If you are a regular Reiki practitioner you will probably know that the word Reiki is Japanese for ‘universal life energy.’ This spiritual practicewas developed in the early twentieth century by Japanese Buddhist, Mikao Usui. While there are several variations of Reiki, this healing tradition is designed to nurture uninterrupted energy flows to foster balance and harmony.
Reiki is centred on the power of touch. Treatment involves the client lying or sitting on a couch or chair and a practitioner gently placing their hands on a number of non-intrusive positions across the body. Unlike massage, which involves rubbing and manipulating the body, with Reiki there is no kneading of the skin. The principle is that the whole body is treated rather than specific areas.
The Benefits of Reiki
One of the most unique aspects of Reiki is that individual participants report varying reactions and experiences after they have undergone treatment. One of the most common benefits reported is the feeling of peacefulness and calm Reiki creates, as well as a powerful sense of well-being. Others report sensations of tingling and heat and intense emotional feelings. Some Reiki patients have said they saw unusual colours when undergoing treatment.
How are Crystals used in Reiki?
Crystals have long been attributed to having intense healing properties. Similar to Reiki, healing with crystals is executed through energy. Crystals are used to remove toxins from the body, eliminate negativity and magnify positive energy. But how is the healing properties of Reiki and crystals entwined?
According to Reiki for Holistic Health, crystals used during Reiki healing will help the healing and energy balancing. In short, they will speed up the healing process.
Chakras are described in Hindu tradition, as being a series of seven energy wheels that are located along the centre of the body. Each of these chakras are associated with different energies, attitudes and body parts.
Reiki treatments can help clear the chakras of negative energy and blockages. It can restore the harmonious flow of energy. Crystals can play an important part in restoring this flow.
One of the easiest ways to restore balance throughout the chakra system in Reiki treatment is to place a crystal of the appropriate colour on each of the chakra areas. In Reiki practice, placing a different stone on each of the chakra pointswill strengthen and heal the whole system.
The seven colour chakra/Reiki rule
A red, brown or black crystal should be placed near the base of the spine.
Balance the heart chakra in the middle of the chest with a green stone. Add a pink one for additional emotional healing.
Place a light blue stone on the throat chakra.
For the sacral chakra and orange coloured crystal needs to be positioned on the lower abdomen.
Place a yellow stone between the ribcage and the naval to remove any tension at the solar plexus.
Use a clear stone at the crown chakra, which should rest just above the top of the head.
In the centre of the forehead, where the brow chakra is found, place and dark blue or indigo chakra.
Implement these chakra crystal rules in Reiki tradition and the positive energy will come flooding in.
Crystal healing is not the only way in which the various properties of crystals, precious stones and gems are utilised, as Wiccans and Pagans also use them for their magical rituals.
Where crystal healers will exploit the energies emanating from the crystals through the natural vibrations of their molecular structure, Wiccans or Pagans use the stones in their workings due to their magical properties as well as their therapeutic value. Different Pagan traditions assign different properties to different crystals, but the intent is the same and Wiccans are often advised to experiment in order to discover which combinations work best for them.
A good example is the popular Amethyst crystal, which is considered a master healer in crystal healing and used in line with the Third Eye Chakra to aid meditation and the expansion of consciousness. In Wiccan magic, Amethyst crystals are used for enhancing the user’s intuitive powers as well as for cleansing and consecrating sacred spaces. Wiccans also associate it with both the Aquarius and Pisces due to its connection with the element water.
Crystal Magic Traditions
Another crystal popular in Wicca Magic is Agate, and while in crystal healing Agate is considered a stabilising stone which brings about balance, Wiccans use it in rituals intended to expose a truth or introduce a new perspective on a particular situation. A balancing stone in Wicca is the Garnet, which is associated with moon magic and used to find balance between the spiritual and physical elements of our humanity. It is strongly associated with femininity, though beware acquiring one through dishonest means as many Wiccan traditions believe that the deep red or purple stone will deliver a curse to the possessor should they have used deceit to obtain it. The belief is that the curse, the exact details of which are unknown (let’s keep it that way, folks!), will remain upon the possessor until the stone is returned to its rightful owner.
