Gridding - Part I
Torus Fields & Tools
Before we get into the actual set-up, I just want to reiterate why we are following these
(or any) rules. You might be thinking, “Can’t I just put whatever stones I have or like on
the grid and it will work?” If you’ve read any of the other pages on this site you already know the answer is no. But in case you are reading this page first,
let me briefly describe why.
I liken gridding to playing an instrument or sport; few people wake up one morning,
decide to start playing said instrument or sport, and at the end of the day they’re professional. We all know that it takes hard work and practice, even for those naturally gifted in the field, to reach a professional level.
The same goes for crystal gridding.
The interesting difference though, is that proper crystal gridding is, theoretically, easy
to learn and do. It’s not about the “form” of your arm as you lay the crystals on the grid
or how strong you are. But it does take consistent and determined action on your part.
Not just for the hour it took you to construct and activate the grid; but for as many
days as you leave the grid in place.
And it all has to do with the rules of manifesting. Remember, crystals do not contain
magic; they don’t just make something happen in your life. They aid YOU in making something happen in your life. Do you see the difference? YOU must be the captain
of the team making the decisions about what you want to accomplish, who the players
will be and the position they’ll play. The one who keeps the team motivated and performing at their peak for the entirety of the game, not just the first quarter
(I apologize to those of you who are not into sports. The analogy just works so well).
While it sounds easy on paper, trust me when I tell you it’s not. It takes time, practice,
and determination. And in our “fast food” society many people find it hard to stick to...well almost anything for longer than an hour or a day. But if you can learn this skill
it can literally change your life.
Let me be clear that you absolutely can just choose whatever stones you want, whatever grabs your attention at the moment or you feel intuitively guided to select, and lay them down in any design you wish; in a specific pattern or just randomly. Voila! If the beauty
of this object you just created brings you joy, then you’ve succeeded. That joy may
even manifest other lovely things in your life.
But if you’re looking to achieve more than just beauty and want to manifest real change
in your life, there are some guidelines you need to follow.
How Crystal Grids Work
Remember back on the “What is a Crystal Grid” page I described a crystal grid
in this way:
“(Crystal gridding is) Taking a select number of crystals (chosen for their particular
qualities) and intentionally arranging them in a specific, power-enhancing layout
to achieve (manifest) a desired outcome.”
But how does it work? First, we know that crystals can store and transmit energy as well
as having their own personal energy vibration. Second, we also know that our thoughts (intentions) are energy which are transmitted to the universe and create our reality (see
the page called “Basics of Manifesting” for more information about this). And last,
but certainly not least, we know that sacred geometric shapes vibrate and transmit
potent energy as well.
Put these three things together in the appropriate way and you create a powerful and harmonious energy field that can transmit your intentions to the universal matrix (where
all things are created). These three components generate more power together than
any one (or even two) could generate alone. In addition, they produce results faster
than if you were just working with your intention or the crystals, for example.
Notice I bolded the word intention in the above paragraph. Your intention, and what
it looks like (in your mind), what it feels like in your heart and body (the emotional
reaction), and the amount of focus or attention you give to it is a huge factor in
manifesting the things you want in your life. If fact, it is the most powerful piece of the equation. Without the proper intention (and all that implies), the crystals and sacred geometry will generate energy, but for what? These two components need instructions
or directions if you will. Your intention is the instructions.
Since the success of your gridding depends so heavily on the rules of manifesting,
if you haven’t already, I implore you to read the “Basics of Manifesting” page of this website. Another important aspect to how crystal grids work has to do with
understanding how the energy moves in and around the grid.
On the “Human Energy Field” page we spoke briefly about torus fields. A torus field is
a donut-shaped field of energy in which the energy flows in one end, circulates around
the center, and exits out the other side. Virtually all energy systems in the universe are
in the shape of a torus including the energy system of the human heart as well as those
of seeds, flowers, trees, animals, humans, hurricanes, planet, suns, and even galaxies.
And guess what? The torus is the energy pattern generated by a crystal grid.
