When I first began working with crystals many years ago, I only knew how to use my 'head' to try and grasp the mysteries of the mineral kingdom. To get to know a crystal I would hold it in my hand, and attempt to 'think' my way to its properties, never realising that actually the opposite needed to occur; I needed to be still and quiet my mind and only then could I begin to 'know' it. Instead I would rely heavily on analysing any thoughts that came to me whilst taking very little notice of the sensations or feelings of my body. Sometimes, I would look up the 'meaning' of a crystal in a book as a shortcut to understanding what it was about, not knowing that this was unhelpful, and only exacerbating my lack of awareness instead of discovering my own truth.
It was only after I began to train with crystals that I realised I'd missed the point entirely. It was what I was 'feeling' that was important, not my 'thinking'. I remember quite early on in my training, after a healing from a colleague, I left to catch the train, and was aware of the most amazing feeling of bliss. It's very hard to put in to words; like a feeling that there was something so magical and amazing, waiting only just ahead of me to explore. The feeling only lasted for a short while as another student began to start chatting, and though I wanted to stay in the feeling, I had no choice but to interact with my peer. After a few moments the feeling left me, but I could remember it. I then began to realise that I'd been approaching everything the wrong way round and began to focus on what I was feeling rather than thinking when I worked with crystals.
I discovered there were certain crystals that for me had an easier 'feeling' to spot. One of these was Rose Quartz. I would quieten my mind, hold it, and become aware of a wonderful feeling of of unconditional love and nurturance and of my heart opening. For me, this was its 'signature'. Another crystal with a strong 'signature' was Amethyst. With this crystal I sensed a purity and stillness in the air, a great feeling of 'sacredness'. I was being lifted to a higher vibration where I felt I could also also access higher guidance. If having trouble sensing a new crystal I would use Rose Quartz or Amethyst as a starting point; a way in. Once I felt the signature of one of these, I would pick up the new crystal instead, and the feeling would shift and I would get an 'a-ha' moment as I discovered the new crystal's signature. Some crystals have a more subtle signature than those of the quartz family, and it can be easier to miss their vibration.
Shifting from merely thinking about crystals in my head to feeling them was like bursting from an old black and white movie into 'virtual reality'. They became very real to me and I now knew why crystals were such powerful tools for healing; they helped the body to remember an energetic 'feeling'. For example, if someone is depressed, this can weaken their immune system. They may even then develop physical symptoms because of this. In a crystal healing we would never focus on these 'physical symptoms' but instead tune into their energy field to find out what is going on and may find it feels 'depleted' or 'flat'. The person would most likely need an uplifting feeling/vibration and, if appropriate we may use Citrine within a healing technique. Citrine has a signature that is joyful, warming and energising. Their body would then remember this vibration and this could help them become happier and more optimistic in life. This could in turn benefit their immune system which could help ease any physical symptoms. Please note, a seriously trained crystal healer would never focus on any physical symptoms, but only on what is happening within a client's energy field. By doing this, we deal with what is behind why a physical symptom had to manifest in the first place.
Once we step down from the remote tower of our heads and discover the real world is one of energy and feelings the implications are vast for our greatest health and happiness. It could be said the only thing we should ever rely on in our lives are our feelings. What we see and what we hear can fool us. But if we have a feeling we should trust it as it can save us from taking some wrong turnings in life and also help guide us down the right path.
Luckily, we have crystals to help us heal and reconnect with higher vibrations to keep us on the right path; an artists palette of all the different feelings with which to heal the soul. Which one do you need today?