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Well done! You’ve reached the final article in our Crystals Basics course! From the previous articles, you now have an understanding of:
In this article, we’ll look at programming a crystal (and what that means) and learning to tune in to your special crystal allies. We will also give examples of the different ways you can get started working with your crystals.
If you haven’t read the previous articles in this series… But just want to know how to work with crystals? That’s absolutely fine! You don’t have to know the previous information for this.
First of all, when it comes to working with crystals, many people say that you must first programme it.
The truth is…
Crystals are already doing what they do without our help.
Lets first talk about what it means to programme your crystal, since this expression is a bit of a misnomer…
Crystals are incredibly powerful conductors, receivers, amplifiers or generators of energy.
They contain enormous healing potential for those who are called to work with them.
Different crystals specialize in different wisdom and healing areas, depending on their mineral and structural make up (ie how each unique crystal works with energy).
Since crystals are already doing what they do by default, we don’t need to tell them!
What we DO want to do is tune in to their energies and open ourselves to work with them.
When we say we want to “programme a crystal”, what we mean is:
Ok, so you have cleansed your crystal of any old residual energy.
Now I want you to think about what a crystal is to you.
What does your connection with your crystal look like?
So first, you are going to figure out or clarify how you see crystals.
Here are two ways you can choose to view what you are doing when you connect with a crystal:
The first is for those who prefer a “less-woo-woo” approach…
If you understand a crystal as a powerful natural computer.
And you know it is capable of reshaping energy due to its mathematically precise crystalline structure.
Then, when you want to connect with your crystal, you can visualize something like a computer.
The second approach is for those who view crystals as energetic beings.
Or perhaps as sacred tools, which connect to Divine Source.
In this case, when you want to connect with your crystal, you can visualize something like a being of light.
Imagine it as a being of light you are talking to, in a crystalline room.
Or that holding the crystal creates a beam of light to connect to Source, your guides or Higher self.
So which way of connecting to your crystal is best? Well, it’s really your personal preference.
Because both ways of looking at it get you to the same place. Connecting your intent with the crystal. And that is all that matters!
Once you have decided what feels right for you, form a picture in your mind of how you would communicate your intention to the crystal. Picture as much detail as you can. Remember, visualization is a super powerful tool!
Find a quiet, peaceful space that you feel safe and relaxed in.
And where you won’t be disturbed. (Cellphone on airplane mode, please!)
Now you need to CLARIFY HOW you want to work with your crystal. What is your goal? What do you want to achieve? What do you want the crystal to do?
Your intention is really deciding what you want. And how you want to work with your crystal to get there.
Take your cleansed crystal in your hands.
Clear your mind of distracting thoughts. And draw your attention to the crystal in your hands.
Focus on the weight and feel of the crystal for a couple of minutes.
Is it cold, heavy, light, smooth, rough?
Focus just on the sensation of its weight and texture resting against your skin.
Look at the crystal and take in its form.
Notice veils, or inclusions or colours or shapes.
You might like to close your eyes at this point. (But if you prefer you can keep your gaze on the stone in your hand.)
We discussed “visualizing the connection with your crystal” earlier. Now visualize that image. Whether it’s a computer or sacred tool or being of light, bring that picture into your mind. Open the connection to your crystal.
You might want to picture yourself in a crystalline room or cave, almost as though your consciousness is now inside the crystal.
You may begin to become aware of the crystal’s energy. It can feel different to each person, and with different crystals.
This is the process of connecting to your crystal.
(Don’t worry if at first you don’t really feel anything. Keep practising this technique and it will become easier and easier to connect to your crystal.)
In this calm, connected state, you are ready to set your intention.
Say your intention that you prepared earlier – you can say it out loud, or just in your mind. Repeat it a few times.
Now take a few moments to visualize what the outcome looks and feels like. Imagine the results as already happened. Feel the happiness and joy of experiencing that positive outcome.
Once you’ve felt the intention as though already achieved, you are ready to close off.
Visualize the crystal glowing with a bright white light, fully charged and imbued with your purpose.
You might want to give thanks. To the crystal, yourself and/or Higher consciousnes or Divine Spirit.
You can say “thank you”, “namaste” or “it is done”. Go with whatever feels comfortable to you.
So now that you’ve cleansed and programmed your crystal, what do you do next?
Every so often, cleanse the crystal and recharge it. If you like, once you’ve done this, you can repeat your intention again. This is nice as a “refresher”.
Here are some examples of how you can work with your crystals:
Keep your crystal close to you by wearing it as jewellery, keeping it in your pocket, or – a favourite for the ladies – in your bra! Some people like to use a little pouch to carry their favourite stones with them.
Arrange your crystals in your home, your bedroom, your office or even your car to let them work their magic for you.
You can hold your crystal in your hand, or place it on your body, or arrange your crystals near to you when you meditate. Crystals are fantastic meditation aids and you might find that you’re able to go deeper into your meditations with them around.
You can lay the stones on your body in areas that you’d like them to work. For example, placing a rose quartz on your heart chakra to boost your self-love, or sugelite and amethyst on your forehead if you have a headache. Simply place the stones against your skin and relax for a while for a self-administered crystal healing treatment.
If you’re a yogi, you’ll likely love the energy that crystals can bring to your practice. You can even align specific practices with specific crystals.
A sacred space is a place where you can meditate, write in your journal and otherwise spend time re-centering yourself and reconnecting with your higher self. Crystals make the perfect addition to this space and can offer protection, grounding and spiritual guidance.
A crystal grid harnesses the incredible power of crystals and amplifies it with sacred geometry layouts. Read our introductory series on creating a crystal grid HERE to get started!
Similar to laying them on your body, non-water-sensitive crystals (ideally tumbled stones) can be added to your bathwater, along with a few drops of essential oil, to heal, restore and rejuvenate you.
We hope that this article has helped you see that it is very easy to begin to work with crystals, with just a few simple steps. To summarise: