At one time or another most of us have been captivated by the beauty of gems.
Their colour and shape have an attraction that for thousands of years, across all continents of the globe, has entranced entire nations of people. The pull towards gems and crystals has not only been for just the very best quality, but for rocks and crystals of all types.
How many people have been on holiday and wanted to bring back a pebble from a beach or a nice shaped or coloured rock from a river bed or mountain they have walked on? There is something about the colour and structure of crystals that creates a primal and almost undefinable sense of need for us. We can explain why, but we feel better when we hold or carry one of these curious objects.
History of crystal use for health
Many cultures across the world in their traditional healing practices have some history of using crystals. Going back almost 100,000 years, the use of red ochre was found in art and burial ceremony and associated with energy, power and the sacred. The Aborigines see crystals as sacred and have used quartz crystal to find sickness in people. Shamans in Borneo have 'light stones' which guide them to find trapped parts of the soul. The Native Americans consider some crystals to be 'living rocks' and use them for guidance and advice, as a doorway to the spirit world. Stones such as turquoise have been used by Central and Southern American cultures for their protective and strengthening qualities and as a link between heaven and earth.
One of the longest recorded histories of use is in India where they associated the energy of crystals with particular planets and their attributes. They would also be used to absorb and transform negative energies, making it more suitable for use by the body. In Ayurveda, gemstones could be used to balance and harmonise the various qualities of the body and gem waters could be prepared so the properties of the stone could be taken internally.
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