Crystals are Sentient Beings

picture of Arkansas quartz crystal point

Arkansas Quartz Crystal Point

Hello everyone! I suppose the best place to start this blog is just to jump in with both feet and start yakking! (Uh, should that be ‘jump in with both lips?’). Over the months, I plan to get more in-depth on the topic of crystals. We’ll talk about such things as where they come from, how (and when) to cleanse and clear, setting up grids, and even learn how to communicate with your crystals.

However, in order to cover all of that information we have to be on the same page about one crucial point. The point I’m referring to is that crystals are sentient beings. It isn’t something that is normally written about in most crystal reference books. We tend to hear about how to “use” crystal in our healing and other magical workings, but the role of the crystal tends to be secondary to the practitioner; that it is simply a device to be used, much like our candles, altar tools, or smudge sticks. What I am proposing for your consideration is that employing crystals’ assistance should be regarded as a co-creative endeavor between the crystal and the person. More like a relationship between colleagues. Let me tell you how I came to this realization and why I feel it is important to share with you here.

Initially, on my website, I described the crystals from a purely physical perspective. Physical dimensions, weight and surface features. The number of sides faces and angles. But after physically measuring the characteristics of hundreds and hundreds of points and clusters, I noticed that I was getting sensory impressions, as well.

It happened slowly. As I was describing the physical weight, I might notice an energetic weight, (lightness or density). Sometimes I felt an overwhelming sense of joy or a silly laughter bubbling up within me. I would get stories and see pictures. That is when I realized that the crystals were trying to speak to me. I began slowing down and listening to their messages. I started making a concerted effort to feel their energy in order to decipher their unique form of communication.

It is possible to sense animals, birds or even elements such as air earth or water in your crystal. There is SO much knowledge our crystal friends have to tell us. They have lived for so long! IMAGINE! They have stories to tell and lessons to teach. But not every crystal is here just to teach. They may simply be similar to your buddy, here to provide company and share your story and theirs. I think we tend to get into the mindset that because crystals are healers and teachers, and due to their wisdom and age, they are each here for a specific purpose only and not for anything else. While they may be here for all those things I listed, they may also have been drawn to you simply to be.

And now, why I think it is important you realize they are sentient beings. Most books describe the nuts and bolts of their “anatomy” if you will, with no discussion of asking permission, shaking hands and becoming acquainted. I liken it to walking up to a person and flipping up their skirt to see what’s under there. Imagine doing this with a professor, doctor, shaman or someone’s great-great-grandmother! It’s unthinkable, right? It’s the same with our crystal friends.

A proper introduction is the best first step in the process of getting to know the Crystal People. If you haven’t made the proper introduction, it’s just not cool to snatch one up and start examining surface features, facets, terminations and body type, and then toss it back down on the table if it doesn’t have the features you’re looking for. It is a common mistake and I’m sure our crystal friends ultimately forgive our ignorance. However, now that we have the knowledge that there is a protocol to introductions and becoming acquainted, then I think it’s polite to follow it.

As we discussed earlier, it goes back to the fact that these great beings aren’t simply tools to be picked up and utilized without a proper connection. You might select a hammer and judging by its weight and size decide whether or not it seems right for the job at hand. This is not recommended with a potential new healer, teacher or friend. Ignorance is the typical reason most of us have been guilty of unashamedly looking up the skirts of our crystal friends. We didn’t know. I didn’t know. We didn’t do it out of arrogance or maliciousness. That is why I am sure they excuse our crude manners.

So what should we do?

  • Establish a heart connection with the crystal in question. It doesn’t have to take longer than an instant
  • Ask permission of the crystal
  • State your intention (this can all be done silently and as quickly as you can compose the thought)
  • Erase any preconceptions you may have, and then
  • Connect

Listen to the wisdom of our elders; these life forms millennia older than ourselves. Be grateful and thankful to these ancient beings who have allowed us to cut them from our great Mother so that they can be of service to all sentient beings and the planet. Enter into a co-creative relationship with your crystal. Make the Connection!

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About Genn

Genn John has been acting as the legs for the Crystal People as the Keeper at Arkansas Crystal Works, an internet-based source for crystals and crystal knowledge, since 1995. Having accepted the honor to be their voice as well, she is the author of Understanding The Crystal People: A Handbook for Lightworkers; a crystal reference book for people who desire to fully understand their connection to the crystal kingdom and who wish to enhance their working knowledge of these majestic beings. Genn has also published a 4 part series of coloring books which are a useful tool for anyone with an interest in learning the anatomical structures of quartz crystals. It features precise, extraordinary hand-drawn designs crafted especially for easy coloring and interactive study. Find the store and more at, or her blog at To connect: email -, facebook -, Instagram - gennjohn or Twitter @GennJohn.

