If you want to go deeper with crystal therapies and meditations, then you need to read CRYSTALS: A Guide to Using the Crystal Compass for Energy, Healing, and Reclaiming Your Power by Aisha Amarfio (St. Martin’s Essentials – 2019).
St. Martin’s Press graciously sent me the book CRYSTALS and it couldn’t have come at a better time in my life – when I needed it the most.
This book came just at the right time for me and if you feel drawn to this book, then you too may need it just as much.
Here’s an honest and insightful book review (and love) for CRYSTALS by Aisha Amarfio:
I love crystals.
I have ever since I was a teenager over 20 years ago.
I still even have crystals from the mid-90s that I’ve had with me as I moved from place to place and even overseas.
I don’t ever not have a crystal (or several) on me or near me at any time during the day or night.
Without a doubt, there are tons of resources about crystals in books and especially online.
If you Google any type of crystal, you’ll find endless sites explaining what that crystal does and some sites will show you how to work with specific crystals.
So, how is CRYSTALS by Aisha Amarfio different?
Aisha Amarfio is a shamanic healer, energy medicine practitioner, Reiki Master, Clinical Hynotherapist and Master NLP Practitioner (she’s got some cred!)
From this type of training, CRYSTALS goes beyond just explaining what each crystal does for what purpose and instead guides you to find the root cause of your symptoms, pain or discomfort.
CRYSTALS asks questions of the reader that you may or may not be ready to confront, but deep down, you’ll know the author is onto something.
There are sections in the book that ask honest questions to evaluate how you feel and respond to certain things in your life.
Not only will CRYSTALS help you to find the right crystal to heal personal ailments or issues, but will also help you to find the right crystal for what you want to accomplish.
When it comes to healing with crystals, it all comes down to energy – our own and the crystal and how to make them work together.
Aisha Amarfio shares her knowledge for using crystals to:
- transform and release stress, tension and disharmony;
- find your inner wisdom and intuitive power;
- discover energy healing and shamanism;
- increase your health and vitality
- reclaim your own power;
- rediscover and heal your soul path; and
- how to cleanse, protect and purify your spaces.*
[*Excerpt from Immediate Press Release January 2019 – St. Martin’s Press]
CRYSTALS also helps to introduce the basics of energy healing and how to use this with crystals.
Rediscovering and Following Your Soul Dream
CRYSTALS discusses about what the “soul dream” is and why we need to reconnect with what that dream is.
Aisha Amarfio describes the soul dream as not part of the ego:
“[It is] a desire of your ego, or something to work toward or a goal to achieve; it is rather a fluid and authentic expression of your soul’s truth and gifts, and it’s deeper connection to the oneness of all there is.” – pg. 10, CRYSTALS by Aisha Amarfio
When things aren’t in balance with our soul dream, we may experience difficulties, ailments, problems that seem to be amplified, that block and prevent us from living wholly, completely or from being fulfilled.
CRYSTALS also examines how to bring healing to your soul dream, to reconnect with the soul dream and find inner and outer balance.
Aisha Amarfio brings a holistic approach to crystal healing that rather than looking at a specific goal or symptom, the healing is directed at the repairing and healing the soul dream, the energetic fields and even chakras which can all be closely interconnected.
Energy Healing, Chakras and Crystals
CRYSTALS begins with an introduction to the seven major chakras and how these energy centres are important to working with crystals and understanding our own energy bodies.
Before Aisha Amarfio gets into details of the crystals, we get a great introduction to what energy healing is and the energy layers of our spirit and body.
If you’re new to energy healing and the mechanics / metaphysics of it, Aisha Amarfio does a great job in making it interesting and simple, yet detailed enough.
From this book, we get an introduction to the basics of what energy healing entails and the mechanics of what our energy fields are.
We learn also why we need to know this in order to get the most out of crystal healing.
After we get learn about energy healing, CRYSTALS begins to help us explore the root causes of our ailments rather than simply treating the symptoms.
Don’t just treat the symptom – treat the cause.
So often when we look at crystals, we look for a crystal that addresses a symptom.
This could be distraction, pain, fatigue, overthinking, anxiety, etc.
However, if we ask deeper questions, we can heal the root cause of these symptoms with a specific crystal instead of just a “Band-Aid” solution.
To get further into how these questions are asked and developed, CRYSTALS helps to break down the crystals into elemental categories to help us find the right crystal to treat the cause of the symptom(s).
The Crystal Compass in CRYSTALS
In CRYSTALS, a handful of crystals have been selected for the purpose of the book that are readily attainable from most shops so you don’t have to search far and wide to get a specific crystal to work with.
