Carnelian is a beautiful and popular (if sometimes misidentified) stone among collectors who enjoy hiking and beachcombing.
There is a lot of well-meaning but vague around the internet about sleeping with stones and crystals for health and benefits.
In this article, we’ll give you three things that you need to know about sleeping with carnelian.
Sleeping with Carnelian (Explained)
Introduction to Carnelian
Carnelian is a variety of chalcedony that is identified by its reddish coloration.
Like forms of quartz, the chemical makeup of the stone is mostly silica (silicon dioxide) with iron oxide impurities.
The stone can be opaque (meaning you can’t see light through it), and it can also be translucent.
(This is where people get into arguments about the identity of the stone, because a translucent carnelian looks a heck of a lot like an agate, and vice versa).
In the end, there’s probably a lot of agates and quartz being called carnelian, and vice versa.
People collect carnelian because it is affordable, beautiful, and often easy to find in certain areas of the world while hiking or walking.
Carnelian is a thought to be a stone of strength and boldness.
People often carry carnelian or wear carnelian during times courage is needed, such as when trying to overcome adversity, or to start an new venture.
Healers like carnelian for treating many physical ailments as well, though not everyone agrees upon their effectiveness.
Sleeping With Stones (What You Need To Know)
Did It Work?
One of the most difficult things about bringing stones into your sleep routine is telling whether or not it worked.
In most cases, people read about a stone, gem, or crystal, and then without planning or forethought, introduce it into their sleep routine.
This often happens in combination with other stones, oils, or other changes to the sleep situation.
If you are serious about using stones to improve your quality of life (and your sleep), we recommend highly that you are systematic about it.
Before you introduce carnelian into your sleep set up, you should take some time (days even a few weeks) to establish your baseline.
Use a journal, and make notes about how well you slept, whether you had dreams and what of, and how rested (or not) you felt during the day.
Write down anything else that you think is relevant, like your level of happiness, confidence, or security.
Once you have a baseline, then you can feel confident about bringing in the carnelian stone or stones.
If you notice a difference, you’ll know that it was the stone.
If you don’t, you’ll also be ready to make changes, such as trying a different placement, combination of stones, or even number of stones.
What Works For Them Might Not Work For you
You are going to have to experiment a lot when you are trying to sleep with stones.
There’s tons of advice about where to put the carnelian.
But there’s no guarantee whatsoever that what works for one person (or even a lot of people) will work for you.
Perhaps under the pillow, or in the pillowcase, or under the bed or between the mattresses or on the northwest corner, etc, etc, etc.
You’ll probably have to try a lot of positions (and you should try a lot of positions) before you say definitively that the stone “worked” or “didn’t work.”
One of the reasons it is so important to establish a baseline and journal is that you can actually identify what works and what does not.
Then you can move the stone around and adjust it, or even move on to a different stone.
People like carnelian because it is a stone that is thought to protect, encourage success, as well as clean out negative energies.
Sleep time is a great time for cleaning.
But not always a great time to keep a bold and energetic specimen close to you.
A stone of stimulation might have the effecting of helping people get better sleep or even more positive dreams.
A stone of of this kind could also make it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, or go back to sleep after night waking.
Some people might experience bad dreams.
If you want to sleep with carnelian but are struggling (either with wakefulness or bad dreams), we’d recommend that you do two things.
First, you should try moving it further away from your bed.
Second, you should try meditating with the stone before bed, focusing on the kind of nighttime experience you want to have, and what you want to achieve by bringing the stone into your sleep routine.
Just remember, sleeping with carnelian might not feel any different than sleeping without it, or with other crystals.
People don’t resonate with every material, and what works for one person might not work for the other.
Be prepared to be flexible, and to keep trying.
Eventually you will dial in something that works.
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