“Wow wouldn’t it be great if I could buy magic crystals and they would change my entire life and thought process forever and ever?” – me every time I’m anxious.
In case you didn’t already know, I have anxiety.
Er, anxiety might have me. The verdict is still out. For me, anxiety manifests as nervousness, shortness of breath, crying (oh the crying), irritability, and, sometimes, the need to lay in bed for five weeks straight. Even though I’ve been hanging out with my anxiety for over two decades, I’ve never totally accepted it. In fact, I try to banish it on a regular basis.*
*Probably not the healthiest option.
And I’ve tried so many things: teas, oils, therapists, hypnosis, alcohol, wishing on stars, complaining … Like, so many things. But most of these methods take time to kick in. When I’m in the thick of anxiety, feeling strangled by it, I need something sharp, something quick. Something I can hold in my hand and find comfort in an instant.
So that’s where crystals come in.
Crystals are rocks. They’re usually sparkly and they come in any color you can imagine, and people believe that each crystal gives off a certain frequency, which can change YOUR frequency. What does that mean? Uh, good question.
I think of frequency as the volume of my positivity. So, if I held the right crystal, it could turn up the volume of my positivity way high. I only believe in the possibility of crystals raising my frequency because I acutely sense things in my life that lower my frequency: a rude email can throw me for such a loop I won’t smile or ask people how they’re doing or hold doors open for the rest of the day!
But how do you know which crystals to buy?
First of all, I want to say that crystals are not the only option for magical objects you can hold in your pocket to feel powerful. You could literally pick up a piece of mulch, and if you believe it will elevate your mood, gosh darnit, IT WILL. For years, I got super obsessed with keeping this one grape flavored LipSmackers in the pocket of my Catholic school uniform because I was convinced it was good luck. Clearly, that’s another story for another therapy session, but *objects only have as much power as you give them.*
If you, like me, get a little high off spending money on yourself (it’s called “treating yourself,” look it up), then you might get your rocks off from buying crystals (please laugh at my pun, or I will throw my clear quartz at you).
The purchasing of crystals can be just as effective as using them. When I’m wandering around a crystal store, hmm-ing and huh-ing, picking up smoothed stones and putting them down again, maybe explaining my night sweats to a lavender-drenched employee, I feel such a distinct wash of accomplishment. It’s exhilarating to watch the cashier ring each rock up, carefully dropping the loot into cheap-o mesh bags, as I wait with bated breath to see if my credit card gets declined.
At home, I unpack each one, rereading its meaning. “Blocks negative energy,” “helps with change,” “promotes self love.” Sometimes I create a little altar, placing the crystals around a candle, pretending like I know what I’m doing, both with altars and in life.
Objects only have as much power as you give them.
I hear the same goes for emotions, but I haven’t found a cool shop where I can buy those. If I do, though, I’ll let you know.