Identity is one of the hardest subjects: who you are, who you want to be, how you want to be perceived; they all evoke a lot of contemplation.
We almost always want something different than we have, but it's hard to figure out what we really want to be in the long run.
The self-discovery journey is one of the fundamental aspects of personal growth. Taking the time and putting in the effort to discover who you truly are is accomplished through patience, discipline, and determination. You can start to understand yourself on a deeper level than ever before once you begin analyzing your hopes and dreams and questioning whether or not they truly align with who you are and who you are meant to become.
The 4 Stages of Self-Discovery
There are essentially four different stages of your self-discovery journey:
Investing time into self-awareness by examining your own emotions, values, needs, and innate characteristics to understand who you truly are
Establishing your personal interests and working on them
Writing down the hopes and dreams that you have for your future and planning accordingly
Finding a career that is not only aligned with your dreams but also with your personal interests
The best way to kick-start your journey is by reflecting upon the following questions:
Do I feel fulfilled in my life?
Where in my life am I lacking?
What drives me to do the things I do?
What impact do I want to make on the world?
Below are some crystals to help you on the difficult journey to self-discovery! Use them while meditating, keep them near while making decisions, and give them the intention of finding your identity.
Want to take chances? Trust your gut a little more? Carnelian is the perfect stone to carry around with you! Carnelian promotes positivity, self-empowerment, and embracing life, so use it to give you the courage to try new experiences and put yourself out there. It's also said to help with discovering hidden talents and awakening curiosity in those who carry it with them.
Known as the "miracle stone" and "the stone of life," Shungite heals on all levels - mental, physical, & spiritual. This stone has the vibes to assist you with developing self-growth and evolving spiritually.
Labradorite is the gemstone of magic. It will enhance your inner awareness, self-discovery, and coincidence control. It encourages self-awareness of inner spirit & intuition. Allow this stone to help you open up to your subconscious and trust your intuition during your journey.
Ancient Egyptians initially used Lapis Lazuli with the belief that the stone worked as a guide for one’s self-discovery journey.
This stone helps to promote clear self-expression and peace of mind, while reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. It encourages honesty and truth telling, while giving you access to your higher consciousness.
Tiger’s Eye gives you the confidence and courage you need when on your self-discovery journey. It stimulates action and also helps you to make clearer, wiser decisions.
One of the most popular stones, Amethyst can help you heal from any self-sabotaging traits, stress, and anxiety. This stone stimulates your third eye chakra, which opens up your subconscious to receiving guidance and accessing your intuition that will help you along your journey.
Citrine is a great stone to use along your self-discovery journey when you are lacking energy or optimism. It works to release any negative energy you may be carrying that is holding you back from accomplishing your goals and reaching your highest potential.
Known as the crystal of unconditional love, Rose Quartz inspires us to love and value the beauty within ourselves. It stimulates empathy and compassion, which leads to forgiving yourself and others for any resentment you may be harboring. It also provides a deeper sense of love and belonging.
This is one of the most powerful and beneficial stones to use on your journey to self-discovery. Kyanite helps us to unravel hidden wounds, allowing us to heal on a deeper level. It also stimulates creativity, bringing forth our true interests and desires.
And then of course there is Quartz. You can use Quartz to magnify more of what you really want in your life. A master crystal, Clear Quartz works to clear away negative energy, limiting beliefs, and any other obstacles you are dealing with, while also amplifying the energy of any other stones you use along with it. It also will open up your Ethereal Crown Chakra, but before we open that up, we have to find inspiration within our Third Eye. Your Third Eye will open up ideas, thoughts, creativity, nothings, knowing, intuition, and so much more.
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