How to choose your next crystal
If you are anything like me, then you may have a crystal or two…or three, or four! Crystals can make their way into our spiritual practice in any number of ways. For me, my spiritual awakening was linked to the use of crystals to sense energy and expand my vibration.
First crystal class
Going to a class is a great way to learn more about crystals if you are drawn to them. The first class I went to was at an alternative fair in Crawley, East Sussex, United Kingdom. I went after work with my business partner at the time and really enjoyed listening to somebody who felt as passionate about crystals as I was becoming.
Next, I managed to find a class in Tunbridge Wells, where a husband and wife team had owned a crystal shop there for 30 years.
The owner taught me a lot, one of the simplest teachings was to start with one crystal, and quartz is fine. In fact, in his opinion, a quartz crystal is really all anyone needs to start informing themselves of the energies a crystal contains.
I also remember him darkening the room and demonstrating triboluminescence, which is the flash of light produced when two crystals are hit together quickly.
Triboluminescence sometimes is called “cold light” because no heat is produced. Material scientists believe the light results from a recombination of electrical charges that become separated when crystals are fractured. When the charges get back together, the air is ionized, producing a flash of light. (Source thoughtco.com).
The call to a crystal
On the spiritual path, often we find ourselves receiving messages about a specific crystal or a type of crystal we are ready to work with.
How does this call from a crystal come about? Here are some ways which may be familiar to you, or after reading this article may happen for you!
- Dreaming about a crystal
- Walking past a crystal store you have never noticed before
- 3 separate people or circumstances bring up the subject of crystals
- You just can’t help yourself and go looking!
Dr Norm Shealy, MD, PhD, says in his publication Medical Intuition, Awakening to Wholeness
‘Crystalline structures are piezoelectric. Piezoelectric means that when you put physical pressure on a substance, it responds with an electrical current. Quartz crystal is one of the premier piezoelectric crystals but our skeletons, muscles, tendons, and even our intestines are highly piezoelectric.’
OK so crystals are piezoelectric – why would using crystals be beneficial to a person?
Because of quartz and other crystals’ unique structural properties, many people believe that when a current or energy is run through a crystal, it resonates at a certain frequency helpful to the body or to a particular emotional or physical condition.
Also, it’s believed that crystals can retain energies or ‘programs’ to help a person with their healing.
So for example, rose quartz is often reputed to help with the heart chakra or heart center of the body since it’s atomic structure and resonating quality is close to that of the heart area of the body, whereas clear quartz resonates more closely with the frequencies of the crown chakra.
Some suggestions for using crystals with energy work and spiritual practice
I use crystals to hold energy in a room, help pick myself up, and help others who need an energy shift. I also use different crystals for the individual chakras, or energy centers and practice chakra balancing with crystals (see photo above).
It can be helpful to hold a crystal when meditating or seeking inspiration for a project, or for problem-solving.
I gave my mum a crystal a few years ago (ametrine/aka amecitrine, said to help with headaches). She slept with the crystal by her bed, kept it with her when she was sick and said that it did help her.
You may already be using crystals in your kitchen!
I believe this is why there is a current craze for granite countertops in kitchens! They are beautiful of course but emit a measurable piezoelectric field which relaxes and restores us.
If you have ever had the good fortune to travel to Yosemite National Park, the whole place is on a substructure of granite, a beautiful and peaceful sensation.
I have traveled to Stone Mountain, near Atlanta, GA where you can take a sky ride up the ‘world’s largest piece of exposed granite’.Many visitors are attracted to the location, because of the quiet peace and beauty there…maybe it’s the piezoelectrics too!
How to pick a crystal of your own
To starting using crystals, you can find a crystal store in your area when you start looking and see what you’re drawn to.
Ebay is a good place to look, and these days even Amazon has crystal stores selling their wares.
Once you start, be prepared to end up with a collection, crystals are so beautiful and have so many uses sometimes it’s hard to stop!