The importance of being knowledgeable

January 23, 2022

While the practice of crystal healing has been passed down by many iterations of either religious or cultural practices the founder is unknown. Throughout extensive research it is unclear who or what originated the practice, however, cultures such as Native American practices (Legends of America) religious practices such as Paganism, Buddhism and Wicca all either use or used these practices in their culture.

Kristine D. Carlos, an undergraduate at the University of Central Florida wrote about the crystal healing practices throughout the world. She stated the importance of the practice for Native Americans.

“Respect for crystals is important because, there is a great respect for the Earth and all beings on it in most Native American religions. Stones are considered an entity that must be
shown honor. The Earth provides life, nature, food, and important crystals used for healing,” Carlos said.

Of course the harm of not being educated could be an issue for making sure you are not culturally appropriating a practice. The issues also can come from the lack of knowing your crystals. Every stone has a different meaning and purpose, Amber Patrick, a woman who uses crystal healing in her life explained what the dangers of not being educated could lead to.

“Some crystals can bring unwanted change through energy. Take moldavite for example, it started trending on Tik Tok. The energy from moldavite is to end connections with things that are not serving your soul. Not every connection is meant to serve you. Often people find themselves in a depressive state or anxious after wearing this stone for extended periods of time. It’s meant for specific occasions and to be worn for less than 4 hours total,” Patrick said.

The trend on Tiktok for moldavite in general was a woman who posted a video about how she has started to wear this gem and the negative impact it has had on her.

Respect for crystals is important because, there is a great respect for the Earth and all beings on it in most Native American religions.”

— Kristine D. Carlos

While the death of her parents, the destruction of her car and end of her relationship aren’t solely from the crystal, the destructive energy that this crystal could have makes it seem that everything is wrong. Sarah also touched on why using a crystal without the wrong intention could be wrong.

“Crystals can carry the energy of chaos such as moldavite. You could be using a crystal such as a tiger’s eye to attract money and wonder why you’re not receiving abundance. Because a tiger’s eye promotes strength and courage so by carrying it, it may put you through more trials and tribulations to make you stronger,” Sarah said.

Other harms could be scams that happen to the crystal community. With the trend of crystal healing many people try to make a profit on websites such as Amazon, Etsy and others to sell their “gems” to people who aren’t knowledgeable about the subject. Sarah also explained why she chooses to not use websites and rather goes to metaphysical stores instead.

“I do not buy online as I like to feel and bond with the crystal before purchasing [and because] a lot of sellers out there do not have real crystals; they are just glass made to look like a crystal and are sold at an ungodly price,” Sarah said.

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