On a more light-hearted note, magic practitioners whether Wiccan or Pagan will often use a Jade crystal like these Jade Tumblestones when intending to symbolise true love and innocence. Jade is also popular among Wiccans for its influence on truth and serenity. However, where crystal healing relies solely on the natural energy present in the crystals, Wiccans and Pagans will complete their rituals with a combination of various items or ingredients.
Wiccans and practitioners of esoteric magic use these combinations of various items such as crystals and herbs in what they describe as ‘correspondences’. Their rituals will involve combining different ingredients, which may also include certain numbers, colours and flowers among many other items with magical properties which have a particular significance in their relationship with each other. It’s this correspondence between the particular crystal and other elements that will ultimately influence the outcome of the working or ritual. It is highly recommended to try different combinations to seek out the right correspondence that will be successful for each individual and their own particular working.
While crystal healing can and indeed often does involve combining the different energies of certain crystals to maximise a desired effect, it is usually the effect itself that differs from the magical practices of Wiccans and Pagans. While there are many similarities with regard how both Wiccans and crystal healers view the positive and negative influences of natural energy, there is a marked difference between both the expectations and application of these special stones.
Wicca Magic vs Crystal Healing
Crystal healing intends to make simple but effective use of the energies through contact and close approximation with the crystals, while Wiccans will perform rituals with the crystals and other elements which will directly bring about the intended effect. And again, the desired effects can differ massively between the two practices, as the Agate and Amethyst examples showed above.
Another great example of this difference is the most famous gemstone in the world: the diamond. Crystal healers consider the diamond to aid in relationships and help clear emotional pain or mental anguish. It is also considered an excellent tool for blocking geopathic or electromagnetic stress. Wiccans, on the other hand, consider the diamond to be the perfect stone to aid them in scrying and astral projection, which is travelling through the astral plane after inducing an out-of-body experience. These aren’t the only associations that this particular gemstone has, but it’s a clear indicator of the sometimes small, but occasionally massive differences between Wicca magic, Paganism and crystal healing.
Tumblestones are many people’s favourite kind of crystal due to their smooth, rounded and pebble-like appearance, which allows them to be employed in a wide variety of imaginative ways. They’re created inside a tumbler machine which constantly turns them while various grades of sand and grit are introduced to slowly work away the rough edges until you have a perfectly smooth and rounded crystal.
Marrying a crystal’s natural beauty with this tumbling process creates a crystal whose purpose stretches far beyond being used simply as a healing crystal. Of course, tumblestones with particularly flat sides are especially useful for the laying on stones method of crystal healing as they will remain in place more easily, but the tumbled smoothness also lends itself to crystal massage for example, as you can use smaller tumblestones to knead and relax the muscles throughout your body.
The main purpose of the crystal tumbling process though is to accentuate their aesthetic appeal. Smoothing out the rough edges that form naturally in most rocks, crystals and minerals creates a beautiful ornamental object the uses of which are only limited by our imaginations.
Tumblestones In The Home
One popular use for tumblestones is as vase fillers and many people use them to fill flower vases not only to enhance the decorative effect of the vase but to help hold the flowers at a particular angle by securing their stems between the stones. Similarly, this method can be utilised for items other than flowers, such as a pen or pencil holder as filling a jar or glass with smaller tumblestones lets you insert thin items to keep them in place. It’s hard to deny the value of a beautiful ornament that also serves a useful function. Create a jar filled with tumblestones that match the colours of your bathroom and use it to hold your toothbrushes in place. It’s a much better looking way of storing them when they’re not being used, which is roughly 23 hours and 50 or so minutes of every day, and it can also be cleaner as the brushes won’t rattle around in the glass spattering bits of toothpastey water drops everywhere for a moment after they’re hurriedly replaced.
