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As we have seen over the last couple of weeks, crystals, in all their many and varied hues can have a beneficial impact on many areas of our lives. Traditionally, crystals have primarily been seen as promoting our physical and mental health, through their amazing vibrational abilities that can free up the energy flows within our bodies.

It can certainly be argued that all crystals are, in fact, healing crystals. If we take a holistic approach to our overall wellbeing, crystals that help bring us peace, abundance, wealth, are all contributing to our wants and desires and therefore, ultimately, our wellbeing. That having been said there are some crystals that are renowned for their healing properties and those are the ones I want to focus on in this blog.

How Do Healing Crystals Work?

Healing Crystals C hart - Awakening Alchemy The basic theory behind healing crystals is the idea that they harness the life-giving elements of both the Earth, in particular, and the Universe in general. The crystals harness the energy and vibrations of the sun, the moon, the oceans, and all living things. This energy is passed on to us through contact with the crystals. As discussed in previous articles there has to be this willingness to connect, this requires an open mind, on our part to receive the true benefits of the crystals. There is limited scientific analysis of the curative properties of crystals, but the anecdotal evidence is wide-spread and substantial. Our forebears used crystals as indeed they used natural herbs and plants to assist them in curing disease and promoting health. Most of these ancient remedies have since been proven through modern medicine, to be valid and viable healthy alternatives. Remember, almost all of our modern pills and prescriptions, although often mass-produced synthetically, originally came from the plants and animals in our world. Given that, would it not be presumptuous of us to assume the ancients were right about herbs and plants, but wrong about crystals? I think so. We need to approach crystals with the same holistic approach we used to determine the efficacy of herbal and plant remedies – with an open mind and a willing heart.

At the bottom of this post, there are some links to some beautiful free Soundcloud tracks called Crystal Keys – where my Irish friend Lia Scallion captures the vibration of crystals in her sacred healing songs: my favorites are Emerald and Pearl – which are yours?

There is certainly some scientific evidence that crystals are linked to our thoughts and our beliefs. IBM Scientist Marcel Vogel, noted, while watching crystals grow under a microscope that their shape took the form of whatever he was thinking about. He also performed some tests on the metaphysical properties of quartz crystal and showed that rocks can indeed store thoughts, in much the same way that music can be stored on tapes, using magnetic energy. Arguably the greatest scientist the world has ever seen, Albert Einstein stated that everything in life is vibration and just like sound waves, your thoughts match the vibrations of everything that manifests in your life. Therefore, if you think crystals have healing potential, the positive vibrations of the stones will magnify that thought. Remember our discussion in a previous article about the “placebo effect”.

Crystals Specifically Known for Their Healing Properties:

