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    How to Use Crystals: Grids, Pendulums & More

    Looking to gain a deeper understanding of crystals and gemstones? In this post, discover the complete guide for how to use crystals for energy protection, inner healing, manifestation, and more.

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    Crystals and Gemstones

    If you’re anything like me when I was first learning about crystals, you may feel a natural pull towards crystals and gemstones, but you’re not entirely sure what exactly to do with them.

    I approached my journey with crystals assuming they were probably really complicated to use and that I had to have some kind of special power to make them work for me. However, all it took was a few Google searches and a trip to the local bookstore to realize that I’d been way off in this assumption.

    I didn’t have to possess any superpowers to work with crystals.

    I just needed to have an open mind, an open heart, and the willingness to trust and believe.

    If you’re looking to incorporate crystals in your daily life, I’ve included everything you need to get started below: how to cleanse, program, and use your crystals, plus how to use crystal grids and pendulums.

    I’ve also included a section on using crystals for manifestation as well as the best crystals for beginners. Finally, throughout this post, you’ll find links to crystals and accessories you can purchase today.

    It may seem like an overwhelming amount of information at first, but I’ve simplified it into the most basic steps. And I promise, once you get started, you’ll find that using crystals and gemstones in your daily life is very easy. In fact, once you begin experiencing their profound transformational power, you’ll wonder why you ever waited so long to start.

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    How to Cleanse Crystals

    When you first purchase or receive a crystal, it’s likely touched many hands before you. It may have had a previous owner, or it has traveled long distances in a shipping container. However your crystal comes to you, you can bet that it still holds the energy of the people and places it’s seen.

    That’s why cleansing your crystals after you receive them is so important. By cleansing your crystal, you’re starting with a blank energy slate, and you can then intentionally program it with your own positive energy.

    Additionally, you should cleanse your crystal regularly, especially if it’s part of a piece of jewelry you wear often or if it’s one that you carry with you throughout the day. Your crystals continue to hold and store energy, and if they’re holding onto too much energy, they start to lose their effectiveness.

    Cleansing your crystals releases this energy and allows them to be fully effective for you.

    Luckily, cleansing crystals is easy. Use any of the methods below for cleansing your crystals and releasing trapped and stored energy within.

    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 to first do a quick Google search or consult a book on crystals to make sure water is safe for your stone. You don’t want to use this method for soft stones like Selenite.

    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.

    How to Program Crystals

    Programming crystals is all about setting intentions. This allows you to truly align with why you chose this crystal and what guidance, answers, or healing you hope it can provide for you.

    It helps to come up with a sentence or two that aligns with the intention you want to set.

    For instance, if you want to embrace more creativity in your life, your intention might be, “I am filled with inspired ideas and unlimited creativity. Limitless creativity is always at my fingertips.”

    For protection from external negative energy, your intention may be, “I am protected from negative energy. All of the energy that flows within and around me supports my highest good and total well-being.

    To begin programming your crystal, find a quiet spot where you’ll be free from outside distractions. You may want to light candles or cleanse your space before you begin. Do what feels most comfortable for you.

    Hold your crystal within your palm and close your eyes. Visualize your intentions coming to life. For instance, to manifest more creativity, visualize yourself living your most creative life. Feel the positive feelings associated with embracing your inner creativity. 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 practice feels comfortable for you, you can add it to your programming ritual.

    How to Use Crystals

    There are several ways you can use crystals, some of which are more passive and others that require more active involvement. Even during the more passive practices, though, it’s still important to keep your intention in mind. Return to this intention throughout the day, and acknowledge the work your crystal is doing for you.

    Wear Crystals as Jewelry: Rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings aren’t only beautiful, but they offer an easy way to keep your crystals nearby throughout the day. By wearing your gemstones as jewelry, your chosen stones can protect your energy, calm your mind, and soothe your spirit.

    Meditate With Crystals: If you already have a meditation practice, or are looking to start one, crystals can be a profound addition to your practice. As you meditate, you can hold your crystal(s) in your palms or near your heart center. You can also place the stones over their corresponding energy center (chakra) while laying down. To learn more about chakras, check out my introduction to your body’s energy centers here. And to learn about specific chakra healing crystals and stones, check out this post.

    Keep in Your Office/Workspace: Keep your gemstones visible in your office or workspace, or if you have a job that requires you to walk around, see if you can keep it in your pocket or somewhere accessible to you. Blue Lace Agate is the perfect crystal to keep with you while you work as it calms your mind, soothes your spirit, and helps you to maintain tranquility. Black Tourmaline is another one of my favorites because it protects you from external negative energy.

    Create a Sacred Space: Crystals, candles, essential oils, pillows, books, plants . . . any and all of these components can be used to create a sacred space for yourself. Whatever you want to include, make your sacred space your own. Allow it to be a safe place filled with positive, healing energy. You can fill your sacred space with as many crystals as you want. Allow this to be a place where you can meditate, journal, or simply sit and hold your crystals, restoring harmony and peace within. For creating your own sacred space, check out my in-depth guide on how to create the perfect meditation table for you.

    Create a Crystal Grid: More on this below!

    How to Use Crystal Grids

    A crystal grid is a special geometric layout of stones formed with a specific intention in mind, such as to heal one or more of your chakras. The central stone in the grid corresponds with your intention, and the surrounding stones amplify your intentions and support the flow of positive energy.

    To begin creating your grid, you first want to set your intention. Why are you creating this grid today? Know that there are no wrong answers. Maybe you want to manifest abundance. Maybe you want to align with your higher self. Or maybe you want to cultivate the courage and strength to make a big step in your personal life.

    Whatever your intention is, take a moment to align with it and allow it to guide you as you create your grid.

    After you’ve set your intention, you can begin creating your grid. To do this, you’ll want to pick your grid shape (triangle, circle, square) and which crystals and gemstones you want to incorporate into your crystal grid.

    Choose crystals that coincide with your intention. For instance, if your intention is to open your heart and cultivate more self-love, you might incorporate crystals such as Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Pink Opal, and Clear Quartz.

    Place the stone that most powerfully resonates with your intention in the center; this is called the Anchor Stone. Place the other stones around the Anchor Stone in the specific layout you’ve chosen. If this is your first time creating a crystal grid, it may help to use a grid template. You can find some on Amazon (I’ve linked to a few below) or online. I really like this article from Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy on how to create a crystal grid, and it also includes links to a free template pack.

    You don’t have to only include crystals in your grid, though. Do you have a locket from your grandmother that represents unconditional love to you? Use this powerful loving energy in your grid!

    Finally, you can activate the grid by stating your intention aloud. You can also use a clear quartz point to activate your crystal grid. The article I linked to above gives a detailed explanation on how to use a clear quartz point to activate your grid.

    Now that your crystal grid is ready, you’ll want to make a point of sitting with your grid daily to connect with its energy. I like to do this through meditation, but if you don’t meditate, you can simply sit in front of it. Think back to your intention. If your intention is to cultivate more self-love and self-compassion, feel the energy of unconditional love flowing to and through you.

    Crystal Grids

    How to Use Crystal Pendulums

    A pendulum is a string, cord, or chain with a small object at the end. This object is usually a triangular shaped crystal, but some pendulums will have objects made of wood, stone, metal, or glass on the end.

    Pendulums are most often used to gain clarity and insight into a question or issue you may be having. The practice of crystal dowsing or pendulum dowsing means to use your pendulum to receive guidance on a situation you may be dealing with.

    There’s no rules about what kind of situation this might be, or whether it’s objectively big or small. You might turn to your pendulum for help on finding your lost car keys or for guidance on what to eat for dinner tonight. You can also turn to it for guidance on whether you should leave your job or move across the country or fully commit to that new person you’ve started seeing.

    There’s a lot more to be said about the power of the pendulum, and if you’re curious to learn more, I encourage you to read my blog post on all things pendulum-related here.

    For this post, we’re going to skip right to the how-to’s: how to use a crystal pendulum to receive guidance on any situation you may be encountering in your current experience.

    Before you use your pendulum, you’ll want to cleanse and charge it as outlined in the steps for cleansing and programming crystals above. Consider the time you spend working with your pendulum to be sacred, removing distractions so that you can focus solely on the connection between you and the pendulum.

    Here are the essential steps for using a pendulum. Again, I go into a bit more detail in the blog post I linked to above.

    1. Sit in a comfortable position holding your pendulum between your thumb and forefinger (using your dominant hand). Hold the pendulum out in front of you until it becomes motionless.
    2. If this is the first time you’re using your pendulum, you’ll want to learn how it communicates. To do this, you can simply say, “Please show me a yes response.” Patiently watch and wait for the pendulum to start moving; it might move side-to-side, back-and-forth, clockwise, or counterclockwise. Make note of the direction it moves. This is your “yes” response. Do the same thing for a “no” response. If you’d like, you can also ask for a “maybe” or “neutral” response. You can also ask questions you already know the answer to, such as your name, birthday, and where you live. Just make sure to formulate your questions in a “yes/no” format.
    3. Once you’re comfortable with your pendulum and understand how it communicates, you can begin asking it deeper questions. (Or keep it lighthearted, if you’d like.) Just remember to phrase your questions to have yes/no answers, and be as specific as possible to get clear answers
    4. You can also use your pendulum for help finding lost items or people. If you lost your keys, hold the pendulum over a map of your house and let it lead you to the right location. On a larger scale, you can hold the pendulum over a map of a city, state, or even the world.
    5. Again, for deeper insight into pendulums, I definitely encourage you to check out my post, How to Use a Pendulum (A Complete Guide).

    Pendulums and Pendulum Products

    How to Use Crystals for Manifestation

    Manifestation is the practice of visualizing your dreams and vibrating at the frequency of your desires as if they’ve already come true. This belief is rooted in the idea that what we give out, we get back.

    So if you vibrate at the frequency of love, you attract more love to you. If you vibrate at the frequency of abundance, you attract more abundance to you. And if you vibrate at the frequency of joy, you attract more joyful experiences into your life.

    So how exactly do crystals help with manifestation? Crystals help you to become the energy of what it is that you want to manifest. They restore harmony and balance within you and empower you to live as your highest and most authentic self. I

    f you want to manifest love, your chosen crystal isn’t simply helping you to attract love; it’s gently guiding you to release any blockages and barriers you may have to receiving love and helping you to heal any inner pain you’re still holding onto. Your crystal will guide you to cultivate a deep sense of love within so that you truly become the embodiment of love. And by becoming the embodiment of love, you become a magnet for more love to flow into your life.

    To use crystals for manifestation, you’ll want to follow the steps outlined above for cleansing and programming crystals. My favorite way to program a crystal for manifestation is to hold it in my hands during meditation and visualize my dreams and desires coming true while feeling all of the positive, high-vibe emotions related to my dreams.

