Crystals are one of the offerings available for those seeking to connect with their spiritual energies & find the path that connects them to the cosmos, through Cosmic Luna digital spa.
The universe is filled with energies that surround our galaxy, solar system, planet & even our everyday life. By being aligned with yourself in mind, body & spirit, you are able to understand the formula for harmony in life & what that means to you.
My own journey into using crystals began during my childhood.
My mother was a spiritual wise-woman who understood the energies around her & used her magic to protect & invoke harmony to our family space.
My childhood was filled with magic & the older I grow, the more I appreciate the spiritual guidance my mother created in my life, it’s definitely something that has evolved within me too & has influenced my life path.
From around the age of ten, I was using crystals in jewellery to manifest energies & charge my connection to the cosmos, channeling the energy into everyday life.
Eventually I started to use crystals in my living space too & these days I use crystals in almost every aspect of my life. There’s rarely a day when I don’t have a crystal to hand.
Crystals have become an important part of my lifestyle & this blog series acts as your gateway into the world of crystals, from their properties to their uses, entwined with history & tips to enable you to begin your own journey.
This series will cover crystals as a whole topic, covering:
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Crystals are millions of years old, forged during the earliest part of the earth’s formation. Crystals form underground from repeating patterns of atoms. They have the most orderly structure that exists in nature, meaning they have the lowest amount of entropy, the measurement of disorder.
The way crystals are formed means their appearance depends entirely on the conditions of where it’s grown and the characteristics of it’s type.
The way they are balanced, the frequencies they emit and their ability to store a tremendous amount of information makes crystals essential to modern technologies & why they continue to be used in healing rituals and practices, even in today’s digital world.
For as long as humanity has existed, humankind has had an affinity for rocks & stones. Among the oldest discoveries were amulets made using Baltic amber from around 30,000 years ago.
Plato suggested the peoples of Atlantis used crystals and gemstones for reading minds and the earliest documented use of crystals was the Ancient Sumerians; who used the stones in their magic formulas. The Ancient Egyptians used Turquoise, clear Quartz and Emerald among other gemstones in jewellery for protection, health, preventing night terrors & warding off evil spirits.
The Ancient Greeks used crystals and many of the names given to crystals today are of Greek origin, including the word ‘crystal’. The English word derived from Greek κρύσταλλος (krystallos) meaning ‘ice’ has been used since the 19th century.
In Ancient China, Jade was used often, with some Chinese emperors buried in Jade armour. It wasn’t just the Chinese who used Jade, peoples in South America & New Zealand also used Jade. Throughout history crystals and gemstones have appeared in religious settings, with mentions in the Bible and many other religious texts. All across the world people used crystals and gemstones in rituals, jewellery & referred to the stones within a religious context.
It was believed that crystals and gemstones were corrupted by the sins of Adam, which would depart the stone if handled. The crystals and gemstones had to be sanctified and consecrated before wearing, this belief continues in a form today, with the cleansing and programming of crystals before they are used, especially when used in crystal healing and therapy.
This holistic and natural therapy utilizes the energetic power of crystals, with the placing of crystals on or around the body to unblock, focus and direct the flow of energy.
This energy based system is used when an individuals energy becomes blocked or unbalanced, which can cause them to become unwell. The use of crystals will balance and direct the energy supporting the body to recover and recharge.
The use of different crystals utilizes the properties and energies that affect an individuals own physical and spiritual energy dependent on need.
Onwards from the 11th Century throughout the Renaissance period the virtues of precious and semi-precious gemstones and crystals were taught to be used in the treatment of ailments alongside herbal remedies.
In the 1600’s it was suggested that stones could not possess positive or negative effects and so the use of crystals and gemstones for healing and protection began to fall out of use within Europe.
During the early years of the 19th century, clairvoyants partook in experiments using crystals and gemstones, claiming they could feel physical and emotional changes when touched with the stones.
Crystal healing was used on and off for centuries, seeing a return to favour in more modern times, but the use of gemstones and crystals in amulets and traditions has continued throughout the ages, the world over.
One thing that remains throughout time, is that regardless of culture, the stones symbolized different meanings and uses with their properties. Rose Quartz was used by the Ancient Egyptians to prevent aging, in the Middle ages it was used in healing potions & today the stone is used to balance emotions, among other uses.
This series will take an in-depth look at crystal healing in the later features focusing on crystals and their properties, as well as how they can be used.
The Pagan history of Britain’s peoples partaking in the practice of witchcraft has ties to crystal healing in English speaking cultures. Crystals are used in holistic healing within Indian culture and in time crystals were introduced to western astrology too.
The practice of using crystals within western astrology and for healing became popular within the New Age movement in the 20th century. Crystals were used in jewellery and placed on the body during crystal healing sessions, these days the practice is accompanied by yoga and meditation.
The energy of crystals fades & the stones must be cleansed before each use to ensure any residual energies are removed and the stones can be recharged. Crystal charging and cleansing can be done using the energy of the sun, moon, water, herbs and incense.
Crystals & science
In the modern world crystal healing has become popular as people seek out alternatives to modern medicine and want to further understand the power of nature.
While crystal healing is thought of as an alternative therapy, the use of crystals has become far more mainstream but still has it’s origins in religious and spiritual beliefs with respect for the cultures and traditions that developed ways of working with crystals traditionally.
Crystal healing is still considered a pseudoscience, but crystals continue to be used in the advancement of modern technology and many people believe that crystals have healing properties, with an increase in crystals and gemstones being used in jewellery and around the living space to help people achieve their highest good in life.
The following feature in this series takes a look at crystal healing: a beginners guide covering the definition of crystal healing in more depth as a practice, what to expect in a crystal therapy session and a basic introduction into the practice and stones used.