Want to manifest some powerful and life-changing intentions for yourself in 2020? Hell yes! And this three-step guide will help you to amplify and sustain the energy and willpower you need to make your dreams a reality. The magic ingredient: crystals!
Crystals possess natural energy, harnessed by their unique formation which takes anything from a few days to thousands of years. Each gem is a perfect three-dimensional crystalline structure, holding energy which is believed to vibrate at frequencies that our bodies and minds subliminally pick up. *pause for your mind to be blown*
But wait, there’s more: They’ve been relied on for healing, amplifying, and protecting for centuries. They can enhance our determination, boost our resilience, and soothe our anxieties. If you’re not convinced yet, are you even alive?!
Mmkay, so follow this guide to super-boost your intentions for 2020 with an activated crystal. Once you’ve charged your gem, that bb is your new buddy for the year ahead. Carry it with you, sleep with it next to you, hold it when you feel tempted or tired. Rub it and hold it when you need a reminder of why you’re doing this, and how you are going to achieve it.
Step 1: Choose your crystal to match your resolution
I tapped jewelry designer Clare Gregory—founder of the U.K. alternative jewelry brand Bonearrow for her top picks. Choose the one that works for you and buy your rock (in whatever format attracts you i.e. a raw chunk, a polished piece or a pretty ring or necklace).
- Feel like you do more for others than yourself? Need to say no more often? Get a tourmaline. Owning a tourmaline is like having a cosmic guard dog by your side, helping you to fend off unwanted or negative demands on your time, energy, and resources. Protective and shielding, this crystal transmutes negative energy into positive. It’s a powerhouse of protection.
- Healing from a broken heart? Need some serious self-love? Get a rose quartz. Rose quartz is the patron crystal of self-love; radiating peace, tenderness and healing. The gem transmits such tranquil, soothing vibes that it is a go-to for easing stress, as well as feelings of jealousy and resentment and can help to heal a broken heart. Rose quartz can lead you through forgiveness and healing, back into the light.
- Want to boost your confidence in 2020? To push yourself out of your comfort zone? Get a carnelian. Carnelian vibrates with motivation and courage and is a talisman for prosperity and good fortune. If ever you need a boost of vitality or a strengthening hand to hold, Carnelian is there for you—your cheerleader, your coach and your number one fan. Its presence will ignite your self-esteem and bring you the strength you need, when you need it.
- Carrying some emotional baggage? Want to heal an old wound from your past? Get a malachite. Malachite is your crystal therapist, helping you to work through and release emotional baggage. It’s known as The Transformation Stone because it is a deeply healing gem, helping you to move on and take the life lesson from painful experiences. It can help you to break patterns and heal from traumatic past events or painful emotional wounds. Restore your self-worth and increase your self-awareness with this understanding gem.
- Want to break a bad habit? Get an amethyst. Amethyst is perfect for helping you let go of not-so-good habits or lifestyle behaviors (you know what I’m talking about). For centuries it has been connected with sobriety and spirituality, and will help you to increase your serenity and calmness, but also, if you need some motivation, amethyst can help you to set realistic goals and stimulate your mind when you need it.
- Looking to rise, shine and thrive in your career? Get a citrine. Citrine is all about prosperity, it’s actually called The Success Stone, and can help focus your energy towards achieving your dreams. As well as attracting wealth and abundance, citrine can boost your confidence, creativity and self-esteem; a great stone for a fresh start or new venture. It also revitalizes the mind, so use citrine when your brain needs an energy drink.
- Making a fresh start in 2020? Get a green aventurine. Green aventurine is a gem of good fortune, new beginnings, and alternative possibilities. It attracts prosperity, enhances creativity and dissolves negative feelings so it is a great stone for calming irritation and working through the inevitable kinks (not those kind) of new ventures. If you need a lucky charm, wear green aventurine, and it’s optimistic, magnetic energy will be sure to bring you fortune and opportunity in abundance.
Step 2: Cleanse your crystal
Your crystal will have traveled a long way before reaching you, and may’ve picked up vibes along its path. Cleansing your gem will restore it to its natural state. Here’s how to do it:
- Water neutralizes any negative energy stored inside the stone. Natural running water (like a stream) is best, but you can also rinse your stone under a faucet.
- Submerge your crystal under the water and then pat it dry.
- You could add sage or lavender to the water (for a deep clean) but it’s not 100 percent necessary. Job done!
Step 3: Activate your intention for your crystal
Clarifying intentions for crystals dictates the direction for their power and energy, without which your rock may connect with other, unintended energies. Once your crystal has been cleansed, you should infuse it with your 2020 intention. There are a few ways that you can activate a crystal:
- Harmonizing: Roll the cleansed crystal between your palms, warming it up, with your eyes closed, and imagining your own and your crystal’s energy merging in harmony. Whatever color your crystal is, visualize that as a cloud of vapor you inhale, mingling with your own breath and gradually filling your body with its swirling magic. Then, when you feel ~full~ of this colored haze, think about your intention. Make it into a concise, positive sentence. Repeat these words in your mind and see them as black type, or letters, swirling in the colored vapor you’re breathing from the stone you’re holding in your hands.
- Directed thoughts: Put the crystal in front of you and sit comfortably. Close your eyes and imagine that the crystal is filling with light. Visualize the crystal becoming so bright that you cannot look at it. At this point, imagine your own consciousness is ~lazer-beaming~ your intention into that white-hot luminous mass and the two energies are fusing. The crystal is absorbing your intention and sealing it within, in a molten, glowing rock of pure intention.
- Loud and proud: Hold the crystal in your left hand (it’s your receiving side) and sit in a natural light (sun shining through a window is fine). Then, say your intention aloud, at least three times, and feel the crystal grow warmer and warmer in your palm as it absorbs your positive energy.
Step 4: Keep it close
Immediately after activating your crystal, wear it over your heart, on your left-hand side, next to your skin for seven days. Yes, really! A pendant necklace, a secure bra or some boob tape are going to be your helpers here!
This bonding connects the crystal’s energy with yours and is the perfect charge to your intention as you set out into 2020. After this, keep your crystal nearby—in your bag, coat pocket, phone case, bra or shirt pocket, or on your bathroom shelf near your mirror so you can pick it up each morning. You may wish to repeat the intention-setting ritual at key milestones throughout the year, or to refocus your determination or overcome a lapse. May the crystal force be with you!