These questions are based on real ones I've been asked over the years at introductory lectures or by potential clients ahead of a session or workshop.
☆ CRYSTALS and STONES ☆
Q: When I visit a stone shop, how do I know what stone is good for me?
A: It's best to choose your stones yourself. Based on whatever knowledge or insight they may have, clairvoyants or teachers can make good suggestions, but ultimately no one else can know what you really need better than you yourself. How do you choose a piece of clothing or jewellery, or what you want to eat? More to the point, how do you choose your friends? Would you ask someone else for advice how you should best choose a friend? Stones are no different, it's an energetic attraction. If you're not sure, leave it where it is and return sometime later. If it's gone, it certainly wasn't yours.
Q: Different things are written about stones depending on which books I read, so how do I know what to believe?
A: That's very true. One thing we can be sure of is that the paragraphs in books or the little sentences we see in 'powerstone' shops that attempt to be definitive about what various stones actually do energetically are NOT the whole story. Though there is a body of theory behind it, largely based on the colour combination they manifest, stones are actually very flexible, in some cases almost to defy any kind of definition. The best way is to seek to identify with them on an energy level, beyond logical third dimensional understanding and limitation. This is how we can best understand what a stone 'does'.
Q: Are crystals alive?
A: They very much are, but not in the way we might identify from our concepts of other life forms around us. Energy is most definitely moving through them, this can be felt, and you will also see them change. They most certainly respond to being cleansed or to the environment in which they are placed, and even to the attention we give them. For starters, try thinking of them in the same way as plants.
Q: Do crystals need cleansing?
A: Yes, I really think so. And that goes for any stone, regardless of its vibrational level. You only have to compare stones that have been regularly cleansed and those that haven't to grasp this. Stones take on energies rather like we do, and they will become dull and tired-looking if these energies are not released. Think of it as their bath time.
This is especially necessary for 'working' stones, not just those that are regularly worn as jewellery or those used in crystal healing sessions and so interact with human energy on a regular basis, but 'ornamental' stones too that are placed around a room.
I always cleanse the stones I've used in a session immediately after they have been removed from the client's body. The 10 minutes or so I leave the room for to do this provides a valuable interval for the client to begin integrating back into the physical world.
Q: How should I cleanse them?
A: Water is the best (for stones that are not adversely affected by water, listed below). I find reproducing the dynamic of a flowing river works best. I place the stones I wish to cleanse in a bowl and place the bowl under running water (tap water is fine) for several minutes. Warm water is best, this makes for easy drying since the water evaporates almost at once. With cold water it can take a while for them to dry.
Sacred smoke like White Sage also works very well, so does sound such as Tibetan bells. And wind too, feathers work, so does your own breath delivered with intention. Salt and salt water need only be used with stones that have come into contact with seriously negative or malevolent energies.
Q: What stones should I not cleanse in water?
A: Selenite, Angelite, Chrysocholla, Malachite. Celestite can be dodgy depending on how soft its matrix stone is. This is not exhaustive however so please use your own sense of whether a given stone is too porous or too soft, enough to be adversely affected by contact with water. If in doubt, use White Sage.
Q: Can stones be cleansed by putting them on large Clear Quartz clusters, or placing them outside in sunlight or moonlight?
A: This is not a cleansing process but a charging one. Though you will likely see a similar response from your stones, it's qualitatively different. In human terms, think of it as the difference between taking a bath, the washing away of unwanted energies described above, and sleeping, recharging the batteries for the next day. This is recommended when stones have become depleted and have lost their sparkly edge, but it's also recommended when they haven't. Stones do need to be washed fairly regularly but they don't need periods of sleep like we do to replenish their energies. They certainly return a different quality of energy however when they have received a charge.
Q: Can I get too much 'crystal power'
A: Yes, most definitely. Firstly, crystals offer access to alternate dimensions and realities but they are tools, not drugs, and should always be used responsibly and with proper awareness and respect.
Crystals resonate with an altogether higher vibrational energy than almost all human beings so when we connect with them we get plugged into the big energy grid that they are connected to, much more powerful than we are ordinarily used to. The extra power has to be handled by the our nervous system and overload can result in weakening it. We most often experience this as a lack of energy, a listlessness or a feeling of being 'spaced out'. The increased light will also bring up all our 'dark' places, which in reasonable doses is of course the basis for the healing we can receive from using crystals. However, too much light can trigger too much release and so create uncomfortable situations for us.
☆ CRYSTAL HEALING THERAPY ☆
Q: Are there many kinds of crystal healing?
Yes, for sure. And they probably differ significantly from one another. I can only offer information on the particular one I practice.
Q: Where does crystal healing come from?
Its origins are certainly ancient, from deep within the mists of time. In its form as the 'laying on of stones', it seems it was practiced in ancient Egypt and India and was most probably brought there from Atlantis. Until very recently, the last 30 years or so, it was certainly not practiced openly in the Christian zone, though it is likely that stones were used wherever shamanic healing traditions persisted.
