Crystal Healing

April 12, 2015

Crystal healing is considered an alternative technique to treat ailments, protect against disease and in some cases dispel bad mojo! Those who use crystals in this way believe they are acting as channeling devices; focused on releasing positive, healing energy to the body as means of removing negative, disease causing energy. While this style association can be traced to the beginning of man, the work of crystals were dispelled to the shadows for centuries, considered a type of witchcraft or work of evil. It has been
within the last 50 years in which crystals have started to enjoy a renaissance, with followers all over the globe; despite the fact that
crystals have no scientific basis for healing or the blocking of harmful energy.
Throughout history it is recorded that different cultures developed their own beliefs and traditions for crystals. The word crystal is derived from the Greek word for ice. It was believed that clear quartz was water, frozen so deeply it would forever remain solid. The stone Amethyst means ‘not drunken’ and was worn as an amulet to prevent both drunkenness and hangovers for the ancient Greeks. As far back as 1000 years, the Chinese have attributed healing powers to Jade. Interestingly there are burial masks made
of Jade found from the same time period in Mexico. The tradition of Jade bearing good luck and fortune for the wearer can still be found today. We can go even further in time to the oldest found crystals of Baltic amber. Amulets bearing this stone were discovered and dated as far back as 30,000 years ago. Amber beads were also unearthed in Britain that clocked in at the end of the last ice age.
Crystals have been long used as means for healing and restoring positive energy. Believers of crystal work will tell you each variety of crystal has a unique internal structure, which causes it to resonate at a certain frequency. It is this resonance that is said to give crystals their healing abilities. It is also said that applying the crystals in certain ways to certain places on the body and within your surroundings, can help to restore balance to the bodies’ energy systems while stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms. To believers, crystal healing is a gentle non-invasive form of alternative healing that works holistically to harmonize the mind,
body, and spirit.
To bring forth this harmonizing energy, crystals can be placed on specific points of the body or can be swept over the body. There are a variety of techniques in utilizing and releasing the energy of your crystal. For example, you can wear your crystal as an amulet, necklace or close to the area you want to the crystal to work upon. Believers also can use a crystal pendulum or wand to deliver their power. There also needs to be a cautionary approach to crystals and stones because some may be harmful in certain
situations, such as in elixirs or in the prolonged holding, bathing or touching to the skin. This is why certain stones and crystals are presented and sold in a tumbled or treated way. A good rule is to make sure you wash your hands after using any crystal or stone. There are also certain ways to clean your crystal and stones; by checking with a crystal professional to get you started may be the best way to begin your journey with this ancient art form.
If you are thinking about using crystals and stones to feel better connected to these earthly treasures, below are a few of the star players in the world of crystals and stones.
Like the Greeks who perceived its potential, clear Quartz is found around the world and is considered by many to be one of the most influential crystals available for our betterment. It is said to offer protective qualities for the wearer as well – from others who may have shady intentions while enhancing our immune system. It is a power pack of a crystal. It is the crystal to use to cleanse and recharge other crystals. And like a stone found in the Harry Potter novels, clear Quartz crystals can be programmed to
hold the intention of the wearer and amplify the energy of that intention. A simple weekly cleaning under running water and recharge in the sunshine and you are ready to get back to work.
A violet variety of quartz, Amethyst has attracted people through its color and its vibrations for millenniums. Often used for purely decorative purposes, believers of crystal healing recognize its many benefits. Intuition, imagination and inspiration are all said to be turned up while under this crystals influence. It lessens the severity of headaches and addiction because of its calming qualities. Amethyst is also used for spiritual protection and the purification of your aura. Same as the clear Quartz, run under water and recharge using clear quartz.
Since ancient times the crystal known as Citrine has been associated with two areas – the merchant’s stone, representing luck in wealth and business and as well as the stone of the mind bringing the wearer an increase of psychic and intuitive power. Citrine is considered the right stone to calm and soothe distressed conditions; calming down restless thoughts and actions. Some use it to help relieve depression, digestive problems and diabetes. Citrine is also known for its qualities that brings an optimistic outlook, as well as self-confidence to the wearer. Clean under running water.
If you are looking to remove and protect yourself and your belongings try Black Tourmaline a universally acknowledged grounding stone and a strong protector from negative energies. – from cell-phones, microwaves, computers, as well as people.  It transmutes negative energies into positive, and shields the wearer by increasing its own electro-magnetic field, so that the negativity is repelled. It is also a great mineral to hold when one feels forgetful or disoriented as it quickly centers and grounds one in the
present moment. It can be cleansed under running water and recharged under sun.
Looking to increase yourself love and value you have for yourself try Rose Quartz, considered the love stone. In addition Rose Quartz enhances your ability to self-love and for self-acceptance by clearing and strengthening the heart and the heart chakra. It clears blocks and dissolves resentments left over from past experiences so that we may enjoy the present.  For some people, this means bringing up unresolved emotions to the surface, so if you experience this, use a grounding crystal such as Black Tourmaline, which will help you to both get to the bottom of the issue and transmute this into a positive experience.  Clear under running water and recharge next to Clear Quartz.
It is always good to remember that crystals work on many levels and that their effects can be experienced differently by different people.  They assist us with our issues through their color, their crystalline structure, and their chemical composition.  Some people feel an immediate connection with crystals through their physical and emotional reactions, while others notice the changes but do not necessarily feel the energy of the crystal. That is perfectly normal and depends on too many factors to describe now, but the experience of many crystal workers has been that most people do perceive a variety of positive changes after consistent use of crystals over a period of time.

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