Starting your crystal journey is an exciting step into the metaphysical realm, but with the wide variety of stones, it can also be a bit overwhelming in the beginning. Each crystal is said to aid with different goals, from regaining peace, promoting self-love, and warding off negativity. That all sounds promising, but with so many gemstones out there… where should one begin? To help you get your bearings, Bustle spoke with experts for intel on crystals for beginners.
Crystal practitioner Rae Fagin and Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, a crystal and integrative medicine expert, shared their top tips on how to get started with healing crystals along with which gems you should add to your collection first. Pro tip: Research the stores you’ll be visiting to buy your crystals and make sure that they’re ethically sourced to ensure quality stones.
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It’s important to note that there hasn’t been much research on the physical or mental health benefits of crystals, and there isn’t any scientific evidence to support the claims circulating around them. Still, crystals have been said to serve a variety of spiritual purposes like boosting mental clarity, promoting peace, and easing worries and anxieties. If anything, crystals can provide a sense of security and positivity, especially during difficult times or during situations where you’re in need of guidance.
How exactly can these gemstones carry such transformative prowess? It all stems from the energy they purportedly hold. “The use of using crystals in healing is extensive in Traditional Chinese Medicine,” says Trattner. “Crystals are programmable and carry energy by their wavelengths and dominant oscillatory rates.” Dominant oscillatory rates, or DOR, are basically our vibrational frequencies. “Crystals have precision thus a stable DOR, while humans have an unstable DOR due to the fact that we are made of many different DORs in our bodies,” Trattner explains.
Trattner points to the use of certain crystals in other situations. “Take quartz for instance: It wasn’t that long ago the quartz helped moved all of our watches, radios, computers, and technology,” she explains. “The stone has a piezoelectric effect, like a small battery.” It’s this kind of force that people turn to in their spiritual practice.
Different Crystal Uses
Each crystal holds a specific superpower. For example, if you’ve been feeling out of sorts, confused about life, or struggling with making a big decision, it may help you to have crystals like amethyst or selenite, which are said to promote mental clarity and focus. If you’ve been lacking in confidence, rose quartz may help you attract self-love.
“Each stone is unique and holds a different wisdom and gift to guide us,” says Fagin. Fluorite, for instance, …read more
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