How to Practice Chakra Healing with Crystals (Complete Guide)
At a glance
- Everything you need to know about chakra healing with crystals
- What are the chakras? Understanding why chakra healing is so relevant today, and how to know which chakras need healing
- Uncovering how to use crystals for chakra healing
- and much more!
Chakra healing is a process of influencing how energy moves through the various chakras or wheels of energy in our body. The goal of chakra healing or chakra balancing is to restore these energy centers to function at their most optimal levels.
"Our bodies communicate to us clearly & specifically, if we are willing to listen."
- Shakti Gawain, personal development and new age author
There are hundreds of chakra points on the body, with the primary 7 chakra points, that are usually dealt with in healing, starting at the bottom of the spine all the way to the top of the head.
These points are namely the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakra and the ultimate aim for practicing chakra healing with crystals is to come to a state of balance and grounding to align and heal the body, mind, and spirit.
As energy naturally flows in and out of these key channels, drawing it in or releasing it out, crystals are amazing tools that work on a vibrational level to influence this change, helping to shift imbalances and align the chakras.
In this post we'll discover what chakra healing is, why it's so relevant today, explore each chakra in detail and learn how to practice chakra healing with crystals to assist you in your healing journey:
Table of Contents
- What are the Chakras?
- What is Chakra Healing
- The Importance of Chakra Healing Today
- The 7 Chakras
- Root Chakra
- Sacral Chakra
- Solar Plexus Chakra
- Heart Chakra
- Throat Chakra
- Third Eye Chakra
- Crown Chakra
- Understanding Which Chakras Need Healing
- Why Use Crystals for Chakra Healing
- How to Practice Chakra Healing with Crystals
- Chakra Healing Therapy
- Cleanse your chakra stones
- Create the right ambiance
- Place chakra stones on the body
- Let the chakra stones do their job
- End with grounding
- Carry or Wear Chakra Stones
- Balance as you Sleep
- Meditate with Chakra Stones
- Where to Buy Chakra Healing Stones
- Key Takeaways
What are the Chakras?
The word chakra literally means “wheel” in Sanskrit, dating back to ancient India centuries ago. In healing modalities, the major 7 chakras or "energy wheels," that run from the base of the spine to the top of the head are used for healing.
Chakra energy spins in both a clockwise or anticlockwise movement, directing energy "out" of our body or pulling energy "in" from the outside into our own energy field. Depending on the current state of the chakras is what determines this "in" and "out" flow of energy.
When all of the chakras are spinning harmoniously we are able to function properly. However, a block in any chakra can affect the entire system.
Each of the seven chakras also has its own vibrational frequency. In energy and crystal healing the unique vibration of each chakra is associated with healing specific issues on the spiritual, emotional and physical level.
By using crystals as your allies for healing and combining the right crystal with the right chakra you can amplify your intentions, cleanse the chakras, remove blockages, and promote well-being.
What is Chakra Healing?
The seven major chakras, which each correspond to a color of the rainbow and run along the main meridian of our body's energy field, are a powerful tool to diagnose what is going on within ourselves.
Imbalances in the chakras show up as emotional tension or physical pain and are usually an excellent diagnostic tool to understand what's going on in your energy field, and warning signs to signal if something is quite not right.
For example, if you have repetitive tension headaches your third eye chakra may be out of whack, or you may have a block in your sacral chakra if you have gastric and digestive problems.
Another key point to keep in mind is that chakras don't only represent specific parts of your physical body but also your consciousness. Everything that you perceive in your consciousness can be linked with a particular chakra. If you've just had a bad breakup you'll feel it in your heart chakra. If you feel fear you'll experience it in your root chakra.
When this emotional tension reaches a higher degree of intensity over time it can manifest itself as a physical symptom. This physical symptom is a way for the body to communicate with you, giving you signs of what is going on in your consciousness — and this is what chakra healing with crystals aims to resolve.
Knowing which of your own unique chakras need more work will empower you to heal yourself not only physically but also mentally and spiritually.
The Importance of Chakra Healing Today
Feeling burned out? Your chakras can get imbalanced simply by what life throws at you. Your life experiences affect your consciousness, and everything you are impacted by can influence the energetic frequencies of your chakras.
When you're faced with the challenges and struggles of modern day living, experiences both positive and negative can affect the chakras. Negative experiences can often translate in suppressing energy flow and "close" the chakra. When a chakra becomes "blocked" it simply means that the quality and quantity of energy it generates is very limited.
There are also other influencers to the delicate balance of the chakras. Every time an emotional or physical stimuli is experienced it changes something minutely on an electromagnetic level through the chakras impacting each chakra and the overall body system at large. How you live is also an important influence. For example, if you are constantly plugged into technology or sit on a desk for a large part of your day, your root and sacral chakra may be affected which affects how you well you are grounded as a person.
