I’ve worked with crystals for several years now, in both a professional and personal capacity, and of course a number of crystals have appeared in The Cordello Quest and Mosaic of Light, Books I and II of our Lazuli Portals series.
So I thought you might like to read a bit more about them! This post is based on an article I wrote a few years back for my Winter Jasmine Reiki blog (now defunct as I have too much to do!)
Even if you haven’t worked with crystals in the form of tumblestones, pyramids, spheres, or clusters, you have probably come across precious gems enclosed within engagement rings. Or maybe you have some ruby, sapphire or emerald ear-rings, or possibly a bracelet containing garnets or amethyst. Gemstones have been mined and set in jewellery for centuries. They’re pretty to look at, after all! 🙂
So here’s a quick science bit! Wikipedia puts it succinctly: a crystal is “a solid material, whose constituent atoms, molecules or ions are arranged in an orderly repeating pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions.” The majority of crystals were formed many thousands of years ago, usually a result of cooling and solidification of liquids.
One of the most popular crystal types is the quartz family – clear and other near-transparent quartz can have “inclusions”, which form when liquid, solid or gas (even ‘air’) become trapped when the crystal is ‘growing’; inclusions usually add to a crystal’s beauty and character. (Hint: inclusions are mentioned in Mosaic of Light.)
Then there are the rose and smoky quartzes, with hues of pale pink or misty brown. Amethyst (purple) and citrine (yellow) are also types of quartz. I guess I have a bit of a thing about quartzes, come to think of it! That’s why I created a series of free Quartz Crystal Reiki attunements.
Denser coloured stones are also very pretty; the tiger’s eye (usually brown with cream markings), sodalite (dark blue with white streaking), amazonite (a vivid green with white markings), aventurine (a solid, soft green), garnet (dark red) and carnelian (deep orange) are just a few in my collection.
Then there’s lapis lazuli … a rich blue with sparkles of iron pyrite: how could that not be a favourite, when we write The Lazuli Portals?! Our logo was created from a close-up image of Ron’s original lapis lazuli crystal. 🙂
But have you considered the ‘energy’ contained within these tiny rocks? Crystals of all shapes and sizes have their own ‘subtle energy’.
The energy of each type of crystal is unique. People who are naturally (or trained to be) sensitive to subtle energies (such as Reiki) can often sense the crystal’s energy frequency when held in the palm of the hand. Each crystal has a different ‘vibration’ to it, and these differences can be felt when handled. Crystals are often used as an adjunct to Reiki sessions, or can be used alone as a healing session in their own right.
As with all colours, crystals can be linked to the seven main chakras (subtle energy centres) in the body, which follow the colours of the rainbow from the bottom up. There are thousands of webpages talking about chakras so I don’t intend to add more about that here. 😉
One of my favourite crystals – and an important stone in Mosaic of Light – is Rose Quartz. Associated with love – of the self and of others – and with unconditional acceptance, it is a great gift for someone special.
Why not start with yourself?
Crystals can be programmed for specific functions, charged with Reiki, or simply used “as is”. You can use the stones either on or close to the body during meditation, or simply carry one or more of them with you. I sometimes sleep with one or two crystals under my pillow or on my bedside table.
There are also energy systems and empowerments that can be used to work with the stones. I use etheric crystal energies daily – and the Quartz Crystal Reiki systems, of course!
Some crystals need to be cleansed regularly (including using water, earth, or air, depending on their chemical make-up) so that their energies remain clear, as many absorb the vibrations from the healing session or environment, which can inhibit or cloud their own innate energy. As some crystals can be damaged by (even dissolve in) water, a crystal-keeper needs to know how each type of stone should best be cleansed.
Clear quartz, known also as the “master healer”, needs no such cleansing, and can be used to keep other crystals clear and energised. It is also helpful to keep clear quartz near your computer, as it absorbs the EMFs and any other negative energies that may be in your environment. This versatile stone becomes important to one of the characters in Mosaic of Light.
Some crystals may help lift your physical energy; some may be supportive of emotional harmony, or mental balance. Some are ‘grounding’, some assist meditation, some can prevent you from the negative energies of others (those people around whom you always feel drained!) They each have a different “skillset”, which is one of the reasons I like to have lots of them!
Some say that a crystal draws you to it, such that you’ll know which one is right for you. This is something that Keira discovers in Mosaic of Light. And now and then, one will “disappear” – it’s no longer needed, apparently … 😉
Do you have or use crystals for healing or support? Which ones are your favourites? Do you sense their subtle energies when you use or wear them? Crystals rock – let’s talk about them! 🙂