How to Work With Crystals: A Guide

how to work with crystals


Healing Crystals are a powerful tool that have been used across cultures for centuries. The first historical documentation of crystal use originated from the Ancient Sumerians (c. 4500- c. 2000 BC), and were used in their magical formulas for a multitude of purposes. The Ancient Egyptians used  a variety of crystals, such as lapis lazuli, and clear quartz in their jewellery. They also carved grave amulets of the same gems, and used stones primarily for protection and health. With such a wide-reaching vibrant history, crystals are certainly a historically rich,  sacred item that can benefit all of us to this day. 

But how do you work with crystals when manifesting? 

I will break it down into 4 easy steps.

Step 1: Select the right crystal 

To manifest with crystals it’s important to choose the right crystal for you, and your manifestation.  Every crystal has unique properties and its own unique energy. There are a few ways to pick your crystal. First, is to base it entirely on your intuition. You can browse through crystals and wait until you are “pulled” towards one. You know that feeling when you see something and you love it and know you have to have it? That can happen with crystals too. You may love the colour and the way it looks, but all of this is likely based on the energy of that particular stone. So when you’re scrolling through pictures, if one pops out at you, this is a good indication the energy is aligned with what you need in this moment. We love this way of choosing crystals because most often, the energy you need is the one you are intuitively drawn to. 

Or, you can seek out a particular crystal based on its healing properties, energy, and characteristics.  For example, if you are manifesting wealth and abundance, there are two crystals known to support this: pyrite and green aventurine. Working with these two crystals will help you align your energy and start attracting the wealth and abundance you desire. Or, if you are manifesting love, Rose Quartz is a great crystal that can bring in all that loving energy and help you attract the love you are manifesting. In our shop, we outline the properties right in the product descriptions so you can see all the benefits with any crystal we sell, if you are looking for something specific. 

There’s no right or wrong way to do it - see what resonates with you and go for it! 

Step 2: Cleanse, Charge and Program the Energy of the Crystal

There are many schools of thought when it comes to cleansing, charging, and programming crystals. First, let’s define what this actually means. 

Charging Crystals: What does it mean and how to do it.

Charging a crystal means you are giving it an energy boost. It’s said to be a way to increase the vibrancy of the energy and the intensity of the intention placed onto the crystal. This is based on the premise that crystals and stones need to be charged periodically, as the energy within them is not unlimited. Once they are removed from the earth, their energy can weaken over time. By charging your crystals, you are maintaining the energy of the crystal. 

Cleansing a crystal means to remove unwanted energy that has been absorbed by the crystal.  Crystals can absorb energies from other people and before using them you want to restore the energy to its natural state. 

Programming a crystal means to set a particular intention for what you want this crystal to do. This is basically directing the energy of the crystal, so it does exactly what you want it to do. 

So, the general consensus is that crystals should be cleansed, charged, and programmed before using them. That being said, there is the other school of thought that says crystals are such powerful, energetic tools with natural energy that human energy cannot affect… and cleansing, charging, and programming is completely unnecessary! Again, I think it’s important to find what resonates with you and do that. Who are we to say what is right and wrong? 

I personally will charge, cleanse and program when I first bring a crystal home. But I don’t stick to a strict regimen of charging every moon cycle, for example. 

I will post a separate blog on how to cleanse, charge, and program your crystal soon! 

Step 3: Use the energy and work with it daily. 

There are so many ways you can work with the energy of crystals, so I will outline some of my favorite ways. 

1. Wear them

This is such an easy way to use the energy of the crystal in your daily life. Wear a bracelet, necklace or other piece of jewelry throughout the day. By wearing crystal jewelry, you can benefit from the healing energy, but from a manifestation perspective it’s also a visual reminder of what you are manifesting. Every time you look at your wrist you’ll see the crystals - which can trigger the thought of your goal or manifestation. Wearing crystal jewelry is a really great way to shift your thoughts and bring in some amazing energy. 

2. Meditate with crystals. 

Meditation alone is an incredible way to shift your mindset and start manifesting your dreams. Adding crystals into the mix is even better. There are certain crystals in particular I love using in meditation. Selenite is one of my favourites - it promotes clarity, focus, higher spiritual alignment, while also cleansing energy within. 

You can place the crystal in the palm of your hand, or align the placement with your chakras. You can also create a crystal grid in your space.Learn how to make a grid here.

3. Journal with crystals 

If you are manifesting something, you are probably going to start journaling. If you are using the Manifest + Flow Journal to start manifesting, incorporating crystals into your daily journal habit is an amazing way to amplify the energy! It does not have to be a complicated practice, simply take your favourite crystal and place it on the book (opposite page from what you are writing on). After you write your manifestation, hold the crystal and visualize that manifestation. You can practice gratitude in the moment by stating “Thank you, Universe!”. Repeat for each manifestation! 

4. Keep them in your home

Keeping crystals in your home or office is a great way to shift the energy and bring in some good vibes! I keep a selenite stick near my front door, and in my office. I also keep aventurine in my workspace and amethyst in almost every room! You can even place a small tumbled stone in your pillowcase to bring in soothing energy while you sleep. The options are endless, so have fun with it and find what works for you! 

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