A how-to guide on choosing the best crystals for beginners, caring for them, and using them.
The use of crystals has become wildly popular in Western culture over the last few years. Like many other complementary and alternative medicines and practices, the use of crystals dates back to around 4000 BC. These beautiful and energetic stones connect us to the earth’s natural elements. They help us connect to, understand, and heal from the infinite and abundant energy in everything surrounding us every day. If you’ve found yourself interested in healing crystals and the benefits they can offer you, you came to the right place. Here, we’ll outline some of the best crystals for beginners and how to cleanse and use them.
Understanding the power of crystals, for beginners
Crystal healing is different for everyone, and your experience entirely depends on your personal intentions and energy. Every crystal has its own unique properties and vibrations. The vibrations from crystals emit at a high, constant frequency (the frequency always remains the same). The power of crystals comes from their ability to raise the lower vibrations of any person or thing, matching it to their own. So, that means that as soon as you start collecting your crystals, they will actively be attuning you to a higher frequency and vibration. Once you start vibrating at a higher frequency, personal power, emotional regulation, clarity, love, joy, and inner peace come more effortlessly to you. Crystals work the same way with the energy of the intentions you put into them by amplifying them ten-fold and accelerating your manifestations.
Common crystals for beginners to start their collection with
Known as the “master healer” crystal, this is one of the best crystals for beginners. Not only can it be used for healing, but it’s also a Generator (can be used to charge other stones). It’s incredibly versatile; you can use it to cleanse, re-energize, heal, manifest, or add positive energy to your home.
Amethyst is one of the most popular crystals out there. Its brilliant purple hues provide protection, calmness, and peace. It fights off negativity and provides a sense of safety and security. A lot of people keep amethyst under their pillows at night to prevent nightmares and promote lucid dreaming.
Known as ‘The Love Stone’ and ‘Mother of all Crystals,’ this soft pink stone represents unconditional love, divine feminine energy, self-love, youth, and beauty. This is a fantastic crystal for beginners who are in search of romance, want to heal broken relationships, or simply wish to fall deeper in love with themselves.
Everything about this smoky yellow, gold-toned crystal emulates warmth, prosperity, optimism, and luck. By harnessing the power of the sun, this stone will energize you to achieve your goals and manifest your dreams and aspirations. While this is an excellent crystal for beginners, genuine citrine can be pretty expensive. It’s worth it to familiarize yourself with the difference between real and baked citrine.
Keep negative and unwanted energies at bay with this bold and powerful crystal. It absorbs harmful and undesirable energies, purifies them, and raises them to a higher vibration. It’s the ultimate protector and acts as a bodyguard for your precious energy. Black Tourmaline is an easy-to-use, must-have crystal for beginners.
Cleansing, resetting, and programming crystals for beginners
Now that you’ve purchased some of the best crystals for beginners, it’s time to cleanse them. Cleansing your crystals is essential to maintaining their energy and favorable benefits. After you purchase a crystal, you won’t properly resonate with it until its energy is pure. Dozens of people have touched or come into contact with your crystal, transferring their energies and vibrations into it. Imagine as though you’re resetting your crystal back to its factory settings.
Examples of ways you can cleanse your crystal include using salt, water, sage, or Palo Santo smoke or leaving them in the sunlight or moonlight for at least 4 hours. It doesn’t matter how you choose to cleanse or charge your crystals; over time, you’ll discover a cleansing ritual that you find most compelling. However, some cleaning methods aren’t safe for all crystals, so be sure to do some research beforehand. You’ll know it’s time to cleanse or charge them again when you feel their frequencies weakening or their energies starting to dim.
“What’s the difference between cleansing and charging my crystals?”
The terms ‘cleansing’ and ‘charging’ are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two. In most cases, you have to cleanse your crystal energetically before you can charge it. Your crystal is actively absorbing negative energies and discharging its positive energy, which takes a toll on it over time. Eventually, your crystal will run out of energy and needs to be recharged. There’s an extensive list of ways to cleanse and charge crystals, and you can experiment with this over time. Again, be sure to research your crystals before trying any charging or cleansing technique. The easiest way to cleanse and charge crystals for beginners is simply to leave them in natural sunlight for about 30 minutes to an hour.
After you’ve cleansed and charged your crystals, now it’s time to program them. Programming is a straightforward process; all you need are your hands and your energy. Find or create a space that feels comfortable and safe where you don’t have to worry about being interrupted. Hold your crystals in your hand, and close your eyes. Focus on your intentions and what you want to manifest in your life. As you do this, your crystals will absorb your energy and become programmed to it. There’s no textbook amount of time that it takes to complete your energy transfer – your intuition will tell you.
Setting intentions with crystals
Your crystals want to help you manifest all of your dreams and aspirations into reality. For them to help you, you need to know what you need from them – your intentions. Before you start setting intentions with your crystals, take some time to sit and think about what you truly desire and how you want your crystals to help you or support you. What do you want to improve? What are your values? What is important to you?
Some examples of intentions include:
- I am safe and protected
- My creativity is limitless and ever-flowing
- I am financially abundant and wealthy; I am a money magnet
- I am capable of achieving anything I set my mind to
- My mind, body, and spirit are healthy
- I open my heart to accept and attract genuine love and affection in my romantic relationships
When setting intentions, make them as straightforward as possible and use affirming words such as “I am,” “I will,” and “I have.” Once you’re clear on your intentions, you can start the process of programming your crystals. The most important thing to remember about setting intentions is that you need to firmly believe in them. You have to visualize them, embody them, and imagine them as though they’re already your reality. You can set intentions with your crystals whenever you want to re-direct your energy towards your goals. Clear quartz is an excellent crystal for beginners to use when practicing intention setting and manifesting.
How to engage the powers of your crystals
How you choose to actively use your crystals is entirely up to you. The type, size, shape, and energetic characteristics of each crystal will definitely significantly influence this. You can choose to keep your crystal in a permanent spot (i.e., windowsill, coffee table), near the entrance of your home, or on your bedside table. You can wear them, carry them in your pockets or purse, or sleep with them under your pillow. Regardless of how you choose to engage the energy of your crystals, take good care of them, and they will take good care of you in return.
That concludes our guide to crystals for beginners
You now have all of the basic information about using and buying crystals for beginners. You’re ready to head out and buy your first one (or several if you desire). Don’t stress too much about finding the right crystal; focus your attention on your intuition. A common belief among crystal healers is that you don’t choose your crystal; your crystal chooses you. Crystals can be quite expensive, but you don’t have to splurge and spend a crazy amount of money to get quality crystals. In fact, all of the crystals for beginners that we recommended can cost as little as $2.
Crystal healing is not a one-size-fits-all practice; it’s whatever you want and needs it to be. Tune into yourself and open yourself up to the loving, nourishing, healing, and transformational powers of crystals. Get comfy, stay awhile, and embrace this new spiritual journey you’re embarking on.