    Below, I’ve listed some of the powerful crystals that help with manifesting different emotions and experiences into your life. You can use any of the methods I outlined in the How to Use Crystals section to help you get started with using crystals to manifest what you desire. I will note that when it comes to using crystals for manifestation, I recommend being intentional with placement whenever possible.

    If you’re keeping a crystal nearby, think of the ways you can amplify the crystal’s powers. For instance, if you want to manifest financial abundance, you might keep a small Citrine crystal in your wallet or purse. Want to manifest creative ideas? Keep a Carnelian gemstone in your creative studio or with all of your art supplies.

    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

    To boost your manifestation powers, pair the crystals above with Aventurine, Goldstone, or Jade, which are all powerful amplifier crystals.

    Best Crystals for Beginners

    If you’re just starting your crystal collection, I’ve listed some of the best crystals to start with below. However, don’t be afraid to walk into a crystal shop or scroll through an online crystal store and simply find the ones that speak to you. When I bought my first crystal, I knew absolutely nothing about crystals and simply admired them for their beauty. I picked out a beautiful Amethyst crystal that called to me, and it’s still one of my absolute favorites to this day.

    • 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

    Also remember that Clear Quartz and Selenite have the special ability of cleansing other crystals, so I definitely recommend having at least one of these crystals in your collection.

    Crystal Sets


    Do you use crystals in your daily life? What are your favorite practices for using crystals? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below!

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    7 Grounding Crystals and Stones for Stability & Protection

    In this article, discover 7 powerful grounding crystals and stones to protect your energy and help you to remain stable, centered, and balanced no matter what’s going on in the world around you. Plus get links to stunning crystals and stones you can purchase today!

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    How to Use Grounding Crystals

    Grounding crystals and stones are powerful sources of strength, stability, and balance, allowing you to ground yourself in the present moment and release negative energy that doesn’t serve your mind, body, or spirit. And because many grounding crystals are also protective stones, they also serve to shield you from toxic external energy so you can stay aligned with your sense of inner peace throughout the day.

    Whenever you bring home a new crystal, it’s always a good idea to cleanse your crystal before you start incorporating it into your daily life. Cleansing your crystals erases any leftover energy from their previous owners, as well as any energy they may have picked up on its travels to get to you, allowing you to start with a clean slate.

    Additionally, it’s recommended to cleanse your crystals periodically, as they continue to store energy inside them day after day. Eventually, if they store too much energy, they start to lose some of their effectiveness.

    You can learn about methods to cleanse and program your crystals here.

    One of the easiest ways to use grounding crystals is to wear them as jewelry. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings that feature crystals at their center are not only beautiful; they’re powerful healers and protectors of your energy.

    If you’re not someone who wears a lot of jewelry, you can keep your grounding crystals in rooms or spaces that you spend a lot of time in. For instance, you might keep Black Tourmaline or Shungite at your work station to shield you from toxic energy and help you remain grounded throughout the day. You can also keep your crystals and stones in various rooms around your house.

    You might also choose to meditate with your crystals, use them in a crystal grid, or create a meditation table or sacred space for your crystals.

    There are also many exercises you can use specifically with grounding crystals in order to cultivate strength, stability, and inner peace.

    One simple exercise is to find a quiet spot with your feet anchored to the earth, and as you hold your crystals, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. You might think of a specific mantra you want to repeat, such as “In this moment, I have everything I need.” While you can definitely do this inside, I recommend trying this outside with your bare feet touching the earth.

    Connecting with nature is always a powerful grounding exercise, so you might also choose to hold or wear your grounding crystals while you’re out on a walk. As you walk, see if you can focus on your breathing. Use all of your senses to notice the world around you. If you do this, I always recommend taking off your Fitbit or Apple Watch so that you’re not distracted by your step count, heart rate, or calories burned. Simply allow yourself to be in the moment and see where it takes you.

    Below, I’ve listed 7 powerful grounding crystals and stones to help you remain stable, centered, and balanced throughout your day. These crystals will also protect your energy and help you to stay aligned with the positive and peaceful energy you cultivate within. You’ll also find links to some of my favorite picks for beautiful grounding crystals you can purchase today.

    Grounding Crystals

    Hematite

    When you feel like your foundation has been shaken, Hematite is the ultimate grounding stone to pull you back to earth. Hematite will restore your steady foundation while also guiding you to release feelings of stress, worry, and insecurity.

    It’s associated with the root chakra, which is your body’s energy center for safety, security, and stability. By working with the root chakra, Hematite can help your energy within to flow freely so you can feel grounded and centered, no matter what life throws at you.

    Another bonus of Hematite is that it’s a protective stone. This means that in addition to helping you to feel grounded and balanced, it will also protect you from external negative energy that may threaten to shake your stable foundation. The ability to help you stay grounded and protected makes Hematite a powerhouse in all kinds of situations: at work or at home, while you’re driving or commuting, at the grocery store or your in-laws’ house, and everywhere in-between.

    Below are a few of my picks for powerful Hematite stones to wear or keep nearby throughout the day.

    Obsidian

    Like Hematite, Obsidian is also a powerful grounding stone that helps you to return to your stable foundation when your mind, body, and spirit feel out of alignment.

    I also like to think of Obsidian as that best friend who doesn’t always tell you what you want to hear but rather tells you what you need to hear. If you’ve been suppressing any internal negativity, Obsidian will gently bring it to the surface to face it head-on.

    However, you don’t have to face this negativity alone. Like a trusted mentor, Obsidian will help to clear any negativity you’re feeling and guide you toward the path of light and love. And like Hematite, it’s also a powerful protective stone, protecting your energy from negative energy and darkness, both externally and from within.

    Check out some of my picks for powerful Obsidian stones below.

    Onyx

    Like Hematite and Obsidian, Onyx is a grounding stone that helps you to relieve stress and restore harmony within. What makes Onyx stand out is its ability to guide you through fear.

    What feelings manifest in your inner world when you feel fearful? Stress? Worry? Nervousness and anxiety? However you feel, Onyx can absorb this negative energy and help you to restore confidence and self-belief. That makes this a powerful stone for any situation in which you might be out of your comfort zone.

    This can also help when you’re dealing with uncertainties or fears regarding your future. Even though the path ahead may be unknown, Onyx will support you and guide you down your path with courage and strength.

    While Onyx is primarily associated with your root chakra, it can also work with your solar plexus, third eye, and crown chakras, making this a powerful all-around stone for healing your energy within.

    Below are a few of my picks for gorgeous Onyx jewelry to carry with you throughout your day.

    Smoky Quartz

    Like Onyx, Smoky Quartz is a powerful grounding stone when you’re experiencing strong feelings of fear, anxiety, stress, or unease. It gently helps you to release these negative emotions and guides you to a gentle state of calm and clarity.

    One of the most powerful benefits of Smoky Quartz is its ability to transform feelings that don’t serve your mind, body, or spirit into more positive emotions that support your total well-being. For instance, if you’re feeling deep anxiety, Smoky Quartz can help transform anxiety into insight, allowing you to effectively work through your problems without disrupting your inner peace.

    And as an added bonus, Smoky Quartz often complements and amplifies the energy of surrounding stones. That makes it a powerful amplifier when using it in conjunction with any of the other grounding crystals on this list.

    Here are some of my picks for Smoky Quartz crystals and stones.

    Red Jasper

    Red Jasper is a grounding and stability stone that connects you to the earth and helps you to return home to yourself when you’re feeling uncertain and lost in your daily life.

    With this stone comes not only balance and stability, but fierce courage, strength, and determination. It energizes the mind, body, and spirit and helps you to regain stamina when you’ve been feeling tired and unenthusiastic about your daily life.

    One of my favorite things about Red Jasper is that while its bright red hue screams fire and energy, it’s actually a deeply nurturing stone. This is the stone you want to turn to when you need comfort and when you find yourself feeling uninspired and lacking creativity. It feeds positive energy back to your inner being and gives you the inspiration and endurance to create the life of your dreams.

    Here are a few of my picks for beautiful Red Jasper stones you can purchase today.

    Black Tourmaline

    Black Tourmaline is known to be a powerful protection stone; when you step outside wearing or holding a piece of Black Tourmaline, you can think of it as though you’re walking with an invisible shield protecting your entire being: mind, body, and spirit.

    Black Tourmaline will protect you from toxic energy and low vibrations that may threaten to disrupt the positivity and stability you’ve cultivated within. It’s also powerfully linked to the root chakra, your body’s energy center for stability, security, and groundedness.

    By keeping your root chakra open and activated, Black Tourmaline will help you to remain strong, steady, and confident as you walk through your day. Use Black Tourmaline as your personal bodyguard to shield your energy and help you to feel grounded and secure as you move through the world.

    Below are a few of my personal picks for powerful and protective Black Tourmaline stones.

    Shungite

    Shungite differs a bit from most stones you see in crystal shops in that it’s not technically a crystal. Don’t let that deter you, though. This carbon-based stone is one of the strongest healing stones you can find, used most often for physical, spiritual, and emotional protection.

    When you’re feeling heavy and worn out, use this stone to remove toxic energy and to cleanse your spirit of any negativity that’s forged its way within. Shungite can also ground your energy and help you to stay focused on your tasks and goals, acting like a shield against procrastination and outer noise.

    Finally, Shungite is also popularly used for EMF (electromagnetic field) protection, so if you spend a lot of time around electronic devices, this stone can protect you from any harmful frequencies they may emit.

    Here are some of my picks for powerful Shungite stones.


    How do you stay grounded when the world begins to feel heavy, scattered, or uncertain? And what practices for using grounding crystals and stones have you found most helpful? Leave your comments and questions in the comment box below!

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    How To Protect Your Energy (7 Essential Practices)

    In this post, learn how to protect your energy with 7 simple yet profound practices. Plus, get positive affirmations for protecting your energy and images you can save for later!

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    Protecting Your Energy

    One of the greatest self-care practices you can do on a daily basis is to protect your energy.

    But what exactly does this mean?

    Protecting your energy means choosing how you think and feel rather than allowing outside forces to dictate your thoughts and emotions.

    It means that no matter what’s happening in the outer world, you’re able to cultivate a beautiful inner world through your own thoughts, beliefs, and choices.

    And it means being true to your authentic self and not hiding or denying a single part of yourself for anything or anyone.

    Finally, it also means holding yourself accountable. For instance, if you’re in a group that’s gossiping about someone you know, you have the choice to engage in the gossip or step away. At all times, you can ask yourself, what action best serves my positive energy?

    Another question I like to ask is, what path feels most like love to me?

    For the example above, if love feels like walking away from gossip, then that’s the best thing you can do in that moment to protect your energy. Because ultimately, the best energy protector is love itself.

