Kyanite is a powerful stone, but one that is lesser known. While most people love it, some do experience negative kyanite side effects.
In this article, we’ll talk through some of the most common effects, and give you some suggestions for how you can deal with them and move past them.
Understanding Kyanite Is Step One To Dealing With Side Effects
In just about every article on this website about rocks, minerals, and crystals, we advocate for our readers to learn about their materials first, to delve deep into what the material is made of.
Knowing your stone can dramatically improve your understanding of how to use it, how to clean it, how to cleanse it, and how to keep it safe from harm.
(For example, people damage their selenite by washing it with water).
Kyanite is a aluminosilicate mineral (Al2SiO5) containing the elements of aluminum, silicon, and oxygen.
It is one of the harder crystals (Mohs hardness scale puts it at 6-7 out of 10), but not tough.
It is a brittle substance, prone to shattering into longer thin pieces when struck with enough force or dropped.
On the metaphysical side, it is known as a ‘stone of alignment.’
It is not a subtle stone.
Instead, it is a powerful energy conductor, with a high frequency vibration.
It is used in many ways, including to restore and balance the chakras, to clear energy meridians, and heal.
Its strength combined with its ability to tackle negativity is often the root cause of most of the side effects people experience with kyanite.
Side Effects of Kyanite
As noted above, understanding kyanite’s strength (and high vibration frequency) will help us understand why some people struggle with kyanite.
Feelings that Seem To Be The Opposite Of Expected Effects
Some people are extremely sensitive to the most powerful crystals, the ones with the highest vibration frequencies.
As a result, instead of experiencing the intended impact of the stone (protection, healing, calm, clarity), people will feel too much.
Instead of calm, they may feel anxious or over-stimulated. Instead of peace, they may feel their emotions stirring, and negativity blooming where it should not be.
Instead of control, he/she will feel out of control.
There might be a lot of crying.
This may be a sign that kyanite doesn’t resonate with you all that well, or that the state of your self at that point is too sensitive for such a strong stone.
It might makes sense to start with some more gentle pieces and work up to kyanite.
Depression/Strong Negative Emotions
Because of its strength, kyanite goes to work on your pretty quickly.
If you are a person who has a lot of trauma to be dealt with, or who has experienced a lot of pain that needs to be worked through, bringing kyanite into your life might feel a bit like hitting yourself with a sledge hammer.
You might feel everything all at once, you might find yourself re-living old memories.
You might not be able to push them down again, or handle them in a healthy way.
You may feel significant depression, or struggle to control your emotions (think crying, angry outbursts).
If you feel this way, we recommend that you do one of a few things.
While kyanite helps you clear and heal, it doesn’t do it on its own, especially when pain/trauma is significant and deep. You need to take part in your recovery and healing.
To help you through this phase (and reduce the length of time you suffer in it):
- Let someone know you are having a hard time. You don’t have to tell them about using kyanite or other crystals if you don’t want to. But the simple act of letting someone know that you are struggling and might need help is important.
- Find someone to talk to about what is being brought up. Talking will give you a chance to release, and also to examine with more clarity what caused it in the first place. This could be a friend, family member, or even a therapist.
- Practice self-care at the highest level you possibly can. During this difficult phase of clearing out trauma, ignore the instinct that encourages you to curl up in a corner, to hide yourself away. Sitting still, hiding from life, hurting yourself by inaction…these things encourage the blockages.
When you are feeling overwhelmed, this is the perfect time to take a small step in the direction you need to go.
If the highest level for you is that you remember to eat, then start there. If it is taking a small walk, then do that.
If it is clearing out a closet crammed with who remembers what, then so be it.
If it is setting a timer and cleaning up for five minutes, then do it.
Self-care doesn’t always look like spending two hours at the gym and spending hundreds of dollars on organic food. Don’t compare your self-care to that of others.
If things seem to spin out of your control, if you don’t seem to be climbing out of the pit that you have fallen into, if you cannot practice self-care at any level and start to actually self-destruct because everything is too much, you should consider removing your kyanite from your life.
And not because you don’t want to deal with the tough stuff, but because kyanite is too strong for where you are at, and you may need to work up to it with other stones.
This might also be a sign that you need to work with a coach or other practitioner to better guide you through the experience.
Sleep may become impossible if the stone is nearby.
A user may be able to fall asleep but find themselves waking frequently, experiencing restless of anxious dreams, or even having nightmares.
In general, disrupted sleep with this stone is not the result of negative energy or the stone doing something bad, but it is doing its work at a time and when you are not in the best state to handle what the stone is working on in your body.
There is a time to handle repressed memories, trauma, and pain in your consciousness, but it is better done while you are awake and intent, or in meditation, not when your mind and body are trying to rest.
Interrupted sleep is not a reason to ditch kyanite. Instead, try putting the kyanite further away from you.
If you were sleeping with it in your pillow, try placing it on the nightstand. If it was on the nightstand, try putting it on the other side of the room.
If this doesn’t help, remove it from your room or your house to see if your sleep improves.
For some, kyanite helps them bring up old trauma to release it.
For others, it helps them handle their anxiety, their PTSD, and their stress without actually releasing it.
This is a short term solution, and people can become reliant on the stone (think like an addiction) to help them handle the negativity.
Unfortunately, this can lead to a pattern of avoidance of the tough stuff.
Pain needs to be dealt with in order to be released.
Kyanite can act like a band-aid. But if it gets ripped off (like the stone gets lost of stops working), then the individual can be worse off due to how much has built up.
If you are using kyanite to deal with stress and PTSD, you have to take active steps to address the root cause of those feelings. Otherwise they may come back worse than before.
Handling Negative Kyanite Side Effects
In addition to what we discussed above, here are a few more things you should do if you are not having a good experience with kyanite:
- Cleanse the stone. While kyanite is a stone that isn’t supposed to accumulate energy, sometimes the “off” feeling you have is the result of some sort of accumulation. You need to do a reset with the stone, and cleansing is the first step.
- Re-program the stone. We don’t mean like a computer. Crystals work best when they are attuned to us and our intention. Our recommended method for programming your stone (aka activating your kyanite) is with meditation.
- Sitting for an extended period of time touching the stone, either in hand or sitting on your knee, really focusing on what you hope to achieve with it. Simply buying a crystal and throwing it in your purse is likely to do little for you. Sitting in peace with the stone may also have the result of tuning your energy along with that of the stone, so that there is less clashing or dissonance.
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