You can also secure candles within a jar using a small layer of tumblestones around the base of the candle. The smooth surface of the stones means any wax residue that collects on them is easily removed with no damage to the stone, while you can rest assured that the candle is secure and won’t topple over in the wind or after a nudge from a stray elbow. Talking of bases, why not decorate the bottom of your fish bowl with a few tumblestones which will transform a previously bland fish bowl into an interesting and magical-looking underwater realm for your pet fish to explore.
Have Fun with Tumblestones!
Have fun with the kids using tumblestones as well by getting hold of some googly eyes and attaching them to the stones to create lots of cute little creatures. Using hot glue, you can also attach antennae, some little feet or anything you can think of and make a whole bunch of different characters to play with which the kids will have loads of fun helping to make as well as imagining all sorts of adventures for the tumblestone critters to have afterwards.
Create photo or card holders by attaching one end of some thick but bendable wire to a large tumblestone and twisting the wire at the other end into a paper clip effect which will hold the picture in place. It’s a simple but very effective ornamental device which can be used for all sorts of things from permanent photo displays of your loved ones to temporary reminders, perhaps to hold a wedding invitation or flyer for that show you’ve always wanted to see.
More Tumblestone Ideas
Wire can also be used to make a ‘crystal cage’ which can then be attached to a necklace so you can wear the tumblestones around your neck or smaller ones as bracelets. They glue quite easily and so can be attached to other types of jewellery such as brooches and barrettes, as well as being attached to magnets so you can benefit from the beauty of tumblestones as you’re fetching food from the fridge. You can make all sorts of cool fridge magnets by cutting out shapes like stars or half moons from card and gluing the card to the magnet. Then just glue several small stones to the card in whatever fashion pleases you and voila.
As I said before, the only limits are those set by our own imaginations, so it’s up to us to get creative while experimenting and exploring all the different uses of tumblestones.
Crystals are all about the energy they attract and this is why it’s vital to cleanse them every so often as there are both positive and negative energies which the crystal can collect. A particular crystal might be a potent attractor of positive energy but over time the negative energies can build up.
It is especially important to cleanse your crystals when you first receive them and before you start using them to remove all the energies that gathered in the crystals before they came into your possession. It’s vital to only use crystals that are responding to your own energies, rather than some unknown factor you have zero control over. Luckily, cleansing them is a pretty simple process and there are several ways which you can go about it.
There is no absolute rule when it comes to this process and you are at liberty to employ one or several of the crystal-cleaning methods until you are comfortable that they are fully cleansed. Trust your own instincts and feelings regarding your crystals and whether or not you have done enough to remove all the negative energies. The more you work with your crystals, the more you will become attuned to when they need cleaning, though a general guideline would be to cleanse them every few weeks.
Crystal Cleaning Methods
The simplest crystal cleansing technique is to place them in out in the sun for several hours at least to allow the cleansing powers of sunlight to remove the negative energies. Alternatively, some people prefer using moonlight, as it’s regularly available every month (a good schedule for cleaning crystals) and so long as the moon isn’t obscured by cloud cover, you can leave your crystals out over night to cleanse them in the refreshing lunar light.
Flowing wateris a very popular method, though it should be noted that this generally means a flowing river or stream. You can use tap water but the effect will be reduced. If you live near a babbling brook or other natural source of flowing water, then this would be the method I recommend. If there’s no natural source nearby, then the water from a tap will suffice as a quick fix, but perhaps should be combined with another cleansing ritual such as using sun or moonlight.
Many crystal healers utilise salt to clean crystals, burying them in dry sea salt and leaving overnight. The salt absorbs the negative energies and thus should be discarded the following day, and certainly not ingested. Some crystals such as malachite and fluorite have softer surfaces and so using salt on them is not recommended due to their susceptibility to scratches. You should also avoid using salt water as it can damage crystals due to its corrosive nature.