    Love might feel like morning meditations. It might feel like a walk in nature. It may feel like spending every Wednesday night alone, practicing self-care.

    In all instances, you can choose the path that feels like love to support and protect your divine energy.

    Below, I’ve listed seven powerful practices you can incorporate into your daily life to protect your energy. These practices range from using crystals and water as an energy purifier to taking social media breaks and setting loving boundaries. I encourage you to find the practices that resonate the most and begin to use them each day to protect your whole self: mind, body, and soul.

    And again, because it can’t be emphasized enough:

    The greatest way to protect your energy is to follow the path that feels like love.

    Love will always protect you. Love will always heal you. Love is your superpower.

    How to Protect Your Energy

    Affirmations

    Protecting your energy from external toxicity all starts with your mindset.

    While all of the practices on this list are powerful in helping you to protect your energy, nothing is as powerful as knowing that you are in control of your thoughts and that you’re the only one who gets to choose how you feel.

    That’s why I’m putting affirmations at the top of this list. Using positive affirmations (and truly believing them!) is a powerful way to own your energy and decide how you want to feel in any given moment.

    When I first started using affirmations, I used them all the time: when I woke up, as I got ready in the morning, while I worked out, as I was driving, while I cooked dinner, as I got ready for bed, and anytime the opportunity presented itself to embrace positive thinking.

    Eventually, though, this practice lessened: not because I suddenly forgot about affirmations but because the powerful words had become a part of me.

    I no longer had to constantly affirm that I was worthy because I knew in every cell of my being that I was undeniably and unconditionally worthy, no matter what.

    That’s why affirmations can be so powerful when it comes to protecting your energy. In the beginning, you may need to remind yourself to repeat them, but in time, the powerful, protective words will become a part of you.

    Below, you’ll find a list of affirmations for protecting your energy. You can also find more protection affirmations to guard your energy in this post.

    Affirmations for Protecting Your Energy
    • I am in charge of my own energy. I choose how I feel in every moment.
    • I am the only one who gets to choose how I feel.
    • I am choosing to feel grounded, calm, peaceful, and secure.
    • I am safe and supported, rooted in this present moment.
    • I have the power to rise above negative emotions that do not serve me.
    • Even when the world around me feels chaotic, I remain rooted firmly to the ground.
    • When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I allow myself space to pause and breathe.
    • I vibrate powerful, abundant, peaceful energy and attract this same energy in return.
    • I am strong, steady, and grounded.
    • I am always supported and protected.
    • I deeply appreciate my ability to remain calm and peaceful in all situations.
    • I am grateful for the abundance of strength that radiates throughout my entire body.
    Affirmations to protect your energy

    Crystals

    Crystals are a powerful resources for protecting your energy and helping you to remain grounded, stable, and secure.

    My personal favorite way to use crystals for energy protection is to wear them as jewelry, as this allows me to remain protected throughout the day, no matter where I go. I also like to keep protective stones in spaces where I know I might encounter some negative external energy, such as in my workspace and in the car. And if you’re doing an energy protection meditation, holding protective gemstones in your hands while meditating can be a powerful way to amplify your intentions.

    To learn more about how to cleanse, program, and use crystals, you can check out my blog post on how to use crystals here.

    Here’s a list of crystals and stones you can wear, carry, or keep in your space to protect you from toxic energy:

    • Hematite
    • Obsidian
    • Onyx
    • Black Tourmaline
    • Shungite

    If you want to learn more about the specific meanings of each stone, I’ve got you covered in this article on grounding crystals for stability and energy protection.

    Water

    For centuries, various cultures and religions have used water as a way to cleanse, purify, heal, and help one reach spiritual enlightenment. Don’t underestimate the power of water to cleanse your aura from toxic energy. Just like water can cleanse the energy of a crystal, water can cleanse your own energy both within and outside of you in a profound way.

    Ideally, you’d be able to spend time at the ocean or near a lake or river whenever you need a spiritual reset. But if that isn’t possible, that’s okay! A shower or a bath works just as well in cleansing your energy.

    One of my favorite practices is to meditate in the shower by imagining the water washing away any negativity within or around me. This practice only takes a minute or two but can positively affect your energy throughout your day.

    First, close your eyes. Take a deep, soulful inhale and a rejuvenating exhale. Concentrate on how the water feels on your skin. As the water falls around you, imagine it washing away any negative thoughts and emotions you’re holding onto. The water takes your tension and carries it to the drain. Anything that doesn’t serve your highest good is washed away from your body.

    Feel your body becoming lighter. Your mind is clear. Your heart is open. Anything that doesn’t serve or support your total well-being has been washed away, swirling down the drain, where it will be cleansed by the earth.

    When you’re done, smile and express gratitude. Feel the strength of your body, mind, and spirit.

    You are worthy, powerful, whole, and more than enough. Carry those feelings with you throughout your day.

    For more information on how water can heal and purify, I encourage you to check out this article from Sonima: The Radical Healing Effects of Water.

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    Visualization

    When you feel like you’re surrounded by negative energy, visualization can be a profound way to replace any negativity in your auric field with positivy, protection, and love.

    While you may associate visualization exercises with meditation, you can actually take a moment to practice visualization almost anytime during the day.

    For instance, let’s say that you’re at work, and the energy of your coworkers, employees, and/or customers feels especially negative today. People are stressed and blaming each other for mistakes. The air around you feels tense, and that tension is starting to seep into your body, mind, and spirit.

    Take a moment to step back from the outer world. Close your eyes. Imagine a beautiful light is surrounding your entire body. This light might be white, gold, purple, or any other color that resonates with you. See that light protecting your body from any negative external energy that tries to seep in. Visualize yourself walking through your day, being protected by this light at all times.

    Know that you are always, always being divinely guided and protected. No amount of toxic energy can break through the loving shield of the Universe.

    Breathing Exercises

    A breathing exercise is conscious, purposeful breathing with the intention of calming the mind, relieving stress, improving your lung function, and grounding yourself to the present moment.

    What I love about breathing exercises is that it feels like a mini-meditation that you can do practically anytime and anywhere.

    Breathing exercises can be powerful practices to protect your energy because they allow you to step back from the external world and return to your inner self. And when you return to your inner self, you can release the stress and overwhelm of the outer world and cultivate a sense of calmness, peace, and groundedness within.

    My personal favorite breathing exercise is alternate nostril breathing, which you can read more about here.

    Another simple yet powerful practice is the 4-7-8 breathing technique. In this practice, you inhale through your nose for 4 seconds, pause at the top of your inhale for 7 seconds, and exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds. Repeat this 4 to 8 times in a session.

    Often, at the end of a breathing exercise, I’ll recite a few grounding affirmations to affirm that I’m in control of my thoughts and emotions. You don’t have to do this, but if you want, you can give it a try and see if this practice resonates with you.

    For more examples of breathing exercises, you can check out this article from Healthline here.

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    Social Media Breaks

    I don’t believe social media is universally good or bad; I think it’s all in how we use it and what kind of people/accounts we choose to connect with.

    In my experience, social media can be a beautiful platform for connecting with incredible souls, receiving positive messages, and creating a community based in love, kindness, compassion, and support. I think the use of social media has served my growth in many ways, especially in the past year.

    But there have also been many, many times when I’ve needed to step back and take a break from it all.

    I won’t go too in depth on the dangers of social media here, because I think it’s likely you’ve heard most of the arguments against it: it can be a highlight reel of people’s best moments, causing you to somehow think your life is “less than” because you don’t have everything another person has.

    It’s also easy to get trapped in the belief that likes and follows somehow have any kind of impact on your worthiness (which is 100% not true).

    And even if you only follow positive accounts, you might start to think that you’re supposed to be a positive, upbeat person 100% of the time, which also isn’t true.

    Taking regular social media breaks is necessary for protecting your energy in the long-term. Like I said, I believe there are a lot of really great aspects of social media, and in most cases, I don’t think it’s necessary to delete it entirely.

    But I do recommend scheduling social media breaks into your calendar. Also take non-scheduled breaks when you start to feel like social media is becoming an energy depleter instead of an energy restorer.

    And if there’s an account that makes you feel less than or causes you to feel negative or toxic energy within?

    Unfollow.

    Choose to consciously curate your social media feed to best support your mind, body, and spirit.

    Set Boundaries

    Boundaries.

    For most of us, this is likely the hardest practice on this list.

    Whether it’s in your personal or professional life, setting boundaries can be a difficult practice because it often requires having uncomfortable conversations. What helps me in this situation is to ask myself, what’s more uncomfortable? Having a conversation about boundaries, or not setting boundaries and continuing to live in a state of frustration, anger, and/or overwhelm?

    If you’re feeling hurt or resentful about something, then 10 times out of 10, the best thing you can do to heal your energy is to set boundaries.

    However hard it may feel, it is possible to make the practice of setting boundaries a little easier. How do you do this? By stepping forward in the energy of love.

    Often, we imagine conversations about boundaries to be hard, serious, and even negative. However, it is possible to approach this act with love and compassion for everyone involved. I recommend writing down your thoughts before having this conversation and scheduling time when you can have a calm conversation with the person or people you’re setting boundaries with.

    In other words, try to approach this with a sense of clarity and calm rather than letting yourself get consumed by the heat of the moment and potentially saying something you’ll regret later.

    Also remember, boundaries aren’t always about another person. Often, they’re about what you need. For instance, maybe you need one night a week to yourself without any interruptions. This may mean that you need to set a boundary that Wednesday nights are your nights. By dedicating this time to yourself, you’ll actually be able to show up better the rest of the week for the people in your life.

    So remember, boundaries aren’t a negative thing. They’re a way you can show love to yourself, which ultimately will positively affect all aspects or your life.


    Recap: How to Protect Your Energy

    • Recite empowering, grounding affirmations to affirm that you are in control of your thoughts and the only one who gets to decide how you feel.
    • Use protective crystals and gemstones such as Obsidian, Onyx, Black Tourmaline, Hematite, and Shungite.
    • Let the power of cleansing water purify your mind, body, and spirit.
    • Visualize a healing light surrounding you and protecting your auric field.
    • Do breathing exercises to calm your mind, let go of stress, and ground yourself to the present moment.
    • Take social media breaks whenever it feels as though social media is depleting or negatively affecting your energy.
    • Set loving boundaries that serve your total well-being.

    In what situations do you feel most in need of energy protection? And what practices have you used to protect your energy? Share your favorite practices in the comment box below!

    And for more empowering self-love tips, be sure to connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest!

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    9 Best Crystals And Stones For Anxiety

    In this article, discover nine of the best crystals and stones for anxiety, plus get tips on how to cleanse, program, and use your crystals so they best serve your mind, body, and soul.

