Monday, March 14, 2011

The Healing Properties of Citirine, the Success Stone

Citrine has many healing properties.
Citrine has often been referred to as the "success stone," since it is believed by many to help promote success, prosperity, and bring about abundance. Its energy is especially focused on promoting success in business and is believed to attract and increase business when placed in a cash register of a store. Citrine is a crystal that has long been associated with good fortune, although it can cause good fortune in suprising ways that weren't necessarily expected. It is a manifestation crystal, helping to manifest success in a variety of ways. In addition to good fortune and abundance, citrine can also help to impart generosity.

Citrine also can be used to aid in eliminating all manner of negative energies. It doesn't absorb negative energy from the environment, and therefore doesn't require energy cleansing after such use. Citrine has often been used to remove undesirable energy from the environment. Citrine can also help clear up unresolved family issues which are rooted in negative energy. Since it acts to dissipate negative energy, it aids in bringing about stability in all areas, and is ideal for protection.

Regarding emotions, citrine is said to help relieve depression, self-doubt, anger, and moodiness. It is a healing crystal whose energy helps to promote happiness and joy in a person who is carrying or wearing it. Citrine is also believed to help curb or eliminate self-destructive tendencies, and reduce fear of outside ideas and suggestions. Citrine can aid a person in overcoming, and healing from, trauma and sadness. Additionally, sexuality and sensuality can be augmented by citrine.

In relation to the psychic and spiritual realms, citrine is an ideal stone for enhancing general overall psychic awareness and spirituality. Citrine can help cleanse one's aura of accumulated negative energy and bad or destructive influences. Additionally, it is a great aid for focused meditation. It is a crystal of protection, eliminating or disrupting all types of negative energy. It is often used for dream work, including helping to remember forgotten dreams.

Physically speaking, in crystal folklore, citrine is thought to be an excellent aid for digestion, for stomach comfort in general, in helping to stop nightmares (and in treating sleep problems, in general), promoting liver health, stimulating muscular strength, fortifying immune system health, promoting thyroid health, helping the heart and kidneys, and helping to reduce pain and discomfort caused by fibromyalgia. Citrine has also be reported to be excellent for helping to remove toxins from the body and for fighting compulsions and addictions.

Citrine is connected with the chakra located in the solar plexus.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Treating Insomnia with Crystals

Using crystals can help treat insomnia.
When it comes to attempting to treat or eliminate insomnia using energy healing, the first thing one should always do is to try to remove the energy from your head and channel it into the ground. Most stress and anxiety, which are the primary causes of insomnia, are caused by excessive thinking and ruminating, which results in the psyche being in a chaotic state and not well grounded.

To facilitate this process of grounding negative energies and removing them from your head try using Black Tourmaline, Black Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Pyrite or Hematite.

Crystals and gemstones that are to be used to assist with treating insomnia or other sleep problems should generally be chosen using one's intuitive sense.  The specific choice can vary largely based on specifically why a particular person has a hard time falling, or staying, asleep.

Once the root cause of the insomnia has been identified, specific stones can be picked which correspond to those specific causes. For example, sleeping with Charoite and Amethyst is often used to help reduce the occurrence of fear-filled dreams and nightmares; Mangano Calcite and Kunzite can help contribute to a feeling of safety and security which can help many people relax and fall asleep more quickly and easily; Smoky Quartz, Lithium Quartz and Lepidolite can serve to reduce and calm chaotic emotions and thoughts, which can make falling asleep easier.

Some stones which have been widely used as general sleeping aids include Amethyst, Howlite, Nephrite Jade, and Herkimer Diamonds. Other crystals and gems including Aquamarine, Blue Chalcedony, Blue Topaz, Blue Lace Agate, and Celestite have also been known to have been used in this regard.

Identifying and understanding the root causes of your insomnia can help you choose the right stone, but as with other crystal and gemstone healing choices, trusting your intuition and choosing a stone based on your feelings often leads to the most satisfying and beneficial results. Most of the time, if you open up your feelings, the right crystal for your needs will make itself clear.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Healing Properties of Blue Quartz

Blue quartz has many healing properties.
Blue quartz is the primary stone used by those who are seeking to enhance or improve communication, clarity, order, or self-discipline. The healing properties of blue quartz are believed by most crystal energy practitioners to result from the profound effect this stone has on helping to bring the throat chakra into balance, as well as from its ability to strengthen the communication and energy flow between the lower, physical chakras and the higher, spiritual chakras.  Blue Quartz is primarily used to work with issues involving the throat (fifth) and third-eye (sixth) chakras.  It is a powerful crystal, for its spiritual and metaphysical properties, as well as its properties regarding the physical and emotional.

