Do Healing Stones Really Work?
Healing stones, or healing crystals have been around for centuries and there are many people who believe in their power and the positive energy. In fact, many celebrities swear by healing stones and all of the positivity that they bring.
This has many people asking—do these stones actually work? Well, just like the stones themselves, the answer to this really isn’t black and white. Let’s take a deeper look into healing stones.
What are Healing Stones?
Healing stones are a type of crystal that is thought to bring positive energy to the person that holds or wear them. Different stones are thought to have different healing powers.
Above all things, healing stones are meant to help promote physical, emotional and spiritual healing. They aren’t just meant to cure a cold if you have it.
If you choose to follow the guides, here are some examples of the suggested uses for healing stones:
- Quartz for feeling safe and grounded.
- Rose quartz for love and romance.
- Citrine for success and prosperity.
- Amethyst for soothing the mind and emotions.
There of course, are hundreds of others stones out there, and hundreds of other meanings behind them.
How Do Most People Use Healing Stones?
There are a few ways to use healing stones. The most “traditional” way is to have a crystal healer place them on different areas of your chakra to help promote positive energy flow and healing in the areas that need them the most.
Most people who use healing stones regularly, will simply hold them during their meditations as a reminder to stay focused on the intention that they bring to their practice.
They are also a great tool to use when you do yoga, as they can symbolize the intentions that you bring to your practice. They are a great tool do hold during long meditation sessions that remind you of your purpose—and there are even many yoga teachers that will have students choose a stone before practice to help them remember their intentions.
So, Do They Work?
There is no scientific evidence to back up the fact that healing stones work or have any powerful properties. Most people suggest that they do, however, have a very powerful placebo effect, if you believe that the crystals will help heal you.
While healing stones may not be a replacement for modern medicine—they can have their benefits.
How to Get the Most Out of Healing Stones
There are a lot of unknowns about healing stones—but there is one thing that many people can inarguably state about these crystals; it is all about what you put into them. While some believe in the actual healing properties of these stones, many consider healing stones as a way to practice your mindfulness and meditation with a physical tool.
No matter what you are looking to get out of your experience with healing stones—here are some tips on how to get the most out of your experience with these crystals.
Set Your Intentions
Just like with any yoga or meditation practice, the first thing that you should do before you touch or use a healing stone—is to set your intention.
Before you state, think about what aspect of your life you are looking for help or healing with. Are you recovering from a heartbreak? Are you nervous about starting a new job? Think about your intention before you ever lay eyes on your stone.
Just as you intentionally draw your breath to certain areas that need healing when meditating—you will want to draw your intentions to areas of your life that need healing before you pick your stone. This will give you time to really think about what it is that you want out of life.
Choosing a Stone
When it is time to choose a stone, the best thing you can do is to trust your intuition. I don’t want you to put too much emphasis on the color or type of stone you choose, I want you to let your gut lead you. There is no “wrong” stone.
Trust your intuition, pay close attention to the colors and textures of the stones as you would through mindful walking. Choose a stone that you naturally gravitate towards and one that you like—again there is no wrong answer.
If you really believe in the different properties that different stones can bring, you can also reference one of the crystal healing guides out there that will tell you which stones to look for when you have different needs on your mind.
Clearing Your Mind
Once you choose your stone, take several deep breaths in so that you can clear your mind. Sit in a comfortable position as you would during a meditation and let your mind wander.
Sit with your stone, holding it in your hand and feeling its texture against your skin. If your mind starts to wander, just refocus your attention back on this stone—as you would with your breath or a gong during other types of meditation.
A clear and focused mind will only help you find more peace and balance during your practice. Continue your deep, cleansing breaths for 15-20 minutes, always keeping your stone in your hand as a way to guide you back to where you are in the present.
As you become more comfortable with the stones—you can also strategically place them parts of your body that need the most healing. There are other people who will place their stones on their chakras or even carry their stones with them throughout the day for an extra boost of confidence and positive energy.
There is still a lot to learn about healing stones, and a lot of unknowns about this practice. However, if you are interested in seeing what good intentions, mindfulness and positive thinking can do for you—then healing stones can be a positive instrument that help you practice the art of mindfulness.