"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. There are many other varieties of crystals and gemstones, used as powerful healing tools too. These are also effective in clearing and cleansing chakras, shifting energy and raising the vibrations of the energetic bodies.
Like the human body, crystals are composed of silicone and water, which is why there is a great affinity between humans and these great and powerful natural gems. It is easy to sense the vibrational frequencies resonating from crystals. In fact, they work as intermediaries, assisting us to raise vibrations, while linking us to a higher consciousness and state of being.
Many Healers and Energy Practitioners compare the karmic journeys made by humans and lessons learned through experiences, 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, this could be due to an imbalance within your Self. The crystals you are most drawn to can then help bring about your healing, while restoring balance.
Healing with crystals is a popular form of holistic therapy that involves the placement of crystals on specific points and areas of the body that they correspond with. To receive crystal therapy, a client will typically lay face up on a massage table, fully clothed, or semi-nude. This allows the practitioner to arrange the crystals on meridian points, chakras and over internal organs. The client should then experience healing, cleansing and the purification of the physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual bodies.
Crystals are also useful in enhancing meditation sessions and raising vibrations. They can also assist in the journey towards ascension to spiritual realms of existence. Holding a crystal in one or both of your hands during meditation is a simple but effective way to incorporate the crystal's healing properties and energy into your auric field. Crystals also help shift consciousness while meditating.
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 carried by the crystal. Placing an Amethyst crystal underneath your pillow at night enhances your dream time, allowing you to experience lucid dreams, while bringing greater clarity and vividness. Moldavite and Herderite are also excellent stones for dream-work and meditation sessions. Be sure to keep a journal of your dreams, to get the most out of your experience.
Wearing your crystals, on or around chakras and organs, in the form of jewelry, is a great way to receive their healing energy. Crystal jewelry is also very beautiful and can make a great statement, bringing your personality and creative expression to the forefront. Lapis Lazuli is a good stone to wear as a pendent on your throat chakra, while Rose Quartz, worn as a necklace, helps to open up the heart chakra.
Kemetic dancers, 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 African continent. They serve as symbols of fertility and protection, while illustrating the rites of passage, as a young girl grows, transcending from the stages of childhood into womanhood.
Women all over East and West Africa infuse their beads with aromatic scents, and wear them under garments, while Middle Eastern belly dancers, adopting the waist bead culture from Africa, present waist beads on naked waistlines and crystals are provocatively placed in the bellybutton, to activate the Sacral Chakra.
Waist beads are gaining popularity with western women in the African diaspora. These conscious sisters, recognising the benefits of these ancient adornments, have begun tapping into their ancestral heritage and waist beads artistically and attractively drape hips, enhancing beauty and femininity, while increasing confidence. Waist beads can be made from any crystals that appeal, although Orange Calcite, Carnelian and Amber are particularly good at healing and activating 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 transmute negative energies emitted from computer towers and laptops.