Crystals have been used for a variety of purposes throughout cultures and time.
Eckhart Tolle describes the crystal as the enlightened mineral or rock. Some even describe them as conscious or living.
Each holds a vibration that can directly influence a human’s vibration, energy field or even physical well being for the better.
As a result, it is common for people to use crystals for protection.
What Kind of Protection Can Crystals Offer?
There are a variety of types of protection that crystals can offer.
For example, they can help to strengthen your aura, thus creating an energetic strength against negative energies. Or a protective crystal can help to protect against psychic attacks, dark magic, or bullying. They can help you strengthen your boundaries in general, to prevent unwanted and damaging encounters.
In addition to energetic protection and psychic protection, they can also provide physical protection. A traveler’s stone, for example, might keep you safe against thieves and others who may mean you harm along your journey.
There are literally dozens — maybe hundreds — different kinds of protective crystals out there. Let’s look at four of the most popular and loved stones for protection.
Top 4 Crystals for Protection
Also known as Aurora Borealis stone thanks to the spectacular range of colors and how they shift in light, labradorite is a powerful protection stone. It creates an energetic shield around you that simultaneously strengthens your inner powers and deflects negative thought forms that would drain your energy.
Labradorite absorbs heavier, negative energies quickly, so it will need to be cleansed often to maintain its efficacy. To cleanse, you can run it under water or let it sit in salt water overnight.
Obsidian is a dark, opaque, black stone formed from lava. Many protection crystals are black as it is a protective colour that hides you from danger like a cloak. Obsidian will secure the aura, sealing any leaks or holes. It can be worn by highly sensitive people to protect against stressful encounters.
Traditionally used by early peoples for knives and arrowheads, obsidian is a stone that makes a very sharp edge. This sharp edge can be used metaphorically to cut out energetic attachments, chords, and negative influences.
Obsidian, also known as mirror stone, can be used to protect you against your own harmful thinking. It can also bring up deep, unobserved shadows within your own psyche, in order to process and heal them.
Because obsidian absorbs negative energies — both your own, that of others, and environmental pollutants — it should be cleansed often under running water.
Amethyst, a beautiful violet crystal, is named for a Greek myth.
In the myth Dionysus, the god of drink and revelry, was angry about an insult and decided to exact revenge on the first person he met. The first unfortunate person happened to be a girl named Amethyst. Amethyst was on her way to worship at the temple of Artemis, goddess of the hunt, the wild, and the moon.
When Dionysus sicked his tigers on Amethyst, she called out for protection and Artemis turned her into a clear crystal. Dionysus, regretting his actions, poured wine over the crystal as a blessing. The wine coloured the crystal the beautiful purple hue we see in this stone.
Just as Amethyst the girl received protection from the tigers, so amethyst the crystal provides protection. It has been worn by both travelers and soldiers to protect against harm.
However, amethyst also contains serene energy, and will purify the aura, cleansing it of any negative influence, while creating a protective energetic field around the person who wears it. It can help to soothe repetitive thinking loops and provide a sense of emotional safety. When placed beside your bed, it will protect against nightmares.
Tourmaline, another of the dark black stones, will simply swallow heavy, negative energies. It is one of the best crystals for protection.
Also known as schorl, it was even supposedly used by magicians to protect against demons. Wear it in public to shield against emotional and psychic toxicity. It even blocks radiation and environmental pollutants.
Another common usage for tourmaline is to place it by the front door. A large specimen is ideal for deflecting any negative or stressful energies that you bring home with you at the end of the day. It will purify you as you come home and keep out the unwanted vibrations.
How to Use Stones for Protection
It’s all well and good to acquire protective crystals, but how do you actually use them? There are a variety of ways to utilize crystals.
Here are four ways to get you started:
Wear your crystal: A lovely way of keeping your protective crystals close is to adorn yourself in beautiful jewellery. A necklace you can grasp, or a ring you can touch will help you remember and connect to your crystal regularly. Not into jewellery? Slip a protective stone into your pocket.
Placement within the home: Placing crystals in strategic locations within the home can help to protect your living space in the same way wearing it protects your person. For example — as mentioned above — you can put a large tourmaline beside the front door to prevent harmful energies from crossing the threshold.
Meditate with your crystal: Meditation is a wonderful way to interact with your crystal and allow its influence to penetrate. Try holding your crystal in your hands — or placing it somewhere on your body — while you bring your focus to your breath. Then you can shift your attention to the feeling of the stone. Just notice any sensations, feelings, or images that come up.
Visualisation: Another way to deepen your relationship to your protection stone is to sit with it either in your hands or on your body and close your eyes. Then visualise it sending out a protective aura around you. You can imagine it absorbing any negative energies and creating a strong wall that repels any harmful vibes.
How to Get Started with Crystals
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