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How Do Crystals Work?

Healing Crystals Facts and the Science

How crystals work is a question that comes up repeatedly. With the rise in popularity of using crystals for healing, an abundance of information is now available on this subject.

Countless articles, books and social media posts discuss the healing properties of various crystals.  Look long enough and you'll find they can do everything from relieving stress and anxiety to protecting you from dangerous situations.

Many articles make outlandish claims regarding what can be achieved through the use of rocks and minerals. 

The problem with much of what has been written about the healing properties of crystals is the absence of scientific evidence to support it. Furthermore, many factual articles have been copied and reproduced so many times that most of the original content has been distorted or lost completely.

The concept of how crystals work is rooted in metaphysical beliefs rather than empirical science. According to these beliefs, everything in the universe, including crystals and living beings, emits a vibration. The vibrational frequency is thought to interact with an energy field surrounding the human body. 

It's believed that when one aligns with the other, it can affect physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The idea is that by using crystals with specific vibrational frequencies, it's possible to influence or align the energy field surrounding the body, promoting balance and healing.

The problem with this theory is that scientists argue that these energy fields and vibrational frequencies do not exist.  

The belief that crystals vibrate comes from the understanding that everything in the universe is moving.  The extent to which they move varies depending on the object.

At one end of the scale, microscopic particles such as atoms vibrate and interact with each other.  At the opposite end, planets, stars and entire galaxies are in motion as they orbit around each other.

Even objects that appear to be stationary are in constant motion.  This is because of the rotation of the Earth and its orbit around the sun.

Matter, which is anything that has mass and takes up space, is made up of atoms and molecules, both of which are moving.  The movement, known as thermal energy, causes them to vibrate, emitting energy in the form of heat and light.

When molecules and atoms are cold they move slowly.  As they heat up the speed at which they move and vibrate increases.  The rise in temperature causes thermal energy to increase.

Something becomes hot when the molecules that make up that object move faster.  The faster they move the hotter it becomes. Atoms and molecules can't be seen but are present in all matter.

The Healing Power of Crystals

Someone who uses a crystal for healing may say they can feel its energy.  They may hold it to see if it gets hot. Natural stones feel cold to the touch but can feel warm after being held briefly.

While thermal energy causes something to emit heat and/or light, it cannot be felt as a vibration. 

When the vibration of a crystal connects with the human energy field, it's believed chakras can be realigned.

An uninterrupted flow of energy is said to improve mental and physical health and overall well-being.  It can also help with issues such as focus, concentration, calmness and releasing anxiety.

Crystals align with different chakras, therefore, during a session with a crystal healer, different crystals will be placed on or near certain chakra points.

The work of Doctor Marcel Vogel is often used to support the theory about how crystals work.  Vogel was an inventor and senior research scientist who worked for IBM in the 1960s and 1970s. He's best known for his work on the development of computer hardware and research on the healing properties of quartz crystals.

In later life, he conducted experiments to prove plants could respond to human thought. He concluded that they could store the energy of his thoughts and intentions. There is no scientific evidence to support this.

Vogel believed quartz crystals could be used for healing and spiritual purposes and developed a technique for shaping them into specific forms to enhance their energy.

He wrote; "The crystal is a neutral object whose inner structure exhibits a crystalline state of perfection and balance. When it's cut precisely to the proper geometric form and when the human mind enters into a relationship with its structural perfection in the vibration of love, the crystal emits a vibration which extends and amplifies the power and grasp of the user’s mind. Imaged thought intent is amplified."

Marcel Vogel's work with crystals has been pursued and expanded upon by many in the metaphysical community.  "Vogel crystals" are still used today.

His explanation of how crystals work has not been embraced by mainstream science.  The idea they have energy and properties that can be used for healing remains controversial and largely unproven.  

Many of his experiments have never been able to be reproduced.

The scientific phenomenon known as piezoelectricity is often used to support the theory that crystals vibrate at different frequencies.  Piezoelectricity is an electrical charge produced when certain crystals are exposed to mechanical stress or pressure.

The following screenshot comes from an article that I read called "How Crystals Work"

The information is misleading and incorrect.  It's a prime example of misinformation spreading when scientific facts are manipulated or misunderstood.

The Placebo Effect

Quartz crystals hold information in computers. They do this by using electricity to create microscopic patterns called nanostructures. 

Each pattern represents information being stored. A device like a memory card can read patterns and retrieve data.

Most crystals in computers today are synthetic. 

The ability of quartz crystals to retain information has led to the belief that a crystal used for healing can be programmed to store information.

Healing crystals are 'programmed' to help the user achieve a goal, intention or desire.  This is where the placebo effect begins.

