“Dear Adrienne, I have always considered myself to be somewhat prone to anxiety, and lately it seems to be getting worse. My thoughts and my heart race a lot, and I can’t stop worrying about a number of things going on in my life and also in the world. It seems like there’s just not enough time to get everything done. It is affecting my sleep and also my relationships. I am open to taking medication if it is necessary, but I would rather try something natural to help me first. Are there any crystals that can help with anxiety?”–D.M.
Did you know that the mineral kingdom produces its own brand of anti-anxiety medication, and with no undesirable side-effects? Crystals and stones containing lithium naturally emit a calming energy that can counteract feelings of panic, worry, anxiety, and stress. Here is a list of stones that have a lithium content: Kunzite, Hiddenite, Lepidolite, Petalite, Elbaite Tourmaline (Pink, Green, Watermelon, Purple, or Blue), Lithium Quartz, Eucryptite, Amblygonite, and Nuummite. Kunzite is one of my favorites on this list, and it is the first one that I turn to when I feel anxiety coming on. Kunzite is a sweet, tranquil stone that connects with the currents of Divine love from the higher realms, and this loving frequency is strengthened and delivered to us through its striated structure. A striated stone is one that has parallel grooves recessed down the length of the stone, which act as amplifying channels or pathways. Kunzite’s structure makes it ideal for transmuting lower energies and blockages into pure love. It has a natural resonance with the third eye and the heart, serving as a bridge between the two, while it activates and clears both centers. Anxiety is a state that is experienced in the mental body as excess energy or worry due to thoughts we are having, and it is felt in the emotional body as fear. This stone can treat both the mental and emotional sources of anxiety at one time, giving a more complete sense of relief. Kunzite also creates a protective shield around the body, so that we are less affected by outside sources or situations that might provoke anxiety. When we are under the peaceful influence of Kunzite, it is much easier to sigh deeply and relax into a meditative state. It helps us to access higher dimensional realities and the love of the Angelic realm. With our third eyes activated, we can more clearly receive the message that all is well from the higher perspectives, and that we are being taken care of in all moments. If you feel panic coming on, I suggest putting a cloth headband around your head at the third eye level. Then place one or more Kunzites around your head, with the striations pointing vertically. You will be amazed at how quickly a sense of calm overcomes you!
Blue Kyanite is another high vibration, striated stone that can be an effective antidote to anxiety. All light blue stones carry soothing energies and bring a sense of calm, which make them perfect for any nervous condition. Other peaceful blue stones are Aquamarine, Celestite, Larimar, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Calcite, Turquoise, Chrysocolla, and Blue Tourmaline, But in my experience, Blue Kyanite is the most powerful of all blue calming stones. I gained a deep appreciation for it when I was studying at Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy, and I got to experience first-hand how helpful Kyanite is in achieving a deep, meditative state. I normally have problems meditating, because I have a very busy mind, but with Kyanite it was easy. We learned to place Kyanite at the causal chakra, located at the back and center of the top of the head. It is behind the crown chakra, at the place where your hair can create a spiral and where a baby’s “soft spot” is located. This is the area where you to receive higher mental impressions from spiritual sources. I see it as the seat of the evolved mental body, the one that exists beyond the normal mental static we experience and that is attuned to the cosmic mind. When it is property activated, it is much easier to achieve a sense of serenity, and to live your life as a walking meditation of peace and higher flow. You know that this area is activated when you get fleeting visions during meditations that drift away as soon as you notice them, like you experience in the twilight state right before falling asleep. Kyanite has a special capability to activate this chakra, and in doing so it can override frantic mental states that lead to anxiety. Kyanite is a bridging stone, helping to connect our consciousness to higher sources, to rewire subtle energetic circuitry, and to restructure unhealthy mental/emotional patterns. It creates the pathway for higher downloads of energy to be received and integrated. It is also one of the best stones for clearing and removing negative energy, especially lower states of worry, fear, or panic. When you feel an anxiety attack coming on, I suggest holding and stroking the striations on your Kyanite. It can send a calming transmission of energy through your entire energetic field and bring you back to center. Then I would lie down and place the Kyanite at the causal chakra. Breathe, relax, and meditate until you feel infused with calm energy.
Smoky Quartz can pull us out of anxiety by bringing us back down to Earth and to the present moment. Many times we are spinning in our to-do lists, worrying about what might happen in the future, or agonizing about what we did in the past. All of these things take us out of the present moment. And in the present moment, it is likely that all is basically well. In this now, you are sitting here and reading this article. The roof is not falling down on you, the IRS is not knocking on your door, and I doubt that you are in any imminent danger. Maybe everything isn’t exactly perfect, but I bet if you slowed down and just tuned into your immediate surroundings, you could find something positive and beautiful to focus on. Maybe a flower outside of the window, or your cat purring next to you? Smoky Quartz can help us to calm down and realize that we are safe, right here and right now. It is a crystal that grounds us and connects us to the nurturing Earth grids, helping to dissolve and recycle our negative energy and mental/emotional states. The vibratory rate of Smoky Quartz is slow and solid, and it gently uplifts and purifies us on all levels. Smoky Quartz also offers protection, so we can be assured that negative influences will not affect us. It can pull our attention back to the body, where we can breathe and shift our feeling state. I believe that coming back into our bodies is one of the best ways to get relief from anxiety. When you are becoming anxious, I would suggest stopping whatever it is that you are doing and picking up a Smoky Quartz crystal. Take some conscious, deep breaths, and then gently gaze at the crystal. Study it with all of your focus and intention; noticing every facet, line, inclusion, chip, and detail. You will feel yourself calming down as you move more fully into the present moment. Then, if possible, do some light yoga or stretching to keep your focus in your body.
I sincerely believe that these crystals and techniques can significantly improve your anxiety. Give them a try and see if you get any relief. I also suggest looking at your diet to see if any adjustments need to be made. Stimulants, caffeine, and sugar can all contribute to anxiety; and eating more raw, natural, organic, unprocessed foods can bring you back into a balanced state. Remember, if you are still feeling overly anxious, it is always a good idea to consult with a trustworthy mental health practitioner. There is nothing wrong with taking medication if it is needed. Taking care of your well-being on physical, emotional, and mental levels is an essential and beautiful act of self love. And I know that you are perfectly supported on all levels as you do this.