What is a Crystal Grid?
The Definition: My official definition or description is as follows: “Taking a select number
of crystals (chosen for their particular qualities) and intentionally arranging them in a specific, power-enhancing layout to amplify your intention and actions for a
desired outcome (i.e., help you to manifest the desired outcome).”
Now if you have read any books about crystal gridding, or been to other websites that discuss it, this definition may seem a tad rigid. But let me stress to you that if you want
to experience success when gridding for a purpose, then your efforts and actions need
to be a thoughtful and purposeful process, regardless of the people that say “there is
no right or wrong” and “just use your intuition to do whatever".
Let me give you some imagery to explain why:
Let's say you just moved to an area of the country that gets snow. You've never lived somewhere with snow and don't know much about it.
You wake up in the morning, and there is 3 feet of snow on the ground and it’s still
snowing. You know that in order to get to work, you’ll have to go out there and get the snow off the walkway and driveway. So you grab a big spoon out of the drawer
and go out and start “shoveling” the snow. After about an hour, you’ve cleared a space about 2 foot by 2 foot (but remember, it’s still snowing so that snow is filling the hole
back in). You start to think, “This stupid process just doesn’t work”, and you
give up and go back in the house.
Now imagine you wake up and there is 3 feet of snow on the ground and it’s still
snowing. You know that in order to get to work, you’ll have to go out there and get
the snow off the walkway and driveway. So maybe you think for a moment, then go into
the garage and get a garden shovel and go out and start “shoveling” the snow. After about an hour, the walkway is clear and maybe a piece of the driveway too. While you
know you might be a little late for work (this sure is taking a while), your efforts are
certainly paying off (albeit slowly) so you stay with it until the job is done.
Now one more scenario. Imagine you wake up and there is 3 feet of snow on the
ground and it’s still snowing. You know that in order to get to work, you’ll have to go
out there and get the snow off the walkway and driveway. So you call your brother-in-law and he comes over with his snowplow. At the same time, you grab the shovel in the
garage and go to work on the walkway. In about 20 minutes your driveway and walkway
are clear, and you change and head off to work. Woo hoo!
The point to these scenarios is that the more thoughtful and intentional you are when creating your crystal grid (including choosing the right tools), the more the results will resemble those of the snowplow. The more random and unintentional your actions
(and tools), the more the result will be like it was with the spoon.
But unlike the shoveling snow scenarios which relied primarily on the type and size of
the shoveling apparatus, creating a crystal grid that will help you accomplish something
is based on your understanding of how energy and manifesting works.
In other words, it’s a bit more complicated than shoveling snow.
The bottom line? You unequivocally have a choice. You can absolutely take the “no
right or wrong way” approach to crystal gridding if that is what you desire.
Let’s use the snow scenarios one last time (Really, I promise). If your goal was to go out
and play in the snow and just enjoy the experience (after all, you've never experienced
snow before), then going out there with the spoon may work perfectly
well and you’d end up happy as a clam.
But if your goal was to get the driveway and walkway cleared in a reasonable amount
of time so that you could get to work, then using the spoon isn’t compatible with your desired outcome nor will it work with the amount of time you have to accomplish the task. You’re essentially ignoring some basic laws of physics.
Some might say that this is where their intuition comes; that their intuition will always
lead them to to do the right thing. But intuition isn't magic. It actually stems from your knowledge and experience coupled with the trust you develop over time from your successes. The more knowledge and experience you have across a variety of areas,
the better your intuition works.
So I ask that you remember this; the outcome (your goal) is ALWAYS a direct result of
the actions taken and the laws governing it. Match those properly and you’ll always
Types of Grids: If you remember from the “Indirect Contact” page in the “Methods” section, we talked about different types of crystal grids.
The ones that I primarily work with and specialize in are also probably the most
well-known. These kinds of grids consist of stones arranged on a wooden, fabric,
or paper design or pattern, although they can simply be laid out directly on a table or
altar, and are typically about 6 inches to 14 inches, but can certainly be smaller or larger than this.
The designs used for the layout are often a sacred geometry pattern (more on this topic
on the following page), although they don’t have to be. And these types of grids can
be placed anywhere in your home, office or yard, while others are portable
or travel versions.
There are also crystal nets, which are basically larger crystal grids that can be placed
around a person’s body (usually to enhance meditation or healing), around the inside
or outside perimeter of your home (usually for protection), and ones that can be constructed in your yard for almost any purpose, including protection, infusing an
activity or ritual, enhancing your garden, and the list goes on.
On a later page, we’ll get into the specifics of building crystal grids. But for now,
let’s delve into a brief history of gridding.
History of Crystal Gridding: You may be wondering where the idea of crystal gridding
came from. Is it pretty modern? Or did the ancients engage in gridding?
Here’s a little background.
We know that many ancient civilizations believed in the power of minerals and crystals
in general. We see evidence of this with the Ancient Sumerians who used crystals in
their magical formulas; in Ancient Egypt and Greece who attributed certain properties
to crystals and so used them in healing, in their burial practices, and as protective amulets; in a variety of religious contexts, such as in Christianity with the breastplate of Aaron the High Priest, as well as in Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism (to name but a few).
In Europe during the Renaissance a number of medical treatises extolled the virtues
of some stones in the treatment of certain ailments, and many aboriginal cultures have
used crystals in jewelry and idol making for hundreds (if not thousands) of years because they believe the stones hold certain metaphysical properties.
In the area of “gridding”, again, many people both ancient and more modern are aware
of the grid of energy lines that run around the earth and are variously called ley lines,
Curry-Hartmann lines, the Planetary Grid system and many more (yes, I know these are
not the same thing; but I’m speaking in general terms here of “energy lines” and so
just grouped them together under that heading). There is one map at least 4,000 years
old (the Piri-reis map) that indicates that during that time, someone (or possibly many people) may have been attempting to map this energy grid of the planet.
As far as combining the ideas of crystals and energy grids into one coherent system
(i.e., crystal gridding), one needs look no further than the many stone megaliths, temples, stone circles, medicine wheels, and even cities, all built on intersecting points or along
the same lines of this planetary energy grid. Well-known monuments such as Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid at Giza, Machu Picchu, the Nazca Lines, and Easter Island are all
part of this mysterious arrangement and alignment of (mostly stone) structures built
on the Earth’s energy grid. This is truly crystal gridding at a massive scope.
The good news is that you do not need to have massive stones to engage in successful crystal gridding. I wrote about the topic of size on the “Selecting the Right Crystal”
page. If you haven’t already read it, now might be a great time to do so.
On the following pages, we’ll get into the specifics of building different types of
crystal grids, as well as the science and universal laws behind sacred geometry