7 Must-Have Crystals Every Teacher Needs

Summer has flown by once again.

Teachers and pupils are back in the classroom. So, tell me, how’s that going?

Hopefully it’s all going well.

However, as a former teacher I can remember this time of the year also being quite overwhelming. Particularly if you are a newly qualified teacher or have moved to a new school. I mean, with getting to know your new class, possibly a new curriculum, new parents, new colleagues and new systems, it’s a lot to take in.

And, I’m not even going to go there, when it comes to the rising Covid cases and all the logistics, precautions and conflicting leadership messages.

It’s a lot, right?

Thankfully, there are things that teachers can do to preserve their mind and wellbeing at this time.

On the practical side this can look like remembering to be as kind and compassionate to yourself as you are with others. Taking time out just for you and knowing who you can turn to for support when you need it.

Yet, what about the spiritual and energy side. How can you take care of yourself in these areas too?

One of the simplest, most effective and prettiest ways to do this is by harnessing the healing benefits of crystals. Working them into your daily routine in a way that supports you in feeling good and staying on your A-game.

This is something that I did as a teacher and today I’m going to share with you the must-have crystal collection for teachers. Also sharing with you simple ideas for blending your crystals into your daily routine. So, let’s jump in.

Crystals for teachers #1: Howlite
A little known crystal that brings the energy of peace and calm the moment you hold it in your hand. Howlite honestly was my saving grace on those days where my mind was spinning with all the things on my never-ending to-do list. This is because one of its properties is calming the mind and slow down. Making it an ideal crystal to place under your pillow if you struggle with insomnia.

Another use for Howlite is to hold it during meditation to support you in feeling more calm and centred. Taking it that step further to place it on the Third Eye during meditation in order to clear that mind fog and pave the way for clarity, wisdom and understanding.

Crystals for teachers #2: Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz is known as an attraction and romance crystal because it vibrates at the frequency of unconditional love. Therefore it can be helpful in guiding you to release any heavy emotions that may contribute to feeling negative, particularly about yourself. As such it can be used to support you in building self-esteem, self-love, compassion, forgiveness and self-worth.

Once again, it’s great to use at the end of the day in meditation, especially of tempers have reached boiling point or someone has hurt your feelings. Placing it on the heart chakra to release those heavy emotions and cry it out too, if you need to. It’s also a great crystal to place on your desk or a shelf in the classroom. Doing so with the intention of creating more harmony and kindness, as well as building self worth, esteem and confidence for all.

Crystals for teachers #3: Black Tourmaline
I’ve got to keep it real with you and say that not all schools are positive, caring communities. In fact, some school environments are the complete opposite. Filled with backstabbing, jealous and negative talk at every turn. Working in an environment like this is draining, especially if you are empathic and sensitive energy. So, its important to protect your energy and Black Tourmaline is perfect for this job. Acting as your crystal bodyguard it creates a shield around you to prevent you from taking on that negative energy. It also has cleansing properties which means that it can be useful in transmuting your own negative thinking too.

The best way that I found to work with Black Tournaline (or any black stone protection crystal) is to wear it as a bracelet. This way it is always on your body protecting you from energy drainers or other forms of unwanted energy. 

REMEMBER: Cleanse your Black Tourmaline regularly. I cleansed mine weekly, sometimes daily when the environment was particularly toxic. Check in with yourself.

Crystals for teachers #4: Red Jasper
Staying grounded, persistent and energised can be really challenging, at the best times. Yet, these are qualities that every teacher will need to draw upon at some point in their career. Thankfully, Red Jasper can help you with all those things. Resonating with the Root Chakra, Red Jasper helps you regain your balance, bring you back down to Earth and keep your feet planted firmly on the ground. Making it an ideal ally when you maybe feel a little anxious, when you need to stay focused, get things done tired or need to stand your ground.

It’s great to wear as a talisman, either in anklet or bracelet form. Giving you protection and reminding you of the strength that lies within. Keeping you strong and centred, even in the most challenging situations. A crystal that says #yougotthis

Crystals for teachers #5: Amethyst
Amethyst is known for its stress relieving properties and ability to really calm the mind. Paving the way for clarity, ideas and inspiration for those who are open, as well as ready to receive it.

