When did your love for crystals first begin?
My love affair with crystals began when I watched Breakfast at Tiffanys as a little girl and saw my first diamond. I was instantly mesmerised by its beauty, and vowed there and then to own my own one day. One day, while I was visiting my favourite childhood spiritual shop, I picked up a crystal, and prayed I’d get a book published and necklace from Tiffanys before I was 30. And this year, one week before my 30thbirthday, I got both.
By that point, I’d been writing a monthly crystal column for Soul&Spirit magazine for three years, and was utterly mesmerised by their captivating beauty, magical powers and enchanting mythologies. I no longer merely loved crystals – I’d fallen madly in love with them.
First crystal you ever bought?
Would you believe I’ve never bought myself a crystal? Although my little flat’s full of them, I’ve never bought one for myself. They’ve always been sent, or bought for me by others, and always at the right time for the right purpose. That’s the great thing about crystals; we don’t choose them, they choose us, and the right ones always come along at the right time. They send us signs too, and can touch our lives from afar even if we can’t touch them.
Your top 5 must have crystals?
Gosh – that’s a difficult one; I love them all, and truly believe every crystal – like every person – has its own exquisite beauty and power. But if I had to narrow it down, I’d pick a rose quartz to help me (and everyone in the world) open their hearts to each other – like the petals on the beautiful flower it’s named after – an amethyst to prevent us all from feeding ourselves toxic thoughts, relationships and habits sabotaging our happiness and a ruby (one of my personal favourites) to remind us that – like Dorothy with her ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz – we all hold the power within us (as Ghandi said) to be the change we wish to see in the world. I’d also pick a diamond to encourage us all to shine our light as bright as one, and a jade to remind us to see the best in each other.
You've written a book on crystals which is out soon, could you tell us about your book and the journey you have taken while writing it?
Absolutely! Although I’d wanted to write a crystal book for some time, it wasn’t until I had a past-life regression last year that I realised it was something I was destined to do. During the session, I’d seen myself as a little girl in Paris, where I worked on my poor father’s market stall. Each day, I’d watch a gem trader nearby setting up his stall, and pray I’d own my own one day. One day, he dropped one, and was so touched by my honesty when I returned it to him that he let me keep it. I slept with the gem under my pillow every night, and would talk to it – like a doll – every night. The last thing I remember is the little girl’s voice telling me to write a crystal book. I sent my proposal off the next day.
The book – The Essential Guide to Crystals – is a modern-day guide to crystals, written by a true crystal lover for true and new crystal lovers everywhere.
What do you have planned for future projects?
Crystals, crystals and more crystals!!! There are so many wonderful things I’d like to do, and writing this book has healed, liberated and empowered me in so many ways. When I first started writing this book, I just wanted it to warm people’s heart and make them smile, and if it does that for at least one person, and helps them believe in themselves and magic for even a moment, that’s enough for me.
About the author:
Golnaz Alibagi was the deputy editor of Soul&Spirit magazine for three years. She has written for a range of publications, including Chat It’s Fate, and interviewed some of the leading figures in spirituality, including Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay and Marianne Williamson. She currently gives psychic/crystal readings at Psychic Sisters in Selfridges. The Essential Guide to Crystals is available to pre-order from http://www.amazon.co.uk/