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The Beginner’s Guide To Gemstones and Crystals

05.10.2017

Yoga and meditation are two of the best practices to help you feel grounded and balanced, and once you make them a part of your routine you’ll begin to notice profound positive changes in your life.


If  you practice yoga or meditation, or if you just want to get more in touch with your spiritual side, then it’s time to introduce healing crystals and gemstones into your home …


We get it -  having no experience with these powerful natural healers can seem a little confusing and overwhelming, as there are endless varieties to choose from. If crystals and gemstones are something you want to become more familiar with, then you’ll want to read these helpful tips to figure out which stones are best for your mind, body & spirit! What are Healing Gemstones and Crystals?

The Beginner’s Guide To Gemstones and Crystals

Crystals date back to ancient times and
“Huge quartz crystals are referred to in ancient Sanskrit writings,” says Patricia Bankins, founder of The Crystal Matrix Healing & Learning Center. In Egyptian times, stones and crystals were used in various ways, as beauty aids, for protection as well as for healing.


Yes, stones and crystals make beautiful center pieces, but they are much more than pretty home decor. Did you know that each

stone and crystal actually possesses its own individual energy?  This natural power can affect you and your environment in an array of wonderful ways...some help to boost the mood and lift the spirits, some help to soothe and ease feelings of restlessness and anxiety, while others can even help us to feel more confident and attractive!

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Physical differences between crystals and gemstones:



Crystals ( e.g., quartz, amethyst, and diamonds) are solid substances with a natural geometric form. They are usually shiny, translucent, angular and can sometimes even have jagged edges.


Stones ( e.g., rocks -like agates- and gemstones) are made up of several minerals combined in one mass and they tend to be rounder, smoother and denser.




2 Tips for Getting Started


✨ Let Your Crystal Choose You


This may sound a little strange, but the best way to find your first crystal is to find one that you are naturally drawn to. Find a crystal and gemstone shop close to where you live, and just take a walk around. Because crystals and gemstones give off physical vibrations, your own energy may be naturally attracted to one more than another.

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Did you know that sometimes you can literally feel this physical energy when you hold the crystal or stone in your hand? You may feel a hot or cold sensation, tingling or a small electric pulse. You may even feel sensations in your third eye chakra! It’s also common to experience a strong, peaceful feeling when holding certain stones or crystals. e sure to try out a few, and then choose the ones that just feel right. Trust us when we say you’ll just know!


✨ Invest in a Good Book


We suggest you start with around 5 different crystals or stones to really become familiar with them and their different positive influence on your emotional well-being. Naturally, you’ll want to expand your collection, and this is when an in-depth book can come in handy.


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Ways To Incorporate Crystals and Gemstones into your Daily Life


Now that you have your hands on a few of these precious gems, we know you probably can’t wait to use them properly!


Crystals and gems can be used in a variety of valuable ways. You can simply place them in an area that you spend a lot of time in - such as your workspace - to create a calm and peaceful  atmosphere. Another favorable spot to place your crystals could be around your bedroom to ensure you get a good night’s rest.


A few more (less obvious)ways you could use them include placing them on a rug with some burning incense to enhance your meditation or yoga session, or you could simply carry them around to clear up stagnant energy and provide you with protection. You will benefit just by having them in your personal space.

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Cleansing Your Crystals


Cleansing your crystals on a regular basis is crucial in order to free them from any negative or stagnant energy they may have absorbed. This is why it’s especially important to cleanse your crystal(s) when you first purchase them - after they’ve been sitting in a store for an indeterminable amount of time.


To cleanse your crystals and gemstones, try soaking them in water with some sea salt, or submerge them in fresh earth (e.g., under sand or soil). You can also leave them in direct sunlight or try some white light visualisation techniques. Moonlight is another effective cleansing method as well!


We hope this article gives you the foundation you need to get started. The uplifting benefits of crystals are quite incredible, and we can’t wait for you to experience them for yourself!

 

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