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Resident crystal healer Lyn Palmer explains first aid for broken crystals and how to rehabilitate them
‘I know that even a broken crystal can help me in some way’
Have you noticed how sometimes crystals mysteriously break for no apparent reason? You didn’t knock it on anything or drop it, it was almost like you looked at it and it fell apart! This happened to me recently. I was having dinner in a restaurant when a favourite kunzite crystal pendant of mine broke in half, fell off the chain around my neck, and plopped into my ice cream.
I fished the two pieces out of the bowl and peered at them wondering what had caused them to break like that.
I wondered if the crystal had broken in two to release all the energy it’s absorbed in the years I’ve had it. This has happened to me before. One of the most show-stopping times was when
I was teaching a workshop and a quartz cluster slipped from my hand, exploding into eight pieces, each piece landing slap bang in front of one of my eight students.
‘Well, now that’s a great example of the power of crystals,’ I said to the amazed class. ‘Look you’ve each been given a gift!’
Whatever the reason for my kunzite pendant breaking,
I wasn’t going to throw it away because I know that even a broken crystal has worth.
I have a few broken or damaged crystals, and I treasure them all because I know they’re still here to help me in some way.
Crystal first aid
The first thing I do when crystals rupture, is to administer some ‘first aid’ by cleansing them. I do this by moving them to a quiet resting place, often onto an amethyst bed to reboot their energy. I check on my crystal ‘patients’ regularly, noticing changes in their appearance or feel. They can go from dull to bright, or suddenly feel a lot more ‘zingy’, and I’ll know they’ve recuperated and are ready for a little work. I’ll spend some time holding each one until I receive a clear idea of what they want to do and where they want to be in order to help me. I have an egg cup filled with crystal pieces in my kitchen, which I believe brings extra flavour to the dishes I make.
Sometimes I might even get the feeling they need to retire and so I will move them to a clear glass container where their energy can pool together with other exhausted crystals and they can work as a team. There are plenty of other things to do with damaged crystals. You could set your broken crystals into some air-dry clay, along with some shells, or maybe use them to decorate a favourite mug, or make a mosaic.
I often put my bits of broken crystals in my plant pots, to encourage growth. I like to use crystal fragments to honour people, too. Before she died, my lovely friend Diana bequeathed me a pretty vase, which I fill with crystal pieces and water and add a rose in memory of her.
My husband Philip and I often ‘gift’ crystal fragments to sacred sites and ancient stones to honour the ancestors. Recently, we took several recovering crystals with us on a tour of France, and left them at various cairns and tumuli (ancient burial mounds).
No matter how large or small the broken crystal pieces are, they are helpful and precious treasures. So, whatever way you decide to redirect the lives of your crystals, let it not involve the dustbin!
Mor e i n f o Lyn Palmer is a crystal healer, reiki master and hypnotherapist. She can be contacted at: lynpalmerart@