Most Powerful Chakra Stones and Crystals and How to Use Them for Deep Energetic Healing and Rejuvenation
Cultivating Head-to-Toe Energy Flow
As I hope you will see by the end of this article, the ability of chakra crystals and gemstones to harmonize and balance the body while soothing the mind and tapping into the potential of the spirit is a miraculous gift from nature. You will have an arsenal of naturally beautiful, restorative tools at your disposal the next time you’re feeling unfocused, exhausted, or overwhelmed.
In this article, I want to introduce you to another ritual, laying of stones, which has been practiced for thousands of years. The ritual involves placing stones at points on the body that correspond to the chakras, or energy centers. This is known as “ clearing,” “opening,” or “balancing.” Balancing your chakras through the laying of stones not only keeps both blood and energy flowing throughout the body, but it also infuses the body with the energy of the gemstones, supporting its natural healing process. The ritual comes to us in the present day through the teachings of Indian Vedic texts written more than five thousand years ago. Today, healers lay chakra crystals to relieve stress, particularly during times of change; improve self-esteem; sharpen concentration; aid in creative and personal growth; and promote inner harmony and balance.
I experienced the power of crystal healing through the laying of stones shortly after my father passed away suddenly in 2011. I felt deeply off center and out of balance. My Heart chakra energy was low, which at first I sensed more than rationally knew. What I didn’t realize at the time is that when one or more of your energies is running low, it can affect all aspects of your life, from the free flow of thoughts and ideas to relationships, health, and spiritual connection. I was familiar with balancing from the själ facial, which seeks to generally align the body’s energy as part of the treatment. During the facial, I had always responded most powerfully to the rose quartz placed on my Heart chakra.
After my father passed, I found myself thinking about the Heart chakra more and more.
One evening, I set aside some quiet time by myself. After setting an intention, “Please allow my Heart to open,” which I repeated several times, I lay down and placed a pink rose quartz and a green malachite on my Heart chakra. I visualized my heart expanding, making room for love and acceptance. As I let go, I felt a subtle yet powerful surge of energy around my heart from the chakra crystal that blanketed me with warmth as it expanded outward like the sun’s rays. Afterward, I felt at peace, and the heaviness in my heart dissipated.
The hurt and sadness that had engulfed me since my dad was first diagnosed with cancer had softened its grip on my heart, so I could begin to heal. In time, I felt ready to engage with the world again, to explore new ideas and places, and to get back to living and loving fully and unconditionally.
As with any successful healing or opening, having the right tools on hand is key. In this case, chakra crystals and gemstones are the keys to the kingdom. And laying the stones couldn’t be simpler: you simply place one or more of the 7 stones outlined below or crystals of a color that corresponds to one of the seven chakra points on or near that point, then leave them there for a period of time to help open the chakras. Don’t let the simplicity of the ritual fool you; I find using healing crystals incredibly effective for moving stagnant energy. If you don’t experience movement, small clear quartz apexes placed strategically around your body can assist in amplifying another stone’s energy.
You may, as I did, feel your chakras open after just one clearing session. But if you don’t, keep at it. Moving energy that has been stagnant for months or even years is a process, a practice, and a slow build. As with exercise, you’ve got to keep at using the crystals to see and feel the changes in energy flow, which at times can be subtle.
How long should you set aside to perform the laying of chakra stones rituals outlined in this chapter? I suggest at least fifteen to twenty minutes, although leaving them on longer is fine. If you feel uncomfortable at any point remove the stone, cleanse it, and try again at another time. After the first week, during which you’ll start slowly by laying just one crystal each day on a corresponding chakra point, aim for three sessions a week. Remember, clearing out the residue from physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual imbalances can lead to positive opportunities personally, professionally, and spiritually, so the time you invest in yourself can yield valuable dividends.
Crystals and Stones for the 7 Chakras
Each chakra is associated with a particular location of the body and a particular color and each also has its own particular role in optimal health and well-being.