Crystals Clean Crystals
Cleanse and recharge your crystals by placing them on the special cleansing crystal Selenite, which is a variety of the mineral Gypsum. Another variety is Satin Spar, and both are ideal crystals for cleansing other crystals due to their extremely high vibrations and the fact that these crystals will not need cleansing themselves. Other crystals with a similar effect are Quartz and Amethyst, although their vibrations are not as high as Selenite.
An all-in-one cleansing method which will not only cleanse your crystals of any negative energy but also the space around them, is to use a singing bowl or clean-ringing bell as the clear tones and chimes will immediately disperse the negativity. An even more spiritual version of this method is to use Buddhist Tingsha prayer chimes which can be purchased online.
Once you have plenty of experience practicing crystal healing, then you will also be able to cleanse your crystals with a visualisation technique which involves picturing a clear blue or white light emanating from within your hands and penetrating the crystal. The visualised light will cleanse the crystal of its negative energies and recharge it ready to be used for some quality crystal healing once again.
Crystals have been used for healing around the world for thousands of years. Different cultures have used various crystals as a means of thwarting ailments and illnesses. According to practitioners of crystal healing, when the stones are placed in the area of the chakras, the crystal will bring energetic properties for those seeking healing.
Before you start your crystal healing make sure you research crystal properties and all the positive actions the different stones are used for. If you want to start exploring and experimenting with this age-old curative method, take a look at how to prepare for a crystal healing session.
Choose your Crystal
Different crystals have different energies and properties. Crystal healers believe that between the different energies and properties we can affect theemotional, spiritual, physical and mentalaspectsof ourselves. Before you begin a crystal healing session, you will need to use the right crystal for the ailment you are aspiring to combat. For example, a Tigers Eye crystal is used as an aid for those seeking clarity. Rose Quartz is a popular type of stone in crystal healing, which is used as a tool to nurture calming and instigate romance, while Lapis Lazuli is said to expand awareness and help us attune to our intuition. Lapis Lazuli was prized by the Ancient Egyptians who believed this crystal protected them from the evil eye. If you are serious about practising crystal healing on others, it would be wise to have a diverse range of crystals in order to be able to target and relief different conditions.
Crystals for Pain Relief
Crystals are commonly used as an aid to help individuals overcome back pain. Apatite is one type of crystal that is used as an instrument to ease back pain. The apatite crystals should be placed at various points of the back in align with the chakra points. By utilising these points, healing energy will be implemented in the body which will fight the source of pain.
You may be trying to overcome insomnia, stress, alcoholism or nervousness. Whatever ailment you are tackling you will need to be aware of the different properties of each crystal. For example, the purple, lilac or mauve shades of the amethyst gemstone are associated with reducing withdrawal symptoms. In fact the word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning “without drunkenness” and is believed to protect one from poison. This soothing, healing stone is said to encourage spiritual development, clear the aura and refresh the spirit, body and mind.
Jade, the Dream Stone
Jade has also been serving mankind for nearly 6,000 years. For the primitive people of the British Isles, the toughness of this stone and the ability to sharpen and polish it, made jade a favourite stone for knives, weapons and axe heads. The indigenous tribes of Mexico took this further and carved jade into deity masks and other ritual artefacts and then cast it into wells as an offering to the water spirits. Today this stunning crystal is still valued for its metaphysical properties. It is believed to be the ultimate “dream stone”, promoting sleep, sweet dreams and encouraging creativity.
A new year, a new romance. If you are looking for a new romance in 2014 or are looking to rekindle some romance in an existing relationship, let crystals lend you a helping hand. For centuries crystals have been associated with building strong and positive relationships and being a source of aiding love and romance.
Whether it is to mend a broken heart, express love, attract a soul mate, nurture eroticism or to help build a healthy relationship, crystals have long been considered as a potent love and romance stimulus. That’s not to say all crystals and gemstones are associated with being a positive relationship-builder. Take a look at the top five crystals that are believed to have romance- motivating properties and what they can do for someone who is looking for love.
