But when it comes to employing them in your home to metaphysically create positive change in your life, what exactly are they for, and how exactly do they work?
First of all, it’s useful to think of energy as flowing through your home like water. You want that water to be clean, clear, bouyant, and sparkly-fresh. You also want it to flow at a rate that is not too fast (like white water rapids) and not to slow (like stagnant and festering pond water). This way, your home feels pleasant, energizing, and nourishing, which in turn nourishes every area of your life.
Now that you’re envisioning this flow, consider this: the primary energetic action of these crystals is to affect the flow of energy through your home by lifting it and/or circulating it. To picture how this works, it can be useful to think of the feng shui precept “energy flows where attention goes.” In other words, when you notice a crystal hanging in a room its sparkle might catch your eye and you might picture it refracting light and swirling it gently around. From a design perspective, because these crystals are usually clear and quite small, this generally happens in a subtle and largely subconscious way — but this does not diminish the potency of the energetic effect.
The lifting/circulating action of feng shui crystals can be useful in the following instances.
- To Counterbalance a Downward Pull of Energy
In places where there are a lot of drains, such as bathrooms, it can sometimes be helpful to lift the attention and energy up to contain it within the room in a more pleasing and buoyant way. (This does not mean, of course, that you’re off the hook with keeping the toilet lid closed – do that too!) One way to do this would be to hang a feng shui crystal from the center of the bathroom ceiling, on any length of string that you like (just an inch or so is fine).
- To Slow Energy
In some homes, there are places where energy might flow too rapidly. For example, if the front door is directly in line with a hallway that is directly in line with the back door, and the back door is visible from the front door, energy can sometimes flow straight through from front to back without nourishing the rest of the house. This can result in an unsettled feeling and can also hold in place a feeling that resources flow out just as soon as they flow in. In this case, you might hang one or more crystals along this pathway to minimize this effect and help circulate energy throughout the house.
Straight, long hallways can also sometimes feel like the energy is flowing too rapidly, as can steep staircases – especially ones with a front door directly in alignment with their base (the energy often feels like it flows right out the door). For both examples, you might strategically hang a crystal or two along the pathway of energy as above. In the case of the stairway near the front door, it might be especially helpful to hang a crystal above the area just below the bottom step, not only to slow the energy, but also to prevent it from flowing out the door. Which brings us to…
- To Contain Energy
Have you ever walked into a room and then walked straight to the huge windows and said, “wow, what an amazing view?” While views are great, when they dominate the room so completely that you don’t even give it a second glance, it means the energy is all spilling straight out those windows, which gives the room itself an ungrounded and not-very-nourishing feeling. So, while of course we don’t want to deprive ourselves of our stunning view, we might want to make an effort to minimize it just a bit and/or contain the energy. You might do this by bringing in half-curtains, placing potted plants in front of the window(s) at intervals, and/or hanging one or more crystals near the top(s) of the window(s).
- To Soften Energy
And then there are those harsh-feeling architectural features that we call “jutting corner challenges.” Not all jutting corners (i.e. corners of walls jutting inward into the room like arrows) are challenges mind you, just the awkward, invasive, and potentially treacherous ones. To tell if it’s a challenge or not, tune into your intuition and instinct. And if you find one, you might want to soften the way energy flows around it. And a crystal, hung from the ceiling about 2-3 inches out from the corner on any length of string, can help do the trick.
- To Create Boundaries
Sometimes we wish we could add a wall, or a curtain, or a divider, or something to separate one area from another, but for whatever reason we just can’t. Maybe we’re at work and it would be inappropriate (or impossible), maybe we’re in a studio apartment and we don’t want to diminish the precious amount of openness we have, or maybe it just plain won’t work. What’s the next best thing? A crystal. By lifting and circulating the energy, it can slow the energy flow between, say, one desk and another desk, and demarcate an invisible – if incomplete – energetic boundary. (But something’s better than nothing!)
- To Energize and Bring in Rainbows
Let’s not forget the rainbows! A sunny window is an excellent opportunity to activate any room with a bouquet of light and color. Simply hang the crystal and enjoy!
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