I have had a thing for rocks from the time I was a small child. I was always picking up pretty stones from the creek on my uncle’s property or tumbled stones purchased from museum gift shops. Now that I am an adult, my obsession with rocks is one that not only brings me a lot of personal enjoyment, but also has helped increase my sense of spiritual and mental well-being.
I remember (and still have) the very first tumbled gemstone I ever received. It is a piece of rose quartz that came from a bin of tumbled stones at a store in the mall. I remember how I treasured that stone and how it felt so comforting to feel the smooth coolness of the rock as I held it in my hands.
A few years ago, when cleaning out a closet, I rediscovered my childhood rock collection. I was unhappy at my job at the time and starting taking a stone or two in my pocket each day that I would rub when stressed out, particularly when staff meetings went on longer than expected. I had heard that crystals had metaphysical healing properties and so I began to research the topic.
It may sound silly and some days even I feel like maybe it’s just a placebo effect, but during the last few years as I dealt with my mom’s increasingly poor health and her subsequent passing, those rocks are what kept me from completely losing my mind. More than anything, for me, stones have become a way for me to channel positive thought and energy into my life and at a time when that was very hard to do.
The premise behind crystal healing is that all stones carry an energy or vibration that may relate to different parts of the body or different aspects of life. Most stones are also associated with one or more chakras, the primary internal energy centers which govern our body, mind and spirit. There are a number of books available that list the properties associated with each stone. My personal favorite is The Book of Stones by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian.
Even if you don’t decide to try crystals as a means for healing and wellness, you may find it interesting to know the properties of some common stones that you may already have in your own jewelry. Here are a few that I would recommend as great stones to begin with if crystal healing is a path you decide to travel.
Crystals for beginners
Rose Quartz – Rose quartz is a very gentle stone. As mentioned previously, even as a child I was very drawn to this stone for its comforting properties. Typically a pale pink shade, the stone relates to the heart chakra and in particular is said to encourage greater self-love.
Smoky Quartz – Smoky quartz is one of my favorite stones to work with. I have multiple tumbled and raw pieces and jewelry made from smoky quartz. It can come in a variety of colors from a translucent champagne color to dark grey and nearly black. This stone is said to transmute negative energy. Bad stuff in life happens, that’s a fact. People get sick, co-workers can be crazy, the economy can go south, but every day we still have to get up and try to face the world with a smile. The more you sit and dwell on the negative, the more power it has. Obviously some of the bad things in life are harder to overlook than others. I certainly didn’t float through my mom’s illness with a smile on my face all the time just because I had this stone with me, but I also didn’t rip sh*t off the wall like I really wanted to.
Citrine – This golden yellow stone is a very popular stone in metaphysical circles as it represents abundance and prosperity. Citrine is said to draw money to you. It is often recommended for business owners to put a piece of citrine in their cash register to help bring in more money. The stone is associated with the solar plexus chakra, the seat of one’s personal property. When we believe we will have abundance and prosperity in life and feel secure in our own personal power, we are more likely to make wise decisions that will ensure our financial prosperity.
Red Jasper – There are many types of jasper and they all have a very calm and gentle vibration. I’ve heard Jasper referred to as a “stone hug.” It brings comfort and a sense of peace and personal strength, especially if facing a challenge. Red jasper is associated with the root or base chakra which allows to be grounded and know that we are safe.