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ABOUT CRYSTALS, MINERALS & GEMSTONES:
The most important thing that you can first learn about crystals is that they are not just inanimate objects. They are living entities that can be our friends, guides, and teachers. Crystals are capable of receiving, containing, projecting, emanating, refracting, and reflecting light, this is the highest form of energy known in the physical universe. Each type of crystal gives off its own vibration. When you hold or wear crystals, their energies interact with your aura and etheric bodies. The vibrations of that crystal then assists in changing, enhancing or modifying your own vibration.
Crystals, gemstones and minerals can be worked with for many purposes, some of which are:
The first thing that you will want to do with a crytal is to cleanse it. This is because crystals retain memories of the thoughts and feelings of those that come in contact with them. Since you probably don't know where your crystal came from or who has left their vibration on it, it is best to cleanse it before working with it. It is also a good idea to cleanse your crystal now and then, if you feel it has picked up "negative" vibrations.
Here are several ways to cleanse your crystal:
WORKING WITH CRYSTALS:
The best way to start working with your crystal is to use your own intuition. Learn to listen, to "communicate" with your crystal and you will learn how it can best assist you. This simply requires that you "attune" yourself to your crystal.
Here's an easy way to attune yourself to your crystal:
You can now place your crystal in a special place, place it in a room or wear it on your person. The energy it gives off will affect you or the area that it is placed in. Give your crystal weekly, if not daily, doses of love and attention. And, if you do place your crystal in a public area, make sure you cleanse it of vibrations from time to time.
Crystals, especially quartz crystals, can also receive and hold thought forms or "programs". This is just like programming a computer to have it perform a certain function. Information or commands are stored in the molecular structure of the crystal. The crystal then amplifies the program or thought that you have given it. This can be used to achieve specific results like manifestation, weight loss, developing psychic abilities, clearing emotions, etc.
To program a crystal:
If you wish to reprogram a crystal, simply give it a thorough cleansing and start the programming process over again. Don't expect your crystal to do ALL the work for you---you still have to put in the effort to make changes/improvements. But, your crystal will give you an extra energy advantage in doing so.
MOST COMMON CRYSTALS & THEIR PROPERTIES:
Here is a brief list of some of the most common crystals and their attributes.
Amber: This is actually a fossilized tree resin, not a crystal/mineral. Draws out negative energies, promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Grounding and stabilizing. Blocks against psychic attacks and energy draining from others. Calming energy which helps dispel depression and bring about a more positive mental state. Brings joy, inner strength and peace of mind. Amber can also help discover ancient wisdom and knowledge.
Amethyst: The "meditation crystal." Best crystal for meditation. Soothing and calming. Can help you cope with sadness and grief. Stimulates inspiration. Assists in spiritual growth. Intensifies your psychic and creative abilities. Helps open the psychic/spiritual centers. Promotes prophetic dreams. Prevents over-induglence and helps break bad habits.
Aventurine: Draws luck, prosperity and good fortune. Assists in healing. Brings emotional tranquility and a positive attitudes towards life. Aids in releasing anxiety and fear.
Azurite: Helps you more attain a deeper meditative state. Can help you to release the past and move forward into a new future. It can help you recognize and utilize the resources hidden within yourself. Increases psychic abilities and can help you become more attuned to your spiritual guides and the spirit realm.
Citrine: Positive, uplifting and energizing, wich helps provide motivation and greater physical activity. Helps prevent nightmares. Increases luck, self-esteem and creativity. Attracts abundance. Helps lessen self-destructive tendencies. Citrine is one of the few crystals that does not hold and accumulate negative energy.
Copper: Luck, prosperity, purification, self-esteem, communication and energy.
Hematite: Grounding and protective. Can help with low self-esteem, allowing you to feel better about yourself. Helps one to think clearly, improve memory and have clearer thoughts. Reduces stress, enhances optimism, will and courage. Dissolves negativity.
Lapis Lazuli: Assists one with the ability to communicate ideas clearly. Helps you remain focused. Calms the mind and soothes the body, allowing you to be more open to the subtle messages of the spirit world. Helps you enter meditation more easily. Relieves depression, giving a feeling of peace. Enhances psychic abilities and astral projection. The "enlightenment" stone--helps you to open more to spiritual forces.
Obsidian: Protection. Dispels negative energies, protecting you from their influences. Can also help with introspection, realizing our rationalizations and the illusions we have created about ourselves.
Quartz: Amplifies, stores, transforms and focus thought forms/vibrations. Quartz crystals are perfece "energy amplifiers" for many uses. Their energy is calming and soothing. Their energies promote balance between the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your life. Used in meditation, quartz can help us connect with our true spirit selves.
Rose Quartz: The stone of "emotion." Stimulates and amplifies love. Helps us learn to love ourselves, and through this, give us an increased ability to love others. Can help improve low self-esteem. The perfect stone for anyone going through an emotional trauma, it is soothing and gentle. Helps to heal wounds of the heart.
Smoky Quartz: Useful for grounding and draining away negative energy, including negative energy produced by the mind. Helps to overcome depression and other negative emotions. It can be used to gently dissolve negative energies and emotional blockages. Good for those wishing to connect with the Earth.
Sodalite: Good for meditation. Helps open you up to the spiritual world and cosmic consciousness. Helps to heal stress, guilt, anger nervousness and fear. Stimulates psychic abilities.
Tigereye: Protection from all types of danger. Helps attract wealth, abundance, prosperity. Enhances self-empowerment. Can be used to assist in discovering past lives. Enhances wisdom.
Turquoise: Helps in attracting love, money, prosperity, new friends, lovers, or promoting a sense of joy. Brings peace of mind, emotional balance, communication, friendship, and loyalty. Also a protective stone.