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If you have made an appearance on social media lately then you’ve probably seen someone at some point talking about meditation, crystal healing, vibrations, or the Universe. The topic of metaphysics is becoming more and more popular each day, and the use of crystals and essential oils for self-care, mental care, and spiritual practice is on the rise.
So, what are crystals?
The word crystal is a scientific term. Crystals are natural elements from the Earth that have an organized grouping of cells in a formed lattice pattern called a crystal system. There are also “amorphous” crystals, which aren’t actually crystals but are still considered semi-precious and are used in the crystal healing world.
As with all other things, crystals have their own vibration. Since crystals generally have a higher vibration than the human body, they tend to raise our vibration, moving us in a positive direction physically, mentally, and spiritually.
We live in a world where stress is placed on the body, mind, and spirit daily. Our lives are constantly pulled out of balance, keeping us from living and functioning optimally.
A got into crystals almost two years ago, after the birth of my first daughter. I couldn’t work, Brandon had just lost is job, and I was forced to move back in with my mom because we couldn’t afford to live on our own. I lost passion for things I love to do, like writing, cooking, and crafting. My days consisted of taking care of my newborn , trying to heal from pregnancy and birth, and attempting not to lose my mind in a house full of seven completely different personalities. I was having anxiety attacks that presented themselves in the form of blow-ups. I turned to crystals and oils as a tool to help my manage my emotions, but only occasionally.
After getting pregnant with Loxley, only 6 months after Finley’s birth, my anxiety and emotional stress got worse. During both pregnancies I suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (severe morning sickness), which started at about 4-5 weeks and lasted most of the pregnancy. I spent most of the day throwing up or dry heaving. I couldn’t keep any food down, yet I had to find the energy to take care of my growing infant. Even though I had a great support system, I still needed more help. At that point my love for crystals deepened. I needed something to help me balance my thoughts and emotions, and I was naturally attracted to them. You could always find me with citrine in my hand or pocket and cardamom on the bottom of my feet during that time.
During the time I was using crystals in the beginning, I had no idea of their meanings or how they worked. I knew I was drawn to them and that they made me feel better. Some time after working with them, I wanted to know more. I bought some books on crystals and started learning from my peers. I was inspired (unknowingly to them) by people I looked up to on social media, like Kim Camuso and Samantha from @ofmoonandsea, to learn more about the tools I was using.
From my research I learned that I was attracted to citirine during my pregnancy because it’s energizing and emotionally balancing. I learned that I’ve always loved Jasper because it’s supportive in times of stress, and I’ve had a lot of it. My research showed me that there is a science behind crystals, but there also isn’t. My research taught me to place belief in something, even though I’ve always been extremely science-based in my though processes.
I’m not going to claim to be an authority on crystals because I’m not and I don’t plan to be. But, I do have some pretty great sources of information that I’d love to share with you.
I have personally gained information from all of these books and still continue to do so. These are great resources to have on hand if you are planning on getting started with crystals in any way. I also recommend joining a community of some sort, whether it be on social media or locally to you. Rockhounding groups are a great source of information. I also recommend checking out the Instagram pages I mentioned earlier.
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