Whether you believe in the power of crystal therapy or not, some facts cannot be denied. Crystals are found in all your household items – your flatscreen, smartphone, and laptop all use them. Because they’re composed of compressed oxygen and silicon, crystals are capable of oscillating electricity. The idea behind our interaction with crystals is based on their electric nature and the electrical signals our bodies naturally produce.
Different Crystals and Their Metaphysical Benefits
So what are these crystals purported to accomplish? Many believe that certain crystals have connections with your different chakras and that the frequencies they emit can help bring balance to these focal points of the body. So with that in mind, let’s look at a few crystals, their properties, and how they might help your spa.
- Rose Quartz (Heart) – Rose Quartz is well known for its representation of a multitude of types of love, including both romantic love and family love, and varied soft colors of pink or light purple. It has a very cleansing and calming energy.
- Amethyst (Crown) – Amethyst is known for both its physical and emotional healing properties. It’s one of the more common crystals used in Reiki. (purple)
- Orange Carnelian (Sacral) – Carnelian is known for stimulating the body's emotional needs. This stone is widely regarded for its ability to inspire confidence in the user. It helps center our inner conflicts, allowing goals to seem more focused and our frustrations limited.
- Aquamarine (Brow/Throat) – While aquamarine stones are mostly associated with the color blue in popular culture, they actually come in many colors, and their energies vary depending upon the color stone. They bring focus, making them perfect for amplifying your creative outlets. (blue)
Regardless of what crystals you choose to use in your treatments – or that they’ve been around since the early years of natural history – they still require some maintenance. Here’s a guide to help your crystals do the most for you.
Cleansing Your Crystals
This is certainly more than just using some soap and water. Crystals hold energies, so when they come into your possession, it’s beneficial to cleanse them of lingering energies so that they’re in prime condition for your intended treatments.
There are many different ways to cleanse crystals, some quicker than others. But during all these cleansing rituals, focusing on energies and emotions you want to release while cleansing, as well as charging them with new, focused intentions, is crucial to the process.
Salt and Water Crystal Cleansing
Water can be used in multiple ways to cleanse crystals, depending on the crystal itself and whether water can cause damage. Which route you choose to take for cleansing might be decided by how much time you have to devote to the task. For a simple, quick cleanse, place crystals in safe water (free of chemicals) in a glass bowl filled with water and let them soak for anywhere from an hour to a full day. If a crystal needs a deeper cleansing, it can soak for up to a week.
You can also put sea salt or cooking salt into the bowl for a more thorough cleanse, but don’t soak gemstones that are porous or have a high metal or water content. Put the wrong stone in salt or water and you run the risk of changing its appearance and properties.
Light of the Full Moon – Ritual Cleansing and Charging
For a good cleanse under the light of a full moon, start by giving your crystals a rinse under your faucet or at a nearby stream. Set them out just after sunset on the ground or another natural surface or on a windowsill.
Leave your crystals out overnight and bring them back in just after sunrise, that way they get a burst of energy from the sun. Once your crystals are back inside, it’s time to reflect with them and charge them with your intentions. They’ll not only be charged by your energy, but by that of the sun and moon, too.
Because crystals emit frequencies and energies, they respond to different frequencies of sound. A great way to cleanse your crystals is to use Tibetan singing bowls, as they emit a consistent frequency.
To use a singing bowl to cleanse a crystal, place your bowl and crystal on a solid surface opposite of one another. Strike the bowl three times with your mallet and let it ring out. After a fourth strike, begin rotating you mallet clockwise around the bowl to make it sing. As your bowl sings, focus on the intention of cleansing your crystal.
You can even take this cleansing one step further and combine cleansing practices, placing your crystal in a glass bowl of salt water – providing that it won’t damage the stone you’re trying to clean.
Charging Your Crystals
Both sunlight and moonlight can charge your crystals, the difference being that the sun offers a more intense and strong charge. Be wary though as strong sunlight can cause stones to lose their color, and potentially change the properties of the crystal.
Another great way to cleanse your crystals is to put them in a mesh bag and submerge them in a local, slow flowing river. The benefit of running water is that this simultaneously cleanses and charges your crystals. You can even simulate running water by placing a water safe crystal into a glass bowl and placing the bowl underneath a running faucet for 10-20 minutes.
Thought energy and physical contact were believed by Native Americans to be enough to charge crystals. They felt that the human body’s natural energy field could transfer energy to crystals merely through handling or rubbing them with the palms of our hands. When in contact with the crystals, meditate or focus on an emotion, word, or just a bright light to instill your energy within the stone and program it to help you.
Make the Most of Your Crystal Therapy
Now that you have an idea of how these crystals work and know how they’re cleansed and charged, it’s time to start aligning chakras and bringing balance to your clients. Take a look at these selected products to enhance your services with crystals and gemstones.
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