Extensive scientific studies have proven that the placebo effect is responsible for the positive response to a treatment with no medicinal ingredient.

The phenomenon comes from a conscious or subconscious belief that the treatment will be effective.  The placebo effect has been tested extensively in clinical trials of new drugs and therapies.

The positive outcome comes from the power of the mind, not from the treatment itself.
lady kneeling on the beach holding a large crystal, surrounded by smaller crystals. The sun is reflecting off her faceResearch has shown that if a medical professional tells someone a treatment is powerful, they're more likely to experience a positive outcome. This demonstrates the impact that perception can have on someone's attitude towards certain conditions.

The rise in popularity of crystals for healing is largely due to the desire to find new ways to improve health and well-being.  They offer a less invasive and less toxic alternative to traditional drugs.

People who use crystals for healing are less interested in a scientific explanation of how they work.

The human mind, which governs the way we think and see the world, is complex.  Sometimes in life, it can be a struggle to understand ourselves or the world around us.  Using something tangible to help deal with those challenges can be hugely beneficial. 

The mystery and appeal of crystals and their purported healing properties create a sense of hope for many people.   

Crystals can provide a way to explore and manage one's emotions. They can be worn, carried or used as part of mindfulness or meditation.  They can be displayed as decorative objects to bring good energy and to protect against dark forces.

Some people feel a response when handling them, whilst others gain pleasure simply by their presence.  There's no right or wrong way to use crystals and they can be used and enjoyed by everyone.

How to Activate Crystals

Activating a crystal is said to unlock its full healing potential.  It's said to amplify the stone's energy and aligns it with what we want to achieve.

To activate a crystal it first needs to be programmed.  This involves setting an intention to achieve a goal.

This can be done by holding the stone and visualising your desired outcome.  Some people prefer to use their left hand.  In many spiritual and holistic healing traditions, the left side of the body is considered to be the receiving side whilst the right is the giving side. 

Some people repeat a mantra either in their minds or out loud.  This works in a similar way to hypnosis.

In both cases, the ultimate goal is to access the subconscious mind which is far more receptive to positive suggestions.

Our subconscious mind has more influence over shaping thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
lady laying on a couch with her eyes closed. Male hypnotherapist holding a quartz crystal on a chain over her chestHypnosis begins by inducing a deep state of relaxation.  This is often achieved through concentration and by repeating positive suggestions that encourage the onset of this state of mind. 

Once reached, positive suggestions are delivered to achieve a particular outcome.

Negative suggestions are never given during hypnosis.  For example, if someone wants to stop smoking, the therapist would not say, "you will not smoke" or "you don't want to smoke".  The suggestion would instead be presented in a positive and empowering way.

This is because the subconscious mind is far more receptive to positive suggestion.

The same applies when setting an intention for a crystal.  A state of relaxation must first be achieved.  This may be done through meditation, or by sitting somewhere quiet where you won't be disturbed.

Having reached a state of calmness, you can begin programming your crystal.

Just like in hypnosis, the ability of the crystal to work relies on the power of suggestion to influence your thoughts, feelings and long-term behaviour.

The mind is incredibly powerful and can influence the body in profound ways. When we focus on positive outcomes and repeat positive suggestions, we can change the way we think and feel.

Many years ago I trained in hypnotherapy.  One of the first examples I was given regarding the difference between positive and negative suggestion was this: Tell a child not to touch something because it's hot and they'll almost certainly want to touch it.  Tell them if they touch it they'll burn their hand, and you can be sure they'll stay away.

When setting intentions and desires for crystals always use positive suggestions.  Think about what you're going to say before you start.  It's not always easy to turn a negative suggestion into a positive one.

"I want to stop eating chocolate" is negative.  "By eating food that's healthier, I'll feel happier and will have more control over my mind and body", is positive. 

Positive emotions exert a profound influence on our state of mind. Consider the stark contrast between how you feel in moments of happiness and how you feel when you're sad.

Similarly, receiving praise for a job well done will generate a profound sense of fulfilment.  Receiving criticism even when delivered kindly, will invoke a very different emotional response.

For crystals to work, use positive suggestions regarding what you want to achieve.

To be most effective, a mantra should be repeated, it doesn't have to be out loud.  Where possible try to include positive words related to love, pride and happiness. 

Never tell yourself that by using this crystal you won't do something or won't feel a particular emotion.  Instead, say something like, "This crystal will help me to turn my life around.  I'm feeling focused and dedicated.  I feel incredibly proud of myself for finally reaching this point."

And that, is how healing crystals work.
nine circles with each one containing a positive suggestion

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