Chakra healing also empowers you to get "unstuck" by clearing imbalances, which can cause the same negative patterns and situations that you see repeating over and over again in your life. Not until these areas are unblocked and balanced can you get out of this vicious cycle.
Practicing chakra healing becomes all the more important today as we are affected by daily stressors in all aspects of life. As we open, cleanse and heal the chakras we allow energy to flow freely, clearing blockages and allowing things to get back to a state of balance and equilibrium. If ignored for too long, blocked chakras can lead to serious consequences on the physical and emotional level.
Before we get to the strategies of chakra healing with crystals, let's take a look at each chakra point or energy center in detail and how it affects us.
The 7 Chakras
Each of the seven major chakras on the body is connected to certain colors, crystals, and even specific foods and sounds. With everything that you are bombarded with on a daily basis, it's easy for your energy field to become unbalanced. Chakra healing with crystals can help to adjust these imbalances and realign the chakras promoting health and wellbeing.
Specific crystals correspond with specific chakras and give off vibrations to balance and align that chakra. Below we'll take a look at the 7 major chakras of the body and the chakra stones that are associated with them:
1. Root Chakra
Location: Tail bone, the base of the spine (1st Chakra)
Color: Red, black
When the root chakra is balanced you feel confident, grounded, secure, healthy and have high physical energy. Blocks in this chakra can lead to feeling unhappy especially with your physical body and health. You may be fearful and experience low self-esteem. An overactive root chakra can lead to self-centeredness, bullying and getting angry at
the smallest things.
Physical symptoms: Fatigue, anxiety, depression, lower back pain, obesity or unhealthy weight, constipation.
Root chakra stones: Root chakra stones include red and black crystals such as red jasper, garnet, black onyx, hematite, and smoky quartz.
2. Sacral Chakra
Location: Below the belly button, lower abdomen (2nd Chakra)
When the sacral chakra is balanced and activated you feel creative, inspired, emotionally balanced, sensual and are comfortable with who you are. Blocks in this chakra can lead to low energy levels and lack of motivation. You may also be overly sensitive to issues, or too hard on yourself. An overactive sacral chakra can make you feel emotionally imbalanced, you may break down in tears frequently, or you may even be sexually addictive and manipulative.
Physical symptoms: Lower back and body pain, bladder or kidney problems, low sex drive, menstrual issues, intestinal conditions, impotence, infertility
Sacral chakra stones: Sacral chakra stones include carnelian, tiger eye, amber, and orange calcite.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra
Location: Above the belly button, stomach (3rd Chakra)
When the solar plexus or navel chakra is activated you feel empowered and uninhibited. You are spontaneous and feel you can manifest what you desire. You have high self-respect and also respect for others. Blocks in this chakra can lead to feeling powerless and insecure. You may need constant reassurance and are overly concerned about what other people might think. If this chakra is overactive you may get judgmental, overly controlling and angered easily. You may also be deemed a workaholic.
Physical symptoms: Digestive issues, gastric problems such as ulcers and bloating, respiratory conditions, eczema, unhealthy weight gain, and metabolic problems, diabetes, difficulty concentrating
Solar plexus chakra stones: Solar plexus chakra stones include yellow crystals such as citrine, rutilated quartz, and yellow jasper.
4. Heart Chakra
Location: Center of the chest (4th Chakra)
Color: Green, pink
Considered the emotional center of the body, a balanced heart chakra means love flows easily from you and you are compassionate, nurturing, hopeful, love unconditionally and are lovable. Blocks in this chakra mean that you may have difficult relationships or feel unworthy to be loved or detached to the people you are in a relationship with. You may also feel hopeless, unable to forgive, fear rejection and feel self-pity. An overactive heart chakra can lead to feelings of possessiveness, over-attachment, and getting overly emotional.
Physical symptoms: Heart problems, high blood pressure, poor circulation, palpitations, respiratory issues, breast cancer, joint problems, upper back, and shoulder pain
Heart chakra stones: Heart chakra stones include green and pink stones such as rose quartz, green aventurine, rhodonite, and chrysoprase.
5. Throat Chakra
Location: Center of the neck (5th Chakra)
Color: Blue, sky blue, turquoise
A balanced throat chakra means that you find it easy to articulate yourself and are a good communicator. You are artistic and are comfortable communicating your thoughts verbally, in writing and are honest in your self-expression. Blocks in this chakra can mean you find it difficult to express yourself which may lead to miscommunication and you may be unreliable. If your throat chakra is overactive you may be over-talkative, or speak before you think, which may lead to arguments that could otherwise have been avoided.
