Conscious Crystals: The Ethics Behind Gems and Stones

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Humans have been drawn to crystals since the beginning of time, not just for their sparkle and shine, but for their metaphysical properties too.

Colleen McCann, shaman and author of Crystal Rx shares that gems and stones have been used in many ancient civilizations around the world for their magical and mystical properties.

In ancient Egypt, they used crystal pigmented cosmetics which they believed bought them strength and protection. In China, they used crystal-tipped acupuncture needles to facilitate healing, and in Greece, the soldiers would rub Hematite on their bodies before a battle to enhance their strength.

Even today, we are drawn to crystals not just because they sparkle, but because on a deeper level, our bodies resonate with their structure. Whether we are consciously aware of it or not, crystals activate us, heal us, and help to heighten our energetic field.

But like some things in life, there is a dark side to the world of crystals, which relates to how they are mined and sourced, and the potentially damaging effect it can have on the environment and to the miners themselves.

When we walk into our local crystal store, most of us don’t stop to think about where all the crystals have come from and whether they have been fairly traded or ethically mined.

Crystals are energetic and have the ability to hold and store information from the world around them, making it even more important to ensure that they are harvested and collected consciously.

As Colleen writes in Crystal Rx, “you want ethically sourced stones, and those with the most positive, clean, clear, energies possible. Knowing the lineage of a crystal is a lot like knowing were your meat or your eggs come from. Free-range and farm-to-table, right?”

In order to do this, Colleen suggests speaking with the owner of the crystal store you are visiting and talking to them about where they source their stones.

You can also do your research online beforehand and look for companies that offer ethically and consciously sourced options.

While ethically sourced stones are definitely the way to go, when we start thinking about crystals and the fact that they are being dug up from Mother Earth, it can be natural to wonder if it’s right to do this at all.

When we think of a crystal, we don’t necessarily think of it as a living thing, however those who have worked extensively with crystals know that they carry their own level of own intelligence, almost like they have their own personality.

As Colleen shares, “crystals are structured in such a way that they respond to the different energies around them by oscillating and emitting specific vibratory frequencies.”

It seems that crystals have the ability to interact with our world and our DNA more than we realize and while there is more information on this shared in Crystal Rx, it seems that crystals want to be a part of helping to facilitate the healing of humankind.

On a personal level, I feel digging up crystals is the same as digging up vegetables or cutting flowers. They are precious resources given to us by Mother Earth and as long as we harvest them consciously and have respect for where they have come from, they are there to be used and enjoyed by us.

Just like vegetables provide our physical body with nutrition and healing when we eat them, crystals provides us with spiritual nutrition and healing when we interact with them.

This interaction can include everything from laying the crystals on your body, to drinking them, holding them, meditating in front of them, or wearing them.

Crystals have been found because they want to be found, and as long as we treat them with respect and choose to support conscious businesses that sell ethically sourced gems and stones, we can feel good about working with them.

It is also important to remember that even though we may purchase a crystal, they are truly the property of Mother Earth and once we have finished working with their energy, it is part of our duty to return them to the earth or pass them along so they can heal and help others.

Crystals hold a wisdom and powerful healing properties that can be unlocked when we interact with them, look after them, and treat them with respect.

If you want to explore the crystal kingdom further and learn how to use crystals consciously and as powerful tools of healing, I highly recommend Colleen’s book Crystal Rx as your guide. It contains all you need to know about working with crystals, as well as some DIY rituals and healing techniques.

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Tanaaz is the creator of Forever Conscious. She is an intuitive astrologer and aims to use her writing to heal and inspire. She is also the author of several books including the Power of Positive Energy, Messages for the Soul, and My Pocket Mantras. She also runs online courses and in-person retreats.