At one time or another most of us have been captivated by the beauty of gems.
Their colour and shape have an attraction that for thousands of years, across all continents of the globe, has entranced entire nations of people. The pull towards gems and crystals has not only been for just the very best quality, but for rocks and crystals of all types. How many people have been on holiday and wanted to bring back a pebble from a beach or a nice shaped or coloured rock from a river bed or mountain they have walked on? There is something about the colour and structure of crystals that creates a primal and almost undefinable sense of need for us. We can explain why, but we feel better when we hold or carry one of these curious objects.
History of crystal use for health
Many cultures across the world in their traditional healing practices have some history of using crystals. Going back almost 100,000 years, the use of red ochre was found in art and burial ceremony and associated with energy, power and the sacred. The Aborigines see crystals as sacred and have used quartz crystal to find sickness in people. Shamans in Borneo have 'light stones' which guide them to find trapped parts of the soul. The Native Americans consider some crystals to be 'living rocks' and use them for guidance and advice, as a doorway to the spirit world. Stones such as turquoise have been used by Central and Southern American cultures for their protective and strengthening qualities and as a link between heaven and earth.
One of the longest recorded histories of use is in India where they associated the energy of crystals with particular planets and their attributes. They would also be used to absorb and transform negative energies, making it more suitable for use by the body. In Ayurveda, gemstones could be used to balance and harmonise the various qualities of the body and gem waters could be prepared so the properties of the stone could be taken internally.
What is Crystal Therapy?
The idea that a stone could enhance our health and well-being is easily reflected in the wearing of jewellery to enhance our sense of self and our completeness. With modern crystal therapy there are two main aspects of a crystal that are of significant importance in a session. What internal structure does the crystal hold and what colour is it?
The chemical matrix of a crystal which forms a fixed structure, no matter what size, shape or cut the crystal has is one of the most important features to contribute to its therapeutic potential. There are a limited number of these structures and have to do with how the atoms of the crystal have been arranged into regular lattices that all have the same axes of symmetry in the same relationship to each other. This organisational structure can be used as a guide to indicate the type of properties a crystal may have and how it can be used to support us.
The colour of a crystal is very important in the effect it has for us. A crystals' colour comes from how it interacts with light and is dependent on its atomic structure. The characteristic vibration of every light frequency in the colour spectrum can affect us on all levels of our being. Each colour has its own 'pitch', rather like a musical note, and will be experienced by the body differently.
How do we use crystals in a session?
In crystal therapy we bring together different structures and colours of crystal. These can then be used in combination or isolation to influence the energy vibration of the body. It is the coherent structure of a crystal and its stability that we benefit from. When our own body energy is in a state of disorder or disharmony, the clarity of the crystals' own nature is like a beacon for us to move towards, giving us a sense of harmony to match and model.
To determine which crystals to use and what type of layout or application is necessary, gentle muscle testing techniques from Kinesiology (please Hyperlink the word kinesiology here to the main Kinesiology page) are used. This allows the client's body to select exactly what it wants and how it wants it to be used for the most appropriate period of time. Giving us a very powerful and uniquely tailored session for each individual in response to the most appropriate and priority issues at that time.
The crystals will then be placed on or around the body, sometimes in conjunction with a background colour or other energy tools such as essences or aromatic oils. These will then be left in place for a time determined by muscle testing. Kinesiology can allow us to know what we need to do at each stage of a session to ensure that an appropriate amount of work is completed and only what you are ready to change will be addressed.