Chakra Balancing Crystals
All healing crystals carry balancing energies. The trick in knowing what type of stone you need is to determine where your imbalances are. Getting your chakras evaluated is a good place to begin. Some crystals help align all the primary chakras, whereas others focus on a specific chakra (heart chakra, throat chakra, etc.)
We can all use an energy boost from time to time. Choosing an energizing stone is a great way to help you get through the tough times. Energizer type healing crystals tend to be very powerful because of their higher vibrations so you may need to use them sparingly. But, they can be miracle workers when you are feeling fatigued or weakened. You could temper them a bit if wrapped in a gold setting. Also, you might want to keep these highly-charged gemstones away from your bedside so you can get a good night's rest.
Everyone needs solid ground to stand upon. Grounding stones help the lofty individual keep from floating away into the ethers and becoming forgetful or getting lost. A powerful grounding stone can help root you to one place and yet at the same time bring your awareness to a heightened level. Don't worry, a grounding stone won't weigh you down, it is meant to stabilize your energy.
The so-called love stones generally carry warm and soft energies. Odd, how they can just land in your lap right when you need them. They can help you attract love and also assist in learning how to love yourself or become more compassionate with others.
Stones are ancient and wise. In general, they are excellent memory keepers. Certain stones are better at absorbing and retaining information than others. I have found that red-colored stones are especially good at holding onto information. Melody, author of Love is in the Earth, identifies record keeper crystals as having one or more raised triangles located on the face of the crystal. Keep a memory-keeper stone with you while attending classes if you are student. The stone will not only take notes, but will help you stay grounded and be focused on the lecture being given. Don't forget to carry your memory-keeper in your pocket on exam days.
Shielding and Protective Crystals
Crystals can be employed as energy shields or work as protective amulets. Actually, shielding stones work best when they are worn or carried on the person. Because of the absorption qualities many of them have it is important to learn how to cleanse your crystals in order to free them from all negative energies they have picked up. Absorption is often how they protect you, they take in and bad vibrations that are lingering about so you don't have to.