CHAKRAS AND CRYSTAL HEALING
The following information on crystal healing is not meant to replace advice, diagnosis and/or treatment by a qualified medical practitioner. All comments and recommendations herein contained are derived from legend and lore, not from the authority of Astral Aspects, its officers, employees, or agents. No expressed or implied guarantee as to the effects of the uses of any crystal can be given nor liability taken.
Crystal Healing articles in this section:
1. The Chakras
2. How to cleanse and prepare your crystals for healing and meditation
3. How to use your crystals in healing and meditation
4. How to make Crystal Elixirs
1. THE CHAKRAS
Whilst it is widely recognosed that there are 7 main Chakra energy centres within the body [Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexus, Sacral, Root/Base], a further 5 Chakras have been identified within the body and 5 Chakras external to the body in the Aura.
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STELLAR GATEWAY CHAKRA - External to the physical body, above the Soul Star Chakra. The cosmic doorway to other worlds.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Stellar Gateway Chakra: Novaculite
SOUL STAR CHAKRA - External to the physical body, about 12 inches above the crown of the head. The linkage point for the spiritual and subtle bodies through which higher energies can be grounded, or physical vibrations can be raised.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Soul Star Chakra: Datolite, Novaculite, Stellar Beam Calcite, Tanzanite
HIGHER CROWN CHAKRA - External to the physical body, above the crown of the head. The linkage point for spirit.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Higher Crown Chakra: Amblygonite, Apophyllite, Azeztulite, Celestite, Kunzite, Muscovite, Novaculite, Petalite, Phenacite, Purple Siberian Quartz, Purpurite, Selenite, Stellar Beam Calcite
CROWN CHAKRA - The highest Chakra within the physical body at the top of the head, symbolising the merging of the human mind with the Divine; spiritual unity and wisdom. Associated with the cerebral cortex, central nervous system and right eye.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Crown Chakra: Amethyst, Charoite, Citrine, Diamonds, Lepidolite, Moonstone, White Opal
SOMA CHAKRA - At the hairline above the Third Eye Chakra. The centre of spiritual identify and conscious activation.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Soma Chakra: Aegirine, Ammolite, Annabergite, Blue Moonstone, Calligraphy Stone, Dumortierite, Hanksite, Natrolite, Nuummite
THIRD EYE CHAKRA - Midway between the eyebrow and hairline. The centre of creativity, intuition, imagination, insight and devotion to spiritual knowledge. Associated with the pituitary gland, nose, ears and left eye.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Third Eye Chakra: Amethyst, Charoite, Fluorite, Howlite, Iolite, Lapis Lazuli, Lepidolite, Merlinite, Rhyolite, Sodalite, Spectrolite
PAST-LIFE CHAKRA - Just behind the ears. Stores past-life information.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Past-Life Chakra: Blue Moonstone, Calligraphy Stone, Datolite, Dumortierite, Fiskenaesset Ruby, Hanksite, Nuummite
THROAT CHAKRA - Over the throat. The centre of communication, speech, effect of the spoken word on truth. Also knowledge, wisdom and kindness. Associated with the thyroid, throat and mouth.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Throat Chakra: Amazonite, Amber, Angelite, Blue Chalcedony, Blue Opal, Blue Topaz, Hematite, Lepidolite, Sapphire
HIGHER HEART CHAKRA - Over the thymus. The centre of immunity.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Higher Heart Chakra: Dioptase, Eilat Stone, Green Siberian Quartz, Kunzite, Tugtupite
HEART CHAKRA - Over the physical heart. The centre of love, compassion, altruism, forgiveness and gentleness; also the acceptance of reality as it is. Associated with the heart, circulatory system, arms and lungs.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Heart Chakra: Amazonite, Aqua Chalcedony, Aquamariney, Aventurine, Fluorite, Gaia Stone, Jade, Labradorite, Lepidolite, Moonstone, Opal/Opalite, Peridot, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Tsavorite, Unakite
SPLEEN CHAKRA - Under the left armpit. Potential site of energy leakage.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Spleen Chakra: Gaspeite, Greenlandite
HEART SEED CHAKRA - At the base of the breastbone. The site of soul remembrance.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Heart Seed Chakra: Tugtupite
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA - At the solar plexus. The centre of self-respect, willpower, confidence, physical energy and self-control. Associated with adrenals, stomach, liver, muscles and the nervous system.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Solar Plexus Chakra: Amber, Aventurine, Chalcedony, Citrine, Gold Tiger's Eye, Rhodonite, Rhyolite
SACRAL CHAKRA - Just below the navel. The centre of feeling, emotion, sexual desire, craving, family life, harmony and tolerance. Associated with the ovaries, testicles, prostate, genitals, womb and bladder.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Sacral Chakra: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Gold Tiger's Eye, Moonstone, Orange Calcite, Shiva Lingham
ROOT CHAKRA - The lowest Chakra within the physical body, At the perineum. The centre of the basic will to survive and of the material world. Courage, stability and physical health. Associated with the spinal column, adrenals, colon, legs and bones.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Root Chakra: Black Agate, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Gold Tiger's Eye, Hematite, Obsidian, Onyx, Rhodonite, Shiva Lingham, Smoky Quartz, Zebra Agate/Stone
EARTH CHAKRA - External to the physical body, between the feet. The linkage point to the earth.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing the Earth Chakra: Black Diopside, Dalmation Stone, Gaia Stone, Goethite, Hematite, Huebnerite, Limonite, Rhodonite, Obsidian, Smoky Quartz
HIGHER EARTH CHAKRA - External to the physical body, above the feet. The linkage point to the earth's etheric field.
