other transformative events. The healers
role in this is to wait for the release to end and to be entirely non-judgmental.
After a session, there may also be a physical detoxification process that
Smoky Quartz- A powerful protection stone. Use for protection in business meetings and when you fear a psychic attack.
Black Tourmaline- Deflects negativity. Protects against negative energies entering from the outside.
Black Onyx- Protects while absorbing. Transforms negativity without storing it. Protection from accidents.
Hematite- Protection when traveling. Great for air travel; protects and aids jet lag.
Garnet- Protection for astral travel and nightmares.
Green Tourmaline- Protects the aura against negative forces.
Aqua- Used as a protection stone in sea travel. Protects vulnerability.
Sapphire- All protection stone great for all water protection, sailing, kyaking, etc.
Rutilated Quartz- Peace and protection. Protection on water and cruises.
Amethyst- Protects homes, rooms and self.
Other stones include- Malachite, Peridot, Turquoise, Fluorite, Tigers Eye, and Lapis Lazuli.
Protective Circle For Your Home-
The next step is to take your protection
crystal ( I like to use a large Amethyst specimen) and program it for protection.
You do this by holding it in your left hand, now take your right hand and
place it over the top of the crystal. Say out loud something like
"I dedicate this stone to protect my house and home, and so it is".
Once you have programmed your protection crystal you simple hold it in
your hands and walk around your room in a clockwise direction. Concentrate
on forming a seal of protection that cannot be broken. That's all there
is too it!!! Have fun with this exercise, you can also make a more
elaborate ceremony if you wish, it is up to you.
STONES FOR MEN
In today’s world most men prefer to use gemstones for personal adornment in jewelry, but there are more and more who are once again becoming interested as to the healing effects of their Ruby or Diamond ring they wear each day. Of course, men as well as women have issues that need to be healed, it is just much harder for them to talk about it. Some of these issues may be lack of self-esteem and power, stress related issues, health issues, lack of communication, and emotional issues. I truly feel if men allow themselves to heal with the power of gemstones and crystals they will have a much fuller and happier life.
If you are uncomfortable with wearing a crystal to work, simply hide it under your T-shirt or place it in your shirt or pants pocket wear it will go unnoticed. I also suggest placing a large crystal specimen in your office of business; after all, they are decorative objects! If someone asks, just tell him or her that your kid, niece or nephew is interested in geology! I will now go onto listing the gemstones that I feel will be beneficial to men for healing their issues.
Amethyst- Wonderful for transmuting all forms of negativity. A large plate of Amethyst crystals will protect you from hostility, great for the office! An amethyst crystal placed on the body or in a pocket will make you calm when feeling stressed. It is also helpful for headaches and arthritic pain.
Garnet- Great for strengthening physical and emotional energy. Provides the grounding needed to help with decision-making allowing thoughts to flow. Garnet stimulates life force by drawing energy into the body.
Hematite- Heals anger and rage, provides courage in the workplace, fosters peace and non-aggression and above all is very grounding. It is good to have a tumbled hematite to hold when feeling angry.
Jade- Opens and heals the heart, frees one from anger, selfishness and greed. Encourages service to the planet, soothes the emotions, encourages giving to others. Promotes trust in God/Goddess. Aids movement on one’s path.
Malachite- Detoxifies the emotional body, releases negative/painful emotions, and promotes wealth in business relationships. Preventive medicine for the heart and liver. Deep healing and cleansing.
Smoky Quartz- This crystal is used to prevent mood swings, aggressive behavior, and all types of negativity. Great for the man who is burned out, has a fear of failure, or who smokes or drinks due to stress. Smoky Quartz is called “The Emotional Balancer”.
I suggest at night to place your
crystals on a nightstand or under your pillow. Remember to cleanse
and recharge your crystals at least once a month for best results.
You may wish to review my article on how use crystals and stones for healing.
STONES FOR CHILDREN
Rose Quartz is a good choice because it exhibits gentle positive vibrations which allow children to receive the love they may be missing. Rose Quartz is an all around great stone for issues of love.
Carnelian Agate encourages love between parents and children. Helps girls to appreciate their bodies while aiding creativity.
Tigers Eye teaches them to listen to their intuition while providing self-esteem. Promotes courage to do the right thing. A good protection stone while traveling.
Golden Calcite is another great stone for building self-esteem and also provides courage.
Pink Tourmaline is a good choice for children recovering from abuse. Brings deep comforting love energy. Transforms negative behavior into positive.
Hematite is highly protective and
dispels negativity. Gives children strength and courage. Aids
the child during time of divorce, helps them to understand that it is not
their fault for this divorce. Note*
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