When you think of crystals...You might imagine some hippie, meditating in a garden, some incense and sage lit in the back, by a Buddha shrine...Well it could be that, because if it brings you peace..You do you boo! But it is sooooooo much more.
Me and my mom get into that old school disagreement- Church Vs. Spirituality. I respect everyone's belief's and faith practices. If something works for you, by all means, keep at it...But I don't believe in telling someone that their side or thoughts on something that may help them, is wrong, especially when they haven't experienced these things first hand. My mom's starting to come around and our conversations are a lot lighter these days..But she needed to really listen to why I feel the way I feel. So if you'd like to know the history, practices and ancient beliefs on these beautiful stones, read on.. (My vulnerable, personal, life changing experiences included.)
Crystals Throughout History, Regions & Healing Practices:
Since ancient times, all sorts of tribes, regions, religious and medical practices, have used crystals for healing. The first historical references to the use of crystals come from the ancient Sumerians, who included crystals in magic formulas. The Ancient Egyptians used stones primarily for protection and health and to combat night terrors and purge evil spirits. Green stones were used in a similar way at a later period in Ancient Mexico. Greek soldiers would rub hematite over their bodies before battle, perportedly to make themselves invulnerable. Jade was recognized as a kidney healing stone both in China and South America. More recently - dating from around 250 years ago - the Maoris of New Zealand wore jade pendants representing the ancestor spirits, which were passed down many generations through the male line. The tradition of green stones being lucky continues in parts of New Zealand to this day. Jade was considered to be a kidney healing stone by the ancient Chinese, and also Aztec and Mayan civilisations, turquoise has been worn to give strength and health all over the world, and jaspers have almost always conferred both strength and calm.
Crystals in Religion:
Crystals and gemstones have played a part in all religions. They are mentioned throughout the Bible, in the Koran and many other religious texts. The origin of birthstones is the breastplate of Aaron, or the "High Priest's Breastplate", as mentioned in the book of Exodus. In the Koran, the 4th Heaven is composed of carbuncle (garnet). The Kalpa Tree, which represents an offering to the gods in Hinduism, is said to be made entirely of precious stone and a Buddhist text from the 7th century describes a diamond throne situated near the Tree of Knowledge (the neem tree under which Siddhartha meditated). On this throne a thousand Kalpa Buddhas reposed. The Kalpa Sutra, in Jainism, speaks of Harinegamesi the divine commander of the foot troops who seized 14 precious stones, cleansed them of their lesser qualities and retained only their finest essence to aid his transformations.
There is also an ancient sacred lapidary treatise, the Ratnapariksha of Buddhabhatta. Some sources state that it is Hindu but it is most likely Buddhist. The date is uncertain, but it is probably from the 6th Century. In this treatise diamonds figure highly, as the king of gemstones and are ranked according to caste. The Sanskrit word for diamond, vajra, is also the word for the Hindu goddess Indra's thunderbolt and diamonds are often associated with thunder. The ruby was also highly revered. It represented an inextinguishable flame, and was purported to preserve both the physical and mental health of the wearer. The treatise lists many other gemstones and their properties.
The Beginning Of Crystal Healing:
In 1609 Anselmus de Boot, court physician to Rudolf II of Germany, suggested that any virtue a gemstone has is due to the presence of good or bad angels. The good angels would confer a special grace to the gems, but the bad angels would tempt people into believing in the stone itself, and not in God's gifts bestowed on it.
New Age Crystal Healing:
In the 1980s, with the advent of the New Age culture, the use of crystals and gemstones began to re-emerge as a healing method. Much of the practise was drawn from old traditions, with more information gained by experimentation and channelling. Books by Katrina Rafaell in the 80s, and Melody and Michael Gienger in the 90s, helped to popularise the use of crystals.
These days there are a large number of books available on the subject, and crystals frequently feature in magazine and newspaper articles. Crystal therapy crosses the boundaries of religious and spiritual beliefs. It is no longer viewed as the domain of alternative culture, but as an acceptable and more mainstream complimentary therapy, and many colleges now offer it as a qualification subject.
Article Information From Author Janelle Scialla