As a Crystal Therapist and crystal lover, the two most common questions I get asked are “What are crystals?” and “How do they work?” There are a lot of misconceptions about crystals and working with crystals.  No, working with crystals is not ‘bad’ and does not make you a witch, or mean you are practicing witchcraft.  Just like anything else you do, your intention behind it is what makes your practice good or bad.  This article will tell you everything you need to know about crystals.

What are crystals?
Crystals are natural formations from the Earth and have unique healing properties that can help to balance your mind, body and spirit. Crystals have been highly regarded for their abilities since Ancient times.  The Ancient Egyptians used crystals in jewelry, cosmetics, pottery and for medicinal purposes.  The ancient wisdom and crystal traditions and practices are still prevalent today.  

How crystals “work”
Crystals vibrate just like everything else.  Each crystal has a unique energy and vibration, which is what creates their healing and metaphysical properties. When we work with crystals, we are able to align our energy with the energy of the crystal, which is what makes them so powerful.  You don’t need to do much to make a crystal work, because they are already working naturally.  Each crystal corresponds to the Chakra system, and can be used to help cleanse and/or activate your energy centers.   You can program a crystal to do something specific, and use the crystal to help support your goal or intention.

How to choose your crystal:
Choosing which crystals you want to work with can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.  There are a few simple ways to pick crystals.  The simplest way to choose which crystal to work with is to look at the crystals and pick the crystal that catches your eye, or the crystal that you find yourself drawn to. This is an intuitive process, and there is a reason why we are drawn to certain crystals at different times.  Trust yourself and pick the one that feels right to you.  You can also choose crystals based on their healing properties.  If you want to work on developing your intuition, you would want to go with a crystal that is associated with the Third Eye Chakra- usually any blue or purple crystal!  If you want something for love, pick a crystal associated with the Heart Chakra-usually any pink or green crystal.  If that makes no sense to you, no worries! All of the crystals in the JB Goddess Crystals shop page have descriptions that tell about each crystal’s healing properties.  In addition, the shop is organized by intention collections, so you can search and shop for crystals based on your intention.  Crystal shopping made easy!

How to program Crystals:
Programming crystals is when you set intentions for your crystals.  To do so, first cleanse your crystal with sage.  Next, spend time with your crystal and connect with its energy.  Hold the crystal in your hand and state your intention or goal for working with that crystal.  When formulating an intention, state it in the present tense similar to a positive affirmation.  If you wanted to manifest abundance, you could say, “I am living an abundant life.”  If you wanted to manifest courage and eliminate fear, you could say, “I am fearless and move forward with courage.”  Your intention is unique to you, make it personal and specific to what you want to manifest. Once you set your intention with your crystal, that's it, your crystal is programmed with your intention until you cleanse it or set a new intention!
How to Cleanse Crystals:
It is important to cleanse your crystals before and after you use them because most crystals can pick up and store energy. That’s why people won’t let you touch their crystals!  Here are a few easy ways you can cleanse crystals: 

  • Hold crystals in the smoke of Sage or Palo Santo
  • Place your crystals on Selenite or Quartz Crystals
  • Bury your crystals underground for a few days
  • Leave crystals under the Moonlight or Sunlight
  • Hold crystals under running water
  • Play sounds around your crystals
How to use Crystals:
There are no right or wrong ways to use crystals! Basically, it is up to you to find a way that works best for you and your needs.  Whether you are new to working with crystals or you are a pro at crystal work, crystals are super easy to work with because no matter how you are working with them, you will get the benefits of their crystalline energy.  You can start by holding your crystal daily, and restate your intentions, or meditate on your intentions.  You can also use your crystals as a palm stone to hold whenever you need support, you can rub the crystal in your hand to help self soothe.  You can place crystals on or around your body, in a crystal layout to target certain body ailments or to restore balance to your Chakra system.  You can also wear crystals as jewelry or carry them in your pocket, bag or tuck them in your clothing.  Another easy way to work with crystals is by placing them throughout your home or any space that you are in.  More advanced ways to work with crystals are to use them in crystal grids, by placing them in geometric patterns to amplify the energy.  You can also make crystal infused water or elixirs to drink or use in your metaphysical work.
There you have it, that’s pretty much all you need to know before you start working with crystals!  Now go start your crystal journey!
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