My knowledge and understanding of torus fields is the reason why I use particular
crystal shapes in my gridding, as well as how I arrange them. We’ll delve deeper into
that topic in the next section.
But now, let’s get to it!
Choosing the Right Tools
Intention: Of course, you need an intention for your grid. Let’s assume you have your intention clearly defined in the appropriate format (present tense, positive statement,
etc.) and have written it down on a piece of paper. If you’re not sure about your
intention, please go back and read the page entitled “Basics of Manifesting”.
The information on that page explains the appropriate way to develop an intention.
Crystals: Once you have your intention you must choose several types of crystals to enhance your manifesting efforts. (You can always refer back to the “Selecting the Right Crystal” and the “Crystals A – Z” pages to help you make your choice).
For most grids you’ll need a center stone, also called the focus stone, the key stone,
the anchor stone, or the central stone to name a few. This is the primary power generator and energy transmitter for your grid. I mostly use towers for this task. Towers gather
energy from the supporting stones into their base and beam it straight up and out of
the point. This is generally the most powerful and direct way to transmit the energy
of the grid to the universe and maintain the energy of the torus over an extended
period of time. Pyramids work well for this purpose too.
Having said that, there may be times you want the energy of your grid to disseminate
more slowly. An example would be if you wanted to increase the feeling of peace within your house (providing your home is fairly typical). In cases like this you may opt for a sphere as your focus stone because energy does not beam out of a sphere but instead
sort of oozes out more slowly in all directions. The torus field will continue to generate energy, but at a slower and more gentle pace.
This sort of grid works well if you want something to happen gently over a period of
time. It’s not great for manifesting bigger changes in your life.
The focus stone should be the largest stone on the grid although it should not be unreasonably large. The size of the stones should be matched appropriately to each
other and to the size of the grid to maintain the balance and harmony of the energy field.
I only use two additional rows in most of my grids as well as a few amplifiers. This is
one of my pet peeves with books and other websites on crystal gridding. Many of them
say you have to have rows and rows of all sorts of stones in order to be successful.
This is just plain poppycock!
In fact, having too many types of stones can have a negative effect on the entire undertaking. Hibiscus Moon calls it “crystal chaos” when you use too many crystals in a grid. She states, “Instead of working together, they start to interfere with each other’s energy, in essence, reducing the output of the grid and inhibiting its ability to manifest.”
The two rows (or however many you have) of additional crystals are sometimes known as supporting stones, companion stones, or the way and desire stones. The shape of these stones can really be anything. I tend to use mostly tumbled stones because they’re less expensive, easy to obtain, and can do double-duty as pocket/carry stones.
I do have some rough (not tumbled) stones such as pyrite chunks and cubes as well as black tourmaline logs, but any rough (of the appropriate size) would work. You can
also use terminated stones, double terminated stones (although these both work better
as amplifiers in my opinion), and so forth. I tend to avoid spheres in these positions
only because they won’t stay in place (they roll).
The vibration (meaning) of these stones should support your intention and be similar
to the vibration of the focus stone. Alternately, some people choose one set of
supporting stones that reflect a quality they believe they need in order to achieve their
goal and the other set supports the original intention.
For example, if wealth is your intention, your focus stone would be a crystal that vibrates with wealth, money, abundance, etc. The next row of stones might reflect a characteristic you believe you need to get wealth or keep wealth, such as intelligence, creativity,
wisdom, patience, and so forth (these are called way stones because they show you how,
or the way to achieve the goal). The final row would vibrate with the original intention
of wealth (these are called the desire stones because they vibrate with your
intention or desire).
It doesn’t really matter which method you use as long as these supporting stones vibrate with a corresponding energy.
Notice in this picture, I used two different forms of Pyrite; cubes and rough.
(I only had 3 of each.)
But since they're both Pyrite, it's just
one type of stone.
The outer row has Aventurine stones.
