Crystal healing for children
If you just thought crystals were merely decorative stones then think again. These amazing and fascinating treasures from Mother Nature are perfect healing and balancing tools for grown ups and children alike. According to the British Academy of Crystal Healing “Crystals emit tiny electrical impulses which are received and recognized via the body’s neurological system….each crystal has its own unique signature of energy”.
Children are naturally drawn to crystals – they appear more open and sensitive to their subtle healing energies than the older generations and seem very in tune when selecting crystals for themselves. Recently my 4-year-old son, Sebastian was having scary dreams about monsters and just last week he was looking through my crystal collection and said to me “I need to put this one under my pillow to keep the monsters away.” He’d selected a rose quartz heart-shaped crystal. Each morning he’s proceeded to take it from under his pillow, put it back on the shelf in the living room then pick it up again at bedtime and place it back under his pillow. He’s had such confidence in the little pink stone’s ability to keep his nightmares at bay, and so far I’m pleased to say the monsters haven’t reared their ugly heads!
A magical but simple way of healing
These precious stones offer a magical but very simple way to heal and balance the mind, body and spirit. They are also fun, natural and very affordable at the same time. Here Sue Ricks, Reflexology and Reiki teacher shares her tips for choosing crystals and highlights her top ten healing stones for children….
Children just love crystals. They loved everything about them and are frequently found exploring the baskets of tumbled stones in visitors’ centre and gift shops. The key to getting the right stones for your child is simply to follow their lead. Each one of us has an instinctive side that blossoms when we let it. Your child will naturally pick up the stones that are just right for them.
If we think about it too much or ponder which will be best stone for us then you can guarantee that you will pick the wrong crystal for you. The best way is to simply notice which stone you or your child is attracted to and then just allow your hand to ‘hover’ over it and ‘feel’ for the right one. Children are especially good at this. It is also important to remember that even if a particular crystal appears to have been selected for its shiny quality or pretty colour, it may still be the stone that is right. Always trust in the process.
Stitch a crystal into a pocket
Here are some of my favourites for children. Remember to use the utmost care when using crystals with babies and very small children and keep small crystals out of reach. However as the child grows up they can wear them as jewellery, keep them in a pocket or place them by their bed. For younger children they can be stitched into pockets or placed in a sealed box above hand height or just put safely out of reach in the children bedroom or where they play and spend time. Another option is to tape them to the base of their car seat – however remember to check regularly that they are still safely in place.
When I have visited schools with trays or large lumps of the crystals that I use, I have found that children are amazed at the sizes, shapes and colours. They are fascinated by them and often study the everyday stone in their garden or back yard. A child will naturally gravitate towards a stone that is healthy for him or her at that time. It should also be remembered that a child will only reach for a stone that suits them at the current time and that in days, months or years ahead it may no longer be the right stone for them and they may wish to give it to someone else or clear it away from their belongings.
The following are 10 stones and crystals that may be of most help:
This beautiful purple crystal is sometimes called a “Master Healing Crystal”. It is wonderful at being able to transform or transmute negativity in all forms. An amethyst cluster in a bedroom can help to settle an emotional or anxious child. It can be used to help disperse emotional or physical pain. Place near the bed (ensure safety) if a child experiences nightmares.
This green crystal referred to as the “Leadership Stone” is a loving and comfortable stone to have around. It is helpful to supporting the heart and gives children greater awareness of love in their lives. It provides a balance of male and female energies and can help shy and timid children to be more confident and access their abilities to look after themselves as they love themselves more. Children who experience the problems of Asthma may be attracted to this crystal as it open up the lungs and provides emotional and physical relief.
This deep orange crystal is sometimes called the “Self-Esteem Crystal”. There are a wide variety of colours of carnelian with some being more orange and others becoming pinker in colour. This stone is helpful if a child is feeling insecure and struggling to find self acceptance. It can help the child to learn how to trust their own feelings and know how to make their own decisions. It can increase their awareness of self and others and what may be good for others is not always good for them. It can increase their ability to self protect. It can be useful aid in studying too. The one’s pinker in colour can increase the loving bond between parent and child. Carnelian is often helpful for children with eczema and acne.
