Choosing and Caring
for Crystals

healing mandala or grid using crystals
A Crystal Mandala - made by Hilary

This page will tell you a little about how you can start to work with crystals for healing or therapeutic purposes. It will cover how crystals are thought to work; how to choose and buy crystals; how to cleanse and maintain crystals and give some suggestions for selecting a basic healing collection. We at Inner Light (through our "School of Inner Light") offer a workshop that covers this information.

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Crystals, precious and semi-precious gemstones have the most orderly structure in the natural world. They are formed of mathematically precise and orderly lattice arrays of molecules. The perfect order of their lattices is due to the individual atoms and molecules being packed together as tightly as possible during their growth, partly because of strong electro-magnetic forces and high pressures around them as they form. This stability ensures that they react in characteristic, precise and predictable ways to a broad spectrum of energies, including sound, light, heat and pressure - this is why they are of use in the electronics industry. Esoterically they also respond to bioelectricity and consciousness (i.e. to thought and emotion) and we believe that they have a consciousness of their own. Crystals are highly evolved within the Mineral Kingdom and are directed to work with humanity for the Higher good and for the growth and advancement of all the Kingdoms on Earth, including that of Humanity.
By applying the coherent, stable and focused energy of crystals to dysfunctional energy systems within the human energy fields, stability and optimum balance can be restored. Quartz crystals resonate with the liquid crystals that are found to be within the physical body, and can transfer their energies to the bloodstream for health and rejuvenation, as well as transmuting unwanted information that may be locked within bodily tissues or the mind and other etheric bodies. When crystals are used in geometrical arrays they have an amplified effect, which can be put to different uses depending on the nature of the stones chosen and their placements.

night sky
Night Sky with Orbs


We can select the crystals we need purely using LOGIC, by choosing specific stones for a specific purpose or condition as shown in a crystal directory or book. However we need to bear in mind that how a crystal's energies interact with each of us will often vary subtly, for everybody is an individual with a unique energy field that (to further complicate matters) fluctuates from day to day and so we each may react in differing ways to a crystal's vibrations. Additionally the symptoms we present with may not be the real root of the problem - for example, we might have a headache / feel depressed, but WHY do we have that headache / feel depressed?

Alternatively we may select our crystals using our INTUITION, by working solely through instinct and innate inner guidance - what we might call our "gut feeling". This means picking the crystal we are drawn to, which is very often the first one we really notice or that we really want to pick up! If selecting a crystal for a specific ailment or purpose, or to give to another person, we need to have that ailment, purpose and / or person in mind when starting our selection process, and try to focus on it throughout. Don't forget that each person may feel and get different things from the same crystal, for the vibrational interaction of each person's energy field with a crystal's energy field is always unique. We can ask someone else's opinion if we have to, but we should always go with our own gut reaction first.

As an optional method, we can choose our crystals through MECHANICS, by backing up our "gut feelings" with a tangible test such as dowsing or muscle testing (kinesiology). When using a dowser or muscle testing we need to be grounded, centred, clear and focused for the results to be accurate and reliable, but this can provide supportive input to our intuitive thoughts and feelings and can be a useful option until we have the confidence to trust fully in our intuition.


What thoughts, feelings, or sensations do you get? Is the crystal talking to you?
Look for signs such as a tingling or prickling sensation in your hands or fingers; a "humming" sensation against your skin (like touching an electric fence!); sensing an energy flow coming from the termination of a crystal when directing it into your other palm, or feeling energy flowing between the stone and your body as you hold it; a change in the temperature of your skin as you hold the crystal (becoming colder or hotter); seeing or sensing a glowing light, aura or energy field around the crystal; a feeling of completeness or of "coming home" and being one with the stone as you hold it.


Which one captivates you or attracts attention over and above all others?
Which one is leaping up and down and shouting ME, ME?
Which one do you feel possessive about if someone else picks it up?
Which one do you dream about, or can't get off your mind when you get home having NOT bought it!!

candle quartz
Large Candle (Celestial) Quartz


It is useful to have the following as a starting point:

As soon as you can afford them it is also useful to acquire:

What to look for when making your choices:

Waterfall in Wales


Once you have bought your crystal, cleansing it is VITAL. It will have travelled far and passed through many hands before getting to you, and will have picked up many energies that you don't want to have around you and in your energy field.

Additionally ALWAYS cleanse your crystals before and after use (whether in a healing situation or not), and at periodic intervals, depending on where they are kept and how they are used. You can dowse to see if / when this is needed if you are not sure. Crystals will pick up energies from their surroundings even when not being directly worked with and they are also working even when we are not aware of it. If they are not kept clear they can release any junk or negativity back into your space - often amplifying it in the process! This rule also applies to crystals kept for "decorative" or "aesthetic" purposes in living spaces.

"Physical" dirt should be looked after first. You can use water to remove any physical dirt first, which will also discharge static electricity. Place your crystal under a source of cold running water such as a tap or ideally (!) in a stream. Obviously don't do this with soluble crystals or those with a low Mohs count, such as the softer calcites, selenite, halite, talc and celestite (which tends to have a very delicate groundmass). Good reference books should tell you the hardness and solubility of most crystals. Harder crystals, such as clear quartz or amethyst, can take a gentle scrubbing with a toothbrush, if you find that a cluster or crystal has a lot if embedded clay or dirt. A good wash and brush up can make an amazing difference to a crystal's energy.

"Energetic" dirt exists even if you cannot see it, and if you want to use your crystal for healing work you MUST clear it, so that you don't pick up other people's negativity or psychic junk.
Although many sources say to use salt or salt water to cleanse crystals, we DO NOT recommend this. Salt is itself a crystalline material and can become embedded in the crystal's matrix, so we prefer not to use it. There are many other much gentler ways to cleanse crystals, which can be quick and easy to use:

All the above methods may be used singly or in appropriate combinations, depending on the extent and nature of the energetic cleansing required. We tend to use primarily "Crystal Clear" essence in a mister, combined with sound using a Tibetan Singing Bowl and with the Reiki symbols. If we come across "stubborn" dirt, we will also smudge the crystals with white sage.

* METHOD: When using flower etc. essences you can either place a few drops in a bowl of water and soak or wash your crystals in it (watch out for soft / soluble crystals!) OR spray your crystals using a solution of water plus 7 drops of the essence in a small spray bottle or plant mister. You can also use essences without dilution, but this uses more essence and is not really necessary - less IS more!

Buddha - Amitayus - with Moldavite & Rose Quartz



We tend to charge our crystals with moonlight or sunlight; use Reiki symbols or give them a soak in the bath with some Petaltone essences, such as White Light or Golden Light.

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