BIOPHILIA

A HISTORY OF CRYSTAL HEALING

By Anna Guggenberger


For centuries, minerals and crystals have been used for their metaphysical properties and healing powers. Worn as talismans or amulets, certain stones were believed to shield and protect the owner from enemies, help them to find the right path, and provide clarity in moments of doubt.

The word ‘crystal’ derives from the Greek word ‘krustallos’ meaning ‘ice’ and ‘rock crystal’. The Greeks probably referred to clear quartz that looks almost like an ice crystal. Amethyst derives from ‘amethustos’ and means not drunken, because the purple crystal was believed to prevent intoxication. 

Various crystals are named after their place of origin. Moldavite, for example, is named after the Moldau River region in the Czech Republic and Topaz derives from Τοπαζος, an old name for St. John’s Island in the Red Sea.

Most of today’s knowledge about crystal healing stems from old traditions and practices by the ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Aztec and Mayan cultures. Next to Tarot cards, crystals have become the most popular resource for spiritual guidance and energy balancing.

Our life force or ‘energy’ (called ‘chi’ in Japan, and ‘prana’ in India) is the source of our health and vitality and should be protected at all costs.

Lotus Flower

The Crown Chakra

‘Sahasrara’ is believed to be the purest and most powerful of all seven chakras. It establishes our connection to the spiritual world, transcending all elements, colours and sounds. Opening our crown chakra is opening ourselves to the realization that we are pure awareness, pure consciousness and pure love.

The name ‘sahasrara’ is Sanskrit for ‘lotus flower with 1,000 petals’, a symbol for the purity of our bodies and minds. Like the lotus flower, we are surrounded by muddy waters, but we do not have to adhere to them. Through meditation and spiritual practice, we rise above the dirt and mud around us and bloom. This is our enlightenment.

Amethyst

Amethyst is a stone of spirituality. It purifies our aura, stimulates the crown chakra, and enhances the benefits of meditation. Often called an ‘all-healer’ it can even be used to improve plant growth. Just stick it into the soil about two fingers away from the stem.

To cleanse your crown chakra with an amethyst, place it on your head and meditate with the following affirmations:

I am complete.
I am light and I am love.
I am connected and open to the divine wisdom.

Clear Quartz
Clear Quartz

Quartz is one of the most common crystals and encompasses a whole family of quartz varieties from Rose Quartz to Rainbow Crystals. Of all the Quartz varieties, Clear Quartz is the most universal stone. It corresponds to all chakras and is an energy source in itself, which is why it can be used to charge other crystals. Clear Quartz is an excellent meditation stone, bringing balance and harmony to our soul.

Selenite
Selenite

Selenite is a form of gypsum and can be found in various states, most notably in Oklahoma, where Selenite often occurs in an hourglass shape. Named after the Greek goddess of the moon Selene, the crystal has impressive metaphysical properties. Holding the energy of the moon goddess, Selenite helps to stabilise our emotions and cleanse our aura from negative energies.



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About Anna

Anna is a thinker, dreamer, and raconteur. She grew up in the Austrian countryside surrounded by mountains, forests, and meadows, where her creative spirit and vivid imagination were cultivated. The aspiring writer seeks to inspire and spark conversations about topics ranging from mental health and body positivity to mindfulness and living in alignment with the energies of nature. For more of Anna’s writing:

Blog: Ardent Wanderess
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A GUIDE TO CRYSTAL CLEANSING

By Anna Guggenberger

Third Eye Chakra Crystals

Working with crystals is energy work. Each stone has its own vibrational frequency that resonates with one of the many energy centres in our body and can help to balance and heal our chakras.

We have already established the powerful healing effects of crystal meditation in our last article; however, without mentioning that crystals used for healing should be cleansed before every use.

Crystals act like sponges, absorbing energies they are exposed to. The longer they sit around, the more energy, negative or positive, they take in. Therefore, it is important to cleanse and re-charge your crystals on a regular basis.

There are several methods to cleanse your crystals. The most accessible and easy one is to rinse them or let them sit in water. If I don’t have access to fresh ocean or lake water, I usually prefer to rinse them. The same way a long shower helps to wash away negativity, rinsing your crystals with the intention of cleansing them will help to remove negative energy that they have absorbed over time. Make sure to check that your crystals can be immersed in water, because some salt crystals or crystals with a high metal content should not come into contact with water.

