I’m a skeptical, rational person. But I don’t believe crystals are total bullshit despite what you might think a skeptical, rational person might say—so, hear me out. Even some of my friends who know me very well were surprised to find out that I actually really like healing crystals and have a bit of a collection.
Although I don’t buy into the idea that crystals are magic, I do think they can still be useful. How? They’re a great physical reminder (that’s pleasing to look at and hold) to help you focus on certain qualities you want to channel or feelings you wish to practice more consciously.
They’re an excellent tool for passive and active meditation and mindfulness.
I started meditating daily in November of 2015 using the Calm app to deal with soothing anxiety and depression during a difficult time in my life. When I began adding crystals to my meditation routine and keeping them around my house and on my desk at work, I could just look at them or pick them up and remind myself what each was meant for, clear my mind and focus on that simple thought.
If you struggle with concentration and focus while trying to meditate, crystals might be helpful for you because they’re a physical object to channel that focus into rather than just closing your eyes and trying to get there on your own.
Some crystals, I tend to carry around on a regular basis (usually either in my pocket or my purse). Others, I leave at home. For example, I keep an angel aura quartz at home in my bedroom for peace and serenity. Most days, I keep honey calcite on my desk at work while I edit. For me, it’s really about using them as a physical reminder both during meditation, and when I’m too busy to meditate (like at work) but need to touch base with myself for a moment.
OK, SO THEY’RE NOT BULLSHIT. HOW DO I LEARN MORE ABOUT CRYSTALS?
I recommend you follow Spellbound Sky on Instagram. They post a lot of great information as well as tell you other accounts where you can learn from, too.
You might also be interested in learning about chakras, since there are specific crystals and gemstones meant for working on different areas.
It was through Spellbound Sky’s Instagram account that I also learned about the Stone app, which is basically a guide that tells you what crystals and stones are and what you can use them for. It’s not only useful and educational, it’s also beautiful and minimalist. The app allows you to explore photos (excellent for seeing what calls out to you), as well as search by stone name or property.
HOW DO I KNOW WHERE TO BUY CRYSTALS AND STONES, AND WHAT TO PICK?
I started out having a friend who’s very spiritually attuned pick out crystals for me. We talked a little, she went shopping on my behalf, and I was blown away by how spot on her choices were for the things I was trying to work on. You can work with her at Home Girl Por Vida. If you don’t have a friend who can help you, Xenia is an excellent choice to guide you as a beginner.
If you’re buying for yourself, get a personal recommendation from someone you trust for where to buy. Here are some tips that helped me during my first solo trip to Spellbound Sky to choose my own crystals:
- Make a list of 3-4 qualities you want to focus on; seek out crystals that match up with the qualities.
- Make a list of a few colors you’re typically attracted to.
- Do you prefer raw, unpolished stones? Or do you like the look and feel of polished stones better? Large or small? Will you primarily use them by holding them, or will they sit in a dish or on a surface?
- Ask people who work there for help if you’re not sure! They’re very useful at pointing you in the right direction.
- You may feel drawn to certain kinds of stones, or to pick them up. Don’t ignore that intuition. Whatever you’re drawn to, you’re drawn to it for a reason. It might be what you end up taking home with you. Don’t be afraid to pick up, hold, and inspect the crystals before buying.