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    Living With Anxiety

    Does it feel like anxiety is a constant, unrelenting part of your life? Are you so used to co-existing with its inevitable presence that it seems inconceivable to even imagine what life without anxiety would feel like?

    I know how it feels to live each day with deep-seated, enduring anxiety. Anxiety feels different for everyone. For me, it feels like an all-consuming heat has gripped my chest, squeezing my heart and making everything inside feel tight and constricted.

    This overwhelming feeling makes it impossible to think about anything else.

    Still, as bad as my anxiety often gets, I know others experience symptoms that are much more debilitating. For some, anxiety makes it feel difficult to even get out of bed in the morning. For others, anxiety affects their immune system and leaves them feeling sick and depleted.

    Whether your anxiety comes in short bursts, long waves, or somewhere in-between, there are resources and tools that can help you manage the stress and overwhelm of living with anxiety.

    For many, crystals and gemstones can be powerful tools for healing as they go beyond simply treating the physical ailments you experience; rather, they dig deep, moving past the symptoms and finding the true source of your anxiety.

    By gently discovering the root cause of your inner battle, crystals help to spiritually heal your entire body, mind, and spirit.

    Crystals won’t just make you feel not anxious. When your brain feels heavy, overwhelmed, and/or stressed, crystals can lift this heavy fog from your mind so you can see the path ahead with calm and clarity.

    And once you can see things clearly, you gain more courage and confidence to walk forward in your journey. Fear of the unknown suddenly becomes less scary, because you have complete faith and trust that everything happens for your highest good. In the unknown, you see potential and possibilities.

    In different ways, all of the crystals and stones for anxiety below will provide you with this clarity as they lift the hold that anxiety may have on you. Some of the crystals help you to cultivate peace. Some relieve tension. Others protect you from the negative energy of external forces. And still, others have the power to transform negative emotions into positive ones.

    But what they all have in common is that they will all work to serve your ultimate well-being and support your highest good.

    Below are nine of the best crystals and stones for anxiety, as well as a guide on how to cleanse, program, and use your crystals to help you achieve a peaceful, calm, and harmonious lifestyle.

    And to help you better understand the role anxiety plays in your life, don’t miss these 30 gentle and calming journal prompts designed to help you gently probe your anxiety with love, compassion, and kindness.

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    Please note that this content is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any questions regarding anxiety and your personal health, please consult your doctor.

    How To Cleanse Your Crystals

    When you first purchase a new crystal, it’s important to cleanse the crystal before you use it, even if you only intend to have it sit in one spot. Crystals hold energy inside them, and when you first receive them, it’s almost a sure thing that they’ll be holding some kind of energy within from past owners and experiences.

    Even if you’re the first official owner of this crystal, it still traveled from source to seller to you. It inherently holds energy just from its travels and all the hands it has passed through.

    On top of cleansing your crystals when you first get them, it’s a good habit to cleanse them regularly. Even if you’ve cleansed a new crystal once, it will continue to receive and store energy with time. Eventually, if there’s too much energy stored inside it, it will no longer work effectively. Try to cleanse your crystals at least once a month using any of the methods below.

    Water: If possible, try to use clean, natural water like a creek, river, or stream. Hold your stone beneath the surface and rinse it within the running water. If there’s no natural water nearby, it’s okay to use a faucet. Either way, just be sure to first do a quick Google search or consult a book on crystals to make sure water is safe for your stone. You don’t want to use this method for soft stones like Selenite.

    Use Selenite or Clear Quartz: Selenite and Clear Quartz are both beautiful crystals that typically have a whitish, clear surface. These crystals are unique in that they are able to cleanse and purify other crystals. Lay your crystal on a piece of Selenite or Clear Quartz for at least 24 hours. If you can’t place your crystal on top, you can also place them side-by-side with their edges touching.

    Nature: I like to compare crystals to people when it comes to holding energy. When we store old or negative energy within, one of the most powerful ways to balance our own energy is to spend time in nature. Crystals are the same. 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.

    How To Program Crystals & Gemstones

    Programming your crystals is the act of setting an intention so that you and your crystal are in alignment. When using crystals to help heal anxiety and restore balance within, your intention will likely have something to do with walking forward on your path with a sense of calm, alignment, harmony, and ease.

    Here are a few examples of intentions that you might set:

    • My energy is perfectly aligned and balanced. I feel calm, confident, and at ease.
    • I am protected from negative energy. All of the energy that flows within and around me supports my highest good and total well-being.
    • I cultivate power, courage, and strength within to confidently face all situations.

    Your intention might also be more specific if your anxiety arises during certain situations, such as at work or during social events.

    Programming your crystals comes after cleansing your crystals. When your crystal has been properly cleansed, find a quiet spot where you can be undisturbed for at least 10 to 15 minutes. If you have a sacred space or a meditation table, this is the perfect time to use this space. Feel free to light some candles or cleanse your space before you begin.

    Hold your crystal within your hands and state your intention out loud. Lift your crystal to your mouth and gently breathe on it. As you breathe, internally state your intention. Ideally, you will be in a high-vibrational state while doing this. Repeat this for several minutes, or until you feel ready to move to the next step.

    You can lower your hands now if you wish, keeping your crystal within your palms. Close your eyes (if they aren’t already closed) and visualize your intention coming to life. Visualize the life you imagine for yourself with this intention coming true. See your highest, most authentic self living your most confident life – a life where anxiety doesn’t have a hold over you.

    And as you visualize, allow yourself to truly feel all of the positive emotions associated with your vision.

    Continue your visualization until you feel that the crystal has been programmed with your intention. (This feeling will be a deep inner knowing. It won’t be anything big or flashy. Think of it like a small, gentle nudge within.)

    How To Use Crystals & Stones For Anxiety

    Keep in Your Office/Workspace: Keep your gemstones visible in your office or workspace, or if you have a job that requires you to walk around, see if you can keep it in your pocket or somewhere accessible to you. Blue Lace Agate is the perfect crystal to keep with you while you work as it calms your mind, soothes your spirit, and helps you to maintain tranquility.

    Meditate with Crystals: Find a quiet, safe spot and hold your crystal(s) as you meditate. You can also place the stones over their corresponding energy center while laying down. I list the chakras (energy centers) for each stone below. To learn more about chakras, check out my introduction to your body’s energy centers here.

    Wear Crystals as Jewelry: Rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are a beautiful way to keep your crystals with you at all times. By wearing your gemstones as jewelry, your chosen stones can protect your energy, calm your mind, and soothe your spirit throughout the day. Learn more about protection jewelry here.

    Recite Affirmations: In a safe space, recite positive affirmations while holding your crystals. If you’re at work, a social gathering, or another public place, see if you can find space to silently repeat affirmations to yourself as you hold your crystals. (Or if you’re wearing them as jewelry, focus your attention on the power of their presence). Here are 65 positive affirmations for anxiety to help you get started.

    Create a Sacred Space: Crystals, candles, essential oils, pillows, books, plants . . . any and all of these components can be used to create a sacred space for yourself. Whatever you want to include, make your sacred space your own. Allow it to be a safe place filled with positive, healing energy. You can fill your sacred space with any and all the crystals listed below, along with other beautiful gemstones you feel called to. Allow this to be a place where you can meditate, journal, or simply sit and hold your crystals, restoring harmony and peace within.

    For more details on how to use crystals to protect your energy, manifest your dreams, and help you heal from within, get the full guide for using crystals here.

    9 Best Crystals And Stones For Anxiety

    Amethyst

    Amethyst is a beautiful crystal to promote peace and calm within. If you often come home from work feeling scattered and overwhelmed, allow Amethyst to calm your mind and soothe your spirit. And if tranquility and stillness is what you seek, Amethyst is the perfect stone to bring into your life.

    Amethyst is a stone of balance, so if external forces disrupt your inner peace and leave you feeling like you’re going in a million different directions, Amethyst will gently guide you back to a place of harmony within. It also decreases stress and tension and even helps you get a more restful night’s sleep.

    By promoting a sense of calm within, Amethyst will clear out the negativity in your mind so you can find clarity on your journey. With clarity, your creativity and courage are able to shine, and you can walk forward on your path with a sense of purpose and inner knowing.

    Chakras: Third Eye, Crown

    Apophyllite

    If anxiety is a constant companion in your life, let Apophyllite take its place as it soothes and heals your mind, body, and spirit. As one of the most powerful stones for healing anxiety, Apophyllite is known for being a stone of light, and it infuses its light into your spirit, relieving your tension and unease. You might think of Apophyllite as a beautiful, calming presence that doesn’t just relieve your stress and worry; it transfers its high-vibrational energy to you and truly lifts your spirits.

    By soothing your worries and calming your mind, Apophyllite will help you to come up with actionable solutions during times of stress. It makes heavy situations feel lighter as it gently guides and supports you to release negative energy and cultivate true joy and happiness within.

    Chakras: Heart, Third Eye, Crown

    Blue Lace Agate

    You know those times when your mind seems to be running at a million miles per hour, and you just can’t seem to slow it down? Blue Lace Agate is just the stone you need to calm your mind, soothe your spirit, and relieve your stress. It’s especially helpful if you have a big presentation or interview coming up as it will help you to relax and stay calm, no matter the situation.

    Known to be a powerful stress relieving stone, Blue Lace Agate is the perfect crystal to keep in your office or cubicle as it helps you remain calm and at ease throughout your work day. Take deep, cleansing breaths and envision that the soothing blue of its surface is a peaceful summer sky or a stunning winter lake, restoring harmony and balance within.

    Chakras: Throat, Heart

    Hematite

    Hematite is the ultimate grounding stone. When you find your mind is spinning in circles or when the world is crashing over you, Hematite will clear the chaos and pull you back to earth.

    Associated with the root chakra, your body’s first energy center, Hematite restores your strong and steady foundation and promotes feelings of ease and security. And as it does this, it also allows you to release stress, worry, and anxiety.

    Additionally, Hematite is a protective stone, so you can wear it as jewelry or keep it with you throughout your day, and it will help you to remain centered and grounded while protecting you from negative energy and toxic vibes. If you’re an empath, this stone is a must-have as it will protect you from taking on the negative energy of others.

    Chakras: Root

    Lepidolite

    Lepidolite is the gemstone version of your best friend; it listens to your emotions and then gently guides you to a place of healing. When you’ve been stuck in a state of heartbreak, depression, or permanent stress, Lepidolite helps to heal your broken heart and restores your sense of confidence, enthusiasm, joy, and purpose.

    And going one step further, as you’ve discovered a renewed sense of purpose, it helps you to embrace change and step into the next chapter of your life.

