How to choose a Crystal?
Or should that really be... How to let your Crystal choose You!
There are many many ways of choosing crystals, as there are many reasons for having a crystal. Some use them for their healing reputation, some use them to alleviate stress and to help them relax, many more have them just because they look nice. But all will have been changed just by having a crystal by them........
But first lets take a quick look at some of the history surrounding crystals.....
Crystals and gemstones have been highly prized for several thousand years. Way back in the Ancient Egyptian times they were used for healing and magical properties. Some were ground up and used as a medicine, (not recommended nowadays) others were ground up and used as eye make-up and paint. There are many ancient papyrus that refer to the uses of gemstones. The Ebers Papyrus being probably the most famous.
The famous golden funerary mask of King Tutankhamen which is around 3,500 years old, contains many crystals and gemstones, including Obsidian, Calcite, Carnelian, Green Feldspar (Amazonite), Malachite and Lapis Lazuli
This scarab bracelet was also found in King Tutankhamen’s tomb. Look at the huge piece of Lapis Lazuli! What other stones can you see?
Almost 3,000 years old this Obsidian amulet, a charm worn by the living or placed on a mummy to ward off evil spirits or bring good luck, depicts a pair of fingers, which would endow the wearer with their functions in the netherworld. The Ancient Egyptians believed a part of a body was enough to represent the whole body.
Thus, because of this belief, through the magic of the amulet, a pair of fingers could substitute for damaged body parts or organs. The amulet of two fingers was also used for protection against magic.
Throughout history crystals and gemstones have been used for all kinds of purposes. Flint was used to make fire and tools, and Obsidian was carved to make arrow heads. Mystical powers were bestowed upon the wearers of certain gems, and talismans, (which were meant to bring good luck) and amulets (which were meant to protect the wearer) were used on a daily basis.
The terms rock, stone, crystal, gemstone and pebble all have slightly different meanings. Perhaps now might be a good time to look at the difference which would take us to how rocks are formed and made?
First lets find out a little bit about how crystals are made.
The forces of nature are very powerful and the heat and pressure inside the Earth can be extreme. Rocks can be formed by several methods; Igneous, by fire and heat; sedimentary, by deposition and erosion; and metamorphic, by pressure and folding. Each method determines the kind of mineral or crystal that is formed. Then the different chemical substances determine the colour and shape, and lastly time governs the size and quality. For instance Obsidian is an igneous rock that formed when molten rock cooled quickly before any crystals could grow. The longer the process usually the larger the crystal.
Q. What shapes do crystals come in?
A. All crystals fall into seven different categories of shapes as follows,
Cubic, Diamond, Pyrite, Lapis Lazuli, Flourite
Hexagonal, Aquamarine, Emerald
Trigonal, Tourmaline, Quartz
Monclinic, Selenite, Azurite, Malachite
Triclinic, Turquoise, Kyanite, Labradorite
The shapes are repeated over and over and form the crystal lattice. This decides the strength of the crystal. The rock that a crystal is found in is sometimes called the matrix or base rock.
There is one other category that covers non-shapes.
Amorphous, Obsidian, Opal, Amber
Q. When is a crystal not a crystal?
A. When it has an amorphous structure like Obsidian and Opal or Jet, Amber, Copal (young Amber) Pearl or Coral. These are commonly called crystals and used in the same way as crystals but they can be natural occurring, Jet from fossilised trees, Copal and Amber from tree resin, Pearls from molluscs, and Coral from a tiny sea creatures.
Q. What does 'amorphous' mean?
A. Amorphous is a structure that is non-crystalline, it has no has no long-range order in its lattice. Basically a crystal is made up of lots of little identical crystals all the same shape, and we can tell the type of crystal by these repeating shapes that form a lattice. Some crystals are weak because the crystal lattice is made up of a shape that does not fit together well like, Halite or Selenite, others are very strong like Diamonds. When a crystal is strong enough to hold a crisp cut and hard enough to stay highly polished during wear, then it is called a gemstone, and the value soars accordingly. Because diamonds are so hard they can be cut into many facets which reflect the light and make them shine brilliantly.
Q. How can you tell how hard a crystal is?
A. The Mohs hardness scale for minerals has been used since 1822. It simply consists of 10 minerals arranged in order from 1 to 10. Diamond is rated as the hardest and is indexed as 10; talc as the softest with index number 1. Each mineral in the scale will scratch all those below it as follows:
6 Orthoclase, Feldspar
9 Corundum, Ruby
On the Mohs scale, fingernail has hardness 2; copper penny, about 3; a knife blade, 5; window glass, 5.5; steel file 6.5. Using these ordinary materials of known hardness can be a simple way to approximate the position of a mineral on the scale, and find out what the crystal is.
So now we have found out a little bit about crystals, hopefully it wasn too boring and you are ready to continue and get to the hands on parts?
