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How to Use Crystals for Beginners

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Where to Start with Crystals?

There's no definitive answer as to how to use crystals for beginners.  That's because everyone uses them in different ways.

With crystal healing being an alternative therapy the effects can vary from one person to the next.

For some they can be exceptionally powerful whilst for others the experience may not amount to much at all.   

With there being so many different ways to use crystals you'll need to explore and experiment until you find what works best for you.

Crystal healing is most effective when practiced with an open mind.  The experience should be deeply calming and to some degree spiritual.

You are the master of your own destiny.  Only you have the ability to bring about change.  Do nothing and life will remain the same.

Alternative therapies which include crystal healing, hypnosis, yoga and many others are not for skeptics.  They require a profound desire for change that must come from within.
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What does Healing Mean?

Healing encompasses a broad spectrum of experiences and outcomes. It varies from something minor that will bring subtle improvement to the quality of one's life to addressing something more profound that requires significant transformation.

The nature of healing lies in the restoration of balance, well-being and wholeness. It's an ongoing process that promotes growth, resilience and reduces suffering. 

Healing can be physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. The process takes time, it doesn't happen in days and rarely happens in weeks.  With commitment and belief in the practice being used some level of healing can always be achieved.

Healing is a deeply personal journey that takes a different path for everyone.  What may constitute healing for one person may not be the same for another. Its true meaning depends on the circumstances, needs, goals and desires of the individual seeking it.

As a beginner who wants to explore how to use crystals, the first question you must ask yourself is what do I want to achieve? 

Be realistic and don't set your expectations too high.  Crystals do not have magical powers, their healing ability is driven by the heart and mind of those who use them.

I Have Some Crystals What Now?

When looking to use crystals for the first time it's worth remembering there are many different ways to incorporate them into your life.

As with anything new it will take time and patience but using crystals for their healing properties can be enjoyable and fulfilling.

To begin it's important to set a clear intention for the crystals you wish to use.  Activating and programming them is believed to unlock their full potential.  It amplifies their energy and aligns them with what you're hoping to achieve.

The article in our Blog called "How Do Crystals Work?" explains how to activate and programme your crystals.  You can read it here.

Meditation is the easiest way for a beginner to start using crystals. 

To get the most out of your crystal healing session find somewhere peaceful in the comfort of your home where you won't be disturbed. It could be in a corner of your bedroom, a serene spot in the garden or anywhere that just feels right. 
Creating the right atmosphere is an important part of the crystal healing experience.  Through the use of calming sounds and smells a deeper state of relaxation is likely to be achieved.
Light candles or burn incense with a delicate fragrance.  You don't want anything too overpowering.  Lavender, sandalwood, ylang ylang, frankincense and sage are some of the most popular. 
Consider playing some music that resonates with your desired state of mind. Many people use sounds of nature or soothing instrumentals.  
candles in different sizes burning surrounded by small crystalsChoose the first crystal that you wish to use.  Different crystals can be explored.  Some you'll enjoy working with more than others.  The most popular crystals to work with include clear quartz, amethyst, rose quartz and malachite.

Don't let others influence your choice.  Trust your intuition and select stones you feel drawn to.  Some will resonate more with your intentions than others.  

Crystals should be cleansed and charged before being used.  Our Blog article called "How to Cleanse and Charge Crystals" explains a few of the ways to do this.  There are many different ways to cleanse and charge crystals.

Once your space is ready sit in a comfortable position.  You can either hold your crystals or place them in front or around you.  Take a few deep breaths and allow yourself to relax.  Sit up straight and roll your shoulders down and slightly back.

Meditating with crystals can enhance the experience and make it more profound.  They can also give the meditation a specific purpose. 

If you're not used to meditating there are many great guided meditations online.  As with crystals, you may enjoy some more than others.

The first few times you meditate don't try to do too much.  Concentrate on maintaining awareness of the present moment.  Focus on your breathing, feelings and bodily sensations.  Open your mind to what the crystals may be able to achieve.

Crystals rocks and minerals have evolved slowly over millions of years.  They're the building blocks of our planet and as such many people believe they hold a profound energy that can be harnessed for therapeutic healing and spiritual growth.

Incorporating them into meditation can be a deeply transformative experience.

Keeping an open mind is an opportunity for self-reflection and self-discovery.  The ultimate aim is to achieve a harmonious alignment between mind, body and soul.  This can take you on a journey that facilitates deep relaxation, focus and a heightened sense of awareness.

Even for those who are skeptical about the healing ability of crystals they still have so much to offer.

Every stone that you're ever likely to handle will have come from a larger rock with a history spanning millions of years.  Each one is a symbolic reminder of the deep connection that we as humans have with the Earth.

Holding a crystal during meditation can serve as tangible focal point that helps concentration and facilitates a deeper sense of calm and clarity.

Keeping an open and positive mind will give the possibility of healing a far better chance, even if it is caused by the placebo effect.

The decision to use crystals for their healing properties is ultimately a decision that each person must make for themselves.

Regardless of one's belief there is no denying the beauty and appeal of these natural materials.  Their presence can enhance the meditative state by acting as a symbol of connection, a source of inspiration and a tool for concentration.

Whether you view them as a conduit of energy or as objects of aesthetic appeal, you have nothing to lose by embracing their potential for personal growth and self-reflection. 

By remaining open to the mysteries of the natural world we can deepen our understanding of ourselves and our place within the universe.

In the end the true value of crystals lies not only in their perceived healing abilities but also in the conversations they inspire, the contemplation they provoke and the moments of stillness and connection they facilitate during our journey of self-discovery.
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