A Guide to Meditating with Crystals
Meditation is extremely beneficial for every part of our being—our mind, our body and our spirit. It helps us to relax, clears our mind and releases negative energy and unwanted thoughts. Using crystals for meditation is a powerful way to deepen your meditation, as well as achieve a specific outcome during your meditation. On a spiritual level, meditating with crystals can help to raise your consciousness and awareness, deepening your intuition and bringing insight.
Whether you’re a frequent meditator or you’re just getting started, and regardless of how long you’ve been working with crystals, bringing these two energetic practices together unlocks a new way to take care of yourself. And with so many different stones available, there’s truly a crystal for every kind of meditative experience you could wish for.
If you’re not sure what your goal for your meditation practice is, it’s fun to experiment and meditate with different healing stones and crystals to get a feel for their energies and how they can enhance your practice. Once you pick up on the different combination of energies, you can begin to incorporate a variety of different meditations into your daily life. And while there are some stones that are particularly useful, any stone or crystal can be used for meditation. Let crystals be the tools to help you start and maintain your meditation practice, connect with a specific intention or goal, and move into deeper states of meditation.
The more you begin to practice meditating with crystals, the more you’ll want to experience different energies. Here are some different ways you can incorporate meditating with crystals into your everyday life:
Must-Have Tools, Crystals and Stones for Meditation
We always recommend everyone have two crystals for meditation—quartz crystal and selenite crystal. As some of the best crystals for a mediation practice, these are our go-to stones for when you’re just starting out. There are also some other energy tools you can use to enhance your meditation.
This is one of the best crystals for meditation because it can be programmed with your specific intention for your meditation. If you’re asking a question looking for a mental breakthrough, this is the stone you need. Clear Quartz crystals bring clarity of the mind and help you to become more focused and clear about your dreams. They also amplify the energy of any other crystal, making it ideal to use in any other crystal meditation.
This crystal is beneficial for meditation because it helps you to clear your mind and relax your body. Selenite healing properties facilitate the release of negative energy and energy blockages to energetically cleanse your body. This crystal also brings a flow of positive energy to raise your vibration and elevate your state. While any Selenite crystal is a powerful tool for meditation, a pair of Selenite harmonizers help you to achieve balance, equilibrium, and peace through your meditation session.
Sacred smoke has been used to help induce meditation for centuries. Pick a scent of incense that resonates with you to help you find peace as you enter a meditative state. Frankincense Resin is one of our favorite meditation incenses.
Palm stones or touchstones are a great tool for beginners or seasoned meditators. They’re stones that are larger than normal tumbled stones, so they fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. As you meditate, hold one stone in each hand and feel the energy of the stones flowing into your body and calming your mind. They also give you something tangible to connect with, making your meditation a physical practice, as well as a mental and emotional one.
Ways to Use Crystals for Meditation
Meditate with a Crystal for Your Intention
In addition to using Clear Quartz or Selenite, there are truly endless possibilities when it comes to meditating with crystals. When you’re deciding which crystal to incorporate into your meditation, first start by choosing a crystal that contains healing properties or energies that are in line with what you want to achieve. For example, if you want to use your meditation to calm your mind, a calming crystal like Amethyst would be perfect. Or, if you’re using meditation before bed to help with falling asleep, a crystal for sleep like Lepidolite would be ideal. Setting intentions and meditating with your crystal can enhance and magnify your results, and it’s really up to you to decide what result you want!
Create a Crystal Grid Layout for Meditating with Crystals
Laying stones or crystals on your body allows the healing properties of stones to activate that area of your body. Creating a crystal layout on your body during meditation can help you create a physical experience and address different layers of your energy as you meditate. One of the most popular forms of crystal body layouts for meditation is for chakra healing, so we’ve designed a layout of stones for each of the 7 main chakras. See which chakra you need to heal the most and try meditating with a crystal grid on your body:
- Root Chakra Healing with Crystals
- Sacral Chakra Healing with Crystals
- Solar Plexus Chakra Healing with Crystals
- Heart Chakra Healing with Crystals
- Throat Chakra Healing with Crystals
- Third Eye Chakra Healing with Crystals
- Crown Chakra Healing with Crystals
Invoke Deeper States of Meditation with Crystals
Certain crystals work well to open the higher consciousness of your mind. The most powerful are usually blue gemstones, purple crystals and white stones. These colors are associated with the higher chakras that allow you to clear your mind, live your truth and receive wisdom from the universe. Some of our favorites include:
Amethyst: Amethyst stones also stimulate the crown chakra and calm your thoughts, making them a wonderful healing gemstone to meditate with. Amethyst healing properties also include bringing clarity of the mind and helping you to become more in tune with your feelings. This stone of intuition is ideal for getting to know yourself on a much deeper level.