    If you’ve been living in a state of worry, stress, chaos, or perpetual sadness, Lepidolite will help you to move forward into the next phase of your life with joy, confidence, and faith. For women, this stone will also help to retain harmony during the most emotional times of your cycle. And for all, it promotes a rejuvenating and restful night’s sleep.

    Chakras: Works with all chakras, especially the upper three (Heart, Third Eye, Crown)

    Obsidian

    Like Hematite, Obsidian is also a powerful grounding stone that allows you to realign with your foundation when your mind, body, and spirit aren’t in harmony. And like Lepidolite, Obsidian is also kind of like your best friend, except this is the best friend that you may not always want but that you always need.

    Obsidian tells it like it is and shows you both your positive and negative traits. If you’ve been suppressing negativity, Obsidian carries it to the surface so you can face it head on. However, it’s not going to leave you high and dry to face this negativity alone. Like a true friend, Obsidian will help to clear any negativity and darkness and guide you toward the path of light, love, hope, and faith.

    In addition, Obsidian is also a powerful protective stone. It helps to guard your energy and protects you from negativity and darkness, both externally and within.

    Chakras: Root

    Onyx

    Like Hematite and Obsidian, Onyx is a grounding stone associated with the root chakra. It helps you to relieve stress and restore harmony within your being.

    But what makes Onyx really special is its ability to guide you through fear.

    When facing our fears, we often feel stressed, worried, nervous, and anxious. Onyx absorbs these negative energies and helps you to restore confidence and self-belief. It also helps you to make life choices that support your ultimate well-being and guides you down unknown paths with strength and courage.

    If you’re feeling anxious and worried about the future, Onyx will give you the courage to face your fears and the strength to keep walking forward, no matter what.

    Chakras: Primarily Root; can also work with Solar Plexus, Third Eye, and Crown

    Rhodonite

    Rhodonite is a beautiful stone associated with the heart chakra that nurtures inner healing and moving past difficult situations. This is one that you want to have in your spiritual first aid kit as it provides emotional support when you’re in the midst of painful situations.

    When dealing with anxiety-producing situations, Rhodonite will help you to remain centered and calm your nerves. Rhodonite also helps to open your heart and empowers your highest self to live your most joyful, peaceful, loving life. This stone clears negativity and lifts your vibrations, no matter what you’re currently going through.

    Chakras: Heart

    Smoky Quartz

    Smoky Quartz is a powerful stone to help you release negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, stress, and unease. When you’re in the midst of an overwhelming or anxious situation, feel the calming effects of this stone almost instantly by stepping back, taking a deep breath, and holding your stone over any areas of your body that feel tense and constricted. A bonus to using Smoky Quartz is that if often complements and amplifies the energy of surrounding stones.

    Smoky Quartz will help you get through the difficult moments of life, provide clarity in uncertain situations, and transform negative emotions into positive emotions. And if anxiety often leaves you feeling overwhelmed, Smoky Quartz will transform overwhelm into insight so that you can effectively understand and work through any problems that may be disrupting your peace.

    Chakras: Root, Solar Plexus; can also work with Crown


    And there you have it: nine of the best crystals and stones for anxiety. Do you have any special practices that you use to heal inner turmoil? What crystals and stones have you found work best to restore balance and harmony within? Be sure to share your experiences in the comment box below!

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    11 Powerful Crystals for Manifestation

    From manifesting love and peace to financial prosperity, crystals and gemstones are powerful tools to guide you in manifesting the life of your deepest, most heartfelt dreams. Below, discover 11 beautiful crystals for manifestation, plus learn how to cleanse, program, and use your crystals to manifest your dreams.

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    Why You Should Be Using Crystals

    You are already a powerful manifestor, whether or not you’re consciously aware of it.

    Throughout your life, you’ve been emitting energy out into the world that reflects your inner state.

    You might call this your energetic signature, and this can change from day to day – and even from moment to moment.

    When you feel peaceful and calm, you radiate an overall aura of deep serenity. This energy doesn’t just flow through you; it surrounds your entire being.

    If this is hard to imagine, think about the energy you feel when you’re around specific people. Do you love to be in the company of certain friends, family, or coworkers because of the positive energy you feel when you’re around them?

    And on the other side, are there certain people you avoid because they carry a constant energy of negativity?

    You, too, carry a specific energy signature throughout your day. Manifestation is the art of tuning your own energy to your desired state of being. When you emit an energy of deep inner peace from within, you invite more experiences of peace and serenity in your outside world.

    So while you’ve been manifesting your entire life, conscious manifestation occurs when you become aware of your limitless ability to create your own outcomes, and you intentionally choose your thoughts and feelings to align with the energy of your desires.

    (I won’t go too in depth on the process of manifestation in this article, but if you want to learn more, you can click here to learn more about the Law of Attraction, and here you can read about specific manifestation methods you can use to help you manifest what you truly desire.)

    So how exactly do crystals help you manifest your dreams and desires?

    When you use crystals for manifestation, your chosen stones aren’t simply attracting love, financial abundance, health, and other desired outcomes to you; they’re helping you to cultivate a deep sense of self so that you discover that these things already exist within you.

    You are love. Love is your birthright. So is financial abundance, health, joy, creativity, passion, and all kinds of really good and wonderful things.

    Crystals help you to become the energy of what it is that you want to manifest.

    They restore harmony and balance within you and empower you to live as your highest and most authentic self.

    And when you become the energy you want to manifest, you attract more of this energy to you.

    Become unconditional love. Receive unconditional love.

    Become abundance. Receive abundance.

    By becoming, you’re opening yourself up to receiving.

    And while it’s absolutely possible to walk into a store and feel called toward a certain crystal (always trust the wisdom of your intuition), it helps to have an understanding of the properties and powers that different crystals possess when you’re choosing the right crystal for you.

    Below, you’ll discover 11 powerful crystals that will help you manifest your desires, plus some easy-to-follow practices on how to cleanse, program, and use crystals for manifestation. Feel free to use the links below to skip to the section you want to learn more about!

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    How to Cleanse Your Crystals

    Why do we cleanse crystals before using them? Imagine that you’re moving into a “new” old house. Even though the house is new to you, you know that the house has been lived in by several families before you. These families made their own memories in the house, and over the years, they’ve left behind bits and pieces of their energy inside that house.

    Just like you want to clear the energy of the past residents so you can start anew in this house, you want to clear any old energy and past intentions still being held in your crystals.

    Even if you’re the first person to ever own this crystal, it’s likely traveled a long way from its source to the seller to you. Because you don’t know what kind of energy is currently held in your new crystal(s), it’s a best practice to cleanse your crystals before using them.

    Methods to Cleanse Crystals:

    • Sage: Light your sage and immerse the crystal in the smoke for thirty to sixty seconds. Be sure to use a firesafe bowl or abalone shell to catch burning embers and ash. It’s best to do this outside or near an open window for two reasons: A) Safety and B) It allows any negative and old energies to rise in the air and disappear from your space.
    • Water: Rinse your stone under the running water of a creek or stream. If this isn’t possible, you can also use a faucet. Just make sure to do a little research first to make sure it’s safe for your stone. You don’t want to use this method for soft stones like Selenite.
    • Use Selenite or Clear Quartz: Both of these crystals have the ability 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, it also works to have them side-by-side as long as they’re touching.
    • Nature: When I need to reset and get realigned, I can always restore balance within when I immerse myself in nature. Crystals are the same. Place your crystals outside on the soil, on the branches of a tree, on a potted plant, or anywhere else outdoors where you feel a sense of peace and balance. If possible, try to keep your crystals outside for at least a full day, avoiding dew and prolonged exposure to sunlight.
    • Sun/Moon: Place your crystals outside in the sun or moon for ten to twelve hours (or overnight). This is especially powerful during the Full Moon when the moonlight is brightest. If you’re going to use this method, just make sure it’s safe for your stone. For certain stones, like Amethyst, you want to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.

    How to Program Crystals for Manifestation

    The number one most important thing to remember when it comes to programming your crystals for manifestation isn’t the method itself; it’s your intention. There are several ways to program your crystals, and none are inherently better than the others. What matters is your intention during the process.

    It helps to have a powerful sentence or phrase to use when you’re getting ready to program your crystals. For instance, if you want to manifest health, your sentence might be, “I am living my healthiest and most fit life in a body I truly love.” Or if you’re manifesting financial abundance, your intention might be, “I am a successful entrepreneur, and financial prosperity comes easily and effortlessly to me.

    The key is, before you sit down to program your crystals, make sure you really know what it is that you want to manifest.

    Methods to Program Crystals:

    • Visualize: Sit in a quiet, safe place where you won’t be interrupted. Hold your crystal(s) in your hands. In your mind, speak your intention. Then, visualize what this intention looks like. What does financial abundance look like to you? How do you envision romantic love? What do you see when you imagine yourself living your healthiest and most fit life? Sit in silence for a while and see your intentions manifesting in your mind, feeling the emotions of peace, freedom, joy, love, and/or any other positive emotions that arise when you visualize your dream.
    • Breathe into the crystal: Again, find a quiet and safe spot where you won’t be interrupted. Place your stone(s) in your hands and repeat your intention in your head. Bring your stone(s) up to your mouth and breathe into them, repeating your intention in your head. Continue to do this for five to ten minutes, or as long as it takes to feel like your gemstones are fully activated.

    How To Use Crystals To Manifest What You Want

    • Wear crystals as jewelry: Wearing your stones as rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings allows you to easily keep your stone with you at all times. I love rings especially because you can look down at them anytime and be reminded of your limitless power. On top of that, wearing beautiful things helps you to feel good and sparks joy within. And this is not superficial or shallow. Lean into the belief that you are worthy and deserving of wearing beautiful things. If it supports the internal joy that you cultivate within, embrace it.
    • Keep crystals nearby throughout your day: But be intentional with placement. For instance, if you’re using gemstones to manifest financial abundance, place them in your workspace to promote the continual incoming paychecks and flow of money coming in. You can also place them in your wallet or purse to amplify the energy of abundance. Similarly, if you’re manifesting creativity, keep your gemstones in your office or studio where you do most of your creative endeavors.
    • Keep crystals in your pocket: If you don’t have jewelry with your chosen gemstone (or don’t want to wear jewelry), you can keep your crystals in your pocket so they’re still with you throughout the day.
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    11 Powerful Crystals for Manifestation

    Crystals to Manifest Financial Abundance

    • Citrine: When it comes to manifesting financial abundance, citrine is an absolute powerhouse. Known as the “Merchant Stone” or “Success Stone,” citrine is associated with wealth, prosperity, and financial success. Additionally, citrine is associated with your solar plexus chakra, which is your energy center for confidence, empowerment, positivity, and high self-esteem. (Read more about the solar plexus chakra here!) So when you combine these powerful properties, you get a crystal that helps you to manifest financial abundance while feeling optimistic, confident, and joyful. This crystal is definitely a must-have when it comes to manifesting prosperity and financial abundance!
    • Pyrite: You might also know this one as “Fool’s Gold,” but there’s nothing foolish about the manifesting power of this stone. Pyrite is associated with wealth, abundance, and success. Additionally, this is a protective stone, shielding you from negative energy and bad vibes. This is the perfect stone to keep in your office as it A) protects the energy of your space and B) raises your energy of abundance at work and/or in your business ventures.

