by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac ~

Reiki is considered an energetic, as well as a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Reiki is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through and around us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress. If this life force is high, we are more capable of being balanced and healthy. Reiki treats the person as a whole including body, emotions, mind and spirit. Through the use of this technique, practitioners are transferring Universal energy (i.e., reiki) in the form of Ki through the palms of their hands, which allows for self-healing and a state of balance or equilibrium.
Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, was an admirer of the literary works of the Emperor Mejii. While in the process of developing his Reiki system, Usui summarized some of the emperor’s works into a set of ethical principles, which later became known as the Five Reiki Precepts from the Buddhist teachings (against killing, thievery, sexual misconduct, lying, and intemperance). It is common for many Reiki teachers and practitioners to abide by these five precepts, or principles.
You will find crystals listed in groups, based on the Five Principles of Reiki. These groupings cover a wide range of issues relating to the emotional mind, physical body and etheric spirit!  By utilizing a single crystal or combining groups of crystals, you can resolve a host of complicated problems.
1. Just for today – I will not be angry
Anger is the feeling we experience when events in our world are not going according to our plans. Anger is one of the most common and destructive delusions affecting our minds. Because it is based on an exaggeration, anger is an expression of our belief system and how we defend it. It’s as if we have an inner idea of how things, events and people should be for us. When we get angry and either feel frustrated or try to change them, we tend to give away our power! Many of us remain a victim to our tempers all of our lives. In essence, anger is the feeling we get when we want to control the world around us.
These gems offer the insight and level-headedness that is appropriate for becoming more aware. When we get angry, we either feel frustrated or try to change our situation with words, therefore, we give away our power! Many of us remain a victim to our tempers all of our lives. In essence, anger is the feeling we get when we want to control the world around us. Here are helpful crystals for soothing with anger:
Apophyllite at the Crown Chakra is ever calming and reduces stress and relieves mental blockage along with negative thought patterns.
Blue Lace Agate soothes and cools anger. Use at the Throat Chakra
Blue Calcite relieves depression, lowers blood pressure and dissolves pain. Helps absorb energy.
Aventurine calms irritation. Use at the Heart Chakra
Citrine used over the Solar Plexus stops anger. Raises self esteem and self confidence.
Apatite helps to neutralize stored anger.
Red Garnet controls anger towards the self. Use at the Root Chakra
Moss Agate improves emotional imbalance and strengthens positive personality traits. It is known to transmute anger, diffusing it the longer your hold it.
Ruby in Zoisite transmutes negative, destructive anger and harmonizes the heart and lower three Chakra.
2. Just for today – I will not worry
Worry can only serve you well if you worry and recognize that a plan of action is needed, in a stressful situation and then you act on it. Sympathy and nurturing are traits that make up our personality, but excessive worry becomes a state of restlessness and agitation, producing mental uneasiness, foreshadowing, anxiety, and painful uncertainty. The “what if” syndrome is a constant pattern that is played out in the mind of someone who worries too much. The emotional aspect of earth can carry a deep sense of emptiness.
Pensiveness precedes worry. Any activity that involves a lot of mental effort will run the risk of causing disharmony, in turn causing worry and resulting in fatigue, lethargy, and inability to concentrate. Worry can only serve you well if you worry and recognize that a plan of action is needed, in a stressful situation and then you act on it. If you have trouble acting on it, consider these crystals for assistance:
Amber is a valuable resin, useful in treating pensiveness, which leads to excessive worry. It is for those who physically manifest worry into stomach anxiety and central nervous system disorders.
Citrine reduces anxiety, fear and depression. It is invigorating and positive. Develops inner calm and security and makes us less sensitive and more open to constructive criticism. Can dispel negative feelings and help us to accept the flow of events. Eases digestion and stomach tension from worry.
Hematite is a grounding stone which clears the mental stress, distractions and nervous energies surrounding your situation.
Heulandite is a stone used when dealing with small, annoying worries or troublesome details that agitate you. It helps to neutralize distressing thoughts.
Smoky Quartz helps to alleviate fear, anxiety and associated emotional depression. This “anchor stone” moderates worry, exhaustion and mood swings.
3. Just for today – I will be humbled with gratitude
Gratitude is the thanks you give yourself and others. It is the recognition that you are constantly grateful for every small blessing you receive each day. The gift of sight, a meal on your plate, a productive work day, your relationship. The possibilities are endless…and so should your gratitude be.
Gratitude Stone is any stone you carry with you, in order to bring your focus back to what you are truly humbled about in life. Gratitude stones are a reminder of all the good things we have in our life that we should be grateful for. Whenever you touch the stone, tell the stone (and essentially the Universe), something you are grateful for. This simple reminder is a powerful and effective way to bring gratitude, humility and positive thoughts into your life!
Amber aligns mental and emotional bodies via orange and yellow.  Neutralizes negative energy. It is a grounding healer. Can add stability to your life.  
Calcite is beneficial for sharpening mental clarity and boosting memory. Helps one draw more insight from books or personal experience by making important information easier to remember. It bring happiness to any situation.
Citrine is good problem-solving, memory, will power, optimism, confidence, self-discipline, digestion. Reduces anxiety, fear, depression and makes us less sensitive and more open to constructive criticism. Can dispel negative feelings and help us to accept the flow of events.
