I remember when I first started learning about crystals, how to use them, and what they are used for. It was overwhelming! I was filled with so many questions like, what crystals are best for me? How do I use crystals? How do I activate a crystal? I remember thinking that it would be so useful if someone made a quick and easy-to-understand beginners guide to crystals. So, I've done it for you! After reading this, you will have a better understanding of how to pick a crystal for yourself, how to clear the crystal's energy, and how to charge the crystal with your intention.
First Things First, Picking the Right Crystal for You!
I wanted to make sure that I provided description fields for all of the crystals I sell that were easy to understand and full of knowledge that someone would need. When I was first buying crystals, there was either not enough information or too much information that it was overwhelming. For each crystal I sell, you will find a description for each that tells you what each crystal is most commonly used for and how it can benefit you. When picking a crystal, I believe in picking your crystals visually first! You would be surprised how accurate this can be. The first time I bought crystals, I picked out the crystals that I felt drawn to visually first and then I learned what they were used for. I'd like to say I was surprised that I picked crystals that were used for exactly what I was needing in my life, but I wasn't. I was attracted to the energies for a reason. The crystals picked me, I didn't pick them. So, go to my crystals page and before reading anything about the crystals, see which ones you are visually drawn to. Once you've done this, then see if you picked the right one. Chances are, you did.
What is your Intention?
This is a great question to ask yourself when you are picking a crystal. For example, the last time I purchased a crystal I was coming up on a transitional period in my life. I was in need of making a big decision and I knew I would need confidence to make that decision. This decision also would prompt new beginnings and would require me letting go of things in the past. I needed a stone that would help me in this. So, my intentions were new beginnings, letting go of the past, and confidence. The stone I ended up picking was Tiger's Eye. Tiger's Eye is a stone of protection, stabilizing and grounding. It enhances integrity, willpower, self-confidence and practicality. It is also a stone of good luck, brings prosperity and is said to have an ability to manifest desires. It can also be spiritually grounding and help it’s owner to see things clearly. Tiger's eye aids harmony and balance, and helps to release fear and anxiety. Tiger Eye is also a stone of action and helps in decision making and logical thinking. Tiger eye is also known to give you courage, self-confidence and strength of will as well as enhancing creativity. This stone enhances strength to work through difficult times and promotes mental and physical activity. Tiger Eye stimulates the solar plexus chakra and the will and also aids people who are spacey or have difficulty making commitments. My intention aligned perfectly with the stone that I chose.
Clearing Your Crystal
Before actually activating your crystal, it is important to clear the stone from any old or negative energies that it may have. If other people have handled your stone, this means those people have transferred their energies to the stone - some good, some bad. There are several ways to do this. One way is to soak the stone in sea salt water over night. As long as the stone is not brittle, this will not harm the stone. If your stone could crumble easily then sea salt is not the best option. Another option is running it under water. When you do this, think of your intention for the stone and ask the Universe to remove all negative energy from the stone. The last option is to use other stones to clear the energies. Clear quartz is one crystal that cleans the energy of other stones. Just put the clear quartz beside the stone you want to clear.
Activating Your Crystal
Once you have your crystal, the next step is activating your crystal. There are many ways to "charge" your crystal depending on how deep your intention is or how connected you want to be with the crystal. One very simple way to activate the crystal is to simply have an intention for the crystal. Start with an affirmation by saying, "I dedicate this crystal to the highest good. I ask that it be used in love and light." Then, you can meditate while holding the crystal in your receiving hand, which is your left hand. Visualize your intention and be sure to either say out loud or in your head an affirmation. For example, with my tiger's eye crystal I could say, "Tiger's Eye, guide and assist me in making big decisions and enable me to make those decisions with confidence." Once you’ve ensured the crystal's purpose, finish the process by saying, "I dedicate this crystal for the (your purpose)."
Although crystals can be somewhat intimidating when you are first starting, they are really quite simple. All it requires to get started using a crystal is trusting your instinct to help you pick the right crystal, clearing of negative energy from the crystal, and an intention for the crystal. Crystals are beautiful and powerful and by simply adding them to some of your favorite spaces, I have no doubt you will start to feel the energies from the stone assisting you in your intention to heal, grow, and prosper.