We’re going to revisit all the quartz crystal types, condensing the information to just a few items to make remembering easier.
This week we’re going to revisit Bridge or Inner Child quartz crystals. First, what are Bridges?
Bridges are crystals which penetrate a larger crystal. They are located partially in and partially out of another crystal. When they are larger they are called Bridges, when they are smaller, they are called Inner Child crystals. They both function the same way, and the naming is just semantics, really.
There is a long blog post on this, posted previously, here. I will try to extrapolate on that information rather than repeating it.
HOW DO ACTUAL BRIDGES HELP US?
To figure out what characteristic energies a Bridge or Inner Child crystal might have, simply ask yourself questions about actual bridges. How do bridges help us?
Usually we use a bridge when access is difficult without a bridge.
What exactly do I mean?
If a bridge is spanning a creek, we could usually still cross the creek without using the bridge. However, without the bridge to help us along, it would be much harder to cross.
Let’s walk through it. In this case, let’s imagine a creek at the bottom of a 10 foot embankment, the creek is 20 feet wide and the other side is 10 feet as well.
First we would have to find a place where we can get down the side of the embankment. Next we must find an area on the creek that the water is low enough for us to cross, and finally we have to find a way back up the other side.
During all of this, we are possibly sliding in mud, certainly getting our feet wet and watching for snakes and other dangers. It is certainly taking a lot longer to get to the other side than it would if we had a bridge.
Now imagine the same crossing with a bridge:
BRIDGES ARE ABOUT CONNECTING
With the bridge there, we can simply walk across. The bridge connects us easily from one side to the other.
In the prior example, the crossing was fairly simple. Ten feet down, twenty feet across, and another ten back up the other side. What if the span was much larger, such as the Grand Canyon? A distance like this would seem almost insurmountable!
A person might not even attempt to connect one side to the other at the prospect of crossing without a bridge. By the time you crossed you might have forgotten what you were trying to connect and you would completely lose your perspective of being on the other side.
Bridges don’t just help make things easier and quicker to connect, they also give the added benefit that we have a different perspective as we cross, as well. Let’s explore that.
BRIDGES AFFORD US A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
We are above the creek, so we’re slightly removed from the in-your-face aspect of the actual crossing. We can cross, but remain unattached to the nitty-gritty and it keeps us from getting embroiled in the muck and crossing. We still enjoy the sound of the creek and the feel of the cool air rising.
From the center of the bridge, we are free to stop, suspended in air (or time). We are at a perspective where we can see both upstream and downstream and both ends of the bridge. It gives us a wider perspective of the situation.
Because we can also still see and access both ends of the bridge, we can easily go back and forth between this side and that.
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO BRIDGES ON CRYSTALS?
This is how Bridge crystals work almost identically to actual bridges: First we choose what it is we want to connect (where we need connection).
For example, are we looking to bridge between ourselves and another person, between ourselves and our Higher Self or between ourselves and our inner child? Are we trying to understand another person’s viewpoint or connect with them more deeply?
The applications and possibilities are endless. Rather than bridging to another person, consider “bridging” yourself to a goal – such as losing 10 pounds or quitting smoking. Use your imagination!
Once we have decided, the energy of the crystal can help us to bridge directly to the Other (where ever we decided we want to connect). We don’t have to slog through the steps of getting there (like climbing embankments, wading creeks, etc). This is where the connection occurs.
AVOID THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN
Another benefit is that Bridges take the guesswork away. You are on one end of the bridge, your destination is on the other. You don’t have to navigate unknowns such as embankments, crossing points or extraction.
Additionally, on your way, you are allowed a wider perspective of how you each got to where you are.
For example, in the case of accessing our Higher Self… how would that look? Where is your Higher Self? It’s hard to imagine how to get there when you don’t know where there is!
With Bridges, you don’t have to navigate the embankments or crossing, you simply jump on and start walking, knowing you are connected to the other side via the Bridge. It’s almost like magic.
WHAT ABOUT INNER CHILD CRYSTALS?
We’ve talked about Bridges, but what about Inner Child crystals? Remember, Inner Child crystals are simply smaller Bridges. It is still a smaller crystal embedded partially in and partially out of a larger crystal.
Whether a crystal is called a traditional Bridge or an Inner Child will primarily depend on the energy presented and the person’s preference in naming.
They work the same, they are just smaller, and the energy typically is more subtle and gentle. Bridge crystal and Inner Child crystals are basically the same.
Still, you are connecting and gaining a different perspective with the crossing.
To sum up, whether you are working with a large Bridge or a smaller Inner Child,
- Bridge crystals help us to connect,
- Bridge crystals help us to access places which might be much more difficult to access without the Bridge and
- they also allow us a different perspective, seeing both sides from the neutrality of the middle.
Here is a mandala of Bridge and Inner Child crystals from CRYSTAL MANDALAS: (Learn about crystal by COLORING!) Volume 1:
I hope you have enjoyed revisiting Bridge (and Inner Child) crystals and that this recap has made understanding how to work with them a little easier to grasp.
Would you like to work with a Bridge or Inner Child crystal? Check out these Bridge and Inner Child crystals at Arkansas Crystal Works.
Stay tuned next time and we will revisit Cathedral or Lightbrary quartz crystals.