In this guide, we will look at the meditating with rystals for beginners and how to use meditation crystals to enhance your practice.
Meditation crystals and stones offer an additional method of meditating. Plus, they offer some benefits that other methods do not provide. Different gemstones have different benefits, according to the International Gem Society, such as purifying the emotions and calming the mind. That’s why you might like to start using crystals in meditation practice.
Although there is no scientific evidence on the effects of crystals. Indeed, research by Christopher French, Lyn Williams, and Hayley O’Donnell suggest that crystals online work by placebo. However, many teachers and gemologists believe they work, and they have been used in different cultures for thousands of years.
Before we look at exactly how to meditate with crystals, you need to ask yourself an important question: Which gemstone should you meditate with?
When meditating with crystals, beginners need to understand how different gems influence the mind, and how to correct the best gemstone.
Let’s take a look at the different types of crystals for meditation
Guide To Meditation Crystals For Beginners
Just as different types of meditation are better for certain people, the best crystal for meditation is entirely dependent on who you are as an individual and what type crystal healing you want to do.
That said, everyone can benefit from meditating with crystals.
With the best meditation crystals, healing will happen faster. The best meditation crystals can help you to take your training further for several reasons. For starters, meditation gemstones have unique properties that can help to boost your mind-state. Some gems help with anxiety, some help with depression, some help you focus, and so on. They provide unique energy that can alter your mental state.
They also help to ground your meditation.
When you meditate on an object, you bind your energy to that object. For instance, if you have a Buddhist prayer bead mala, that mala will be full of peaceful energy. When you wear your mala, you feel more relaxed.
Meditation crystals do a similar thing. They carry unique energy that helps return you to the state you were in when you meditate with the crystal. For instance, if you use meditation crystals for anxiety, the relaxed state of mind that you feel when you meditate with the crystal will stay with the crystal. Then, when you see or touch the gemstone, you feel that calming energy.
Finally, a third benefit is that they can help you focus. It can be easier to meditate on an object, and this is something Buddhists have been doing for millennia with a technique called Samatha Meditation.
Best Crystals For Meditation
If you want to know how to choose a meditation crystal, start by determining your own needs.
Ultimately, you are choosing a meditation crystal to create specific desired states. So, of course, the best crystals for meditation are the ones that have the properties that you want to see in yourself.
This will ultimately depend on who you are, your strengths and weaknesses, and what you want to achieve in your life, and also if you have a specific type of crystal healing you’re aiming for.
To choose a meditation crystal, ask yourself what you want to achieve.
- Do you want to achieve inner peace? If so, buy a meditation crystal for inner peace.
- Want to ace your exams? Get a meditation crystal for focus and concentration.
- Want to cure anxiety? Get a meditation crystal for anxiety.
- Want love? Get a meditation crystal for love
You cannot choose your best meditation crystal until you determine what you want to get out of your practice.
Take a few minutes right now to answer this question: What would your best meditation crystal to do you?
If you want to know how to choose the crystal for meditation, you have to understand the properties of different ones.
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For more specific uses, here are the properties of different meditation crystals.
Amethyst: This crystal is used to quiet the mind in order to allow insight and wisdom to arise to the conscious level. Amethyst also enhances visualisation and alters consciousness.
Aquamarine: This is a wonderful gemstone which you can use to improve self-awareness. It is very useful if you have lost touch with your centre.
Carnelian: This one focuses the mind and heightens concentration. Carnelian is very useful when studying. It also cures “monkey mind”.
Charoite: This stone is used for creating tranquillity and relaxation. [source]
Crystal Cluster: This is a fantastic stone to use when meditating with someone else. It will heighten your connection to the other person.
Fluorite: This anchors you and grounds you, improving concentration.
Jade: Jade is a wonderful stone for calming the mind and for curing negative thinking.
Jasper Brown: If you are hoping to achieve a deep meditative state, this stone will help.
Labradorite: This helps to heighten your state of consciousnessness.
Lapis Lazuli: This enhances wisdom and insight.