With its gentle pink essence, rose quartz is widely known as a crystal which helps heal the heart chakra, the crystal of unconditional love. This beautiful type of crystals is believed to have a gentle energy that helps you accept, respect and love yourself, all essential qualities that help you love someone else. Known as the heart stone, rose quartz has been used as a symbol and token of love since 600 B.C. When worn close to the heart in the form of a pendant, it is believed that rose quartz can help you fall in unconditional love.
If you are looking for passion then ruby is associated with having the power to ignite or rekindle passion in a relationship. With its six-sided crystal prisms, rubies are purported to cleanse the chakras, promoting love and commitment as well as passion and romance. Use a ruby crystal massage wand to inspire passion and deepen emotional bonds in 2014.
Moonstone is widely referred to as the “Goddess Stone”, which has been traditionally related to emotional feelings, intuition, the heart and fertility. This softly toned crystal is often worn as a pendant to encourage acceptance and heighten physical capabilities. Being aligned to the moon, moonstone is said to be ideal for men who want to get in touch with the their softer ‘feminine’ side and for women who like to dominate in a relationship.
Jade is considered to be the crystal of wisdom, which promotes nurturing and love. It is believed that jade helps its wearer recognise who they are spiritually, sending them on a journey of self-discovery. It helps attract a loving and fulfilling relationship, protecting the wearer from emotional harm.
Malachite is named after the Greek word for “mallow”, a type of herb. With its soothing and calming properties, this polished green crystal is said to be the bringer of balance and harmony. From malachite mosaics to a malachite and silver pendant, this unique stone brings feminine power and opens the heart to unconditional love, the perfect crystal to help you find your soul mate in 2014.
In part 1 we revealed a selection of the amazing healing crystals perfect for inspiring happiness and prosperity in the New Year. Today we continue the story, with some more excellent healing crystals that will benefit you as the year moves onwards.
Remaining positive is key to success, and we can help ourselves remain positive by influencing the energy around us in our homes, workplace and healing spaces by ensuring that the energies present there promote our goals of achieving the happiness and prosperity which are ultimately the things which make life the most wonderful gift of all.
You can use each healing crystal by lying on your back and placing it on the area of the body or Chakra that it is associated with. This can be done with a combination of crystals or by focusing on just one of the healing crystal’s energies. Learn more about the Chakra System here by reading full instructions for both meditation methods and gain more insight into how the Chakras work and all the different crystals and colours that affect them.
SODALITE may sound like a diet fizzy pop drink, but it’s actually a calming and communicative healing crystal that helps clear the mind while bringing joy into your heart. The Sodalite Healing Crystal is known to encourage the realisation of our ambitions whilst also positively influencing self-acceptance and the awareness of self.
Sodalite Crystal Information:
Chakra Alignment: Throat (Fifth Chakra).
Spiritual Attributes: Calmness, happiness and resolution maintenance.
Physical Attributes: Aids the metabolism and balances the lymphatic system.
Usage: Placed around the home or healing space, Sodalite will inspire heartfelt joy while helping us achieve our goals.
AMETHYST is one of the most popular crystal healing stones and for good reason. It is an extremely soothing stone which helps banish negativity from our minds by clearing out bad thought patterns. Amethyst Healing Stones are powerful healers, cleansing and blocking out negative energies and geopathic stress.
Amethyst Crystal Information:
Chakra Alignment: Brow or Third Eye (Sixth Chakra).
Spiritual Attributes: Soothing, negativity blocking, healing and cleansing.
Physical Attributes: Helps the immune system, stimulating blood circulation.
Usage: Keep several placed around the home or office to keep a constant guard against negative thought patterns which can disrupt our search for happiness.
NATURAL HOWLITE encourages new ideas and helps bring them into focus. Thus, it is ideal for this time of year as we make our New Year’s resolutions and sometimes need that little bit of extra help to keep true to them. Also associated with purity, Natural Howlite Healing Crystals are believed to eliminate angry thoughts and calm violent anger.
