Power Banding: Load Up the Crystal Bracelets

Heather Askinosie|August 09, 2017

Not that you need another reason to deck yourself out in crystal jewelry, but in case you were wondering, there is an intention behind why we suggest wearing crystal bracelets on both arms—or, as we call it, power banding! If you look at the imagery of influential women as depicted by ancient civilizations, you’ll notice a trend: many of them are adorned with bracelets on both wrists. Whether you’re looking at art conveying Egyptian goddesses like Isis, Greek goddesses like Athena, Hindu goddesses like Saraswati or Buddhist goddesses like Quan Yin, the common trait among them all are matching cuffs on both arms. This makes sense to us, as energy workers. 

Since positive energy is all about creating and sustaining balance, symmetry of bands on each side of the body signifies the harmony held within these powerful women. Just as the right and left sides of the brain serve different functions, the right and left sides of the body serve different energy functions. 

While the left side is your sensitive, responsible for dealing with your internal self, your right side is more about how you take action in the world outside. You receive energy through your left side, and it is on this side that you make positive “shifts” that best benefit you emotionally. When you wear certain healing crystals on your left wrist you can consciously control and modify stresses from your outside environment. In contrast, your right side is your “doer” or “action” side. When you wear crystals on your right wrist, the gemstones aid in your productivity and control the energy you put into your outside environment. 

To get the best energetic benefit from your crystal bracelets you simply need to find the correct balance between your left and right sides (similar to the ancient Chinese concept of yin and yang energy – light vs. dark, slow vs. fast, soft vs. hard, internal vs. external). You can do this by wearing crystal bracelets on your left and right wrists in specific combinations to help you better achieve what you desire. We recommend that you wear a combination of at least 2 bracelets on each wrist when working with this “energy power banding” concept. Learn more about your three energy channels.

Heather Askinosie + Sofia Rose Talk Crystal Bracelets and Power Banding

In this video, Heather Askinosie explains why she wears crystals that carry the energy which she’d like to receive, on her left side, and contrasts them with crystals that hold the energy of what she would like to put out, on her right side. The crystals and the intentions behind them will be different for each person. For Heather, the lepidolite meaning, which stabilizes the mood, and Ametrine, which soothes and uplifts the spirit, are best on her left, receiving side. On her right, giving side, she wears Pyrite, to give the truth, and Clear Quartz, to give clarity. Bringing your arms together in a namaste pose, marries these energies and induces a harmony within your spirit. Play around until you find the right energy combination for you, but remember to keep in mind how the energies will react to one another. The best combinations of crystal bracelets will be unique to each individual, so just because something works best for us doesn’t mean it feels the best for you! Trust yourself. And most importantly, have fun with it!

  • Clear Quartz
  • Lepidolite
  • Pyrite
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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