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What is Crystal Healing? Why and How Does it Work?

What is Crystal Healing? Why and How Does it Work?

After becoming a certified crystal healer and offering crystal healing services, I am often asked by many people "what is crystal healing and how does it work"?


"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration." says physicist Nikola Tesla. 

Every matter on earth are made of energy. Perhaps the best real-world demonstration of this relationship unclear energy, which results from the conversion of matter into energy. Cyndi Dale in her book The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy explains swirling subtle energies underlying all of physical reality and forming the basis of all matter.

All energetic objects vibrate and have their own vibrational frequencies. People tend to attract other people or objects who have similar vibrational frequencies. That's what we typically say we "vibe" with someone. However, our vibration varies from day to day and time to day depending on what food we consume, what career or activities we engage, our mood and emotions, how we care for ourselves and how much time we spend in spiritual practices.

Like human, crystals are energy and have their own vibrational frequencies. According to Wikipedia, "A crystal or crystalline solid is a solid material whose constituents (such as atoms, molecules, or ions) are arranged in a highly ordered microscopic structure, forming a crystal lattice that extends in all directions." Unlike human, because crystal's crystalline structure, most vibrate at relatively high levels consistently. By bringing these crystals in contact or proximity to ourselves, we can use them to tune our own vibrations to a higher level.


Energy healing is not a new healing practice. Throughout the ages, various modalities of energy healing work are performed to heal physical, mental and spiritual illness. Ayurveda is a holistic healing method practiced in India till this day. Practitioners described the life force that everyone possess is prana. Weakness and illness are caused by the lack of prana flowing through the body thus restoring the flow of prana is essential for health. 

In Chinese traditional medicine, Chi is the same concept as prana. It is still practiced today and I grew up curing disease from this modality. When the life force Chi--the yin and yang energy are out of balance, illness occurs. The goal for healing is to bring the energies back to balance.

Japanese master Mikao Usui developed a modern energy healing technique called Reiki which involve the transfer of universal energy from the practitioner’s palms to their patient to bring back energy balance.

Chiropractic, acupuncture, Chios, Quantum-Touch, Deekasha, aura cleansing, and many other types of energy healing work are just other modalities of healing methods using the same principle: bring our energy back to balance. Crystal healing works in the same way.


Humans' energy vibrations come from the seven energy centers (called Chakras)--See Anodea Judith Ph.D. Wheel of Life: the classic guide to the chakra systemThere is a new school of thoughts named Human Design devlooped by Ra Uru Hu and Lynda Bunnell --See The Definitive Book of Human Design: the science of differentiation--claimed that since the discovery of the planet Uranus by Herschel in 1781, we moved into the Uranian Era when human beings with highly evolved 9-centered forms now. 

The seven chakras (human energy centers) are roughly correspond with areas of your body, each of them is associated with a color, a sound (a note in music) and a frequency as well as certain qualities and abilities.

First chakra (the Root or Base Chakra): it sits at the base of our tailbone. Color: Red; Frequency:256hz; Music note: C;  Mantra sound: Lam. Deficient=Lethargic; Excessive=Workaholic; Balanced=Grounded

Second chakra (the Sacral Chakra): it sits near the belly button. Color: Orange; Frequency:288hz; Music note: D;  Mantra sound: Vam.  Deficient=Apathetic; Excessive=Over-active sex drive; Balanced=Creative

Third chakra (the Solar Plexus Chakra): it sits at the base of the sternum. Color: Yellow; Frequency:320hz; Music note: E;  Mantra sound: Ram.  Deficient=Stagnant; Excessive=Anxious; Balanced=Confident

Fourth chakra (the Heart Chakra): it sits in the center of the chest. Color: Green; Frequency:341.3hz; Music note: F;  Mantra sound: Yam.  Deficient=Unfeeling; Excessive=Clingy; Balanced=Compassionate

Fifth chakra (the Throat Chakra): it sits above the Adam's apple. Color: Blue; Frequency:384hz; Music note: G;  Mantra sound: Ham. Deficient=Suppressed; Excessive=Prone to Outbursts; Balanced=Communicative

Sixth chakra (the Third Eye Chakra): it sits in the center of the forehead. Color: Indigo; Frequency:426.7hz; Music note: A;  Mantra sound: Sham. Deficient=Over-analyzing; Excessive=Lack of Psychic Boundaries; Balanced=Intuitive

Seventh chakra (the Crown Chakra): it sits at the top of the head. Color: Purple. Frequency:480hz; Music note: B;  Mantra sound: Om.  Deficient=Skeptical; Excessive=Ungrounded; Balanced=Connected

These chakra centers vibrate through meridians (the energetic pathways running through the body, think blood vessels) which forms an aura (energy fields surrounding the human body that enable us to detect our own energy and the energy of others. The auras can be detected by special cameras in a process known as Kirlian photography.


Crystals, like our bodies, have auras and vibrations of their own, and the interaction between the energy of crystals and the energy of humans can affect our vibrations which can bring about various types of healing.

