Healing stones have been viewed as gifts from the heavens by every part of the world for thousands of years. Their very existence is proof that perfection can come out of chaos as each beautiful crystal is the result of intense and destructive heat and pressure.
Why It's Important To Learn About Healing Stones
Healing stones become more effective as our understanding of them increases. For example, when you program and cleanse your crystals, their power increases. This is because they absorb and transmit energy, just as humans can. And just like us, they can become bogged down with negative energy that gets stuck inside. We need to open our chakras and release our stuck energy, and we need to do the same for our crystals in order for them to function properly.
Each healing stone has specific qualities that determine the improvements they can make in our lives. Having an understanding of the healing properties of crystals allows you to use them appropriately as needed.
Variety of Use
The more you learn about healing stones, the more you will understand all the different ways you can use them in your life. You'll no longer be limited to one or two ways to bring their healing energy into your life, but will instead have numerous ideas that will serve you in different ways.
How Crystals Are Formed
According to Judy Hall, author of The Crystal Bible, crystals are the earth's DNA, and they contain records of how the earth developed over millions of years. In her book, she states, "Some have been subjected to enormous pressure, others grew in chambers deep underground, some were laid down in layers, others dripped into being - all of which affects their properties and the way they function."
Crystals form as a result of the boiling lava that is below the earth's mantle, but they all develop in different ways. Here are some of the various examples:
- Quartz is a type of crystal that is created when gases released from the molten lava rise to the surface as a result of the movement of the earth's plates. When the gases combine with the solid rock on the earth's crust, they cool and solidify into quartz. This can occur quickly, causing the crystals to be small, or it can occur over thousands or millions of years, in which case the crystals can grow rather large.
- Amethyst geodes are formed when gas cavities occur in lava beneath the earth’s surface. The cavities become filled with liquid that contains silica (quartz) and a small amount of iron. Over thousands of years, the liquid forms into amethyst crystals.
- Garnet is a metamorphic stone that forms when its chemical structure has been reorganized as a result of its minerals melting and recrystallizing under incredible heat and pressure.
- Calcite is a sedimentary stone that forms when rocks on the earth's surface erode allowing mineralized water to drip through the rocks.
Types of Healing Stones
Healing stones are formed by minerals, but it isn't the minerals they are made out of that classifies them. Each species contains its own internal geometric structure that can be identified under a microscope. Two crystals can look very different from each other in terms of their colors or external form, but the internal structure is identical, thereby classifying them in the same crystal system.
There are nine geometric forms that make up the internal structure of healing stones:
- Trigonal (composed of triangles) - Agate, Amethyst, Aventurine, Calcite, Carnelian, Citrine, Hematite, Jasper, Phenakite, Quartz, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Smoky Quartz, Tigers Eye, Tourmaline,
- Cubic (composed of squares) - Diamond, Fluorite, Gold, Garnet, Marcasite, Pyrite, Silver, Spinel
- Tetragonal (composed of rectangles) - Anatase, Apophyllite, Chalcopyrite, Rutile, Scapolite, Scheelite, Wulfenite, Zircon,
- Hexagonal (composed of hexagons) - Apatite, Aquamarine, Beryl, Cancrinite, Emerald, Goshenite, Morganite, Sugilite, Zincite
- Orthorhombic (composed of rhomboids) - Alexandrite, Andalusite, Celestite, Chrysoberyl, Danburite, Dumortierite, Enstatite, Hemimorphite, Iolite, Tanzanite, Topaz, Zoisite
- Monoclinic (composed of parallelograms) - Azurite, Chrysocolla, Diopside, Epidote, Gypsum, Hiddenite, Howlite, Jade, Kunzite, Lazulite, Moonstone, Muscovite, Petalite, Selenite, Serpentinite, Spodumene, Staurolite, Vivianite
- Triclinic (composed of trapeziums) - Amazonite, Feldspar, Kyanite, Labradorite, Rhodonite, Turquoise
- Amorphous (noncrystalline) - Amber, Moldavite, Obsidian, Opal
- Organic Forms - Coral, Pearl
What Gives Crystals Their Healing Properties?
Each crystal resonates at a certain frequency due to its composition of vibrating atoms. It is the resonance of those frequencies that encourages healing to take place in the body.
Much of the healing properties of crystals has to do with their ability to work with the vibrations of the chakras to balance the body's energy system, thereby improving physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health all at once.
How to Choose a Healing Stone
There are several ways to go about choosing a healing stone:
General Health Approach
For general health and well-being, choose a crystal that speaks to you. Browse through our tumbled stones and choose one that you feel drawn to based on color, appearance, and healing properties. Just as we are all unique, each crystal is unique, and the relationship we have with our crystals is unique as well. Therefore, using your intuition to guide you to the crystal of your choosing is often the best way to go.
For specific symptoms, choose a healing stone that has shown to improve those symptoms. Simply type your symptom in our search bar at the top of any page on our website, and the healing stones that are known for improving those symptoms will come up.
Life Transformation Approach
For transforming your life, choose a healing stone according to the positive qualities it brings out. For example, if you type in manifestation in the search bar at the top of any page on our website, the crystals that assist with manifestation will be shown.
We've written a whole article on this topic. Check it out here: Stone Energy: How to Choose a Crystal That Will Rock Your World.
Shop For Healing Stones
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