    Crystals to Manifest Love

    • Rose Quartz: Rose Quartz is the ultimate crystal for manifesting love. But how exactly does it do this? When you use Rose Quartz with the intention of manifesting love, you do much more than simply attract love. Rose Quartz works with your heart chakra, opening up this important energy center to help you heal past hurts, restore your belief in love, and open your heart again to love and trust. When you vibrate at the energy of pure love, you naturally attract this same powerful energy to you. And if you already have a partner, Rose Quartz is still a powerful stone to have on hand. As the stone of unconditional love, it helps you to deepen your relationship with your partner and with yourself.
    • Rhodonite: Rhodonite is another beautiful stone that’s associated with the heart chakra. Like Rose Quartz, it helps you to cultivate deep love and compassion within to heal old wounds, cultivate compassion, build confidence, and promote unconditional self-love. If you’re already in a relationship, this stone will help you to clear blockages between you and your partner and open your heart to forgiveness. By truly becoming the essence of unconditional love, you attract the energy of love into your life.

    Crystals to Manifest Friendships

    • Pink Opal: Like the gemstones mentioned above in the Crystals to Manifest Love section, Pink Opal is associated with the heart chakra. (In fact, Rose Quartz and Rhodonite, mentioned above, can also be used to manifest not only romantic love but love-filled friendships as well.) Pink Opal is special because it helps to calm your mind and open your heart, which is especially helpful if you’re shy or withdrawn. Pink Opal will help with healing past pain and cultivating deep inner peace.

    *Citrine, mentioned in the Crystals to Manifest Financial Abundance section, is also a powerful stone for manifesting friendships and an active social life as it promotes joy, optimism, and positivity!

    Crystals to Manifest Health

    • Garnet: Garnet is a powerful stone to promote your total health and wellbeing. When your energy centers are blocked or imbalanced, garnet helps to circulate your energy and balance your chakras. It’s a total powerhouse for cleansing and rejuvenating your mind, body, and spirit.
    • Bloodstone: Bloodstone is known to heal both physical and emotional wounds. On top of that, it’s known to increase circulation and get the energy moving in your body. When you feel completely tired and defeated, Bloodstone will help to heal your mind and body while rejuvenating your spirit.

    Crystals to Manifest Creativity

    • Carnelian: Carnelian is the perfect stone to manifest more creativity into your life. Now, it’s important to remember that you already have access to a limitless abundance of creativity inside of you. However, at times, we may block or obscure that source of creativity, usually by overthinking, worrying, or living it the past or future. And that’s okay! We can always reopen ourselves to infinite creativity, and Carnelian is just the stone to help us get there. Carnelian supports confidence and self-empowerment while helping you tap into your creativity. If you find that your creativity has been blocked, you can use this stone in combination with practices to heal your sacral chakra, the energy center in your body associated with creativity and passion. Learn more about healing your sacral chakra here!

    Amplifiers/Pairing Crystals

    • Aventurine: No matter what you want to manifest, Aventurine is an absolute must-have in your manifestation toolkit. Aventurine is the ultimate pairing stone because it’s associated with abundance and manifestation. But abundance doesn’t just mean financial abundance. Aventurine can help you manifest an abundance of health, love, friendships, creativity, or anything else you desire. It also boosts luck and helps you to stay in a high-vibe, positive state. You can pair Aventurine with Citrine to boost your financial prosperity, or Aventurine with Carnelian to inspire your creativity. There really is no limit to this powerful stone.
    • Goldstone: Goldstone is a beautiful grounding stone that acts like your best friend and protector all in one. It helps you to remain grounded, fills you with energy and optimism, and strengthens your faith when you’re facing obstacles and roadblocks. It will also help you achieve your goals, unlock your potential, and create a beautiful future. Goldstone truly is a unique stone that will serve and guide you as you manifest your future.
    • Jade: Jade is another powerful stone that’s associated with luck and success. It also fills you with courage and reminds you that you are truly limitless. Use Jade with Citrine or Pyrite to attract success, prosperity, and good fortune into your life.

    And there you have it: eleven powerful crystals for manifestation. Do you have any experience using crystals for manifestation? What crystals have you found to be especially powerful when manifesting your dreams? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below!

    And for more manifesting tips, daily affirmations, and lots of positive vibes, be sure to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram.

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  • Crystal Candles For Peace, Clarity, And Love (With Links)
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    Crystal Candles For Peace, Clarity, And Love (With Links)

    In this article, learn what crystal candles are and how to use them, plus get links to eight gorgeous candles (and candle sets) you can purchase today to bring more peace, clarity, and love into your daily life.

    Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon links. As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. If you purchase a product using my link, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

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    What Is A Crystal Candle?

    A crystal candle is a candle that’s been infused with crystals and gemstones in order to promote clarity and inner peace as well as to help you manifest your specific desires. Many crystal candles contain multiple smaller gemstones in them, and some will also include a Selenite or Clear Quartz wand for deeper clarity and energy healing.

    When selecting a crystal candle, my best advice is to try not to overthink it. The most important attribute in picking one out is to simply find one that calls to you.

    If you already have some knowledge of the meanings of different crystals, you can search for one that has a meaning that correlates with your specific desires. For instance, many crystal candles include Citrine, which is tied to joy, abundance, and prosperity. Rose Quartz is another popular choice, as it’s connected to your heart chakra and known to help open your heart to let more love into your life.

    But if you don’t want to worry too much about the specific meanings of the crystals, that’s completely okay, too. Let your intuition guide you to the right candle for you. This can be a fun practice, as often, your intuition knows what you need even before your conscious mind does.

    One of the best aspects of a crystal candle is that once you’ve burned the candle completely, you can repurpose the crystals and gemstones and continue to use them around the house or as jewelry. This makes it a meaningful and unique gift option for friends and loved ones. (And it’s also a great item to keep in your personal self-care toolkit as well.)

    Below, get tips on how to use crystal candles, plus get links to beautiful candles (and gift sets) infused with crystals, essential oils, herbs, and other natural products that you can purchase today.

    How To Use Crystal Candles

    The simplest way to use crystal candles is to simply light a candle and keep it going in the background while you’re at home. You can also use them while you’re taking a bath, reading, working – truly, the options are endless.

    If you’re looking to connect deeper with your innermost self, you can use a crystal candle while journaling. Find a candle that contains crystals that correlate with the part of yourself that you want to connect with or heal. For instance, you can choose Rose Quartz to open your heart chakra or Amethyst for connecting with your inner wisdom and intuition. Set an intention before you journal for what you want to accomplish during this journaling session. Then, light your candle and let the words flow.

    Finally, you can also use a crystal candle in a dedicated manifestation ritual.

    To begin, find a quiet spot where you can meditate without interruptions or distractions. Light the crystal candle of your choice before you begin meditating. Set an intention for something specific that you want to manifest into your life. Once you begin your meditation, start visualizing every detail of how it will look and feel when your intention becomes real.

    For instance, if you want to manifest love, visualize what your life will look like when you meet the love of your life. And even more, allow yourself to feel the positive emotions of having your soulmate in your life today.

    For more instructions on using candles in manifestation, click here to check out my full guide on how to choose and use candles for manifesting your desires.

    Crystal Candles

    Art of the Root Candles

    I’ve been a big fan of the Art of the Root manifesting oils for a long time, and their crystal-infused candles are made with the same care, attention, and high-quality ingredients. Their Manifestation Affirmation Candle is one of my absolute favorites. It’s made with ginger, vanilla, orange, and other herbs and oils, and it’s infused with Citrine crystals, which is associated with joy, wealth, prosperity, and financial success. To check out the rest of Art of the Root’s manifesting and chakra healing candles, click here.

    AROMOUNT Crystal Infused Candles

    AROMOUNT’s line of crystal infused candles are some of my favorites due to their high-quality ingredients and pleasant scents that can fill an entire room. I especially love their lavender and vanilla scented Healing Amethyst Candle, as not only does it smell lovely, but Amethyst is a powerful stone connected to spiritual healing, inner wisdom, and tranquility. For more options, be sure to check out their collection of Clear Quartz, Aquamarine, and Rose Quartz candles here.

    The Mindful Collective Healing Crystal Candle

    The healing crystal candle by the Mindful Collective gets my vote for one of the prettiest candles on this list. This candle includes Rose Quartz for deeper self-love and compassion, Citrine for joy and prosperity, and Clear Quartz for clarity and energy healing. With its lovely lavender and vanilla notes, this is the perfect candle to use in meditation, during a bath, or while scripting your dream life.

    Picki Nicki Crystal Sage Candles

    Picki Nicki’s line of crystal sage candles are perfect for anyone who prioritizes eco-friendly products, as it’s made with eco-friendly soy wax and topped with sustainably harvested white sage. My favorite is the White Sage Candle with Citrine and Clear Quartz crystals, which combine to provide you with the light and energy to manifest your deepest, most heartfelt dreams. And the “You Are Enough” card that comes with each candle makes this the perfect gift to yourself or someone you love.

    My Lumina Self-Love Aromatherapy Candle

    If you’re looking to go deeper within, connect to your innermost self, and cultivate unconditional self-love, My Lumina’s Self-Love Aromatherapy Candle is the perfect choice for you. Infused with Rose Quartz, which is connected to your heart chakra, this candle is for anyone who wants to connect deeper to love – both for yourself and for the world around you. And with a lovely sweet pea scent that fills a room, this beautiful candle provides a calming atmosphere for journaling, meditating, or taking a luxurious bubble bath.

    ORCHID AURA Healing Crystal Candles

    If you’re looking for a crystal candle set for yourself or a loved one, ORCHID AURA’s Healing Crystal Candle Set is the perfect option. This beautifully packaged set of three candles features three of my favorite crystals: Citrine, Amethyst, and Rose Quartz. Each candle has a unique scent and is made with 100% pure soy wax with a lead-free cotton wick. If you’re scent-sensitive, the aroma of these candles is a bit subtler than some of the others, so they’re not too overwhelming. (Note that these candles are a bit on the smaller side at 2.75 inches tall.)