Although human and crystal vibrations are typically undetectable by our five senses, for people who have long-term spiritual practices, like meditation, they are more likely to develop the intuitive ability to sense these subtle energies. The more grounded our soul is in our body, the more we are able to discern our intuitive sense. 

There are many different types of intuitive senses. The most common one is Clairvoyance which means clear seeing. Generally, our clairvoyance will manifest when we can see through our mind's eye or through visions. You don't have to physically see something in the flesh or real life to be clairvoyant. People possess this intuitive sense typically use languages like " I really see what you mean", or "I can really get a vision of where you are going with that".

Claircogizance is clear knowing, the intuition comes through a certain knowing that something is happening or is going to happen. Creative concepts and ideas often come through claircognizance--one second before there was no idea, the next second a whole concept is developed. You can't just explain how you know what you just do.

Clairsentience means clear feeling. Most empaths and artists have this intuitive sense. People who are highly sensitive can pick up other people's emotions fast. 

There are other intuitive senses through which we can feel the energy of human and crystals. Clairaudience is clear hearing. Clairtangency is clear touching--in person crystal healing, massage, reiki therapists most likely have this ability. Clairsalience is clear smelling--aromatherapy is based on this ability; and clairgustance which is clear tasting.

I've developed my clairvoyance, claircognizance and clairsentience abilities over my past 10 years of meditation practice and spiritual growth. I am able to access visions, symbols and vivid images while I meditate. Most of my paintings are from my meditation visions. I can quickly sense the energy of a person, animal, space (especially with Fengshui practices). Often times I can feel my client's aura color and notice what they really need before they tell me or sometimes they themselves can't articulate what they really need.

All of these intuitive senses forms a foundation for someone who is able to perform energy healing work. That's why I diligently keep my daily meditation practices. If there is a day I feel out of touch with spirit, my clair-skills levels drop.


Okay, now you know what is crystal healing, why and how it works. Then how can this healing be done from a distance? Distance healing is the art of sending healing energy to people, places, animals, or situations remotely. When using crystals for distance healing, the healing energy is channeled through the crystal to the person in need. Due to crystals' lattice structure, crystals make a particularly useful way to send all types of distance healing.

There are three types of crystals that are especially useful for a distance crystal healer: channeler crystals, transmitter crystals and Dow (also called Trans-Channeler) crystals.

Channeler crystals's main face have seven edges plus a small face with three edges directly opposite (behind) the main face. They are special crystals have truly amazing energy. In numerology, the number 7 relates to mystical experiences, while the number 3 indication transformation. Since 7 and 3 play an important role in the formation of Channeler Crystals, the energetic qualities of those numbers are responsible for some of the properties of the stones as well. These crystals are especially useful for intuitives, psychics, and mediums because they assist with tapping into the knowledge and wisdom of the universal source. For this reason, they're also excellent when used by healers for receiving intuitive insight into how best to serve a client. To accomplish this, the crystals can be held over the healer's Third Eye Chakra and allowing any messages, symbols, or images to flow into the mind.

Transmitter crystals can be easily identified by their 7-3-7 formation. They have two, similarly-sized, seven-sided termination faces on either side of a three-sided termination face.

Dow crystals can be identified by their characteristic 7-3-7-3-7-3 formation. This means that each of the crystal’s 6 faces have either 7 or 3 edges (alternating). This relatively uncommon crystal formation was named for Jane Ann Dow (channeler and crystal healer). 

All these special crystals are distance healers best tools to send healing remotely. They not only amplifies the energy as it travels to its source, but it also helps direct and focus the energy.


If or when and how much you feel the energetic shifts from a crystal distance healing section can vary depends on your focus of intention, intuitive senses and distance from the healer. You can definitely sense it more if you have a spiritual practice like meditation regularly or have a diet that's healthy and assist spiritual growth-See Gabriel Cousens, M.D. Spritual Nutrition-Six Foundations for Spiritual Life and the Awakening of Kundalini.

This is my personal learnings and opinions about crystal healing and distance healing. I hope it helps for you to understand more how and why it works. Share it if you resonate with it so more people will benefit from it.

Here are some other books and resources I found useful for you to deeper understand the subject if interested. Please note that I am not affiliated with any of these authors or Amazon. I read them and found them helpful to my personal growth journey and that's why I recommend them.

-The Love and Light School of Crystal Therapy Blog (this is where I got my crystal healer certificate)

-Karen Frazier Crystals for Healing: Remedies for Mind, Heart and Soul

-Philip Permutt The Little Pocket Book of Crystal Chakra Healing: Energy Medicine for Mind, Body and Spirit

-Cassandra Eason A Little Bit of Auras: an introduction to energy fields

-Yulia Van Doren Crystalize: the Modern Guide to Crystal Healing

-Naha Armady Everyday Crystal Rituals: healing practices for love, wealth, career, and home.

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