Physical symptoms: Thyroid issues, sinusitis, throat and ear infections, dental problems, neck and shoulder pain, and stiffness
Throat chakra stones: Throat chakra stones include aquamarine, sodalite, turquoise, angelite, kyanite, amazonite, and blue apatite.
6. Third Eye Chakra
Location: Center of the forehead (6th Chakra)
Color: Deep blue, indigo
An activated third eye or brow chakra means that you are very intuitive and are in touch with your inner wisdom. You are charismatic and are not too attached to materialistic things. You have reached a state of self-realization and feel creatively inspired. Blocks in the third eye chakra can make you feel unclear about what lies ahead, lack organization, and unable to uncover the truth in situations. You may be undisciplined and fear success. An overactive third eye chakra could lead to feeling authoritarian and even arrogant. You may feel that you have run out of ideas, and feel stuck and unable to make decisions as you feel you can't trust your intuition.
Physical symptoms: Nightmares, headaches, sleep issues, insomnia, problems with vision, migraines, learning difficulties, brain disorders, hair and scalp conditions
Third eye chakra stones: Third eye chakra stones include lapis lazuli, fluorite, and iolite.
7. Crown Chakra
Location: Top of head (7th Chakra)
Color: White, violet, gold
An activated crown chakra means you are at peace with yourself, feel inspired and have a personality that commands attention. The crown chakra is the door to all the other chakras and the pathway to deep thought, meditation and being spiritually enlightened. Blocks in this chakra can lead to feeling lost like you don't "belong," and feel as if your life has no purpose. It can also manifest as mental exhaustion and an inability to think clearly and make decisions. An overactive crown chakra can lead to confused emotions and a sense of unrealized control. It may also lead to being psychotic or manic depressive.
Physical symptoms: Autoimmune and neurological conditions, mental health disorders, nerve issues, dementia
Crown chakra stones: Crown chakra stones include clear quartz, amethyst, selenite, and lepidolite.
Understanding Which Chakras Need Healing
Not sure which of your chakras are blocked or are too open and overactive? You may be curious to know which chakras have issues and need to be balanced.
These tests will help you to develop an awareness about your chakras and deepen your understanding on which areas of your life need healing and balancing.
You can also read about the physical and emotional issues each chakra helps to balance above so that if you're currently facing those issues, the corresponding chakra is a good place to start and concentrate on.
You can also use a crystal pendulum over each chakra to see if it is overactive, closed or balanced as demonstrated below:
Why Use Crystals for Chakra Healing
You might be wondering how the ancient art of crystal healing that has been used for centuries actually works.
How can stones help to heal?
The answer lies in what is known scientifically as the piezoelectric effect. Think of how a quartz watch works. A tiny piece of quartz, when put under pressure, actually generates a constant voltage to keep a watch running with extraordinary precision.
This is the same effect that crystals have on the body. They put out a tiny charge or vibration which affects our biomagnetic energy field, creating balance. Just as each person has a unique energy field, each stone also has a unique vibration.
A good rule of thumb to use for chakra healing with crystals is that if a crystal is the same color frequency as a particular chakra, it's good for activating and balancing that chakra. By working with crystals that resonate at the same vibrational frequencies as each chakra does, you can remove energy blocks, cleanse the chakras, and promote balance, which leads to physical, mental and spiritual vitality.
How to Practice Chakra Healing with Crystals
There are several ways to use crystals for chakra healing. You can place crystals on your body, wear them as jewelry, put them under your pillow, hold them, meditate with them or carry them around.
Chakra Healing Therapy
One of the best ways to use crystals for chakra healing is by placing chakra stones on the body that resonate with each of the chakras to restore balance.
You can go to a crystal healer who practices chakra healing, but you can also follow the instructions below to perform chakra healing at home.
Here are the steps to perform chakra healing with crystals by placing them on the body:
1. Cleanse your chakra stones
Before you begin, cleanse your chakra stones to remove any energy build-ups. You can do this by smudging which involves burning sage and surrounding your stones in the smoke to dispel negative energy, or also by immersing your stones in salt water and rinsing well.
Note: Some stones such as pyrite, opal, lapis lazuli, and hematite are porous so should not be cleansed using salt water.
2. Create the right ambiance
It's important to find a quiet, relaxing place where you will not be disturbed. Light some candles, burn incense (or diffuse essential oils). Most importantly turn off any digital devices, especially your smartphone. Also, keep a glass of water handy for later.
Place a grounding stone such as a piece of black tourmaline or hematite about 6 inches below your feet. This grounding stone is not part of the 7 chakra stones but is important to keep you grounded and connected to Mother Earth during the session. Place this stone first.
3. Place chakra stones on the body
Now, lay out your chakra stones by your side. You'll need one stone for each of your 7 chakras. An inexpensive chakra healing kit has everything that you need to get started. Lie down on your back, clear your mind, breathe slowly and place each chakra stone on the chakra it resonates with. You can do this with your clothes on. You can also surround the chakra stones with quartz crystals to amplify their effect.
Always start with the root chakra and work your way up. View this brief video below to learn how to place your chakra stones.
4. Let the chakra stones do their job
After you've placed your chakra stones, visualize each of the chakra stones emitting light, glowing and spreading energy in each of your chakras. It's important to keep breathing, be relaxed and let the chakra stones do their work.
For example, when working on your root chakra you can imagine a bright, red light glowing brightly as it flows through your chakra. Breathe deeply 3-5 times as you envision this chakra spinning harmoniously and focus your attention on the issues you want to resolve. Imagine how it would be to live without those problems.
Once done, move upwards to the next chakra, until you reach the final 7th chakra, the crown chakra. The entire chakra healing process should take between 15-20 minutes, however, if you have blockages due to chronic issues in certain chakras this may take more time and even more sessions.
5. End with grounding
It's really important to end your chakra healing session with grounding. After you've done all this work, you need to feel centered and rooted. Some people may even be a bit wobbly or feel dizzy after a balancing session.
Remember the grounding stone you placed earlier before you started the chakra healing? After you've removed your chakra stones starting from the crown chakra all the way down to the root chakra, leave the grounding stone (which is below your feet) for a little longer, around 5 to 10 minutes. Breathe slowly, then get up and drink a glass of water to aid the balancing process.
Carry or Wear Chakra Stones
You can carry chakra stones with you, either in your purse, wallet or in your pocket. It's best to carry them as close to the body as possible. You can also carry stones resonating to the specific chakras you need to focus on.
For example, if you're anxious about a presentation that you have to deliver, carry a throat chakra stone such as a piece of sodalite to help you communicate and express yourself, and also a root chakra stone such as red jasper to help you overcome anxiety and give you a confidence boost.
You can also wear jewelry made from the specific chakra stone that you need to help you balance. As you wear that piece of jewelry the stone will impart the energy that you require for healing. Make sure to cleanse and program your jewelry before you wear it. You can cleanse it by smudging and program it by holding it in your hand and visualizing all that you want the crystal to help you with, and all the positivity you want to manifest in your life.
Balance as You Sleep
Chakra stones can also help you balance as you sleep. Place your chakra stones in a small bag and place it under your pillow or beside you before you go to sleep at night. Program the stones to help balance your chakras as you sleep.
Many stones such as amethyst can also naturally help with sleep issues and insomnia, so this is an added benefit. A chakra healing kit with small tumble stones is excellent to place under your pillow and get all the healing benefits as you sleep.
Meditate with Chakra Stones
Meditating with chakra healing stones is an excellent way to activate the chakras. When we meditate we are at a deeper state of consciousness. This means we can be more attuned to addressing issues that lie in our subconscious mind and address them before they start to appear as physical ailments.
You can meditate with chakra stones placed on your body, concentrating on the properties of each chakra stone and how it can help you, or you can hold and focus on a specific chakra stone and the positive energy it transmits that you want to harness to bring into your energy field.
As you meditate, visualize the colored light and energy of each stone spinning, opening and flowing through the chakra. Start at the root chakra and work your way up to the crown chakra. If there are specific areas you wish to focus on and certain results you want to achieve, visualize those intentions as you meditate, to manifest them into your life.
Where to Buy Chakra Healing Stones
If you have a local crystal shop nearby, they may carry the chakra stones you need to get started. However, if you can't find a store close to you the next best thing to do is shop online for chakra stones.
As a beginner, you may find that a chakra stone kit has everything you need to get started.
- Meaning "wheel" in Sanskrit, chakras are energy centers of the body that when balanced enable physical, emotional and spiritual well-being
- There are 7 main chakras in the body, namely the root chakra, sacral chakra, solar plexus chakra, heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye chakra, and crown chakra
- Chakra healing helps to clear imbalances by balancing blocked and overactive chakras
- If ignored for too long imbalances in the chakras can lead to serious consequences on the physical, emotional and spiritual level
- Crystals are amazing tools that help to shift imbalances and align and balance the chakras
- Each chakra crystal resonates with a color frequency of a major chakra on the body and can help to balance it
- Chakra healing with crystals can be done by placing chakra stones on the body, meditating with them, carrying them or wearing them as jewelry
- An inexpensive chakra stones healing kit is a great way to get started with chakra healing
Please note that this post is not intended for use as medical advice.