    Chic & Raw Heart Chakra Crystal Candle

    Chic & Raw’s beautiful Heart Chakra Crystal Candle contains two genuine Madagascan Rose Quartz gems inside, designed to gently heal and open the heart chakra to bring joy and love into your life. Not only is this one of the prettiest candles on this list, but it’s eco-friendly, too. Chic & Raw uses organic soy wax and natural essential oils, and their crystals are from natural and sustainable sources. Made with ginger and white tea essential oils, this is also a great alternative if you’re looking for something outside of the standard vanilla or lavender scents.

    Hemlock Park Crystal Candles

    Want something different than Rose Quartz, Citrine, and Amethyst? Hemlock Park offers beautiful candles that include crystals and gemstones you don’t typically see in crystal candles. This Lapis Lazuli Sea Salt Orchid candle is one of my favorites, as Lapis Lazuli is a stone of enlightenment, wisdom, and truth. I also love that Hemlock Park candles are naturally made with organic ingredients, and each candle comes with a pair of bamboo tongs to remove the crystal once the candle has been completely burned. You can find more unique Hemlock Park crystal candles here.


    Have you ever used crystal candles? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below!

    And for more resources on spirituality, meditation, manifestation, and all things self-love, be sure to connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest, where I’m posting positive affirmations and empowering messages daily.


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  • 9 Healing Crystals For New Beginnings
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    9 Healing Crystals For New Beginnings

    In this article, discover nine healing crystals for new beginnings to help you step into this next chapter of your life with courage, clarity, optimism, and unending hope.

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    The Beauty Of New Beginnings

    New beginnings can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life.

    New career paths. New relationships. New lifestyle changes. New family members. New adventures. New opportunities that carry limitless unseen possibilities.

    In all the newness, there’s always a spark of hope for what’s to come. New beginnings give us a chance to realign with what feels right and true to us – to release what no longer serves us to make space for something fresh and undiscovered to emerge.

    But while new beginnings can be really exciting, they can also be really scary. It can be terrifying to leave the comfort of predictability and certainty – to step into something that comes with no guarantees. Even when we feel really good and hopeful about the path ahead, there are often lingering doubts about what we’re doing.

    Am I really good enough?

    Can I really do this?

    Do I have what it takes?

    Know that it’s okay to ask yourself these questions. There’s nothing wrong with having doubts, even if, deep down, you feel like this is the right path. Something can feel right and still be a little overwhelming and scary, especially in the beginning.

    You always have the power to choose. You can choose your path. You can choose what thoughts and feelings you decide to lean into. You’re allowed to acknowledge your uncertainties while also choosing a mindset that feels good and true to you.

    You can choose hope. You can choose optimism. You can choose to believe in the feelings deep within that are leading you toward this new beginning.

    Below, you’ll find 9 healing crystals for new beginnings. These beautiful gemstones all offer powerful support and guidance as you move forward onto your new path. Some carry with them a little extra hope and optimism. Others will help you to connect with your intuition and inner wisdom as you make choices moving forward. And others will help protect you from negative energy and transform low vibrations into hope, joy, and positivity.

    And if you’re new to the world of crystals and gemstones, be sure to check out my guide on how to cleanse, program, and use crystals to their fullest potential here.

    Crystals For New Beginnings

    Rainbow Moonstone

    If you’re stepping into a new chapter of your life and can pick only one gemstone to carry with you on your journey, Rainbow Moonstone is the one you want on your side (or in your pocket). Quite literally known as the “Stone of New Beginnings,” this beautiful stone will bring you an extra dose of hope and optimism as you journey forward. The name is especially meaningful, as the metaphor of the rainbow is truly apt in this instance. Just like stepping out of a storm to find a beautiful rainbow in the distance, this nurturing stone will bring you hope, optimism, and protection as you move forward with clarity and feelings of deep inner peace.

    Labradorite

    Labradorite is all about embracing your inner wisdom and providing you with mental clarity. When you step forward into a new beginning, it can often be difficult to trust your own judgment. When you’re unsure where to go next – and when you have multiple voices around you telling you what they think is best – Labradorite can help you to connect with your higher consciousness in order to navigate the next right step for you. Additionally, Labradorite is a great stone for restoring your energy when you’re feeling drained and giving you a little extra courage as you move forward.

    Citrine

    Citrine is a powerful mood booster and can bring some extra fun into your life, especially if you’re feeling ultra-serious about this new beginning you’re stepping into. Known as the “Merchant Stone” or “Success Stone,” Citrine is associated with wealth, prosperity, and financial success. Additionally, Citrine is associated with your solar plexus chakra, which is your energy center for confidence, empowerment, positivity, and high self-esteem. So when you combine these powerful properties, you get a crystal that helps you to manifest financial abundance while feeling optimistic, confident, and joyful. The pure positivity this stone brings makes it worth holding onto throughout your day. (I bought a citrine ring when I first started blogging and have worn it every day since!)

    Black Moonstone

    I listed Rainbow Moonstone above, but I figured Black Moonstone also deserves its own spot on this list as its known to hold the energy of the New Moon and new endeavors. This is a calming and grounding stone that can also help you connect deeper with your intuition, which will assist you in making decisions as you move forward. Black Moonstone also offers you profound energy protection, not only deflecting negative energy but transforming it into something lighter and more positive. This is a beautiful stone to keep with you no matter what kind of new beginning you’re stepping into.

    Malachite

    Malachite is a stone of transformation and positive change. It will help to balance your mood and provide you with a positive outlook as you move forward, which is especially beneficial as new beginnings can often leave you feeling uncertain and questioning yourself as you navigate all the changes taking place. Additionally, as it’s connected to your heart chakra, Malachite works with your heart center to help you remain open to unconditional love, love freely, and take positive risks. This can help you to open your heart to new beginnings in relationships as well as to love yourself enough to step forward and be brave.

    Apophyllite

    If new beginnings leave you feeling uneasy, Apophyllite is the perfect stone to ease your worries and fears. As one of the most powerful stones for healing anxiety, Apophyllite is known for being a stone of light, and it infuses its light into your spirit, relieving your tension and unease. You might think of Apophyllite like a beautiful, calming presence that doesn’t just relieve your stress and worry; it transfers its high-vibrational energy to you and truly uplifts your spirits. Additionally, by soothing your worries and calming your mind, Apophyllite will help you to come up with actionable solutions during times of stress.

    Green Aventurine

    Green Aventurine may quite literally be your secret good luck charm. Known as the “Stone of Opportunity,” this crystal is known for its power to bring you good luck, prosperity, and success. It will help you to confidently embrace any changes with courage, optimism, and openness. If everything is starting to feel a little too heavy and overwhelming, Green Aventurine can help lighten the mood, take away from the heaviness, and leave you feeling reinvigorated and renewed.

    Smoky Quartz

    New beginnings come with a lot of ups and downs, and Smoky Quartz is like the best friend who can always help you to remain grounded and centered, no matter what’s happening around you. This grounding stone will help you get through the difficult moments of life, provide clarity in uncertain situations, and transform negative emotions into positive emotions. And if anxiety often leaves you feeling overwhelmed, Smoky Quartz will transform overwhelm into insight so that you can effectively understand and work through any problems that may be disrupting your peace. Plus, an added bonus to using Smoky Quartz is that if often complements and amplifies the energy of any surrounding stones you may also be carrying with you.

    Amazonite

    Amazonite is truly everything you could possibly want as you step into a new beginning: hope, truth, clarity, calm, peace, harmony, and communication. If you’re experiencing fear, worry, and doubt about the path ahead, this powerful stone will transform these low energies into positivity, optimism, encouragement, and hope. Do you possess any fears about getting started? Are you worried about what’s to come? Amazonite can help transform your fear into joy and remind you that true happiness always comes from within.


    Do you have any favorite crystals for new beginnings? What are your favorite practices for using your crystals and gemstones? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below!

    And for more self-love resources, be sure to connect with me on Instagram, where I post daily affirmation stories every morning. And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest, where I’m pinning positive affirmations and empowering quotes every single day.


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  • How To Set Intentions With Crystals (A Complete Guide)
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    How To Set Intentions With Crystals (A Complete Guide)

    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.

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    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:

    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.

    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 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.

    Selecting Crystals

    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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    7 Types Of Protection Jewelry To Guard Your Energy

    Below, discover seven types of protection jewelry to guard you from malice, danger, strife, bad luck, and negative energy. Plus, get links to bracelets, necklaces, and other types of jewelry you can purchase today for each of the different categories on this list.

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    How To Use Protection Jewelry

    Protection jewelry is any type of jewelry that shields you from bad luck, negative energy, and low vibrations. While protection jewelry is commonly thought to guard you from toxic external energy, it can also serve to protect you from your own negative thoughts and feelings.

    So how exactly does protection jewelry work? The power to shield you from negative energy most often comes in the form of crystals or symbols. Crystals such as Black Tourmaline are known for their protective qualities, while symbols such as the Hamsa hand can bring you positivity and good fortune while protecting you from malice and toxic energy. You can wear these protective crystals and symbols as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, anklets, or your preferred jewelry type.

    Before you begin wearing your jewelry, I always recommend cleansing it first. Cleansing your protection jewelry erases any leftover energy from their previous owners, as well as any energy it may have picked up in its travels to you, allowing you to start with a clean slate.

    You can cleanse your jewelry by running it under water, letting it sit in nature for 24 hours, setting it out under the sun or moon, or placing it on top of or next to a piece of Selenite or Clear Quartz. If you want to learn a little more about these methods for cleansing your jewelry, you can click here for a deeper explanation into each method.

    Below, you’ll learn about seven types of protection jewelry that can shield you from negative energy. I’ve also added links to bracelets, necklaces, and other types of jewelry you can purchase today for each of the different categories.

    Use the links below to jump to any of the types of protection jewelry you want to learn more about:

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    Black Tourmaline For Mind, Body & Spirit Protection

    Black Tourmaline is known to be a powerful protection stone; when you step outside wearing or holding a piece of Black Tourmaline, you can think of it as though you’re walking with an invisible shield protecting your entire being: mind, body, and spirit. Black Tourmaline will protect you from toxic energy and low vibrations that may threaten to disrupt the positivity and stability you’ve cultivated within. It’s also powerfully linked to the root chakra, your body’s energy center for stability, security, and groundedness. By keeping your root chakra open and activated, Black Tourmaline will help you to remain strong, steady, and confident as you walk through your day. Use Black Tourmaline as your personal bodyguard to shield your energy and help you to feel grounded and secure as you move through the world.

