One word which appears in most books about crystals is
"programming." The term refers to charging a crystal with your
intentions and goals. I think of my crystals as 'friends' and
you can ask a friend to help you with your goal, so I am asking
the Crystal to help me achieve my goals.
In programming we put the energy of chosen thoughts and
feelings into the energy pattern of a crystal.
Modern physicists now recognize that both thoughts and matter
are made up of energy particles. Thought vibrates at a high and
light rate of speed. Matter vibrates in a slow, dense manner.
The energy pattern of humans tends to be erratic and
sometimes scattered. You'll notice this pattern if you drink one
more cup of coffee than was good for your nervous system or if
you hear a car backfire. And because we're so fascinated by our
thoughts we often jump from one to the next with complete
disregard for order.
In contrast crystals have orderly and symmetrical molecular structures;
thus they radiate energy in a consistent and steady manner. This
is one of the reasons we're attracted to them. Their energy
helps to smooth out our own. Many people who were previously
unable to meditate find that laying crystals on or around them
induces mental quiet.
Crystals' orderly energy pattern is also why we can work with
them to realize our dreams. Once we've programmed them they will
radiate the energy of our intention until we program them for
I emphasize the phrase, "Once we've programmed them." The
crystal knows what to do. It will intensify and radiate whatever
we give to it. The most important part of programming is the
intentions we give to it. This brings us to the subject of
Affirmation - To Make Firm
Through the process of affirmation our thoughts become
The particular energetic form of our thoughts attracts energy
of a similar quality. For example, once I got interested in
witches I began to meet more and more people who were also
interested. My concentration on the subject was a particular
vibration which attracted like-minded people. Sometimes when I'm
surfing on the Web I think about what I want to find, and
through a series of "random" links what I'm looking for appears.
Working consciously with affirmations can be powerful. So can
working unconsciously with them, although the results may be
We've been giving ourselves affirmations all our lives on an
unconscious level. Many of them were instructions we heard as
children, like, "Life is nothing but suffering, "It's important
to obey the rules," "Better safe than sorry."
As we grow older we put our own unique spin on our
affirmations: "The universe is against me;" "I work long hours
for little pay; it's my parents' fault that I'm like this;"
"metaphysics works for everyone but me."
Discovering Limiting Beliefs
In order to create powerful affirmations it's very helpful to
discover and dissolve your limiting ones. In a sense, this is a
process of unprogramming yourself.
One effective way to discover those beliefs is to create an
affirmation, for example, "Abundance comes to me easily." Your
helpful mind will quickly come up with a list of reasons why
this isn't going to happen.
It never did before.
Some people aren't meant to have money.
Money gets in the way of spirituality.
Another way is to take the situation you want to change, and
list the benefits of the negative situation. The benefits of not
being prosperous might be:
No one will ever ask me for money.
I'll never have to worry about suddenly losing my
I won't have to feel guilty that others have less.
Be careful not to censor yourself in this process; i.e.,
don't tell yourself, "If I had a lot of money and someone needed
help I'd be a terrible person not to give it to them."
Self-condemnation will not encourage your beliefs to surface;
Identify the emotions connected with your beliefs. Do you
feel ungenerous? Are you afraid of acquiring money, only to lose
it? Is this fear part of your life? Does guilt have a lot to do
with how you relate to other people?
The Three Aspects of Affirmations
When we consciously create affirmations we choose words which
exactly express the reality we desire to create. No, "Someday my
prince will come;" express your desire in the present.
The visual image you create to accompany the words is also
important. If, for example, you want to create a vacation in
Hawaii visualize palm trees, beaches, blue skies, warmth, etc.
(It can be very inspiring to look at the pictures in a travel
brochure.) Some people like to make a "wish board" with an
arrangement of photographs which represent what they're
A third aspect is to create the way you'll feel when your
special dream comes true. For a Hawaiian vacation you may feel
relaxed or excited and stimulated to be in a new place. If
you're with someone you love you may feel increased closeness or
a heightened sense of romance.
If you have difficulty in visualizing or feeling the reality
of your affirmations go back to the section on discovering
Programming Your Crystal
Now, combining the energy of your thoughts, images, and
feelings, you put that magnetic charge into your crystal.
Although quartz crystals are most commonly used, I've used many
others: citrine for abundance, rose quartz for a situation which
calls for love, aquamarine or turquoise for creativity,
aventurine for physical health.
Below is one method of programming.
Hold the crystal in both hands and gaze into it.
Start breathing with slow, deep breaths, inhaling through
your nose and exhaling forcefully through your mouth.
Concentrate on what you want to program into the crystal.
As you inhale see a visual image of what you want; imagine
how it feels to have it; and repeat an affirmation to
With each exhale send your desire into the crystal.
Once you can visualize what you want without the intrusion of
doubt or disbelief your intention is now programmed into the
crystal. This vibration is stored there until you replace it
with a new intention.
Some people find it very helpful to write their intention on a piece
of paper and, after using the above method, placing my crystal
on the written note and leaving it there.