We shall be covering all these aspects in the free crystal courses that will be published very soon, so keep looking.*
Crystal healing is a very gentle and non-invasive therapy. There are many ways of using crystals and we will cover them all over the next courses.
Q. What do you think of when someone says 'Crystal Healing'?
Healing with Crystals
Slightly different from crystal healing, but thats my opinion. Hopefully once you have explored these pages you will have plenty of information to think about and perhaps change your own opinions ?
Crystals in everyday life
The simple and easy way of bringing the benefits of crystals into your world, perhaps by just sitting watching the television with a tumblestone in your pocket, or holding a crystal in your hand or perhaps just having a few beautiful crystals around the house?
Finding The Inner Crystal
Often people say that a particular crystal doesn't suit them, or that they dislike a certain kind. How I respond usually makes their jaw drop and their eyes pause and think about what I have said. I am used to this strange reaction now. For me it is common place when suddenly someone's eyes are opened to the World of The Inner Crystal.
What's that you ask? Well get comfy and I will tell you my truths about how The Inner Crystal World works.......
Imagine a picture of your first school from many years ago, those school photos that nearly all of us have. Take a close look at the picture, is it just face after face after face? Or do you see forgotten friends, teachers, head teachers, school nurses, caretakers, uniforms that dont fit, braces, smiles, unruly hair, ties and blazers? At first glance it is like a sea of faces but take a bit more time and I bet that before long, memories will surface and you will feel a range of different emotions? Laughter, joy, love, or annoyance, anger maybe even hatred?
Now lets take a look at the picture above, do you see hundreds of pieces of crystal similar in size and shape or do you see individual pieces, with rainbows and tiny crystals and shadows and chips, or healers and teachers and warriors, talismans, friends, each with an individual essence and integrity?
Now, Lets see if we can all find a stone or crystal that we have more than one of. At least three pieces is a good idea.
Just to begin with lets cleanse them all under running water and both our hands too. Let the water wash away and earth any excess energy. Then shake them dry and maybe place them on a towel so you don't get water everywhere.
Right place all three in a line and look at them all together, notice the different sizes and shapes any imperfections or colour differences. Now choose one quickly, and hold it in your right hand, note your feelings and warmth or coolness. Look closely at the crystal and turn it over and feel it carefully, hold it in both hands and see if you notice any differences. What springs to mind about this particular piece? What mood or picture? It may be a single word and then a whole picture. Usually first impressions are correct here.
Do this with all three and with a bit of luck that will be your first taste of harmonics! Hopefully with most crystals each one will feel the same but have differences. Some may be so slight that you can't really pick up on them. With others, one piece may make you think of a sunny day and one may be a cloudy day. Another may feel happy and one piece sad.
Each crystal has layers of energy which are commonly called 'Harmonics'. So one piece of citrine that comes from.. lets say Madagascar, looks similar to another piece of citrine from Brazil, But.. although both will have the sunny, properties of citrine they will also have their own personal energy that makes them unique. They will have picked up the properties of the country they were mined in and the energies of the surrounding bedrock as well as energies from the way they were mined. They will also have picked up the energes of all those they have come into contact with and any enhancements that they may have been through. So on the surface level our citrines would all look and feel similar but each will have travelled a different route to where they are now.
Their harmonics will differ greatly and as we go deeper into the energy layers and learn how to recognise each different vibration, we can learn how to strip them away to get to the true crystal inside, the Inner Crystal.
Sometimes its one of these layers that is the most powerful part of a crystal. The strongest healing force. Sometimes these layers are damaging and painful and sad and the crystal needs healing itself before it can be used to help anyone else.
Try this exercise with a few types of crystal and see if you can feel any differences. Don't worry if you can't at first, try some other crystals. Pretty soon you will find one that impacts on you and will lead you in through the layers.
The country of origin has a fantastic bearing on the energy of a crystal. Imagine the differences in a piece of quartz found in a cool mountain stream in Wales and compare that energy to a piece of quartz found in the Sahara desert! Or a piece of black obsidian in the heat of Mexico with a piece found in Peru.
Another thing that imparts a character and individualism (unique harmonic signature) is obviously the blend of the crystal. Imagine a piece of agate. All agates have the same property and healing energy but then take that to harmonic level and look deeper. The amount of each mineral and metal that makes up the colour of each swirl and band of agate is different in each piece. So obviously some will be better suited to a certain taks than others.
Thinking about crystals on this level opens our eyes to a whole new 'World Of Crystals'............
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does man's interference change the energy of a crystal?
A. One thing is for sure... the energy changes as soon as the stone is removed from the Earth where it was formed. From then on the stone undergoes a process of growth, taking in all the new energies it comes into contact with and changing its persona to take these into account. If man then interferes more by cutting or dyeing or polishing, using acids or heat treatments the stone will yield to these new energies and lose some of its abundance until it can recover and recouperate being re-energised by the Sun or the Moon or by water or other energy source.
