Our crystal experts tackle your problems with their sparkling guidance
Q: I am new to crystal healing and essences – how do I get started with them?
Judy Hall: “Crystal healing and essences work through energy resonance, vibration and the effect of colour. As crystals have a perfect energy field, they can entrain (bring back into alignment) our energy fields that easily go off-balance, which can result in emotional unease. Placing crystals on the chakras rebalances them and harmonises the subtle systems of your body. One of the best and oldest basic healing crystals is Bloodstone. It strengthens the immune and filtration networks, but it needs to be cleansed regularly. A few drops of Petaltone Clear2Light essence (available in most New Age shops), on a crystal or in your space purifies and recharges your stone in one go. Good luck!”
Q: How can I use crystal healing to help me deal with feelings of negativity?
Clive Carter: “The crystal you need to use depends on whether it is your own negativity you’re dealing with, or to protect yourself from the pessimism of others. To guard against receiving negative vibes, I would recommend a piece of Labradorite. Either wear a piece in a bracelet or necklace, or carry a palm or tumble stone. It works best when in regular contact with your skin (always buy open-backed jewellery, so you are in contact with the crystal). If it’s you giving out negativity, try a Herkimer Diamond, as this will give you a lift, putting you in a more positive frame of mind. If you are upbeat and focused, you will automatically give out good energy and dispel your low frequencies.”
Q: Can crystals help with an imbalance in my root chakra?
Gaynor Mentiply: “Yes, one way would be to take a Smoky Quartz wand or point. Hold the point in your hand with the point facing towards the area of your root chakra. Circulate the wand or point in an anticlockwise direction over the site of unease. Do this for approximately seven rotations and end by lifting the wand towards a window to let out the negative energy. Use your intent to allow the pessimism to disperse into positive energy as it goes through the window.
You will then need to fill this space up with positivity. To do this, visualise a large ball of warm white light above your head and imagine pulling it down so that it enters your body through the crown chakra at the very top of your head. Allow the warm light to come through your crown, neck and shoulders and continue down and out through the hand that is still holding your wand/point. This time, rotate the wand seven times clockwise to infuse the area with a warming positive energy.”
Q: If my stone breaks or cracks, am I still able to use it for a healing process?
Tracy Munn: “Keep in mind that crystals do not die or stop working because they’ve been cracked or broken, so continue to work with them if you feel drawn. If a crystal has broken in two, you might like to give a piece to someone else to work with. Sometimes, if it has been working hard, a crystal may need to be buried in Mother Earth for a while, which can bring it back to full resonance. Either meditate or dowse with a pendulum on the best action for your broken crystal. It is also quite acceptable to glue the pieces back together so you can continue to work with it.”
Q: I’ve been told that I need to ‘activate’ a crystal before using it – what does this mean and how do I do it?
Gaynor Mentiply: “Before you use any crystal, you should firstly ensure that it is cleansed and blessed before programming it for the job in hand. There are many ways in which you can do this. The simplest is to hold it under running water and visualise any residual energy being washed away. Use your mind to set your intention that the negativity is changed back into a positive energy as the water goes down the drain. Choose a few words that resonate with you to activate your crystal – these can be something as simple as, ‘I bless this crystal in the water to be used for healing and to work for the highest good of the person using it’. You then need to let your gemstone know what you expect of it. To do this, place it in your hand and simply talk to it within your mind or out loud if you prefer.”
Meet the experts…
Clive is co-owner of Nature’s Treasures, where he channels his passion for crystals and crystal healing. His company aims to source rare and unusual stones and minerals that cannot be found elsewhere. Visit naturestreasuresdorset.co.uk for more information.
Gaynor Mentiply has been working with crystals since 1999 and is a published author. She has also written and now teaches a fully accredited two year diploma in the subject at Spirit Walker Crystal Shop in Adwell, Oxfordshire. Visit spiritwalkercrystalshop.co.uk for more information.
Judy Hall is known around the world for her crystal work and a wide range of bestselling books, including The Crystal Bible, Earth Blessings and The Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle Kit, (£14.99, Watkins Publishing).
Tracy Munn has been working with crystals for seven years. She owns a crystal shop with her partner Louise in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex called The Crystal Tree. For more information, visit the-crystal-tree.co.uk