Azurite: Known for its ability to clear the mind, Azurite helps you access your inner wisdom. It expands your mind so you can focus and zero in on what is important. When your mind is busy and it’s hard to think straight, meditate with an Azurite stone to get focused.
Celestite: One of the most popular Celestite uses is meditation because it helps smooth the transition into a peaceful state of awareness. Some healers believe it even helps them tap into their psychic and intuitive abilities. Working with the Celestite stone during meditation can encourage you to download messages from the spiritual realm and receive guidance and inspiration.
Lapis Lazuli: A Lapis Lazuli stone is said to help enhance your awareness, insight and truth. It is a healing gemstone that has existed since the beginning of time. Lapis Lazuli stones make wonderful tools to deepen your meditation during your yoga practice.
Labradorite: Labradorite deepens your meditation and raises your consciousness. It stimulates your inner awareness, bringing you closer to discovering your true self. It helps you to unfold your true-life purpose and uncover your destiny.
Lepidolite: A natural anxiety reliever, Lepidolite soothes your thoughts and brings calm to your mind. Lepidolite stones are great for meditating with when you are feeling anxious, worries or stressed as they bring ease to chaotic or overwhelming thoughts and guide you back to your natural state of being.
How to Meditate with Crystals
After you have chosen your crystal, you are ready for your meditation. There is no right or wrong way to meditate—just as there is no right or wrong crystal to use. And while everyone’s meditation preferences are unique, there are a very popular ways to meditate using crystals. Some of the best ways to utilize your crystals during your meditation are to 1) hold them in your hands while meditating or 2) lay them on your body, ideally so that they touch your skin. If you are new to meditating with crystals, here is a simple daily meditation with crystals to use to help you get started:
- First, find a quiet space where you feel comfortable and relaxed.
- Sit quietly with the healing stones or crystals that you wish to use nearby.
- Close your eyes and quiet your mind, focusing your attention on your breathing
- Pick up the crystals or stones and hold them comfortably in your hands.
- Imagine your awareness spiraling down into the stone, feeling the energy of your crystal.
- Breathe in the highest white light, and let the crystal’s energy fill your mind and permeate your senses.
- Visualize your intention. Your crystals and stones are listening.
- Relax your mind and your body. Sit with your crystals as long as you need.
- When you are finished, and feel completely relaxed and at peace, complete the grounding process by seeing all aspects of your awareness spiraling back out of the crystal and into your body. Feel yourself connect with the Earth and your body.
- Open your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
Your Guided Crystal Meditations
While you can meditate by simply closing your eyes and focusing on your breath, another powerful way to harness the power of this practice is through guided meditation. When you’re first starting out, guided meditation can help you to stay present in your practice. And even if you’ve been meditating for quite some time, trying a new method in the form of guided meditation can help you explore new aspects of the practice. We’ve chosen two of our absolute favorite crystals for meditation, Selenite and Amethyst, and created 10-minute guided meditation recordings so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience.
To get the most out of your guided meditations, we recommend incorporating them into your daily routine. Start your day with Selenite, and end your day with Amethyst.
A Selenite Crystal Meditation is perfect for elevating your morning ritual. By uplifting and clearing your energy through this crystal meditation, you can ensure that you feel your best at the start of each day.
An Amethyst Crystal Meditation can up-level your nighttime routine by helping you prepare your spirit for restful sleep. Through the calming properties of the stone, your Amethyst meditation allows you to rest and relax before bed.
Now that you have the tools, you’re ready to get meditating!
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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.