Amethyst is best used as a touchstone crystal in meditation or placed on your altar. This is because it helps to relax the nervous system and bring in that wave of calm. Due to its resonance with the Third Eye, you want to bring it into the classroom to encourage creative thinking and imagination.

Crystals for teachers #6: Clear Quartz
Known as the Master Healer this is a powerful crystal to have with you in order to:

  • Clear negative energy within you or your environment
  • Provide energy protection
  • Amplify the energy of your own intentions
  • Bring enhanced clarity of the mind

This was one crystal that I would meditate with on those days when I had become drained or had a headache caused by energy overload. During these times, I would place a Clear Quartz over my Third Eye with the intention of dissipating and clearing the energy.

Crystals for teachers #7: Selenite
The ultimate energy cleansing crystal will clear your energy and transmute any stagnant energy in your environment too. It is also a very high vibrational crystal and can be used as a tool to help you connect to your higher self or the Angels for guidance and support.

Selenite is a crystal that I wore as an amulet in the form of a pendant. It can also be placed on your desk at work or in a safe prominent space to soak up any lower energy. You can also perform self crystal healing by placing over an area of your body that feels tense or blocked during a healing meditation. Doing so with the intention to cleanse that area of your body, imagining light filling the space and dissolving any energy blocks.

There you have it, 7 crystals that you can start working with today and a few suggestions on the most effective ways to work with them.

Finally, one thing I would say about working with crystals is that they genuinely meet you where you are at when you work with them intentionally. Helping you to release energy and protect your energy. Yet, I found that they also can empower you to persevere, believe in yourself and thrive during times when you feel all is lost.

Want more? I have pooled my crystal and energy protection knowledge together to create beautiful ebooks, workbooks and journals. Created for anyone who is ready to use spiritual tools and practices to help themselves in their everyday life. Click here to peruse the collection and purchase.

Back To School Tools For Spiritual Protection & Empowerment

As a teen I always felt anxious at this point in the year. The looming back to school start date being a reminder of the bullying that I would be returning to. Years down the line, when I became a teacher, that familiar feeling of anxiety would return.

However, as a teacher my saving grace was that I knew how to protect myself energetically and spiritually. Which supported me in feeling safer, protected and guided. Whilst being able to complete the work/assignment that God had placed me there to do.

If only I had had this knowledge and feeling of ‘connection’ as a young girl. I wonder how different things would have been.

Alas, whilst I can’t change my past I can share what I’ve learned, in the hope that it may help another young girl (or boy) out there. So, today I share a few spiritual tools that a young person or new teacher can use to empower themselves, feel calmer within and protect their energy as they return back to school.

Disclaimer: These tools and suggestions are not a substitute for reaching out to professionals or people they trust for support.

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Crystals
Black Tournaline
Black Tourmaline is known as a crystal bodyguard that protects your energy by shielding it from ‘negative’ energy. Supporting you in creating and upholding that energetic boundary between you and unwanted energies. It also can be used as a tool to transmute your own negativity within into positive energy.

Tiger’s Eye
Tiger’s Eye has grounding energy which works to support you in being able to confidently show up as yourself in any given situation. Providing a sense of empowerment and confidence from within.

Historically known as a stone of protection, it was worn as an amulet to ward off negative forces. Today, you can draw from this ancient wisdom by carrying it as your own  amulet for protection and activating your personal power.

Rose Quartz
Known as the stone of love because it vibrates at the frequency of unconditional love. So, you can work with this crystal as a tool to help you in releasing energy that you have absorbed and any negative emotions.

You can also wear it with the intention of increasing self love and blocking daily disorders and disagreements.

Archangel Michael
Archangel Michael is actually one of the first Archangels I ever worked with. Although, at the time, I knew and referred to him as St Michael. Calling on him for a healing miracle and boy did he came through!

As I learned more about the Angels I learned that he is also a an Angel of protection too. One that you can call upon to protect your energy, as well a provide you with strength and courage when yours is waning.

