Crystals 101 | A Beginners Guide to Crystals
Ok. If you listen to our new podcast, Un aguacate a la vez, you probably saw this coming. If you haven't listened to the podcast, firstly, what are you waiting for?! Secondly, yes, I am into crystals and no, this doesn't mean I'm having a Spencer Pratt-like nervous breakdown. In fact, I am a new (and very proud) self-discovered brujita. But before you start judging, please continue reading. 👇
Apart from Spencer Pratt, the first time I heard about using crystals for wellness was from my friend and co-host at Un aguacate a la vez, Silvia Vallejo. But to be honest, when she told me about this, I immediately judged her (shame on me!) and dismissed the idea thinking it was "too new-age" for me. By the way, we talked about this on Episode #2 if you want to listen to it later!
Fast forward to September 2017: Hurricane María. I kept feeling like I needed some reconnecting with nature (aka "grounding" if you're into yoga/ wellness) after all the craziness going on in Puerto Rico. My life was almost literally turned upside down and for some reason I was craving nature. Long story short: Now I have more than 15 crystals scattered all over my home and here's what I have learned if you are considering entering this magical world:
Don't freak out!
Crystals have been with us for millions of years. Why would you reject something that comes from nature? I like to give crystals a similar approach as I do to plants: They are beautiful and make me happy!
Why are people using crystals?
In my opinion, people are sick and tired of the current state the world is in. We are tired of being hooked on technology 24/7 and having something tangible that comes from nature makes us feel grounded and like we belong to something more meaningful than Trump's Twitter wars and the latest influencer on Instagram.
And of course, they are trendy! All you need to do is a quick "crystals" search on Instagram to know what I'm talking about. I have seen several bloggers sneaking crystals into their flat-lays for a while now! Yes, we are guilty too.
Crystals are all about you
They are all about you because YOU decide what they mean to you. Yes, you can read online what all these crystals mean, but at the end of the day, you need to use what works for you. Don't worry, I'll explain later how to use them.
How do you use them?
I like to wear them as jewelry, keep them around me at home and try to leave the house with a small crystal in my bag or pocket every once in a while, specially when I'm anxious about something.
My Favorite Crystals:
Choosing a crystal
1. Go to a crystal store.
My favorite crystal stores are:
Turquesa in Old San Juan - Prepare to stay hours browsing around!
Gaia in Baldrich - This is just a magical place. Go and let me know.
Natural Style in San Patricio - It's a kiosk right between La Favorita and Men's Wearhouse.
Energy Muse - This is also a great place to research information about crystals.
2. Browse around and grab the crystal that you're most attracted to.
Instead of researching for the perfect crystal for your current situation or setting your mind into buying the most "Instagram worthy" one, try using your intuition. You will notice that even though you like a certain crystal better, you may be more attracted to another one. This happened to me when I first started. All I wanted was an amethyst because, come on, it's gorgeous! But I wasn't vibing with any of the ones I came across with AT ALL. I kept coming back to a big piece of black tourmaline, which I don't particularly love aesthetically, but when I did a little research I understood it was all I really needed: Grounding. #shocking (not!)
Using your crystals
Yes you read that right. Specially if you are planning on using crystals for spirituality and mindfulness, you must cleanse them. Why? If you believe in vibes, then you will be getting rid of all the bad vibes it may have been exposed to. But if you are skeptical, like I was, cleansing them is the best way to set your mind and believe this crystal is truly yours.
How do you cleanse them? We talked about this more deeply on the podcast, but my favorite way is smudging it with sage or palo santo. You can also leave it overnight in water with salt, in a bath salt or just setting an intention. The best way to cleanse it is to use your intuition and a little Google!
Warning: Some crystals may dissolve in water and or salt so make sure you Google this first.
2. Set an intention
This is the most important part of owning a crystal. After all, this is a mindfulness tool! Here are some intentions you can set:
Work with ease
Love without judgement
Whatever you need in your life can become your intention! Just make sure you believe you can achieve it.
Once you set an intention, it's time to put it to good use. My favorite way to use my crystals is in the morning. I keep a shunguite in my running pants for protection and like to put a crystal at the top of my yoga mat before each yoga session. Helps me stay focus and connected to my practice!
Using crystals is very personal. This is not a religion or an obscure practice, it's just a little piece of Mother Earth that can help you enhance your life, however you choose to. Don't be afraid to try this magical world. But if you're just getting started, allow me to introduce you to some books I read during my crystal journey:
Crystal Bliss - This is the first one I ever read. She can get a little woo-woo at times, but it's a great beginners guide!
The Crystal Bible - Once you get really into crystals, you will start craving more in depth descriptions and this book delivers! Since there are so many crystals on Earth is divided by 3 volumes. You can grab them here, here and here.
The Book of Chakra Healing - The moment I finally understood the chakra system is the moment I truly understood crystals. Needless to say, this is also a great book for beginners since it details the best crystals for each chakra imbalance.
Here are some books on my crystal healing wish list: