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How Crystals Work
New Age, Metaphysical, crystals and healing stones
an article by Michael McKnight at We Hug Jewelry
What are healing crystals and do they really work ?

First ....Live and let Live....Please
Before I go on let me state for the record, that I believe that the use of crystals, aromatherapy, herbs, vitamins, sound, light, or any other form of alternative treatment is a matter of personal choice. I am not, nor do I recommend the conversion of those that choose not to participate in these other gifts from the universal spirit. I pick no fight with those of various religious doctrine who oppose these ideas, and ask only for the same courtesy in return.
TWO RULES OF CRYSTAL WORK
RULE NO. 1 - There are no rules for use of crystals or minerals in healing.
RULE NO. 2 - For all other rules refer to RULE NO. 1....!!!! Introduction
My name is Michael McKnight and I am co-owner of We Hug Jewelry, I am a goldsmith, a merchant, a father, , a sweetie of my wife Diane, BUT NOT A PROFESSIONAL JOURNALIST. This is my first attempt at writing any type of article so please forgive my journalistic ineptness in advance. The following article is a statement of my opinion regarding the use of crystals for healing.
Comments are always welcome. These thoughts are the result of observation over the last 10 years I have been involved with these beautiful gifts from God through the abundant earth. The Healing Crystal.....???? To begin, lets explore The Healing Crystals. Many folks come through our door and want to know where are the Healing Crystals ? People of all walks of life come to us almost every day and ask about The Healing Crystal.

Perhaps they had seen a TV talk show or read an article in a magazine that referred to someone using crystals to do physical or emotional healing, and want to find out more about these crystalline miracle makers. First of all, you should be aware that there isn't just ONE crystal that is the all powerful Healer, but rather many many different crystals and minerals that can be of benefit to us just as there are many different traditional drugs. They come in all shapes and sizes, colors, and compositions.

By the time many folks find us or shops similar to ours, they may have been through some scary or at least challenging times in their lives and looking some relief, quickly if possible. It would be convenient if we could simply pull out The Healing Crystal, but I'm afraid that it's not that simple. A bit more education is in order before the best crystal or mineral can be selected for the kind of help that is being sought. What I suspect that most people are referring to would be the clear quartz crystal that most every one has seen at one time in their lives. To be sure, the quartz crystal has a lot going for it in terms of public recognition. Many practitioners that use crystals and minerals for healing work would agree that the quartz crystal in various shapes and sizes is truly one of the most versatile and useful crystals the earth has to offer.


Metaphysically, the quartz crystal can be easily programmed to help provide a positive outcome. It can clear away negative energy from the aura and re-align the chakra (energy) centers of the body. It can be useful in long distance healing through imaging and meditation. It is beyond the scope of this article to have a full discourse of quartz crystals. You can find many books written about crystal healing and you will see that discussion of quartz crystals in these books usually takes a lions share of the space, and rightfully so.

There are Other Healing Crystals ?
There are many different approaches towards the use of crystals and minerals in regard to healing. The one we use at our shop for recommendations is to simply associate the various crystals and minerals with their healing color.

Why use Color ?
Because it is relatively easy to learn the color healing system, and once it is learned you can use it to quickly identify what crystal or mineral to use for specific healing. The use of color to create or alter certain emotions or moods has long been an excepted practice by many traditional professional mental health doctors and care givers. We also borrow from ancient eastern culture to further associate these colors to the various chakra centers in the body. A chakra is an energy center of which there 7 major centers starting with the root located at the base of the spine and ending a the crown of the head. Each chakra has an associated color (or colors) and each of these colors can be easily associated with the colors of the crystals or minerals which affect that area of the body.

Here is a list of the 7 major chakras and their associated colors:

1st chakra - The ROOT
Primary color is red, other colors associated with the Root Chakra are black brown, and gray.

Gemstones like Garnet or Onyx, Red Jasper

2nd chakra - The Naval
Primary color is orange, others are all various shades of orange.
Gemstones like
Carnelian, orange Zincite

3rd chakra - The Solar Plexus
Primary color is yellow, others are various shades of yellow.
Gemstones like
Citrine, Yellow Sapphire, yellow topaz

4th chakra - The Heart
Primary color is green and shades of green, the secondary color is pink.
Gemstones like
Rose Quartz or Green Tourmaline or aventurine

5th chakra - The Throat
Primary color is light blue like aqua or turquoise, secondary colors are various shades of lighter blues.
Gemstones like
Turquoise or Blue Lace Agate

6th chakra - The Third eye ( or brow)
Primary color is dark blue or various shades of dark blue.
Gemstones like
Lapis Lazuli or Sodalite

7th chakra - The Crown
Primary color is purple, the secondary colors are shades of purple and colorless (clear) or white.
Gemstones like
Amethyst or Clear Quartz



If you can memorize (or print-out) these associated colors with their chakra centers, you can then go anywhere and pick out a crystal or mineral that will help with the affected area.

Now having said all of that, you must remember that each kind of crystal and mineral can and does have other transformational properties that are specific to that crystal or mineral. When you want to acquire more in depth knowledge about these properties, buy or check out one or more of the many books that cover this subject. But in the meantime you now have enough information to make a reasonably good pick by using the associated color method.

What about the necessary size and quality of crystals/minerals ?