4. Clear Quartz
Clear Quartz is the overall “Healing Crystal”. It is the all-purpose healing crystal that can be used at any time and for anything. If in doubt about what crystal to buy or use then clear quartz is a great way to start. When a child is drawn to a particular crystal it is because each one has its own unique frequency and vibration and the specific crystal may be perfect for the child. Sometimes the first hold of it can feel comfortable or occasionally when a child picks it up it can feel like a mild electric shock as each crystal has its own healing mission and can act quickly. A cluster of crystals can be a great thing to have as each quartz does its own thing and so many different aspects are covered at the same time.
The yellow clarity of this stone is said to be a carrier of the healing energies of the sun. It is helpful to children who feel angry and can help to dispel sadness too. It can bring light to tough times. It can help children to take action and bring about things that they wish to do, see or achieve (as in manifesting). Its sunny colours can help to increase cheerfulness and optimism.
6. Rose Quartz
This beautiful pink crystal is called the “Stone of Love”. Rose Quartz is a real blessing stone. It is soothing, calming and can ease anxious tendencies. Any child who is feeling aggrieved, hurt or is lashing out either physically or emotionally may benefit from having their own rose quartz. Many children find that life is too hard to manage as the reality of life kicks in and rose quartz may be stone that they reach out for to sooth them. Rose quartz can be good to help to keep the vital heart centre energy (heart chakra) open and yet protected by helping a person to be aware of what supports them and what is best avoided. Rose Quartz is a great crystal for growing up with.
7. Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli is gorgeous deep blue stone that is a superb gift for children who seem to be quite “knowing”. The child that people may say “he/she” has been here before – or is wise beyond their years. It is has qualities that increase and support deeply insightful aspects of ourselves and our existence. It has been used for centuries for protection and to stimulate greater awareness by providing insights and an expansion of our greater consciousness. Lapis Lazuli is excellent for all gifted children.
8. Obsidian – Apache Tear
This dark but fairly transparent stone is sometimes called the “Grief Stone”. Ask a child to hold it and they will be able to see through it if it is clear of emotion. Take care when buying too and only accept one that you can see through. Once it has been with a person for a while it may become cloudy or opaque as it absorbs negative emotions. Sometimes it will become clear again once the grief or trauma has been processed and moved on from. This is an excellent stone for loss of a loved one, including a pet or even leaving the safety of a favorite teacher.
9. Tiger Eye
This sparkly yellowy/orangey stone is a great grounding stone. Children are frequently drawn to Tiger Eye as it catches the light as they move it – like a tiger winking its eye. It is normal for children to day dream and get lost in their own fantasy world, however that sometimes cause a problem if they lose touch with the practicalities of life! Tiger Eye can help them to be more practical and yet retain their gleeful connections. Tiger Eye is a great stone to help a child be practical as it helps them to stay grounded.
Pyrite is a glistening, reflective gold/brassy color and acts as a protection stone. This is often one of the first stones that a child will be attracted too as the surface is so shiny and has so many different faces or surfaces. It fascinates children. All the shapes (discs to cubes) act like a small mirror and help to reflect negative energy away. The terror of being unprotected is reduced. There is also a feeling of physical empowerment, that life in the physical form is perfect, and love is abundant.
Keep it simple
Generally, just keep it simple and let your children choose for themselves or select the crystal that most appeals to you when thinking about them. If you are buying from the Internet then simply go with your first instinct. If you question yourself too much you may make a ‘head’ decision rather than an intuitive one.
Sue Ricks runs her own training school in Loughborough, UK. She teaches her professional courses both in the UK and USA on Gentle Touch Reflexology, NLP, Reiki and Feng Shui www.suericks.com
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