Q: What stones are used in Crystal Healing?
Many different kinds of stones are used and of all colours, including black ones. The higher the gem quality the more light is emitted, the more light the higher the vibrational frequency and so the more effective for use in crystal healing therapy.
Q: Can any stone by used?
All stones hold and transmit energy to varying degrees so pretty much, yes. While it's true that the higher the quality of the stone the better, you certainly don't have to be investing just in expensive, top of the range stones in order to perform effective healing sessions. I can show you a simple, very effective layout that uses just 8 stones that would cost no more than a few dollars each.
Q: Does Crystal Healing have any connection with religion?
No, absolutely none at all.
Q: Does my religion preclude me from taking a Crystal Healing session?
Not unless you decide that it does. It's entirely possible that an experience you have in a crystal healing session may actually strengthen and increase your faith.
Q: I understand that crystals are very powerful. How can I be sure that crystal healing is safe?
Crystals are indeed very powerful, and anyone practising any form of crystal healing therapy needs to be acutely aware of this. In the work I do it is an integral part of the training to ensure the safety of clients in any eventuality during the course of a session.
Q: Is there any connection between Crystal Healing and jewellery?
Yes, the use of stones on the body is the origin of jewellery. Humans have been aware for eons that stones affect us energetically. When worn in the proximity of the physical body their higher vibration can strengthen and clear our energy and so enhance our effectiveness and well-being. It's interesting to note that the positions where jewellery is traditionally worn, around the neck, around the heart area, around the pelvic region by exotic dancers, on the forehead in many Eurasian cultures, corresponds to the chakra points.
Q: How important is grounding when working with crystals?
It's crucial. Working with crystals increases the amount of high frequency light entering the aura and physical body so it's important that this energy keeps flowing and travels on down through the body and out through the feet into the ground. In this way the body acts a bit like a lightning rod. If anything impedes this flow it can result in feelings of discomfort or of being spaced out and disconnection from the body or the physical world. This can give rise to headaches, nausea or other unpleasant physical symptoms. The main aim of this therapy, along with many other holistic health systems like shiatsu and acupuncture, is to remove any blockages and restore flow.
Q: Can I use crystals to access higher levels of reality and 'trip' out of my body?
A: This can be achieved by using crystals, yes. But with it comes a serious responsibility. Crystals are not a drug and should not be considered as such and to me using them as an escape from your third dimensional physical reality is borderline misuse.
The bottom line is if you are reading this with your physical eyes then you have a physical body and you have probably consciously chosen from the Soul perspective to have this physical experience. So surely it's best to get into it, not seek to avoid engagement with it.
Crystals can play a significant role in connecting us both to our bodies and the physical level by helping us remove the blocks that inhibit the smooth flow of our life energy, with the result we become more present and more effective in the physical world. One of the prerequisites for a healthy perspective on life and a strong sense of wellbeing is a strong personal spirit/soul connection, and they will certainly help us establish this through enabling access to experiences of expanded consciousness in meditation and higher communion.
However, for the addictive personality or one seeking to avoid dealing with painful personal issues by escaping into the etheral realms, there is a warning light flashing. Using them purely as an escape will have the reverse effect, acting to exacerbate a disconnect with the very physical level they could help us develop a stronger, healthier connection with.
☆ CRYSTAL HEALING SESSIONS ☆
Q: How long does a Crystal Healing session last?
Usually two to three hours. This breaks into three parts, initial counselling, the main body of the session when the recipient is lying down with stones on, and the period at the end when we have a cup of tea and talk about what happened. There are exceptions but the period with the stones on would be between an hour and an hour and a half.
Q: Do I have to believe anything to benefit from a Crystal Healing session?
A: No. The crystals increase the amount of light energy coming into you and that is physiological, meaning that it will affect you whatever you do or believe, just as surely as drinking a large glass of whiskey will get you drunk regardless of how much you may try to believe it won't. However, blocking or resisting in some conscious or unconscious way can affect your subjective experience, as will conversely holding an expectation that something extraordinary will happen. It's best to be neutral as possible with zero expectation either way, positive or negative.
Q: What session should I take?
A: That is completely up to you. Take a look at the session menu and see what grabs you. If you really want to know what it's all about I would recommend a full or short crystal healing session.
Q: What's the difference between the Full Session and the others on your menu?
A: Full and short crystal healing sessions are where we lay the stones on the body and allow whatever happens to transpire naturally. In this way we are open to any eventuality and the stones used are different each time. All the others are purpose-specific layouts, where the stones are the same each time and the effects are generally predictable.
Q: What is the best preparation for a session?
A: It's good to be relaxed and just open to whatever may happen without any expectation of experience or attachment to the outcome. It's a bit like just before you go to sleep at night, if you let it happen you're soon gone, but the more you consciously try to fall asleep the more you won't be able to.