There are many ways that you can call on AA Michael, including prayer, intention or petition. Whichever method you choose always come from your heart.

When calling on him for protection you can do the following:

Visualise and affirm: “Thank you AA Michael for surrounding me with your blue light of protection throughout my day. Keeping me safe and protected from lower vibrational people and energies. Thank you for giving me the strength and courage in this situation (insert what the situation is, eg: being bullied and not believing in yourself). And so it is. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

When you feel ready, open your eyes and get on with your day. You can use this affirmative prayer whenever you like.

Known as the protector angel. Call on him ans visualise him surrounding your children with a blue light of protection. Even better if you can share this with your child or do it together.

Love Thy Self
When people try to bring you down or when the environment that you are in feels draining its important to top up your own reserves. Fill your own cup.

One way to do is to Love Thy Self.

See, honour and celebrate all of things that make you uniquely you. All of things that set you apart from others, even if those are the things that people try to bring you down about. Where possible put a positive spin on the seemingly negatives, eg: acne prone skin can teach you how to care for your skin and improve your diet to help control your skin condition.

Find a way to flip the switch on the negative and empower yourself.

Look beyond your physical beauty to see your inner beauty too, eg: I am kind and caring. I am intuitive and quick thinking. I am a gifted writer.

Find all of those good things. Write them down. Read and remind yourself of them often.

This may seem pointless and frivolous. HOWEVER, by doing this often you are strengthening your energy field (aura) and empowering yourself. Radiating an energy that is empowered, grounded and strong. Making you a force to be reckoned with.

Light Yourself Up
Finally, give your mind a break by focusing it on something that you love doing. It could be a new hobby, running, painting your nails or writing. Whatever feels good and lights you up.

As mentioned this will give your mind a break and it will awaken the creative side of your brain which is also where intuitive insights can be found. Leading to aha moments or ideas that support you in helping yourself at this moment in time.

It will also give your body some much needed relaxation and respite too. Lowering your heart rate, releasing tension and promoting a sense of calm from the inside out.

So, there you have it: Tools and rituals to support you this September.

Remember that these tools and rituals can be used alongside other practices, such as counselling, meditation, talk therapy or whatever is helping you at this time. Use them to remind you of your own power, brilliance and inside out beauty.

Want more?
Check out these resources for energy care and protection.

BAD VIBES DON’T GO WITH MY OUTFIT

Bad Vibes Don’t Go With My Outfit” is the theme for the first Soul Story London collection. It’s all about protecting your spirit, your energy and yourself.

Right now, we are living in a time where there is a lot of negative energy flying around. We are seeing it on our TVs, the towns we live and maybe even with the people we are connecting with. In fact, may be you are projecting some negative vibes too. Whilst it is perfectly normal to feel some kinda way about what is happening and encountering negative energy is just part of life. It is important to not indulge in this energy to the point that it:

  • Brings you down
  • Leaves you feeling drained
  • Creates overwhelm and anxiety within
  • Impacts on your well-being

Which is where protecting your energy comes into play

Now, there are many ways to that you can do this, tools that you can use and people you can work with. However, Soul Story London jewellery is the home of crystals, talismans, amulets and beautiful things. So, that’s where the focus for us begins.

Crystals are a great addition to your spiritual (protection) practise. Working with your energy to support you with aligning with the intention you set and anything else that you may need energetically. As such there are specific crystals that you can work with that support you in protecting your energy and are known for the spiritual/energy protection benefits.

In the “Bad Vibes Don’t Go With My Outfit” collection the focus is on Black Onyx and Hematite. Blending this with, one of the most famous spiritual symbols of them all, being the Evil Eye.

BLACK ONYX
Black Onyx is a popular protection crystal that is often set in jewellery for luxe brands such as Bvlgari. It is a beautiful, shiny stone that can be used alongside other crystals to bring protection to the wearer by transmuting negative energy into positive energy.

