Crystals and gems have long been used as an alternative medical technique to cure and protect against disease. They supposedly work by channelling, absorbing and focusing energy fields. In recent years they have experienced a new upsurge in popularity, even though they are commonly thought of as a pseudoscience by scientists.
So why do people believe in them and why are they so popular? Is there any truth in their healing powers or is it all just in our minds?
Well, seems as crystals are nothing more than fossilised minerals, it is hard to believe they could contain any real power. And when you add to that the fact that there is zero scientific evidence for crystal healing, we can pretty much assume that yes, it is all very much in our minds!
In fact, a study at Goldsmiths College at the University of London shows that indeed the power is very much down to the placebo effect. Participants in the study were told to meditate while holding either a real quartz crystal or a fake one, which they believed was real. The researches found that the effects reported were no different from the fake crystals as the effects reported by people holding the real ones. Unsurprisingly, they also found that people who held superstitious beliefs were more likely to feel the effects.
But, this does not mean that we cannot benefit from these strange stones! There are numerous reports all over the world of people claiming to have had miraculous benefits from their crystals and this should not be ignored.
Just because something only works because of a placebo effect or from effects that we cannot prove scientifically, does not mean we cannot benefit from them. In fact, I'm going to show you how you can manifest anything you desire using using these beautiful and fascinating stones.
First you need to convince your subconscious mind that your crystal DOES have the power to manifest your dreams, then you can use this to attract and manifest anything you desire. Follow these simple steps to learn how!
1. Decide EXACTLY what you want to manifest
It is important to be very clear and specific about what it is that you desire. For example; if it is money that you want to manifest then make sure you know the EXACT amount you desire and the date by when you expect to manifest it by.
And if you think money is the thing you want to manifest, are you really sure? Usually it isn't actually money that we want, but what we think money will enable us to do. For example, maybe it is the financial freedom you desire, the freedom to travel the world, live an exciting lifestyle, or having more love and happiness?
Still think it is money that you desire? Ok... try looking at it this way; if you successfully manifested a billion pounds but the next day you woke up to find you were the only person left on the planet, would you regret your wish? From this new perspective hopefully you can see that is not the actual money that you desire but what you can do with it that matters.
You may find you have a whole list of stuff on your list but you will need to work on one at a time for this to work. You can always work on the rest later!
2. Select the right crystal
There are literally thousands of different crystals and gemstones available in so many different shapes and sizes. So how do we know which one to pick? And if the power of the crystal all comes from within our minds, then why does it matter anyway?
Well, in order to successfully convince your subconscious that what you are doing is 'real', you need to use as many tactics as possible. So anything our subconscious may have already been conditioned to believe, we can use to our advantage. For example, most people would associate the colour green with money. Therefore, crystals such as Green Aventurine are often recommended for attracting wealth.
Just browse some guides on picking crystals and let your intuition guide you. Keep firmly in your mind the vision of what you are aiming to manifest and then pick the one that stands out the most to you.
3. Connect with your crystal
Next, you need to connect your subconscious mind to your crystal. The more over the top you are with this step, the better! You can take your crystal on trips with you, keep it under your pillow at night, give it a name and look after it by cleaning and polishing it. You could even try talking to it as if it were a real living being! Tell him (or her!) about yourself and what your intentions are. This charges (or programmes the crystal) but of course, it is not the crystal which you are programming here but your own subconscious mind!
4. Quieten the conscious (critical) mind
In order for anything to be accepted into the subconscious mind, we need the conscious (critical) mind to accept it. If you are in any doubt about the power of your crystal, then your conscious mind can sabotage your process. You may be telling your subconscious mind that your crystal is bringing you all the wealth and happiness you desire, but if the conscious mind is in the background saying, this will never work then guess what? It will not work! So first you need to allow yourself to completely BELIEVE in the process. Then, you need to quieten your conscious mind whilst performing your crystal ritual so you cannot accidentally sabotage all your hard work.
So, before performing your crystal ritual, just get yourself nice and relaxed, take a few deep breaths and then spend at least 5 or 10 minutes meditating. Keeping your crystal close by or in your hands whilst you meditate will help strengthen your connection.
5. Affirm your desires!
Once you (and your crystal friend!) are relaxed and ready, you can begin your affirmations. Hold your crystal close and say out loud what it is that you wish to manifest. Stay focused on your intentions and do not allow your mind to drift.
Repeat as many times as you can; remember, the more times your subconscious hears something, the more likely it is to accept it.
And remember, a picture is worth a thousand words! Try to visualise your desires in your mind with as much clarity as you can. Really try to feel the emotions you would feel if you already had whatever it is that you are trying to manifest.
From now on, keep your crystal close by (either in a pocket during the day or under your pillow at night) and every time you see or feel your crystal, envision those same images and feel those emotions as vividly as you can. The more you do this, the quicker your dreams will manifest.
6. EXPECT results!
Expectation can sometimes be overlooked but is an extremely important step. When the subconscious mind expects something, it makes that thing happen. This is how comes the placebo effect works; if a person expects a pill to do something, then the body's own chemistry can cause effects similar to what a medication might have caused. The placebo effect is so powerful that every drug company must factor in its effect when testing every new drug.
"The placebo effect cannot be explained other than that the patients' belief system causes the same healing and effect as the real medicine. When patients are unaware medication is being given to them, the placebo effect disappears. When the patients are unaware, there is no expectation." - Harry Carpenter The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind.
This shows just how incredible our minds really are and how powerful expectation can be.
Once you expect your dreams to become reality, you will see the opportunities around you and be inspired to take the action required to put you on the right path.
So... trust in the process and know, without any doubt, that your desires are manifesting. Your incredible subconscious mind will then go to work to make your dreams come true!
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