Natural Howlite Crystal Information:
Chakra Alignment: Crown (Seventh Chakra).
Spiritual Attributes: Calming and idea inspiring.
Physical Attributes: Good for our bones and teeth.
Usage: Place Natural Howlite upon the forehead while lying down to increase your creativity and soothe your thoughts. It is also purported to aid in past-life journeys.
If you are determined to get your loved one a truly special and unique gift this Christmas then why not opt for a beautiful and stunning crystal? Men, women and children of all ages, backgrounds and tastes can’t seem to resist the electrifying charms of opening an aesthetically beautiful and spiritually healing crystal. Whether your loved one is a veteran crystal collector, is a Feng Shui master or has never owned a crystal in their life, take a look at the following festive crystal gift ideas to help make Christmas 2013 a memorable one.
The Seasoned Crystal Healer
If your loved one has a penchant for exploiting the unique healing powers of crystals then why not indulge their spiritual senses further by presenting them with a crystal pendulum this Christmas? Crystal pendulums are meticulously crafted using superior crystals that are renowned for their healing attributes. For exceptional soothing powers give your loved one an Amethyst Egyptian Pendulum, a beautiful stone that has calm yet powerful healing energy.
The Feng Shui Fanatic
If your partner, daughter, cousin, friend or anyone you buy a Christmas gift for is into Feng Shui then why not whet their appetite for this ancient form of art and science further by giving them a stunning quartz hand-carved dragon turtle. This ancient Chinese symbol has been used for decades in Feng Shui as a means of creating more energy and spiritual power. It is believed that by positioning this symbol of power in a home will protect its inhabitants, bringing them luck, wealth and security. The symbol of the dragon-headed turtle carved out of quartz is also believed to protect the home from negative energy.
A Special Crystal Gift for a Child
It’s no secret that a lot of children get showered with too many toys than they can realistically play with on Christmas Day. Instead of adding to the long list of noisy, flashing toys a child is often overwhelmed with during the festive period why not give them a thoroughly unique gift they are likely to have and cherish in many years from now?
For example, if you child is showing an interest for science and archaeology, stimulate their interest by giving them a fossil gift box set. These stylish gift boxes contain a range of stunning fossils, meaning you will give someone a little piece of natural history. For example, this Calymene Trilobite is between 400 and 440 million years old and provides a truly wonderful gift for anyone fascinated by natural history and fossils.
Moonstone Jewellery for Her
If you want to show the lady in your life just how much you love and respect her this Christmas then giving her a piece of moonstone jewellery this year will certainly show your love and appreciation. Moonstone is a feminine crystal that is believed to nurture and protect. Asides its unique spiritual powers, moonstone jewellery looks absolutely stunning. This moonstone pendant for example, with its wonderfully ethereal and misty exterior, would complement an elegant Christmas outfit impeccably.
Crystals aren’t just beautiful and compelling to look at but they have many unique healing and spiritual powers. From awarding greater self-esteem and confidence to healing sexual problems, the unique capabilities of various types of crystals have been exploited for centuries. But did you know that crystals can be used to help attract prosperity and abundance? If you could do with an infusion of fortune in the prosperity stakes take a look at the following crystals which are known for bringing wealth, prosperity and abundance.
Citrine has been referred to as the ‘money stone’. ‘success stone’ and ‘merchants’ stone of wealth’. This stunning crystal is yellow or golden in colour and is a member of the quartz mineral group. Ancient cultures believed that placing this stone on the forehead of an elderly person would increase his psychic power.
Citrine is now commonly associated with being a stone of good fortune, which helps a person not only acquire wealth but maintain it. Putting a citrine crystal in your pocket or wallet will help nurture prosperity. Alternatively having citrine tumblestones in a bowl and set in any room in your home is a good idea to attract luck into your living space.