Crystals and gemstones suitable for stimulating and balancing all the Chakras:: Chakra Crystals, Clear Quartz, Garnet, Red Jasper, Super Seven, Turquoise
2. PREPARING YOUR CRYSTALS FOR HEALING AND MEDITATION
Cleanse new crystals straightaway, particularly if you intend to use them for healing.
Cleansing is not a physical process - rather it is a spiritual ritual. In esoteric terms, crystals absorb and retransmit all energies with which they come into contact. In healing, crystals become receptive to emotional energies so cleansing your crystal back to a neutral state ensures that accumulated negative energies are not passed on. This process also re-energises the crystal and ensures that it functions at its highest level. Let your intuition be your guide: keep the intention in mind that you are clearing away all inappropriate energies and that you are working with purity of purpose.
The following are some different ways to cleanse, purify, re-energise and tune your crystals. Please note that as some crystals are sensitive to heat, light and/or water and some are toxic, not all methods will be suitable for all crystals.
Water - Cleanse your crystals by holding them under cool running water, such as an ordinary bathroom tap for several minutes. As you do so, think about a beautiful waterfall you have seen of visited. Or imagine the waves lapping over your crystal on a tropical beach. Note: Do not do this with Halite, Selenite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite or Turquoise as these crystals are sensitive/porous to water.
Amethyst or Quartz Bed - Crystal healers commonly use a large piece, or bed, of Amethyst or Clear Quartz to cleanse several crystals at once. Amethyst and Clear Quartz are said to transmute lower energies into the higher frequencies of both the spiritual and ethereal worlds, thereby transforming whatever is placed on them. Leave your crystals on the Amethyst/Quartz Bed for 24 hours.
Earth Burial - Crystals have come from the Earth. If you feel they are safe enough you can bury your crystals in the ground (do remember to mark where you have buried them!). The Earth has a natural magnetic quality which will draw off negativity. Leave your crystals in the Earth for 24 hours.
Resonating Sound - Purify your crystals with the resonating sound of a bell. You can cleanse and purify a roomful of crystals by ringing the bell above them, but the best way is to purify crystals one at a time. Perform this ritual for a few minutes.
Smudging - Smudge your crystals by burning a wadge of dried herbs and waving the smoke over and through them. You can use smudging to purify a roomful of crystals. Perform this ritual for 5 minutes.
Sunlight and Moonlight - Light is the essential currency of crystal healing so re-energise your water-cleansed crystals in sunlight and moonlight for 24 hours - the time of the Full Moon is perfect for this. Your crystals need a day of sunlight and a night of moonlight to re-energise. Note: Do not do this with Amethyst, Celestite or Citrine as they will fade in strong sunlight.
Crab Apple and Sea Salt - Soak crystals in a non-metallic container filled with water to which some purifying sea salt or crab apple Bach Flower Remedy has been added. Clean sea water is another option. Leave the container on a window ledge for three days before the Full Moon - the container must catch the moonlight.Note: Do not do this with Halite, Selenite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite or Turquoise as these crystals are sensitive/porous to water.
Thought Visualisation - Imagine a bright star pouring pure white light through an opening in the top of your head. Guide the light down through your body, sensing it being cleansed. Feel negative energies draining out of your feet. Now dedicate the crystal: 'I dedicate this crystal to love and the universal benefit of all.'
It is important to tune your crystals directly after cleansing, purifying and dedicating. Remain in a relaxed alert state. Hold your crystal in one hand and place your other hand over it. Visualise an energy connection between you and the crystal (for example, a ray of white light). Decide on the crystal's purpose and then say out loud 'I intend this crystal to be an effective tool for … (e.g. healing, mediation, dream interpretation).'
