How to Choose the Right Stone or Crystal for You!
So you have decided you love stones–perhaps you love some of the colors and patterns and see them as works of art. Or maybe you love the crystals, and the possibilities they have to help you with your mood, to heal, or to feel good. Some of you might just love to hold and feel a tumbled stone, experiencing the warmth or coolness of that stone.
Throughout time, many cultures have used stones in many ways to enhance their lives, through home décor (stone countertops), art (sculpture), Medical healing (metaphysical) and for jewelry (from beads, to cabochons, to faceted stones).
Some folks love to collect them–learning all the names of the different stones, and a fascination on how they are created by Mother Nature.
In today’s blog, I want to concentrate on the fun reasons you might use stones, and how you would choose a stone for your everyday lives.
I did some research into this, and found many authors who suggest that the best way for you to find out what stones you are drawn to and will work for you is to go to a rock shop, and look around. What grabs you? Are you drawn to the colors of the stones? The feel, the textures, the sparkles, the patterns?
Do some stones “call you?” Do you somehow feel connected to the earth when you see or hold a particular stone? Do you prefer the rough natural stone, or one that has been cut and faceted by a lapidary artist?
Most of us will never know why we like certain stones, or why we are drawn to them. If you talk to the New Age Healers, Metaphysical properties are very real and there is a strong belief that stones will help in healing from physical and emotional illness. If this is of interest to you, there are many guides available on the internet from respected sources to help you. I am listing some of these links at the end of this post.
If you are drawn to stones because they are beautiful, then you might consider looking at them as pieces of art, either to be sculpted, or to place around your home as a way to feel grounded and part of nature. Or perhaps you are drawn to the possibility that stones can be worn as an accessory to your wardrobe–as another way of connecting with nature.
There is something about a natural stone that just can’t be duplicated. Perhaps there is a “vibration” as some suggest that reaches out to us humans. I don’t know–but I DO know that I have always been drawn to their lovliness, and fascinated by the fact that such beauty exists in nature. And unlike plants, stones don’t die, and almost never go bad. The fact that they are older than most of us can ever know, and will live on long after we pass is also an indication of how powerful they are…Just think about it!
So how do you select your perfect stone? One author, Phyllis Galde, in her book Crystal Healing, offers one suggestion that resonates with me:
“Pick a stone by attraction, by being drawn to touch it, and then hold it in the left hand loosely. Let it rest against the palm chakra and notice the impressions, colors, sounds and mood feelings that accompany the stone. No two crystals are the same. They are like snowflakes. Each crystal has its own particular vibration, and each will resonate differently. Look for one that will resonate with your being—regardless of size, shape, color, or jeweler’s quality. It’s the intuitive impression which is important.”
And so I do….
Metaphysical and Healing:
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