Everything You Wanted To Know About Crystals But Didn’t Know Who To Ask

Crystals 101

Crystals are said to help with stress, creativity, anxiety, concentration and more. But if you’re someone who loves the way they look, but has no idea where to begin, we’ve got you covered. We chatted with Energetic Interior Designer and Crystal Healer Rashia Bell and she shared her knowledge for harnessing the natural energies of crystals in order to enhance your everyday life. As founder of The Cristalline, she understands the benefits of crystal healing and energetic design.

Why Use Crystals

Crystals are more than just pretty rocks to have around your apartment. As Bell shared, crystals are natural creations of the earth that hold energy that has the ability to resonate with our bodies. She said, “Living in cities, many of us are devoid of nature. Using crystals invites nature into your home is something that can bring balance and grounding energy into your life.”

She continued, “It’s not like plants, you can’t kill them, they’re solid. These stones are older than us and go back to all ancient civilizations. So for me, crystals aren’t something new, they’re a connection to the past and our ancestors and the world as a whole.”

Where Should I Purchase Crystals

Some of us may want to go on Amazon and purchase the first “starter kit” we find. However, in doing so, we might not be tapping into the energy our body is truly craving. The only way to do this is by visiting a local crystal shop and using your senses to help you find the shape, size and texture that works for you.

Shared Bell, “Working with crystals is a connection to your intuition. You have to let your intuitive nature guide you and really trust yourself when you’re choosing your stones. Initially, when you’re first exploring, you should have that tactile interaction. In person is the best way because you can touch and feel -- that’s sort of the best playground to explore where your tastes lie.”

Bell also cautions new users to find a shop that is knowledgeable and not just jumping onto the crystal trend. When you visit a shop be sure to ask questions. Find about if their stones are natural or if their colors have been enhanced, these questions will help you identify if the store is selling authentic stones that will truly bring new energy into your space. You should be comfortable asking questions and they should be eager to help you find the right match.

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How to Choose the Right Crystal

As new buyers, many of us may gravitate toward specific stones that are labeled with meaning because that is what we think we need. Bell noted this is normal, but also to be mindful of your body’s natural urges.

“If you're going for an intention for a certain store that’s great, but I would see what you’re drawn to naturally and I would purchase both. One stone is manifesting and the other is helping you do the work in the present.”

Clearing, Cleaning and Charging

You want to clear crystals before use. You can sage your crystals or just give them a simple rinse in water and sea salt. Just be sure your windows are open, especially when saging, so the energy has a space to leave. mindbodygreen offers a great breakdown of the different ways to clear your crystals.

If you’re handling you’re crystals a lot, you want to make sure you’re cleaning them regularly. It’s also important to not allow others to touch your crystals if you're holding them or placing them on your body them because they will absorb the other person’s energy.

Once your crystals are cleared and cleaned, you want to charge your crystal with your intention. You can do this at any time. Many people like to harness the moon’s energy and place them out at night while some people like to use the sun. If you have lighter crystals, the sun may impact the color of your crystal, so be mindful of that when choosing how to charge your crystal. Holding your stone and stating or thinking about your intention will charge your crystal and prepare it for use.

How To Use Your New Crystals

Now that you have found your perfect crystals and they have been activated, it’s time to introduce them into your life. Bell was quick to note that there’s no right or wrong way to use your crystals, it’s important to find what works best for you.

  • Meditation: Stones can be held during meditation, tumbled stones are great for this, or you can surround yourself with your crystals. Know that every day may be different. Sometimes you’ll gravitate towards certain stones, other days you won’t want to utilize stones at all. Listen to what your body is telling you.

  • One-the-Go: Have a crystal in your bag or wear them on your body. Your necklace or bracelet may already be bringing you natural healing energy and you didn’t even realize it. Palm-sized crystals are great for travel and can bring you peace in times of chaos.

  • Place on Your Body: This is a type of crystal healing. Flat, tumbled stones are great for this type of practice. You can place the stone on different energy centers of the body, directly on your skin, in order to absorb the crystal’s energy.

  • Interior Design: You can also purchase crystals that are simply beautiful and bring positive emotions to your space. This brings the energy of that particular stone into your living space and creates an emotional response each time you see it.

Be mindful that you should never feel pressure when utilizing your crystals, if something doesn’t feel right, move on to a different method. Your preferences may change each day and that’s completely normal!

Now you know the ins and outs of getting started in your crystal practice! If you’d like to purchase stones from The Cristalline, you can visit their website www.thecristalline.com/shop. We personally love the GROUND Crystal Energy Set.

Let us know what crystals you like to use in your daily practice and your go-to crystal shop in the comments below!

Photo courtesy of The Cristalline.