Lydia has taken a course in crystal healing and other alternative health modalities.
What is Crystal Therapy?
Crystal therapy is vibrational medicine. Gemstones are thought to hold spiritual and healing properties. A crystal healer may apply crystals to your body. This assists in the healing process. This is generally done to balance the aura and chakras.
There are many other ways crystals can be used to promote health. They can be carried in your pocket or worn in a piece of jewelry. You can place crystals in your home, office, car, or garden as protective amulets.
Crystals can be used for any kind of ailment. It could be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Negative energy is believed to cause disruption in our bodies. This creates illness and disrupts our emotional state. Forcing negative energy out of our system may alleviate our ailments. Crystals may push negative energy out of bodies and restore balance.
An Ancient Practice Growing in Popularity
Historically, people have used amulets, magical stones, and gems to address various life problems. This was common in Eastern cultures, but crystals are becoming more popular in the West. This may be because Amulets were banned by the Christian Church in 355 AD. New Age and Occult practices are growing in popularity in this day and age. They are bringing crystal healing back in style.
The oldest known amulets were made of Baltic amber. Some as old as 30, 000 years have been discovered. Jet has also been discovered in Paleolithic grave sites in Belgium and Switzerland. Malachite has been mined in Sinai since 4000 BCE.
Ancient Sumerians included crystals in their magical formulas. They composed the first written records of crystals used for esoteric purposes. Ancient Egyptians used crystals quite extensively. They ground lead ore to use in cosmetics for kohl. Stones were also used for protection and health. They included green malachite stones in their burials to signify the heart of the deceased.
The Ancient Greeks were wild about crystals. Many of the names of various gemstones come down to us through the Greeks. Even the word crystal itself comes from the Greek word for ice. They believed that quartz crystal was water that had frozen so solidly that it would remain a stone forever. Amethyst comes from the Greek word meaning "not drunken". This stone was used to prevent intoxication and hangovers. Greek soldiers would also rub hematite stones all over their bodies before they entered the battle.
Is It Scientific?
Personal testimonials are the only proof of the efficacy of these practices. Crystal therapy is still taboo in the scientific world. They have many theories as to why individuals believe crystal therapy works. Amongst these theories are the placebo effect, selective thinking, or communal reinforcement.
New Age practitioners and occultists think a little differently. They believe gemstones have vibrational frequencies. That these stones may connect to earth's energies and make them part of our energy field. That they could expand or realign psychic or cosmic energy.
There is no solid scientific evidence that crystals work, but I have found them helpful in my circumstances. My stress-related symptoms have been more manageable with the help of a palm-sized quartz crystal point. I find the crystal to be cooling and apply it to my body whenever I feel I need it. In fact, I sometimes put it in the freezer to make it even colder. I have a deeper emotional connection to it than I would a regular ice pack.
I am not alone. Many individuals say that they have been healed or feel better after working with crystals as an alternative therapy.
Promoting Wellness with Crystals
There are many different ways you can use your crystals. You can place a crystal near your bed so it can assist you while you are sleeping. You can place crystals around your bath. In fact, you could conduct a complete ritual bath. When you are done with your bath you just imagine your illness going down the drain. Combining it with Epsom salt makes it all the more powerful.
Crystals are placed on the chakras by a healer. Chakra is the Hindu term for energy centers in our bodies. They can be described as wheels of light. There are 7 main healing centers and each one has a different color associated with it. Crystal healers will lay crystals that are the same color as the chakra on the client. This heightens the flow of energy. Crystals guide the energy to create balance. They cleanse you of any unwanted energy that may be draining you.
Boosting Your Energy
Crystals can also provide you with energy. If you want to boost your energy you would use red stones. Red stones are connected with the element of fire. Fire is generally allotted to the planetary energy of the Sun or Mars. Mars is the planet of warriors. To get away from fatigue you can tap into the fighter within. Select stones like Ruby, Garnet, and Red Jasper. Amethyst and Green Aventurine are a better choice if your energy depletion is the result of depression or insomnia.
Integrating Crystals Into Dreamwork
Crystals can be employed in your dreamwork and assist you in receiving a restful night's sleep. The Lapis Lazuli stone is a perfect stone for dreamwork. It is a blue stone with specks of Pyrite within it. This stone has the appearance of the night sky. You could use Lapis Lazuli tumble stones as a tool to apply the relaxing scent of lavender. Lavender essential oil is one oil that can be applied Neat, or undiluted, though you may wish to mix it with a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin.
Lapis Lazuli is thought to open the third eye making us receptive to prophetic dreams. You may wish to place the crystal on your third eye and meditation it for a little while before going to bed.
Cleansing Your Crystals
Maintain your crystals by putting them in salt or salt water. Some like to set them out to cleanse under the light of the Full Moon. You will want to keep your crystals free of unbalanced energy. If you use your crystals frequently they may become stagnant and cluttered with energy.
Crystals are inspiring and provide us with an improved mental outlook. Any serious illness should be directed to a qualified professional. Crystal healing is beneficial for those of us who don't have an easily diagnosible illness as in the case of stress symptoms. You might want to try this healing modality in conjunction with other medications and treatments. It may seem far out, but there are a lot of people who swear by wearing hematite or copper jewelry for arthritis. Don't knock it until you try it!