Many people ask me, ‘How do I select a crystal?’ To which I say, that decision is completely up to you! Some choose crystals simply for aesthetics, some choose by what emotions a crystal evokes within them, and others choose them by deciphering in what manner the crystals can amplify their healing. The lesson to take away here is that there is no wrong way to select crystals. As many of you may have heard by this point, crystals choose you, you don’t choose them. This is generally the way crystals come into my life, as I can feel my etheric body and soul calling out for what it needs, not only for my personal life but for the collective and in my business as well. I will get a channelled feeling of energy for what the collective needs at any given time. For example, I will get a message that the collective is needing to practice more self-love, or that the collective needs to shift and practice deep healing on an old trauma or wounds to experience further growth on the journey that is ahead. Why is understanding the chakra system important when working with crystal? Well, it’s not only so you can have a deeper understanding of how our physical body and etheric body are intertwined and how one can adversely affect another, but when you are targeting these energetic centres with crystals, a harmonic connection occurs. We can begin to heal not only from the inside out, but we can gather the universal cosmic energy that is waiting to be tapped into. When you are selecting your crystals, there are a few things to take notice of as you begin to understand your soul is asking for them on a deep, authentic level:
WHAT COLOUR CRYSTALS ARE YOU DRAWN TO?
The first thing to take notice of is what colour crystals are you drawn to, as this can indicate which of your chakras are out of balance, overactive or need some extra attention (we will focus solely on the twelve chakras), i.e. black, red, orange, green, blue, purple, pink, white etc. The first seven chakras correspond to specific organs and nerves that pertain to the emotional body, physical body and spiritual body, and they are coded by colour. The additional five chakras, to complete the system, are located outside the human body. Energy should flow constantly through the chakras, beginning at the root chakra and travelling up through to the crown chakra, so it is essential that the chakras remain open and activated. By selecting your crystals by colour, you can gain a deeper understanding of how your physical body and etheric body are intertwined and how one can adversely affect another. You can also target these energetic centres with your selected crystals and create a harmonic connection between your body and the crystalline body you’ve chosen.
WHAT CRYSTAL SHAPE ARE YOU SELECTING AND WHAT IS YOUR INTENDED USE FOR THESE CRYSTALS?
There are so many different types of crystals and shapes, it can get quite overwhelming when you’re looking to add to your collection or begin your healing journey. Be aware that a crystal’s shape isn’t purely aesthetic but is the way each crystal emits its energy and vibrational frequencies. Its shape can enhance the way you use the crystal and your healings in a specific way, i.e. cluster, generator, sphere, tumbled stone etc. It can enhance its metaphysical properties and, based on where you place them, can define its purpose to work in perfect alignment with you, for you, and your environment. Finally, ask yourself: are you planning to use your crystals for home decoration, practicing crystal healing, or meditation? After answering these questions, you can begin to document what areas of your etheric body you need to focus your attention on and what may require an energetic shift or healing. Remember, go by what you feel when you encounter a crystal. Your intuition is the greatest gift you hold within you, and it will never lead you astray. These are the steps I take on every crystal selection journey.
Words: Leah Shoman