What Does Science Says About Crystal Healing?
Has crystal healing been scientifically proven in a double-blind study to produce the effects claimed by crystal practitioners? So far, the answer is “no”. While there haven’t been a huge number of studies on the subject (as most scientists just think it’s ridiculous), most studies on energy healing have concluded that the placebo effect is one of the most powerful forces in human health: if we believe something will make us feel better, it usually does.
Is That the End of the Story?
For many people, that’s all they need to know to wash their hands of crystal healing for good. And I can certainly understand that view. But crystals work for me. Could it all be in my head? Sure. Are there aspects to reality that science has not yet explained? Absolutely. If I only went on what was scientifically proven, I wouldn’t have any spiritual beliefs at all. I’d be an absolute atheist, and explain all the spiritual experiences I’ve had as some version of madness, delusion, or just wishful thinking.
I was raised to believe in science and eschew religion. At the same time, I felt magic all around me, as many children do. As I grew into adulthood and left home, I realized I had to make a choice. I could either stare down thousands of years of human spiritual experiences and declare them all null and void because science said they weren’t real…or I could open my heart to having an experience that I couldn’t explain, and find out for myself what magic the world holds.
I chose the latter, and my life has never been the same.
My Life Has Been Immeasurably Enriched By My Willingness to Be Open to Things I Can’t Explain
After my decision to open my mind and heart, my life has been shaped by a constant awareness of a world of energy and Spirit that is all around us and within us at all times. I’ve always struggled with the question of whether all of this is “real”, but at the end of the day, I have to go with what has given my life meaning, purpose, growth and happiness. I may never see a day when energy work is validated by science, but I know my life would be poorer if I had decided that scientific studies were the only criteria I would use for what I consider valid.
I am not anti-science in any way. I believe climate change is real, I would vaccinate my kids if I had any, and I don’t believe anyone should use crystals as a substitute for medical care (as a supplement though, for sure!). I realize that “believe whatever you want” is a slippery slope to a world where expertise is shunned in favor of beliefs that validate one’s worldview. These are valid issues, but I don’t believe science and spirituality have to be mutually exclusive and I am not willing to throw out either one for the other. They have both been incredibly valuable to my in my life, and while they don’t necessarily agree on everything, that’s a paradox I’m willing to live with to pursue what I feel in my heart is right for me.
My Advice? Explore and Decide for Yourself
Without definitive scientific proof, crystal healing will remain in the realm of faith and magic. That’s fine with me–but it might not be fine with you. So it really comes down to personal choice.
I encourage everyone to experiment for themselves, be open to being surprised, allow yourself to experience new things, and make up your own mind.