Exploring the Metaphysical through Crystals and Gemstones

by Cassie Nixon and Maria Bircher

A quick search of the word Metaphysics reveals to us that, “Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that examines the fundamental nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, between substance and attribute, and between potentiality and actuality. The word “metaphysics” comes from two Greek words that, together, literally mean “after or behind or among [the study of] the natural”. It has been suggested that the term might have been coined by a first century AD editor who assembled various small selections of Aristotle’s works into the treatise we now know by the name Metaphysics (ta meta ta phusika, ‘after the Physics ’, another of Aristotle’s works).

Metaphysics studies questions related to what it is for something to exist and what types of existence there are. Metaphysics seeks to answer, in an abstract and fully general manner, the questions:

What is there?

What is it like?

Topics of metaphysical investigation include existence, objects and their properties, space and time, cause and effect, and possibility.

Every day, Alternative Medicine practitioners utilize various modalities of healing. Using the metaphysical properties of stones is just one way to achieve a great level of wisdom, inner strength, knowledge, intuition, spirit, bravery, and other positive qualities. Crystal healing is an alternative medical technique in which crystals and other stones are used to cure ailments and protect against disease. Proponents of this technique believe that crystals act as conduits for healing — allowing positive, healing energy to flow into the body as negative, disease-causing energy flows out.

Metaphysical properties of stones are reflected in their dominant colors. Just like stones, certain colors are believed to invoke certain qualities, power, and reactions. Stones, especially gemstones and semi-precious stones, are miracles of nature. They are formed inside rocks, and no two gemstones or crystals has an identical look. These rocks carry special elements that are reflected in their colors, patterns, and hues.

It has been suggested that blue reflects calmness, red invokes spirit and bravery, yellow invokes energy and stimulation, green invokes peaceful feeling and many more. this scientific research was just emphasis of what ancient people had long believed.

Gemstones and crystals have their own dominant colors, even though some of their variants may have colorful patterns. Color energies of stones invoke different feelings. 

Red for bravery, courage, passion, lust, excitement, and fierceness.

Yellow for joy, happiness, youthful feeling, energy, prosperity, and vitality.

Green for peace, life, growth, and changes.

Blue for calmness, wisdom, relaxation, knowledge, and hope.

Pink for affection, tender love, care, and unconditional love.

Black for mystery, protection, intuition, and self-discovery.

Purple for divine power, luxury, and mysticism.

White for purity, humbleness, acceptance, and kindness.

Crystal healing proponents believe that crystals and gemstones have properties that facilitate healing. Many sites promoting crystal healing allege that the history of this practice is ancient, dating back at least 6,000 years to the time of the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia. Ancient Egyptians are also referenced on such sites as being among the first people to have adorned themselves with crystals — including lapis lazuli, carnelian and turquoise — to ward off illness and negative energy. People from all around the world, have used stones for thousands of years to protect themselves from different spiritual dangers that may have obstructed their continuous quest for health, prosperity, and enlightenment. When we take a better look at modern society, we notice that, when it comes to stones, we are not that different from our ancestors. These metaphysical properties of stones continue to fascinate and intrigue scientific communities.

Nowadays people use stones as adjuvants in different medical treatments, or to find balance and communicate with the metaphysical world. Pure, rough shaped stones, beads, or jewelry pieces are the ultimate healing accessory. From the Access Gems Blog, we learn some fascinating metaphysical properties of these stones: 

Agate – has the power to balance your ying-yang energy flow, improve decision making abilities, restore and increase awareness, and instill courage. Many people claim that agate also enhances creative abilities and strength.

Amber – If you want to purify your spirit, body, and mind you should choose the Amber stone. This gorgeous gem balances electromagnetic energies in the body and restores the natural flow of chakra. It is also recommended for those suffering with depression.

Amethyst –known for its abilities to calm and soothe spirits, enhance psychic ability, and improve strength. 

Aventurine – enhances vital qualities such as creativity, independence, or leadership skills. 

Aquamarine – The aquamarine’s beauty is only surpassed by its properties. An excellent stone that improves reflexes, awareness, intellectual prowess, and bravery.

Azurite –awakens the power of intuition and insight. It is also a great stone for those who wish to meditate.

Apache Tears – Many people have never heard about Apache tears, let alone its incredible properties. Are you having trouble forgiving people or getting over a loss? Slap on an Apache Tears on and you will feel negative energies dispersing. Among other things, this stone improves analytical skills.

Calcite – cleansing and amplifying energy are the two things that Calcite does best.

Celestite – instills a sense of peace and hope.

Chrysocolla –  the ultimate earth stone that purifies the user of all negative energies and restores balance.

Copal – This stone excels in providing mental fortitude and a higher state of consciousness.

Fluorite –will help you achieve inner balance, better focus, and a higher understanding of the rules that govern the universe. Especially recommended for individuals with hectic lives.

Garnet – Want love in your life? Not sure if you are ready for commitment? No problem. The garnet has got you covered. This stone also improves your natural flow of energy and devotion. Commitment, devotion, love, stability, and order. 

Hematite – Enhances mental fortitude.

Jade – A preferred stone by many individuals because it provides with self-confidence, hope, peace, and fidelity. Also used by lucid dreamers.

Jasper – improve your powers of insight.

Kunzite – Harmony, passion, and protection are all offered by the Kunzite. This stone also helps individuals who are having trouble communicating or socializing, or who wish to improve their meditative skills.

Kyanite –this unusual gem will help you improve psychic awareness, balance your chakras, and help you improve your communication skills.

Lapis Lazuli – Ingenuity, Intellectual power, wisdom, and peace of mind.

Lepidolite –properties of this stone include fortitude during times of transition. Stability.

Malachite – Are you on the verge of a major transition? Is your mind clouded? The Malachite has incredible powers including support for spiritual transformations, mental fortitude, and clearness of mind.

Moonstone – emotional support, rhythms, and fate.

Obsidian – It may be black, but the obsidian has the power to cleanse all negative energies. It is one of the primary protective and healing stones that helps individual better understand their true selves and make the changes necessary to become a better version of themselves.

Onyx –a favorite stone for those seeking to achieve better self-control or to center their spirit.

Opal – preferred by artists with creativity blocks.

Peridot – Another healing stone with incredible powers. It makes it easier for individuals to understand and accept the transformations of life and its cycles.

Rhodochrosite – Helps individuals center themselves and find love.

Rutilated Quartz – Used in association with other crystals as it enhances their properties. By itself, it is used by clairvoyant individuals who seek more focus and better brain stimulation.

Sapphire – Happiness, optimism, abundance, and fertility.

Selenite – Do you believe in reincarnation, past and future lives? If the answer is yes you might want to know that the Selenite aids those on their spiritual journey between lives. It also helps users achieve a higher sense of spirituality and to sharpen judgement skills.

Sodalite – enhances analytical skills, sincerity, and productivity.

Sugilite – Self-confidence, love, cleanses negative emotions, and empowers positive energies.

Tiger eye – the fierce eye of the tiger is used for spiritual empowerment, positive energy, and grounding.

Topaz – enhances personality traits, helps users on their pursuit of love, instills creative purpose.

Tourmaline – cleanses negative energies, forgiveness, creativity.

Turquoise – A spiritual stone with protective powers that helps the users in times of transformation.

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