After cleansing them, re-charge your crystals in sunshine or moonlight. Personally, I prefer to let them absorb the gentle energy of Luna. I place them in a circle in a safe, but well-lit place on a full moon night and bring them back inside in the morning.

Anna Guggenberger Crystals

No matter what method you prefer for crystal cleansing, be aware that they will continue to absorb energies from yourself and your room. Before bringing your crystals back in, you should always cleanse your room with sage or incense to disintegrate negative energies.

To continue our series, I would also like to present you the most effective crystals to balance the third eye chakra. As the name already suggests, the third eye chakra is associated with vision, helping us to see things beyond the physical realm. A balanced sixth chakra helps us to access greater wisdom and strengthen our intuition.

Azurite

Azurite
Azurite

The dark blue crystal has been used for many centuries, for example as a stone for priests and priestesses in ancient Egypt, or as a sacred stone used to contact spiritual guides by Native Americans. The stone is said to alleviate stress and worry, help to regain control over emotions, and dissolve blockages in the third eye chakra.

Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli

Not only Azurite was popular among Egyptians. Lapis Lazuli was often used to inlay sarcophagi and other burial ornaments. The semi-precious stone was also used by some of the most important Renaissance and Baroque artists for its deep blue colour. Carrying the stone, or placing it on the forehead, between the eyebrows, helps to activate the psychic abilities of the third eye.

Kyanite
Kyanite
Kyanite

Kyanite is an extremely powerful stone as it does not retain negative energy and therefore, does not need to be cleansed. Because of this self-cleansing ability, Kyanite (and Citrine) can be used to cleanse other crystals. Place them on top of a Kyanite cluster and leave them there for 24 hours (or as long as it takes for you to feel like they have taken up the energy from your Kyanite).

The last article of our series will explore our connection with the Universe and our divine self through our crown chakra, and show how to unravel its power.
Read next article on the Crown Chakra.



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About Anna

Anna is a thinker, dreamer, and raconteur. She grew up in the Austrian countryside surrounded by mountains, forests, and meadows, where her creative spirit and vivid imagination were cultivated. The aspiring writer seeks to inspire and spark conversations about topics ranging from mental health and body positivity to mindfulness and living in alignment with the energies of nature. For more of Anna’s writing:

Blog: Ardent Wanderess
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MEDITATING WITH CRYSTALS TO OPEN YOUR THROAT CHAKRA

By Anna Guggenberger

Throat Chakra Crystals

With last week’s solar eclipse and new moon, we’ve entered a time of transformation and change, a time to heal and grow. It’s times like these in particular that should be used to release negative energy and let go of unwanted thoughts. By tapping into the cosmic energy we can transform ourselves to become more peaceful, calm and at one with the world around us.

Not only Buddhists benefit from the practice of meditation. Meditating helps us to create an increase in our own coherence and fill the space around us with peace and harmony. Meditation improves our own quality of life and that of those around us. With as little as 10 minutes a day, meditation can help to reduce stress, lessen fears and worries, and increase your mood drastically. You don’t believe it? Try it for a few weeks and I promise you will notice a shift in your mood.

Beginners often experience that they are unable to focus during meditation and that their mind keeps wandering off. By incorporating crystals and gemstones into the meditation practice, you can create a positive environment and get yourself into the right mindset. 

Each crystal has a unique energy and aligns with one of your seven chakras. You can either intuitively select the crystals and pick the ones that speak to you the most, or determine which of your chakras needs balancing by taking a chakra test and choose the right crystal accordingly. Sometimes it’s enough to take a moment to listen to your body. Do you seem to be getting a lot of headaches? Are you suffering from allergies or intolerances? Most of these symptoms can hint at imbalances in one of your seven chakras.

A closed throat chakra, for example, can manifest as feelings of insecurity and shyness and may even cause voice or speech problems. Stuttering or damages of the vocal cords, for instance, can be bodily manifestations of inner beliefs that we don’t have anything to say, or are unable to express ourselves adequately.

The throat chakra is also known as the centre of purification. The act of speaking can be seen as a process of transforming our thoughts into speech and sending them out into the world and if we control what we put into and what comes out of our mouth, we have controlled much of our mind already, as Sri Dharma would say. 

When meditating with crystals, it is best to either place them directly above your chakras, if you choose to lie down, or to hold them in your left hand. Blue and turquoise crystals have the biggest effect on the throat chakra, for example Amazonite, Aquamarine and Labradorite.


