Crystals, healing and protecting through history

“In a crystal we have the clear evidence of the existence of a formative life principle and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is nonetheless a living being.”

–  Nikola Tesla

The existence of a life-force around all living beings has been proven by the Frequency, Resonance and Amplification Theory and this life-force, or energy field, is capable of reflecting and influencing our health, thoughts and emotions.  Out of interest, the frequency of a crystal is measured by the number of vibrations per second, with Quartz crystal considered perfectly consistent, hence its use in precision equipment.

For millennia crystals have been instrumental in rituals of healing, to enhance physical, emotional and spiritual balance.  Our ancestors may have believed the energies of the stones interacting with the human electromagnetic field would bring about subtle energetic changes.  After all, they are said to have known of, and used, the piezoelectric effect of crystals (the flash of light when a crystal is struck) in ancient rituals.

But did you also know:

The Ancient Egyptian Papyrus Ebers (1500 BC), the oldest surviving work on medical conditions and treatments, contains extensive descriptions of health issues and diseases, human organs and systems, psychiatry, and surgical procedures, and it specifies cures and treatments involving the use of crystals primarily assigned by colour.

Ancient Greeks adorned themselves with ground hematite prior to battle to assist with invincibility, and to protect against intoxication, they wore amethyst amulets.  The Romans also used crystal amulets and talismans to attract their desires, for health and protection.

Hindu Vedas, sacred texts, outline crystal properties in medical ailments and Aztecs, Incans and Mayans used crystals for diagnosis, treating disease and divination. Our own Australian Aboriginals believed wearing and surrounding oneself with crystals enabled communication within the spiritual realm and that healing would take place.

Prehistoric medicine men of the Cherokee gazed through heated crystals placed on the body to diagnose and draw off illness and ancient Chinese Medicine used crystals for their healing powers, including crystal needles for modern acupuncture, and ancient Japanese used transparent crystal balls for scrying.

Neolithic Man used crystal talismans and amulets, with the oldest amulet of Baltic Amber found to be over 30,000 years old. These people also prepared burial chambers according to the vibration, colour, weight and texture of the stone to maximise resonance, while Neanderthal remains dating back to 70,000 BC have unearthed collections of rough mass crystals leading to speculation, they also used crystals for medicinal and/or spiritual purposes.

In Buddhism, the Medicine Buddha is referred to as the Healing Master of Lapis Lazuli Radiance, with some rituals involving meditation on lapis lazuli.  Tibetan Buddhists were also known to have held quartz crystal spheres in spiritual reverence, believing they could assist with enlightenment.

Royals have been adorned by crystals throughout history, wearing them in crowns, jewellery, swords and on thrones. It could even be argued that the placement of these stones correlates to specific chakras and energy meridians.

Lastly, in Christianity, crystals were also used for symbolic and metaphysical purposes. They decorated breastplates of high priests, with amethyst, considered the bishop’s stone.  It was also used by monks to assist with celibacy, while Popes carried the cross shaped staurolite, considering it good luck.  The bible contains approximately 200 references to crystals within its pages, as well as church rituals documenting cleansing, dedicating and charging procedures for crystals.

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