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Crystal Basics

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-02-11
  • Publisher: Destiny Books

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A full-color practical handbook of essential techniques with an in-depth directory of healing stones

• 2023 Coalition of Visionary Resources Silver Award

• Offers guidance on selecting your crystals and gemstones and step-by-step instructions on how to cleanse, charge, activate, and program them

• Includes templates for crystal grids and healing layouts, recipes for crystal elixirs, and directions for crystal meditations and energy clearing with crystals

• The full-color directory includes 200 different rocks, minerals, gemstones, and crystal formations, organized alphabetically and featuring the physical, psychological, and spiritual healing qualities for every stone

In this in-depth yet easy-to-follow guide, crystal healing teacher Nicholas Pearson offers a full-color compendium of 200 crystals and gemstones as well as a hands-on practical handbook on crystal healing, perfect for those just beginning their crystal journey as well as long-time stone lovers seeking an all-in-one reference.

The handbook of crystal use opens with a thorough explanation of crystal energy, including its interactions with the human energy field, and teaches readers how to extrapolate what a crystal does based on its composition, crystal structure, formation process, and other properties. In the chapters on techniques, Pearson offers guidance on selecting your crystals and gemstones, then step-by-step instructions on how to cleanse, charge, activate, and program them. He explains how to make crystal grids and healing layouts, including templates for both, and also discusses the numerology and geometry of crystal grids. He explores the essentials of crystal elixirs, complete with elixir recipes, and details how to perform crystal meditations, clear the energy centers and the aura, and practice more advanced techniques, such as engaging with the crystal devas, creating sacred space, and practices for spiritual hygiene and protection.

The compendium includes 200 rocks, minerals, gemstones, and crystal formations, organized alphabetically and featuring full-color photographs. Each entry includes geological information and the physical, psychological, and spiritual healing qualities for every stone. Some stones, such as jasper and quartz, have multiple varieties, each given their own entries to provide a thorough reference guide for crystal healers and collectors.

This accessible yet comprehensive guide offers the essentials of crystal energy healing paired with a highly illustrated stone directory to give you everything you need to know about crystal basics in one handy volume.

Author Biography

Nicholas Pearson has been immersed in the mineral kingdom for more than 20 years. He began teaching crystal workshops in high school, later studying mineral science at Stetson University while pursuing a degree in music. He worked for several years at the Gillespie Museum, home to the largest mineral collection in the southern United States. The author several books, including Crystals for Karmic Healing, he lives in Orlando, Florida.

Table of Contents


Introduction: What Is a Crystal?
The Birth of Crystals
Why Crystals Matter

How and Why Crystals Work

1 Exploring Crystal Energy
Everything Is Energy
Essential Crystal Functions
Crystals and the Human Body
We Are Literally Made of Crystals

2 Decoding Crystals
Formation Process
The Seven Crystal Systems
Mineral Composition
The Mohs Scale of Hardness
Diaphaneity, Pleochroism, Cleavage, Luminescence
The Consciousness of Stones
Putting It All Together

3 The Human Energy Field
Biology and Spirit
The Aura

The Chakra System
Exercise: Scanning the Aura
Exercise: Dowsing the Chakras
Exercise: Chakra Balancing with a Pendulum

4 Building a Collection
Helpful Considerations
Building a Healing Toolbox
Exercise: The Pull-In Test
Exercise: The Body Pendulum
Storing Crystals

5 Foundational Practices
Cleansing Crystals
Exercise: Cleansing with Water
Exercise: Vocal Cleansing
Exercise: Cleansing with Breath
Exercise: Dedication Ritual
Getting to Know Your Crystals
Exercise: Crystal Contemplation Programming Crystals
Exercise: Programming with the Breath
Exercise: Programming with Affirmations Activating Crystals to Their Highest Potential

Exercise: Activating and Deactivating

6 Crystal Meditations
Getting Started
Exercise: Grounding and Centering
Exercise: Crystal Visualization
Exercise: Crystal Gazing
Advanced Meditations
Exercise: Crystal Breathing Exercise: Journeying within Your Crystal
Exercise: Meeting the Crystal Devas Practice, Practice, Practice

7 Crystal Elixirs
Making Crystal Elixirs
Using Crystal Elixirs
Crystal Elixir Recipes

8 Crystal Grids
Making Grids
Exercise: Crystal Grid Activation
Numerology and Geometry of Crystal Grids
Crystal Grid Templates

9 Crystal Layouts for Healing
Using Crystal Layouts
Basic Layouts
Additional Layouts
Creating Your Own Layouts
Exercise: Intuitive Crystal Layout

