This is another therapy that I knew nothing about before starting to investigate it. I have used crystals for Feng Shui purposes in my home (as directed by a practitioner), but other than that, I just thought they were pretty. But it turns out they’re powerful too.
Meet Karen Ryan
Today’s post comes from Karen Ryan, founder and owner of The Crystal Tiger in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Karen, who has studied with Tibetan yogis and lamas in the Far East, is a Crystal Energy Therapist, Reiki Master of the Usui System of Natural Healing, Gendai Reiki Shihan (Teacher), Crystal Reiki Master, Spiritual Aromatherapist, Radionics Therapist and Spiritual Teacher. She breeds C.K.C Registered Lhasa Apsos and is the Culinary Director of VeggieFeast, a vegetarian cooking school. Karen is also one of our expert contributors here at AWG.
Karen has appeared on live radio and TV and has written three books. The most recent one, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crystals was released in 2010 (read my review in this Healing Crystals post). She also teaches classes and workshops in the Toronto area.
I asked Karen how she got into working with crystals, and she said:
“Briefly, by the time I was in my mid-30’s, I was smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day and drank 9 cups of coffee as well. I had severe burn-out from work. I was quite toxic and had to ask myself when I was happiest last. The answer came from within that it was when I was pursuing my spirituality. So, I decided to take some courses on past life regression, astral travel and crystals. I never did get to the past life workshop or the astral travel. Everything was available to me through crystals. I studied under a crystal therapist who was a disciple of Marcel Vogel, a noted IBM researcher and crystal master. Marcel has passed on now, but he left a legacy of healers. Marcel taught that the energy of Crystal Light, the God-Source and Love were all the same. Hold a crystal and you’ve got God-Love on your side. Now who wouldn’t want that!”
Karen, what is crystal healing? How does it work?
Crystals help to regulate an erratic energy signal. They are natural oscillators, taking a signal and refining it (no wonder they were used in radio sets during WWII). When we hold a crystal near an organ or other organic material, the vibrational level of that organ improves, meaning the signal becomes regulated and harmonious with the rest of the organism. The health of the organ is restored with repeated exposure to crystal resonance.
Some crystals have specific abilities for healing. For instance, there are specific crystals that seem to resonate better to restore health to certain organs or disease conditions. Carnelian for instance works very well with various skin conditions. Amethyst works well for headache and arthritic conditions as well as thyroid disorders. Crystals even work well to work on emotional states such as Rose Quartz for love and happiness. Some crystals, such as Selenite, are also used as bridges to higher consciousness. I think animals appreciate the psycho-spiritual aspects as much as humans.
When I lived in Nepal in the Himalayan foothills, the results of nightly howling and growls over food would be seen the next day among the village dog packs. Limping, the losers of the packs would seek human comfort and healing. No one there had medicine for the animals except me, and it was the crystal healing that the dogs came for. Seeing me treat the odd mongrel who sought me out by lying outside my door, the villagers said I was in love with the dogs. Healing animals with crystals is a very intuitive process. With nothing more than crystals and kind words, animals can heal significantly faster than without care. Just let yourself be guided with a crystal in your hand and both you and your animal-friend will benefit.
Also see our book review here.