Blue quartz can be used as a powerful tool for helping to eliminate difficulties and complications resulting from a scattered or chaotic mind, and is ideal for helping one to reduce disorganization in their lives by working to bolster and stimulate mental clarity and focus. Additionally, it can aid a crystal user to be able to more clearly perceive the reality of a situation, be able to accept it, and respond to it in a useful, positive, and productive manner. It can also be used to stimulate and enhance creativity and expression.

Due to it's properties that enhance both clarity and communication, it is a great stone to use in situations involving either diplomacy or bargaining, Blue Quartz is an extremely soothing stone, emitting a sense of tranquility.  This can help bring a sense of peace, relaxation, and openness to various situations which require an agreement to be reached.  It can serve to act as an aid for reaching out to, and connecting with, others.

Like all varieties of quartz, blue quartz can be used as tool to amplify energy and power for uses involving magic. Many people find that blue quartz is a good stone to use when cleansing the aura.  It is also known to be one of the best crystals to use when trying to clear away stubborn energy blockages.  Its calming influence and energy make it a wonderful stone to use when engaging in focused meditation or mindfulness.

The healing properties of blue quartz, in regards to emotional issues, are powerful. As blue quartz is a stone that promotes positive energies, it is often used as an aid in reducing feelings of depression.  It is one of the best stones for helping to replace negative energy with positive feelings of peace and joy. It is also an ideal tool for reducing or eliminating feelings of emotional tension, anxiety, and fear. Additionally, it is often used to help one be less stubborn, obstinate, and hard-headed.  This can be particularly useful for individuals whose stubbornness is rooted in negativity.

The metaphysical properties of blue quartz are also widely known and respected.  Psychically and spiritually speaking, blue quartz is believed by most to help stimulate and enhance personal spiritual development.  It is also used to aid those who are attempting to contact spirits.  Blue quartz can be a highly effective stone for aiding one to be able to more clearly and openly express spiritual thoughts and feelings. Additionally, it is often used as an aid when working with and interpreting dreams and visions.

Physically speaking, the healing properties of blue quartz primarily act in a calming fashion on the body.  It is often used to help cool, relax, and soothe the body, throat, and thyroid. It is also commonly used to help remove toxins from the body, calm over-stimulation, and reduce hyperactivity and agitation. It is believed to have beneficial effects on the spleen, endocrine system, and the blood.  blue Quartz is also said to bolster immune system function, and promote the health of the lungs, throat, heart, and eyes.

As a blue crystal, blue quartz's attributes have much in common with the healing properties of turquoise.  Likewise, as a type of quartz its attributes also have some similarities to the healing properties of rose quartz.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Helping Grief with Crystal Healing

Grief, such as that caused by losing a loved one, can be extremely difficult and painful, and moving beyond it can sometimes feel impossible. However, there are some crystals which may be helpful to use when dealing with grief.

Azurite is known as a good crystal to use when working through grief. This stone can aid in removing blockages from the throat and third eye chakras. Azurite is commonly used to calm anxieties and to aid in clear communication. Azurite can also be used to enhance intuition. Meditating with azurite can aid in reducing mental stress and anxiety.

Rose Quartz is a crystal associated with love and the heart chakra, and vibrates with healing compassion, forgiveness, love, and empathy. Worn as a pendant, it can serve to transmit these energies to the user all day long. Rose Quartz can aid in removing negative energy from people and places. Rose Quartz should be cleansed of negative energy on a regular basis if worn every day.

Chrysoprase has long been considered an excellent healing stone. It is a heart chakra crystal which provides calming and loving energy to those suffering from grief. Chrysoprase is also used to help engender and promote feelings of hope in situations thought to be hopeless.

Apache Tears are good crystals for draining off negative energies. Sometimes called black obsidian, Apache Tears are often quite helpful when someone is dealing with the loss of a loved one. However, users should be aware that Apache Tears can be very intense, and underlying, repressed problems that need to be addressed will most likely come to the surface. These crystals should be buried in the ground all night after being used. This will allows the negative energy absorbed by the stone to be released into the earth, leaving the stone cleansed.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Treating Anxiety with Crystal Healing

Rose quartz can be used for reducing anxiety.
One of the most effective stones for treating or reducing anxiety is Rose Quartz. It is an attractive, translucent pink crystal which radiates energy of unconditional love and empathy, and can help heal the heart of negative emotions.

Rose quartz has a calming and soothing energy, which is ideal for helping to alleviate worries and fears. It is the primary stone used for treating anxiety because it generates feelings of being nurtured and cared for. Merely holding rose quartz in one's hand can have a very calming effect.

