Deep within the Earth, age old forces twist and bend molten lava, transforming matter as it's pushed towards the surface. Mighty rivers carve out paths, moving sediment towards the seas. Gigantic oceans 'pound and pound', pulling down cliffs and exerting pressure 'upon the depths'. Overtime, these processes help give birth to crystals - a decoration of man since ancient times. Not only do crystals command lustre, it is believed that they have magical powers as well. These are now considered.
Crystals are mainly used when 'balance' needs to be brought to a person's life. This balancing effect can be regarded as healing - and has been a property attributed to crystals since ancient times. As such, crystals can be used when working with the following areas:
Physically. They may be used to reduce pain and inflammation around the body.
Mentally. They may be used to reduce (or enhance) chains of thought relating to logic and attitudes.
Emotionally. They may be used to reduce (or enhance) our feelings regarding ourselves and others.
Spiritually. They may be used to enhance other areas of magic - such as meditation and witchcraft.
In all cases, crystal healing can also be used in a protective/preventative fashion.
There are several ways to integrate the benefits of crystals into your life - without you having to do 'too much':
Wearing a crystal in the form of jewellery. This helps you look good and attract associated energies.
Placing a (large) crystal within a room. This can help attract positive energies into your room (and remove negative energies). This idea can be extended by following the ideas of Feng Shui - where associated crystals are placed into specific areas of a room.
Holding a crystal within your palms. This can serve as a focus for your concentration, which can help quieten the conscious mind (especially if you're stressed).
Placing a crystal within your car. This could help restrict the stress you feel when being stuck in a traffic jam (e.g.).
Placing a crystal on your desk at work. This could help you relax when working on a stressful project. At the very least, you have something interesting to look at!
The human body is believed to contain several 'points of energy' (called chakras) that help govern the way we feel. If a chakra is 'low on energy' - then it can have a profound effect on your health. It is believed that crystals can help restore 'a chakra's energy levels' to normal (and thus improve the way you feel). If you'd like to try this, find a place to lay/sit down (i.e. somewhere you can relax safely) and place a single crystal of the corresponding colour onto each chakra (for around ten minutes):
Base/Root chakra - use brown crystals to assist energy associated with grounding, quietening and stabilising.
Sacral chakra - use red crystals to assist energy associated with physical energy, initiation and positive thought.
Solar plexus chakra - use orange crystals to assist energy associated with happiness, self-discipline and self-worth.
Heart chakra - use green crystals to assist energy associated with harmony, love and compassion.
Throat chakra - use blue crystals to assist energy associated with communication, logic and understanding.
Brow chakra - use indigo (i.e. dark blue) crystals to assist energy associated with clarification, intuition and perspective.
Crown chakra - use white crystals to assist energy associated with imagination, optimism and strengthening.
To increase the potency of this approach, you may also combine it with meditation. For example, as you relax (with crystals on you), you may wish to visualise the colour of each chakra becoming more intense, gradually merging together until you obtain a balanced flow, that moves slowly upwards throughout your entire body - helping to keep you in sync with the Earth.
If your new to crystals, you may find it hard to remember 'which crystal is which' if you attempt to work with seven crystals/chakras straight away. As such, you may find it easier to work with one crystal/chakra at a time (for a while), which will also help you isolate which crystals work well with you.
The following lists some of the crystals that you can make use of when working with chakra energies:
A brown crystal that aids relaxation - it can reduce stress and upset stomachs.
A brown crystal that aids breakthroughs - it can increase confidence and remove unwanted energy.
A red crystal that aids vitality - it can increase the suns influence within your life and improve success.
A red crystal that aids healing - it can increase energy flows and boost your ability to focus.
An orange crystal that aids healing - it can banish stress and boost creativity.
An orange crystal that aids power - it can increase self-worth and our sense of fight.
A green crystal that aids harmony - it can assist with love and locating hidden fears.
A green crystal that aids balancing - it can remove negative energies and is associated with protection.
A blue crystal that aids peacefulness - it can soothe emotions and bring inner quite.