3. USING YOUR CRYSTALS TO HEAL THE CHAKRAS
* Before and after crystal healing sessions engage your mind while placing the crystals. Which visualisation images would be most inspiring for you?
* Clear the room of discharged negative energy after a session, using the same cleansing method you used to cleanse your crystals (see Preparing Your Crystals section).
* Wash your hands in cool running water directly afterwards to boost your body's beneficial negative ions.
* Re-cleanse your crystals straight after a session. It is easier to remember which crystals you used and ensures you don't forget this essential process altogether.
Balancing The Chakras
For healing to take place the Chakras must be balanced and in harmony. Use two single-terminated quartz crystals:- * Lie down and settle yourself comfortably.
* Place one of the crystals at your feet, with the point towards your head. Put the other crystal at the crown of your head with the terminated end pointing down.
* Take a few minutes to visualise your entire subtle energy system becoming harmonised and balanced.
* Be aware of any sensations of blockage or soreness.
* Ask your higher mind to indicate what the problem is and how to deal with it. Act on that intuitive guidance in a separate session with whichever additional crystals you need to use at that time.
A Revitalising Energy Boost
Hold two single-terminated clear quartz crystals, one in each hand, while sitting upright on a chair with your feet firmly grounded. The terminated (pointed) ends of the crystals should be directed towards your body. This positive polarity directs energy from the universal field, distributing it throughout the subtle energy system. Breathe slowly and deeply, visualising the energy coursing through your body, leaving you feeling revitalised.
Welcome Stress Relief
Lay comfortably on the floor and place a single-terminated quart crystal across your Solar Plexus Chakra, with the terminated end pointing upwards towards the Crown Chakra. Visualise the excess inappropriate energy being drawn out of your field and discharged into the universal field. Note: it is important to clear the room of dispersed negative energy after such a session.
Relief from Headaches
Place Rose Quartz, Aventurine or Blue Lace Agate crystals on the affected area for 5 minutes. Create whatever visualisation image you feel is right. For sharp headaches, hold the crystals against your temples. For duller headaches lay with your head against a soft pillow and place a crystal at the back of your head at the point where the base of the skull meets the neck.
Helping Localised Pain Relief
This technique can be used for sprained muscles, period pains, rheumatism or arthritis. Hold one single-terminated quartz crystal in your right (sending) hand with the pointed end towards the affected area for a few minutes and visualise a soothing image. If the pain is spread over a large area, cover the entire area with exaggerated stroking movements with the blunt (feminine) end of the crystal towards the area of pain. As the crystal comes away from the body, flick the crystal into the air to discharge negative energy.
Realising Your Potential
The following crystals can be used for a full body layout:-
* At the Crown Chakra - Amethyst or Quartz to calm the mind, dissolve anxiety and absorb negativity
* On the Third Eye Chakra - Lapis Lazuli or Sodalite to increase spiritual awareness
* On the Throat Chakra - Blue Topaz or Aneglite to help self-expression
* On the Heart Chakra - Green Aventurine or Rose Quartz to centre you while inspiring independence, well-being and health
* On the Solar Plexus Chakra - Citrine or Gold Tiger's Eye for optimism and mental clarity
* On the Sacral Chakra - Carnelian or Orange Calcite to increase vitality and passion, and boost assertiveness
* On the Root Chakra - Red Jasper or Hematite to give a sense of balance to the spirit and to ground you physically and emotionally
* At the Earth Chakra (bottom of your feet) - Single-terminated Clear Quartz (with the terminated end pointing towards your body) to channel energy through the Chakras.
Focus on a positive satisfying and viable outcome for the future.
4. CRYSTAL ELIXIRS
A Crystal Elixir is mineral water into which a crystal has been placed and has left the memory of its health-giving vibrations.
A basic method of producing such an Elixir is to place a specially tuned crystal in a jar or bowl of mineral water and leave it in a special places to absorb the rays of the Sun and Moon for at least 24 hours - this is the Direct Method. For crystals which are sensitive/porous to water or toxic, these should be placed in an empty jar which itself is placed in the bowl of water - this is the Indirect Method.
The resulting energised water is said to taste sweeter and fresher than the water normally would. To maintain the efficacy of the elixir when stored for any length of time, mix it with an alcohol such as brandy.
Elixirs can be consumed by putting a few drops under the tongue as required.
Most crystals are suitable for producing a Crystal Elixir. For example metallic crystals such as Hematite and Magnetite are good for grounding; Rose Quartz helps promote self-love and Amethyst enhances spirituality and contentment.