  1. Amethyst: For those of us known to overindulge in the liquid libation from time to time, Amethyst may be just the cure for you. It is known to be useful to cure hangovers and to limit the effects of alcohol. It is also said to be useful for connecting with your spirituality and enhancing your psychic abilities.
    • Purple Amethyst Crystal - Awakening Alchemy Enhances intuition;
    • Encourages tranquility and stability;
    • Aids meditation;
    • Good for headaches and hangovers;
    • Calms the mind;
    • Third-eye chakra connection, and;
    • Promotes peace, healing and intuition.
  1. Rose Quartz: Known as the “love crystal” it is often used to attract and keep the “love of your life” or your “soulmate”. It is said to protect relationships but conversely can also be used to heal the pain of a broken heart.
    • Pink Rose Quartz Crystal - Awakening Alchemy Promotes self-love;
    • Heals your heart;
    • Helps attract love;
    • Protects relationships;
    • Balances your heart chakra;
    • Raises your self-confidence; and
    • Promotes, forgiveness, love and self-esteem.
  1. Iron Pyrite: Iron Pyrite can be used as a defense against negative energy or physical danger. It is also said to help activate your intellect and improve memory.
    • Silver Iron Pyrite Crystal - Awakening Alchemy Deters negative energy;
    • Activates your intellect;
    • Helps memory;
    • Boosts your self-worth;
    • Strengthens your willpower;
    • Promotes positive thinking, and;
    • Promotes prosperity, confidence and protection. 
  1. Tiger Eye: Tiger Eye is especially useful in helping you improve your understanding and awareness. It is particularly useful at calming and de-stressing you.   
    • Orange Tiger-Eye Crystal - Awakening Alchemy Assists awareness;
    • Boosts wealth;
    • Reduces stress;
    • Raises your confidence levels, and;
    • Brings you good fortune.
  1. Celestine: Celestine, sometimes called the divinity stone is wonderful for promoting calm and balance in your life. It is also believed to help people remember their dreams better, when they awaken. Generally, it brings an overall feeling of balance and peace to your entire body.
    • Yellow Celestine Crystal - Awakening Alchemy The Divine Stone;
    • Assists physical and mental peace within your body;
    • Enhances your spiritual connection;
    • Helps with your natural intuition, and;
    • Balances your Crown Chakra.
  1. Flourite: Flourite is known as the protector gemstone for its ability to fight off negative energy, especially that which comes from others. Coming in a variety of colours, Flourite can be especially useful in meditation and gives the wearer a feeling of tranquility.
    • Blue Flourite Crystal - Awakening Alchemy The protector stone;
    • Fights negativity;
    • Protects you from other’s comments;
    • Useful in meditating, and;
    • Promotes peace and tranquility within your whole being.
  1. Onyx: Onyx is considered to be a wonderful stone for conquering fear. It is said to provide the wearer with support, strength, stamina and protection. It is especially useful for anyone going through a period of transition that is frightened of change. It is also used to help with various skin issues, especially infection and inflammation. It is important to keep Onyx clean, and recharged by washing it regularly with salt-water or using incense smoke.
    • Black Onyx Crystal - Awakening Alchemy Helps us conquer our fears;
    • Assists us when we are stressed;
    • Soothes and alleviates worries;
    • Helps us to make smart decisions, and;
    • Can aid in minor skin infections and inflammations.
  1. Rubies: Rubies are also known as the energy stones. They can dramatically increase our vitality and zest for life. They are an especially good gift for someone who is insecure or depressed as they work specifically in these areas.
    • Blood Red Ruby Crystal - Awakening Alchemy A symbol of vitality, contentment, energy and the zest for life;
    • They encourage and promote passion and self-love;
    • Improves our motivation;
    • Restores our life-force, stimulating the heart and reproductive organs, and;
    • Physically works to cleanse and detoxify, especially our blood and lymph system.
  1. Crystal Quartz: This crystal takes the symbol of purity. It is considered to be a pure and powerful energy source that makes you more aware and alert, stimulating your brain.
    • White Crystal Quartz - Awakening Alchemy  Is the symbol of purity;
    • Helps us be more aware and living in the present;
    • Stimulates our brain and our immune system;
    • Increases our mental acuity and perception;
    • Relaxes us and enhances the benefits of other crystals, and;
    • Brings us healing, clarity and cleansing.
  1. Blue Topaz: I’ve included Blue topaz in this list because it is said to be specifically intended for the creative ones amongst us, especially the writers. It is also considered to be the perfect gift for saying; “I’m Sorry”.
    • A Blue Topaz Crystal - Awakening Alchemy The bringer of good fortune;
    • Enhances our communication skills;
    • The purveyor of truth, wisdom and honesty;
    • Promotes total body relaxation, and;
    • Brings forgiveness.

So, there we have a selection of crystals that are considered “healing” crystals. As discussed previously, all crystals can be categorized as “healing” crystals simply because of our beliefs that they all promote overall health and wellbeing, in a holistic way. Although I’ve only summarized ten crystals here, there are many more examples that you may want to research on your own. Some other crystals that are said to have “healing” qualities, include: turquoise, moonstone, citrine, amazonite, desert rose, raw emerald, hematite, and many, many more.

Crystals Gathered in a Circle around a Heart-Shaped Rock - Awakening Alchemy If nothing else, I hope I’ve piqued your interest in this fascinating world of crystals to make you want to do some further research on the subject and maybe, just maybe, dip your toes into the waters of the wonderful world of crystals. Just start with one and see what effects it has on your life. Remember, though, approach all of this with an open, receptive and inquiring mind and you cannot go wrong.

I wish you luck on your continuing journey of self-discovery. If you want some specific advice on crystals or on anything else spiritual or metaphysical, please do comment on this blog or email me direct. I’d love to hear from you and assist you in any way I can.

As mentioned earlier you can listen to the vibratory songs of Crystal Keys by Lia Scallion here:

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Crystals – What Exactly Are They?

Over the next series of blogs I want to begin to delve into the world of the spiritual and metaphysical, examining concepts and practices which can enhance our well-being and our lives in general. Today’s blog will focus on introducing you to the world of crystals and the part they can play in our daily lives. Future blogs will concentrate on the amazing properties of these beautiful crystals and how to utilise their power to its fullest. To the sceptical, I merely ask that you approach the subject with an open mind and consider both the scientific and anecdotal evidence of the power of crystals, before passing judgement.

A Beautiful Ruby Crystal - AWakening Alchemy Crystals have been around since the earth was formed, some four and a half billion years ago. Some, in the new thought movement, who are channelling from higher dimensions [Earth is on the 3rd of at least 13 dimensions], tell us that we are shifting from the carbon state to crystalline as part of the Earth’s ascension process. Ever since man first gazed in wonder at the crystalline nature of certain rocks and gems, he has used them for a variety of purposes. Almost every civilisation, in the history of the planet, has believed in and used the power of crystals for their spiritual, metaphysical and healing powers. Ancient Mayans, Incas, Egyptians and even today’s “new thought” spiritualists recognised and understood the benefits these crystals brought to our lives. Crystals are used today to heal disease, sickness, in meditation, and also in many different religious rituals.

