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|Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:42 am Post subject: Choosing Stones and Crystals
|There are all sorts of lists of suggestions for choosing crystals and stones for various kinds of work. These lists are often useful guidelines, However, most people do not start working and gathering crystal helpers by choosing from lists or in a cool logical way .
People choose stones for beauty, They heed an impulse ,The dog drops a rock at Their feet ...Stones find you, They call you . You happen upon them,. One moment you may have been laughing heartily at the ridiculous idea that crystals could have healing functions and/or connect you with wisdom and the next moment you were having a conversation with crystal deva in a room full of rocks.
You may have collected some stones as a child. Perhaps you picked up a few on vacation . You may have been drawn to jewelry made with natural gemstones. You have them or will have them because .they attract you in some way That is the most important reason to choose a stone That you want it. Why you want it does not really matter .
Some people will need an excuse to buy / get them so the some first crystals may act the part of a paper weight or a bookend or even an ashtray or bowl who knows For personal enjoyment, meditation , for putting under your bed , for propping a door open , on a shelf as a room clearing and energy enhancing tool.
I'd like to suggest that people keep an eye out for a larger "house" stone or two, a piece big enough to put on a table and look at /meditate on . One or more stones or clusters to hold that fill the palm some stones that a big enough to gaze on reflectively without squinting.
Maybe some amethyst or some rose quartz ,a nice hunk of petrified wood even a perfectly ordinary round gray rock will be among the stones the call you . what stones You choose what stones choose you will be different for each of us.
A flat quartz cluster or a Selinite wand can be used to rest smaller stones on to clear them . Clusters both large and small have many uses and can make good room healing /clearing enhancing stones As well as helping harmonize group and family harmony Even a big hunk of something to guard your door or greet visitors .
A selection of small stones is valuable for work in laying on of stones, for carrying with you and for many other purposes. Choose tumbled and natural stones sized between a dime and a dollar or so for placing on
people or for casting. When they have a flat side they will stay on a person or stop in place when thrown without rolling excessively and won't be so easily lost ..You do not them to be very heavy because too
much weight can become uncomfortable Stones placed at the brow and throat should not be too large because there is not a lot of room there.
It is good to have examples of natural rough unpolished stones and tumbled and polished stones . So that you can discover what forms suit you best.
When you do start to get systematic you'll probably want at least two stones of each spectrum colors . They do not need to be the same kind of stones . Shaped stones such as oval cabochons are used by a lot of people for on the body work.
Formal crystal healing such as laying on of stones is not what most people first use crystals for . So your first personal stones may be very different than the ones you will want later.
Jewelry pieces can be chosen to wear for specific purposes and necklaces, bracelets rings and earrings in many stones are widely available and can be worn without drawing undue attention . You do not need to carry a large box crystals around with you all the time . Some people prefer to work with beads and jewelry /. Some of us always end up taking the jewelry apart for the stones .It may take a while to discover what ways of working with crystals and what kind of them you prefer to work with.
When you are out looking for stones do not let a list or plan get in the way of your intuition there may be something you need , want ,will love that you would over look if you just read the list . It is good to have a number of quartz points they don't have to be large and when you start out do not try at first to find special shapes just select some you like . Later you may want to explore many of the forms with specialized uses
Many crystal workers choose to work only with perfect chip free stones and may prefer clear stones to those with cloudiness and inclusions .My personal experience has been that this is not essential and that in
many cases the chips inclusions cracks discoloration etc. add to the experience and effectiveness of the stone and like people changes are normal. The crystals do not reject us because we are imperfect .
Though if one of the specialized forms breaks in a way that alters the form significantly the use for the stone may change also.
Some people feel that there is a correlation between the size or gem quality of a stone and its ability to do work or assist with healing .I find that for the most part this does not particularly matter because rather than the power just being part of the essence of the physical stone , The stones act as a channel for healing energy and a connection
to specific spiritual sources or deva. and there are techniques for amplifying the effectiveness and clarity of the stones you are working with.
For the most part choose the crystals that attract. Sometimes however, a crystal will repel you you will actively dislike it . This may mean that you are not ready to deal with the specific areas of healing that the stone is attuned to or that you are not ready to face a problem area in your life . This is more likely to happen with stones you are given rather than choose yourself .
Quite often you will find great value in working with this stone in the future when you are ready . You can set it aside Look up the properties of the stones you don't like as well as the properties of those you do like .
Allow the crystals, minerals, rocks, gems and stones you need to find you .You never know where they will turn up or come from . Your stone may be the only rock in a bookstore My favorite piece of petrified wood
used to be in a book store. Do not limit yourself to looking in fancy stores and don't ignore the local rocks some people's common pebbles are another persons precious stones .Pet supply stores sometimes have very nice stones for putting in terrariums and aquariums. Garden shops occasionally have some nice rocks
Naturally there are a lot of stones rocks crystals and mineral treasures outside. Perhaps you will have opportunities to go on rock gathering expeditions. Keep an eye out for stones whenever you go out because you make have them find you almost anywhere. When you do not have a strong sense of attraction to a particular stone and are selecting from a number of them. You may want to try one of the methods for sensing crystal energy or helping to amplify intuitive information. You could try to riffle through a bunch of stones and see if any "stick" to your fingers or if you feel heat from them. People who feel energy from crystals will hold their hand above the stones to feel which one seems to call . Pendulums are also used quite often for helping choose stones .
Rather than rushing to gather a huge bunch of different stones and only exploring them superficially. Take your time to get to know a few really well . I like to select a different stone each week from my collection to focus on with meditation holding and study of written materials and always learn something new.
You will want to learn something about the physical properties of the stones in order to care for them well . Some stones are fragile. Others are soft or scratch easily some stones will chip and others will dissolve in water Some stones do not travel well and others are pretty durable.
Most stones have traditional uses in both healing and magical practices.When you want to find a particular stone for a particular purpose try whichever approach to working with crystals you feel called to. Explore different approaches to stones and study different systems of properties . You can often adapt a stone or a practice from one system into another .
Think about What general kinds of stones attract you . Do you prefer a particular form ? Is there any stone that you dislike? Where have you found stones ?