Doreen Virtue (continued)
Each society has contributed unique stories to the world related to
their use of stones. From India to the Americas, we find examples of
the interest in, and application of, crystals throughout literature,
science, culture and myth. For instance, legend says that a gem city
once existed in the Greek Isles, with walls of emerald, streets
paved with gold, and temples housing huge amethyst altars used for
prayer and the like. The Bible, in the book of Exodus, speaks of
jewels in the High Priest's breastplates, which assisted their
relationship with the Divine. In the Far East , exquisitely crafted
precious stones encrusted in gold spoke of wealth and status for
those who wore them as jewelry.
Gems and zodiac correlations
surface in documentation of the Native American Medicine Wheel, as
well as in the Ayurvedic and Western astrological systems, and
continue to be referenced and integrated by modern-day cultures.
Native Americans knew of the powerful healing attributes of stones
and metals, such as turquoise and silver, which aided in the healing
of physical, emotional, and etheric bodies.
Modern indigenous cultures
still use crystals in their spiritual practices. For example,
Australian Aborigines perform rituals that include stone and sound
vibration using the didgeridoo (a large bamboo trumpet) and rocks
painted with sacred designs in order to help them connect with
Source through dreamtime journeys. Shamans of Europe and the Pacific
Islands often invoked the power of stones to ease suffering and
provide release in healing ceremonies.
The most famous crystal
association may be Atlantis, where crystal vibrations helped create
a society blessed with astonishing technological advances exceeding
those of our modern day. There are many legends of Atlantean flying
machines, healing beds, and perpetual lighting instruments that were
solely fueled by crystals. Mystics such as Edgar Cayce, Ruth
Montgomery, and Dolores Cannon have discussed the double-edged sword
of crystal power in Atlantis. Some Atlantean leaders decided to use
crystals as powerful weapons to forcefully conquer other countries.
Legend says that this misuse of crystal power eventually exploded
the heart of the Atlantean civilization.
This topic dovetails with two
of Plato's dialogues: Timaeus and Critias, written in 360 b.c. Plato
received his information about Atlantis from Critias the Younger,
the grandson of a Greek ruler named Solon, who learned about
Atlantis while visiting Egypt in 590 b.c. In these dialogues, Plato
discusses the sudden demise of Atlantis. Whether the explosion came
from misused crystals or from a volcano, as some modern theorists
believe, we're now recalling the connection that Atlantis had with
crystal's remarkable healing power. Doreen wrote about the Atlantean
crystal healing beds and temples in her book Angel Medicine (Hay
We believe that the interest in
crystals is resurging as part of the spiritual renaissance and the
ascension process we're all undergoing. As you read about Atlantean
crystals, do you feel a familiarity deep within your being? If so,
your purpose may involve preventing this world from repeating the
mistakes made by Atlanteans as they sought domination of the world's
resources. This is a critical time in our history, and it's
imperative that we create harmonious change.
We're obviously not the first
individuals to unveil the capabilities found in the mineral kingdom.
However, let's be the first to consciously embrace their abilities
with a purity of intent. Asking for Heaven's help, by connecting
with the angelic realm while working in focused partnership with the
mineral family, ensures a potent interaction based in love and
grace. This combination of realms, celestial and elemental, blends
the power of Heaven and Earth to create a magical formula of
healing. Let us now choose to embrace the best of both worlds.
Excerpted with permission from
Crystal Therapy: How to Heal and Empower Your Life with Crystal
Energy by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. and Judith Lukomski (Hay House,
2005). This book is available through all bookstores, at:
or by calling 1-800-654-5126, ext. 2. Visit Doreen's website at
Judith's website can be found