Many ‘alternative’ therapies work on the belief that it is necessary to allow the energies of the body to flow freely in order to attain health, wellbeing and happiness. Illnesses and stress can cause blockages, which prevent the energy flowing. The prevention of the energy flow exacerbates the illness or stress and so it becomes a downward spiral that is difficult to escape from. So treatment is based on re-establishing that flow. This is the basis for acupuncture, reiki, feng shui and crystal healing.
Isn’t it just a ‘New Age’ thing?
Not at all. In fact,there are over 200 mentions of the positive use of crystals in the Bible! In Exodus, Aaron (Moses’ brother) was told by God to make a breast-plate from specific crystals which would give him both protection and wisdom.
Crystals have been used by ancient civilizations for centuries and right up to today, for
- Divination and scrying (forseeing the future)
- Bringing luck
- Precious gifts
- Silicon chips for computers
- Clocks and watches powered by quartz crystals
Where the word comes from…
The name ‘crystal’ is derived from the Greek ‘Krysos’ which means ‘ice cold’. Crystals were believed to be a form of ice that was so cold it never melted. It wasn’t until the late 1700’s that it became understood that crystals grew, layer by layer.
What are they?
Crystals began growing when the Earth was beginning to form. The continual heating up and cooling down helped to form the amazing crystals that we see today. Now that crystal growth is understood, they are also ‘grown’ commercially.
Most crystals are made from silicon and oxygen. The core of the Earth is primarily made from silicon. Silicon combined with oxygen makes silicon dioxide, more commonly known as quartz. This is the basis for all crystals. It is the inclusion of other elements during the growth that gives rise to the different types of crystals.
How do they work?
It has been scientifically proven that all matter is made from energy. Every object, whether it’s a human being, a table, a lake or even a single grain of sand has some form of energy both inside it and around it. Energy resonates with a specific vibration and everything that contains energy has its’ own vibration.
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, this has been realized for centuries and the ancients knew that for the human body to function well, this vibration has to be correctly ‘tuned’. Just think of your body as a radio. When it is correctly tuned in, the sound is clear and easy to understand. If it’s not, the sound is muffled and indistinct. When you’re well, your body is ‘in tune’ and it’s out of tune when you’re ill or stressed.
Unlike our bodies, crystals have a set formation so their vibration doesn’t alter. Their resonance is constant and so they are wonderful tools to help bring the bodies energies back into tune.
Crystals work on a very subtle level so it’s not unusual to feel nothing when you first start working with them. Some people are more naturally ‘attuned’ than others but just know that the crystal will be working, even if it takes some time for you to feel the benefits.
How do I use them?
If you are new to crystals, the easiest ways are to place them in your home, at work or wear them as pieces of jewelry.
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