One thing that I love (so much so that I brought my whole collection to Bali with me) is crystals – also known as gemstones or precious stones. I have them around me all the time and I only just realised that I’ve never actually mentioned this here.
I can’t even walk past a crystal shop without taking a look inside and leaving with at least one new addition to my ever-growing collection of precious stones. Thank goodness most of them are quite small or I’d be using a large chunk of my baggage allowance on them right now.
My First Crystal
My very first crystal was given to me when I was at a herbalist conference in 2010. There was a stall there with all kinds of energetic healing information, but the crystals intrigued me and so I inquired about them.
The stall holder invited me to sit down and close my eyes, then he put 3 different crystals into my hands and asked me how I felt. One of them gave me an instant calmness and so I chose that one, which he then said I could have.
It was black onyx and when I read it’s meaning (to help with decision-making), I discovered it was exactly what I needed at that time.
Since then, my interest in these beautiful gemstones has only grown ever-stronger. I’ve even dragged my mum and Stu into this crystal-loving collection-itis with me.
What Is A Crystal?
For those of you who haven’t heard of crystals before or who thought they were nothing more than common rocks then you may be wondering what they are and why I love them so much.
The definition of a crystal or gemstone (according to the Meriam-Webster dictionary), is a mineral or petrified material that when cut and polished can be used as jewellery. It’s pretty much a rock that is both beautiful and also holds a certain energy that helps us through different situations in our lives.
My Favourite Crystals
There are so many types of crystals that it can become over-whelming when choosing them, especially the first few times. But there’s no need to feel this way because when it comes to crystals, they tell you which ones to choose.
All you need to do is pick the ones that stand out to you (or feel right when you hold them) and they’ll always be what you need most.
You can get books to help you to understand the different crystal meanings. My mum bought me a book called ‘The New Crystal Bible’, by Cassandra Eason which I really like, but there are heaps of other books that I’m sure are great too.
Here are some of my current favourites (they actually change all the time) to help you get started on your journey. I’m warning you now, once you start using crystals, you won’t be able to stop – so begin with caution!
Rose Quartz – is often called the ‘heart stone’. It’s a stone of unconditional love which helps us to give and receive love both with others and with ourselves.
Labrodite – reminds me of my mum who has it on a necklace and calls it her power stone. It’s a beautiful shimmering stone that enhances our intuitive abilities and brings out the positive side of our personalities.
Turquoise – is a stone of protection. It’s thought to be one of the oldest gemstones in history and was used by the ancient shamans, kings and warriors.
Moss Agate – is harmonising. It helps to balance emotional, physical and mental energies. It’s also a stone of health, wealth and growth.
Amethyst – is a gorgeous, deep purple crystal. In ancient times it was worth as much as a diamond. Despite it’s monetary value being much less now, it’s still treasured as it carries the energy of fire, passion, creativity and spirituality. It’s called the ‘all-healer’ and is often worn by healers to focus energy.
Why I Love Crystals
I love these healing stones because I feel good when I have them on me or near me. I love their appearance and their energy. They never cease to amaze me.
I carry crystals in my bag, have them on my computer desk, under my pillow, beside my bed and anywhere else that I notice might benefit from them.
I urge you to get yourself one crystal this week and see for yourself how precious they are.