Have you ever wanted to learn more about crystals, gems and rocks? I was recently given a beautiful piece of amethyst by my sister, which prompted me to want to learn more about crystals. According to some gem enthusiasts, amethyst can have many powerful properties, including its use to help as a dream stone for insomnia: put a small piece of amethyst under your pillow to help with insomnia.
Photo by Kristy Severin
While there is little to no scientific evidence for the healing powers of crystals, many people find them enchanting, mesmerizing, and truly an integral part of their life. Whether you want to delve deep into the powers of crystals or simply want to incorporate them into your life for the aesthetic qualities, you may find their energy and beauty to have a powerfully positive effect on your life and the people around you. To get started, you can find a book about gemstone healing from the library or bookstore, or read articles published online. You may also find people in your community that use crystals, and you can get started learning about them that way. My personal book of choice, Gemstone Enlightenment by Shelley Kaehr gave me a wonderful insight to some answers I was looking for, and I have slowly begun to incorporate gemstones into my life. The idea of using gemstones to heal and connect with different things in our lives is magical and very interesting, not to mention how truly beautiful something that comes strictly from nature can be. I have started placing gemstones in different places around my home and even just walking by a stone puts a smile on my face and positive thoughts into my head.
Do you use crystals in your home? Please feel free to share your stories and experiences with crystal healing, we would love to hear from you!
Kristy Severin is a mother of two, a certified art instructor, photographer, painter, writer and cook. She earned her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda, East Africa. Inspired daily by her children and love of the earth, Kristy’s fine art and writings are atThe Art of Green Living.