The term ‘crystal’ evokes a rather standard vision for me: a big crystal ball, gypsy tents, women in their mid-50s with kohl-smeared eyes, long nails, floral turbans, kaftans. And ominous readings. I can’t quite recollect the exact source of these visions but my guess is they came from some Enid Blyton-type childhood-reading.
Anyhow, I didn’t feel a pull or interest in crystals at all, even when, as I grew up, I saw them around me quite a lot. Women and men wore them in different sizes around their necks and fingers. There were lines of stores in my neighbourhood selling the stuff. Some of my friends were even in the crystal jewellery business. I’d see them return from jewellers with bags of cut jades, moonstones and onyxes. I’d see some others upload pictures of the final products on Facebook. I’d even like or comment on some, but only because I liked how the photography bit had gone.
The stones were all around me, dancing and teasing, and I was stubbornly refusing to see all their goodness! That was until a very dear friend from Spain came visiting, heard about my diagnosis and insisted on giving me a session that worked with Reiki and crystal energy. It was my first time experiencing the strong powerful energies of these beautiful colourful stones. After the session he gifted me a star ruby, which I immediately got made into a pendant and started wearing. The affect was almost palpable. I began feeling more energy in me, almost as if a lot of ‘draining’ that I’d been experiencing had stopped or lessened significantly.
And then I knew…. that the crystals and I would be friends. We would find each other out and build a connection. Soon enough, I chanced upon a great book by Doreen Virtue called ‘Crytsal Therapy‘ (more details here if you’re interested) Basically crystals work with us to enhance our energy levels – physical, emotional and spiritual. Different crystals will help us enhance whichever area of your life we’re seeking to improve. I’ve brought crystals spheres for my home as well as several of them to wear on a daily basis. Some uncut pieces stay in my bag. The ones that I wear are for my physical ailments. The spheres in the house are meant to enhance specific aspects of my life – business, love etc. From my conversations with friends who have been working with crystals, every individual builds a unique connection when looking for crystals, one that will benefit them specifically.
Another book I’ve heard is an excellent resource for crystals as healing stones is ‘The Crystal Bible‘ by Judy Hall.
I’m going to pick it up next time at the bookstore 😉
I decided to use an image that Google led me to. It represents my vision of ‘crystal’ described above rather accurately. But there’s a geek joke in there that’s the real winner. I picked it up from here. Enjoy!