by Tara Reed
Skeptics want to know - DO CRYSTALS 'DO' ANYTHING?
Believers (may) want to know - HOW DO CRYSTALS WORK?
This post is designed to address- How Crystals Work to Help Balance Your Body and Mind.
I am often skeptical of things I don't know much about and find myself learning about many facets of an idea before I settle into it. In the process of learning about and bringing crystal classes, meditations and healing sessions to others I set about researching both the metaphysical and the geological aspects of crystals and stones.
My first shift into believing that crystals 'DO' something was based on experience. After about 10 years of collecting stones based on beauty and documented metaphysical characteristics I began meditating with them. From the first time I sat down to meditate with a crystal the energy was immediately discernible. There was no doubt anymore that crystals 'DO' something and are more than just décor.
...what do they do?
...how do they 'DO' what they do?
The Geologic Difference between Crystals and Rocks
First let us differentiate crystals and stones (or rocks). Crystals have a specific repetitive structure to them. This can be an atomic structure, ion or molecular structure. They are named for their layout: columnar, trapezoidal, hexagonal, cubic, etc. Rocks or stones lack this repetitive structure they are more like sand and dirt molecules compressed together. For the most part, rocks are compressed, and crystals grow. Both have metaphysical characteristics.
Crystals have a uniform and repetitive structure. Depending on what minerals are contained within a crystal they can appear clear, or colored. Heat and mineral content determine color. While in the Earth crystals receive varied amounts of heat which can affect their color. Mineral content also determines color.
The Metaphysical Properties of Crystals
With this in mind, let's talk metaphysical properties. First, the crystalline structure affects energy movement. Remember the basics of physics - energy cannot be created or destroyed, only altered. Crystals can assist in altering energy, redirecting it and holding it. It is the crystal structure that determines this.
If you'll consider that everything in our known Universe is made up of varied forms of energy then this won't be a big leap. Your body is dense energy, and is affected by other energetic things. Crystals have their own density and carry their own energetic vibration.
Recognizing that color is a wavelength, we can consider the color of the crystal having an effect on our bodies. Color has a vibrational frequency and is correlated to the Chakras. Chakras are wheels of energy that affect the nearby structures within the physical body.
The Energetic Body is Affected by Vibrational Frequency
Our energetic body extends beyond the physical and is affected at a larger distance. When standing near others, our energy bodies are interacting. This is why some people have difficulty in large crowds. They simply feel the energy bodies of all the people around them.
The same is true for spaces; work places, meeting halls, classrooms, churches and any physical space can hold the energy of those who’ve visited. Some people can sense this residual energy and may feel drawn to stay in a space offering a nice vibration or may be repelled from a space in which the energy vibration is less than desirable.
Can we then conclude that our energy body is affected by the energetic vibration of anything it interacts with? If so, we can test a theory that holding a crystal within our energetic body alters our vibrational frequency.
But... HOW do Crystals Heal?
Our physical body has a vibration which is emitted like a signal outside of the limits of our physical form. This is referred to as our energy body or aura. This vibration is altered by thoughts & emotions, food, water, fatigue and anything within the energy body. Illness arises when a vibrational pattern is disrupted in such a way that the physical body is affected.
When thoughts and emotions are managed, when quality food and water are consumed and sleep is plentiful the vibration of the human being is stronger than when these things are not managed. Ancient Sages said that all illness begins with a disorder of the Spirit. Spirit refers to the energy of our being. If we can address this disorder within our energy body, within our Spirit, we can ultimately alter the physical body.
A crystal, with its permanent and unchanging vibration, offers a solid support for healing in that it can emit healing energy, redirect the flow of energy or absorb unwanted energy. A crystal may have one or more of these functions. When a crystal is placed within your energy body, meaning near you physically, it offers its static vibration. Your energy body then begins to be altered because of this unwavering vibration.
How do We Know Crystal Healing is Real?
The metaphysical properties of crystals have been logged for many years. These conclusions have been made by wearing, meditating with or simply holding a crystal within the energy body and observing the changes. People tend to experience similar changes when using certain crystals. And this information has been collected over time and published in books. Crystals are even mentioned in the Bible, adorning the breastplate of a high priest.
The logged results are anecdotal, meaning they rely on personal testimony. For some people, this is simply not enough. Some people need a scientific study, anything else is pseudoscience or quakery. For those people, if you are curious, and I assume you are since you're reading this, I say, do your own study. Get yourself an inexpensive crystal or several and do some experiments.
When trying out a crystal meditate with it, wear it, carry it in your pocket, sleep with it under your pillow or lay it on you as you fall asleep. Keep with one crystal for a while and take note of any changes you notice. Once you have convinced yourself that a crystal does something or has no effect, try another. The worst that can happen is nothing and the best case is you have a new tool in your energy medicine cabinet.