Crystals take millions of years to form underground. The way crystals are formed (by repeating chemical structures) is believed by some to imbue them with the ability to hold energies. There are different types of crystals, depending on the type of mineral it’s made from and the conditions it grows in. These differences are thought to change the effect the crystal has energetically.
Here we’ll discuss how crystal healing works, what you can expect from a session and how you can use crystals at home.
How does crystal healing work?
Crystal healing is an energy-based system. This means it is based on the belief that we are all made up of different energies and that when this becomes stagnant, unbalanced or blocked, it can cause illness. The premise is that crystals help unblock, balance and direct energy where it is most needed, gently supporting the body to heal in a therapeutic way.
Different types of crystals are thought to have different properties and energies. Just holding and being near these crystals is therefore thought to affect our own energies on a physical, spiritual and emotional level.
Crystal healers have extensive knowledge of the different stones and how they affect us and are able to use them in healing sessions. There are several different ways this can be done, but the most common is to have the client lie down and place the crystals on or around them in a specific way.
The types of crystals used and the positioning of them will depend on what the client is seeking support for. This could range from a physical concern such as headaches or stress to more emotional or spiritual concerns.
What to expect in a crystal healing session
The idea of crystal healing may sound far fetched, but if you are open and willing to explore the world of energy healing, this is a wonderful place to start. It can also help to know what to expect before you book a session.
Sessions will be tailored to you and will differ depending on the nature of your concern. Your session will begin with a consultation. This is when you speak with your crystal therapist about what’s brought you to them and what you’re hoping for. Your therapist will ask a number of questions; crystal healing is a holistic approach, meaning it looks at all aspects of health (physical, mental and spiritual) and so your therapist will want to get a full picture.
Once you have had your consultation, your therapist will know what approach will work best for you, which crystals to use and how to place them. You will be made comfortable and asked to lie down (fully clothed) on a sofa or on cushions on the floor.
When you are relaxed with your eyes closed, your therapist will begin placing crystals on and around your body. Sometimes the therapist will use a dowsing pendulum to help them determine where the crystals should go.
The crystals will be left in place for a certain amount of time (this will depend on your circumstances but can be anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour). During this time you are encouraged to breathe deeply and simply relax. Your therapist may add or remove crystals during the session.
Some people report feeling sensations (a warmth or tingle) while others feel nothing. Don’t worry if you don’t feel anything, this doesn’t mean your energies haven’t been affected.
When the session is over, your therapist will remove the crystals and you’ll be encouraged to ground yourself in your body by becoming aware of your surroundings and physical sensations. Some people say they feel a difference in themselves immediately, for others it takes longer for the healing to take effect.
You may be recommended a number of treatments and often people choose to have ongoing treatments to support their overall health. As the healing takes place, you may experience an energetic detox, when negative energy quickly leaves your body. This can lead to difficult emotions being brought to the surface, so it’s important to ensure your crystal therapist is qualified and experienced to support you.
Crystal healing benefits
Crystal healing is a complementary and natural approach, meaning it can be used alongside traditional medicine and has no negative side-effects. The benefits of crystal healing are varied and take place on several different levels.
Perhaps the most common benefit reported is the deep relaxation that takes place during a session. This type of relaxation helps aid general well-being and is particularly useful when treating stress and anxiety. It can also help ease tense muscles which can help improve physical pain and sleeping problems.
On an emotional and spiritual level, crystals can help enhance self-esteem, encourage clarity and inspire a sense of peace and centredness.
Anyone can enjoy these benefits, however, if you are sceptical about the process you will naturally close yourself off. Because of this, having an open mind and no preconceptions or assumptions is key.
Some people believe healing crystals work like a magic wand and that everything will be better immediately. The truth is, there is no ‘magic’ behind crystal healing. Instead, they enhance what you are already working on. They are very interactive and rely on you being actively involved in your own spiritual journey. For this reason, it can be helpful to continue your work outside of crystal healing sessions.
How to use crystals at home
Whether you’re having crystal healing sessions or you just want to dip your toe in the water, having your own crystals at home can be incredibly beneficial. To start with, let’s look at what forms of healing crystals you can get:
Cut crystals - when raw crystals have been cut and polished into certain shapes, including wands. These are usually more expensive than other types.
Tumblestones - polished crystals that are smaller and widely available. These are often cheaper than cut crystals.
Raw crystals - uncut and unpolished, these crystals come in chunks and aren’t as shiny as other types. As they haven’t been cut or polished, they tend to be the cheapest to buy.
There are hundreds of different types of crystals, all of which hold particular energy and power. Here are some examples:
- Clear quartz: Clear in colour, this crystal is ideal for focusing energy, encouraging energetic balance and improving clarity.
- Rose quartz: A soft pink stone, rose quartz is known as the ‘love stone’ and can help to encourage self-love.
- Amethyst: Coming in various shades of purple, amethyst relates to your intuition and is known for aiding restful sleep.
- Black Onyx: Black in colour, this crystal is hailed as a protection stone, helping to protect against and absorb negative energy.
- Citrine: A vibrant orange stone, citrine is known as the stone of ‘success’ and can increase personal power, ideal for those in demanding careers.
It can help to do a little research before buying crystals to help you understand their different properties.
Cleansing and setting intentions
Crystals naturally absorb energy around them and so this can help to regularly cleanse them, energetically. There are several ways you can do this including burying them in the earth overnight, washing them in salt water and putting them outside under a full moon.
When your crystal is cleansed and ready to be used, you can set intentions for your stone. All this means is taking a few quiet minutes with your stone and setting an intention for how you want it to support you. For example, if you’re struggling with the demands of your job, you may pick up a citrine crystal and set this intention: “I want to feel more energetic, motivated and open to opportunities at work”.
How to use them
Once you have bought your crystals, cleansed them and set intentions, you can start reaping their benefits! To do this, keep your crystals in places that will most benefit you. Some people like to carry crystals on their person, in a small bag in their handbag/pocket or on a piece of jewellery.
You may also choose to put them in places around your house or work. If you’re struggling to sleep, you may want to keep an amethyst by your bed. If you’re lacking focus at work, a chunk of clear quartz on your desk can help.
Another lovely way to use crystals is to incorporate them into other wellness practices like yoga and meditation. Keep a selection of crystals near-by when you’re practising yoga or hold a crystal during meditation. This can help enhance the energetic work you’re already doing.
Crystals are a part of nature and simply being near them can help connect us with nature and a wisdom that comes from existing for millions of years. However, you choose to explore the power of crystals, enjoying their presence is nothing short of a gift.