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I adore crystals. I use them every day in many different ways – for goal setting, to support in meditation, for pain relief (as well as seeking appropriate medical support – please always see a doctor for medical issues. Crystals can help support the body’s natural healing capabilities but are complementary not alternative. Best of both worlds), to aid sleep and to heal various issues in my life at any given time.
I’ve used them since my teens (am currently holding a rose quartz rock I’ve had since I was about 13) but only started training in crystal therapy in 2000. Initially as pain relief for a chronic pain condition, I did the three plus years and I integrate them into my practice with crystal coaching (READ MORE…), crystal readings (READ MORE…) and they’re a big element of my Rainbow Coaching for Self Care Online Programme (READ MORE…). I also included several crystal tips in my book, 365 Ways to Feel Better: Self-care Ideas for Embodied Wellbeing (White Owl, 2017) READ MORE…
Even so, when I heard BBC Birmingham’s Caroline Martin, who interviewed me this lunchtime, introduce the segment, I rolled my eyes. It all sounds so out there. And yet, I know they work.
What I tell people is that, if you’re drawn to crystals but don’t believe in their healing energies, you don’t have to! You can still choose a stone to support yourself in whatever way you choose.
Even without believing in any healing properties, you will have a visual and/or kinaesthetic anchor which, each time you look at it or hold it, will remind you of your goal or intention. This is likely to prompt you to think of practical self-care tools yourself as you stride (or inch) towards whatever it is you’re working towards.
It’s not like there are any negative side effects. We’re simply harnessing the power of the Placebo Effect, aiding overall health and wellbeing and often supporting transformations in various areas of our lives. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of the Placebo Effect, I love Dr Lissa Rankin’s Mind Over Medicine.
You can listen to my tips in the segment HERE
And you can listen to the whole thing while BBC Birmingham keeps it available HERE
And you can access other resources (including a video to support you in choosing and cleansing and working with your crystal/s) HERE
As always, I’d love to hear from you (I read every email and comment) and, if you’d rather explore more privately, I encourage you to journal your impressions of different stones as you meditate and work with them.
Create your own ‘dictionary’ – get to know the stones’ energies as they interact with your own.