Rose quartz is a great crystal to carry with you or wear as crystal jewelry. It is the primary heart chakra healing stone. Placing rose quartz beneath your pillow can aid in eliminating nightmares, insomnia, or other sleep-related issues.

During crystal and gem energy healing, place a piece of rose quartz over your heart chakra, fold your hands over the stone, and then visualize your whole body being surrounded by a soft, pink glow. This helps to energize and balance your heart chakra, which may eliminate any anxiety within a few minutes.

The following technique for treating anxiety is perfect when one is overwhelmed with intense feelings of. It is best to first find a quiet, safe place where this technique can be performed in absolute solitude. This method can generally be completed in about 5 minutes. However, if the anxiety hasn't gone away in that amount of time, continue with the process as long as needed.

1) Place a piece of rose quartz in the left hand.

2) Take slow deep breaths.

3) Visualize the calming energy of the stone filling up your left hand, and flowing throughout your body.

4) Place the rose quartz over your heart chakra, which is located in the middle of your chest.

5) Hold it over the heart chakra. Continue breathing slowly and deeply.

6) Allow the healing effects of the crystal to flow over you, replacing your anxiety with a feeling of calm.

7) Feel any tightness in your body melt away, replaced with a feeling that everything is okay, you are okay, and your needs are being fulfilled.

8) Once you are feeling more calm, mediate on the source of your anxiety.

9) Send it positive thoughts. Let go of any negative feelings/sensations that come up when you think about it.

10) Be confident in the knowledge that you are able to handle any of the stresses in your life, and that you are being watched out for.

11) Take a few more slow, deep breaths.

12) Place the stone back in your pocket or bag where it will keep providing you with calming energy the rest of the day.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Healing Properties of Bloodstone

Blood stone has many beneficial healing qualities.
Bloodstone is a type of Chalcedony (a type of Quartz) and it is also referred to as Heliotrope. It is typically dark green or greenish-blue with tiny red spots or flecks.

Bloodstone is often used as an ideal cleanser of the blood and has very strong, inherent healing properties. It can help to stimulate intuition and enhance creativity and expression. It has the properties both of  grounding and of protection.

It can be used as a tool to help to draw away or drain negative energies. It can promote and stimulate dreaming, and can act as a very powerful revitalizer. It can reinforce courage and fortitude, and can help guide a user to avoid situations that are potentially dangerous.

Bloodstone has often been reported to help promote a sense of both selflessness and idealism. It can be used as an aid for taking necessary action in the moment. Bloodstone can also calm and re-energize the mind, eliminate chaos and confusion, and promote decisiveness. It can help users quickly adjust to unfamiliar or uncomfortable situations or circumstances. Bloodstone also acts to reduce irritability, agitation, feelings of aggression, and impatience.

Ideal for those who suffer from anemia, Bloodstone has been known to purify and fortify the blood. It is believed to help detoxify the liver, intestines, bladder, spleen and kidney. It is thought to help regulate, stimulate, and bolster blood flow and improve circulatory function.

Bloodstone has also been associated with a reduction in pus formation, neutralizing and eliminating bodily toxins, and in stimulating the lymphatic system, which results in reducing inflammation and helping to heal infections.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Choosing a Crystal for Healing

Choosing the right crystal for energy healing is important.
Most of the time, individuals who use crystals have a particular purpose in mind for why they are using them. And though some groups of crystals or stones are more likely, in general, to achieve the wanted results, not every unique specimen from the same group will have identical properties, whether talking about physical or metaphysical properties. Also, every person will not have the same reaction when exposed to a particular crystal or stone.

How to Find the Right Healing Stone for You

The most fundamental factor for selecting a particular crystal is in finding a vibrational match to your specific purpose. Everything in the universe vibrates at a specific frequency. This vibrational frequency is connected to the motion of the atoms which compose our material world, and it can change over time. Even throughout the course of a single day, your own frequency can change and shift. When your emotional state is dominated by happiness, success, and fulfillment, your frequency is likely very high. However, when you are stressed about doing your taxes, are worrying about work, or when you get into a conflict situation, your vibrational frequency will generally be much lower.

Crystal Selection Process

Following, is a basic, generalized process to help you identify which crystal or stone may be the most useful match for your particular goal.

1) Be able to clearly describe, specifically, what your purpose is.

2) Search for a few types of crystals that appear to support your goal (in books, on the internet, from a friend, etc.).

3) Choose a specific crystal that offers the best vibrational match to your specific frequency.

