Dancers wear many hats. As creatives, performing artists, and athletes it's not always easy to pull ourselves up and draw inspiration on a whim. So it is important to ground ourselves and find clarity immediately when we face threats to our creative expression. One way to do this is with the power of crystals.
Crystals are something that I got exposed to at a later age, but like the saying goes, "better late than never. I fully believe in the power of these stones and that they hold charged ions from the earth. If stones and crystals don't have power then why are they in every piece of technology that we own? Did you know clocks are ran on crystal energy? Yep, so the next time someone tries to tell you, "Crystals are a bunch of hocus-pocus," politely agree to disagree. You can't argue with sheep anyway.
What are crystals?
According to Artsy.com, "The various gems, rocks, and precious or semi-precious stones considered crystals are each believed to have a unique set of properties: They work with specific chakras, act as holding chambers for energies, or work to protect you from negative energy."
Activating and charging crystals
In order to bring out the properties of your crystals, it is believed that you must activate and charge the crystals. Crystals have different activation methods but my favorite ways include leaving it out in a full moon, smudging with sage, or by placing on a slab of selenite (read to the end to discover the secrets of selenium).
Set your intention.
Once your stones are charged and activated you can set your intentions. Be very clear, concise and specific when directing your thoughts/goals to your crystal.
Their powerful intrinsic energies can serve as mirrors to reveal your true path and link you to that part of yourself that is all-seeing and all-knowing.
-Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle: 50 Oracle Cards for Healing, Self Understanding and Divination)
Once your intention is set, place your crystals around your home, studio or workplace.
Below I outline 11 of my favorite crystals for dancers. Their uses range from initiating creativity and protecting you from bad juju, to helping you connect to your inner child and finding clarity in your work. Wink, wink: my 2 favorite must-have crystals for dancers are listed last.
CITRINE-The Merchants Stone
Color: Yellow (ranging from pale to honey or even brown)
Chakras: Solar Plexus but also activates the Crown Chakra
Properties: Natural Citrine is a premier stone of manifestation, imagination, and personal will. Called The Merchant's Stone for its properties of increase in the cashbox, this stone is one of abundance and manifestation, attracting wealth and prosperity, success and all things good.
Awakens creativity and imagination
Encourages fullness of life, fresh beginnings and new pursuit
Transmutes, dissipates, and grounds negative energy
Encourages generosity and sharing good fortune
Strengthens the inner light and sparks creativity and imagination
It is ideal for artists of all kinds
Tips: place in the cashbox, purse or wallet to attract money and stop excessive outflow.
CARNELIAN: Stone of motivation & endurance, leadership & courage.
Color: Orange, Red
Chakra: Sacral Chakra
The Carnelian crystal not only boosts courage and self-confidence, but on a cellular level it purifies the blood and improves circulation, a must-have for any stressful situation.
For singers, actors, and entertainers, wearing Carnelian jewelry over the heart is essential for a constant flow of warmth and support when all eyes are on you.
Aiding you in creative pursuits like art, music, theater, etc.
Supporting your professional endeavors, from interviews to new contracts to promotions.
Promotes confidence for performances on stage or in live media.
Attracts prosperity, new resources and good luck. It is a talisman for success in any money-making venture.
In the workplace, it is a crystal of ambition, drive and determination.
Lends the courage needed to help overcome difficulties and defend a cause.
Tips: Wear a Carnelian as a bracelet or on your belt for inspiration throughout the day. When you need to show the best side of yourself, place Carnelian in the bath and infuse the water with its healing properties, an effective treatment just before your big event. Feel all your anxiety, fear and worry melt away as you say this affirmation to yourself, "I am courageous and confident."
TIGER'S EYE: The Stone of Protection
Color: Yellow, Brown
Chakra: Activates and stimulates the base chakra, sacral chakra, and the solar plexus, where its energy has a powerful effect.
It has the power to focus the mind, promoting mental clarity, assisting us to resolve problems objectively and unclouded by emotions.
Helps you stay grounded and centered, even if you’re surrounded by chaos.
It brings good luck to the wearer.
Particularly useful for healing psychosomatic illnesses, dispelling fear and anxiety.
Helps you to be clearer mentally and charge the intellect
Release fear and helps you to manifest goals
Allows you to remain calm and grounded through the changes
Tips: Depending on what areas you'd like to work on, consider combining your tiger's eye with other gemstones. You'll be enhancing the healing qualities of the stones themselves, and addressing multiple issues at the same time.
By combining a tiger's eye with lapis lazuli in a handmade wrap bracelet, you can recalibrate the energy flowing through your solar plexus and throat chakras.
TANGERINE QUARTZ: Stone of strength and tenacity
Color: Ranges from a shade of red to orange
Chakra: This stone works well with the Sacral Chakra energies which enhances creativity and acceptance and change.
It helps to encourage self acceptance and overcome limitations. It gives hope by allowing for the release of shame and blame, putting the past in the past.
Provides emotional grounding and really gives a boost in personal and creative energy.
Carry with you when entering situations of high drama/chaos as it can bring a happier state of mind and raise your energy above stressful situations.
A great healer and balancer.
Promotes the healthy balance of sexual and creative interest.
Meditating with Tangerine Quartz facilitates an increase of new ideas and inspirations.
LAPIS LAZULI: A stone of wisdom, intuition, and truth.
Chakra: Associated with the third eye chakra, the energy center that processes knowledge, intuition, and wisdom.
Encourages self-awareness, allows self-expression and reveals inner truth, providing qualities of honesty, compassion and morality to the personality.
Stimulates objectivity, clarity and encourages creativity. Lapis Lazuli assists to confront and speak one's truth and inspires confidence.
