Crystal Crash Course: A Beginner’s Guide to Healing Crystals

Heather Askinosie|October 30, 2020

When you are just starting to work with the energy of crystals, it can all feel quite overwhelming. What stones should you work with? Where do you begin? How do you get the most out of your energy crystals? This Beginner’s Guide to Healing Crystals gives you the answers to all of your crystal questions so you can get started with your new energy tools.

Created over the millennia, healing crystals harness the life-giving elements of the Earth and the universe. Harnessing the energy of the Sun, the Moon, and the oceans, semi-precious stones connect us to universal energy as soon as we come into contact with them. Many people wonder if crystals have healing powers, and while there are many anecdotes describing the curative effects of healing stones, crystal energy works differently on everyone depending on how receptive you are. While the Energy Muse crystal guide includes helpful insights, it is equally as important that you make a conscious effort to open your heart and mind to the power of crystal healing when working with these stones. Once you begin to unlock the unique power of crystals, your crystal healing journey will be studded with beautiful, mysterious, and unique crystals that will rock your world. Using our healing crystals guide for insight, you can tap into a limitless resource for spiritual, emotional, and energetic healing.

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What can crystals do for me?

Think of your crystal as an ally on your journey, helping you to reach your goals and make positive changes in all areas of your life. Use the Energy Muse crystal guide with healing healing stones for manifesting your intentions and what you want to create in your life. These otherworldly rocks connect us to the energies we want to embody because they are tangible, physical forms that have powerful vibrations. This energy continues to connect with you when you wear these intention crystals close to the skin or place them in your environment. With every thought and intention, these crystals pick up on your unique vibrational energy and amplify the positive vibes that you’re cultivating. 

In this magical world of vibrations, crystal energy helps you on your spiritual journey because it works to hold your intention and send it out into the universe. A thoughtful and meaningful intention is the starting point for working with healing crystals because the intention acts as the “job” you give to your crystal, allowing its energy to work for you.


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How do crystals work?

The power of crystal healing is that each crystal carries a unique vibration. As Albert Einstein is reported to have said, everything in life is vibration. The vibrations that these energy crystals hold can realign and re-calibrate your energy with theirs, helping you to raise your vibration and reach a higher state of being.

One of the first pieces of scientific evidence relating to the power of crystals is the work done by IBM scientist Marcel Vogel. While watching crystals grow under a microscope, he noticed that their shape took the form of whatever he was thinking about. He hypothesized that these vibrations are the result of the constant assembling and disassembling of bonds between molecules. He also tested the metaphysical power of Clear Quartz and proved that rocks can store thoughts similar to how tapes use magnetic energy to record sound.

Due to their structure and composition, crystals emit vibrations at a constant frequency, meaning that their vibrations do not change. This is especially powerful because when a crystal comes into contact with a lower vibration, it raises the vibration of that person or thing to match its own. When a crystal comes into contact with your body or your energy, it attunes you to its higher frequency, which allows you to move past mental, physical and spiritual blockages. This boost of positive and uplifting energy can be the difference between darkness and light. 

The crystal works with your intentions in a similar way. Holding a strong and positive energy, the crystal amplifies and magnifies the energy of your intention so you can manifest faster and more effectively.

At every moment, we have the ability to choose our thoughts and as we continue our journey, each day presents us with new challenges and wonderful beginnings. Healing crystals remind us to quiet the chatter of the mind and reconnect to the universally healing vibrations of the Earth. An important lesson to learn from crystals is patience, because just like the eons of time it took for these semi-precious stones to evolve and transform, working with the healing power of crystals also takes time. As you learn, grow, and evolve, use crystals as a reminder to be grateful for the abundance of Mother Nature and the great mysteries of the universe.


Healing Crystals - How to Choose Your Crystal

How do I choose a crystal?

