Crystals and gem stones such as Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Citrine and Moonstone have been used for healing and magickal purposes for thousands of years.
They have the ability to soak up and hold onto energies and can subtly help to bring the energy vibrations within your body and aura into a healthy and vibrant balance.
This makes them the perfect tools for Spiritual purposes, Chakra healing and Magick Spells.
From as far back as the Egyptian civilisation and the Far Eastern and Native American cultures, gem stones have been used in spiritual rituals and as aids to physical and mental healing.
Today thousands of people worldwide claim that Crystals improve their mental and physical well-being.
Using an Amethyst Crystal, for example is a great way to increase your own psychic abilities.
Whether you intend using them for healing, Magick Spells, as a meditational aid or just because they look nice in a dish, you need to look after them to get the best from them.
Choosing a Crystal
Choosing a Crystal is easy.
Choose the one you are drawn to -- your intuition will guide you. If it feels right -- it's probably the Crystal you most need!
If you are choosing a Crystal for a specific reason, for example to increase your psychic abilities, or to give you more confidence, keep that thought in mind when making your selection.
Caring for your Crystal
Crystals need to be treated with respect and care. They are extremely sensitive to their surroundings and can soak up negative energies from their environment, or anyone handling them.
They need to be 'decontaminated' of unwanted negative vibrations by cleansing regularly to allow them to work to their potential.
To cleanse your Crystal, simply wash it under running water for a few moments, if possible in a stream, natural spring or ocean.
Once cleansed you need to charge the Crystal.
Charging will keep the positive energy of the Crystal focused on you so that it most benefits you. Avoid others touching or handling your Crystal, as it may absorb negative energies from them.
There are many ways to charge a Crystal but here are a few suggestions:
To help with confidence, vibrant health, motivation or creative projects charge with the Element of Fire. Place your Crystal on a windowsill or outdoors for a few hours in the sunshine.
For help with psychic abilities, increased intuition, and magical workings, charge with the Element of Water. Place your Crystal in a bowl of water and place under the light of a full moon for several hours.
To help with keeping grounded, spiritual strength, and banishing negativity, charge with the element Earth. To do this wrap your Crystal in a cloth and bury it in some earth for a few hours.
For the benefits of the Element of Air to help with clear communication, learning and understanding, hold your Crystal in the smoke of burning incense.
Your next task is to attune your Crystal to your personal vibrations and energies, and to your own individual needs, dreams and wishes.
To do this hold your Crystal in both hands. Focus on what you want to programme into your Crystal.
Repeat an affirmation to yourself, such as:
* I will become more confident
* I will increase my psychic abilities
* I will discover happiness
* With each exhalation send your desire into your Crystal
You may feel your Crystal tingle or become warm. This means the programming is complete.
Once programmed, keep your Crystal in a safe place.
Try to use your Crystal at least twice daily initially. Remember the more you are able to use your Crystal, the more power will be harnessed and utilised to achieve your goals.
Find a quiet, private space and close your eyes. Hold you Crystal gently in your hand, take slow deep breaths and visualise your goal and silently repeat your affirmation.
You will soon achieve want you desire. Believe it.
Alison Yates wrote this article. To learn more about the Tarot, as well as Crystals, Psychic Abilities, the Seven Secrets, Chakras, Colour meanings, Herbal Lore, and Magic Spells visit http://www.alizons-psychic-secrets.com
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