Crystals For Beginners: How To Use Them

Crystals for Beginners: how to use them

Crystals have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Many people are finding their ways to crystals or could the crystals actually be seeking others out? Either way, if you getting started with crystals or you have had them for a while and you don’t know what to do with them, this essential guide will support crystals for beginners.

Crystals are very powerful healing & spiritual tools. They are formed right within the earth and as you might guess, their use has been dated back to ancient times.

Crystals have the ability to absorb, store and transmute energy due to their perfected geometric structures. They work with the highest form of energy which is Universal energies. Each crystal has their own unique energetic vibration and metaphysical healing properties. You can access this information through your clear intention.

An intention is simply the direction of energy and focus on what you desire to create.

Crystals interact with the body’s energy field or chakras. When our auric and energy fields are weakened, that is when we notice the dis-ease within our bodies and we may experience physical symptoms. Crystals along with essential oils can actually work at this energetic level to bring our energy fields, chakras, back into balance.

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How to Clear A Crystal

Crystals have the ability to absorb and retransmit energies that they come in contact with. So it is important to clear your crystals. This brings them back to their original energetic state.

Think about you when you get drained or depleted. You need to clear yourself and re-tune to your natural state of being. When you do that, you feel energized, healthy and balanced. You are capable of working at your highest state. Crystals need that care too.

You want clear a crystal the first time you get one and then on a continuous basis as you work with them. As you work with crystals, more and more, you will intuitively know when it is time to clear them. As a general rule, start to clear them after every use.

There are many different ways to clear or cleanse a crystal. Go with what resonates for you and the crystals. Again, the more you work closely with crystals the more in tune you will be to them and you can tap into what they really need.

When using any of these clearing techniques, you want to set your intention to clear your crystals, bringing them back to their full resonance state. You do need to do your research because some of these techniques will not work on certain crystals because they are sensitive to heat, light and water.

  • SOUND: This is my #1 favorite way to clear crystals. You could use chimes, a bell, a singing bowl or even a tuning fork. Allow the sound from your instrument to vibrate over and round the crystal. Do this for a few minutes.

  • SMUDGING: Smudge crystals by moving them through a bundle of burning dried herbs. Allow the crystal to be placed in the smoke and turn the crystal around so it gets fully cleansed. I learned from my crystal healing teacher, Ashley Leavy that when the smoke tends to move to a side of the crystal, it is usually done.

  • WATER: Put a crystal under running water until you intuitively feel it is cleansed. There are some crystals that will dissolve in water, like Selenite. You can also imagine an ocean stream or river stream moving over your crystals and cleansing them. Remember, we are working at an energetic level here to clear and cleanse.

  • SUNLIGHT/MOONLIGHT: The light of the sun and moon are wonderful ways to connect the crystal back to nature. Remember to check to see if your crystals fade in the sun before putting them out. I tend to put my crystals out in the moonlight and then leave them out all night. You can also leave them by the widow sill if you can’t put them out directly.

  • SOIL/BEACH: Crystals came from the earth so giving them some time on or in the earth is wonderful. Placing them on the soil or burying them in the earth (up to 24 hours) gives them an energetic reboot from nature. If you are at the beach, let them ground into the sand for a good clearing.

RELATED: Click here for a list of crystals that can be damaged by water or liquids.

How to Work With A Crystal

One thing you will learn through me is that crystals have the ability to help you tap into your intuitive and innate abilities. When you are working with crystals, follow your intuition. There is no right and wrong way. Do what feels good to you.

I do want to share a few ways that you can simple ways that you can begin to work with your crystals.

MEDITATION: Sit with your crystal, and quiet your mind. Allow yourself to tune into the energy of it and allow its energy to fill up your body. Notice how it makes you feel. Notice if there is anything it wants to share with you. The more you work with crystals in meditation, the more you will develop a connection to the particular crystal. You’ll be able to learn how to work closely with it to support your best interest.

INTENTION: Your intention is a focus on energy. It is this focus of energy that allows the crystal to support you at an energetic level. When working with a crystal, decide what your main focus is. Each time you connect, remember your focus and notice how the crystals supports you. You can keep your crystals in places where you will see them to remind you of your intention.

CHAKRAS: Crystals work with our own energy field or chakras. You can choose to use a crystal for a specific chakra by laying down and putting the stone on a particular energy center for about 5-10 minutes. Allowing the energy of the crystal to work with the chakra. Notice how it made you feel, what showed up for you, etc.

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As you work with your own crystals, make sure you keep a journal or log of what crystals you work with, how you used them and results of working with them. You might not notice huge changes in your life right away, because they work with the energy. It may take some time, but don’t give up. They are amazing and will support you to get back into alignment and balance within yourself.

As always, follow your own intuition. If you are sure you can trust your intuition, start working with crystals!


Stacy Stehle is a Healer + Energy Alchemist. She empowers others in knowing that they are not just physical but also energetic. No matter where you are in your health and your life, you can create change. She has been in the health and wellness field for over 13 years, specializing in energy healing. Her work supports others to feel and be the best they can be.