Healing with crystals means more than just holding one in your hand and wishing for something to happen. Choosing the right stones, setting the correct intention, and even using the crystals in a correct way all play a huge part in what sort of results you can expect to obtain. Below, I'll go over five ways that I know of how to use crystals in various ways to help you achieve the best results possible.
Step #1: Use the correct crystal.
Although most crystals already have a list of conditions they are useful in treating, the crystal that is going to help you the most is the one that you are drawn to at the moment. Everyone will feel a crystal's energy at varying levels. Sometimes, even though you may not know exactly which crystal will help you in the moment, simply holding a few (one at a time) for a minute or so will help you hone in on which one you need. The body and soul knows what it needs to thrive, and if you take a moment to listen, the right crystal will speak to you.
Step #2: Charge your crystals before using them.
Unless you know exactly where or from whom your crystals came, it is very important that you take the time to charge them. Crystals not only project energy, they also absorb it. Before working with a crystal, cleanse it on a multi-vibrational level by running it under clean water to clear away any dirt or grime, then place it outside for a few hours to 'charge'. Many people place their crystals in the sunlight in order to charge them. I prefer the moon. This is plenty enough to cleanse and charge a crystal, but if you want, light up a smudging stick and pass the crystal through the smoke a few times, just to make sure you're getting rid of any residual negative energy.
Step #3: Set a clear intention
Setting an intention means you have a clear idea in your mind of what you want to accomplish from your crystal healing. To do this, sit quietly with your crystal of choice in your hands, and clear your mind of any 'clutter'. Once you have cleared your mind, focus solely on what you would like the crystal to help you accomplish. Hold it in your mind, and then speak your intentions out loud. Words hold power, and physically speaking your intentions help give them a boost.
Step #4: Make sure to work with your crystal every day
Just like meditation, exercise, or any other form of self-healing modality, you must perform it every day in order to get a consistent result. It does not matter what time of day you work with your crystal, as long as you can do it in a quiet environment and give yourself plenty of time to dedicate to the practice.
Step #5: Decide how to use your crystal
There are many different ways to use a crystal for healing purposes. The most popular method is to simply hold the crystal in your hands while meditating on your intention. Another method is to place the crystal directly on the body part that needs healing. You may also place the crystal under your pillow while you sleep, or even fill a glass with clean water, place a clean crystal in it, and let it infuse over night. Remove the crystal the next morning, and drink the water. Wearing a crystal in a piece of jewelry is another popular option.