10 Spiritual Hygiene and Protection
Cleansing Your Space
Exercise: Energy Clearing with Crystals
Exercise: Creating Sacred Space Psychic Protection
Exercise: Cocoon of Light More Practices for Energetic Clarity and Integrity
Exercise: Personal Recharge
Exercise: Aura Clearing with Selenite
Exercise: Combing the Aura
Exercise: Cord Cutting
Exercise: Extracting Thoughtforms

A Directory of Crystals and Stones

11 Two Hundred Gemstones for Healing
Agate (Blue Lace Agate • Botswana Agate • Crazy Lace Agate • Fancy Agate • Fire Agate • Flower Agate • Moss Agate • Pink Agate • Snakeskin Agate • Tree Agate • Turritella Agate) • Amazonite • Amber • Amethyst (Chevron Amethyst • Lavender Quartz) • Ametrine • Angelite • Apatite, Blue (Golden Apatite • Green Apatite • Red Apatite) • Apophyllite • Aquamarine • Aragonite (Blue Aragonite • Brown Aragonite • Green Aragonite • Aragonite Sputnik • White Aragonite) • Aventurine, Green (Blue Aventurine • Peach Aventurine) • Azurite • Barite • Black Onyx • Bloodstone • Calcite (Blue Calcite • Golden Calcite • Green Calcite • Mangano Calcite • Optical Calcite • Orange Calcite • Red Calcite • Yellow Calcite • Zebra Calcite) • Carnelian • Cavansite • Celestite • Chalcedony (Black Chalcedony • Blue Chalcedony • Grape Chalcedony • Pink Chalcedony • White Chalcedony) • Chalcopyrite • Charoite • Chrome Diopside • Chrysocolla • Chrysoprase • Citrine • Creedite • Danburite • Dioptase • Dumortierite • Emerald • Epidote • Fluorite (Blue Fluorite • Blue John Fluorite • Green Fluorite • Purple Fluorite • Rainbow Fluorite • Yellow Fluorite) • Fuchsite • Galena • Garnet (Almandine Garnet • Black Garnet • Green Garnet • Hessonite Garnet • Rainbow Garnet • Rhodolite Garnet) • Heliodor • Hematite • Hiddenite • Howlite • Iolite • Jade • Jasper (Dragon’s Blood Jasper • Green Jasper • Leopardskin Jasper • Mookaite • Ocean Jasper • Picture Jasper • Polychrome Jasper • Poppy Jasper • Red Jasper • Silver Leaf Jasper • Yellow Jasper) • Jet • Kunzite • Kyanite, Blue (Black Kyanite • Green Kyanite • Orange Kyanite) • Labradorite • Lapis Lazuli • Larimar • Lepidolite • Magnetite • Malachite • Moldavite • Moonstone (Rainbow Moonstone) • Obsidian, Black (Apache Tears • Mahogany Obsidian • Platinum Obsidian • Rainbow Obsidian • Snowflake Obsidian) • Opal (Black Opal • Blue Opal • Dendritic Opal • Ethiopian Opal • Fire Opal • Green Opal • Pink Opal • Purple Opal • White Opal • Yellow Opal) • Peridot • Petalite • Petrified Wood • Phenakite • Pietersite • Prehnite • Pyrite • Quartz (Amphibole Quartz • Elestial Quartz • Garden Quartz • Herkimer Diamond Quartz • Lemurian Seed Crystal • Lithium Quartz • Phantom Quartz • Rose Quartz • Rutilated Quartz • Scepter Quartz • Smoky Quartz • Spirit Quartz • Tangerine Quartz • Tibetan Quartz • Tourmalinated Quartz • White Quartz) • Rhodochrosite • Rhodonite • Ruby (Ruby in Zoisite) • Sapphire • Scapolite • Selenite (Desert Rose Selenite • Golden Selenite • Satin Spar Selenite) • Seraphinite • Serpentine • Shungite • Smithsonite • Sodalite • Spinel • Stilbite • Sugilite • Sunstone • Tanzanite • Tektite • Tiger’s Eye (Blue Tiger’s Eye • Red Tiger’s Eye) • Topaz, White (Blue Topaz • Golden Topaz) • Tourmaline (Black Tourmaline • Blue Tourmaline • Brown Tourmaline • Green Tourmaline • Pink Tourmaline • Watermelon Tourmaline) • Turquoise • Unakite • Vanadinite • Vesuvianite • Wulfenite • Zincite • Zircon


Appendix: Index of Healing Properties

Physical Healing

Psychological Healing

Spiritual Healing



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