Crystals: widely regarded to be a bit woo-woo (but it actually makes a lot of sense as to why they work...stay with me), used for millennia across cultures for healing purposes, and my personal LOVE. Being an actor/singer/dancer living in NYC, crystals are a key part of my energetic hygiene and audition routine. Read on to learn just why it is that crystals work and several of my favorite recommendations of crystals for actors!
HOW DO CRYSTALS WORK?
Our bodies have energy centers within them that are like swirling vortexes at specific points on our person (also known as chakras or nadis). These centers each have a specific vibration for ideal balance. Seeing as we are mostly water, it is SUPER easy for us to get out of balance because we are always22 in flux). Moving from apartment to apartment, picking up someone else’s icky energy on the Subway ride, feeling ungrounded from a severe lack of nature in the city, having another person unnecessarily yell at us in the street, or getting rejected after an audition. So, how do we get back into balance or even stay in balance with all these daily stressors around us? (You guessed it: crystals!)
All crystals have a perfect crystalline structure that cause them to have a consistent vibration or dominant oscillatory rate. When we bring a crystal’s energetic field into our energetic field, it balances out or vibration to the vibration of that specific crystal. For instance, rose quartz has the same vibration as a balanced heart energy center. So when we put a rose quartz on our chest/heart center, the rose quartz brings the vibration of the imbalanced heart center up to its balanced state. Think of it like retuning a piano or a guitar! The crystals are the tuners and we are the out-of-whack strings.
Actors tend to be extremely sensitive people, empaths, and very aware of sensing energy--so we can typically feel a crystal’s energy pretty quickly and know which one will work best for us individually. To best sense a crystal, close your eyes and hold the crystal in your non-dominant hand (this is the one that is most open to receiving). You’ll probably feel a tingling sensation around the crystal or a very hot or cold temperature. All are valid!
SO, know that we get what crystals do and how to sense their ~vibes~ , let me share some crystal *prescriptions* for actors with you!
In my crystal healing practice I always notice that actors have very weak and or imbalanced 3rd chakras or solar plexuses--the center for self confidence and empowerment. My hypothesis is because we are so consistently putting ourselves out there and getting “nos” that is is a blow to anyone’s confidence level. So these crystals are to help protect, clear, and balance the Solar Plexus chakra/energy center.
ARAGONITE (specifically Aragonite Star Clusters!)
Aragonite is a great stone that supports all of the chakras, but I especially love it for the solar plexus. It helps you shine like the star you are! It has beautiful little crystals that jut out in all directions from the main part of the crystal--so that is why it helps YOU radiate in all directions. I supports emotional healing and gives you renewed strength and confidence. Now who wouldn’t want THAT?!
Citrine is the main solar plexus bae. (Yes I said BAE!) It is also good for the sacral chakra and root chakra. It can be a really cute yellow color and (if you’re a November baby) you might recognize it as your birthstone!) Citrine is amazing for manifesting, abundance, creativity, and providing clarity. I like putting a piece of citrine on my solar plexus while I am visualizing my auditions to really have a clear vision of confident success! This is a great way to practice manifesting, too! The citrine helps energetically boost the process.
I have a little carnelian bracelet I wear on my person at all times whenever I am auditioning. It is known as “the singer’s stone” because it is an amazing stone for promoting creativity, vital energy, courage, and confidence as well as opening up the throat center. Perfect for keeping that creative and vocal fire up in auditions and performances! It is most closely connected to the fiery sacral chakra (see it’s fiery orange color!) which is all about creativity. I love keeping this on me to stay open to play and imagination in my acting.
Turquoise is an ideal throat chakra crystal. It helps open up your throat for better communication, speaking your truth, and singing. It is also great for energetic and spiritual expansion--so it helps you bring your full self to performance and your work. My favorite necklace to wear to auditions is a gorgeous turquoise-carnelian combo that is the perfect vibe to help me do my best singing! This stone also helps you realize that by speaking your truth and stepping into the fullness of who you are, you are helping other people do the same. So it is a really empowering, energetically-opening stone!
It can be very easy to get ungrounded and feel flustered in this sporadic lifestyle, but the key to a great performance is getting GROUNDED and totally in your body. Black Tourmaline is the ideal grounding stone. It is best for the root chakra. It is also great for transmuting negative energy and protecting your energy field. I like wearing it because it helps me not take on other people’s energy around me, then I just focus on the things I personally need to deal with.
Disclaimer: don’t wear black tourmaline for too long like more than 5 hours). And if you cope with depression, this isn’t the best stone for you as it already has SUCH a heavy energy. But if you do feel very flitty, overwhelmed, and like you need some grounding--this stone is great for yoU!
(Life hack--if you’re a bra-wearer, crystals are great to throw in your bra for some extra crystal power through the day. Just make sure to take them out carefully when you get home. Haha. I put black tourmaline in my audition bra all the time!)
Selenite is a stone for the upper energy centers like the third eye (the seat of your intuition) & crown chakra. It is a great for connection to your higher self, communication with spirit guides, and bringing peace to your energetic field. After a long day acting, doing character work, or interacting with tourists at your restarant, you can clean &reset your aura by taking a selenite wand (pictured below) and brushing it horizontally down your body from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. It gets off excess *energetic lint* and helps you keep clear and free of other people’s junk. Think of it as a shower for your auric field.
Thank you so much for going with me on this crystal-learning journey. Let me know if you get any of them and how you energetically respond to the crystal beauties. Love and light!
Alden Gagnon is an Actress, Singer, Tap Dancer, and Certified Crystal Healer and Advanced Crystal Master. She hails from the backwoods of New Hampshire but now lives in the heart of NYC. Her days are filled with taking care of her high maintenance but lovable rescue dog, Jasper, essentially living in dance class, and giving crystal healings at her practice. Check her out on www.aldengagnon.com and connect with her on Instagram @aldengagnon !