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  4. Karen says:

    All my crystals have a lot more to say since my visit to Mt. Ida and Hot Springs Village. I feel like I understand them all much better after digging for myself and getting to know the soil they like. I found a lot of blue sand that no one else seemed to notice. Any information on that? Planning to go back next week.

    • Genn says:

      Hey Karen! That’s awesome! Being in their energy is very helpful to strengthening your connection. Thanks for commenting! Oh… as for the blue sand… no, I don’t know. The different mines have different presenting minerals in the matrix and surrounding earth. Happy digging! 🙂

      • Do you know of any esoteric reason to totally clean the crystals? I like mine just fine with traces of their red clay origins. Do you have a favorite mine?

        • Genn says:

          Hey Karen! No, the cleaning is primarily for looks… the only other reason might be that if they were heavily coated with minerals, it might be difficult (or impossible in some cases) to read surface features or see inside. But neither of those things is required to work with or to be connected to your crystal friend.

          I like all the mines I have been to for different reasons. The main mines I have been to recently are Ron Coleman’s and Sweet Surrender. I like Sweet Surrender for the soft energy, (the crystals from here tend to be coated heavily with minerals, but I have found some really nice ones here)… I like Ron Coleman’s for ease of access and handy restrooms… I like Jim Coleman’s (Coleman’s Miller Mountain) because you can camp right on the mine (well, you used to be able to, I guess this is still true)… you can also camp at Ron Coleman’s, but the campground abuts the mine, is not part of it… they are all lovely places. here’s a link to the different shops and mines available for public digging in the Mt Ida area:

          • Thank you! Have read everything I can find on Mt. Ida. I liked the Ron Coleman mine a lot for the access. We liked Wegner’s for the experience and scenery in the woods. Unfortunately it rained last two days and those are the only mines we went to. Blue sand rocks at both and got some real neat pieces of blue swirled shale or sandstone at Ron Coleman’s. I’d like to spend another day or so there but also want to see the other mines. Met Jewels and Dino at, and Jewels taught me a lot, but it was too wet to go back to their mine.

          • Genn says:

            If you can stand the gloppy mess, digging in the rain (or just after) can be the BEST

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  6. Janet says:

    Genn, I have been following you for years, through your store. I am not surprised that you think this way, I am just very, very glad that you have written it down and put it “out there”. I 100% believe this too and have always felt crazy!!! Now, I know I am not alone in thinking that these are beings that want to share and teach and befriend us. I will happily buy your book when it comes out and keep reading your posts. Blessings!

    • Genn says:

      (((Janet)))… wonderful!!! Thanks for sticking close… The Crystal People and I appreciate your support!! Yay! Much love and crystal blessings to you

  7. Rita says:

    Thank you for explaining in a simple way how to treat crystals as loving beings. It is obvious that you truly care about them and were meant to speak on their behalf. Wishing you much success in telling their stories.

  8. Kim says:

    I absolutely love this information! It confirms/explains a truth that I have always known deep down. Now, I get to attune myself more with the crystals I have and to allow myself to become a co-creator with my crystal friends! Awesome information! I am also very excited about your book!

    • Genn says:

      YAY!! thanks Kim! really glad it helped confirm what you already know! There is a chapter in the book about connecting and learning how to speak their language. Also some channeled messages from my crystal guide.

  9. Angel says:

    Thank you, Genn! I can’t remember when I first came to know Crystal, but my first attraction was merely to the incredible physical beauty. True awareness of the sentient life they want to share with us came much later, and quite powerfully, one evening. Now, through the blessing of your lifelong commune with crystal, and your dedication to sharing what you have learned, we all have the opportunity to understand more, to grow more, and to work more effectively with these dynamic friends. May Creator infuse both you and Crystal with Light as you walk together in Beauty and go smiling in Love! <3

    • Genn says:

      Thank you my sweet friend. I owe you many thanks from many lifetimes. May we have many more together to further express the depth of our friendship.

  10. Mari Elm says:

    Thank you, Genn!
    I especially appreciate your reference to co-creation. Certainly, we are all of us, human and other-than-human, in this dance of life together!

  11. Debbie Allen says:

    Thanks Genn! I love you and all your crystal friends!

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