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And now… handing over to Nicholas Pearson…
The word crystal evokes many different images– in fact, each of us may picture something a little different. The term crystal refers to any solid whose components are arranged in a highly ordered, repetitive or periodic structure forming a crystal lattice (the inner framework or arrangement of molecules, atoms, and ions from which crystals are made) that extends in all directions. Additionally, macroscopic crystals, i.e. those visible to the naked eye, exhibit geometric faces which reflect the internal symmetry and coherence of its composition. (Note that while most crystals are solid, quasi-crystals can exist in other states of matter, such as liquid crystals.)
When we think of crystals, most metaphysically minded people will probably think of quartz. Although this mineral is the staple in most of our collections, crystals take many different forms, and they can be comprised of many different ingredients. In fact, your body is full of crystalline and semi-crystalline materials. Tissue such as bone and collagen are crystalline, and the phospholipids in the membrane of every cell in your body are quite nearly crystalline. More importantly every molecule of water in a healthy body exists in a state called a liquid crystal mesophase– which means it is in a state somewhere in the middle of being a liquid and exhibiting the geometric order and precision of a crystal. Crystals are literally everywhere you turn.
What makes the world of crystals so important is their coherency. Coherent, in this case, means that a crystal’s structures (and therefore its energy, too) are unilaterally aligned in a like fashion. In a physical sense, any crystal will have the same basic unit or shape that repeats without variation throughout the entire structure of the substance. Energetically, this means that the electromagnetic field generated by crystalline materials is innately ordered, regular, and perfect. It is this perfection from which crystals derive all of their physical, optical, mechanical, chemical, and even their spiritual properties.
All crystals, whether they come from the mineral kingdom or are found in the human body, can do the following:
Minerals are by their very nature crystalline materials. To be considered a mineral, a material must fulfill the following criteria:
1. Minerals are naturally occurring.
2. Minerals are crystalline.
3. Minerals are inorganic.
4. Minerals have a regular composition (meaning it doesn’t vary… not much, anyway).
Thus, many gifts of the earth are some of our most familiar minerals, such as quartz (including clear, smoky, citrine, amethyst, agate, and other varieties), diamond, calcite, stibnite, among approximately 3800 others! Rocks, on the other hand, are aggregates of one or more minerals. Common rocks include granite, basalt, marble, limestone, and rhyolite, just to name a few. Some of our most beloved gems are also rocks, such as lapis lazuli (a metamorphic rock chiefly comprised of lazurite, pyrite, and calcite with dozens of accessory minerals in smaller amounts), jade (which is actually two different rocks), and leopardskin jasper (not even jasper– it’s really an igneous rock called rhyolite!).
Some familiar stones aren’t minerals at all, such as opal, tektite (moldavite, indochinite, Libyan desert glass, etc), fulgurite, and obsidian. These stones have no crystalline structure at all; they don’t play by the rules of the mineral kingdom. Since they aren’t made of minerals, they aren’t exactly rocks either, so they are classed as mineraloids, which means “mineral-like.”
So why all the science? When we work with subtle energy, we often aren’t taken seriously by the mainstream world. Part of that is because our art is just that– an art, NOT a science. However, when we want to connect to crystals, or any other tool for that matter, for healing or spiritual development, there comes a time when we need to be able to talk about what we do in an clear and accurate manner. We can’t do this if we don’t know the very nature of what we are using to promote healing and spiritual transformation.
Furthermore, although crystal healing isn’t a science [yet], there are some scientific mechanisms responsible for the effects we feel when we work with stones. These mechanisms are largely ignored by most teachers, writers, and practitioners; this does not mean they aren’t reaping the benefits, however. The beauty of science is that it works even when you don’t believe in it. If we can understand what principles are active in our work with crystals, we can learn to predict and potentially quantify the effects of using them. This is vital to bringing the world of crystal healing to the mainstream medical, scientific, and academic communities, as reproducible results are a key part of the scientific method.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be guiding you through the basic properties shared by all crystals so we can see how these scientific mechanisms are create the opportunity to use the mineral kingdom for healing. By opening our eyes to the fundamental nature of the crystalline world, we will better know how to use the gifts that they offer!
Article (c) Nicholas Pearson, March 2017.
Photograph (c) Steven Thomas Walsh 2017 – www.steventhomaswalsh.com
Photograph used with kind permission of Steven Thomas Walsh.
More information about Nicholas Pearson can be found at his Inner Traditions Author Page and his books currently include: