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Now That I Have My Crystals, What Do I Do With Them?


A Quartz Circle in the lawn

Tangerine Quartz

A Quartz Sphere
Full of character and rainbows

a nice piece is full of lustre and colours, often looking like Paua

Word stones help to remind us of the power of the indivitual word, being made from crystal is an extra bonus

Mookite Jasper comes from Australia's outback,
amazing patterns with lots
of reds and yellow

Crystal Children

One of the most delightful and enlightening qualities of children (especially the very young) is their awareness that life is magical and that all things are alive. They talk to their teddy bears, have conversations with trees, and have instant rapport with animals.

They are equally capable of communing with crystals, because we instinctively think with our hearts but as we get older we are 'taught' to listen to our Brains more and hence our hearts less.

Introducing the Young People in Your Life to Crystals

The children in your life may be yours, your grandchildren, little brothers and sisters, other relatives, or non-biological kin. What could be more natural than to share your own love for crystals with them?

Babies and Very Young Children

Safety First: Very young children should either not be left alone with crystals or should be past the putting-everything-in-their-mouths stage. They should also understand that crystals should not be thrown, put into the tape slot of the VCR, the washer, dryer, or any other appliance.

This doesn't mean that you need to wait to introduce them to crystals. Large crystals which are placed out of crawling or climbing reach can help to create a harmonious atmosphere for a baby's room. Smaller crystals can be fix to the bottom of the cot (Bluetac is great stuff) or secured under the mattress. When you are in watching you can give them smaller pieces to touch and examine.

Amethyst can have a calming effect; while a quartz cluster placed so that the sun's rays will reflect onto it can be a source of fascination. Rose quartz stabilizes and intensifies the energy of love.

Introducing the Pre-School And Early-School Aged Children to Crystals

You may have heard the often-quoted story that young children, when faced with an array of various foods, intuitively chose a balanced diet for themselves. I feel that the same is true of crystals.

In my experience, the most important aspect to introducing children to children is to not over-influence them. Just as you should not be prevented by the books you read or the stories you hear from forming your own intuitive relationship with crystals so children need to find their own unique way of being with stones. Because children are always watching us and learning from our behavior it's especially important not to convey that there's a right or a wrong way to be with crystals.

Children and Meditation

When you see that little speedball of energy, racing outside or talking nonstop to you, you may wonder if anything but sleep can still him or her, but children are capable of meditationĄthough it may not be exactly like your own forms.

Children can be helped by being introduced to the idea that peaceful silence is a good thing. I have found that the child who is just beginning to get sleepy often responds to the idea of sitting quietly and holding a crystal.

If a child is feeling frightened you can give them a rhodochrosite or amethyst to hold. Demonstrate how to breath deeply, and breathe with them. This can help them to experience the calming qualities of both crystals and focused breathing.

An older child may be ready for more focused meditation. The most effective introduction is by example. Let the special children in your life see you meditate. (If you describe what you're doing don't be too specific; say that you're having a quiet time.) If you place crystals either around or on you say that the crystals help you to be quiet.

The child will almost certainly want to meditate, too. Give them some crystals if they want them, without instructing them on how to use them. Tell them that this is a time for not talking (and make sure that this first introduction is very brief), and let them explore their own relationship with Spirit.

Programming Crystals with Children

Working with crystals in this way can be very empowering for a child. You must decide for yourself if you think a child is old enough to understand the basic concept of programming, i.e., "When you think a thought enough and feel and see what you want, all of this goes into the crystal and it helps you to make it happen."

Let them choose a crystal or crystals they'd like to program. When they've finished you may want to suggest that they put it in a place where no one will touch it.

The Older Child and Teenager

With these age groups I recommend an even more casual approach, especially if you are a parent. In my years of working with and selling crystals I have spoken to many teenagers who said that their mothers or fathers had crystals, too. It was clear these parents hadn't tried to force their children to share their interests because these young people thought that mothers and fathers were pretty special and enjoyed the bond which sharing an appreciation of stones created.

Just have your stones around and let your older child or teenager discover them for themselves. Don't suggest meditating or programming unless they ask about it, and if they do express enthusiasm be low-key. (You can, however, without much difficulty, encourage many teen-ages to wear a crystal pendant or necklace.)

If you aren't the parent of a special teenager in your life you will have an easier time. There is no danger of triggering off the love-hate relationship which so many teenagers have with their parents, and they don't need to declare their independence from you.

Some Helpful Stones

As important as it is for a child to have the freedom to choose stones which feel right there are particular stones which can be helpful for certain childhood conditions and crises.

Nightmares: Amethyst has often been chosen to help with this, rose and clear quartz have also been part of the combination

Insomnia: Charoite

Heartbreak: Children's hearts are tender and easily hurt. (This is at least twice as true for teenagers.) A rose quartz can help to ease the pain.

Self-esteem: As the child moves towards becoming an independent individual they may find that citrine helps to bolster self-confidence.

Concentration: The child who has difficulty studying may be helped by either carnelian (for being grounded in the present) or sodalite (for clearing up mental confusion). Clear Quartz can also be used.

Emotional Overwhelm: Moonstone can be wonderful for this condition.

Patience: Rhodonite is the recommended stone for fostering this condition.

Communication: If your child has difficulty in asking others for help turquoise can be a useful stone. Blue lace agate is helpful for peaceful communication. Amazonite helps to promote the courage to speak the truth.