ANCHORING AND AMPLIFYING
ENERGY THROUGH CRYSTALS
A few years ago, I was commissioned to design Vivienne Westwood's men's shop in Shanghai.
The grand dame of British punk couture had given free reign to her team for the project, but insisted on only two things:
1- the ceilings should be black to help enable a sense of connection to the cosmos,
2-there should be a large image of Stonehenge on the back feature wall.
Whilst I understood at the time that there was a lot of mystique around this famous stone arrangement located outside of Salisbury, my knowledge of it was quite superficial and I suppose I failed to understand what was actually most interesting about it.
As I began to study the ancient temples, I learned that such arrangements were used by ancient civilisations for people to remember where hotspots were located so they could find them and connect to wisdom from the "other side". The type of stones, their shape and the way they were aligned were not, contrary to what I thought, left to chance. Every element and principle was specifically chosen to amplify the energy field of this hotspot and give the strongest effect possible to an initiate.
So as I embarked on my shamanic journey through Brazil, I began to be more and more drawn to crystals and their power. As I listened deeply in meditation one day, I received the information that I was to acquire 3 crystals and they would form a set which I would place in a equilateral triangle shape, creating an energy field.
I found myself intuitively guided to the 3 stones, and for the next few months, I slept with the arrangement around my bed: one on each side table, and one at the center of the foot of the bed. I had no idea at the time why I did this, but felt very strongly I needed to.
I later found out that what I was guided to do was actually part of the ancient art of temple-making, a stone alignment such as the one in Stonehenge (at a much smaller scale of course). We will learn more later about the different geometric shapes, numbers and orientation, but it seemed the triangle and the number 3, which I had been guided to create with these crystals, was representative of the divine perfection, creation. We see this manifesting, for example, in the holy trinity (the father, son and holy spirit), or the natural process of reproduction which involves mother, father, child.
So a crystal, on its own or in an arrangement, can really help us ground the energy of our home and is especially beneficial when spatial energy work such as a clearing, an activation or a whispering has been done, the same way that these were originally used by our ancestors to create or amplify energy fields.
And there is more.
Referring back to the article 2 on energy and our relationship to it, I learned that crystals function at a more developed vibrational frequency than most humans. Therefore, merging energetically with them, our beings have access to more tools and can be supported in growth and development. The oscillating systems that we are, would begin to vibrate in similar ways to these more developed beings, crystals, which function closer to the frequency of source.
So if crystals are energetic systems, they too become even more powerful when they have been activated, blessed, attuned or whispered by a spiritual master who has reached a certain level of development. In such a case, the spiritual teacher who is himself functioning at a level close to that of source, attunes the crystals to function in a much more developed way as well.
As we connect to it, we access these capabilities.
So, how do we go about choosing the right crystal(s) for our spaces?
There are so many types of crystals out there, and once you dive into this world, you can easily get lost in the exploration, different crystals promising different results and different effects.
The number one rule is: Use your intuition!
Put the intention out there that you want to find the right crystal for you. Think about how you want to be feeling in your house. More expansive perhaps? or more grounded? More clear? Be intentional and put the "order" out as a request to the universe. I am sure you will be led to the right one along the way. Perhaps you will even receive one as a gift?
To guide you in your search, here are a few principles which are worth considering.
1- Altar or pocket?
An altar crystal differs from a crystal you carry with you all the time.
It will usually be more potent, and larger. You wouldn't anything that cumbersome or potent on your being all the time as it may be overwhelming.
Yet it's nice to carry a crystal around to have a constant reminder of this energy we want to be bringing to the world.
So decide which resonates the most. I suggest both, but if your budget allows only 1, choose the altar crystal.
2- Which type of stone?
The ancient civilisations very carefully selected the stones they used in the temples. The right ones would be able to magnify and intensify the energy fields they were built on. They usually used stones which contained a lot of quartz as these were richer in magnetite.
This magnification obviously increased the resonance and capability for numinous effects on our beings and access to wisdom and information.
Therefore, if buying only one crystal, I always suggest getting a clear quartz to magnify the effect of the energy field we are creating in your space.
3- Intention and intensification:
As mentioned above, crystals which have been activated by someone who is advanced in this field are ideal. You may already have a spiritual teacher who activates crystals, so that may just be the right choice!
If you need assistance with this, do ask!
4- Activate it:
You can also activate the crystal yourself with your own intent and a bit of help from mother nature.
Bring your newly acquired crystal to a natural body of water. Hold the crystal in meditation, then bathe it in the water for as long as it feels right.
Take it out and hold it close. Set an intention for it, for how you want it to feel and how you would like it to impact your life.
Some people suggest that if the crystal is faceted, you can set one intention per facet. I like to finish by visualising a connection between the divine light and your crystal, and placing it back into the water, this time blessing it, and wishing for its blessing to reach anyone who would come in contact with this water.
5- The shape.
The two shapes I recommend most for altar crystals are prisms (square based pyramids) and spheres, both bearing different effects.
The pyramid is known to be transformative, it tends to transmute the energy that comes into your home into something that is useful for you.
The sphere has more of a diffusing effect. If you feel you want to ensure the energy spreads evenly around the house, this one is best.
Use your intuition, but if you really can't decide, I suggest the pyramid.
You'll notice that the pyramid is the most popular shape used in ancient temples. This is because their shape was known for amplifying the energy of an already very potent space. In fact, long before any man-made pyramids were created, the pharaohs of ancient Egypt found a manmade pyramid-shaped mound called Dehenet which was overlooking the valley of the kings and queens. It was believed that this mound was the place where people went to access other realms and reach enlightenment. So they began to build pyramids to this shape, and this custom eventually spread like wildfire to the entire temple-making over spans of thousands of years.
6- Connect and intend
While crystals can anchor the spatial energy of your home if used the right way and with the right intention, the ultimate way to benefit from your crystal is to sit and connect with it on a regular basis. It doesn't have to be a long time, just a few minutes every day will allow you to create that connection and support your growth.
7- Crystals and Chakra alignment
Lastly, and just for extra fun.
When shopping for crystals, you will often find small rounded inexpensive stones of various colours. If you feel called to it, I suggest buying 7 in different colours and creating a set of chakra alignment crystals, 1 for each of the chakras following the below alignment:
1- black: root chakra
2- deep brown or red: sacral chakra
3- yellow: solar plexus
4- green or pink: heart chakra
5- blue: throat chakra
6- purple: third eye
7- clear: crown chakra.
Lie down in meditation and place one of each of these crystals on the appropriate chakra.
Lie in intention and meditation and connect to the energy of each of them. Most people report feeling a soothing flow of energy activating and aligning your energetic body.
Most importantly, have fun, and enjoy your crystal journey!