A blue crystal that aids inspiration - it can help reveal new ideas and improve your mood.
An indigo crystal that aids equilibrium - it can help guard against envy and increase wisdom.
An indigo crystal that aids communication - it can help clear your thoughts and calm emotions.
A white crystal that aids lunar energy - it can calm the body and help increase empathy.
A white crystal that aids clarity - it can ease resentment and reduce bad thoughts.
It is important to understand that a particular crystal can appear in other colours (e.g. spinel can also be found in blue or green) - where 'colour differences' are usually caused through impurities or variations in heat, light, etc.
There are other crystals that are not necessarily associated with specific chakras (although this doesn't impede their benefits). For example:
A yellow crystal that aids cheerfulness - it can increase comfort and help breeze away the winter blues.
A yellow crystal that aids confidence - it can boost leadership and promote inner-strength.
A black/silver crystal that aids well-being - it can reduce digestive upsets and help you confront hidden thoughts/feelings.
A black/silver crystal that aids your energy levels - it can increase optimism and support your life force.
A multi-coloured crystal that aids perspective - it can help you take a step back from your problems and increase self-worth.
A multi-coloured crystal that aids health - it can boost your immune system and reduce muscular pains.
Crystals should be cleaned before first use and after use (i.e. after they have been used for healing/meditation). This is because they can become 'dirty' by having drawn off unwanted energies from your body/chakras. As such, cleaning can make use of:
Physical cleaning. The crystal is ran under (or soaked in) water to help remove dirt. This method is not suitable for dissolvable crystals (such as halite/salt).
Psychic cleaning. The crystal is subjected to air/wind/energy from the user's mind - where the user meditates and visualises dirt being brushed away.
Proximity cleaning. The crystal is placed in a pile of other similar crystals - which when left overnight (e.g.) help to realign its energies.
Basically, take care of your crystals - and they will help take care of you!
We have seen that crystals can provide the wielder with many potential health benefits (although they should of course be used in moderation with other remedies). It is interesting to realise that they come from the Earth, and as such may just be imbued with powers that can help us feel 'less stressed' in this modern world - especially when many connections to nature are restricted to us 'in our busy lives'. Personally, I find the 'cold' sensation that occurs when you place a crystal on your skin 'quite relaxing' (at the very least) - and I believe that they help reduce stress.
Within the 'realms of fantasy' crystals have 'important roles to fulfil':
They can be embedded 'in the hilts' of fantasy swords and 'in the shafts' of fantasy axes. Such crystals shall enhance 'the combat abilities' of both swords and axes, together with the 'combat prowess' of the heroes and heroines 'that wield them'. Depending upon the crystals used such swords and axes 'will be made stronger' - allowing them to wound particular mythical creatures, and even 'cut through' the hardest of armour.
They can be embedded 'in the plates' of fantasy armour. Such crystals shall enhance 'the defensive capabilities' of our heroes and heroines. Such crystals 'may emit a force field' or simply 'strengthen the armour itself'. In either case, our heroes and heroines shall stand 'more chance' against their foes.
They can serve as 'the goal of a quest' for Kings and Queens. A king may send out his 'best knights' to obtain a particular crystal (that has been lost, or is believed to exist). A queen may send out her 'best warriors' to steal a particular crystal (that may be 'being used' by a rival queen, perhaps to maintain her looks).
They can be used 'simply' as a necklace for heroes and heroines - which will 'bestow a gift' upon the wearer (such as the ability to move quietly, be invisible 'to the enemy', and increase said heroes 'personal charm').
They can be used 'magically' as an orb in a wizard's staff. Granting the wizard power, and perhaps the ability to 'look far and wide' across the kingdom of his King or Queen (to see where their 'foes reside').
With all of these, it is the 'properties of the crystals' themselves - that are 'just as much at home' in fantasy as reality ...
