A sceptic’s guide to healing crystals
Whether you’re convinced by the powers of healing crystals or not, one thing is for certain; you will definitely have heard of them.
The new age hippy dippy rep has been shaken and, thanks to a few celeb testimonials and a growing gang of crystal-‘Grammers, they’re as close to mainstream as they’re going to get.
We caught up with Emma Lucy Knowles, healer and author of The Power Of Crystal Healing: Change Your Energy And Live A High-Vibe Life, to ask her about the crystal hype…
FIRSTLY, WHAY ARE CRYSTALS? GIVE US SOME COLD HARD SCIENCE…
Aside from pretty stones, ‘they are naturally occurring minerals whose form is based on environment, pressure, temperature and science. They consist of and are formed by a repetitive pattern of atoms, ions and molecules; building up layer upon layer’, explains Knowles.
‘Basically, crystals are nature’s gems’.
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WHAT’S THE HISTORY OF CRYSTALS AND THEIR HEALING PROPERTIES?
Though there’s been a big boom in recent years, in line with the new age healing hype, the root of using crystals for their powers is relatively unknown. ‘Through research of the ancients, we know crystals healing has been used for centuries and can be traced back to the early days of humanity,’ says Knowles. ‘They’ve were used as talismans, for protection or love, for example, in ancient Greece, Egypt and China.’
It’s said that when Greeks found them while exploring the Alps, they thought they’d discovered lumps of frozen water that couldn’t be melted.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
‘Crystals are so powerful because they work towards connecting us to a universal energy, while encouraging us to connect and heighten our own personal innate power — thus aligning us with our best version of ‘self’’, says Knowles.
‘They can do more than one thing at any one time, like us; they give and take, just like us; they vibrate, in a way that’s comparable to our energy and life force. There is a natural affinity to ourselves in these stones that helps us by connecting us to the magic of the universe and the power of life force. What’s not to love about that?’
‘Crystals act as lenses and filters to our energy and our life’s energy, so they can be used to draw out things which no longer serve us, as well as drawing forth those which we desire and that we wish to be more abundant in it; whether it’s an emotion, like confidence or love, or physical characteristics, like energy.’
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HOW CAN THEY BE USED TO REAP THE BENEFITS?
Whether you are holding them, carrying them or just putting them around your living spaces, crystals are powerful, so, in short: freaking loads.
”It’s all personal preference about where to wear them; next to your skin, in pockets, as jewellery,’ according to Knowles. ‘The most important thing is you play with them, communicate with them and befriend them. By working out what they mean to you, you can create a practice, like using them alongside meditation or an intention to help you promote a particular energy, like confidence or love.’
Emma Lucy Knowles is a clairvoyant and energy/crystal healer, based in London. She published her first book, The Power Of Crystal Healing: Change Your Energy And Live A High-Vibe Life, in early 2018
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