You may be a mystic, a witch, a holistic health practitioner, or someone seeking rationalization. Maybe you're just now getting in touch with your spirituality, and the Himalayan salt lamps you're seeing more and more in kitschy curated home decor shops have piqued your interest. Whatever it is the path, you've still all ended up in the same place: a curiosity about crystals.
For me, it's been my tanking mood. Despite relative stability in my life, I've felt an increasing loss of light. Blake, a favorite former coworker of mine, once described me in the following way: "you are full of love and life". it was the kindest and most reflective thing anyone has ever said to me, and since then has become a guiding thought in how I want others to feel around me. I try to bring smiles, humor, and warmth to every human and animal I interact with. For a while that came with seemingly little effort, but recently it's been increasingly difficult to open up.
So in addition to finding a new psychiatrist (my former one mysteriously resigned? wtf?) as well as a talk therapist, I'm exploring a curiosity a younger Jiaxin once had with crystals. I have always been drawn to their beauty, and how they form naturally in the earth. What really drove the interest for an older Jiaxin though was hearing how clear quartz could help ease anxiety. That began my search for a wearable clear quartz that I could keep close to my heart.
This past weekend, I was helping out my friend Vandana of Empathocary at the Second Use Store's holiday sale. Near our table was a woman who made these beautiful necklaces with different crystals. I was immediately drawn to the clear quartz one with a crescent moon, and after deliberating for a few laps around the market I came back and bought my first crystal.
So I bought a freaking quartz. And now I'm googling the benefits of clear quartz to rationalize my purchase. Here's what I learned:
- Quartz and crystals connect us to the earth: "When it comes to crystal basics, these otherworldly rocks connect us to the Earth because they are tangible, physical forms that have powerful vibrations. This energy continues to connect with you when you wear these intention crystals close to the skin or place them in your environment." (A beginner's guide to healing crystals)
- Quartz channels your personal spiritual journey. "They resonate strongly within the eighth chakra, commonly known as the soul star chakra, and within the higher transpersonal chakras. The beautiful clear white light of the white ray is your connection to the Divine Mind, and white is the color for the eighth chakra. Using Clear Quartz Crystals will assist the higher chakras to emanate white light and aids your connection with spirit." (Clear Quartz Crystals)
- Quartz can provide emotional grounding. "Quartz crystals strengthen the underlying structure of the aura – you can imagine this like your emotional skeleton. These are the patterns of energy that hold your emotional body in place. If your energies are out of balance, then you will find yourself emotionally distressed, lethargic or hyperactive, or otherwise unbalanced. It is important that you take care of your emotional skeleton with the same diligence that you pay to your physical structure. By incorporating quartz crystals into your life, you can strengthen your auric structure – in much the same way that incorporating milk into your diet strengthens your bones!" (Quartz Crystals for Healing and Health)
Above all, I am happy to have a physical object on my chest, at all times reminding me that I'm on a journey, one filled with healing, self-discovery, deep reflection, and discovery.