The final step is most readily accomplished simply by holding the crystal or gemstone in your hand, or visualizing holding it (if you are purchasing it online, for example), and clearly state your specific purpose: "I want to stop being self-destructive." Always state the specific goal in an affirmative way (do not say: "I want to stop feeling sad"). Affirmative statements promote the flow of positive energy, while negative statements cause resistance to these energy flows. Close your eyes while you clearly state your specific goal, which will allow you focus inwardly.

If you are someone who is more in touch with your emotions then your physical body, try to find a positive feeling (light, tingly, happy, smiling, laughing). If you are someone who is more in touch with your physical body, you can utilize the muscle testing method: balance you body upright and allow your body to "hover" and let it fall towards the direction it desires. If you start to fall forward, it generally means that you have found a good match. However, if you start to fall backwards, you likely haven't found a good match for your purposes. There are a variety of methods which use muscle testing for this purpose.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Energy Vibration of Healing Crystals

Many clocks and other time pieces utilize quartz as their time keeping component. This is due to the fact that quartz vibrates at a specific, fixed frequency, and this is how the timepiece maintains its timing. Different crystals, however, vibrate at varying frequencies.

Scientists have known for a long time, that, at the atomic scale, everything is composed of energy. They have also found out that one vibration will always affect another. As an example, when a tuning fork which is tuned to a G note is struck, it will cause a piano string of the same frequency to vibrate without any contact, while the other strings will not move. Crystals and gemstones can be thought of as a vibrating tuning fork that when placed near other energy fields of the body, will stimulate a vibrational response.

Throughout time crystals have been found to have vibrational frequencies that stimulate particular energy centers within the human body. Just like we have a nervous system, we also have a vibrational system. This long been explored and researched by eastern practices such as Yoga and acupuncture.

This is where crystals become relevant. Crystals and gemstones vibrate at varying frequencies, having different abilities to effect our body's systems. For example, if you place a Rutilated Quartz Crystal near the nape of the neck (a reservoir of spinal fluid named the medulla oblongata), it changes the electromagnetic properties of the spinal fluid resulting in clearer, faster, communication between the nervous system and the brain.

There are a variety of ways to interact with crystals and gemstomes. You can place them on different parts of your body, including using acupuncture points. This allows the vibration of the crystals to interact with your body.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Overview of Crystal Energy Healing

People have used crystals and gemstones for centuries for both healing and in rituals. Their mere appearance is often quite mystifying, and their effects can often be felt by a single touch, so it's no surprise that people have readily accepted the use of crystals and gemstones as an alternative health treatment, particularly in the face of a toxic, monetized healthcare system.

The belief that crystals and gemstones can be used as tools to magnify, isolate, and focus energies which can be used to heal the body has been held since ancient times. The color and tone of the crystal used depends on the areas of the body one is attempting to heal. The "prana" from Indian culture and the "chi" from Chinese medicine are both life forces which circulate through our bodies. The chakras are the energy vortexes located where the prana exists. In Chinese medicine, the chi flows along meridians and circulates the body. The use of crystals and gemstones, in both of these cases, is to either enhance these energies or to unblock it.

Originally, there were many defined chakra points, but, over time, it has been reduced to seven, which are the most commonly used. The root chakra which is located in the tailbone utilizes garnet, bloodstone, rubies and onyx to stimulate energy. The sacral chakra is located below the navel and it vibrates with carnelian, moonstone and hematite. The solar plexus chakra located in the center of the chest uses citrine, amber and topaz. If you want to focus on the heart, use rose quartz or fluorite. Aquamarine and turquoise are the primary healing stones associated with the throat chakra. The forehead chakra uses amethyst, sapphire or turquoise. The crown chakra, on your head, utilizes amethyst and clear quarts. While these are generally considered the most traditional, many crystal energy healers often simply use clear quarts in healing.

Sometimes the person who is receiving healing energy lies as the healer places the crystals on various chakras. Other times, there isn't a formal healing session, but the person who wants healing carries a crystal or gemstone on their person. People that carry the stone with them are often seeking emotional healing and carry the stone associated with the body part thought to be associated with that emotion.

While there has been some research done regarding crystal energy healing, the majority of the scientific community tends to attribute healing to the placebo effect. While no one knows for sure what the effectiveness is of crystals and gemstones, their use is one possibility that many users believe and regularly use as an alternative method of healing every day.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How to Cleanse Crystals and Gemstones

Methods for cleansing crystals after use.
It is generally necessary to cleanse any new crystals that you obtain in order to clear them of any energies that they may have collected prior to you obtaining them. Also, if you utilize any of your crystals as healing tools, it is always a good idea to cleanse them before and after each session.

