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's look at a scenario:
Let's say you want to choose some music from your CD collection for meditation.
For our example, let's say your collection has a decent variety of (types of) music. According to the "use your intuition" theory, you would lay the CD's out on the floor in front of you (or possibly leave them in their case or on the bookshelf), and either run
your hand over them to "feel" the vibration from the one your intuition is telling you to choose, or choose one based on the pretty cover art.
Do you honestly think your intuition is going to help you pick the right CD? Maybe. You could accidently pick a CD that would work ok for meditation. But isn't it more likely you'll choose a piece of music that is not appropriate for your purpose? Again, if you have a wide variety of music types, I think the probability is high.
On the other hand, if you know what each type of music sounds like because you've listened to all of your CD's at least once (i.e., "worked" with the music), then that knowledge is going to serve you better in choosing music for a specific purpose.
While this example may border on absurd to you, I feel the same way when people say
to choose a crystal for a specific purpose by using your intuition. It removes the essential step of learning about crystals so that you know each one's general gifts and strengths,
and reduces the likelihood of your working with your crystals (in meditation for example)
to learn specifically how each one wants to work with you.
In addition, using intuition actually removes intention from your actions. When you think about the purpose of your work, say you're going to set up a grid to improve your health, then as you intentionally select the crystals for that purpose, you're already lending
powerful energy to the work. To just pick crystals willy-nilly removes a great deal of the intention from your efforts and most certainly will detract from the end result.
Please realize that I'm not saying intuition doesn't work or doesn't exist. I use mine regularly. However, intuition needs to be developed. It grows/becomes more accurate
by working with it, and through the knowledge of how certain experiences turn out
when you use your intuition or don't use it. Intuition isn't magic. It's a skill that gets
better with practice and knowledge. And you can have a pretty developed intuition
about some things, but not about others. Again, it depends on your knowledge and experience in different areas.
Furthermore, once you learn about the various crystals and start actually working with
them, you will be able to start using your intuition to choose the stones you use for
gridding or for any other purpose. You will probably get pretty good at intuitively knowing which stones will work well together and so forth. But not without first acquiring the building blocks of knowledge and learning about them and working with them for a time.
That is how intuition works. Intuition is not clairsentience (clear-feeling) or claircognizance
(clear-knowing). But most people use these two words interchangeably with intuition.
I will leave you with the following comment: you get out of something what you put into it.
I know people get tired of hearing that, but it's just plain true. Some people simply don't want to do the work, or are looking for short-cuts or a magic pill. But when working with energy, there are no short-cuts. You have to do the work.
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