If you had asked me 10 years ago what I thought about crystals, or totems , and how they affect healing, I would have awkwardly adjusted my OldNavy purse, and looked at you like you were insane. I wasn’t the kind of person who put any stock into the potential for things to bring peace, unless they were made of bread, or cast in gold. These days I’m a little more open-minded, but I still take extreme pleasure in indulging in pastries.
There’s no way around how important the world of metaphysical healing has become. I can scarce go into a coffee shop or bookstore without seeing a shiny stone winking back at me, and I’m not so sure it’s a bad thing.
Something that has done wonders for my healing journey is being to use an object for channeling emotion. I’m not convinced that holding a bit of amethyst will eradicate my suffering, however I do believe that by using a crystal or any totem to focus on when you’re in the midst of a crisis can help. Lately, I’ve been using a pair of crystals my husband gifted to me to relax during a panic attack. To do this, I simply hold the stones, think of what is bothering me, and imagine a ray of light is growing out of my palm and into my heart. I breathe, and breathe, and breathe until I have calmed down.
Sure, I might sound insane to some, but what I’m doing isn’t that crazy if you think about it practically. By creating a focal point in a tangible object I am rooting myself back down from that grey anxiety cloud. Like a child holds a blanket or stuffed animal during a storm, I’m also finding comfort in something as real as the pain.
This video from Insider investigates whether healing crystals work, or if it is all just a crock. I really appreciated how they explored the potential science behind the sparkle.
I think finding peace in the smallest of things is a worthy endeavor, even if it doesn’t make a lot of sense to the outside world. If you can find something that makes you happy and – most importantly – helps you to function, then what’s the harm in that? I don’t think you have to use a crystal, sage, or any other defined source in your journey. What’s important is discovering a way to help yourself relax, whatever that way may be.
What tools are you using to heal?