Crystal healing is an holistic, non-invasive, vibrational energy-based system of healing. That is, it treats the whole person and their integrated energy system. It is therapeutic and deeply relaxing. The technique uses precisely placed crystals either on and/or around the physical body. Crystals may also be laid in precise geometric patterns (grids) within the environment. Crystals absorb, focus, direct, detoxify, shift and diffuse energy as they interact with the electromagnetic forces and subtle vibrations within the subtle human or environmental energy field. In the context of crystal healing, illness is a dis-ease, the final manifestation of spiritual, environmental, physiological, psychological, emotional, mental, karmic, or ancestral imbalance or distress. Healing means bringing mind, body, spirit and environment back into harmony, restoring the body’s natural rhythm and equilibrium. It does not imply a cure.
What does a session involve?
The length of a session usually takes 60 minutes. A session where crystals are laid on the chakras (energy vortexes linking the physical and subtle energy bodies) to restore them.
You can expect to have a chat first – and most probably a history taken – so that the therapist obtains a full picture. (Holistic therapy takes into account lifestyle, emotional, mental and social factors.)
You will then be made comfortable and warm on a healing couch. You will be asked to close your eyes and relax. Crystals will be placed on and around your body.
Most ot the crystals will be left in place while you relax and breathe gently. You may feel a tingling sensation, your body may jerk as it releases patterns held in your muscles, you may even laugh or cry as repressed emotions are let go, or you may feel nothing at all except a sense of peace and pleasurable relaxation suffusing your body. The therapist may gently add or remove crystals during the session. When the session is over, the crystals will be removed and you will be encouraged to ground yourself firmly in your body once more.
What are the benefits?
The benefits occur at different levels. The deep relaxation that is created is an effective antidote to stress, anxiety or depression, and is helpful in maintaining general wellbeing. It can relieve the physical symptoms of stress-related diseases and may well assist with immune disorders and provide pain relief by relaxing muscle tension. It has been shown to be helpful for insomnia, chronic fatigue, raised blood pressure and sleep problems. At an emotional level, crystal healing can stabilise moods and enhance self-esteem. At a mental level, it induces clarity and enhances focus. It is used to transform unwanted behaviours, thought patterns and addictions. At a spiritual level, it creates an acceptance of and harmony with all aspects of being, leading to a more peaceful and centred life.
Who would benefit from this type of therapy?
Anyone could benefit as long as they keep an open mind. That means going to a session with no set agenda, no expectations or preconceptions, no cynicism (the biggest barrier to healing). Literally being open to whatever may occur. It offers excellent stress relief and is particularly useful for people who suffer from migraines, panic attacks, pain, stiff joints, digestive disorders, and chronic or severe illnesses such as cancer that require longterm support. It has also been found to be helpful in infertility and behavioural disorders.
What should people know before trying it?
No ‘one-size-fits-all’ recipe applies when it comes to crystal healing. The treatment should be tailored to the individual person. Results may be immediate and dramatic, or take place over an extended period of time. Some people are naturally sensitive to crystal energy, others will be less aware. Your own belief system and expectations will play a part as will the energetic state of your body – some bodies will require energetic detoxing and unblocking before the therapy starts to take effect. There may be protective emotional or mental barriers to gently dismantle before the healing can begin. A catharsis or healing challenge may occur, in which toxic energies are rapidly released, but an experienced therapist will know how to mitigate the effects of this and use the release to therapeutic benefit.
For this reason it is always worth seeking out an experienced therapist who utilises intuition and self-awareness when interacting with a client. The more in tune with a client the therapist is, the more the crystals will be able to work their magic and restore harmony and well-being. If healing does not occur, the incarnated soul may be using the illness as a means of learning or acquiring a specific quality such as compassion. Crystal healing will support the soul during the experience.
How to choose your own crystals?
As well as researching crystals that are relevant to your individual concerns, Knowles recommends “choosing your stones from your gut”. This is because “using your senses will drive you to what you need rather than your mind dragging to what it thinks you should.” By working in this way, she suggests, we “energetically reach out for what we need – be it the colour of the stone, the feel of the stone or what we’ve learnt about the stone.”
In terms of colour, in general, dark-coloured crystals tend to focus on safeguarding an individual, with black for protection and brown for cleansing, while white is the colour of purity and green the shade to choose when seeking moments of calm. In a similar way, pink-coloured stones are said to focus on love, red on energy and yellow on wealth and plenty.
Crystals that are round are also said to help emit energy equally around them, while, those with a point direct positive energy inward or negative energy out from the body (or in both directions if they are pointed at both ends).