"In a crystal we have the clear evidence of the existence of a formative life principal, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is nonetheless a living being."
Crystal healing is an ancient and renowned practice, transcending cultural and religious boundaries. Quartz crystals are most commonly utilized for their spiritual and healing properties. However, there are a wide range of crystals and gemstones that are powerful healing tools, used for chakra healing, to shift energy and raise the vibrations of our energetic bodies.
Crystals, like the human body, are composed of silicone and water, which is why there is a great affinity between us and these great and powerful natural gems. It is easy to sense the vibrational frequencies carried from crystals and they take on the position as intermediaries, assisting in the raising of vibrations and resonance, to link us to a higher consciousness and sense of being. Healers and energy practitioners compare the karmic journeys we make and lessons we play out with that of crystals. They, like us are living entities and a reflection of ourselves. If you find yourself drawn to a particular crystal, at a particular time, bear in mind that this may be due to an imbalance in your own body, that the crystal can help heal or bring back into balance.
Healing with crystals is a popular holistic therapeutic treatment that involves the placement of crystals on specific areas of the body, which they most correspond with. A client will typically lay face up, on a massage table, fully clothed or semi-nude, allowing the practitioner to arrange crystals upon meridian points, chakras and/or organs. The client can expect to receive healing, cleansing and purification of the physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual bodies.
Crystals can also be used to enhance meditation sessions, raise your vibrations, helping you to ascend into the spiritual realms of existence. Holding a crystal of your choice in one or both hands during meditation is a simple but effective way to incorporate the healing properties of the crystal energy into your auric field. Use crystals during meditation to assist in shifting consciousness. Your mind during meditation is still and free of mental chatter and clutter, making you all the more open to new and improved realities of your own creation and the vibrational frequencies of the crystal. Placing a crystal underneath your pillow at night can also enhance your dream time, allowing you to experience lucid dreams and bring more clarity and vividness to your dreams. Moldavite and Herderite are excellent stones for dream-work and meditation. Be sure to keep a journal of your dreams to get the most out of the experience.
Wearing your crystals, on or around chakras and organs, in the form of jewelry, is a great way to receive the healing energy. Crystal jewelry is also very beautiful and can make a great statement in view to your personality and creative expression. Lapis Lazuli is a good stone to wear as a pendent on your throat chakra, while Rose Quartz worn as a necklace, can assist in opening up the heart chakra.
Kemetic dancers in Kemet, also known as ancient Egyptians, adorned their waists with precious and semi-precious stones and crystals in the form of waist beads. The practice of wearing waist beads is still upheld in other parts of the continent of Africa amongst the women, serving as a symbol of fertility, protection and rites of passage, from childhood to womanhood. Many women of West Africa infuse beads with aromatic scents, and wear them under garments, while Middle Eastern belly dancers, adopting the waist bead culture from Africa, present them on bare waistlines, with crystals placed within the navel, to activate the Sacral Chakra. Waist beads are becoming increasingly popular for their aesthetic and healing qualities in the Western hemisphere, especially amongst women of the African diaspora, who are proudly tapping into and promoting their Ancestral heritage. Orange Calcite, Carnelian and Amber are good stones to use to heal and activate the Sacral Chakra.
Use Feng Shui and the placement of crystals around your home and office, to help cleanse, protect and heighten positive energies. Amethyst crystals are excellent for generating positive vibrations within the home, while clear quartz is said to improve business transactions and also transmute negative energies emitted from computer towers and laptops.
Images courtesy of 'The Book of Stones', by Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian.
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