The kind of things that Black Onyx is most effective at protection from, include:

  • Low vibes that you may not be aware of, eg: jealousy, Negative Nellies and other occurrences that may be draining your energy on the downlow.
  • When going into conversations/meetings that may get a little heated
    Whilst out and about at events or in a big city where there is a lot of energy moving around
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  • Assist you in seeing your negativity and self-sabotaging behaviour, which helps you to make changes for the better.

HEMATITE
Hematite is the ultimate grounding crystal that will bring your right back down to Earth when you have been working with the Higher (Spiritual) chakras or when life in the real-world just feels off-balance or a little chaotic. It also supports you in harnessing your own power and inner strength.

You can work with Hematite when you want to:

  • Get grounded so that you are not swayed by what is going on around you
  • Be more focused on everyday activities and what is important to you
  • Take a slower and steady pace rather than rushing in

These are really key benefits, especially when things are challenging around. This is because challenging times are the times when you can be prone to rush in, become overly emotional and maybe accept things that you may not ordinarily accept, eg: jobs, opportunities. I know for myself that there have been times when the benefits of Hematite’s energy wouldn’t have gone amiss, especially when making early career decisions, often in the heat of the moment.

EVIL EYE
This is probably one of the most famous spiritual symbols. Worn in the form of jewellery by celebrities such as Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Anniston and Meghan Markle.

The story of the Evil Eye can be traced back to the Greeks and Romans, as well as world religions such as Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.

Evil Eye is believed to be a glance/stare/glare that is intended to cause harm. Therefore, by wearing the symbol of the Evil Eye the wearer will be protected and attract more positivity to themselves.

Although, crystals, amulets and talismans have their own spiritual benefits and properties, it is important to remember this: YOU have the real beauty, power and magic already within you. It is through your positive intentions and actions that you are able to reap the benefits that are awaiting your arrival.

So, that’s a little overview of the current collection. I hope that you love wearing your Soul Story London jewellery and remember to: “Keep your intentions pure and in love, and your deeds good.”

With love,
Chanel Marie xo

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CRYSTALS FOR BEGINNGERS: THE SIMPLE APPROACH

“Crystal healing is the belief that the metaphysical energy of crystals + gemstones can assist in the healing of the emotional, spiritual & physical body.”
– Victoria Forster, Co-founder of Venusrox

I love this excerpt from an interview with Victoria Forster because she sums up crystal healing in such a simplistic way. Highlighting that crystals are TOOL that can support you in healing on different levels. Yet, the true beauty of working with crystals is that it can be easy or, as easy as you allow it to be. And, believe it or not there is not much you need to do to get started.

In this article, I share with you the Simple Approach to getting started with crystals. You also have the option of following up and digging deeper here and here.


HOW I GOT STARTED

When I first discovered crystals I was about 7 years old and was on a school trip to Chislehurst Caves. Whilst everybody else was buying novelty pencils and rubbers I was choosing the best Amethyst and Clear Quartz crystals for mum and me. Yet, it wasn’t until I was in university that I started to really get into them.

Beginning with using Rose Quartz to banish crippling period pain, boosting my confidence and attracting attention from male admirers. At the time, it was non-intentional and totally experimental. By that, I mean that I wasn’t knowingly setting an intention for how to work with my crystal and had no idea about the properties of Rose Quartz. I simply held it in my hand, wishing the pain to away. When I woke up a few hours the later the pain was gone and I was free to go raving with my friends. Keeping the crystal with me that night (just in case….), I ended up being the ‘Belle of the Rave’ attracting lots of attention from celebrity DJs and the guys. I shrugged it off because what I didn’t know back then was that Rose Quartz is known as the attraction crystal.

What this taught me is that I didn’t NEED to have lots of fancy tools in order to have a little crystal magic in my life. I was enough. The power was already within me and all I needed to do was simply open, allowing myself to simply receive. Also, remembering that crystals already know what to do and will vibe with you in a way that is simply perfect for you, at that time.


CRYSTAL MUST-HAVES

If there was ever a rule for working with crystals it is this: The ‘right’ crystal will often choose you. So, trust your own instinct, intuition or vibes you get. Each crystal has it’s own vibe and you will be drawn to the one that is right for you. And, yes this can happen online too because energy is not bound by time, space or reality.

