Crystal Healing

What is Crystal Healing?

Crystal Healing is a holistic therapy where crystals are used as a tool to help create wholeness, balance and health on levels of body, emotions, mind and spirit. Holistic means that that the focus is on the individual as a whole, rather than on physical symptoms only. It is therefore important to establish that it is complementary to orthodox medicine and not an alternative.

How does it work?

To understand how Crystal Healing works, we need to explain the fact that we all have a bio magnetic field around our body known as the aura. This aura or energy field consists of several layers (called the subtle bodies) and contained within these are a number of other energy systems. The best known, the chakra system, is only one of these. All of these energy systems are interconnected, affect each other and ultimately relate to the physical body. When we are well and healthy, the energies flowing through our aura are clear and balanced. Any form of disharmony experienced in daily life, may cause blockages or other disturbances in it. When these are not addressed, they will eventually manifest as physical symptoms or illness.

What does a crystal healer do?

A crystal healer will first of all assess the condition of a client’s energy field. If any disturbance is found, s/he will then select appropriate crystals to help address this. The crystals may then be placed around or on the client’s body and activated. The healer will then channel Universal energies into the client’s auric field. Sometimes a disturbance is deeply rooted, in which case the balance cannot be achieved in one session only. It may be necessary for such a client to have several sessions in order to have more time to integrate the healing and the inevitable changes in stages.

Why use crystals?

There are many reasons as to why crystals are such powerful and effective tools for healing. They have a number of special properties and interact with us in many ways. Due to their orderly structure, crystals can, amongst other, absorb, reflect, transform, transmute, balance, direct, amplify, clear, shape and focus energies. Apart from this, each crystal carries it’s own unique vibration, which is the result of its colour frequency, chemical composition, inner atomic structure and outer form. By introducing the correct crystal (vibration) in a disturbed area of a client’s energy field, it can help bring it back into balance. A considerable amount of crystals and minerals form part of the human physical body. This is one of the reasons as to why we resonate so strongly with them. Another reason may be that the crust of the earth is almost completely crystalline. One could say that in a sense we are all part of and living on a crystal. When used for the purpose of healing, crystals need to be properly prepared and activated.

Do crystals relate to specific illnesses?

Many crystals are said to be helpful with certain conditions or symptoms and to have so called traditional meanings. Lists of these, often found in books for the layperson, only serve as an initial, general guideline and greatly over simplify issues. Although different people can suffer from identical symptoms, the cause of these symptoms often varies considerably from person to person and the disturbance in the auric field may be of a different nature. Equally, each person is unique and will need the appropriate crystals for their specific needs. This is why one cannot generalize concerning using crystals for healing.

What does a crystal healer need to know?

A crystal healer must be well versed in subtle anatomy and be able to accurately assess any form of imbalance or disturbance in a client’s energy field. S/he also must have considerable knowledge, extensive experience and understanding of a large number of crystals, their specific energies and know how to apply them correctly. S/he needs to be able to attune to Universal energies and channel these safely and responsibly. All of this is a delicate and precise task, which is why in-depth training of a high standard is so important. Healers are also expected to frequently assess their own energy field and only give healing when well and healthy!

What to expect during a crystal healing session

You may be asked to remove your jewellery and to either sit on a chair or lie on a therapist’s couch during the treatment, fully clothed (minus shoes!). The healer will help you to relax and may then place some crystals on or around your body. You may experience a slight tingling or nothing at all. Changes will occur on subtle levels before manifesting in the physical. At times, existing issues may slightly intensify before being released This occurs usually within three days of a treatment and the healer will always explain to a client what to expect or do should this happen

What about standards for practitioners?

The Crystal & Healing Federation (CHF) is one of the two main umbrella organizations for crystal healing. CHF is a member of the British Crystal Healers, which is the main standard setting body in the UK for crystal healing. All practitioners adhere to a strict code of conduct and must be insured to practice. They are also required to keep up to date in their field and undertake continuous professional development. Training standards consist of 180 hours of (tutor led) tuition over a period of at least 2 years.

Further Reading

Crystals & Healing for Everyone is the perfect accompaniment for those buying their first crystals. Written by Henriette Maasdijk, principal of the Vibrational Healing Foundation, it presents a practical beginners guide on how to choose and care for crystals, tune them and apply them for self-healing and for enhancing every-day life. Explanations are given on how and why we react to crystals and a list outlines the specific healing quality and vibration inherent in a variety of crystals to get the reader started.

The book is available from the Vibrational Healing Foundation
Retail price: £5.49 Extent: 198 x 129mm paperback, 96 pages.

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Article written by Henriette Maasdijk
Vibrational Healing Foundation
Tel: 020 7736 0283


Author: Henriette Maasdijk
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