Enhances your intellectual abilities, activates your higher mind, and sharpens your memory.
Helps you gain the knowledge that you need to look at different situations clearly and objectively so that you will come to the best decision.
Tips: For fame in a creative or public performance-related area, wear or carry Lapis Lazuli to auditions. In the workplace, it attracts promotion, success and lasting recognition in your field.
HERKIMER DIAMOND: Attunement Stone
Color: Colorless to smokey
Chakra: Activates and opens the Crown and Third Eye Chakras.
Properties: Provides harmony and beauty in any confusing and uncertain situation.
A pain reliever. People will place them on the area that has pain, and usually it will help reduce the pain until it disappears within a few minutes.
Helps rid the body of tension in the outer and physical bodies, and helps to re-align the energy structure.
Helps clear the body-mind of fears, repressions, and help allow for total relaxation.
Helps assist in meditation.
Tips: Herkimer Diamonds are extremely well in amplifying the properties of other stones as well. It can make a very small rock feel like it's much larger and produce more energy.
CLEAR QUARTZ: “The Master Healer”
Color: White or Colorless
Chakra: A powerful resonance within both the third eye chakra and the crown chakra, which is the highest chakra in the physical body.
Properties: It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy. It balances and revitalises the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes.
Crystals are professional support stones for artists, stylists, doctors and healers, inventors, musicians, and those who work in media.
Produces a force field of healing negative ions while clearing the surroundings of positive ions, protecting the aura.
Brings strength and clarity to the intellect, aiding concentration and memory retention, and filtering out distractions.
Conducive to sleep, helping one to understand the messages and lessons conveyed during the dream state.
Tips: Clear Quartz is excellent for amplifying the energies of other stones or to enhance groups of stones, and is ideal for gridding. It is the perfect base material for wands, staffs, templates, etc., and clear crystal spheres have long been used for crystal gazing.
In the workplace, use it as a filter against negativity and to transform critical words.
AMETHYST: A Protective Stone
Chakra: Third Eye Chakra, Crown Chakra
Properties: Activates spiritual awareness, opens intuition and enhances psychic abilities.
Relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety.
Alleviates sadness and grief, and dissolves negativity.
Calms and stimulates the mind, helping you become more focused, enhancing memory and improving motivation.
Assist in remembering and understanding dreams.
It relieves insomnia.
Encourages selflessness and spiritual wisdom.
Boost hormone production, tunes the endocrine system and metabolism.
Relieves physical, emotional and psychological pain or stress.
Tips: Place the stone near the bed or under your pillow to enjoy a better night’s sleep.
If you like to pause for meditation during the day, keep a piece of amethyst nearby for holding.
Placing an amethyst in your office space can help with feelings of tension. It may help you slow your pace so you can better concentrate on projects and get jobs done right the first time.
AQUAMARINE: The Sea Water Stone/The Stone of Courage & Protection
Chakra: Used often with the Throat Chakra
Properties: Aquamarine resonates to the energy of the ocean, helping the holder to connect with the nature spirits of the sea. The soothing energy of Aquamarine makes it a perfect companion to calm fears and phobias.
Enhances spiritual communication and clears communication blocks.
Aids in the assimilation of new knowledge, making it a great crystal for students of all kinds.
Encourages intellectual growth and inner knowledge, opening one up to intuition and the superconscious mind.
Helps one to think quickly to come up with solutions on the fly.
Tips: The best way to use the Aquamarine Stone is to meditate with them, and it is also an excellent way to relax yourself. As you go deeper into the relaxed meditative state, keep in mind the qualities that you would like to integrate, that this stone's energy may accentuate.
ORANGE CALCITE: Spiritual Stone
Chakra: Sacral Chakra
Properties: Helps integrate the spiritual realm with the physical body, enhances creativity, and is helpful when working with emotional issues.
Orange Calcite’s vital energy can serve as a catalyst for the release of past traumas that have been holding you back, allowing for optimism and joy to come in.
Cleanse negative energy from the environment.
Connects the emotions with the intellect. (It is an excellent stone when studying the arts).
Enhances your creativity.
Tips: If you’re feeling low, depressed, unsure, or disillusioned, holding a piece of this stone in your hands will transform your mood and lift your spirits.
You can also place a piece of Orange-Calcite under your pillow to ward off nightmares and prevent night terrors.
Color: pure white, transparent, orange, peach, grey-blue, green, brown and bright golden yellow
Chakra: third eye chakra, the crown chakra and the soul star chakra.
Properties: High vibration stones that will move your spiritual growth forward quickly. Provides for clarity of the mind, and promotes purity and honesty for the one holding it. Selenite, named after the moon, Selene, assists in judgement and insight by clearing confusion so the wearer can see the deeper picture.
Selenite crystals can be held at the heart as you are meditating, and this can be beneficial to help to relieve any stress and anxiety you may be feeling
Selenite aligns the spinal column and promotes flexibility.
Used to access past lives as well as future lives.
Tips: Selenite is the only crystal that doesn't need to be recharged. In fact, it is widely used as a cleanser for your other crystals. For extra cleansing, lay your stones on top of a flat slab of selenite (or wand) and smudge with sage or palo Santo. Those looking to profit specifically from the selenite healing properties should look for the long, clear selenite stones coming out of Mexico.
I hope this crystal guide helps you on your way to a clearer and healthy #dancelife. There are so many beneficial stones out there but these I feel specifically target performing artists and help us in the studio mentally, physically and spiritually. If you have other stones that you've found especially helpful in your career and life, I'd love to know about them! Shoot me a message or DM.