Does hanging a crystal around your neck bring you fortune, love or safety? Or is it just a re-emerging trend to show how deep we are?
Do crystals have absolutely no healing powers at all using the placebo effect instead? If so, how can we explain the multitude of people who surround themselves with crystals?
Examples of spiritual connections with crystals have been around for centuries. Throughout history many ancient cultures have used crystals for burials, connecting with the other side and in healing rituals. For example, Indigenous tribes of America and Australia used and continue to use crystals to find and heal an illness. When healing, Indigenous Australians used songs and spells with quartz crystals.
How does crystal healing allegedly work? Crystal Healing in Narellan NSW claims that like our energy field, chakras, organs, thoughts and emotions, crystals too vibrate their own energy. This energy works with the energy of your own body, helping to rebalanced and re-energize your body physically, mentally and spiritually. Each type of crystal radiates a different type of energy, which works with the energies in your life.
Crystal healing is said to relieve stress, encourage relaxation and balance the chakras of the body. Stones such as Rose Quartz can help in the field of love life, being described as the heart healer and Turquoise, placed on the throat chakra, can help you speak the truth according to Healing Crystals For You.
Elana Lee McIntyre, 26, from Maroubra, said she’s a skeptic of all things spiritual. But she does believe in energy and that crystals can offer a gateway into understanding the subtle energies and how we vibrate even if it does just serve as a placebo for visualisation and healing as she believes they helped her when she was critically ill.
“In combination with conscious work, crystals have helped heal me through a myriad of health challenges many of which doctors could not heal,” said Elana, who wore crystals every day while she was ill and continues to do so. “Crystals helped me with breaking my spine, nerve damage, epilepsy, an ongoing lung disease as well as glandular fever.”
According to the London Telegraph who researched his studies, Dr Christopher French suggested that believers were far more susceptible to the power of suggestion than to skeptics. Dr French gave out 80 crystals. Half were given a real crystal and the rest were given a cheap fake version while they were meditating. The volunteers were asked to describe any effects the crystals had on them, with possible results including tingling, focused attention, a rise in temperature, increased energy levels, improved sense of well-being, relaxation of the forehead, stimulation of the brain, increased swallowing reflex and activation of all levels of consciousness. Only six out of the 80 volunteers failed to experience at least one of these sensations. Dr French found no difference in the sensations reported by those holding the fake crystals and real quartz.
“The fact that the same effects were found with both genuine and fake crystals undermines any claims that crystals have the mysterious powers which they are claimed to have,” he said.
For Elana, his research doesn’t mean much to her. “Maybe these crystals are just rocks and the placebo effect is actually the reason behind their powers,” she said. “But if I believe that a crystal can help me in a way nothing else can, who is anyone to say otherwise?” – Alana Scott
Top photo from LeAnn’s Flickr photostream.