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Why Crystal FAQs?

In the past 20 years of teaching about spiritual growth, vibrational healing and crystals, I am often asked the same questions again and again. No matter where in the world I’m presenting a workshop or training, the questions are the same. Questions like, “how do crystals actually work?”, “does the color of a stone determine where it is used on the body or its properties?” “How do I choose the best stone to work with?” “How do I actually work with a stone?” are common, but the answers are complex. 20 years of repeating myself has become a tad tiresome, so I’ve decided to embark on this blogging journey to get the answers down once and for all, and to share them with everyone or no one– I guess only time will tell.

Over the years I’ve looked into the science behind vibrational healing, minerals and consciousness. These explorations have caused me to question some of the most commonly taught theories about stones and energy in general. In asking these questions, I’ve come to a much deeper understanding of how crystals actually work in both healing practice and consciousness expansion. Some of the conclusions I have reached in this process of inquiry were difficult for me to take on board because they challenged the commonly accepted (but completely incorrect) theories I had learned from teachers and authorities on the subjects. By questioning these teachings instead of believing blindly that “they wouldn’t teach it if it weren’t true”, I’ve been able to increase the effectiveness of my stone work and improve results for my clients and students.

On this journey, I’ve not only had my own beliefs challenged, but have found myself in the unenviable position of popping the belief balloons of others. But, isn’t that what growth is all about? When we challenge our beliefs, we are able to expand beyond them and come one step closer to truth. The more we defend incorrect beliefs, the more closed down and dogmatic we become. It is time for crystal healing to grow up and move beyond the “red stone goes on the root chakra and the green stone goes on the heart chakra” and “magic pill” mentality that is currently overtaking the modality. Engaging crystals for personal growth and healing offers incredible opportunities for real and lasting change– if we use them effectively.

A lovely 250 lb Brazilian clear quartz Earthkeeper crystal. Tucson 2011.

So, this blog is intended to be a sharing of my own experience and rumination on the subjects of crystals, vibrational healing and spiritual awareness. In it, I’ll attempt to answer some of the most frequently asked questions (hence the Crystal FAQs moniker) and to dispel some of the misinformation that is commonplace in the crystal healing and spiritual communities. I’ll probably go off on other subjects as the mood strikes as well! I’ll apologize in advance for any inadvertent toe-stepping-upon and sacred-cow-slaying that may occur. But, whether you agree with my findings or curse me as a heretic, I ask only that you keep an open mind and heart. I promise that I’ll do the same!