Wicca for Beginners: Energy Manipulation Exercises With Crystals
In order to cast a circle, practice magic and do a number of other spiritual activities in Pagan religions or Witchcraft, you'll need to learn to manipulate energy. You have to learn how to sense it, raise it and project it.
It can be difficult for the beginner. Since there's no easy way to measure it, you may be wondering if you're doing it 'right'. This is one of the cases in which practice makes perfect. Try these exercises with crystals to learn how to achieve and improve on this particular skill.
These exercises are meant to be performed in stages. The first stage may take as little as a few days or as much as a few weeks. As you feel you are getting the hang of one phase you can progress to the next. Don't rush, though-- take your time.
Energy Manipulation Takes Practice
Crystals are Powerful Energy Sources
Clear Quartz Crystals
For this exercises, you'll need several clear quartz crystals. Quartz are ideal for these exercises. For one thing, most crystals are already imbued with certain natural properties that makes them ideal for certain uses, whether it be to draw prosperity or to ward off something negative. Quartz are unique in that they're essentially 'empty vases'. They don't carry a specific energy; they're fairly neutral on their own. What they do is amplify the energies with which they're paired.
Another thing is that most crystals are either receptive (they absorb energy) or projective (they radiate energy). Quartz crystals are both receptive and projective. This makes them easy to program with the energy you desire, which they'll turn around and amplify as they radiate with that energy.
Cleanse the crystals ahead of time by allowing them to soak overnight in salt water, by smudging them or burying them in the earth for a moon cycle. This will remove any past associations they may have.
You will also need containers to hold each crystal. Each crystal should have its own box, Tupperware, bag, etc.-- and they should all be in identical containers so you can't tell them apart just by looking at the containers.
Yep-- Meditation Again
Stage One: Raising Energy
Relax and get into a meditative state.
Choose an emotion-- it can be whatever you are naturally feeling that day. Happiness, anger, peace, fear, love, lust, compassion, etc.-- whatever happens to be stirring within you that day. As you meditate, stir and raise the energy of that emotion within you. Whip yourself up into a frenzy of that emotion and just let it bubble over. You may wish to chant or rock or dance-- whatever will help bring that emotion out to the surface.
Envision the emotion's energy-- what would it look like to you? Blue and sparkly? Black smoke? Red liquid? Whatever it would look like, envision it in your body.
Stage Two: Projecting Energy
Take one crystal out of its box. Perform your raising emotions meditation and visualize your emotion.
Grab your crystal and imagine that energy 'pouring' into it.
When you're done, label the crystal with that emotion using a piece of tape, a color-coded sticker or tying a tag to it. Put it back in its box.
When you perform this exercise again, use a different crystal if you are raising the energy of a different emotion. If you are raising the energy of an emotion you've done before, use the same crystal you used for that emotion last time. The goal is to program each crystal with the energy of a specific emotion.
Use Your Sixth Sense
Stage Three: Sensing Energy
When you feel you've sufficiently programmed your crystals with the different emotional energies, experiment with trying to sense them.
Take out a box but don't look inside. You should not label the boxes on the outside as to which crystal is in it. Blindfold yourself so you can't identify the crystal by shape.
Sit down and meditate. Get yourself into a receptive state of mind.
Open the box and, without touching the crystal, put your hand over the opening. Try to sense the energy coming from the crystal.
When you think you know which crystal you're sensing, check it. See if you were right. With a little practice, you should be able to start identifying the crystals just by the energy they're radiating.
Working With Crystals
If you're practicing regularly with crystal energy, keep a bunch of crystals around you can work with. That way while you're working to program some, you can cleanse or charge others. This type is my favorite to work with.
Stage Four: Absorbing Energy
Once you've learned to sense the energy radiating out of your crystals, begin using them. If you come home in a bad mood, or start out the day feeling tired and lacking energy, grab the appropriate crystal programmed with a positive emotion.
Meditate and envision the crystal pulsing with the energy you've put into it. Envision that energy being soaked into your hand, right up your arms and filling your body.
Carry the crystal with you that entire day. Did it make a difference?
You don't really need to do this with the negative crystals (unless you're really curious to see if you can-- but if that's the case I recommend doing it on a night you will be home and left alone; and give yourself a thorough smudging or cleansing bath afterward). When you're done with them, simply cleanse them so you can begin using them for more positive purposes. Smudge the inside of the containers as well, or wash them with salt water.
It may take weeks, or even months, experimenting with these techniques, but you'll find yourself becoming more sensitive to the energies around you as a result, especially in ritual.