Since the dawn of mankind, humans have stood in awe of crystals and rocks. Sure, some of them make great primitive tools, but our interest in them went far deeper. From gold to silver, crystals, and gemstones, rocks were used as a form of currency and were associated with wealth, health, and abundance.
Today, thousands of years later, we still place great value on these same stones. Diamond engagement rings cost thousands, wealthy traders invest in gold and silver, and they're even used in many day-to-day objects. Check this out- every single one of our smartphones is powered by a small bit of gold used to make the incredibly fast processors. In fact, if you took your cell phone and melted it down, you would have about a gram of gold.
The reason for this is that gold is known as a conductor. This means that electrons (aka energy) can flow freely and easily through it. Copper is the next best option due to affordability, and most of the wires in your home are made of it. Gold is usually reserved for electronics such as phones and computer systems.
CHAKRAS AND ENERGY
Many people believe that this intrinsic ability of rocks to conduct energy applies just as much to our Chi (or Qi). In traditional Chinese medicine, Chi is our life force- the energy that flows through every living thing. Our ability to chanel our body's energy to our Chakras is what keeps our mind and body in a state of well-being and "flow." In Taoism, free-flowing energy is associated with long life and adaptability; whereas rigid structures, tension, and erratic energy are associated with poor health and an inability to adapt to difficult situations.
One of the most common problems in our modern world is that our chakras become blocked which disrupts the flow of energy through our bodies. Chakras can become blocked due to stress, anger, distractions, and negative energy. These blockages can result in anxiety, stress, depression, poor quality of sleep, and a weakened immune system.
The most common way to clear these blockages is through the process of meditation. When you meditate, you are able to separate yourself from the negativity causing these blockages and allow the energy of the earth and your spirit to flow through and un-block your Chakras.
Now that you understand how your chakras (energy points) and Chi (life force energy) are related, the concept of crystal healing should make a lot more sense. Crystals and valuable stones are formed under extreme pressure and heat miles beneath the earth's surface. As a result, they are very energetic objects.
Some of the claims that people make about crystals aren't all backed by science. However, the fact remains that many spiritual people from the shamans and warriors of old to the modern-day sage believe in the power of crystals to aid in unblocking your chakras, empowering your Chi, and provide a therapeutic effect on the mind and body.
The idea is that crystals can store energy and later be used to recharge your own energy. This is why many people carry their crystals in the form of necklaces and jewelry. They are there to ward away the negative energy and replace your own positive energy.
COLORS AND ENERGY HEALING
All this being said, there are dozens of various types of crystals and rocks and each person is going to be attracted to or be in need of a different solution. Some people are looking to ground themselves (feel more in-touch with reality), others are looking to heal physical ailments, increase focus/concentration, or just to ward away negative energy and bad attitudes that people send our way every day.
While some of the benefits of various stones can be cross-referenced or used for multiple purposes, there is a clear distinction between colors.
Vibrant Reds, Yellows, and Greens (such as Red Jasper, Pyrite, Malachite, and Jade) are associated with emotional release and attracting positive energy and good luck.
Blues are associated with the Throat Chakra and are good for improving communication, attracting good people, and providing protection.
White and clear stones (such as Clear Quartz and Selenite) are known for providing emotional clarity and negative energy cleansing.
Black and Earth-Colored stones are associated with grounding and centered-ness.
In the following weeks and months, we'll be going in-depth into the various qualities of crystals as well as their specific benefits. But, for now this should serve as a good bit of general knowledge for those who are curious.
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