Moonstone: Moonstone puts you in harmony with your unconscious mind, and promotes relaxation and peace of mind.
Obsidian: Used for spiritual protection.
Prehnite: Use this crystal to achieve clarity of mind.
Quartz: Quartz is a brilliant overall psychic enhancer, helping to heighten focus and concentration, to raise consciousness, and to improve mental clarity.
Sapphire: (Blue): This brings calmness to the mind and allows deeper intuition to come to light.
If you’re still not sure which crystal to use for meditation, go for either clear quartz, which balance the chakras and are said to alter consciousness, or selenite, a gypsum-based crystal said to connect us with our higher self and to help access Akashic records. Also note that in meditation crystals and stones are used as the same word although in fact they are different. Stones are solid and not metallic, and crystals are a solid material made of atoms and molecules in a repeating pattern (crystalline lattices).
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Take your time when picking your crystals for meditation. It’s very important to select the right one for you. So if you need to take a second look at the list above, go ahead.
If you’re shopping for someone else, be sure to see our list of the best meditation gifts.
How to meditate with crystals [for beginners]
So, it is now time for us to discuss how to meditate with crystals.
- Choose your crystal [see above]. A good crystal may include lines and patterns that help you to get lost in it.
- Find a quiet and peaceful area where you will not be disturbed [it’s best to have a room of the house dedicated to practice]. Hold your crystal in front of you, making sure you can see it clearly. Breathe deeply and calmly, slowing the rate of your breathing gradually. (note: some people like to not touch heir gemstones and instead leave it on a crystal grid or put it on your altar).
- Look at your crystal and observe its every detail. Meditate on the crystal.
- Close your eyes and take a deep breath in. Now imagine that you are inside your meditation crystal. Allow yourself to become absorbed in the gemstone. Let any thoughts you have subside. Quiet your mind. Move into the crystal, allowing yourself to explore it.
- Continue meditating in this fashion for ten minutes. When ready, take ten deep breaths and gradually return to psychical reality.
- Remember the way you feel after doing this crystal meditation.
- Repeat again tomorrow.
You can also use crystal chakra meditation by placing the crystal on the chakra you want to heal to activate that area. Using crystals with the chakras is an excellent crystal healing technique. For instance, you can place a labradorite crystal on your third eyes chakra (Ajna chakra) to heal it.
Cleansing your crystal
Just as we must cleanse mala bead stones before using them, we need to cleanse gemstones too.
When you first get your meditation crystal, it will have been around for many years and will likely have been handled by many people. That means that the energy of the crystal will not be pure.
So before we look at how to meditate with crystals, we need to cleanse our crystal so that it is pure for you and unaffected by external energies.
But first a friendly warning. Be careful with your meditation crystal. Some meditation crystals are fragile, and some may fade in sunlight. It’s a good idea to wrap them in velvet or silk when you’re not using them, which will help to protect them.
Bury your gemstones in the ground:
This removes negative energy from the crystal.
- Get dried sea salt
- Pour the salt into a glass
- Delicately place the crystal in the salt with the point facing downward
- Leave overnight
Hold your crystal in a natural source of running water (or a tap if no natural sources are available). Of course, before you do that, you will want to make sure that your gemstone isn’t soluble. Some gemstones are more water-soluble than others. To help you determine how soluble yours is, refer to this guide on ClassicGems.
Use Cleansing Crystals:
Crystals such as carnelian and quartz have cleansing properties. Put a cleansing crystal in a bag with other crystals to cleanse them.
Cleanse your crystal once when you first get it. That will purify it. And then cleanse it again every so often to keep it clear of negative energy.
Now that is has been properly washed, we can start meditating with the crystal.
I love meditating on crystals. I do it as a complementary practice to my other, more traditional forms of meditations.
Meditating on gemstones is a relaxing and joyful practise that quiets the mind and uplifts the spirit. Of course, we get different benefits from meditating on various crystals, as we have looked at above.
Which is your favourite gemstone and what do you personally enjoy about meditating on it?
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