There’s Power in Loving Yourself
Love is the greatest source of power in existence. Love and the Divine are one and the same. Love makes life worth living. Living without love can leave a person drifting around in a zombie-like state, feeling only despair, pain, and misery. Sometimes we can’t depend on others to give us the love we may need in any given moment, so we must give love to ourselves.
When we don’t give ourselves love, how can we give love to others? Suppose you are a little car, and you happily take people wherever they want to go, right up until you don’t have a drop of fuel left. That’s when you can’t take anyone anywhere, not even yourself. So, you must fill your tank first, and your fuel must be self-love.
There’s Nothing Selfish in Self-Love
Our society often teaches us that it is somehow selfish to love yourself. Some people feel this so deeply that they think breathing is selfishly taking too much air from others, never mind that there’s plenty of air to go around! Taking care of yourself is not selfish, it is necessary. Self-care is one of the needed ingredients to live a joyful, fulfilled, happy life. Self-love is at the base of self-care. Just the act of focusing on yourself with loving compassion can be incredibly healing.
The world would be a sweeter, better place if we would give ourselves as much genuine, heartfelt love as we give to others. Think of a stone thrown into a pond and how the ripples expand out into ever-widening circles. When we are loving to ourselves, we are more loving to others, and this expands throughout our world, throughout the Universe, and into infinity.
Self-Love with Crystals
There are many ways to start practicing greater self-love. You can start by letting yourself do little things each day that you enjoy, such as reading a good book, chatting with friends, going for a walk, watching an old movie you love, getting enough rest, eating the right food for you, playing after your work is done for the day, or one of the best things is meditating with crystals.
Crystals can be wonderful in helping you focus on self-love. They carry their own special energy and will assist you in simple meditation or in creating self-love rituals. Here are some ways to use crystals while being extra kind to yourself:
- Keep a gratitude journal with your chosen crystals near you as you write your intentions and experiences in giving yourself more love.
- Place crystals around your home to empower you energetically with love and remind you they are holding your loving intentions for you.
- Wear your crystals as jewelry or carry your own special crystals in your pocket or purse so they can be close to you and support you all day long.
- Hold your crystals while you meditate and breathe your loving intentions into them so they can radiate loving energy right back to you.
Crystals for Self-Love Rituals
Crystals come in many forms, shapes, and sizes for you to choose from:
- Polished or raw
- Small stones
- Puffy heart shapes (Which is especially perfect for Rose Quartz.)
- Giant slabs
- Huge monoliths (Size doesn’t matter, only intention.)
To help you decide which of the many gemstones you may want to use for the practice of giving yourself greater love, here’s a list of the 12 best crystals for self-love:
1. Rose Quartz is the Master Love Crystal. If you can only get one crystal for self-love and for calling love to you, this is the one. This soft pink beauty is the stone of unconditional love and is united with the Heart Chakra. Rose Quartz is known to imbue self-love, encourage self-care, release feelings of being unworthy to love, and help you connect your heart to Divine Love.
2. Clear Quartz is the Master Healer, and this translucent white gemstone is connected to the Crown Chakra but affects all chakras. It is believed to invoke positive self-thought, inspire loving energies, and administer soul healing. Clear Quartz is used to dispel negative thoughts, cleanse dark energies, increase calm, give intuitive clarity, and help you connect directly to Spirit and commune with your angels.
3. Amethyst comes in glorious shades of rich, deep purple, and is linked to the Crown and Third Eye Chakras. Considered to be the gemstone of spiritual self-love, it is understood to increase well-being, give self-acceptance, create inner peace, transform negative vibrations to positive feelings, and summon emotional balance. Amethyst is perfect for meditation, for it helps you to tap into your intuition and align you with the Divine.
4. Amazonite comes in a light blue-green color and is attached to the Heart and Throat Chakras. It can supply courage, give hope, and build healthy boundaries. Amazonite helps you see the loving truth about yourself as it soothes anxiety, calms your soul, stabilizes emotions, guides you into caring self-thought, and helps you speak kindly about yourself.
5. Rhodochrosite is known as the Stone of the Compassionate Heart. Laced with light and dark pink, it is associated with the Heart Chakra. Rhodochrosite is thought to help you stop self-cruelty and self-negating, imbue you with self-empathy and happiness, help you release past trauma, and create deep emotional healing.
6. Rhodonite is considered the stone of self-love and self-forgiveness and comes in a pink hue with bits of red and black. It aligns with the Heart and Root Chakras. Rhodonite is trusted to help you overcome self-doubt, increase tenderness toward yourself, recognize your self-worth, balance emotions, and release harsh inner judgement as it calms your inner critic.
7. Dragon Stone (Septarian) helps to breathe fire into your spirit as it inspires you to rise and conquer inner pain. Dragon Stone comes in colors of brown, yellow, and gray, and is connected to the Solar Plexus and Root Chakras. It is considered to give you emotional grounding and help you feel powerful self-confidence as it increases your insight and perception.
8. Citrine shines bright with golden yellow-orange color and is connected to your Solar Plexus and Sacral Chakras. Known as the stone of joy, Citrine is understood to help create abundance, optimism, and happiness. It helps to burn away negativity and fear as it boosts your self-empowerment, energy, hope, cheerfulness, and lets sunlight radiate into your heart.
9. Rainbow Moonstone is white with rainbow flecks of color and is aligned with the Crown Chakra but affects all chakras. Rainbow Moonstone is known to bring motherly love to yourself, stabilize emotions, increase self-worth and intuition, and helps you create new beginnings in your life. It empowers lovingkindness within your nature as it helps you be gentle with yourself.
10. Malachite comes in deep green with dark striations and belongs to the Heart Chakra. Malachite is believed to shield your heart and transform heartache to self-love as it heals your heart both emotionally and physically. It helps you understand your emotional needs, invokes uplifting feelings, and helps you recognize your true worth and value.
11. Lepidolite shows up in colors of lilac, lavender, and rose-violet, and belongs to the Third Eye and Crown Chakras. Lepidolite, a source of lithium, is used to assist you in transitioning from pain to peace of mind as it heals your emotions and calms stress, upset, and anger. It inspires serenity, tranquility, and patience as it helps soothe you and give you inner peace.
12. Red Jasper is known as the Supreme Nurturer. It is orange red in color and is connected to the Sacral and Root Chakras. Red Jasper helps you find emotional grounding, increases self-belief, calms you in crisis, raises your self-esteem, releases negative energies, uplifts your feelings of self-worth, and invokes greater confidence and courage.
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