If you haven't done so already, I ask that you go read the Medical Disclaimer page
here before diving into the information about crystal therapy.
Sometimes it seems like there are almost as many ways to use crystals to clear, balance,
and heal our chakras and auras as there are crystals in the world. These methods range
from the very simple to the extremely complicated and from free to quite expensive.
Some of them can be done at home with little to no training, while others take more
time, in-depth study and practice to master them.
I just wanted to take a little space here to discuss a few simple methods you can use at home. At some point in the future, I may do a video course on some of the more
extensive methods you can use but for now I just wanted to keep it uncomplicated.
Method one: If I had to recommend just one practice, it would be to regularly clear
your chakras. This one action can do more to improve your life than a myriad of others
put together. It is, after all, the blockages in our energy field and/or body that causes
so many of the other issues we experience.
To clear your chakras, I suggest using a crystal or crystals most known for clearing, absorbing or dispelling energy, not the stones typically associated with each chakra.
The reason is that the stones associated with each particular chakra are used to entrain
the energy back to its original purpose after it is cleared. While these stones may have
mild clearing abilities, this is not their main purpose and wouldn’t do as thorough
a job as a clearing stone.
The crystals I recommend most often for clearing are as follows:
Calcite: This stone’s main function is to extract energy. Calcite acts like a sponge with energy and is really the premier stone for bringing out all the gunk and negativity we have accumulated in our chakras and auric field. This is what I use the majority
of the time.
Smoky Quartz: Again, one of Smoky Quartz’s primary skills is its capacity to absorb negative energy. It seems to almost have a radar-like ability to seek out all sorts of negative energy and dissipate it harmlessly into the earth or the ether. I use Smoky Quartz (as one of the stones) when netting the inside of my home as well as my property.
Shungite: Like Smoky Quartz, Shungite is a major absorber and transformer of negative energy. This stone can be a bit more expensive though, and so I don’t
usually put it as high on the list for this reason.
Black Tourmaline: Like Shungite, Black Tourmaline has highly effective qualities
in the areas of purifying, neutralizing and dispelling negative energy.
Selenite*: Selenite is an amazing and powerful crystal. One of its well-known
abilities is that it can transmute negative energy instantly. This is why many people
use Selenite plates to clear their other stones and jewelry.
Clear Quartz*: The Master Crystal. We all know there isn’t anything this stone
can’t do. When all else fails, grab your Clear Quartz. If you don’t have the particular
stone you want for your purpose, you can always substitute Clear Quartz.
*Note: Notice that the last two stones on the list have an asterisk after their names.
A lot of people use nothing but Clear Quartz, and to a lesser degree, Selenite, to clear chakras and auras. And based on their abilities, that is perfectly fine. They will absolutely work for that purpose. But here’s the caution: Both Clear Quartz and Selenite vibrate at
the highest frequencies. They both are well known for amplifying other energies around them, which is part of the reason they are who they are. But there are some people who
are very sensitive to this vibration. Too much of it can make them edgy, bring on
headaches, or simply make them uncomfortable. For these people, Clear Quartz and Selenite would not be the best choice for clearing the chakras. In these cases, a milder stone (like any of the others on my list) would be a better choice.
A work-around, if you will, is to use Tourmalated Quartz. As described on the Crystals
A – Z page, Tourmalated Quartz is exactly what it sounds like; part Black Tourmaline
and part Quartz. The Black Tourmaline acts as a ground for the high energy of the
Quartz, making it much more tolerable for sensitive people and yet, just as effective.
Clearing your chakras
So now you have your clearing crystals. What should you do with them?
First, I always clear the crystals I’m going to use even if they haven’t been used
since the last time I cleared them. This ensures I’m always starting with a blank slate.
I then ask the crystals for their assistance in clearing away any negative energy (or
energy that could harm me) from my chakras and auras as well as from my physical
body. This includes stress, tension, and negative thoughts and beliefs from me, as well
as any negative influences from outside of me. I thank them in advance for being my partners in this endeavor. Do not skip this step. This sets the intention and tells the
crystals what you wish them to assist with.
Second, lay down somewhere comfortable (you’ll actually be sitting at first). Floor, sofa,
bed, etc. Be sure you’re relaxed and comfy; you do not want to be distracted because
of pangs in your back or tingly legs. Be sure you won’t be interrupted. Place each of
the stones on one of your chakras starting with the Root Chakra.
If you have clearing stones that also match the chakra colors, such as with Calcite, place the appropriate color on the appropriate chakra.
If you’re using just one kind of stone, place one on each of the seven chakras.
