What do wizened alchemists in dark medieval laboratories have to do with New Age crystal healing? In one sense, alchemy is a distant ancestor of crystal healing — not because they both involve working with earth elements, but because both involve the quest for esoteric healing.
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While most people associate alchemy with turning base metals into gold, gold was merely the by-product (literal or figurative) of the alchemist’s process, which sought to refine our own prima materia — the core of what we are — into something higher, more refined. The alchemist’s quest was a spiritual one, though the final product of his chemistry was said to produce a substance which could cure all ills (and yes, turn lead into gold). Ancient alchemical texts are obscure in their explanations of just how this is accomplished, their instructions shrouded in metaphor and symbolism. This is likely because alchemy, like other spiritual processes, is impossible to explain, it must be experienced to be understood.
Crystal healing shares this quality with alchemy. There are differing theories as to why it “works.” Is it the different vibrations of the crystal masses that help us sync with the universe? Certainly, this meshes with the use of crystals in Reiki, which energetically clears the body or “attunes it”, making way for self-healing. Is it the colors of the crystals which affect us, the vibrations within their light spectrum similarly affecting our bodies or just lifting our spirits? Or is it our own intention, the qualities that we have imbued the crystals with, that causes them to affect healing? Like the alchemists of old, we can but put our faith in the process and experiment.
Though various types of crystals are said to have distinctive healing properties, the reality is that each person will resonate differently with crystals. And that’s why the crystal you use should be one of your own choosing, the crystal that you find strangely, inexplicably attracted to. So if you’ve got a stubbed toe but feel an overwhelming desire to grab a piece of rose quartz (said to heal the heart chakra), don’t fret. Your instincts are correct. Take the quartz in hand, lie back, close your eyes, relax, and let its healing energies do the work.
And now we return to alchemy, because while meditating with crystal in hand is certainly beneficial, the real rewards in crystal healing come through attentiveness. Like the alchemist, we must pay careful attention to our experiment – to ourselves. How does the stone feel in your hand? Warm? Cool? Does your hand tingle? How do you feel the energy running through your body, if at all? What you feel isn’t as important as the process itself, because the energy flows to the place you hold your attention.
A quick web search will provide a list of the properties of different crystals for your own experiments. Quartz makes a good all-around healing stone, however, helping to balance one’s energies.
Alternately, you can visit a qualified crystal healer, who will come equipped with a multitude of crystals and know where to place them on the body for maximum effect.
About the Author
Kirsten Weiss worked overseas for nearly twenty years, in the fringes of the former USSR and in South-east Asia. Her experiences abroad sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.
Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes genre-blending steampunk suspense, urban fantasy, and mystery, mixing her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.
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