Today I would like to elaborate on the therapeutic properties of gemstones and crystals.
I started collecting rocks when I was about five. I've been using crystals and gemstones for their healing benefits on myself and others for about 20 years now. I have quite a collection. :)
Crystals and gemstones are comprised of a lot of the same elements and molecules as the human body; oxygen, iron, manganese, sodium, nitrogen, hydrogen, etc. The use of these stones for their healing properties goes back to ancient civilizations. I always have a skeptical take on things and I like to understand the process that connects one to the other so it makes sense.
It is scientifically proven that the human body uses energy to do its job. It is through a process of our metabolism that our bodies harvest energy and then direct energy throughout our systems. In resting state per day, on average, each human contains about 80 watts of energy. That's enough to power a light bulb! Not to get too quantum physics but everything is energy. Everything around us is comprised of atoms and ions vibrating very fast, so fast we believe everything is solid but in fact, it is not. Atoms are comprised of a nucleus, protons, electrons and neutrons.
"If a body has more or fewer electrons than are required to balance the positive charge of the nuclei, then that object has a net electric charge. When there is an excess of electrons, the object is said to be negatively charged. When there are fewer electrons than the number of protons in nuclei, the object is said to be positively charged. When the number of electrons and the number of protons are equal, their charges cancel each other and the object is said to be electrically neutral. A macroscopic body can develop an electric charge through rubbing, by the triboelectric effect." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron
A crystal is an ordered pattern of arranged ions, minerals or atoms. Crystal formation happens when a liquid or gas changes to a solid. This happens within the Earth's crust. Living organisms can also produce crystals. Ever see a kidney stone under a microscope? Mollusks like snails can produce calcite.
I'm of the opinion that the Earth provides everything we need. It grows plants and herbs that have therapeutic properties. I believe crystals also have therapeutic properties specific to each stone. Crystals can attract, repel, absorb or release energy just like we can. Therefore for me, it's not a stretch to understand how a crystal could serve to balance one's energy and energetic fields. This is the fundamentals of crystal healing. Whereas, your own body has the ability to balance on its own, crystals and gemstones serve as a tool to help and facilitate that process along. Especially emotionally. Emotions are energetic expressions. Emotions too have energetic signatures and you don't need to understand physics to know that; love, anger, hate, joy, grief; it's not hard to discern the energy between them.
Each chakra vibrates at a different frequency and hence is associated with its own color. So you see when we transform energy into light, we get colors. When we transform energy into sound, it becomes a note.
During a crystal healing session, I first like to smudge with sage. I use stones that correspond to each chakra and add additional stones as I become more in tune with the energy of your body. I find the body will tell me what it needs and what it doesn't; some stones will fall off telling me, "I don't need this." Instead of using my hands to massage the body, I let the stones do the work. I also like to incorporate the use of bells/sound (and in the future, tuning forks.) Sometimes, energy can get stuck especially when we are overwhelmed in our thoughts and emotions. When we continually focus on something painful or bothersome, energy gets tied up. Sometimes we can even hold memories within our muscles.The use of crystals and sound disperses the energy so that it can be balanced out and re-routed as the body sees fit. It's like when you focus on a sad time in your life; it makes you feel rundown and tired. The more you think about it, the more energy you invest into it. Crystals, gemstones and sound help the body to recalibrate itself. It's like getting a tune-up for a car.
For now, I offer these sessions in the privacy of your own home. The length can vary from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Usually your first treatment will range between 60 and 90 minutes. I charge a flat fee of $111 a treatment regardless of treatment length. Some days it will be longer, some days shorter depending on your state of being at the time. I ask my patients to please plan to schedule your treatment in a way that affords you some peace and quiet for the duration of the treatment.
Stay tuned for my new blog feature, "Gemstone Sunday." Each week, I will highlight a stone and its therapeutic benefits.