Worn as jewelry, in cosmetics, as gemstone water, placed under your pillow to work as you sleep, used as part of your meditation or in a massage, the gemstones promote strength and wellbeing. Crystal healing expert Michael Gienger explains how healing stones can exert their beneficial and healthy effects on the body, mind and soul. For example: rock crystal acts as antipyretic, malachite promotes detoxification, aquamarine helps to combat allergies, amber improves sleep and amethyst promotes clear thinking. Gemstone Healing is the first guide to list the full range of applications for 36 crystals and will provide all the information you need to treat yourself, your family and friends. The reader will come to understand the effects of the crystals and learn how to choose, use and look after them properly. With full color illustrations throughout and stunning photographs of each of the 36 crystals, this guide gives both the reader new to using crystals and those who have some experience of crystal healing a whole new view of the subject.
Trusting Your Own Feelings Gemstones can sometimes seem to have a mind of their own – there are some items of jewellery that at times are just impossible to wear. Even though a particular stone may suit an outfit perfectly, you may still feel that it just isn’t right and you can’t possibly wear that combination of stone and outfit on that day. On other days it is the exact opposite: a particular stone draws you in magically and you absolutely have to put it on, irrespective of how it looks. Who hasn’t experienced this? It is a sign that you are feeling the power and influence of gemstones, which is how the healing powers of crystals were discovered as far back as the Stone Age. Archaeological finds and observations of the lives of primitive peoples have revealed that healing with crystals is as old as mankind itself. Those living in close contact with nature need acute senses and keen awareness to survive; they are also more sensitive to and aware of their own bodies: they sense, for example, that amber creates a feeling of ease if they have a stomach ache, that serpentine brings inner peace when they feel scared or threatened and that obsidian can reduce pain. Crystals have thus been worn as protective amulets or applied to the body to bring healing for millennia.
Crystal Colour, Emotional Balance Counts
When choosing jewellery, we often unconsciously select the exact gemstones that provide us with emotional balance: if tense or very emotional, we choose green stones, but if we lack drive and vigour, we choose red stones instead. If we feel we need to cool down (in the literal as well as the emotional sense) we are drawn to blue stones, but if we need warmth, only orange ones will do. If we want to brighten our mood, stones with yellow – the brightest colour – are the most effective, whereas if we are in a reflective mood, thinking deeply or in need of some ‘soul searching’, violet – the darkest crystal – is the one we choose.The colours of crystals are associated with certain properties; this simple correlation between colour and characteristic has a deep-rooted and universal effect. This even applies to the ‘colours’ black and white: white, which reflects all light, helps us to think without prejudice, i.e. to see things as they really are. On the other hand, black, which absorbs all light, offers good protections as it soaks up and has a neutralising effect. Whether a particular stone is ‘wearable’ or not, whether it feels right or, instead, provokes a ‘never in a million years’ response, is often connected with the characteristics of the colour and has nothing to do with whether the shade suits us to matches our clothes. Its effect on our emotional balance is the key.
Michael Gienger (1964-2014) was one of Europe’s most respected experts on crystals and their uses, a field in which he had been active since 1988. He started collecting minerals in 1972, and in 1985 a successful self-treatment with healing crystals inspired him to pursue further training as an alternative healing practitioner. He was trained in shiatsu and completed a two-year apprentice in shamanic healing. He went on to author more than 20 publications, a number of which have become standard works in their field and have been translated into 11 languages.
"Offering guidance in how to choose and use the right crystal and healing technique for whatever issue one is facing. From the type of stone to use, to how to use it, this high-quality book is not only full of great information but colourful photos to demonstrate what is being discussed."
– Krysta Gibson, New Spirit Journal
"Gemstone Healing is a practical hands on book. It provides explanations and instructions on how to use crystals effectively. It’s punctuated with beautiful and colorful illustrations with easy to follow, step by step directions. The front cover unfolds and reveals an illustration of The Organ Clock, and how to read it. I’ve seen organ clocks before but was totally perplexed on how to decipher it. A clear explanation is provided and I was quite surprised how significant timing is. You’ll learn about healing jewelry, where to wear it and for how long. I’ve worn some crystals before, but never really noticed any positive or negative effect. I learned that direct skin contact is ideal, instead of the stone resting on synthetic materials, it will block the healing effect. This makes perfect sense. I’m really pleased with the valuable resources it offers. It’s a must have for any newbie or seasoned crystal admirer."
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