Your ultimate guide to the world of crystal healing…
There’s no denying that the world of healing crystals is having a magic moment. These breath-taking stones are said to have healing properties that can help with everything from promoting the flow of good energy to cleansing your aura and reconnecting with the natural world. On Instagram, in yoga studios, on your colleague’s desk and in your favourite celebrity’s product range (we’re looking at you, Miranda Kerr, Kim Kardshian and Victoria Beckham), crystals have risen to popularity with the promise of bringing balance and harmony to the user’s mind, body and soul. When used correctly, crystals are said be conduits for the healing energy of the earth.
But how exactly do they work, where can you find them and which ones are right for you? Keep reading for our guide to crystal healing…
What Is Crystal Healing?
In short, crystal healing is a type of alternative energy therapy in which gemstones are used to bring balance to mind, body and life.
The belief that crystals can act as our silent protectors and benefit our lives has been around for centuries. While there isn’t a lot of scientific evidence in support of healing crystals, here’s what we do know.
Crystals have the amazing ability to generate electricity under pressure. It’s called the piezoelectric effect. In everything from microphones and radios to computer chips and digital watches, crystals are used to transform energy.
Proponents of crystal healing believe that each type of crystal has its own unique energy field and that these energies are what give the stones their healing properties. A crystal’s energy and vibrational resonance, it is said, has the ability to interact and align with our body’s own energetic vibrations.
Today’s multi-billion-dollar crystal industry speaks for itself. As beautiful as these gems look on our Instagram grids, it’s not just their pleasing aesthetic that has skyrocketed the crystal healing trend. The origin, velocity and magnitude of the movement speak to something more – a desire, perhaps, for connection to a higher power that gives us comfort, peace and protection.
How Are Healing Crystals Used?
As you can imagine, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to crystal healing, though all crystal healers will agree on one thing: a session is most effective when intentions are set, and you come into it with an open mind and the desire to heal.
In the most common treatment, crystals are placed on the body, often corresponding to a person’s chakras or energy centres. You may also come across a crystal healing massage, or treatments where crystals are laid out around your body or onto a mat. These are called crystal grids and are said to be a powerful way to surround yourself with healing energy and to manifest a desired goal or intention. This is something you can easily try at home: there are plenty of detailed how-to guides on creating your own crystal grid.
Which Healing Crystal Is Right For Me?
While each type of crystal is prescribed specific properties, much of crystal healing comes down to instinct. Many practitioners simply recommend running your hands a couple of inches above the stones and “feeling for” the right one.
Not feeling it? Here’s a quick guide to five of the most popular crystals and what they can do for you:
You’ll likely have come across Rose Quartz before (facial roller, anyone?). This pastel pink stone seems to snag everyone’s heartstrings, which isn’t surprising: not only is it pretty in pink, but it pertains to all things heart chakra. Turn to this stone for guidance on love, self-love, heartbreak and forgiveness.
Promoting inner peace and healing, this purple stone is ideal for enhancing a meditative state. Powerful and protective, amethysts supposedly stimulate the crown chakra.
Thought to harvest the energy of the moon, this opalescent stone is currently shining bright in the trend spotlight. Pertaining to the Solar Plexus chakra, the moonstone is known for activating the creative and powerful feminine energy.
Said to soak up negative energy, you can think of this black crystal as an energetic bodyguard that will keep the bad vibes at bay. Thanks to the stone’s association with the root chakra, it is also supposed to ground and balance your energy.
Known as the “light maker”, citrine is believed to attract abundance and wealth. Used to cleanse all chakras, the stone’s sunny colouring gives it a joyful energy, activating the user’s imagination and optimism.
Where Can I Buy Healing Crystals In Hong Kong?
Questions on crystals? Head to this little upstairs store in Mong Kok. While you peruse Hey Stone’s colourful pick ‘n’ mix assortment of natural crystals, the friendly staff will happily help guide you on your journey to crystal confidence.
Hey Stone, 1/F, Chip Lee Building, 1A, 180 Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/heystone.hk
Come for the pictures, stay for the stones. Moon Child & Stones is a Hong Kong-based Instagram store selling a wide variety of crystals. From perfect spheres and points to heart-shaped crystals and facial rollers, there’s something shiny available in every shape and size here.
Moon Child & Stones, www.instagram.com/moonchildandstones
The woman behind Moon Convos, Jenny, began her own journey of spiritual awakening in 2014. Head to her Hong Kong-based online store for ethically-sourced crystals and crystal bracelets, as well as a handy guide on how to give your crystals a little TLC. We’re entranced by her Flower Agate Mini Mushrooms, which not only look adorable but are the perfect reminder to grow, blossom and chase your dreams.
For a little extra protection, energy and positivity throughout the day, check out Niin’s gorgeous healing crystal jewellery featuring everything from necklaces and earrings to brooches and bracelets. For our male readers, don’t miss Niin’s handsomely crafted raw stone cufflinks.
Your one-stop-shop for all things spiritual awakening, self-care and inner insight, OMSA is Hong Kong’s first spiritual online store. We love that you can browse the impressive product range not just by category but also by emotion, chakra and zodiac – making it the perfect place to pick up a personalised gift.
Spiritual shop Treehouse offers a variety of services and classes in addition to a wide range of products designed for you to stay grounded and connected to nature. Think aura sprays, candles, tarot cards and incense, as well as a collection of crystals. Check out its “Wheel of Life” arrangements, which not only look stunning but are also believed to block radiation, purify energy and charge your crystals.
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Where Can I Try Crystal Healing In Hong Kong?
Hong Kong’s only English-speaking hypnotherapy institute, All About You, brands itself as a centre for wellbeing and transformation. Check out its “Understanding Your Chakras” workshop to learn more about how to gain maximum results from your healing crystals.
Reiki Master and Certified Crystal Energy Healer Corie Chu offers Intuitive Healing Sessions both at her studio on Lyndhurst Terrace and online. Kick off your healing journey with a diagnostic consultation as part of your first session, which will help evaluate the most appropriate energy healing technique for you.
The largest natural medicine clinic in Hong Kong, IMI has adopted a holistic and integrated approach to medicine for over 25 years. Crystal healing is just one in a long list of alternative therapies they offer. The clinic recommends its Himalayan Crystal Healing for those who are lacking in energy, struggling with stress or anxiety, or who feel the need to harmonise mind, body and emotions.
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