Crystals have been used as an adjunctive healing tool for many thousands of years. Cultures all over the world have used their vibrational energy for healing the body, mind, and spirit. The aborigines of Australia revere quartz as a container of spirits, shamans in South America use crystals to contact the spirits, Native Americans of North America have used crystals in medicine bundles, and those in the far east have used crystals and crystal balls for centuries as gazing tools. Ancient crystal skulls made over ten thousand years ago, perhaps by aliens, have been found in ancient temples of Central America. The Bible makes many references to crystals; an example is the Breastplate of Aaron (Exodus 28:5-30) which was utilized as the “breastplate of judgment” (Exodus 28: 15 RSV). The holy New Jerusalem in Revelations of the New Testament balances this ancient reference to the Temple of Solomon. Revelations 21: 19-20 (RSV) describes jasper, sapphire, agate, emerald, onyx, carnelian, chrysolite (perhaps peridot?), beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth (garnet or ruby?), and amethyst as the foundation of the new city. The ancient Egyptians revered malachite, lapis lazuli, carnelian, peridot and other minerals as a way to “cross over” and to heal. The Egyptian Book of the Dead contains a chant for carnelian. Muslims have used inscribed stones as amulets for almost a thousand years. The ancient Vedic texts of India use many gems astrologically and also as ingredients of special preparations and sacred powders. The best single volume on the mystical ancient lore of gemstones was written by the premier gemologist of the 20th century, George Frederick Kunz. His book The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (Bell Publishing 1989 reprint) is the classic work on the subject.
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