Ten Healing Crystals for Children
Excerpt from: A Guide to Gem and Crystal Therapy
by Karen Ryan, Crystal Energy Therapist
Crystals are truly gifts from the Earth. Children seem to have a
natural attraction to pick them up and fully explore any kind of
stone or crystal. They will often use all their senses, seeing what
the crystal looks like, feeling the texture with their fingertips, or
even rubbing the crystal against other parts of their body. They are
curious to know what it sounds like when the crystal drops on the
ground or plops into water, what it smells like and tastes like.
Some children use their psychic senses, telling what the crystal is
saying to them; or they will mysteriously use the crystal for healing
without any instructions. Children can respond very quickly to the
healing energy of crystals. However, please consult the best
available qualified medical help on the care of your children and use
your common sense in regards to your children's health and wellness.
Take your children to a rock shop, gem and mineral show, museums as
well as to areas of high mineral content (check a geological survey
map) such as quarries, caves and mines. Let your children pick
crystals for themselves. Often they will select a crystal that is
helpful to their healing process. One four-year-old girl I met
selected an Apache Tear, used for the grieving process. The little
girl, clutching it in her hand, remarked, "Oh, I want to wear this
all the time!" I asked the mother if there had been a death in the
family recently. Astonished, she replied, "I just lost my brother
four weeks ago, but we didn't tell her". The girl was obviously
sensitive to the family's sorrow and needed some protection from the
feelings of others around her.
I have listed some crystals to help in your child's healing. Let your
child carry the crystal in his or her pocket, or place 1 or 2 in a
small medicine bag around the neck. Let your child even sleep with
his or her special crystal. Crystals often get lost or misplaced by
children, so you might want to have a few extras on hand.
A "Master Healing Crystal". Amethyst's most noted healing quality is
its ability to purify and transmute all forms of negativity. For
children "in transition", whether it be a growth spurt, a major
disappointment such as failing a grade, or even hearing the
devastating news of divorce or death, Amethyst accepts all negative
emotions and provides comfort through spiritual acceptance. For
children with various disabilities or with either physical or
emotional pain, an Amethyst cluster in the room will help clear
unwanted discharged energies, bringing the room back into a balanced
state. For local pain, hold an Amethyst directly on or over the area
for up to 20 minutes.
The "Grief Stone". Apache Tear is actually Obsidian and is very dark
but transparent. When you hold a small piece up to the light you can
see through it. However, if you have been using the Apache Tear to
absorb negative emotions, you will see it cloud up and become opaque.
Sometimes it will clear up after the grieving is over.
The "Leadership Stone". Aventurine strengthens and restores the Heart
energy, providing a balance of male and female energies. This crystal
is green and very loving, embracing, and protective of the Heart.
Many children who are shy, timid, or suppressing their leadership
qualities need a crystal like Aventurine. This stone helps the
individual to become active and to initiate action on their own
accord. Asthmatic children seem attracted to this stone as it opens
up the lungs and they experience a sense of relief.
A "Self-Esteem Crystal". Carnelian is used to help restore feelings
of inadequacy and low self-esteem. The deep orange colours relate
well to strengthening and blending the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd chakras,
promoting self-security and self-love. The pinker shades relate to
enhancing love between child and parent, through self-acceptance.
This crystal is also used for dermatological ailments such as acne,
by holding the stone over the skin and moving it in circles for
several minutes, several times a day.
The "Healing Crystal". Clear Quartz is a general all-purpose healing
crystal. Each Quartz crystal has its own energy signature and healing
mission. When a child makes contact with the right crystal, the
energy is discharged either very slowly, or quite suddenly so it
feels like a very mild electric shock. This natural energy can be
just enough to transform a disharmonious thought pattern, burn off
some negative emotional state, or even place the spiritual seeds of
one's future into consciousness. Using a cluster of Clear Quartz
crystals for children is particularly nice, as so many different
types of crystals (record-keepers, transmitters, channelers, etc.)
are included. There's a crystal for any occasion! Crystal clusters
are also helpful to organize scattered thoughts and to deflect
"The Love Stone". Rose Quartz is another terrific general healing
crystal for children especially for those who have a lot of hurt
feelings or aggressive tendencies. Rose Quartz can soothe a broken
heart shattered by seeing raw Reality - the ways things are, rather
than the way one wants them to be. For hyperactive children Rose
Quartz soothes erratic emotional states, anxiety, fear, compulsions,
and many other mental disorders. Some neurological benefits have also
been noticed with muscle spasms relaxing when Rose Quartz is guided
over the nerve centres. For young hearts, Rose Quartz helps to keep
the Heart chakra open, vital and protected, filtering in good
energies and keeping out the bad.
A "Psychic Balance Stone". Lapis Lazuli is an incredible stabilizer
for children who show psychic gifts early in life. The deep blue
colour stimulates expansion of consciousness in a supportive way,
promoting purification and clarity of spiritual insight. Lapis Lazuli
provides self-acceptance of one's given gifts and encourages openness
of one's spiritual awareness. This stone is highly prized for its
protective powers and stimulation of all psychic senses.
A "Soother of Emotions Stone". Jade is easily obtained and can be
openly worn by children as regular "jewelry". Emotionally sensitive
children often need a supportive system to ensure that their feelings
do not overwhelm them. Jade enhances confidence, self-assurance, and
self-reliance. Jade is very inspirational in helping one achieve
one's desires in life. This stone is often available from a Chinese
goods merchant and is often sold in the shape of thin coins.
A "Grounding Stone". Tiger Eye has thin rutile inclusions, and when
rocked back and forth the light reflects in a certain way as if the
tiger's eye were winking at you! Let your children explore this
fascinating stone and help them find the flashing Tiger's Eye. This
stone is excellent for grounding psychic energy and providing
security for opening up the psychic centers. Sometimes children get
carried away and get lost in their dream world. Tiger Eye helps to
pull them back into their bodies (after astral travel). This stone is
very useful to put action to one's thoughts. Tiger's Eye is about
being practical. Perhaps every parent needs one for their child
before trips to the shopping mall.
A "Protection Stone". Iron Pyrite comes in many different shapes,
from sun discs to cubes. Children are attracted to its shiny brassy
surfaces. Pyrite is like a small mirror; negative energy is relected
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.