Amazonite
Amazonite

This turquoise stone can help to identify and verbalise fears and worries. It empowers to communicate your thoughts and feelings and make your voice be heard. Carry it in your pocket throughout the day, or use it to meditate repeating the following affirmations:

My voice is important and it is heard.
I am able to vocalise my feelings.
I am able to express myself clearly.

Aquamarine
Aquamarine
Aquamarine

The name ‘Aquamarine’ is derived from the Latin word for ‘water of the sea’ and represents purity and truth. It is thought to assist in understanding thoughts and patterns and open communication.


labordorite
Labradorite
Labradorite

Carrying a Labradorite protects the owner from negative thoughts. It is a powerful crystal that helps to face insecurities and overcome them, and openly communicate what we think and how we feel.

While the throat chakra governs our communication, the third eye chakra, or 6th chakra, cultivates our mind. Our next article will identify the cause for imbalances of the third eye chakra and determine what crystals help to balance it. 



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About Anna

Anna is a thinker, dreamer, and raconteur. She grew up in the Austrian countryside surrounded by mountains, forests, and meadows, where her creative spirit and vivid imagination were cultivated. The aspiring writer seeks to inspire and spark conversations about topics ranging from mental health and body positivity to mindfulness and living in alignment with the energies of nature. For more of Anna’s writing:

Blog: Ardent Wanderess
Instagram: instagram.com/annaguggenberger

HEART CHAKRA CRYSTALS

By Anna Guggenberger
 

Crystals to balance your 4th heart chakra

The minute we free ourselves from the disappointments and problems of our past and the minute we let ourselves love and be loved, our heart energy starts to flow and we become open to unconditional love and compassion.

The fourth chakra, or heart chakra, is located in the centre of the chest and forms a bridge between the upper and the lower chakras, between spiritual aspirations and grounding. Its green colour signifies balance and harmony, openness and acceptance, that help us form meaningful connections with our surroundings.

The powerful energy of the heart chakra does not only improve our capacity for compassion and love towards others, but also towards ourselves. Love is the fundamental energy of the Universe, the frequency that connects us all. Once our heart chakra is open, we align with this universal love.

The symbol of ‘anahata’ is constituted of a hexagram in a circle, surrounded by twelve petals. The two triangles that make up the hexagram symbolise Shiva and Shakti, the male and the female principle that are brought together in harmony. 

The love governed by the heart chakra is not a romantic, or passionate love, it is a spiritual, universal love. It is the love that is always present in and around us. One way to channel and strengthen this love is to wear heart chakra stones and/or keep them in your home. The following three crystals and gemstones, for example, can help you dissolve imbalances in your ‘anahata’.

Aventurine
Aventurine

Aventurine is a powerful stone that brings light to unhealthy patterns or relationships and can help you recognise and change unhealthy behaviours. In ancient medicinal rituals, Aventurine was placed close to the heart to guide the spirits to the healing light of the heart. Once their heart chakra opened up, participants recounted that they felt a “wash of love” floating through their bodies. So, keep it close to your heart and wait for love to find you.

Malachite
Malachite

The dark green stone helps to remove blockages and balance the heart chakra. Women in particular should carry a Malachite to regulate their menstrual cycle and reduce cramps. The so called ‘Midwife stone’ also helps women in labour to reduce the pain. Archaeological evidence shows that Malachite has been used as a gemstone, in jewellery, or even as pigment in green paint for more than 3,000 years. Painters such as Pietro Perugino (c. 1446-1523) used malachite pigment to paint grass or green garments.

Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz

Even though Rose Quartz is pink, not green, it is a stone of the heart chakra. Patti Polk, the author of The Crystal Guide calls it the “ultimate stone for dealing with all matters of the heart, including self-love and love for others. Rose Quartz brings calmness to the heart and peacefulness to personal relationships.” It helps to dissolve fears and worries and awaken the heart’s ability to give and receive love. Rose Quartz is the most powerful love stone and should be part of every heart chakra meditation.  

The next article will deepen your knowledge about chakra meditation and teach you how to incorporate crystals into your daily practice.  Read next post on Throat Chakra.



annaxwilde

About Anna

Anna is a thinker, dreamer, and raconteur. She grew up in the Austrian countryside surrounded by mountains, forests, and meadows, where her creative spirit and vivid imagination were cultivated. The aspiring writer seeks to inspire and spark conversations about topics ranging from mental health and body positivity to mindfulness and living in alignment with the energies of nature. For more of Anna’s writing:

Blog: Ardent Wanderess
Instagram: instagram.com/annaguggenberger