Note: I personally do not clear the Earth Star or Soul Star Chakras. These chakras are
not even on the same plane as our physical body and aren’t so much a template of
anything physical as they are a bridge to somewhere else, so it seems rather superfluous
to me. However, if you feel it should be done or you want to do it, etc., absolutely go
Second Note: If you remember from the previous page on the Human Energy Field,
the Root Chakra and Crown Chakra actually point down and up respectively. When
placing stones for these two chakras, place the Root Chakra stone between your thighs, close to your body, and the Crown Chakra stone above your head, again, close to your body. That way, the crystals are directly in the chakra field and will have the most impact.
Third, lie back comfortably and close your eyes. If you’d like, you can put an eye
covering over your eyes (I like the lavender-filled eye pillows). Direct your attention to
your breath. Don’t force it, but if it’s fast or labored, gently try to slow it. Be sure to
breathe from your abdomen and not your upper chest. Gently instruct your body to
relax and release any tension or stress in your muscles and joints. Feel your body relax
and release the tension. Don’t forget your face and shoulders. Those are two of the
primary places we hold tension even when we think we’re relaxed.
Once you feel relaxed and comfortable, repeat the purpose of the crystals. Say
it in the present tense: “The crystals are removing any negative energy or energy that
could harm me, from my chakras and aura as well as from my physical body.
This includes stress, tension, and negative thoughts and beliefs from me, as well as
from negative influences from outside of me.”
Picture for just a moment the negative energy (I picture it as black or dark gray smoke, often with small particles in it) leaving your body and entering the crystals. You do not
have to hold this thought the entire time (In fact you shouldn’t). This visualization is
simply to reinforce the intention.
Fourth, now there’s a number of ways you can proceed. If you practice any type of meditation, you could do that here. The key is not to be thinking about mundane
things such as washing the dishes or doing the grocery shopping. You especially don’t
want to think about anything negative such as the argument with your boss or how
much it’s going to cost to put new tires on your car.
If you don’t meditate, or find yourself distracted easily, engage in a relaxing
visual imagery such as sending roots from your body down into the earth. The earth can then assist the crystals and absorb some of the negativity from your energy field as well
as soothe and comfort you during the process.
Another of my favorites is to visit a special “healing” pool in my imagination.
I slowly lower myself into the cool, sparkling water and let its healing power remove or disburse any negative energy. I focus on the wonderful feeling of the water and not on
the absorbing or disbursing of negative energy.
Focus on the marvelous feelings of being free and clear of negative energy. Like
your energy is all flowy and bright and light. Feel warm and fuzzy and happy (or at least positive). Try not to focus on the negative energy itself (other than that initial intention visualization when you began), but on the feelings of being clear of it. This is also a form
of intention. At this point, if you continue to focus on the negative energy it will anchor
it in your body and the crystals will have to struggle to get it out.
You only have to do this meditation/visualization for about 10 minutes. This is plenty
of times for the crystals to do their work, especially if you do this on a regular basis; say,
at least once a week. If you can, however, try to extend it to about 20 minutes. You
may have to work up to it, but 20 minutes seems to be a point of maximum effectiveness.
Fifth, come out of the meditation or visualization slowly and make sure you’re fully back
on the conscious plane. Taking a sip of water or shaking your hands or arms is one way
to ensure you’re fully back.
Take the crystals and thank them again for their assistance. Immediately take them
to be cleared of all that negative energy they absorbed. Do not let them just sit with
that energy. It could do them harm if left inside of them.
I place my crystals on a Selenite plate to discharge and also use my singing bowl to
clear the negative energy. The singing bowl will remove most any negative energy,
but leaving the stones on the Selenite plate overnight ensures all of it has disbursed
and recharges the stones as well. I believe this is the least I could do for them
considering what they have done for me.
Rebalancing your chakras
Method Two: The second method is not so much a different method as an additional process that can be added after the clearing method. This approach consists of
rebalancing the chakras and returning them to their usual spin and frequency.
As a rule, you should have cleared your chakras and auric field first using the first method.
If you skip the clearing phase, it’s a bit like washing your dishes with dirty water.
Meaning, any negative energy that is in your system will just get stirred around a bit and
will still be interfering with the correct functioning of the chakras. If you are going to use these two methods together, you can reduce the time spent during the clearing phase
to 10 minutes, and then this phase would also be 10 minutes.
For this method, I recommend using stones that align with each chakra (see the page
called “Crystal Connections” for descriptions of appropriate stones for each chakra).
I have found through experience that I have the best results when I use these crystals.
You can also use just one type of stone like Clear Quartz, but again I caution those
people who are very sensitive to the higher vibrating crystals.
First, as with the first method, make sure your crystals were cleared before using them.
If you’re using Method One and Method Two together, you would have cleared all
the stones you were going to use ahead of time so that you’re not stopping in between
Again, as with the first method, ask the crystals for their assistance in rebalancing and resetting the chakras and auric field so they function at their most efficient levels
including a smooth and healthy spin and frequency. Thank them in advance for being
your partners in this endeavor. Do not skip this step. This sets the intention and tells
the crystals what you wish them to assist with.
