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|Red Tiger Eye||Tourmaline|
|Red Jasper||Smokey Quartz|
|Red Garnet||Brown Agate|
Second Chakra—Sacral—Sexual Organs—Pelvic Area
|Ruby||Gold Tiger Eye|
|Red Coral||Orange Calcite|
|Madeira (Orange) Citrine||Rutilated Quartz|
|Fire Opal||Golden Topaz|
Third Chakra—Solar Plexus—Navel
Colors: Gold, Yellow
|Yellow Calcite||Rose Quartz|
|Golden Tiger Eye||Aventurine Quartz|
Colors: Green, Pink
|Green Jade||Pink Jade|
|Green Calcite||Clear Crystal|
Colors: Blue/Green, Light Blue
|Blue Topaz||Blue Lace Agate|
|Blue Tiger Eye||Iolite|
Sixth Chakra—Third Eye
Colors: Indigo, Deep Purple
|Blue Tiger Eye||Sugilite|
|Dark Blue Tourmaline||Flourite|
|Clear Crystal||Purple Apatite|
Colors: Light Purple, Deep Purple, White, Clear
Remember that ultimately these stones represent a broad range of suggestions—perhaps much broader than those you have consulted. Ultimately you must learn to cultivate and develop your intuition and see what you are drawn to using. A healer will be guided to using a different combination of stones for the chakras from client to client, based on his or her intuition, what the client shares, and what has been treated or resolved in previous sessions. As a practitioner starts to work with clients more regularly, records should be kept of the sessions. They may yield wonderful insights for work on other clients.
Energy Medicine and Crystal Therapy: The Future
As stated in an earlier section, Richard Gerber was one of the first medical doctors to observe and chart the future directions of energy medicine with the series of books he authored on vibrational medicine. In the forward to Michael Katz’s book, Gemstone Energy Medicine, Rashid Buttar, D.O., states his firm belief that the “Energy medicine will certainly be a major constituent of the medicine of the future,” (x) though he also reminds us that the recognition and application of energy in healing work can be documented as going back at least 5,000 years, if not more. Energy medicine is therefore, not something new. Eastern cultures have written of the various energetic pathways of the body and this is particularly documented in very ancient yogic texts.
Buttar also observes:
Research indicates that specific fields of energy enhance the immune system, evidenced by increased DNA synthesis in lymphocytes….
Patients have reported many benefits during and after their experiences of using various forms of energy healing, including having an increased sense of well-being, more energy, better sleep, and improved pain control. Acupuncture, in fact, is nothing more than enhancing and opening up energy channels that have been blocked or, in other cases, blocking certain energy channels along specific meridians to achieve a desired effect. Plants exposed to specific types of energy fields have also been noted to grow faster than they do in other parts of the building that lack the field exposure. (x-xi)
Crystals have been known to enhance energy work, since they can actually conduct and amplify energy. But as noted previously, they also have their own distinct characteristics and healing properties as well which contributes to the enhancement of any given healing session. Crystals placed strategically in areas such as bedrooms or workspaces can have a noticeable impact on those environments. Something as simple as carrying crystals in one’s pocket can be of tremendous benefit. For example, bringing a crystal to work that is calming, soothing, or grounding can help shift the energy of the person carrying the crystal, the workspace, and the environment in a more positive direction. Physical laws indicate that like attracts like—so the change in one’s disposition will subsequently influence one’s co-workers as well!
Katz also points out the changes that are subtly occurring in the medical establishment:
Doctors and patients are experiencing that energy medicine works—often where conventional medicine does not. Chronic debilitating illnesses, common ailments, aches, pains, and everything in between have responded to energy medicine practices. Energy medicine is shedding light on the true nature of health and disease and offering solutions to seemingly intractable health problems—often leaving those who practice it healthier and more vital than they thought possible.
One of the most powerful forms of energy medicine is gem therapy. Here, too, a change has taken place. Once relegated to the fringes of the healing arts, the therapeutic uses of gems were not widely adopted by either doctors or the public…Today, all that has changed. Pioneering information and effective new practices are allowing gem therapy to take its rightful place as a cornerstone of energy medicine….
Thousands of people around the world—physicians, homemakers, Olympic athletes, business people, celebrities, and many others—have come to experience remarkable healing by applying therapeutic gems…
Over a decade of clinical experience…have yielded gem therapies that work—both as primary treatments and as complements to other healing modalities. Emotional maladies, mental complaints, and acute and chronic illnesses have responded to these gem therapies in unprecedented and exciting ways. (1-2)
It is encouraging to see that there is already a broad range of implementation of crystals and gems. To consider that an Olympic athlete recognizes the value of their use is nothing short of astonishing and encouraging.
Katz reminds us that the use of gems and crystals in healing and therapeutic work already has a long documented history, and as we have observed throughout this article. While we may not be able to know with absolute certainty when crystals were first used, it is obvious that over time, the specific healing properties of the most widely used and obtainable crystals were discovered and documented. Some of these were more highly prized, even in ancient cultures like that of Egypt, where pieces of moldavite, one of the most highly vibrational and rare stones have been found.