In general, I own six of each type of supporting stone. Most sacred geometry grids
inherently have places for six or twelve stones per row, with other grids having five or
even nine. If you’re using a Platonic Solid as your pattern, you may only need a total
of three or four additional stones.
You could absolutely own just three of each type of stone and use 2 sets of three in each row. However, do be careful about ending up with a large number of different types
of stones on the grid as this could generate chaotic energy. I am more inclined to use
two different types in the last or outer row, as this row often has twelve places
(depending on the grid).
Amplifier stones, while not needed for any grid to be successful, are just what they
sound like; amplifiers of the energy from the other stones. These are normally placed
in between the supporting stones and can point to other supporting stones or towards
the focus stone.
I use single and double terminated quartz points for my amplifiers to help carry the
energy from the tumbled stones to the focus stone. Like towers, they beam energy in
the direction they’re pointing and can enhance the overall field generated by the grid.
I use quartz the majority of the time because it’s good for everything, so no worries
Non-crystal items: In addition to stones, you can also place other items on your grid,
such as flowers, leaves, pinecones, charms, photographs, and so on. Anything that
might enhance the energy of the grid (i.e., support your intention) is acceptable. Do be careful about having too much clutter on the grid. This will only serve to diminish the energy of the grid just like having too many kinds of stones.
My recommendation if you’d like to use these types of items is to place them around the outside perimeter of the grid and not on the grid itself. Positioned here, they can still contribute to the goal reminding you of their purpose or triggering a happy thought and warm feeling about your intention, but will not inhibit the energy of the grid.
The pattern: The next tool you will choose is the pattern upon which you will place your crystals. I use sacred geometric shapes because of the power they lend to my efforts.
If you haven’t already read that page you might want to refer to it now. Check out
“Sacred Geometry” and “Shape Associations” to see why you might want to use these designs and to choose the one that best supports your intention.
There’s also the question of the material of the grid. Do you want to use a grid made
from wood, printed on paper or fabric, simply visualize the pattern in your mind and lay
the stones out accordingly, or use some other material? This may not seem important
(and I’m sure at least a few of you just rolled your eyes). But stick with me. The material does matter.
First, it is totally acceptable to visualize the pattern in your mind and lay the stones
out accordingly. The energy will respond, although not as strongly as if you have a
visible design. This approach can come in handy if you’re traveling and cannot pack
all of your tools.
Second, if you are choosing a physical grid, I suggest sticking with a natural material such as wood, paper, cotton or linen fabric, and so on. I would stay away from materials like plastic, vinyl, polyester or nylon, etc.
If you think about the crisis we face with all the plastics in the landfills that won’t break down for thousands and thousands of years, you can see why I believe the energy of the crystals does have trouble passing through this substance.
At the very least, it bends and distorts the energy on its way through the object.
I certainly do not want to use anything that could hinder the energy of my grid.
Activator crystal: The last item you will need for your grid is an activator crystal. This
crystal will, as you may have guessed, activate all the stones on the grid and link them
to the focus stone and to your intention. The activator crystal should be a single or
double terminated crystal. A wand-shaped crystal works well too. The reason for the particular shape is because you need the activator crystal to beam the energy from you, through the crystal and out of its point and into the stones on the grid.
This crystal should be comfortable to hold in your hand and substantial enough to not
be fragile. I use a wand that is approximately 3 inches long and ¾ inch in diameter
(I have small hands). I wouldn’t choose one too long or too wide; you shouldn’t have
to struggle to hold it. On the other hand, too small is not good either. The optimum size
is probably around 3 – 6” (depending on the size of your hand) and ¾ - 1” in diameter.
The type of crystal should be one that is known for its high vibration such as Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Selenite, Citrine, Fluorite, etc. I use a double terminated Tourmalated Quartz, one of my favorite stones, for its balancing properties.
My recommendation is that you keep this stone for this purpose only (as an activator crystal, not necessarily just for gridding). The consistent use of an activator for this
singular function will expand its power and focus over time.
Gridding – Part II explains the actual process of creating your grid.
Just click on the link below to continue.