Second, you’re probably already in the comfortable place you were for the first method. The stones you need for this phase should be close by. (If using the two methods
together, you could forgo the cleansing of the first set of stones until after this phase.
The second set of stones will need clearing as well and it’s best not to interrupt
the two phases.)
Starting with the Earth Star Chakra, place the appropriate color on the
If you’re using just one kind of stone, place one on each of the nine chakras.
Note: Yes, I know that you caught that in this method I am using the Earth Star and
Soul Star Chakras. That’s because even though they didn’t need clearing, you’re now intending to reset your entire energy field. To me, while those chakras don’t necessarily need resetting individually, I feel it makes more sense to work with the entire energy
field (including the bridges) during the resetting phase so that everything is in sync.
Third, lie back comfortably and close your eyes. If you’ve already performed the
clearing phase, you can skip to the next paragraph (The intention). If you did not use Method One, then proceed as follows: Direct your attention to your breath. Don’t force
it, but if it’s fast or labored, gently try to slow it. Be sure to breathe from your abdomen
and not your upper chest. Gently instruct your body to relax and release any tension
or stress in your muscles and joints. Feel your body relax and release the tension.
Don’t forget your face and shoulders. Those are two of the primary places we hold
tension even when we think we’re relaxed.
Once you feel relaxed and comfortable, repeat the purpose of the crystals. Say
it in the present tense: “The crystals are rebalancing and resetting my chakras and auric field so they function at their most efficient levels including a smooth and
healthy spin and frequency.“
Picture for just a moment your chakras spinning freely and robustly and your auric
field clear and pulsating in a bright and healthy manner. You do not have to hold this thought this entire time (In fact you shouldn’t). This visualization is simply to reinforce
At this point, meditate or visualize again for approximately 10 minutes.
One of my favorites to do with this method is called “The Rainbow”. I picture myself in
a field. I can see a rainbow above me. The rainbow drifts slowly down until it starts to
pass through me (Again, slowly). First…the red passes through me. I’m completely encompassed in this beautiful red mist. Maybe I smell strawberries? Maybe it tickles? Whatever you experience, it is wonderful! The red slowly moves past me and now I’m engulfed in orange. Continue in this manner through all the colors of the rainbow.
Do not rush the process. You can probably see how this visualization would reinforce
what your crystals are doing.
Remember, the key is not to think about mundane things or negative things during this time. Think and feel positive sentiments and relax and enjoy.
Fourth, come out of meditation or visualization slowly and make sure you’re fully back on the conscious plane. Taking a sip of water or shaking your hands or arms is one way to ensure you’re fully back.
Take the crystals and thank them again for their assistance. Now, take all of
the crystals from both phases (if you performed both) to be cleared of any
negative energy they absorbed. Do not let them just sit with negative energy.
As stated in the first method, I place my crystals on a Selenite plate to discharge and also use my singing bowl to clear the negative energy. The singing bowl will remove
most any negative energy, but leaving the stones on the Selenite plate overnight ensures
all of it has disbursed and recharges the stones as well. Truly, this is the least we could
do for them considering what they have done for us.
Comments: While these two methods may seem simple, do not underestimate their
power. If you perform this clearing and charging practice once a week or once every
other week, you will be amazed at how much better you’ll feel, how much clearer your
mind will be, and how much more positive things will seem to be in your life.
Some people seem to feel that the more complicated an action the more powerful it is. That is not always (or even more frequently) the truth. Complicated things are generally
just more complicated.
If at some point you find that you’re interested in deeper (or more complicated)
methods, or want to get into energy healing for other people, there are a myriad of
schools and courses that provide training in methods such as Reiki (although that is a very general term that encompasses a lot of different methods), CHIOS, and many, many others. Simply type “energy healing” into a search engine and you’ll find plenty of them.
Notes: I wanted to make a few comments about the size of the crystals as well as how
many crystals to use.
For both of the methods above, a large tumbled stone, like a palm stone or gallet size works well. You would use about the same size if using a rough stone, which is what I do with calcite. Any larger and the stones could be uncomfortable on your body, which
could cause you to be quite distracted. Remember, larger stones don’t necessarily do a better job. There’s no need to weigh yourself down with boulders (See picture below).
No, really. I'm okay. I just can't breathe!
While I described in the methods above that I use just one stone on each chakra, I know some people have seen pictures on websites or may have even taken a course, and know that some people use a large number of stones when working with or healing with crystals. I am not going to say it’s wrong because certain schools may have very particular layouts that require a lot of stones.
Having said that, more is not always better. I’ll talk more about this in the crystal gridding section of the website, but there is a point (and it’s not a high number) where a lot of
stones just interfere with each other. The key to working successfully with crystals is to choose the right combination of stones that will work well together and/or amplify or complement each other. It is simply not useful or better to use a thousand crystals
(Again, see picture below).
There's such a thing