Using chakra crystals and stones is a very effective way to balance or cleanse your chakra system. Each chakra has a resonance, or vibration, that is better aligned to the energetic impulses of some crystals than others, and the most common way to differentiate these is through color. For example, the vibration of Black tourmaline is aligned with the Base or Root chakra and has a grounding and stabilizing effect on both mind and body.
Crystals and minerals can be programmed to help you with a wide variety of intentions. You may sometimes see this referred to as “charging” your crystal, which is actually a slightly different process. When you charge your crystal you are clearing it of any negativity it may have absorbed and bringing it back to its full vibrational potential. You usually cleanse your stone first, to get rid of surface dust and debris, and then charge it in a metaphysical way. However, when you program a crystal you are sending your own specific energies, thoughts and intentions into the crystal so that it “knows” what you want.
Why Activate Your Gemstones?
Once you have your collection of chakra stones you will want to make them work for you in the best possible way. Before we look at the different ways you can do this, let us see why it is important. Crystals are “living” components of the Earth, and they all give off vibrations or energies according to their type. It is these energies that produce the effects, both physical and mental, which we are looking for when we use them for our own healing.
When you perform the necessary rituals and procedures to activate your crystals you are in fact attuning the stones to your own bio energetic field. Activating your stones can be seen as a way of imprinting your own unique energetic blueprint onto, and into, the crystal you are working with. Many people like to use the phrase “tuning in” when describing this process, in much the same way as we use the dial of the radio to tune in to certain signal.
How to Activate Your Gemstones
The first thing to do when you acquire a new crystal is to physically clean it. Most stones happily tolerate clear running water as a way of ridding them of surface dust, debris and other energies they may have absorbed on their journey to you. If you are using very soft or porous stones, such as Pearl, Shell (Abalone), Emerald or Amber, you may want to cleanse them using only a soft brush or cloth. Immersing the more fragile stones overnight in a bowl of brown rice will also clean them safely.
The next thing to do is to ask yourself exactly what you want to achieve, heal or manifest at this time. It is important to keep your intentions clear, concise and positive so it might be a good idea to write down what you want to program into the crystal before you start.
You are now ready to activate your stones and make them truly yours. Hold each crystal in your hand, and sit with it for a few minutes. Relax your breathing, soften your gaze and let go of expectations. After a while, take your awareness into the hand that is holding the stone and see how it feels. The warmth of your body may have permeated the crystal, but if it feels warmer than you would expect, or if you feel a “pulling” sensation, you are getting close to the optimum wavelength on the radio dial.
Do not worry if you think you feel nothing. Trust that the crystal is responding to your invisible energy field and settling itself into alignment with you.
Specific Real Life Example
Let’s assume that you want some help with an important event, like a job interview or an exam. Phrase your intention in the present tense, as if you have already succeeded.
“I am confident and relaxed. I am able to answer any questions put to me in a clear and knowledgeable way.”
As you can see, the affirmation does not have to be long or complicated but it does need to be positive and to focus only on what you want, not on the things you fear, or the things that might go wrong.
Many people like to program a crystal like Rose Quartz in order to attract love into their lives, but all too often they allow themselves to be sidetracked into memories of negative experiences and ask that they be spared the same again! Unfortunately, the Universe and your unconscious mind does not register negatives and focuses only on the statement that comes after the “not”. This is why people often feel they are doomed to keep repeating the same mistakes over and over.
Once you have your intention clear in your mind, you simply need to hold your crystal in your hand and relax. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and allow all the tension in your neck, shoulders and face to drain away. Allow your abdomen to sink and your gaze, even with closed eyes, to become kind and compassionate.
Visualize your intention flowing from your mind, down your arm and into the stone. See it enter the stone and settle there, still breathing in a relaxed way. Let go of any temptation to fill in the details, just let your intention be known and leave the rest to the Universe.
You can now program your crystal, by which I mean ask it to perform certain tasks for you. Let’s take a Heart chakra stone such as Rose Quartz as an example. On a physical level, you might want to request that the stone helps you to heal an irregular heartbeat, or a breathing problem. You can also program the same crystal to help you to open your Heart center to new love and bring fresh romance into your life.
All you need to do is to send your intentions into the crystal, either by repeating a mantra aloud or communicating your wishes telepathically. Take some time to get the wording right before you do this. Choose only positive affirmations and intentions and resist the temptation to tell the stone what you do NOT want!
In our example above, a good “activation” phrase might be: “I ask that this crystal support me in healing the irregular rhythm of my physical heart. I ask that this stone also attracts to me the love, the person, compassion and the joy that exists already for me in a new relationship”.
Take the time to get to know your chakra stones. Enjoy the process, and always keep your mind open to new feelings and sensations. When you have personalized your crystals in this way, the process of balancing and cleansing your chakras becomes easier, smoother and very rewarding.
A final note of caution: If you are a healer, or you simply want to share your excitement with a friend, always re-program your stones to your own energetic field before using them on yourself once more.