Therefore, there are no real crystal must-haves because the crystals will vibe with us all differently. For example, one person may be attracted to Amethyst and find it works wonder for sleep. Whereas someone else will find that Amethyst is over stimulating, especially around the Third Eye chakra area. Different strokes for different folks.

That being said, there are a few crystals that many like to have in their collection. I have listed some of them and their properties below.

#1: Clear Quartz
Known as the ‘Master Healer’ there is nothing that this crystal cant do for you energetically. It will cleanse, charge, protect and amplify energy too.

#2: Rose Quartz
Known as the love stone, this crystal has been used in rituals and as talismans for attracting love throughout the centuries. Resonating with the heart it will also help you dissolve your own barriers to love.

#3: Black Tourmaline
This is your crystal bodyguard that will protect your energy from any negative vibes that may come your way. Repels that negativity and can help you to ground your energy too.

#4 CITRINE
Nicknamed the ‘Merchant Stone’, Citrine is your money crystal. Used by the girl next door and business owners to attract success, as well as positive energy and money, money, money.


CLEANSING YOUR CRYSTALS

If you are receiving your crystal from a seller or purchasing in a shop, I recommend cleansing it first. This is because it is likely that the crystal will have picked up a lot of different energies which may not be a resonance for you or your intentions.

There are lots of ways to cleanse your crystals. However, if you have worked with me, then you know that I like to keep things nice and simple, yet effective. So, here are my top suggestions:

#1: Water

This is where I started, holding my crystals under running water with the intention of clearing the energy, and sometimes I would soak the crystals in water overnight. BE CAREFUL – Some crystals, like Selenite, do not like water and will dissolve.

#2: Smoke

Pass the crystal through the smoke of an incense that you typically use for cleansing. Set an intention for what you want to do, which is to cleanse the crystal of energy that is not a vibrational match with you.

#3: Prayer and intention

Hold the crystal in your hand or by your heart and say a prayer of intention, speaking directly from your heart. One prayer that I have come across recently and absolutely love is this one from Energy Muse:

“I ask that the highest vibration of love+ light connect with my highest self to clear all unwanted energy + previous programming. I command these crystals to _____________. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

People often ask me how often they should be cleansing their crystals. My personal stance is that I clear the energy of the crystals each time I am working with it for something new. This way I clear all previous programming and any unwanted energy. In saying that, I also trust my intuition and the connection that I have with that crystal. Therefore, if I feel that the energy of the crystal is getting a little heavy or that it feel ‘weak’, for want of a better word, I clear the energy using the method that I feel drawn to at that time.


SET AN INTENTION

Get to know your crystal by meditating with it before setting your intention. This just helps you to
connect with its energy and it to fully connect with yours. Bring your awareness to your body and energy. Be aware of the energy shift or guidance that comes from within. Then set your intention for how you want your crystal to help you and work with you.

INCORPORATING CRYSTALS INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE

There are many ways to incorporate crystals into your daily life and it really doesn’t have to be complicated. One of the most effective and easy ways that I find for doing this is wearing them in my bra. Although, you can carry your crystals in your pocket or handbag, as well as keeping them on your desk, altar, under your pillow or in a crystal grid. You may even want to hold a crystal in your hand whilst you are meditation or visualising in order to amplify the energy of your intention. This will be supportive in getting you in energetic alignment.


ARE YOU READY TO LIFT YOUR VIBRATION WITH CRYSTALS?

That literally is a crash course in getting started with bringing crystals into your everyday life. As you can see it really doesn’t have to be complicated and you can keep it easy. Just go with the flow and trust your own inner guidance, including bringing awareness to your energy and body. After all, this is how the crystal is connecting with you too – energetically!!

If you wanted to know more about getting started working with crystals I have a FREE crystal guide for beginners that you can find here. For those who want to up their game I have an ebook filled with simple crystal rituals for everyday life situations, such as heart healing, confidence, energy protection and more. You can find that guide here.

I hope that all of this helps you.

With love.