There are two main ways to choose a crystal – with your intuition or based on your intention. If you aren’t sure what you want to work on, letting your intuition guide you to the energies you need is one of our favorite ways to select your stones. Once you know the crystal basics from our healing crystals guide, you can use your intuition to choose the right healing stones for your spiritual journey by looking at or feeling different stones until you feel drawn to one or a few of them. Although it may feel as though you are picking your crystals, crystal experts often say that the crystal chooses you instead of the other way around. They grab your attention and pull you in with their dazzling colors or otherworldly shapes and patterns. Because each crystal has a unique vibrational energy, your intuition will guide you to the stones that are right for you at that specific time in your life.

The other way to choose your crystal is by matching your intentions with a stone. When learning how to use energy crystals for overall well-being, it also helps to identify a particular problem or challenge you’re currently facing. Once you have decided on a particular goal or intention you want to pursue, you can pair your intention with a crystal that has an energy that will support your intention. Here are some examples of how this works: To bring abundance into your life, Citrine helps you manifest your dreams by channeling the positive vibrations of the sun. Carnelian is a powerful crystal to get the creative juices flowing. The rosy pink Rose Quartz is the perfect crystal for love-related intentions and matters of the heart. 

Finding the right stone is like any practice of wellness. It requires patience while you quiet the mind and learn what works for you. One way to “test” different crystals is to hold the stone in your hand and quietly think of your intention. Notice if you feel sensations such as hot or cold, pulsations, or calmness and tranquility. These are all signs that this particular rock is perfect for your healing needs.

How to use crystals

There are many different ways to use crystals, and as you work with their energies more you will know exactly how to use each stone. Some of our favorite general ways to use crystals are carrying them in your purse or pocket, placing them in your home, meditating with crystals in your hand, or wearing them as crystal jewelry

What are crystals used for?

Whether you are looking to enhance a specific area of your life like your love life or professional life, or you are looking to let go of something that’s holding you back like fear or stress, crystals can be your support system and your tangible connection to that goal. They provide you with a touchpoint, something to come back to whenever you need a reminder or want to reconnect with your goal. No matter what you are working on, crystals can be used as an ally or a tool to help you get there faster. 

If you have difficulty letting go of old ideas that are no longer serving you, Black Tourmaline is a powerful gemstone for releasing unwanted patterns that may have turned into bad habits. It helps release all the negative energy in your body and within your energy field. This stone also serves as a talisman for protection, which is essential if you’re the type of person that easily picks up on other people’s energy. Hematite is great for deflecting the negative moods of others by grounding you and reconnecting your spirit to the energy of the Earth.

If you’re seeking more tranquility and calm in your life, Amethyst is one of the best intention crystals for relieving stress and bringing balance back into your life. Another gemstone that helps balance out emotions is Moonstone, which gives you support when you’re feeling overly emotional or out of touch with your feelings. Rose quartz is also helpful for emotional well being because it opens and realigns the heart chakra, which magnifies feelings of self-love and the unconditional love of others.

Whether you’re seeking out gemstones for their physical beauty or to bring peace and tranquility into your life, they all work to increase your vibrational frequency. If you feel good when you hold the crystal in your hand or have it touching your skin, or even if you don’t feel the immediate effects of your stone, know that the crystals are emitting positive vibrations to help you up-level and grow.



What is an intention?

Thoughts create vibrations throughout the universe, which makes setting intentions a powerful tool for achieving happiness and well-being. Having a clear purpose provides us with insight into our aspirations, dreams, and values. It also helps us live in the present moment instead of being caught in negative thought patterns. Intentions are like magnets. They attract what will make them come true. Setting an intention is a powerful tool for achieving happiness. Crafting an intention starts by setting goals that align with your values, aspirations, and purpose.

  1. Decide what matters to you. Your values drive the actions in your life, and you’ll need to recognize what truly matters to you if you want to find fulfillment.
  2. Explore areas of your life that need an upgrade. Consider how you can improve your relationships, career, social life, spirituality, health, and community.
  3. Be specific about what you want to achieve, when you want to achieve it, and why.
  4. Bring your intentions to life. Certain rituals in the following chapters will ask you to write them down. Make sure you write them in the present tense, as if they’re happening now, and affirm only what you want. You should also write down your goal, the end result of what you wish to manifest. Put feeling into it!