    Hamsa For Protection From Malice & Bad Intentions

    The Hamsa hand has many spiritual meanings, but its most prominent meaning is to protect you from another person’s ill-will, malice, or bad intentions. Not only does the Hamsa hand repel toxic energy, but it can also bring you more positive energy and even usher in good fortune. Note that the direction the Hamsa hand matters, so you may choose to wear it facing up or down depending on your current needs. When it’s facing down, it’s known to bring you more positivity, abundance, and good luck. When it’s facing up, it will protect you from malice, bad intentions, and even your own negative thoughts. (It can also protect you from bad luck, so if you’re having one of those weeks when it feels like everything is going wrong, this is a good one to wear.)

    Evil Eye For Protection From Danger & Evil

    The Evil Eye may be the most controversial addition to this list, as some people are naturally drawn to this symbol while others feel like it, itself, gives off negative energy. This is completely okay. Don’t overthink it; if it feels good to you, you can purchase Evil Eye protection jewelry, but if not, try something else that feels a little better. So what exactly does the Evil Eye symbolize? The Evil Eye is meant to keep you safe, secure, and protect you from danger, strife, and malicious intent. (One reason why the Evil Eye can be so controversial is that historically, this symbol has been seen as a curse you put on someone to cause them bad luck and misfortune. However, when wearing it as jewelry, it has the opposite meaning: it protects you from anyone who would wish to cast the Evil Eye upon you.)

    Chakra Jewelry For Energy Protection

    Chakras are the energy centers in your body through which your prana, or life force, flows. Energy is meant to flow, and when your chakras are open, your life force energy can flow freely through your various energy centers. But when one of your chakras becomes blocked, your life force energy stagnates. This results in mental, physical, emotional, and/or spiritual blockages. While many people believe there are 114 chakras in (and around) your body, we usually focus on the seven “main” ones: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown.

    I have lots of chakra resources throughout this website, so I won’t go into too much detail here. (I’ve linked to some articles below if you want to learn more.) For each chakra, there are various crystals and gemstones that will help to heal and protect these energy centers to ensure your life force energy is continuing to flow.

    You can find jewelry that contains a stone for each of your body’s energy centers, or you can choose specific stones if there’s just one chakra you want to focus on.

    Here are some of the crystals and gemstones for each of your body’s seven main chakras:

    • Root: Hematite, Obsidian, Onyx, Smoky Quartz
    • Sacral: Carnelian, Orange Calcite, Jasper, Red Tiger’s Eye
    • Solar Plexus: Citrine, Carnelian, Topaz, Tiger’s Eye
    • Heart: Rose Quartz, Apophyllite, Rhodonite, Pink Opal
    • Throat: Blue Lace Agate, Celestite, Aquamarine, Turquoise
    • Third Eye: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Lepidolite, Apophyllite
    • Crown: Selenite, Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Lepidolite

    Discover More About Chakras

    Discover more about chakras using the links below, plus get journal prompts and affirmations for each of your body’s main energy centers!

    Dreamcatchers For Sleep Protection

    Dreamcatchers are meant to protect you from nightmares and harmful thoughts while simultaneously keeping you safe with good dreams and positive thoughts while you sleep. Like a spider’s web, a dreamcatcher will trap the bad visions and allow only good visions to go through. However, dreamcatchers aren’t solely for sleep protection. Many believe they can protect you from any kind of external evil, not just bad visions and nightmares.

    To learn more, this article from Terry Cralle does a great job of explaining the meaning and history of the dreamcatcher.

    Hematite For Grounding & Protection

    When you feel like your foundation has been shaken, Hematite is the ultimate grounding stone to pull you back to earth. Hematite will restore your steady foundation while also guiding you to release feelings of stress, worry, and insecurity. Another bonus of Hematite is that it’s a protective stone. This means that in addition to helping you to feel grounded and balanced, it will also protect you from external negative energy that may threaten to shake your stable foundation. The ability to help you stay grounded and protected makes Hematite a powerhouse in all kinds of situations: at work or at home, while you’re driving or commuting, at the grocery store or your in-laws’ house, and everywhere in-between.

    Shungite For EMF Protection

    Shungite differs a bit from most stones you see in crystal shops in that it’s not technically a crystal. Don’t let that deter you, though. This carbon-based stone is one of the strongest healing stones you can find, used most often for physical, spiritual, and emotional protection. When you’re feeling heavy and worn out, use this stone to remove toxic energy and to cleanse your spirit of any negativity that’s forged its way within. Shungite can also ground your energy and help you to stay focused on your tasks and goals, acting like a shield against procrastination and outer noise. Finally, Shungite is also popularly used for EMF (electromagnetic field) protection, so if you spend a lot of time around electronic devices, this stone can protect you from any harmful frequencies they may emit.


    What’s your favorite type of protection jewelry? Do you have any special rituals or practices you do before wearing it? Share your tips and experiences in the comment box below!

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    Selenite Wand: Meaning, Benefits, And How-To

    Below, discover the powerful benefits of using a selenite wand to cleanse and protect your energy and connect you to your highest, most authentic self. Plus get tips for using a selenite wand to heal your chakras and protect your sacred space.

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    Selenite Wand Meaning & Benefits

    If you’re new to collecting and using crystals, a selenite wand is one of the first pieces you’ll want to acquire, as it’ll likely become the foundation and centerpiece of your collection for years to come. (And there’s also a good chance that you’ll end up with more than one!)

    So what makes selenite so important?

    Selenite is unique in its properties and abilities, as it can cleanse the energy of people, spaces, and even other crystals. But that’s not all: in addition to clearing unwanted energy, it can also replace this energy with something more uplifting and positive.

    Selenite is also a protection stone, but it has a softer, gentler energy than common protection stones suck as Black Tourmaline and Obsidian. It will help you to release anxiety and negative emotions that aren’t serving your highest purpose and fill your spirit with light, compassion, and love.

    Additionally, selenite is a deeply spiritual stone. It will help you to unblock energy that’s stopping you from reaching your highest potential. It will also connect you with your inner light and the light of the Universe, allowing you to remain spiritually open and connected to the divine. Using a selenite wand can help you to become more receptive to the signs, synchronicities, and messages of the Universe.

    At its foundation, these are the meanings most intrinsically tied to the selenite wand:

    • Light
    • Clarity
    • Focus
    • Consciousness
    • Protection
    • Harmony
    • Serenity
    • Deep Peace
    • Positive Energy
    • Soul Healing
    • Divinity

    For more details on how to use crystals to protect your energy, manifest your dreams, and help you heal from within, check out my post, How to Use Crystals: Grids, Pendulums & More.

    Selenite Wand & Chakra Healing

    Because of its power, selenite can actually be used to heal all of your life force energy. That means selenite will work with all of your chakras in healing stagnant energy and clearing up any blockages within.

    However, it’s most often associated with your highest chakras, namely your crown chakra and third eye chakra.

    Your crown chakra is located at the crown of your head, and it’s your energy center for spirituality, enlightenment, peace, trust, transcendence, and connection to a higher power. Your third eye chakra, located between your eyebrows, is your body’s energy center for intuition, imagination, insight, open-mindedness, and mental strength. When these two chakras are balanced, you’re in highest alignment with your most divine self: the unchanging, infinite part of you that’s untouched by human experiences – the part of you that remembers your power to create, to love, and to live a life of pure bliss.

    To use a selenite wand to balance your internal energy and heal your chakras, place it on the physical location of the energy center you want to clear in silent meditation. You can also clear your energy by hovering the selenite wand a couple inches over your body and sweeping it over your skin from top to bottom (kind of like you’re brushing your hair). You can read more about how to use a selenite wand to clear your energy below.

    How To Use A Selenite Wand

    Meditation

    Meditation itself is a profound practice for releasing negative energy, inviting light into your body, and connecting your mind, body, and spirit as one. Selenite can deepen your meditations and amplify these effects even further. You can also use a selenite wand (or multiple wands) in your meditations when you’re feeling dull, negative, or stagnant energy within. Additionally, some people find that using selenite wands regularly in their meditation practice helps them sink into their meditations quicker. (Me included.)

    If you have two selenite wands, you can hold one in each hand as you meditate. This allows you to invite light and restore balance into both sides of your body. If you have one selenite wand, hold it within both of your palms clasped together. You can also set it on your chest if you’re laying down.

    Clear Your Energy

    Every day, you’re picking up energy from all around you. Sometimes, you’re able to let this energy flow to and through you with ease, and other times, you might need a little extra help. When you aren’t able to spend time recharging under the sun or sitting beneath the moon, selenite can act in place of these light sources. It not only helps you clear up any negative or dark energy within, but it’ll replace it with a higher vibrations and overall more positive feelings.

    And as I mentioned above, it can also clear up any stagnant energy blocking your chakras, helping you to find alignment with your highest, most authentic self: the real and true you.

    One way to use a selenite wand to clear your energy is to rest it on your chest while you’re laying down. You can do this in meditation or simply in quiet stillness.

    You can also sweep it over you from your head to your toes, keeping the wand just a couple inches over your body. You might also find it helpful to keep a piece of selenite nearby or wear it as jewelry on days you’re needing an extra pick-me-up. (Be careful when you wear selenite as jewelry, though, as it’s very soft and can get damaged more easily than harder stones.) You can also keep a piece of selenite in your purse or pocket to carry this positive, cleansing, and protective energy with you throughout the day.

    Cleanse Your Space

    Just like selenite can clear your own energy, it can also cleanse the energy of the space you’re in and replace it with lighter, more positive energy. Because of this, you might find it helpful to have multiple selenite wands that you can keep in various places around your house and workspace. Your office, bedroom, car, and main living space are all ideal places to keep a selenite wand. It can also be good practice to travel with a selenite wand to clear and protect the energy of the place you’re staying in.

    *Tip: For even deeper cleansing and energy protection, you can place a selenite wand at all four corners of a room. You might do this when you’re traveling or in any room that can often get weighed down in heavy, dull, or negative energy.

    Crystal Cleansing

    One major reason to add selenite to your crystal collection is that it has the ability to cleanse other crystals. If it’s been a while since you’ve cleansed one of your crystals, or if you’re feeling some dull or negative energy coming from one of your stones, set it next to a piece of selenite for 24 hours (with their sides touching). You can also set crystals and gemstones on a selenite plate like this one. If you keep your crystals in one area, try to put your selenite wand near the center. It can be helpful to have a selenite wand devoted solely to cleansing and replacing the energy of your other crystals and gemstones.

    How To Cleanse A Selenite Wand

    So if selenite can cleanse other crystals, what cleanses the selenite?

    Selenite is different from most other crystals in that it can be self-cleansing. This means you don’t have to do very much to keep its energy clear. However, it still pays to show it a little extra love every once in a while. You can charge it under the moon for a night, and when you do want to cleanse its energy, immerse it in some cleansing sage. It’s usually recommended to keep your selenite away from water, though, as this soft crystal can dissolve when it gets wet.

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