Updated: Feb 7, 2022
Crystals emit positive, uplifting, energizing, and calming vibrations that help you achieve a more peaceful mind and a revitalized physical state of being.
Each crystal is said to have a different effect on the mind and body. Crystals’ vibrations are said to arise from the unique way their atoms and molecules move and interact, and these vibrations and energies can then affect our human bodies—and minds. Our bodies are dynamic, electromagnetic organisms—we have physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy flowing through us all the time. Crystals are a fun and unique way to help direct and influence that energy towards greater health when used with the right intention.
Our ancestors have valued crystals over the ages, humans have used stones for healing and energetic purposes for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians used crystals for healing and protection; sacred Indian texts explain specific healing properties of various crystals and how to use them to treat illnesses; Chinese medicine often includes the use of crystals; and ancient Greeks and Romans used crystals for protection in battle and in medical treatment—just to name a few examples.
Consider crystals something to add to your healing toolkit. Like anything related to your health and wellness—from green juice to yoga to meditation—crystals can be an addition to your routine.
The first step to working with crystals is to determine your most immediate health or wellness needs, like easing anxiety or increasing serenity, and choose a crystal accordingly.
Crystals are used in many different ways. Some, like rose quartz, make beautiful accent pieces in your home and create a loving atmosphere. Crystals can also be worn as necklaces or other types of jewelry—and with colors ranging from green to black to pink, you're sure to find an option that matches your mood and wardrobe. Others exert their calming powers when you carry them with you, while there's a variety you'll want to hold while meditating or practicing deep breathing.
Regardless of which one you choose, make sure to “charge” your crystal by letting it sit in a sunny window sill or outside in direct sunlight or moonlight for at least four hours.
When setting your intention, try to get specific as possible. If you're trying to bring more energy into your life, visualize how you would feel with that added boost. If you're trying to cultivate more peace, think calming thoughts.
To "program" your crystal, sit quietly, holding the stones in both of your hands, and thinking about your goal. The stone then absorbs your intention, and becomes activated. You can then use the crystal in whatever way works for you, such as wearing it as jewelry, placing it in your desk or on a windowsill, during meditation, placing selected stones on your body's energy points (Chakras), or simply holding it in your hand every time you need to be reminded of your intention.
No matter your goals, all crystals can help you on your journey toward better well-being when used with intention. For example, perhaps your intention is to speak up for yourself more at work, or maybe you purchased a rose quartz crystal to invite romance into your life. Think of your crystal as a touchstone — both literally and figuratively—that can help you remember your purpose as you go about your daily life.