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Choosing a Crystal

This article was written by Phyllis Galde on February 27, 2002
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How do you choose a crystal that’s right for you? How do you know which one will help you? Listen to your inner self, and select the crystal that’s interesting and attractive to you.

The best way is to handle and hold it, being sensitive to how it feels. Appearance is secondary. Pick a stone by attraction, by being drawn to touch it, 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 will resonate differently. Look for one that will resonate with your being, regardless of size, shape, color, clarity, or jeweler’s quality. It’s the subtle polarity impression which is important. The crystal should feel alive in the hand, vibrate, or radiate—it should feel good. A tiny quartz no larger than a thumbnail can be powerful and effective. Look for pleasing colors, unchipped points, and symmetrical shapes, but these appearances are secondary to the energy vibrations. Crystals are like cats in that they select their owner. If you are supposed to have a particular crystal, it will come to you.

If you want to check out the energy of a crystal, here’s an interesting technique. Wait until you feel quiet and centered in your heart, then hold the crystal in your left hand. Curl your tongue so that its tip touches the middle-back of your mouth. This area joins the energy of your two major acupuncture meridians and increases your sensitivity. You may feel the crystal activate an organ, a chakra, a part of the body. You may feel a shift in consciousness, or simply feel warmth or tingling in your hand. Give it a few minutes to speak to you in its own way.


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