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Shamanic Use of Crystals and Semi-precious Stones

Crystals and stones are viewed as “just rocks” by most, although there are those individuals who consider these gems as living beings. They are categorized as having characteristics and properties or abilities that channel or produce certain qualities which are of higher energy vibrations coming from the Life Force of Spirit. Many ancient peoples believed in the “stone spirits”, the Crystal Devas. These Devas were thought to act as a bridge between human consciousness through crystals and stones which allowed people to connect with spiritual energies to sustain them in their healing and spiritual evolution.

Shamans have used crystals and semi-precious stones for thousands of years to help empower themselves to perform “Great Works”. These earthly gifts are an important aspect of a shaman’s “medicine bag”. Crystals and/or semi-precious stones support shamans during their work to aid them in channeling universal energies, lend them protection, and assist them in connecting with Spirit and to ground them. Also, they are used to create a union between Mother Earth and all that exists within and upon the earth for the shaman.

As a natural-born shaman myself, I have a great many crystals and semi-precious stones my clients choose from to hold during healings, vision quests, meditations, and therapy sessions. These crystals and stones help facilitate a more productive session as they offer supportive energies needed by the client.

I have been asked by quite a few of my clients which crystals and stones I use for my practice and my own purposes, along with which ones would benefit them the most. Here are my favorites that I make use of in particular. They help anyone who wishes to attain the virtues and energy frequencies these crystals and stones can offer:

Turquoise – Known as ‘The Profound Master Healer’ not only heals, but offers spiritual protection, tranquility, peace of mind, and intuitive wisdom. Can guard against environmental pollutants.

Shamanic Dream Stone – Used for dream work and when travelling the spiritual dimensions. Can also be utilized as a manifestation tool.

Serpentine - Connects one with nature, and aids in meditation and spiritual exploration. Retrieves spiritual wisdom and assists with past life memory recall. Energetically establishes more control and balance in your life.

Gaspeite or Malachite – Strengthens and clarifies the emotional body. Aids in forgiveness and alleviates wallowing in self-pity and fretting.

Sugilite or Rose Quartz – Carries the energy of spiritual love, mercy, justice, and freedom and transmutes lower vibrations. Helps in finding true love and/or unconditional love.

Tourmaline - Good for keeping the digestive system healthy and strengthening teeth and bones. Recommended for adrenal disorders and is used to treat stress and trauma.

Onyx - Provides intuitive guidance on a shamanic journey and protection. Connects you to your inner truth. Absorbs negative energy.

Lemurian Seed Crystal - Useful for personal healing, and meditation, along with intuitive and energy work. Embodies Divine Feminine energy, unity consciousness, and higher wisdom. Activated when your energy vibration matches the vibration of the crystal.

Crystal and semi-precious stone pieces of different sizes, jewelry, and ornaments are essential to everyone on their healing and spiritual paths. They offer protection; inner peace; balance; healing; the release of negative energies; can raise one’s energy vibrations and so much more.

When shopping for crystals and semi-precious stones in any form, decide upon the qualities you wish to acquire and then ascertain a personal connection to the crystal(s) and/or stone(s) before purchasing any. You can attune to your crystals and stones through meditation by connecting with their energy field. This bond will unlock the qualities of the crystals and/or stones to channel more readily that which you desire to realize.

Remember to cleanse them regularly by placing them in sunlight or moonlight; in sea salt or a salt bowl; wash them in clean water (distilled is best) or smudge them with smoke. The method used to cleanse your crystals and stones is dependent upon what works best for them individually. Treat each piece like an "individual entity” as they too are a little bit of the Divine Essence – Spirit. Appreciate each crystal and/or stone for what they offer you and learn why they are in your life to utilize them daily.

This post was written by Orecia (Iris) Terner. Orecia is a natural-born shaman who was discovered and trained by an indigenous shaman on the Pacific West Coast in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada where she lives. Her shamanic “great works” include soul journeys, soul retrievals, energy readings, and training healers and shamans. Orecia has been working for the last 25 years with students and clients around the world also as a Cognitive Behavior Therapist, and Reiki practitioner/teacher (energy healing), along with her work as a shaman/spiritual teacher teaching different types of meditation, healing, and guiding others and so much more. She is a co-author of two self-help/spiritual books written under the name of Iris Terner along with one of her students, Daniel Olexa, a Life Skill Coach, and Hypnotherapist. You can contact Orecia "Iris" Terner at:, follow her on Facebook, or view her

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