It has been shown through Kerlian photography that the aura or energy fields surrounding objects extend a considerable distance from its core. Remember I am among other things a merchant and as such have a vested interest in selling things. The bigger things usually cost more and create more profits, however, the truth of the matter is even small, lesser quality crystal / mineral, in essence have the same energy fields as bigger more expensive ones. It becomes a matter of personal taste and pocket-book after the right kind of crystal is picked.

Do I need to wear a crystal / mineral or can
I just carry one to get the benefits ?

As a goldsmith I should advise in favor of wearing a piece, but the truth is either method is good, again a matter of taste and pocket-book.
OK, OK, but how do they actually work ??
Fact is I don't really know, but it must have something to do with faith, believing, imaging, and the greater god consciousness that is beyond words or speech. I know that there are nice folks out there in the world that would never believe that a rock or such could ever help them in any way. If it is true that we actually live many many lives and reincarnation is fact, then these people are simply in a particular incarnation that precludes them from having such beliefs (this time around).

Unfortunately, pain is one of our great motivator's and equalizers. This could be physical or emotional pain, but it does have a way of getting our attention, and opening our minds to things which may give us some relief from this pain. But it's not always pain that gives us incentive to search beyond our past experience for new solutions or answers.

Sometimes it's just a need to break away from old habits, maybe find a new career that can be fulfilling, or to find a new mate with which we will be proud to share our lives. Personally I believe that crystals can be effective if we empower them to help us. They work on the subtle energy level at our core and out in our auras.

I'm very much of a pragmatist in these matters, if you have a screaming headache, I say take a few ADVIL. Some folks will hold the crystal and/or slowly move it over a painful area of the body, for example a bad knee, or sore shoulder. Sometimes a steady lessening of pain can be experienced from this practice. It can be used in conjunction with conventional treatments, and can be seen as a pro- active step in-between doctor visits.

There are many ways that we can help ourselves to heal and participate in our own recovery, using crystals is surely one of them.

Clearing , Cleaning and Programming our Crystals

Crystals are a tool and can be like a storage battery of thought energy. Many years ago Dr. Norman Vincent Peal made quite a name for himself after his book The Power of Positive Thinking was released. There are now many followers of his teachings, who have received countless blessings as a result of thinking positive thoughts.

Crystals can be programmed with our thought energy and then act behind the scenes to work on our subtle energy fields. They also to help to create situations in our lives that will lead us in the directions that allow positive growth and healing. In a way it is like using the ideas taught by Dr. Peal and taking it a step farther.

Clearing your new crystal or mineral

Clearing a crystal or mineral is a simple enough task and it is a way to insure that there are no left over negative energies from the party that you obtained the crystal from. It is also not a slap at those who had the crystal before you, rather a way to personalize it and create a new energy bond between you and your new partner. There are many ways to accomplish this, this is one way:
Make sure you are not going to be disturbed (maybe like in the bathroom). Hold your new crystal under room temperature running water, and as the water cascades over the piece, close your eyes and imagine that all negative energies are being washed away down the drain and out to the ocean to be purified. We use a channeled prayer by Dael Walker from years ago before we do the clearing and the prayer alone seems strong enough to clear any negativity from a crystal or a whole building. This is the prayer, it is know as the

Light Invocation:

I invoke the Light of God within. I am a clear and perfect channel. Light is my Guide.
We were told to repeat this prayer three times in a row aloud.

Then to say what it is that we wish to accomplish, as clearly as possible so that our subconscious will not be confused with the message or request. This works to clear crystals but I still prefer to use the running water as part of the personalization ceremony. REMEMBER RULE NO. 1 above, however and learn to trust your own instincts.

Programming your crystal or mineral

Simply hold your crystal in your hand(s) and close your eyes then in your minds eye create an image of what you want to occur.
That's it.

Cleaning your Crystals

I recommend luke warm water a new tooth brush and Joy lemon scented liquid dish soap. Please be aware, that there are a few crystals that may be sensitive to water, and you should be made aware of them at the time of purchase. Be careful of halite, hanksite, other salt related crystals, will dissolve if left in water too long. The crystals like to be cleaned and just sparkle their little hearts out each time you do this. Be sure to rinse well and either blow them off with your own air or pat them dry with soft towel.

A few words about Gold or Silver settings.

Gold is ruled by the Sun a masculine planet, and therefore imparts a more assertive energy to crystals & minerals that are mounted in it. Silver is ruled by the Moon a feminine planet, and therefore imparts a softened less assertive emotional energy to crystals & minerals that are mounted in it. You know what you need so choose accordingly. Conclusion It is my hope that this article has helped to shed some light on the subject. In the meantime We at We Hug Jewelry wish you all well, and hope you have a healthy and prosperous rest of your life...
Michael & Diane McKnight

Diane has created an article about Astrology and crystals you might enjoy click here
Metaphysical energy descriptions of crystals and minerals click here
Published books about crystal energy properties click here

Please Visit a fine page devoted to Metaphysical descriptions of many
crystals, minerals and gemstones by our friend Lorraine Venner

Click here to visit her gemstone therapy web site and learn more about crystal healing.

Disclaimer..... ( Please be advised, this article is meant for educational and entertainment use only, and not as a replacement for traditional professional medical treatment. Please use alternative health practices as an addition to traditional health treatment if you are of a mind. This disclaimer is necessary as advised by our legal department.)

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