I have my crystal. Now what do I do?

One of the most important, and often overlooked, steps in learning to use crystals for health, balance, abundance or any other goal is setting your intention, or programming your crystal. In our own words, you have to give your crystal a job and a purpose! Crystals want to work for you, but you have to tell them what to do. In the moments when you’re vibrating at a lower frequency, your intentions can fly out the window. When you reconnect with your programmed crystal, it will help you remember your goals and limitless potential.

Programming your crystal is simple. The first step is to cleanse your crystal. You can choose your preferred method of clearing, and what resonates with you the most. Here are some of our favorite ways to cleanse and clear the energy of your stones:

  • Sun/Moon: Place your crystal out under the light of the sun or the full moon for at least 4 hours. 

  • Sound: Download and play the music of Tibetan singing bowls, the Om mantra, or Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. You can also use our free clearing playlist of high-vibrational music. 

  • Smoke: Immerse your crystal in the smoke of a burning sage stick, Frankincense resin or Copal incense.

  • Earth: Bury your crystal in the Earth and allow it to become recharged with Earth energy. 

  • Other crystals: Place it on top of a Selenite plate or in a Selenite bowl to clear and cleanse any stuck energy.

After cleansing, hold your crystal or crystals in your hands, close your eyes, and take three deep breaths. Then, while in this space of love and light, ask that your crystal be cleared of all unwanted energy or previous programming.

Healing Crystals - How to Cleanse Your Crystals

How to use crystals with a positive mantra?

Aloud or in your head, say: “I ask that the highest vibration of love and light connect with my highest self to clear all unwanted energy or any previous programming. I activate this crystal. I command this crystal to hold the intention of . . .” To finish the sentence, add your intention for your crystal—an energy and goal that you wish it to hold for you. Repeat your intention three times, and end by repeating “thank you” three times. By saying it three times, you emphasize that what you’re asking for already exists in the universe.


The Energy Muse Healing Crystals Guide: What are the 10 crystals all beginner's need?

If you’re just beginning to use crystals, our healing crystals guide includes 10 powerful and essential intention crystals for encouraging balance, harmony, and peace of mind. How do crystals work? Here's how:

Clear Quartz and How to Use it

If you're wondering, 'what are crystals used for?', one of the best stones for beginners to collect is Clear quartz. This crystal further amplifies your intention, which makes it an essential component of any crystal collection. It is also the most versatile stone because it magnifies the vibrations of stones that surround it. In fact, clear quartz crystals are often used to cleanse and re-energize crystals. This is because of its powerful cleansing effects and the ability to counteract negative energy blockages.

The energy of this stone not only clears your own energy field, but also helps you get crystal-clear on what you want and how to achieve it, allowing you to manifest like never before. 

Sit quietly with the stone and feel its white light fill your body with positive energy. Use the following crystal intention for Clear Quartz: I am crystal clear.

Selenite and How to Use it

Selenite is another powerful cleansing stone because it ensures a positive flow of vibrations between you and other rocks in your collection, which makes it an ideal crystal for beginners. This crystal cleanses and purifies your energy, your other stones, and your environment so everything is vibrating at the highest frequency.

Quickly remove negative energy from the body and clear the aura around you by moving Selenite down the body from the top of your head to your feet. Repeat this cleansing ritual until you feel completely rejuvenated with positive vibrations. Afterwards, you’ll have a restored sense of balance and the protection of a white light that connects you to the universe. Use the following crystal intention for Selenite: I am cleansed.

Healing Crystals for Beginner's - Selenite

Shungite and How to Use it

One of the rarest stones on Earth, shungite contains antioxidants, which gives it potent healing properties, including protection from negative energies that are harmful to the body. It’s one of the best stones for detoxification of the mind, body and spirit. Shungite is also our go-to stone for protection from EMFs, or electromagnetic fields, from technology and electronics. This healing stone has powerful effects on the body, so it’s best to introduce it slowly.

