But what crystals should a beginner buy to have around when they are just getting started with crystal healing? Again, this will be a matter of personal intuition and guidance. I would recommend buying at least one crystal or stone to work with each of the seven major chakras. While stones are usually the same color as the color of the chakra they work with, that isn't always true. Still, going for a stone of each major color will serve most people well. Within those guidelines, the following are my recommendations.
Base chakra: This is the chakra that grounds you and connects you to the earth. You want something strong that feels heavy. This is the stone you want to use when you feel scared or flighty or in danger. For me, the stone is black obsidian. For others, it is hematite or magnetite or sometimes black tourmaline. Survey the black stones and see which calls the most to you.
You might also want to consider getting a red stone like a jasper. Jaspers and agates are both very calming stones for me. I have a piece of polychrome jasper that is a worry stone, one that fits easily in my hand and works well for rubbing when I am stressed.
Sacral chakra: This is one of the few places where I have an absolute recommendation: Carnelian. Carnelian works well with issues of sexuality, abuse, and creativity. Since a vast majority of the population has endured abuse, it can be a very healing stone for many. It also can be very beautiful. The one piece I bought initially because I just thought it would make a beautiful paperweight if nothing else!
Heart Chakra: For most people, rose quartz is the definitive heart chakra stone. It works around any kind of love related issue. For me, however, this is one place where I would vary from the norm. I would select green aventurine for myself. Green aventurine is the heart shaped stone on my homepage at the moment. It is a heart healing stone, and it is one that is powerful for me. This is part of where my business name came from!
Because I have done a lot of heart chakra work, I have several other green stones that I have strong attachments to. I love peridot, prehnite, and green apophyllite. Once again, let your gut feeling be your guide. If something attracts your attention and you can’t stop thinking about it as you walk around the store, clearly that is a crystal you need to work with.
Throat Chakra: I think most people would suggest lapis lazuli as a primary throat chakra stone, and I would likely agree. It is a good strong stone for many issues related to the throat. I tend to prefer blue kyanite for myself. I’ve also had very powerful healing experiences with angelite (which is also a crown chakra stone in my experience) and iolite (for parasite elimination in my gut). For one client, I recommended aquamarine because her guides showed it to me, and when we checked with crystal reference books, it was right on target with her fifth chakra issues.
Third Eye Chakra: Amethyst is the unquestionable crystal for most people. It is a very powerful protector and healer. It is just a stone that radiates strength. For myself, I prefer ametrine which combines the energy of amethyst and citrine together into an even more powerful stone for me.
I also would select a piece of multi-colored fluorite that was predominantly purple. I have a fluorite pendant that is purple, blue, green, and white but appears purple unless held to the light. I wore it for five months straight, and it changed my life. If I could only have one stone, it would be a multicolored fluorite. It is that powerful of a stone for me. However, for others, there are other stones that are far more important for them to work with.
Crown chakra: For almost everyone, the obvious choice will be clear quartz. Clear quartz is considered to be the master crystal that amplifies the energy of all other crystals. Clear quartz can be used for cleaning the negative energy out of other stones which are able to pick up energy but not release it on their own. I keep large pieces of clear quartz in two locations in my home, and when I return from being out in the world, I take off my crystal jewelry and put it on the clear quartz in order to clean any negative energy I’ve picked up or released during that day.
Other white stones have played stronger roles in my personal healing, though. Selenite is a very powerful crown chakra stone that is good for clearing one’s aura and for protection. Clear calcite has helped me including when my body’s stores of minerals were out of balance. Angelite, green apophyllite, spirit quartz, and celestite are all other stones which aren’t white or clear but which have helped me in connecting with higher powers and energies.
There are many other stones that I love which have led to powerful healing experiences for me that I don’t have listed above including Atlantisite, black opal, blue calcite, desert rose, blue-green tourmaline, turquoise, charoite, dendritic agate, larimar, pearl, diamond, ruby, topaz, tiger eye, labradorite and moonstone. These are stones which I bought as I added to my collection and progressed in my spiritual journey.
I have also found that for many men, metallic stones are their power stones just as green aventurine is one of my power stones. I personally have no real attraction topyrite or magnetite, but I know several men in my life who can’t get enough of them.
The bottom line is that you should buy what calls to you. The employees in your local rock store should be able to assist you. If you live in Austin and would like me to assist you in crystal selection, I am happy to do outcall appointments at Nature’s Treasures so that you can have someone to personally assist you in finding crystals that resonate with your higher powers if you aren’t in open contact with them yet. I’m able to work with groups as well.
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