The Skeptic’s Guide to Healing Crystals

I used to be the biggest skeptic about everything. If something didn’t strike me as plausible right off the bat, than I was out – no chance of swaying my opinion.  Healing crystals were at the top of my list of things that I thought were silly and pointless.

I’m stubborn by nature and always have been, but I’ve been working on being more open-minded, and I think I’m better for it.

Y’all probably know by now that I’ve been on the road to veganism for a while now, and am an eggless vegetarian (working on cutting out that pesky dairy!). I watch a lot of vegan YouTubers (holla at my faves Lauren Toyota and Stella Rae!) and spirituality is a hot topic in that sphere.

I’ve been exploring meditation, manifestation, and crystals since the new year, and this skeptic has become a believer.

I thought I’d talk to you about healing crystals today, because that’s been my favorite discovery since exploring spirituality.

My beliefs on healing crystals

Traditionally it’s believed that crystals have their own vibrations and those vibrations hold certain healing powers.

I’m still a little skeptical, and the way I see it is that crystals simply allow you to amplify your own mind and will power.

In a psychology class we learned about a clinical trial where (of course) half of the trial group was given a placebo. Amazingly enough, members of the placebo group saw results because they believed that they were being healed.

I think crystals work for me because they cause me to be intentional in my thoughts and purpose. I carry a blue lace agate with me as it’s meant to calm anxiety, especially in social settings. It encourages communication and self-expression, and I have the tendency to be shy, so if I know I’m going to have to speak up I keep it in my hand and it gives me confidence.

I don’t think you have to believe or commit fully to the hippie dippie mindset to benefit from crystals – I certainly have my reservations about some aspects of crystal healing, but with that said my crystals still bring me a lot of peace.

Choosing healing crystals

Here is the fun part – I recommend that you try and find a crystal shop that you can visit in person as the experience is totally different than buying them online.

There are one of two ways that you can go about choosing crystals: research before hand and choose them intentionally, or go in and ‘let the crystals choose you.’

Personally, I went in blind. I decided I would buy the crystals that I was drawn to and I am glad that I did.

Here are the crystals I ended up with and how they apply to my life:

  • Blue Goldstone – encourage a positive attitude and increases drive and confidence while blocking negative energy.
    • I love that this stone is meant to increase drive – I’ve been dealing with a lack of energy to work on my own projects by the time I get home from work, lately I’ve been sitting down with my goldstone and writing for 20 minutes first thing when I get home.
  • Green Calcite – calming and soothing and helps cope with change.
    • Obviously, I’ve been undergoing a lot of change in my life lately. I left school, moved across the country to New York, started a full-time job, and am living on my own for the first time. There is a lot of coping to be done still.
  • Iceland Spar – clears away negative energy and helps remove fear-based emotions while improving the flow of energy throughout the body.
    • I harbor a lot of social anxiety (and that’s an entire post in itself) and that anxiety is definitely based on fear.
  • Rose Quartz – opens the heart to all kinds of love, raises self-esteem, and balances emotions.
    • I think that this crystal is great for everyone – who couldn’t use a bit of extra love? For me, I love that it balances emotions, as I tend to be someone who wears their heart on their sleeve. I’m quick to shed a tear (even at inopportune times) so hopefully I can focus on getting that under control.
  • Blue Lace Agate – calming stone used for nerves and depression. Encourages communication and self-expression.
    • I’ve been on the upswing after a particularly nasty run with depression. I still have bad days from time to time. I am also probably the most soft-spoken person at work, and I think that perhaps I come across as timid. That’s something I’m working on so I keep this stone with me at work.

For me it was incredibly fun to get home and start researching the crystals and drawing connections. Of course, I am sure I would have been able to draw a connection from anything I would have chosen, so that is where attitude comes in and choosing to believe.

Cleansing your healing crystals

It’s important to cleanse your crystals when they’re brand new, especially, but also on a regular basis.

There are several ways to cleanse them – whether it be water, earth, or light.

When I got mine I used water and soaked them overnight, and during the full moon I left them on my windowsill.

They say that crystals hold on to energy (good or bad!) which is why you need to cleanse them when they are new – since writing my first draft of this post I have got a blue kyanite, which is a special stone that doesn’t hold onto energy and doesn’t need to be cleansed, but it’s simply an exception to the rule.

Meditation

Meditation has become a daily practice for me because I realized about a month ago that I wasn’t taking time to slow down and just breathe. I feel like every day is full of overwhelm lately, and while it’s helping me grow I do need to take a step back from time to time.

Now I like to meditate first thing in the morning, typically holding my Iceland Spar.

For me, meditation is a way to balance my thoughts and emotions and set intentions for the day. I was really bad at meditation at first, and still it’s a work in progress, but I feel like I’m starting to get it down.

If you still don’t believe?

So – you might think that everything I just said is complete BS and I wouldn’t even blame you. I myself am still a semi-skeptic.

But beyond helping you heal yourself healing crystals are super cool. I collected rocks as a kid and this feels a lot like that so whether they do anything for you or not – consider picking them up for the cool factor. As far as I’m concerned, I’d rather believe and be wrong then hold on to my skeptical tendencies and miss out.

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  • I’ve always thought the whole crystal thing was so cool, but I just haven’t bought any yet. I loved this post! I think I’m going to look into it a little more. 🙂

  • I’m definitely a skeptic when it comes to crystals. I want to invest in a few just to boost my confidence and drive in some areas of my life (much like a placebo effect), but I’m still not sure. Thanks for this post! It’s nice to know I’m not alone.

  • This is such a good post. It’s hard to believe in what they do until you just try the whole concept out. Thanks for sharing, Morgan!! xoxo
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  • I am a huge skeptic, but I have always been curious about crystals. Like you said, they are cool whether you believe that hold energy or not.
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  • I’m definitely a skeptic, but they are all so beautiful. I’m super inspired by your push to become vegan. I’m very far away, but maybe one day in the future! Thanks for sharing, Morgan!

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