Many years ago, one of my students committed suicide in the college I was a lecturer at. She hung herself and I found her. I had a nervous breakdown or maybe I should call it a ‘breakthrough’.

Why ‘breakthrough’? Following her death, I felt like all of my senses became “numb”, I had difficulties in processing information, even choosing what to have for my dinner was a problem. I needed to understand what was going on inside my head, to make sense of it all.

I had lots of “dark” days where all I wanted to do was sit, preferably in a very quiet room with the curtains closed. I found the world was too noisy and all my filters were turned off. My doctor prescribed what he called ‘happy pills’ but I’m sure that you have guessed they were an antidepressant – he failed to tell me they had some very unpleasant side affects.

The counsellor and psychotherapist arranged by the college helped –it helped to talk and I felt she understood my feelings. She also introduced me to the term ‘crystal healing’ and the expression ‘you are carrying a lot of negative energy’.


The first crystal that I was advised to use was Smokey Quartz, which is known to absorb negative energy. It was not an overnight recovery but gradually I began to feel comforted. I experienced a ‘mopping up’ of feelings that were no longer serving me well. I learnt I could replace some of my thought processes with things that were more conducive to my recovery and crucially, where thought goes, energy follows. Over time, I grew stronger and my thirst for understanding the power of crystals grew into more than just wanting to feel better.

Some people believe crystal healing is just a placebo effect, but I know, on a very deep personal level, there is far more to it than that. Nature has provided an abundance of hundreds, if not, thousands of different crystals to help mankind in all kinds of ways; physically, emotionally, spiritually, energetically. Each is equipped with healing powers and their own unique energy vibration – the secret is knowing which crystal works with each situation. If we listen carefully, the all knowing, Mother Earth is more than happy to share her vibrational remedies with us.

These days, crystals are a vital part of my life and I work with them every day – they give me an internal feeling of warmth and tranquility, a sense of safety. Each one has a different character and it own unique ‘voice’ – you can almost hear them sing.

What do crystals bring to my life?

Gracefulness and Gratitude

Time has made me aware that nature has much more than crystals on offer, the colour of the leaves in Autumn the sounds of a babbling brook or stream, the beauty of a sunset – she really is abundant in her healing jewels. All we have to do is recognise them. Feel a snowflake on your cheek, or the wind blowing through the treetops, the sound of the ocean crashing its waves on the rocks, or the feeling of lush, green grass under your toes.

Working with crystals has helped make me more grounded and more comfortable in my own skin. Learning to use various crystals, working though each Chakra, (energy point in the body), one at a time, is like building a house; your foundations need to be solid before you can have any walls or roof.

A positive attitude is essential – always look on the positive side rather than trying to find fault with the world, your relationships, and your working environment. Have the courage to make tomorrow different and change any situation that isn’t bringing you joy. Remember, if you always do what you have always done, then you are always going to get what you have always had.

Given the changes crystals have brought to my life, I have to give thanks and appreciation to the crystal world for all her treasures. Whether it is a placebo, trick of the mind, wishful thinking or there really is a energy in crystals, (there isn’t a scientific machine that is capable of measuring the different frequencies), my life wouldn’t have been the same without them.

You will find that there some different opinions about the specific “healing qualities” of crystals, every book on the market will offer conflicting ideas – this is not an exact science obviously but I would like to introduce you to two of my favourites.

Eclipse Stone AKA Bumble Bee Jasper is an excellent stone for self esteem, it is known as the “supreme nurturer”. It sustains and supports you through times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness. Jasper provides protection and absorbs negative energy. It balances yin and yang. It encourages honesty with one’s self. Provides courage to assertively tackle problems.

And Spectrolite, this stone helps to take away fear of the unknown and fear of challenges. It teaches one to see such times as a part of growing, a part of living and learning.

Know as the ‘Stone of Fulfilment’, it brings forth encouragement for one to fulfill the highest of hopes to the dearest of dreams. Spectrolite helps to instill a sparkle of light within all of its keepers. It is a stone that further opens the mind, body and spirit to soar with enthusiasm for a better self, an enlightened self.

Article by Keith Birch
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