So I did a Crystal Healing workshop.
It was enlightening, engaging, a REVELATION.
My objectives were:
- to learn more about crystals
- to learn how to use crystals to ground myself, balance my emotions, re-energise, relax, and capitalise on my creativity
- to expand my (creative) mind
Everyone was asked to wear comfortable clothing and big, cosy socks as shoes are a no-no for feeling GROUNDED and at one with ‘mother earth’.
During the day we learnt the different methods to CLEANSE crystals and how the ritual of this is the start of the crystal journey. I was drawn to the candle-flame cleanse as opposed to chiming symbols or musical tongs, but the tutor advised that using the elements – naturally flowing water, storms, the earth, sunshine and moonlight – are also very good, particularly if you match the element of the crystal to the element of cleansing, i.e. Moonstone bathed in moonlight.
There were crystals for sale including pendants and ‘pointing crystals’ in Amethyst and Smoky Quartz. I wanted to buy PETRIFIED WOOD, but as I was unsure how to use it, I felt buying something because I liked the name wasn’t a good enough reason. But I did buy the Amethyst point.
That night as I was going to bed, I thought about my crystals and reflected on the lessons of the day. I picked up my Amethyst, holding it in my left hand. It was cold and quite heavy with so much detail in its faceted purple ombré.
Almost immediately I had the vision of a snow-covered hillside deep in the forest. I was on a sledge or sleigh and was whizzing over and down, brushing against trees laden with snow and ice.
Seconds later I was at the edge of the forest, transported up, up into the sky by the force and speed of the sledge. Waiting for me was a castle of ice; smooth turrets and battlements glistening above the clouds. It recalled to me the My Little Pony castle I had as a child, only this time I knew it was a real castle, full of wisdom and wonder.
I saw a white unicorn, its mane a cascade of icy tendrils. It was muscular, at least 16 hands, and quite ambivalent about my presence.
But then I was journeying up further, higher. It was a maze of crystal caves shimmering in bright white light that seemed to lift me up. The walls were crystal formations – stalactites and jewelled edges all glimmering and magnificent in varying hues of purple from the palest lavender to the deepest indigo.
Each point caught the light, shimmering white dust caked the floor and the further I could see, the bigger and airier it got, glinting and fantastical. I was completely alone. And then I was going up again, this time to a similar place of cave formations, but carved entirely of diamonds. There were huge rocks and millions of tiny faceted stones twinkling, even brighter than the crystal caves of Amethyst in the lower floors. I was there less time than in the previous realms, and was going up again, feeling lighter and calmer as if transcending reality. All the time the crystal was becoming hotter in my hand. Definitely hot not warm, as if mirroring the start of the journey from the snow-covered wonderland, up, up, closer to the sun.
The final realm was pure reflected and refracted light. A rainbow of colours beamed all around me and within me and I was suspended in the air, or on the clouds, just watching and seeing and absorbing the wonderful power and the light and the colours. It was magical and I felt a kind of welcome paralysis.
The verdict? Crystals can take you places in your mind; up and out of yourself and far away, or GROUND you to the time, moment, place, earth of now and just let you BE.
Crystals are beautiful, INDIVIDUAL; perfect and IMPERFECT all at once, and they come from this earth in their endless array of colours, shapes and internal structures. They relate to different elements and have a PURPOSE and destination of their own.
Just like me. Just like you. Just like us. Just like everybody.
How have other creative people worked with crystals? I would be interested to know how they are used and what benefits others have noticed.