1. Root or Base
Association: Represents passion and the feeling of being grounded
Location: Base of the spine
When It’s Low: You may feel weak, tired, or unmotivated; experience lowerback or leg pain or immune-system disorders; or go into survival mode.
When It’s Open: You will feel “at home” in your body, empowered, and full of life.
Do This: Place a red crystal between your thighs near the groin and think of the color red—warmth, your foundation, core, family (if this feels stable), or your passion.
Recommended Chakra Stones: Red jasper, ruby, and bloodstone
Association: Represents creativity and your ability to accept others
Location: Two inches below the navel
When It’s Low: You may feel confused, overly dependent on others, frustrated, or lacking motivation, and you may experience swelling or low levels of hormones.
When It’s Open: You’ll feel flexible in both body and mind, creative, playful, and open.
Do This: Place an orange healing stone above the pelvic bone, think of the color orange, and think of yourself as a creative being.
Recommended Chakra Stones: Carnelian, dark or brown citrine, orange aventurine, orange calcite, and tangerine quartz
3. Solar Plexus
Association: Represents intellect and how you see yourself in the world
Location: Upper abdomen
When It’s Low: You may feel controlling, fearful, lack self-confidence, or an inability to experience emotions. You may experience digestive problems.
When It’s Open: You may release the need to control, and be open to new ideas, suggestions, emotions, happiness, and joy. You may experience robust digestion.
Do This: Place a yellow crystal two inches above your belly button, think of the color yellow or a sunny day, and think of your power center and your ability to manifest.
Recommended Chakra Stones: Citrine and amber
Association: Represents your ability to love unconditionally and accept others
Location: Center of chest
When It’s Low: You may feel stressed, anxious, jealous, or bitter, and you may experience high or low blood pressure, high or low heart rate, or lumps or cysts in your breasts.
When It’s Open: You may feel more relaxed, accepting, open to new relationships, and able to sustain balanced relationships. You may feel love and forgiveness.
Do This: Place a green or pink healing stone on your breastbone, think of the colors pink and green, and think of soothing, mending, opening your heart. (Rose quartz is known for nurturing and restructuring the emotional centers of the heart. Think of the green as soothing and healing the heart). Let any anger go.
Recommended Chakra Stones: For green: malachite, green tourmaline, green moss agate, emerald, and aventurine; for pink: rose quartz, ruby, rhodochrosite, and pink tourmaline; or for pink and green: watermelon tourmaline
Association: Represents communication and self-expression
When It’s Low: You may feel a lack of ability to express yourself in a positive manner or at a loss for words, and you may experience stuttering, feelings of isolation or being misunderstood, sore throat, tight jaw, or stiff neck.
When It’s Open: You may feel more expressive, communicative, and true to yourself, and you may experience healthier mouth, gums, teeth, and nasal passages.
Do This: Place a blue crystal on the larynx, think of the color blue, and think of clear communication, positive speech, and power in your words.
Recommended Chakra Stones: Blue sapphire, sodalite, , aquamarine, and turquoise
6. Third Eye or Brow
Association: Represents understanding and your ability to focus on and see the big picture
Location: Between the eyes on the forehead
When It’s Low: You may experience a foggy brain, overactive mind, stiff neck, or inflexibility.
When It’s Open: You may experience a clearer mind, an enhanced ability to problem solve, a greater intuition, and the ability to understand and focus.
Do This: Place a purple stone between the brows (the Third Eye is a calming spot), think of the color purple, and focus on your intuition and clarity.
Recommended Chakra Stones: Amethyst, lapis, and iolite
Association: Represents divine inspiration
Location: Top of the head
When It’s Low: You may feel clumsy, uncoordinated, uninspired, out of step, unsure of who you are or why you exist, or rigid in your thinking.
When It’s Open: You may feel more flexible, understanding of the ebb and flow of life, unruffled by setbacks, and have a clearer ability to see things as they are.
Do This: Place a clear or violet crystal above your head, think of a white light, and think of your connection with the divine, God, and/or spirit.
Recommended Chakra Stones: Clear quartz and light amethyst