Being rested may help your subjective experience, as if you're overly tired your body may welcome the state of relaxation and take the opportunity to fall into a very deep and rejuvenating sleep. Actually though, being conscious throughout is not absolutely essential and it doesn't really matter if you sleep right through it all. A lot of energy is still moved and you get all the beneficial effects of the light energy transfusion that is a crystal healing session. For the real value is not in the subjective experience in the session itself, though this can be thrilling, captivating, illuminating (add adjectives ad infinitem!). It's much more in the deeper effects as they manifest change in your life from that point on.
Q: What will I experience in a crystal healing session?
A: I wonder! It is absolutely impossible to say. All sessions are different. When we lay stones on someone we never know what will happen. There are infinite possibilities and we simply go with whatever does. Many people have a very relaxing time, like a deep, soothing meditation, but this is by no means the only kind of experience. A lot depends on if we hit a block or not, what the nature of that block is and what it takes to get past it.
A 'block' can be defined as 'stuck energy', something that is impeding flow. And energy needs to flow, otherwise things go awry. Think water, blood, air, communication, thought, love. Sometimes this block may be a build up from a vexing current life situation, or an emotion not properly acknowledged or expressed, or maybe the result of traumatic experience, maybe in childhood, maybe carried over from another lifetime.
If you do come up against a block it just means that this just what's necessary for you to deal with at this time. It doesn't mean you are a certain way, or that you won't be able to access a beautiful, blissful experience at another time. Far from it. And the opposite is true too. Just because you had a wondrous out of body whizz round the galaxy this time doesn't mean you won't have to plod through some turgid and challenging emotional trauma in the next one.
Q: Can I decide what I want to work on in a session?
A: You can if you really want to but it is not recommended. In a way similar to choosing to swim against the tide, it may well detract from the effectiveness of the session. It is far better to trust that whatever comes up is the most important thing for you to work on at this time.
Here's why. Through the level of vibrational light that the crystals and stones bring in, we get to connect with Higher Guidance and with the recipient's personal guidance and we defer to this connection to provide exactly what the person needs to work on most. Whereas we are at ground level, it's like "they" are on the top of the mountain. From that higher perspective from where everything be can seen, they can indicate the best path to take to move upwards and direct us to exactly what is currently inhibiting that progress. It may indeed turn out to be the very issue you felt you wanted to work on all along.
Q: My friend had a past life experience in a session with you, will that happen to me too?
A: It might, which could be either utterly fascinating or equally an unnerving prospect, depending on what it is you're called on to deal with. Chances are though you won't.
If someone is led to re-experience a past life scenario, you can be sure that there will be a very good reason for it, and that reason may not be exactly pleasant. But rather than carry that or any other such expectation and/or trepidation into the session, it's better just to be neutral and easy and simply let it happen.
Q: Can I pull back if I don't feel comfortable or something gets scary?
A: Yes, of course, that is always possible. And I certainly won't be forcing you to confront anything you don't want to or don't feel ready to deal with. I will however use everything I know to gently empower you to hold your ground and progress through any issue that may arise, no matter how challenging or potentially uncomfortable that may turn out to be.
Q: How soon can I take another session?
A: A lot can happen in one session and as one of the main effects of this therapy is like a seeding, a period of integration will be recommended for this process to fully play out. But it's always case by case. Whenever you feel you want another session is when you should have one.
Q: Can I put crystals on my body and do a session on myself without a facilitator present?
A: Though some value can result from this it is not recommended, as whatever benefit there is will be limited. It even carries an element of danger as the person's safety can easily become compromised.
One important aspect of the facilitator's role is to maintain for the recipient a simultaneous connection to third dimensional reality, which will increasingly become lost to them once the influence of the high frequency energy upon their consciousness kicks in and the shift into multi-dimensional awareness gathers pace.
Imagine being in a dream, and alongside being fully conscious in that experience you are also able to relate everything that's happening back to a third dimensionally-anchored source, which is the facilitator. Their voice then gives you immediate feedback from this perspective, helping you to make sense of what's happening in some kind of logical way. Without the facilitator present to provide this perspective, the recipient becomes totally involved in the other dimensional experience and the opportunity to process effectively, a vital aspect of this as a healing therapy, is lost.
Another aspect of the facilitator's role is time keeper, ensuring that the period the stones on the body doesn't exceed the specified safe duration. In a worst case scenario, the person may suddenly awake to find that they lost consciousness and that several hours have elapsed. A stone layout is a high-energy vortex and spending too long within it can result in overload. This can easily cause considerable disconnection from the physical body, particularly if they had journeyed far into the non-physical realms or something serious had come up that they'd been left hanging in the wake of, deprived of any chance to process it effectively by the absense of a facilitator.
Having dealt with such cases, including a possible extraterrestrial interference issue, I feel this whole question is down to personal responsibility and all things considered really is best avoided.