Moonstone honors the Goddess in all women, Soothes stress, anxiety, brings greater flexibility and flow with life.  Makes one conscious of the fact that all things are part of a cycle of constant change.
Quartz is probably the most versatile multipurpose healing stone. Amplify both energy and the healing thought process and can both draw and send energy. Powerfully clears ones all Chakras and master gland for balancing.
Sunstone warms the heart and lifts/rejuvenates the spirit. Protection, life force, grounding. Brings a bright and sunny disposition. Keeps yours spirits up.
Turquoise is the most famous as an amazing over all healer for illnesses in the physical body and mental/emotional issues. Turquoise is known as a stone of protection and communication on every level.  
4. Just for today – I will be and do my work, honestly
Being honest with yourself in all that you do and think is very important for you as a person. To Thy Own Self be true. You cannot fool yourself. You have to live your life and see that person looking back at in the mirror. When we are honest with ourselves it can change our life and the lives of the people around us.
Selenite promotes good business practices as well as honesty in other types of relationships.
Smoky Quartz works on our inner strength in order to convey our honesty.  It allows us the right to be forthwith, accurate and truthful in presenting our reality as we see it.  It helps us to reveal what we know and believe.
Quartz is a master healing stone, therefore it works to amplify other crystals when paired together. Quartz will strengthen their energies and healing abilities. It can help in situations where other’s “vampire energy” is draining, as it enhances spiritual growth and releases harmonious vibrations. 
Tiger’s Eye offers prosperity, protection, and practicality. Tiger’s Eye enhances good luck, integrity and willpower. It helps guide your choices in a positive direction to achieve great success, through the inner fire of honesty and hard work.
Carnelian unleash your creative fire, with courage, in order to be honest and embrace your individuality. It will banish the feelings of sorrow, anger, jealousy, and fear. It can also balance the energies of others around you. 
5. Just for today – I will be kind and compassionate
Compassion is a virtue, one in which the emotional capacities of empathy and sympathy (for the suffering of others) are regarded as a part of love itself, and a cornerstone of greater social interconnection and humanism – foundation to the highest principles in philosophy, society, and humanity.
Amazonite is a great stone for communication, confidence and leadership. Reduces self-damaging behavior, increases self-respect, grace, self-assured  with communication…therefore, it is a stone for trust. This hope stone is important to have when starting a new business or financial venture. 
Aventurine is a stone which allows compassion by way of the heart energy. It helps to stable financial matters, especially when times are tough. Keep it around when paying bills, making business transactions or heartfelt decisions. It helps us to find solutions to life’s problems.
Rose Quartz is like no other stone for representing love, compassion, beauty, peacefulness, forgiving, self-love and emotional balance! Rose Quartz works with the Heart Chakra. It is a soft, gentle, soothing stone and  its value as a nurturing friend cannot be overstated. 
Rhodochrosite is gentle and yet probably the most vibrant loving stone to heal the Heart. Especially for giving/receiving love and finding balance. Also for loneliness, loss, heartache, fear, insecurities, inner-child issues. Helps self-forgiveness, compassion and trust issues, spirituality and self-love, the desire to live and find purpose.
In your reiki treatments, use the desired crystals with a single client or group scenario. 
* Create a circle of crystals around a client or group.
*Put your crystal in a pouch and carry it with you. This age old remedy helps to remind you of what you bring along on your journey everyday. Carry the stone in your pocket or pocketbook.
*Crystal Concoctions or Elixirs are also the recipes of the past. It is recommended to place clean stones or crystals into clean, clear distilled water and place it in the morning sun through the day and into the night of a full moon for 24 hours. Apply to skin or add several drops to your water or juice when needed. (All the crystals mentioned above are fine for these elixirs – except Selenite. Do not use selenite in an elixir that you drink. It may also dissolve in water).
*Crystal Hydrotherapy is the use of water in any form, in the treatment of dis-ease. Hydrotherapy was used by the ancient Greek physicians.  Hydrotherapy and crystals have a number of uses. Crystal salts with warm water will relax spasm; thus, hydrotherapy has been useful in treating such conditions as muscular strains and sprains, muscular fatigue, and backache.  These crystals can tolerate water for bathing. It is a  way to work with yours stone. (Do not use selenite as it may dissolve in water).
*Crystal Massage. Use your stone as a massage tool. Use some essential oil, massage oil or lotion on your stone and massage the areas which feel blocked or stuck. You will find this a great remedy. 
*Meditate with your crystal. Place your crystal in your dominant hand or on the floor in front of you. Close your eyes and concentrate on the color of your stone. Slowly try to vibe with the crystal’s energy. Great for group meditations.  Remember: “Energy follows thought”. The imagery of visualization is very powerful! As you breath, you may inhale and exhale through the Chakra energy points. This will charge the Chakra  with vital energy. 
*You may utilize the vibrational power of sound or music during your session. The stones will enhance a positive, reconnecting flow of energy,  which will allow you to bring up, recognize and clear emotional blocks.
 *By “laying of the stones” on the Chakra points, (energy areas) you have begun the healing. While meditating, you may choose to have them visualize the corresponding color of each Chakra energy point saturating and balancing each part of their body. Below are the Chakra centers and their corresponding colors, complement colors and location. The crystals listed are simply some suggestions for the Chakra.  
*Lay the stones around your body in an Aura “net” either on the floor or massage table and lay within the circle or net you have created. 

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