In CRYSTALS, these crystals are explored in detail to their therapeutic and healing properties:
- Mookaite (Mook Jasper)
- Smoky Quartz
- Tiger’s Eye
- Black Tourmaline
- Opal (common)
- Botswana Agate
- Aragonite (Blue)
- Orange Calcite
- Yellow Calcite
- Fire Agate
- Golden (Yellow) Apatite
- Orange (Spessartite) Garnet
- Rutilated Quartz
- Rose Quartz
- Purple Fluorite
- Lapis Lazuli
- Optical Calcite
- Blue Lace Agate
These crystals are then categorized into an Element:
- Earth crystals (for the Body)
- Air crystals (for the Spirit)
- Fire crystals (for the Mind)
- Water crystals (for the Emotions)
Depending on your ailment or reason for working with a crystal, every ailment or cause can be related to an element: earth / body, air / spirit, fire / mind, water / emotions.
The crystals are then categorized in a creative compass wheel (a coloured image) based on the four elements in the inside cover (front and back) that makes it quick to find a crystal therapy when you need it.
Each crystal is summarized with a keyword to best describe the purpose of that crystal.
The crystal compass in CRYSTALS will be a permanent handy guide that you can always refer to.
(Plus the book is a really good size to fit in any medium sized bag. You’ll want to keep this book on hand.)
Aisha Amarfio guides the reader to find what the symptoms are, helps to find what the root cause.
This is done by asking journaling questions, meditation questions and self-discovery, and then finding the “prescription” crystal to heal, counteract or enhance what’s needed.
For example, if you have to many thoughts, anxiety or worry (too much or overactive Air qualities), then an Earth crystal may help to ground and stabilize.
Breaking down symptoms in terms of overactive/underactive elemental qualities makes it easier to understand where these imbalances are coming from and then helps us to find the right crystal to work with.
Working with Crystals
CRYSTALS helps you to go deeper with your crystals by asking yourself thought-provoking questions to find out what’s really going on.
If you’ve been finding it difficult to take your crystal healing / therapy or working with crystals to the next level, then CRYSTALS by Aisha Amarfio can help you to achieve that.
Aisha Amarfio’s approach is simple and honest, which makes it feel as though you’re having a session with her right then and there.
In the section of the book about Using Crystals, Aisha Amarfio helps you to learn how to work with crystals to identify tension in your life, to find out what’s really going on and gives practical ways that encourage you to ask more questions and to search within.
In CRYSTALS goes also into detail about the crystals selected for this book and what each crystal is best used for.
Each segment for each crystal is concluded with a summary of qualities of the crystal, what a specific crystal is good for, issues that it treats and a mantra for that crystal.
CRYSTALS is written in a personable approach and with detailed, easy explanations for each crystal from healing properties to working with a crystal for concentration, work, writing and more.
You come away after reading CRYSTALS and see the same old crystals in a new and intriguing light and perspective.
CRYSTALS is also perfect for Tarot or Oracle Readings
CRYSTALS can definitely be used together with tarot or oracle cards and a specific crystal when you want to work on something that you need to resolve or heal.
This is definitely a book that requires work and self-reflection to get the most out of it.
It’s part workbook, part reference guide and part instructional guide that you’ll want to refer to again and again.
If you really want to get to the root or core of your symptoms, issues or what you want to achieve with a crystal, CRYSTALS will help guide you with that.
Aisha Amarfio prompts the reader to look within to find the root causes for symptoms or problems that arise, which often are buried under painful experiences, memories or even trauma.
Working with the crystals referenced in CRYSTALS can help to strip away what buries or blocks us from overcoming these problems or ailments.
Some questions proposed in CRYSTALS may be more difficult to answer and working with CRYSTALS will take time as these questions require us to be honest with ourselves.
This is a book that is best worked with one crystal and problem at a time over a period of days or weeks to help to really get to the bottom of what needs to be resolved or healed.
CRYSTALS is a book that can be revisited again and again with dedication and determination to use a crystal’s energy to resolve issues and symptoms that arise from underlying emotional issues and past memories.
If you read tarot or oracle cards and have any difficulty answering some of the questions in the book, ask your cards and/or spirit guides for assistance to unlock what may be blocked or suppressed within your inner self or memories.
The worksheet questions in this book make excellent prompts for journaling, meditation and divination to go within for answers.
The question prompts in CRYSTALS can definitely be used in a tarot or oracle reading to help you uncover more reasons for symptoms, tension, ailments, etc.
If you don’t read tarot or oracle cards, meditation is the best alternative as well as journaling to answer the questions proposed in CRYSTALS to help you to understand yourself and to work with crystals.
CRYSTALS: A Guide to Using the Crystal Compass for Energy, Healing, and Reclaiming Your Power by Aisha Amarfio (hardback published by St. Martin’s Essentials) is available starting February 19 2019 ($19.99 USD / $25.99 CAN) – ISBN: 978-1-250-31349-2 / E-Book: 978-1-250-31350-8.
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