Sunday, October 4, 2009

Crystal therapy for stage fright?

There is lots of curious advice in books and on the web on ways to treat stage fright. Some of it even involves the use of crystals or gemstones.

In his book, The Healing Crystal First Aid Manual, Michael Gienger says on page 195 that:

“Golden Topaz is the best crystal for last minute nerves such as stage fright or before an important interview, examination, etc. It helps one feel secure and self-confident, strengthens the ability to express oneself and helps facing up to public appearances in a relaxed way.

Hold a crystal (Chrysoberyl or Golden Topaz) or a raw or tumbled stone (Amber or Magnesite) in the hand for immediate effect; or wear as a bracelet, necklace or pendant for a longer period.

Alternatively, take gem essence (3-7 drops, 3 times daily), or gem water (100 to 200 ml taken in small sips during the course of the day).”

If this doesn’t work, then it must be your fault, because you just have not properly cleansed or recharged the crystals.

What is the difference between gem essences and gem waters? On page 25 Gienger says that:

“Gem water is made by placing crystals in water for a period of time ranging from a few hours to a number of days. Gem essences, on the other hand, are made by placing crystals in water or alcohol for a longer period, or by means of special procedures that differ from one producer to the other.”

How does crystal therapy work? On page 26 Gienger says that:

“The effects of the crystals described in this book are not chemical, but come about through a transmission of the crystal’s own internal “information”. Crystal healing is therefore an information-therapy, rather like homeopathy, Bach flower remedies, or aromatherapy. The outer, practical applications of the crystals and the consumption of gem water, gem essences or preparations that do not contain the actual substances, or only in extremely diluted form, are sufficient in themselves to obtain the necessary healing effects.”

Of course, just after the title page is a Publisher’s note (a very broad disclaimer) which says that:

“The information in this volume has been compiled according to the best of our knowledge and belief, and the healing properties of the crystals have been tested many times over. Bearing in mind that different people react in different ways, neither the publisher nor the author can give a guarantee for the effectiveness or safety of use in individual cases. In the case of serious health problems please consult your doctor or naturopath.”

If they don’t really believe it, then why should you or I?

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