While gems and stones have the ability to conduct energy, they also contain and reflect their own innate and unique energy which can contribute to a healing process. One might wonder how this is possible, and Katz offers an explanation:
Physicists tell us that all matter is energy in physical form. Gemstones are certainly no exception. Formed over eons…the Earth’s gemstones embody intense concentrations of energy. The energetic and physical properties of gemstones are already employed in many aspects of technology. The ability of crystals to conduct and transform energy is no longer a new idea to us. For example, every television, quartz clock, portable phone, and personal computer runs smoothly thanks to Quartz crystals. Today the energetic properties of gems are also being used to improve peoples health at a fundamental level. (3)
The evolution in our thinking, understanding, and acceptance of crystals in healing work has a lot to do with shifts in our fundamental thinking and understanding of human nature. For example, many now accept as a given that humans are by their nature, multidimensional. We now realize that we are comprised of various energy fields and bodies and some experts conducting research at top tier universities are attempting to map and study these fields. We have come to accept that crystals have the ability and the capacity to interact with our various fields and dimensions—and the various levels of our existence:
…It may seem paradoxical to use a stone—the embodiment of earthly material—to affect subtle, nonphysical energies. Yet a closer look reveals wheat may not be immediately apparent—that the crystalline nature of certain gemstones and their ability to process energy has much in common with the liquid crystalline forms in our own cells. Once the mechanisms of human energy systems are more thoroughly understood and compared with those of gemstone energy medicine, the elegance and power of gems as therapeutic tools can be more readily understood. (5)
Katz offers a lot of valuable information in his books which is beyond the scope and intent of this paper. For example, he discusses the various patterns of energy and how it flows through a crystal. These patterns or currents are largely determined by the shape and patterns of the crystal. Some shapes are better than others in conducting and amplifying energy—points and facets all influence the flow of energy through a crystal in different ways.
Katz also cautions that crystals have inherent limitations in their abilities as well—they are capable of pulling energy into the crystal as well as being able to conduct it out. Thus, a gem such as malachite has the ability to remove negative energy, yet if it is not cleared regularly, it will retain that energy and amplify it. It would not be enough to carry a piece of malachite in your pocket to ward off negativity without clearing it, for you would only be exacerbating the very problem you were trying to remedy!
The quality of crystals needs to be also considered, in addition to their character, cut and clarity. Not all crystals are created equal. A very clear quartz crystal would probably enhance healing work more than a cloudy one. A crystal in its natural state might also be of more benefit than one that is tumbled. However, that is not always the case, because crystals can also exhibit their individual traits and personalities. Anyone familiar with crystals knows that no two are exactly the same. Sometimes a practitioner may resonate with one stone more than another, just as he or she would resonate with another individual, and it may not necessarily be the prettiest or the most expensive one available.
It has been established that crystals and gems have an amazing ability to enhance healing work. It has also been noted that in the future, crystals will be used more regularly, as their general acceptance in various kinds of therapy continues to grow. This article seeks to make the reader more aware of the healing properties of crystals and their many applications. The bibliographical references provided at the end of this paper indicate how extensively research is being conducted in this field, with books and articles being published at a rapidly increasing rate. For example, a number of articles in Reiki News Magazine have specifically addressed how to use crystals and gems in Reiki healing. (Subscriptions and past editions can be obtained at: http://www.reiki.org/)
The bibliographic material listed at the end of the article also provides guidance for those wanting to increase their knowledge of the emerging research in the areas of crystals and healing work. While the bibliographical sources are not by any means exhaustive, they do constitute an adequate representation of what is most accessible.
Since the implementation of crystals in healing work is currently evolving as we speak, it will be very interesting to see where we are a decade from now. I am reminded of the Superman movies staring the late actor Christopher Reeves, filmed and produced a generation ago, and how the implementation of crystals in so many mind boggling ways fascinated so many movie watchers at that time. I still find people remember the Superman movies, still impressed by the use of crystals in one of the films, as conductors of energy and storage of information. Perhaps the movies awakened a thirst for knowledge and curiosity about the use and application of crystals. Perhaps Superman already knew something we didn’t, and we were just waiting to re-discover: the healing power of crystals!
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About the Author
Dr. Olga Rodriguez Rasmussen, D.Min (E-RYT 200) is a Certified Anusara Yoga teacher. She received her doctorate in spirituality and education from United Theological Seminary in Minnesota . For over twenty-three years, Olga worked in campus ministry and taught religious studies in a number of institutions including St. Louis University, Washington University, and most recently as Chair of the Religion Department at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School , in Washington, DC .
Olga has been teaching yoga since 1998. She currently divides her time between teaching yoga classes and yoga philosophy workshops at The Health Advantage Yoga Center, in Herndon, Virginia, as well as at other studios. Olga also practices and teaches various healing modalities including Reiki.
Olga’s instruction as a yoga teacher is equally enriched by her extensive training in this practice and her deep love of spirituality – which has been a life long passion. She continues to advance her knowledge and understanding of Yoga’s rich heritage by studying with highly respected teachers. Through the simple elegance of Anusara Yoga, Olga encourages her students to embody greater alignment, and to connect more deeply with the spiritual essence of the practice – a path inviting transformation, joy, celebration, and compassionate living.
The author can be reached at: www.aligningwithgrace.com
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|I really enjoyed reading the article, it shows how beneficial crystals and gems are. I work with crystals and gems every day their energy ,healing and wisdom is amazing. (Submitted by: manoli on October 11, 2013)|
|Very interesting and informative article which has ignited in me to further explore the realms and depths of Crystals. I feel grateful to you, Olga. Thank you. Om Sai Ram. (Submitted by: Saichella on July 08, 2013)|
| Wonderful information on Crystals.Even I am aReiki Master, I also practice Acupressure, Magnet Therapy & Crystal Healing.|
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