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Crystal healer andrea webb on how you can use gemstones to ground and protect yourself
Crystal healer Andrea Webb on how to use gemstones to ground and protect yourself
Grounding and protection. Anyone with an interest in the spiritual world will be very familiar with these terms. But that doesn’t mean to say that everyone really understands what they mean.
I’ve had some spiritual people ask me, ‘Why do I need grounding? Aren’t my feet already on the floor?’
The truth is that we all need a little grounding if we’re involved in spiritual practices, such as meditation, for example, which can give us a slightly floaty feeling.
Ask yourself this, ‘Am I accident prone? Do I get fantastic ideas, but that’s all they are, ideas that never become real? Do I struggle to get my point of view across? Do I feel spaced out quite a lot of the time?’
If you answer ‘yes’ to even just one of these questions, the chances are that you’re not as grounded as you could be.
When we’re grounded, we are more connected, not just with people, but with every little thing we interact with. We become less clumsy, and feel less stressed.
Building your foundation
Crystals are a really great tool to help you become grounded.
Vibrationally, red jasper is the colour of the earth, and so to be in tune with the earth, red jasper really makes sense.
If you hold a piece of this crystal, you will feel a downward pulling sensation. This is the gem doing its work.
Another great crystal for grounding is hematite, and what’s really fascinating about this stone is that generally it’s a dark silvery grey colour. However, that’s just its outer shell. If you were to cut into it, you would find that it is red inside. It’s truly one of nature’s treasures.
Another of my absolute favourites for grounding is garnet. My mum gave me a garnet ring when I was a little girl and I still wear it to this day.
Now on to protection. Again, over the years
I have heard spiritual people ask, ‘Why do I need protection, what do I need to be protected from?’
These are both good questions. But let’s think about this in another way. If you had the choice of having a weak energy field or a strong energy field, which one are you going to choose?
Symptoms of a weak energy field can include being defensive, being easily influenced or manipulated by others, imitating the behaviour of others and not being yourself, recurring nightmares, and even gaining weight.
When we are protected, though, we have strong boundaries and the ability to say no when it is necessary. Our thoughts and emotions are less likely to be negative, and we are less stressed. So, what crystals are helpful here?
Amethyst is a wonderful protective crystal and easily obtainable. Keeping a small piece under your pillow can encourage deep, restorative sleep and help you remember your dreams.
Turquoise is another traditionally protective crystal and I have a couple of necklaces made from this gorgeous stone. The first time
I worked with turquoise in a meditation, I felt like someone was putting a lovely blanket around my shoulders.
During your own meditations why not try placing a piece of red jasper at your feet and holding a piece of amethyst in your hand to get you started with learning how to ground and protect yourself.
Then, when you feel ready, perhaps try garnet at your feet and lapis lazuli in your hand, which together will help strengthen your grounding and energy field. NEXT MONTH: DISCOVER THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CRYSTALS AND TAROT
‘When we are grounded, we are more connected’