Healthy Mind

Crystals and chakras: Does it really work?

‘I get messages from big burly builders and you wouldn’t put them as the crystal loving person who needs to carry quartz. It doesn’t matter who you are, people can just come off peel.’

Susan Hannon is the founder of Moonstone Holistic, a company ‘built on wellness.’ Based in Dunmore East, Waterford, Hannon sells unusual crystals in raw, polished forms, and as jewelery to help people get rid of negativity in their lives.

Everybody has different beliefs when it comes to using healing crystals; in the end, Hannon says ‘it’s about wellness, it’s about what makes a person feel positive in themselves and their outlook of life.’ There are a number of ways you can use these stones to achieve a positive outlook on life. ‘For me it works with the Chakra system.’ Historically used by Buddhists, Chakras are the seven main energy points going from the tailbone to the crown of the head. ‘There’s the belief that certain crystals work with certain Chakras. For example, say your first Chakra is known as your root Chakra which is located at the base of your spine and it’s red. There’s different crystals that’ll work with that. If you’re acting flighty, they say that your root Chakra is out of balance. It’s to balance your Chakras to work in a productive way so that you’re more productive in yourself as a person.’

If you’re an anxious person with little knowledge of Chakras and meditation, even just the rubbing of a stone can put you into a positive mindset. ‘A friend of mine who’s son started suffering from anxiety when he was seven, I gave him just a flat crystal. I didn’t go on about Chakras or anything, he’s too young to understand that. He kept it in his pocket and rubbed it when he brought it to school and that became his comfort zone, putting him in a positive mindset.’

The thought of a stone doing what it’s said to do with the feeling of turning a stone over in your hand can put someone in a positive mindset, according to Hannon. Pictures of quartz and other sparkly crystals tend to pop up on the news feeds of the edgier parts of social media sites like Instagram and Tumblr. This gives the idea that healing crystals are associated with hipsters.

‘I’m not one those airy fairy people who say “crystals will cure cancer.” I actually hate people like that’, Hannon says. ‘I’ve had a lady come with a terminal illness who looked for crystals and said “I want something to cure me” and you can’t do that. Medical assistants are the healers, they’ve studied for years and they’re wonderful at their jobs. They’re the people you need to go to.’

‘Crystals are for spiritual support and maybe it could help give you peace of mind if you’re terminally ill, or with your last while on Earth. It can be heartbreaking at times with the people you meet. You have to be very proactive and positive on the outlook of life and not encourage people that things can be cured with crystals. I don’t like people like that.’

In the end, just believing in the method and understanding the science behind how healing crystals work isn’t enough for some people to believe. What Hannon has to say to those people is ‘everybody has a belief system and I’d say that’s fine if you don’t believe it. But I’d say give it a go. Meditate, put on a bit of music on, light a candle, sit down and stick a bit of quartz in your hand and just relax. It’s not for everybody and that’s cool. Don’t judge until you try.’