Suspended Ice Crystal - Awakening Alchemy The actual term crystal does not, in fact, refer to an object as such, but rather a form of structure. A crystal is nothing more than a particular collection of molecules or atoms and can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, each with its own specific characteristics. The composition of the crystal will determine what form it will take. For example, crystals can be made from simple salt, in your own kitchen, forming cubed-shaped crystals. Many gemstones, such as diamonds and rubies are crystals. When carbon is in the form of a diamond, it can be used to cut other gemstones as well as being used in a variety of every-day items such as watches (quartz crystal), early radios, electricity conduction and a whole host of other mechanical uses. In 1880, Pierre Curie discovered that by putting pressure on various crystals, including quartz, topaz and tourmaline, he was able to create electricity. This phenomenon, called the Piezoelectric effect, is why crystals are used as essential elements in computers, TV screens, iPhones and satellites.

Purple Gemstone Floating on a Dish - Awakening Alchemy What we will be focusing on when examining the power and use of crystals in our everyday lives will be principally the crystalline rock formations (often called gemstones) that we can have around us at all times to assist us. The reason quartz crystals were (and still are, in some cases) used in watches is because of their vibrational properties. Quartz crystal vibrates every second when a current is passed across it and was therefore perfect for watches which require accuracy of timing. Both our bodies and crystals have energetic vibrations. When we align our body’s vibrations with those of a particular gemstone there is a natural energetic or healing effect that occurs. For example, healing crystals and gemstones have a powerful vibratory impact when they are placed directly on your body. The energy in the crystal surges into you and assists the free flow of energy all around your body.

As with much of what we’ve talked about over the past few months, intention is also critical to the use of crystals to help you with healing or energy improvements. With crystals it is vital to connect your conscious thoughts with the body and the crystal. For example, with healing stones, the real progress occurs when you align the use of the crystal with a specific intention and thought. “Thoughts are things” is incredibly powerful. They can direct the energy from the crystal and this energy (frequency) will then help to magnify those thoughts and intentions. You and the crystal work in harmonious synchronicity to make great things happen for you.

Do Crystals Really Work?

Small Leather Pouch of Beautiful Crystals - Awakening Alchemy This is probably the most commonly asked question and one that creates much debate both within and outside the scientific community. Although most scientists will be quick to point out that there is no hard, quantifiable evidence of the benefits of crystals, I would just remind you that almost all modern medicine and cures come originally from the natural world and many of these cures have come down through the generations from natural, tribal practices. For aeons, every ancient civilisation has utilised crystals as part of their overall holistic approach to health and well-being. There are certainly studies that have suggested that crystals can increase the alkalinity of water as well as some solid science on the health benefits of crystals in skincare. For example, finely milled quartz is often used in exfoliating creams and magnetised tourmaline, when added to skin cleanser, has been shown to improve cleansing efficacy and boost circulation.
One point worth considering is this – crystal, in the form of quartz is a major component of the crust of planet Earth, making up around 12% of the earth’s crust. Such a major component of the world we live on must surely have some scientific value to the inhabitants of that world.

Type of Crystals:

Chart Showing Different Varieties of Crystals - Awakening Alchemy There are many various types of crystal, each of which has an effect on you. I will go into the different benefits we can expect from various crystals in future blogs, however, here I just want to give you a few short examples of the power that can be expected from certain crystals.

 

  • Bloodstone: Perhaps, as the name suggests, the benefit of the bloodstone is obvious. It fills you with a surge of courage, self-esteem, energy and protection to allow you to live in the present. Stimulating the root chakra, it helps get the energy flowing freely through your mind, body, and spirit.
  • Moonstone: The moonstone is a much more spiritual crystal and signifies tenderness and bringing lovers together. A divine stone, it connects to your Inner goddess and keeps you balanced. It is said; “moonstone is the light in the darkness.”
  • Pyrite: You’ve all heard of pyrite, right? Always in the movies, it’s referred to as “fool’s gold” but don’t let that “fool” you. Pyrite is a true metaphysical treasure. In addition to attracting wealth and abundance it is also considered to have great protective qualities. It is highly reflective and has the ability to show you the behaviours that are preventing your ability to vibrate on the level of abundance.
  • Serpentine: If your hormones are a problem and you find yourself harking back to your misadventures as a teenager and are tempted (mid-life crisis, anyone?) to revisit the sins of the past, Serpentine is absolutely the crystal for you. It will bring back balance as well as clearing out and releasing the dense areas of your chakras, allowing healing to occur. It serves to remind you that life is whatever you CREATE it to be.

So there we have it, a gentle teaser of some of the crystals we will be looking at over the next couple of weeks.

I’d like to leave you with one thought today:

“The placebo effect is well known in the medical community – if we believe a pill given to us by a doctor will be good for us then invariably it will. This effect has been proven to be real, time after time, in clinical studies. Even if we are totally sceptical about the benefits of crystals but we approach them in the same vein – i.e. we think and believe they are beneficial to us – then absolutely they will be! Remember thoughts are infinitely powerful and can create.”

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