Intuitively Choose The Right Crystal For You
Using crystals to bring balance to an individual's life and mind has certainly risen in popularity over recent years, however people have used crystals as protective talismans, peace offerings, and in rituals for centuries.
This mainstream resurgence is down to their powerful energies which help people to feel empowered, protected and supported and are a great way to feel more connected to nature. Each crystal has its own unique healing properties – from love to confidence and abundance – but how do you choose the right one for you?
I spoke to crystal healer, Nicole of Love Luna Life, ahead of her crystal talisman workshop in May, about how to go about choosing a crystal and what to do with it.
Where do you start?
All healing crystals and their meanings are unique with different properties and energies – but it’s all about the intention you want to pair with your crystal. The first step is to focus on why you are choosing a crystal and what area of your life you would like to bring more balance to.
It could be for support with unleashing creativity, relieving stress, boosting self-belief, or simply out of curiosity. Be open and receptive to crystals and don't go into the search with too much judgement or pre-conceived notions.
What does it mean to choose one intuitively?
Always go with your initial response or ‘gut feeling’. A crystal may just catch your eye or if you hold it, you may not want to put it down. If you are looking at a photo of a crystal, how does it make you feel? Do you feel a pull towards the crystal?
Your body will respond to a crystal either by sight or feeling. You may have this urge to touch and hold it. If you are looking at a group of crystals, the one that catches your attention is the right vibrational match for you. So, whether you need a stone that’s calming, fortune-bringing, heartbreak-healing or something else entirely, the right crystal will find you. Put simply, trust your gut.
How can you tune into the energy of a crystal?
Regardless of the crystal you choose and your intention, your vibrational frequency will adjust to meet that of the crystal after some time with you. Sometimes instantly you can feel the difference. You will often find that you gravitate towards specific crystals or are drawn in by certain ones simply by gazing at them. When you hold them in your hands, you can’t help but feel happy as their energy is activated with you.
When you have found the right crystal, the best thing to do is to set an intention with it. Hold it in your hand, close your eyes and visualise a white light illuminating you and the crystal and set your intention by repeating it either silently or out loud. You could also ask your angels or guides to help you set these intentions!
Intentions are key to manifesting your goals and visions. Setting an intention is like drawing a map of where you wish to go — it becomes the driving force of your higher consciousness. Crystals aren't a magic spell. Rather, they enhance the work you're already doing to move towards your dreams.
How do I ‘use’ them?
It’s important to keep the stones close by. You may wish to meditate with them in your hands, infuse your water with crystal energy, place them in your bath or keep it around your neck or in your bra.
You could also put different crystals in different rooms of your home to amplify certain energies such as love or abundance. A great place to put crystals is under your pillow at night because you can feel their energy while you sleep.
I am holding a Full Moon Crystal Talisman workshop on Sunday 19th May. This workshop coincides with the next full moon and is a perfect opportunity to learn about crystal energy, intuitively select your crystal and mindfully craft your own talisman!
How to care for crystals
As well as transmitting vibrations, some crystals are also absorbers of energy, which is why they must be regularly cleansed and charged to restore their vibrancy and vitality.
When you first source your crystals, it is good practice to cleanse its energy using palo santo, sage or local herbs. A wonderful way to charge them is to leave them on the windowsill during a full moon to get a new breath of energy. The full moon lights up areas of our lives and ourselves that we don’t always see. Each full moon orbits in a different star sign and carries different energies, for example; the recent full moon in Libra was teaching us about finding balance in our relationships. A nice ritual to create for this would be to place a piece of rose quartz under the full moon to charge it and help work deeper to create balance in relationships.
How to source ethical crystals
This can be a challenge. You often know the country they are from but it is hard to know how they were sourced and if they were sustainably mined. Where possible, try to find a local crystal supplier. We actually have a lot of beautiful crystals right here in England and when the time is right, the perfect crystal will come to you.
It is important to bear in mind that we don’t need to have lots of crystals, they come from the earth and when we have them, we must look after them and sometimes offer them back to the earth. After a crystal has served you and you don’t feel you need it anymore, let it go and share it with someone who does.
Nicole’s favourite crystals for balancing your chakras
We all have chakras, or energy centres, in our bodies that each vibrate at their own frequency. However, our chakras often become out of balance as a result of poor lifestyle choices, pollution, stress, and other factors. A great way to rebalance is to seek a crystal for the body part or chakra that you think needs some extra love. You can place the crystal on the body part whilst you meditate, lay in the bath or put it on your body as you go about your day.
Root Chakra (base of spine)
Crystals: Hematite and red jasper
This chakra represents our roots and feeling of being grounded. Hematite and red jasper are perfect for pulling your energy down to the centre of the earth. If you spend a lot of time in your head, use these crystals to bring you out of it and to calm your mind.
Sacral Chakra (low belly)
Crystals: Amber and Carnelian
This chakra is your power centre where we hold our creativity, pleasure and feel inspired with new ideas. These crystals help you to unleash the juiciness of life, take charge of your sexuality and give you courage.
Solar Plexus Chakra (bottom of the ribcage)
Crystals: Citrine and Honey Calcite
This chakra is all about empowering you to trust your gut instinct. These yellow crystals will support your confidence and how you digest information and move forward in life. They can help you to feel happy and have fun whilst letting go of your ego.
Citrine is known as the Merchant’s Stone, as it can also help you to manifest money by removing financial blockages and attracting new opportunities. It can be used to help you cut through negativity and soothe stress and anxiety.
Heart Chakra (chest)
Crystals: Malachite and Pink Rose Quartz
This chakra is our middle point between the higher and lower chakras. Malachite helps bring energy and focus to new growth. You can make the word ‘earth’ from ‘heart’ and these crystals help you to feel grounded, connected to everything and invite more love in your life.
Rose Quartz is one of the best stones to use for relationship troubles, emotional traumas, healing inner child karma or other emotional issues.
Throat Chakra (throat)
Crystals: Blue Kyanite and Labradorite
This chakra is all about communication and self-trust. These crystals will support you to express yourself and speak your truth. Helping you to live an authentic life, they will unless your inner self and add more value to your life.
Third Eye Chakra (middle of forehead)
Crystals: Amethyst, Fluorite & Opalite
Your third eye chakra is the channel into your intuition, wisdom and creativity. These crystals will support you with mental purity and self-realisation, connecting with yourself on a soul level. Amethyst in particular has a calming energy, which makes it great for meditation, to cut through the noise, and is also great for anxiety and depression.
Crown Chakra (top of the head)
Crystals: Clear Quartz, Angel Quartz or Selenite
The Crown is the accumulation of all of the chakras and where we go up to connect to the divine. These crystals will support with connection and enlightenment - connecting to something higher than ourselves.
Quartz is a favourite of mine and an ideal ally for anyone trying to get a better perspective by helping cleanse the negative energy that may be tainting your perceptions. Angel Quartz helps to bring a closer connection to angels.
At Head & Hands we hand pick our collection of crystals for you to buy in store or online. When you buy a crystal online, we ask you to complete a short form to help us to choose exactly the right crystal for you.