Q. Is a cut, man-made wand or shaped form higher in energy or lower in energy than a natural wand or shaped form?
A. The answer to this is obvious really? A natural wand will always be much more powerful and higher in natural abundance and energy than any created by man. The sheer rarity of perfect natural wands makes it hard for many to feel their higher energy, but any crystal that is natural will have a corresponding higher energy before it is cut or tampered with, than after. This applies to tumblestones as well as other shaped forms, pyramids and spheres.
Q. So why does man interfere and cut and polish and shape if it lowers the energy of the stone?
A. The energy can change for the better, imagine a piece of rough irregular rock, and then imagine it channelled and cut into a long slender point.. the energy is then focused from the tip, the stoner is shiny and polished and nice to feel and a pleasure to work with. Or a large chunk of rough rock which is then carved into a globe and polished, the energy is softened and diffused and much gentler. There is a place for cut and shaped forms, especially in massage and psychic work.
Q. How does this affect crystals that are cut into cabochons or beads and then used in jewellery?
A. Although the energy of the stone has been changed by cutting and polishing, they still have their own unique energetic frequency and they will be able to help the wearer subconciously, perhaps simply by giving confidence and having people notice and compliment them on their beautiful or unusual jewellery, but all the same gemstone jewellery has a very valuable part to play in crystal healing.
The main benefit of wearing crystals and gemstone jewellery is just that. That we 'wear it'. Sometimes jewellery is worn for long periods of time. Think of a pair of turquoise earrings? Worn in the ear all the time the healing properties of turquoise would be able to gently work within the aura and strengthen the whole person. Perhaps the person wouldn't otherwise have a piece of turquoise?
Or a necklace with a pendant of malachite? Wearing long term it would help the person in all sorts of ways, perhaps with learning difficulties or childbirth? Necklaces of stones that surround the neck can also work wonders even if they are only worn during the day and removed at night. Or bracelets of Amazonite or Hematite for arthritis.
Giving crystal and gemstone jewellery as a present can be a very easy and rewarding way of getting crystals into someone's life. Very often people will 'feel' different when wearing pieces, or notice that they just feel better when they are wearing them. All too often it is the start of a journey of exploration that leads them deeper into the World of Crystals!
Q. Which crystals may help me at exam time?
A. Brilliant crystals for this time are Amazonite and Snowflake Obsidian. they impart confidence and strength and focus mental integrity on the task ahead. Lol could be said that Amazonite boosts brain power, a bit like Malachite too, they both can help to put your thoughts in order and help to ease information retrieval from the depths of those dusty filing cabinets in the brain :)
A pet rock can help too!
Q. Whats a pet rock?
A. Awww its a likkle pebble or tumblestone or crystal that is your friend, that gives you 'me strength'. Great for that extra confidence during exams or driving tests, and pet rocks even work really well for fears and phobias, it can be whatever crystal you need right now, it can be a sacred emotional harbinger of good luck, or a treasured souvenir from a holiday beach. It just needs to be infused and empowered with some special energy that you have inside yourself.
Sit quietly, in a comfortable, warm, safe place holding the stone. Feel the stone in your hand and remember these feelings of peace and happy memories, no stress, no fear, no panic or desperation. You are happy and content. Perhaps rub the stone in your fingers and feel its soothing touch, perhaps hold it over your brow to cool your forehead, all the time focus on these feelings, remember them, wrap them up and plant them deep inside you.
Focus on what it feels like between your thumb and forefinger. Hold your rock in the other hand and then purposefully run your thumb over your forefinger, slowly and remember exactly how it feels, connect that feeling with your pet rock and the feeling of comfort and calmness you are experiencing right now.
When you are ready to leave your pet rock, then slowly and gently stretch and get up, don't forget to put your pet rock somewhere safe, perhaps on a window sill in the sunlight in your bedroom.
Now when you are in a stressful exam situation, if you have your pet rock you can take it out and hold it or, more importantly, if your rock isn't with you, you can just use the crystal vibration that will now be imprinted into your forefinger and thumb and when you stimulate that energy between them you will be able to draw on that calmness and stressfree environment and within seconds you will feel calmer and more able to carry on.
This method can also be used for triggering memory if a Clear Quartz crystal is held whilst revising, or the pet rock can be chosen and then given to another and the method explained and passed on. There is more about this in the Crystal Vibrations Course coming soon.
Q. How do I make a Crystal Medicine Wheel?
A. There are many ways, here are a few pictures of a few crystal wheels and mandalas I have made recently for other sites, the stones chosen all have a unique purpose and position and together they create a very effective energy source. Enjoy.
We will shortly be bringing you more infomation and ideas about crystals for all......
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