There are a variety of widely-used methods to cleanse healing crystals. Choosing the best cleansing method usually depends on the specific type of crystal you are cleansing. Exposure to direct sunlight for about one hour is generally sufficient to cleanse most crystals. Certain crystals may fade if left out in the sunlight, amethyst being a primary example. Refrain from placing your amethysts in direct sunlight if you desire for them to keep their vibrant, purple hue. Moonlight cleansing may potentially take many hours, or even days. To expose a crystal to all phases of the moon phases, place the crystal outside each night at sundown, and retrieve it before sunrise), for four weeks (one lunar cycle).

Some crystals can dissolve if left in water, whereas other crystals react well to a soaking in fresh water. One method is to cleanse crystals under a running tap of cold water while simultaneously lightly brushing them with a toothbrush until they sparkle.

Following is a list of some common crystal cleansing methods:

Rub stones with incense or herbs (lavender, sage, etc.)
Energize stones in sunlight.
Energize stones under moonlight.
Cleanse stones in the ocean or in a bowl of salt water.
Cleanse stones in a natural body of fresh water (lake, river, pond, etc.)
Purify crystals overnight in brown rice.
Bury stones in the earth to purify.
Clean stones under a running tap of cold water.
Cleanse and re-energize crystals on purple plates.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Healing Properties of Hematite

Hematite has powerful healing properties.
Hematite is a mineral made from oxidized iron. Its healing properties are rooted in the inherent strengthening energy of iron, as well as the calming, nurturing properties of oxygen. Anyone can get the benefits from using these crystals, either by wearing jewelry made from hematite, or by keeping a piece of hematite with them. In crystal energy healing, hematite is often used as both a grounding crystal, and as a crystal for transformation.

Fundamental Properties of Hematite

Hematite is generally an opaque stone, which is somewhat dense and heavy because of its mineral composition. It usually is found as a silver, black, or brown stone. Rubbing a piece of it against a hard surface leaves a red residue. The heaviness and its dark, silvery sheen signifies grounding, protective crystals in energy healing. The red is related to the power of hematite to instill creative energy, and to help stimulate the circulatory system. This healing stone is common around the world, with major deposits in South American, Canada, and some regions of Europe.

The Metaphysical Nature of Hematite

When performing metaphysical work, hematite can be used to ground higher energies - it is generally a strong bridge between the spiritual plane and physical plane. It can also be used to help balance the subtle bodies, by imparting feelings of soothing and calmness. It can also be protective, reflecting and protecting against external negative energies.

Polished hematite crystal, which was used to make mirrors in past times, has been known to have the power to deflect and dissolve negative intentions, guarding the aura and subtle bodies during astral projection, and also guarding the mind from harmful influences. While expert crystal energy healers may utilize hematite to create energy barriers, any user can benefit from wearing hematite jewelry, or by carrying a piece of hematite, particularly if one is about to face a challenging person or event.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Healing Trauma and Emotional Pain using Crystals

Crystals can be used for healing trauma.
One of the primary uses of crystal energy healing is as a tool for reducing emotional suffering. Following, are some crystals which have been used to treat emotional pain and various methods for using them for crystal healing.

Rhodochrosite Crystal for Healing Past Emotional Trauma

Rhodochrosite is generally a pink, orange, or cream-colored crystal. It is known as a compassionate stone. It is generally thought of as one of the best stones for the treatment of emotional pain due to sexual abuse. The energies of this stone act to help eliminate denial and also to aid the acknowledgement and release of these painful emotions. It can also be helpful with alleviating depression. Rhodochrosite crystals are generally worn on the wrist or placed over the heart on a pendant.

Pink Tourmaline Crystals for Security in Love

Pink tourmaline is also a healing crystal that is generally worn over the heart. Its energy helps to attract love, promotions emotional security, and helps to connect the wearer with compassionate feelings. Obsolete, negative, or obstructive thoughts are removed and replaced with the awareness that expressing feelings of love is safe to do. All forms of tourmaline have been known to help remove such energy blockages. Pink tourmaline crystals are the ideal stone when working with blockages connected to the heart and emotional pain.

Smithsonite Crystal for Healing Childhood Emotional Pain

Smithsonite is found in a wude range of colors, from a deep pink to bluish-green. It is the ideal crystal for people who have trouble overcoming the belief that they are unwanted or unloved, which starts from an absence of emotional nurturing during childhood.

Dioptase Crystal for Betrayal and Abandonment

Diptase is deep bluish-green healing crystal which acts to heal emotional suffering and heartache from losing someone. It is excellent for helping to alleviate grief, abandonment, and betrayal while at the same time encouraging a positive view on life. This crystal is often held over the heart chakra or can also be taken as a gem elixir.