Crystals are formed within the earth over a long period of time, sometimes even hundreds of millions of years.
Some crystals can be found all over the world in multiple locations, such as Rose Quartz, Amethyst or many Jaspers. Other crystals are rare and can only be found in one particular place, such as Spectrolite which is a blue, Finnish relative of Labradorite, or Tanzanite which only comes from Tanzania. The location also often influences the colours or patterns of the crystals, for example, Labradorite from Madagascar usually looks different to Labradorite from Canada, or Amethyst from Brazil is often better, darker quality than that from Finland.
Here is a little introduction into this wonderful, magical world of crystals.
HOW DO CRYSTALS WORK?
The healing qualities of crystals come from the minerals within them, their formation, their shape, the patterns and colours on their surface. All colours are different vibrational frequencies of light, that each have their own healing qualities. The healing qualities of the crystals come from the combined effect of all these. When we work with crystals, it creates a mild electro magnetic reaction, which a sensitive person can feel as a very gently vibrating, prickling, warming or cooling energy. It can also manifest as an emotion, for example, relaxation, or as visions such as that of a walk in the woods. This way their energies can help the pains of the body, aid in sleep or in calming your thoughts. They can strengthen the inner self love, self trust and joy in life.
And to those who don't necessarily understand or wish to believe in the healing energies of crystals - you can also use them as reminders of the intent of the healing qualities. This way you can become more mindful of these themes in your life, bringing more attention to them will help you work through them.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR CRYSTALS?
You can choose your crystal by its shape, size, quality, colour, healing qualities or where you plan to place it. A crystal for raising the energy vibrations of a space should be larger in size or more in numbers to amplify their effect. However, a high vibrational crystal, such as Apophyllite for example, doesn't need to be large in order to have a strong effect. A basic rule however is that the larger the crystal, the more amplified its healing energy is.
A good way to approach choosing your crystal is to let your eye and mind wander over them, whether you're browsing online or in a shop. The ones that stand out to you more than others, are often the ones whose healing qualities you need in that moment. This is your intuition guiding you. You can even ask your intuition to guide you to the crystals you most need the help of, then close your eyes for a moment to focus before choosing the crystals. If you have a particular issue or theme you wish to work on, or heal, you can choose crystals that will help you with that in particular.
HOW TO CHOOSE CRYSTALS FOR OTHERS?
A crystal is a meaningful, thoughtful gift to give, or a memorable way to mark a special occasion. When choosing a crystal for someone else, you can let your intuition guide you, by asking it to do so, or you can choose by the healing qualities of the crystal that you wish for the recipient of it to enjoy.
You can also think of how the person is most likely to use the crystal, will they use it on the desk? Choose something that can be larger in size, maybe a natural cluster or polished statue. You can also pay attention to the colours the recipient of the crystal likes and work within those colours. Will they want to meditate and work with the energies of the crystal? Choose a polished shape, a point or a wand. Will they want to wear the crystal as a piece of jewellery? Then think of the type of existing pieces they have - are they statement jewellery types of people or more minimal and discreet, what is their sense of style and what colours do they prefer to wear, then choose accordingly.
If you feel a little stuck as to which crystal to choose, you can always email us at mira (at) tyynikki.com and we will happily guide you.
HOW TO USE THEM IN HEALING?
In crystal healing, there is no one right or wrong way of doing things. You can let your intuition guide you. You can place them over a chakra or area that you wish to work on, or rub that area with the crystal if it is a polished shape. You can use a point shape to guide the energy in a particular direction. You can meditate with it, by observing the patterns, inclusions and colours on its surface or simply holding it in your hands. You can pop it inside your pillowcase or under your mattress topper to enjoy its energy while sleeping. You can place it in a space that you wish to exude the energy of the crystal. You can keep it on you as a piece jewellery or carry it in your purse, pocket or bra. There are endless ways to enjoy crystals.
Founder of Tyynikki
P.S. A lot of the crystal knowledge we share is passed down to Mira by her late mother Sari McGlinn, a crystal shop owner, an author and educator in the field of crystals, wellbeing and healing <3