Thonis-Heracleion - Lost City of the Egyptians
For twelve hundred years did Cleopatra's Spell last - a Spell to Lock her Egyptian City, within the Sands of the Mediterranean Sea. It was a Spell that Cleopatra cast - to Hide her Secrets, from the Scorpions, of these Ancient Lands. Yet upon the Temple of Amun - does Cleopatra still sit, Lost in her Memories, of what Once had been:
It was with an Ancient Enemy, that Cleopatra, sought to Fight. It was with the Goddess Wadjet, that the Pact had first been made - an Army of Lava Serpents, so that Cleopatra could Harvest, the Crystal-Gold (from the Depths of the Earth). Yet, Cleopatra could not have Foreseen, the price that she would pay, for Thonis-Heracleion's Streets of Gold: the Tide of the Hyksos - and of their Scorpion King. For countless years had Thonis-Heracleion served her well, as a Port, to unload Crystal-Gold, from the Lavas of Vesuvius, and of Thera. Yet, throughout those years, had Cleopatra, underestimated, the Cunning of the Scorpion. Countless Battles had proven them to be Formidable Warriors, with even their human-kin (the Hyksos) over-running several of her Temples! Yet, with her Wisdom, had she found a solution to the Threat of the Scorpion: by Killing Two Birds with One Stone - have her Lava Serpents erupt the Volcanoes, to free the Crystal-Gold, and bury the Scorpions in Ash! At last, could she concentrate on the building of Thonis-Heracleion ... Yet, in doing so, did she set-upon a Path, from which there was no return. For it was, as she strove for more Crystal-Gold, that her Lava Serpents dug deeper, within the Magma of the Earth, and Awoke that which would cause her Demise: a Scorpion God King - the like of which she had not seen before! It was upon the Island of Santorini, that he, first made himself known: in a Titanic Eruption, that destroyed the settlements of Thera - her precious Crystal-Gold (from there) was lost. Upon the Temple of Amun, had she stood, Energies Flowing from the Tips of her Fingers - even a Tsunami was no match for her, the Waters abated, from her Circle of Power. Then did she Grow Complacent - as she knew that she still had Vesuvius, and that her Egyptian Galleons, still ruled the Seas of the Mediterranean. For sometime still, did Thonis-Heracleion flourish ... The Crystal-Gold built her Temples strong. The Crystal-Gold built her Sarcophagus, to withstand the Sands of Time. The Crystal-Gold built her Statues, for others to marvel at, on the Streets of her City: an Egyptian Minx, an Egyptian Sphinx, an Egyptian Lion - an Egyptian Empire! Her Lava Serpents were winning - the Wars of the Sands: each Time the Scorpions advanced, did her Lava Serpents shift, the Sands undulating, in a Never Ending Earthquake, did the Scorpions Demise! She could Foresee it all - within her Pyramid of Conflict! Powerful indeed had Cleopatra become. Yet it was, from within the Earth, that her Demise would be ... Soon enough, did the Earth start to Tremble! First at Vesuvius: the Volcano began to Erupt - by itself ... It drew her Eyes, just for the Shortest of Time. Yet it was enough! As the Lava Serpents battled, to turn the Tide - Cleopatra found that Wadjet had gone quite ... Yet, upon her last meeting (with Wadjet), was it not Foretold that her Lava Serpents would be Triumphant! Second at Vesuvius: the Lava's continued to Flow. Her Lava Serpents continued to Battle. She stood upon the Temple of Amun, seeing her Galleons of War, she knew that she would be Victorious! Her Eyes fixed on the Mediterranean, the Waters calmed (at Once) - her Fleet sailed for Vesuvius. The Tide would be turned ... Third at Thonis-Heracleion: Did the Earth Start to Shake? Her Eyes in Surprise! What Magic was this? Thonis-Heracleion began to Sink! To Wadjet she called ... Yet, came an answer from the Deep: the Scorpion God King! What Treachery is this? The Cunning of a Scorpion! But it was too late ... A Plate of Earth had he Eaten through - as she Screamed: No, you will Not take My City! Energies Rushed Forth from the Tips of her Fingers ... Thonis-Heracleion locked in Time - Under the Sea, did Cleopatra, turn to Stone.