Place a piece of Shungite next to your computer, wi-fi hub or any other electronics in your home. We also recommend placing a piece of Shungite on your cell phone to diminish the effects from EMFs. Use the following intention for Shungite: Detoxify me.

Amethyst and How to Use it

Known for its powerful spiritual properties, Amethyst is an ideal stone to place around the home as décor both because of its aesthetic beauty and healing properties. Amethyst crystal is one of the most powerful stones for boosting intuition and connection to self, as well as creating a peaceful and relaxing environment to sooth away stress, worry, or tension.

While focusing on your intention, meditate with amethyst to connect with your inner peace and calm. This stone also works well as a complementary healing tool in yoga and meditation. Use the following crystal intention for Amethyst: I am at peace.

Black Tourmaline and How to Use it

One of the most powerful stones for protection, Black Tourmaline acts as your energy bodyguard to create an energetic boundary and protect you from unwanted energy. It works by absorbing the lower vibrational energy around you so you do not take the hit. 

Place Black Tourmaline on either side of your front door or carry it with you to keep its protective energy nearby and keep bad vibes at bay. Use the following crystal intention for Black Tourmaline: I am protected.

Carnelian and How to Use it

The vibrant colors within the Carnelian crystal is a perfect representation of this stone’s fiery and vibrant energy. As one of the best stones for igniting passion and tapping into your creative nature, Carnelian gives you the confidence to break through energetic blocks. It inspires you to take action toward your creative pursuits.  

When you need a boost of vitality and energy, connect with your Carnelian by placing it nearby or in your pocket. Use the following crystal intention for Carnelian: I unlock my creative potential.

Rose Quartz and How to Use it

The soft and gentle energy of Rose Quartz is perfect for connecting with and opening your heart. When it comes to relationships, Rose Quartz can support love of all kinds – friendship, family, romantic partners, and even self-love. 

Place Rose Quartz over your heart to infuse this energy center with comforting vibrations. Use the following crystal intention for Rose Quartz: I am love.

Healing Crystals - How to Use Pyrite

Pyrite and How to Use it

Even just looking at the golden shimmer of the Pyrite crystal fills you with the energy of wealth and success. This crystal aligns you with the energy of abundance to invite in wealth, good luck and new opportunities, making it the ideal stone for any intentions related to financial or career success. 

Place Pyrite in your wallet or on your workspace and use the following crystal intention for Pyrite: I am a money magnet. 

Citrine and How to Use it

A stone that harnesses the power of the sun, Citrine is infused with light and positive energy, which helps to raise your vibration and fill you with happiness. Considered one of the most powerful stones for manifestation, citrine helps make your intentions a reality by guiding you to direct positive energy out into the universe.

Place a citrine stone on top of a list of your intentions to manifest them into reality much faster and fill your entire being with positive energy. Use the following crystal intention for Citrine: I am light.

Blue Apatite and How to Use it

Blue Apatite is an inspiring crystal that awakens new ambitions and motivates you to take action, especially when it comes to your health and well-being. If you are on a journey to improve your mental, physical or emotional wellness, connect with your Blue Apatite stone to stay on track with your goals.

Place Blue Apatite in your space or carry it with you throughout the day. Use the following crystal intention for Blue Apatite: I prioritize my health.

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Heather Askinosie

Heather Askinosie

Heather Askinosie is a crystal expert and leading influencer on the power of crystals, Feng Shui and holistic healing. For nearly 30 years, she has been researching the scientific and spiritual aspects of energy. After studying with the best healers from all over the world, she has used the past three decades of her career to translate ancient wisdom into simple tools that anyone can use to transform their life. In 2000, she co-founded Energy Muse with business partner, Timmi Jandro. Energy Muse provides tools of empowerment and inspiration in the tangible form of jewelry and crystals. Her crystal teachings can be found in her book Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune into the Real You as well as mindbodygreen, Well+Good, The Chalkboard Mag, and more. Learn more about Heather at energymuse.com.

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