How Do I Begin Working With Crystals?

I’m a total newbie, how do I begin working with crystals? This is a question I see a lot and having been new at this myself at one time I completely get it. The world of crystals is so vast, it can seem daunting trying to figure out where to start.

How Do I Begin Working With Crystals?

I think the first thing that stopped me in my tracks was the sheer number of crystals there are to choose from. I’m so blessed to have an uber cheap rock shop in my town that stocks a wide and rotating variety of wonderful stones. My first trip in, I came home with a bag full of stones, wanting to work with all of them and having no idea where to start.

I looked them all up and discovered all of their wonderful qualities, all of which I wanted to bring in to my life. Now! Needless to say I was so overwhelmed it took me a while to get started at all.

Step 1 : Choose A Single Crystal

The first thing you want to do is find a stone that feels good to you. You can either go with your intuition and just choose a stone that calls to you or you can look up some stones that fit with something you need to work on in your life and choose one of those. For example, I’m working with a fabulous piece of rose quartz right now to help me with my self love journey.

Rose Quartz

While buying in person is preferable so that you can actually hold the stones and find one that meshes well with your energy, ordering online isn’t the end of the world. I’ve found it’s very rare to come across a crystal that just doesn’t feel right at all and the stone will slowly, over time and use, attune to your energies.

Step 2 : Reset The Crystal’s Energy

Next you’re going to want to cleanse the stone in some way. You have no idea how many people have handled the stone imbuing it with their various energies. So you’ll want to reset it to its base vibrational energy. My preferred method is smudging with white sage or palo santo. However, if smoke is an issue for you there are many other ways to cleanse your stones.

Step 3 : Get To Know Your Crystal

Now it’s time to get a feel for your stone. Sit with it, hold it, meditate on it, give it Reiki if you’re attuned, carry it around with you in your pocket, sleep with it under your pillow. Get to know it!

Open yourself up to receiving anything it’s trying to send you.

  • Do you get specific messages while meditating with it?
  • Do you feel the energy in a specific part of your body (possibly a chakra)?
  • Do you feel any overwhelming emotions while holding it?
  • Is anything coming to you in your dreams?

Journal what you learn.

Step 4 : Start Branching Out

Once you’ve had your initial chosen stone for a while and become familiar with working with it and its energies, then you might want to invest in another stone or two so that you can start comparing the different energies and possibly even combining them.

How do you work with your stones? Do you have any specific exercises, meditations or rituals you would like to share? Join the discussion on the Be Your Own Goddess Facebook page.