Green Aventurine has been used as a wealth and luck-generating aid for centuries. As a consequence of its lucky-associations, this thoroughly unique looking stone is popular amongst gamblers. In the world of minerals, aventurine in the good luck shamrock, bringing fortune, prosperity, abundance and happiness to all those who own it. Aventurine is associated with the heart chakra and in order for one to be financially secure, the heart must be ‘healed’ and radiate positive energy. Having this beautiful green stone in your possession will help this positive energy to be radiated, thus healing the heart.
Aventurine can be bought in many forms and is typically green or peach in colour. From a green aventurine crystal egg to a peach aventurine gemstone chip necklace, there are many ways you can utilise the prosperity-generating powers of aventurine. Though it has to be said that it is predominantly green aventurine that is particularly associated with wealth.
The name pyrite comes from the Greek word meaning “a stone which strikes fire.” Being typically golden in colour, pyrite is a traditional symbol for money and abundance. However, it is also worth knowing that it is also known as fool’s gold because it can found adjacent to gold deposits and has has been mistaken for gold.
Native Americans believed they could ‘look into someone’s soul’ when they peered into a polished piece of pyrite. Even today, placing a polished piece of iron pyrite tumblestone on the mantelpiece is said to bring wealth and prosperity to the household.
Peridot is another ‘stone of money’. It is believed that if you put a piece of peridot with a lump of citrine in your purse it will protect the money and help bring on more finance and wealth. It is also said that only spiritual and clear-minded individuals should exploit the charms of peridot.
Instead of carrying around an awkwardly-shaped piece of peridot in your purse, why not utilise its money-making powers by wearing a stunning peridot pendant around your neck?
The history of crystal healing stretches as far back as historical records themselves, with every indication that they were utilised by human societies all around the world for a long time before records began.
The Mayans, for example, are known to have used crystals for physical and spiritual healing as well as for diagnosing illnesses, while the healing power of crystals is described in detail in the Vedas, Hindu holy texts that are thousands of years old.
Ancient Egyptian culture also embraced crystals for healing purposes as well as for protection, with their use by the famous civilisation documented in the Ebers Papyrus, a preserved medical text dating back to 1550 BCE which can still be viewed today in the library of the University of Leipzig, Germany.
The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt also lined their heafddresses with gemstones and crystals which encouraged wisdom and protected them against various weaknesses, with the intention of making them better rulers of the people. Their tombs have also been discovered to contain many different types of crystals embedded in their sarcophagi and ornaments surrounding their final resting places.
An ancient practice that is still relevant today is Chinese medicine, which again is thousands of years old, and also used crystals for their healing energies.
Today, crystals are still used in Chinese acupuncture and they are vital to the processes of Pranic healing. Tibetan Buddhists, alongside Hindus, also use crystals in their healing methods, with the Ayurvedic traditional medicine system still very popular on the Indian sub-continent.
Crystals have also been popular in Christianity and Islam, with the former’s holy book, the Bible, featuring over 200 mentions of crystals throughout its scriptures.
The Islamic prophet Muhammad was thought to wear several symbolic rings, among them being an opal crystal ring for beauty and dignity, a turquoise ring that represented victory and invoked divine assistance in battle, and a carnelian ring for protection from enemies and misfortune.
Another modern use of crystals that has its roots in ancient lore is Feng Shui, which is the practice of manipulating and influencing the energies, or Life Force, that exist in everything around us. The Universal Life Force consists of five elemental components which can be reduced or enhanced by crystals to increase or decrease the flow of certain energies in a room.
Dependence on crystal healing has lessened over the centuries as scientific and medical advances have provided modern human society with so many more options when it comes to physical healing, but the mental and spiritual aspects of crystal healing are still relevant as their current popularity will testify. People still turn to crystal therapy to enhance their spiritual well-being and improve their mental capacity due to the incredible effects that positive thinking can have on our daily lives. It’s not just about thinking good thoughts, but surrounding ourselves with particular positive energies which influence and encourage certain aspects of our spirituality and mental health.
The fact that crystal healing has endured throughout the ages is evidence that its effect on these important elements of being human should not be underestimated.