Check out this video of the Carl Jung and John Constantine ritual performed by Ian Cat Vincent & co in Liverpool last year, in honour of the stage adaptation of Robert Anton Wilson‘s Cosmic Trigger.
Crystals have been in the lime-light ever since celebrities such as Shirley MacLaine and Cher have come out of the closet and admitted they were New Agers. However, along with this public scrutiny, there has also been a whole bunch of misconceptions. The most common of which is that a person just wears a crystal like jewellery or carries it and it works like some kind of instant stage-magic or prestidigitation. This, of course, is not the case. To get the full effect of crystal power in your life means, as with so much else, that you must put into it what you take out of it. So here are a few simple guidelines for those of you who plan on taking this subject seriously.
Selecting your crystal
To select a crystal is not all that much different from selecting a pet or a work of art. When you go into the store to purchase your crystal — or any other stone used in healing or psychic work — just pick the one that calls to you. Continue reading
Healing With Crystals, by Pamela Louise Chase and Jonathan Pawlik
Page Books, 2001
My major problem, and indeed my only problem, dealt with the authors’ assertions relating to the function of crystals in the ancient land of Atlantis. Personally, I lean towards agreeing with them, but I feel that their assertions should have been a little less dogmatic. We don’t KNOW for sure that crystals were used in the manner they assert (just as we don’t KNOW much about any prehistoric or early historic events). A simple “Some people believe…” would have made me feel better about this section.
This book is what a lot of folks would call “white light and fluff bunny,” and that is all right. It is intended as a beginning introduction to working with quartz crystal. The affirmations and techniques described should not offend anyone, and they will encourage people to experiment on their own.
The authors are careful to point out (which many authors today do not) that the assumptions used in working with crystal, and which they describe, are ones which have worked FOR THEM. The reader is encouraged to find what works for them.
Throughout this book, the reader is reminded that it is only a starting point, and is not intended to be a definitive work. Over and over, the authors encourage their reader to try things; to experiment; to refine that which has worked for others.
Do I do a lot of crystal work? No, not particularly. Did I learn from this book? Certainly. Would I recommend it? Without hesitation. Most people probably won’t even notice that minor hitch about Atlantis while reading this book. I probably wouldn’t have if Atlantis wasn’t a personal area of interest for me.
Read it and enjoy it.