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.
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.
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.
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?
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:
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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