The Healing Crystal That Might Help You Finish That Novel

Dreaming of writing the next Big Little Lies? Or maybe you’re facing a tricky work problem that requires some out-of-the-box thinking? Healing crystals expert Heather Askinosie makes the case for how carnelian (aka the “creative inner child” stone) could be just what you need.

Color: Various shades of orange, from pink to red to brown—kind of like the different stages of a beautiful sunset. (Ooh, we want one for our desk already.)

Origin: Carnelian can be found naturally around the world, mostly in India, Peru, Iceland and the UK.

Healing properties: “Creative and confident, the energy of carnelian motivates a rush of vibrancy within the sacral chakra to stimulate your inner star,” says Askinosie. (The sacral chakra is the second of seven energy centers lined up in our bodies.) “Tapping into carnelian’s properties will lend a sense of power that can prove especially beneficial for artists needing to break through creative blocks or those embarking on new projects and ambitions,” she adds. Translation? This stone is used to inspire courage and imagination, basically turning you into Adele. (Sigh. If only.)

How to use it: Keep a carnelian stone in your office to spark creative ideas, suggests Askinosie. Or wear it with you (in your bra, perhaps?) on a job interview to boost your confidence and bring you luck. (Just don’t forget about us when your book’s a best seller, OK?)

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