How to Choose Crystals:
Intuition and Logic

This is the first part of a two-part series. In this section, I'll describe various ways that people choose crystals. Whether you want to use intuition or logic to choose your crystals depends on how you make other decisions in your life.

To be intuitive means you trust your hunches and follow inner promptings without trying to reason out where the prompting came from. You may tend to say, "I don't know why. I just know."

If you're logical in your choices, you may make lists. You want reasons for your choices. You may identify a set of needs and choose the solutions that best answer them.

In practice, people rarely make either purely intuitive or purely logical choices about crystals or anything else. You might, for example, think you need a pink stone because you want to open your heart. In looking at different kinds of heart stones, though, you feel especially drawn to kunzite without having a reason.

You may like the sound of a crystal's name. I love "topaz;" I have no idea why.

Others are strongly attracted to certain colors. "I love anything sky blue."

I believe that anyone who's strongly attracted to crystals and believes in their metaphysical properties is intuitive, even if they speak of scientific research and piezoelectric properties and the quartz crystal in watches and computers. It's fine to want scientific validation for crystals' effects. At a certain point, though, when you're meditating with crystals, the intellectual belief that they are vibrating and interacting with your own vibrations will give way to a deeper awareness.

Crystals want to help you find the balance of intuition and logic. It's part of their reason for being.

The Intuitive Approach

On countless occasions, people have brought crystals to the counter and said, "I feel so attracted to this stone. What's it for?" When I told them, they'd say, "That's exactly what I need."

I remember a mother and child who came into my store. The mother told me about the child's problem with asthma. Meanwhile, the child went off to explore the crystals.

After a little while, he came back with a rhodochrosite. His mother said, "Put that crystal down. The lady is going to tell us what you need."

I smiled at the little boy. "I don't have to. He's picked the perfect crystal." (While, as noted, I don't make health recommendations, rhodochrosite is for the solar plexus and is believed to assist in smooth, deep breathing.)

I think the boy's mother learned something that day.

You can use other ways to access your intuition. I strongly believe in the power of dreams to give us messages, and I receive many letters from people who say that they dreamed about a crystal.

They usually describe it, and if they aren't familiar with its appearance, they may ask if I know what it is. Sometimes their description indicates several possibilities. If that's the case, or if I don't have a clue, I recommend that they visit my web site (or any web site that carries crystals) or a real-time store to see if they can identify it.

If your dreams send you the image of a crystal, I highly recommend that you see if you can identify it and get it.

A crystal may also appear in meditation. This is also a strong message that deserves to be pursued.

Another form of guidance can be hearing a crystal named or seeing one several times. Your friend got a beautiful amethyst pendant. People are talking about amethyst in one of your email groups or on a message board. You're randomly surfing and come across a picture of amethyst. You can safely consider this a message.

Intuition may also mean being drawn to a certain color or shape without knowing. You can trust these promptings, too.

The Logical Approach

Here I provide a number of approaches for choosing crystals. Read them over and decide what method most appeals to you.

Why Do You Want Crystals?

Many people buy crystals for their beauty. They may enjoy having lovely natural objects in their homes. Remember, there are many mineralogists, lapidaries, and rock collectors, who don't seek out crystals for their metaphysical qualities (although many of them do feel the crystals' energies.)

You may have particular ideas about ways you'd like to work with crystals for greater creativity, abundance, love, calmness, etc. Many people want to interact with crystals so that they can become more connected to their spirituality. They may want more vivid dreams or deeper meditation.

It's fairly easy to select crystals for specific areas of life, and a good way to begin is to read the section on the chakras. Sometimes, though, people's desires are less easily defined. They might say, "I'm unhappy" or "I'm confused."

Emotional issues can be difficult to untangle. I have a method that helps me to get clear.

Speedwriting

The purpose of this method is to write or type so quickly that you can outwit that part of yourself that doesn't want to admit that anything is out of balance, or if something is, you don't want to know.

For this method to work, you need to give yourself permission to complain. Often we have strong internal prohibitions against doing this. We were taught at young ages that no one likes a whiner.

The benefit to the writing method is that no one will know that you're whining but you. Even if you find it challenging at first to break the habit of years, you'll soon appreciate the feeling of relief it gives you-and you may be surprised by what you learn about yourself.

You can either use a notebook and write by hand or use your computer. I like the speed of typing, but others enjoy the sensation of pen against paper.

Write about your pressing problems or anything that upsets you. I recommend writing for ten minutes every day.

After a week, read over what you write, doing your absolute best to suspend self-judgment. Look for key phrases:

"I feel like a slave. When do I get to have my own life?"
"Why doesn't he appreciate me? Am I so unworthy of approval?"
"Why am I working with a bunch of idiots? Why am I the only one who cares?"
"It's unfair, unfair, unfair."

If Only They'd Change

Psychology has given us a concept called projection. The idea is that we project characteristics about ourselves that we don't accept and see them in other people.

Sometimes this quality is overt, as in those who say, "I hate people who are intolerant." Other times, the quality is suppressed. An example might be the issue of whining and complaining.

I don't like to complain, and I find people who do complain annoying. However, several sessions of speedwriting taught me that I was actually jealous of those people. "Who gave them permission to whine?" I wondered. "How come I didn't get permission? It's not fair."

You can learn a lot about yourself by seeing what you don't like in other people. Don't worry about being a nice person. Make a list of the characteristics you don't like in others, especially those to whom you're close, and allow yourself to suspect that perhaps you have some of these characteristics.

The second part of this article is about narrowing down your choices, according to your priorities. It will be in next month's newsletter.


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