Still your mind, calm your thoughts and focus your awareness with gemstone power. Judy Hall explains how…
Gazing into the depths of a crystal offers instant clarity and stillness of mind, as they provide a point of soft focus and help you to stay attentively in the present moment without judging it or needing it to change. Crystals offer a detached perspective; they have been around for millions of years and in their terms the passing of time is merely the blink of eye. They each have unique qualities that can assist in switching off mind chatter or compulsive thinking. They ease your anxieties, alleviate your anger, show you how to forgive and let the past be, and so much more. They help you to be decisive when appropriate, and connect you to yourself at a very deep level.
All crystals have a generic ability to heal – that is, to bring you back into balance – but each type also has specific properties that it brings to mindfulness. A crystal may assist at different levels, depending on its energetic vibration, helping you to, for example, recognise your spiritual self or resolve issues inhibiting mindfulness. We also each have our own individual vibration and respond to crystals in different ways. As crystals work for your highest good, trust them to bring you back into energetic harmony. Here’s how…
Take three mindful breaths as you hold the crystal or look at the photograph of a crystal. The intention is not to ‘zone out’, but rather to become more present. ‘Palm stones’ – flat, rounded shapes – are specially made to facilitate this way of using your crystal and are often known as ‘worry stones’, although ‘anti-worry’ would be a better description. They are excellent if you feel anxious, and also act as a reminder to stay in the present moment. A large tumble stone works equally well…
If your crystal is clear, and especially if it has planes and occlusions, you can use it to ‘crystal gaze’. To do this, hold the crystal or place it at eye level in front of you. Allow your eyes to go into soft focus and gently scan the crystal until they naturally come to rest. Continue gazing into the crystal until your mind clears, your breathing slows and you relax, fully present in the moment. This method works well with crystals such as Labradorite, Selenite, Anandalite, Amethyst or Malachite.
Wearing your crystal means that its energy is constantly radiated into your personal energy field, bringing it into harmony. Crystals are particularly effective worn over the thymus gland, about a hand’s breath below your throat, as this is said to connect to your physical and subtle immune systems. Try placing a crystal in a metal spiral and stringing it around your neck, or wearing one set in silver as a pendant. A bracelet of crystals or stone chips also works well. Bear in mind a crystal may be most effective when it actually touches your skin.
YOUR MINDFUL CRYSTAL KIT
Stay present with Charoite
Charoite helps you to accept the present moment as perfect. With its support, you can relax and let go. This stone assists in putting things into perspective, helping you to accept other people, and yourself, as they are, rather than as you would like them to be. With Charoite there are no expectations, no demands. There is no criticism. You simply are, with what is, unconditionally accepting life.
Recharge with Bloodstone
Bloodstone calms the mind and helps with sleep, aiding mindfulness. It has a strong grounding effect, holding you safely in the present moment and in your body. Under the gentle influence of Bloodstone, impatience, aggression and irritability are dispelled. It reminds you that chaos often precedes transformation, and assists in reclaiming your personal power and self-esteem.
Let go of the past with Turquoise
Turquoise stabilises mood swings and creates inner calm. It assists meditation. With the help of Turquoise, you live in the present rather than dwelling in the past. Imposed ‘oughts’ and ‘shoulds’ fall away, allowing your soul to express itself spontaneously once more. It helps you to overcome a martyred ‘why me?’ attitude. Using Turquoise, you recognise that the creation of ‘fate’ is ongoing, depending on what is done in each moment.
Find stability with Agate
Agate aligns mind, body, spirit and psyche so that you become centred and calm. It creates an unshakeable sense of security, dissolving internal tension and stabilising the aura. Encouraging quiet yet focused contemplation and unhurried assimilation of experiences, it raises your awareness so that you become conscious of the oneness – and vastness – of life.
Understand yourself better with Spirit Quartz
Spirit Quartz facilitates changes in the brain that enhance meditation, stimulating heightened awareness and even psychic perception. If inner or external discord or obsessive behaviour patterns are interfering with your mindfulness, this stone assists in dissolving these and instilling patient acceptance of how life is.
Accept what is with Citrine
Citrine is helpful if family or group discord is preventing you from being fully mindful. It restores harmony and encourages you to find the best possible solution to challenges. Helping you to welcome new experiences, Citrine allows you to steer situations in a positive direction without obsessing over or judging them. This is the perfect stone for going with the flow, as it supports remaining optimistic and open, no matter what.
Extract taken from Crystal Mindfulness by Judy Hall (£8.99, Watkins Publishing)