- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Using Crystals to Bring Balance to Life
Wanting to find balance in life generally refers to one of two things. Many people seek to find the ideal balance between different aspects of life: for example balancing work and leisure time. Or it can mean a journey to find inner balance and harmony within ourselves and bringing peace to our mind, body and spirit. Both of these goals can be difficult to achieve as part of busy modern life and you may even feel that they are impossible. It is easy to be so wrapped up in day to day living that inner peace and balance can become forgotten or that ‘something’ you’ll do tomorrow but never get around too. Unfortunately, the modern lifestyle of working long hours, feeling under constant pressure and stress and rushing from place to place can be the cause of imbalance and unhappiness with life.
Crystals can be used to help restore the balance between your needs and responsibilities in life. They can be used on their own or as a part of other beneficial techniques such as meditation.
Using Turquoise to Aid Self-Expression
Turquoise has long been regarded as a sacred stone and by many ancient religions and cultures. It is associated with truth and works with the throat chakra due to is blue colour. This crystal can be used to help with communication issues such as asking for what you want or need from others or in expressing yourself more effectively. Turquoise is also a good choice of crystal for releasing inhibitions and giving you courage in difficult situations. An excellent way to work with turquoise in this way is to wear a beaded turquoise necklace or one with a turquoise pendant. The necklace should be short in length so that it rests only on your throat area. If using one the pendant should sit in the centre of your throat. This will allow the crystal to be most effective in working with this chakra and open up your ability to communicate well.
You can also work with turquoise to aid self-expression by meditating with the crystal placed on the throat chakra. This could be done using a necklace or by lying down and balancing a stone in the correct position. The crystal should be cleansed after use or regularly if you wear it constantly. One easy way to do this is to remove the necklace at night and leave it on a windowsill in the moonlight.
Using Rose Quartz to Soothe Troubled Emotions
Rose quartz is commonly known as the stone of unconditional love. It is an excellent choice for matters concerning the emotions and all types of love. Over time our emotions can be subjected to a number of upsets large and small and even smaller seemingly insignificant issues can build up over time. These may include arguments or stress at work, falling out with a friend or family member, dealing with demanding people or work load and larger traumatic or difficult events such as divorce, moving house or losing your job. All of these assaults on the emotions can lead to negative ways of thinking and leave you feeling vulnerable, hurt, unlovable and low. Taking some time out for you to heal and gain a clearer mind can help to restore your emotional balance and feelings of self-love and self-worth.
A simple exercise that can be used to help soothe your emotions and relax you physically is to take a hot bath with a rose quartz crystal. Place the crystal into the bath and run the warm to suit your preferred temperature. If you wish you can add some calming essential oils to the water or oil burner placed on a suitable surface. Rosemary, chamomile, rose or ylang ylang are good choices of oils than can help to relax you and calm the emotions. If you wish to use oils be sure to check that they are essential oils and not fragrance or perfume oils. Although these still smell pleasant they are artificially created products and so do not possess the natural beneficial or healing properties of true essential oils. Lie back in the water and feel its calming and soothing energy washing over you. Pick up the rose quartz crystal and hold it over your heart. Visualise the calming energy of the stone travelling throughout your body and releasing any tension and stresses. Place the crystal back into the water and continue to soak in the water for as long as you wish. Once you have finished remember to cleanse the crystal by your preferred method to prevent the build-up of negative energies.
Removing Negative Belief Patterns with Green Calcite
Green calcite is a useful stone for balancing masculine and feminine energies and grounding the emotions. It can also be used to help us recognise and let go of old beliefs that have no benefit. Throughout our lives we are told or taught things that stick in our minds, creating patterns of beliefs and behaviour. Many of these are beneficial to us but some can have negative or even harmful effect. One example of this is when a person was often criticised for not trying hard enough, called lazy or told that they are wasting time. This can create feelings of never being good enough or that no matter how much they do, it is not enough. This type of belief pattern can also create problems with being to relax, take time over doing things or taking time to do things purely for enjoyment.
Green calcite is a crystal that can help in gently releasing these types of negative beliefs. This can be very useful in making creating a health and more enjoyable balance between work, family and leisure. This stone will support you as you come to recognise any thought and belief patterns that no longer serve you well and let these go. When you have identified a problem area – for example that you would like to spend more time on your hobbies but feel you must work as much as possible. Consider how you would like this situation to be in future, perhaps you will work less on weekends for example, or will join that evening class you’ve planned to for months. Sit in a quiet room where you won’t be disturbed and hold your green calcite stone. Hold the stone over your heart and visualise its balancing, calming energy flowing into your heart and throughout your whole body. Think about the pattern you are seeking to change and why it is no longer welcome in your life. See the crystals energy wrap around this and dissolve it away to nothing. Now visualise a more positive and balanced way of thinking within the energy that is flowing throughout you from the crystal. Keep your thoughts positive and affirming, such as ‘it is good for me to spend time on the things I enjoy’ or ‘my happiness is an important part of my life’. You may wish to say these out loud and this is fine and can help reinforce the thoughts. Once you feel ready visualise your new belief pattern in action – this may be you working on a hobby or taking a trip you’ve always wanted for example. Continue for as long as needed before slowly bringing your awareness back to the room and present time. This exercise can be repeated as often as needed and very deep seated beliefs may take several tries to overcome successfully.