In this article, learn how to set intentions with crystals, plus get tips on how to cleanse and use your chosen crystals and gemstones. And be sure to check out the lists below of the best crystals for beginners as well as crystals and gemstones for manifesting your deepest dreams and most heartfelt desires.
Working With Crystals
Crystals and gemstones can be powerful tools when it comes to guarding your energy, cultivating unconditional self-love, and manifesting your deepest dreams and desires. If you’re new to using crystals, they may seem a little intimidating at first. However, you don’t need any special powers to obtain the profound benefits of using crystals and gemstones; the most important power you already possess is the power of your intention.
Whether you want to manifest your dreams or protect your energy, you can program your intentions into your crystals and gemstones so that they can best serve your total well-being: mind, body, and soul.
Below, you’ll first learn how to cleanse your crystals in order to get rid of any leftover energy from before they found their home with you. Then, learn how to set intentions with crystals, plus get tips on how to use crystals in your daily life. And finally, if you’re new to using crystals and gemstones, you’ll find lists at the bottom of this article with the best crystals for beginners as well as crystals to help you manifest your deepest dreams and desires.
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Cleansing Your Crystals
Before you set intentions with your crystals, it’s important to first take the time to cleanse your crystals. Why does this matter? Think of it kind of like when you go travel somewhere far away. If you flew to your destination, you’ve gone through the process of checking in and going through security at the airport; you’ve also interacted with and/or have been surrounded by the energy of hundreds, possibly even thousands, of people. After a full day of travel, when you get to your hotel room, you don’t immediately want to go out. First, you need time to shower, reset, and recharge – not just to cleanse yourself physically but to cleanse yourself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well.
Crystals are like us; they, too, possess energy. Before your crystal reaches you, it’s likely traveled a long way and touched many hands. The energy of all the people who have come in contact with your crystal still exists within it. So like you, it needs to reset its energy in order to start with a fresh, clean slate.
Taking the time to cleanse your crystals will purify them of the energy they’ve accumulated on their travels and allow them to be clear for you to set intentions with them.
So how exactly do you do this? Here are some methods for cleansing your crystals:
Sage/Palo Santo: Using a firesafe bowl or abalone shell to catch any burning embers and/or ash, light your Sage or Palo Santo and immerse the crystal in the smoke for thirty to sixty seconds. While you can do this anywhere, I prefer to do this either outside or near an open window. This allows any negative energy to rise and disappear into the air, ensuring it doesn’t remain in your sacred space.
Water: For this method, I like to use clean, natural water like a creek, river, or stream, but it’s totally okay (and often easier) to use a faucet as well. Hold your stone beneath the surface or underneath the running water to cleanse. Just make sure this is safe for your chosen crystal, as you don’t want to put soft crystals like Selenite under water.
Use Selenite or Clear Quartz: Selenite and Clear Quartz are unique in that they’re able to cleanse and purify other crystals. Lay your crystal on a piece of Selenite or Clear Quartz for at least twenty-four hours. If you can’t place your crystal on top, you can also place them side-by-side with their edges touching.
Nature: Nature is a powerful healer, not just for humans but for crystals as well. Lay your crystals out in nature and let them experience the healing presence of the earth for a day. You can place crystals on the soil, on a tree branch, on a potted plant, among the blades of grass, in your garden, or anywhere else outside where you feel a sense of peace and harmony.
Sun: Many crystals love the bright energy and light of the sun. Just make sure first that this is safe for your stone. Some stones, like Amethyst, shouldn’t be placed directly in the sun for too long.
Moon: You can place your crystals outside overnight anytime, but this is especially powerful during the Full Moon when the moonlight is brightest.
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How To Set Intentions With Crystals
To set intentions with crystals, it’s important that your mind, body, and soul are in alignment with your highest self. Don’t try to do this when you’re feeling stressed, worried, overwhelmed, or out of alignment with your deepest self. It might help you to do a breathing exercise like alternate nostril breathing first.
To start, find a quiet spot where you’ll be free from outside noise and external distractions. You may want to light candles or cleanse your space with sage before you begin. Do what feels most comfortable for you.
Once you’re in an energetically harmonious state, begin thinking about the intentions you want to set. It helps to come up with a couple sentences that clearly state your intention. For instance, if you’re using Rose Quartz, you might want to set the intention to open your heart and invite more love into your life. Your intention might be, “My heart is open, loving, and pure. I give and receive love effortlessly and unconditionally. Love finds me everywhere I look.”
With Black Tourmaline, you might say, “I am protected from negative energy. All of the energy that flows within and around me supports my highest good and total well-being.”
Now, to begin programming your crystal, hold your crystal within your palm and close your eyes. Visualize your intentions coming to life. For instance, to manifest love, visualize what it looks like when love fills your life. See yourself giving and receiving love openly and effortlessly. Feel love flowing to, through, and from you without conditions. Continue your visualization until you feel that the crystal has been programmed with your intention. (This will simply be an inner knowing.)
Some people like to begin by raising their crystal to their lips and gently blowing on the crystal. As you breathe, internally state your intention, repeating this for several minutes. If this feels good to you, you might try this practice as well.
Using Your Crystals
After you’ve set intentions with your crystals, you can begin to use them in your daily life. Here are some ways in which you might use your crystals:
- Wear your crystals and gemstones as jewelry.
- Meditate holding your crystals in your hands (or, if you’re laying down, lay them on top of you).
- Keep them in your bedroom, office, car, and any other space where you spend a lot of time. You can also keep them in your purse or carry them around with you.
- Create a sacred space with crystals, essential oils, candles, flowers, herbs, manifestation oils, plants, pillows, books, and any other items that feel good energetically.
- Create a crystal grid that corresponds with the intention you’ve set.
Additionally, as you’re using your crystals, make sure to cleanse them regularly, as they’re continually picking up energy from the outside world. Whenever you cleanse your crystals, take the time to set new intentions or reaffirm old ones.
Finally, if you need help picking out crystals, I’ve listed some of the best ones to start with below. However, don’t be afraid to follow your intuition when selecting crystals and gemstones. If you walk into a crystal shop and a certain one calls to you, trust your inner knowing. My personal favorites are always the ones that call to me unexpectedly.
Best Crystals for Beginners
- Clear Quartz: Clarity, Manifestation, Healing, Spiritual Growth
- Selenite: Purity, Peace, Light, Clarity, Consciousness
- Amethyst: Peace, Spirituality, Intuition, Calmness, Wisdom
- Rose Quartz: Love, Compassion, Peace, Friendship
- Citrine: Joy, Abundance, Prosperity, Energy
- Black Tourmaline: Energy Protection, Grounding
Crystals for Manifestation
- Manifest Abundance: Citrine, Pyrite, Clear Quartz, Tiger’s Eye
- Manifest Love: Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Pink Topaz, Emerald
- Manifest Friendship: Pink Opal, Citrine
- Manifest Health: Garnet, Bloodstone, Clear Quartz, Selenite
- Manifest Creativity: Carnelian, Citrine, Amethyst
Do you have any favorite methods for setting intentions with crystals? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below!
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