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How do I start using crystals in meditation/healing?

I just read a book called “Crystal Awareness” and would like to begin using crystals in my daily meditations and ultimately beginning to attempt the healing process with them. The part I’m confused about is the types of crystals I need and how to obtain them. First it spoke of a personal crystal, which can be worn on your body. Then it suggested another personal crystal for meditation purposes. It also suggested having a cluster for recharging purposes. I looked on into the healing formations and most of them required 6-12 crystals. My question is what type of crystals do I use for these things and where can I find them to purchase? I thought about buying one of those “grow your own crystal” sets for the cluster, but I’m unsure if the ingredients they use will produce a natural crystal formation, at least natural enough for use as a recharging device. I’d like to purchase my first personal crystal soon, but am unsure where to obtain one that’s good enough to use and inexpensive enough to allow me to purchase the other crystals. I’m sure I can find some type of personal crystal to use as a pendant, but as for the other crystals I need, what kind of crystals are best? Do they all have to be clear or white crystals or can they have color to them? How big should they be? Should they have one point or two? Should they be large enough and heavy enough to sit on the ground without tipping over? And where can I get them for a decent price? A lot of the sites I’ve seen are very expensive, so if you have any tips for finding a quality source but at a cheap price, please fill me in! Any help would be great, and thanks for taking the time to read through all of this!
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