For thousands of years, people have turned to crystals and gemstones in search of healing and balance.
It is said that each crystal is attributed with unique properties that help to influence energy flow in the human body. When used in conjunction with chakras, balance and alignment can occur which is said to bring harmony into one’s life.
Nowadays, people collect crystals because of their visually pleasing qualities, while others believe they bring them a combination of emotions, powers and other positive feelings. In my case, I am a huge fan of both of these beliefs. I have been collecting crystals for a few years now. There is something so intriguing about them; the fact that they come straight from our Earth and are already in such a naturally beautiful state is something that will never get old. I am the kind of person who is a firm believer in bringing as much positive energy into my life as possible, which can easily be done by something as simple as having a few crystals lying around.
Here is a list of some of the most popular crystals and the meanings behind them:
Amethyst is a quartz mineral with a purple hue. This crystal is said to attract positive energy and relieve stress and anxiety. When applied to the Third Eye and Crown Chakras it can enhance meditation and have a calming effect. When buying amethyst, amethyst can usually be found in small nugget sizes for a rather inexpensive price, making it a popular crystal.
This red stone was popular with Egyptians. Carnelian is thought to bring about vitality and creativity. Being aligned with the Sacral Chakra, it can have a positive influence on fertility and feelings of sensuality.
Citrine is the stone of the sun. Yellow in color, quartz is associated with happiness and positive energy. When applied to the solar plexus chakra, this crystal is thought to magnify personal power.
Diamonds are symbols of strength. This gem is said to bring love and clarity to relationships; perhaps that is why it is used in engagement ceremonies. Diamonds can be different colors including yellow, blue, red, pink, and black. Black diamonds give the wearer audacity and stamina.
If you need good luck to come your way, incorporate jade into your life. Jade has played an important role in Chinese culture since the Neolithic period. This gorgeous green stone is also known as the “Dream Stone” and can help you realize your dreams.
This stone offers protection against negative energy and stress. Hematite is a shiny black stone that can work with your Root Chakra to help keep you grounded.
Another crystal that was very important to the Egyptians, Lapis Lazuli’s blue color symbolizes royalty. When used to balance the Throat Chakra, this stone is thought to improve communication and self-expression.
The green malachite stone is said to be the stone of transformation and can help cleanse all chakras. If you need to overcome temptation, malachite will fortify your willpower.
Glass that is formed from volcanic lava, black obsidian provides a deep connection with the earth. It helps rid the body of negative feelings. Place this stone on your Root Chakra for grounding.
This light green semi-precious gem is thought to aid in healing from emotional trauma. Paired with the Heart Chakra peridot can bring about love and happiness.
Rhodochrosite is also associated with emotional healing. This rose colored stone enhances feelings of playfulness and joy.
Serpentine is a green stone thought to balance hormones. Serpentine is associated with Kundalini energy which runs along the spine. To awaken this energy is to become enlightened.
This beautiful striped stone is said to bestow the characteristics of a tiger: patience, focus and determination. If you’re feeling drained, carrying a Tiger’s Eye stone may give you the energy and focus you need.
Turquoise is a beautiful stone used often in jewelry. It was very important in Native American culture and they believed that turquoise could connect the mind with the universe. This gem is known as a master healer and helps to align all chakras.
Gemstones and crystals can align energies, clear out negativity and attract positivity. Each stone is unique in its appearance, vibration and healing qualities. Finding the stone that’s right for you is about identifying blockages in your energy flow and feelings that you want to eradicate or amplify.
In my personal life, I love to keep my crystals scattered about in my bedroom, make the smaller pieces into handmade jewelry that can be worn wherever you go, and sometimes use my crystal collection as a unique present for my friends and family. You may not feel like a totally rejuvenated and new person, but I guarantee you will find as much beauty in these specimens as I do. It is worth a try and if anything, collecting crystals is a fun and inexpensive hobby!