How Crystal Energy Works
The energy that a crystal, stone or metal emits is intangible for the vast majority of humans because most have forgotten how to feel energy. Some individuals possess the inborn ability to feel vibrational energy, these people are typically known as psychics. All humans are capable of feeling the energy emitting from earthly minerals; those who are born psychics simply have a 20 second head start in a hypothetical race, so don't get discouraged if you don't feel anything at first.
Crystal energy typically expands in all directions, like an invisible energy field. This energy field is just as alive as you are. Think of this interaction between you and the stone's energy as a dance; the crystalline vibrations want to Waltz with your soul, Tango with your life-force and ChaCha Slide with your Qi, even.
Its energy blends with yours and bends with yours.
Benefits of Crystals
While there are many types of crystals with many functions, the general idea is imprinting the crystals energy signature upon your personal energy field. Crystals can sometimes draw in negative energy from you like a sponge, continuously generate positive energy to fill a room with love or create a protective psychic shield for your heart and mind. Some crystals even show medicinal promise in the healing arts, using the mineral's vibrational frequency to dissolve tumors, promote blood circulation or nurture psychological disease. The healing benefits of crystals is existent, but still doesn't have quite enough scientific research to make it into the medical arena. Perhaps 5 or 10 years down the road we'll see a development, but for now crystal healing is still caught between an enigma and a phenomenon in western culture.
While I was originally skeptical, I can attest first hand that I've felt the energy of some stones.
So we already know that each crystal or stone has its own naturally emitting energy signature. Not only does the crystal itself pulse waves of energy, those waves can be bent into different shapes and methods of flow. The shape or "cut" of a crystal can play a significant role in the way that mineral's energy vibrates, how much energy it produces and the direction in which the energy flows. Below I've compiled brief explanations for 10 of the most common crystal cuts you'll see at any metaphysical store.
☉ "Chunks" of crystal or stone are not yet cut into any specific shape, they typically look like pieces that have been broken away from the crystal's original cluster. They produce energy in whichever way they would do so naturally, as the mineral hasn't been shaped into a cut yet.
☉ "Clusters" are dense gatherings of one or more particular crystal types. They typically have many pointed ends which projects the energies of the entire crystal cluster in multiple directions simultaneously. Clusters can scale in size from something that would fit in your hand to something you could use to barracade your front door.
☉ "Tumbled" stones typically fit in the palm of your hand by the bunches, it's surface is smooth but isn't always completely spherical. When you go to a metaphysical shop, or some place you can purchase stones, you'll find tumbled stones by the masses. Tumbled stones are also perfect for you pocket, carrying that healing energy with you through the day.
☉ "Terminated" crystals are cut or grown in a way that the crystal comes to a point at only one end. This type of cut is where things start to get interesting. The single-pointed crystal is intended to act as a channel of that crystal's energy into one focused direction. Terminated crystals are often used for wands or pendulums, as they can direct energy toward a specific target.
☉ "Double Terminated" crystals have been terminated on both sides rather than just one. Since both ends of the crystal come points it will act like an energy channel between two locations. Double Terminated crystals are particularly useful when trying to create a crystal grid, in which case your goal would be to use it as a guide for energy to travel between a network of crystals.
☉ "Balls" are crystals or stones that have been geometrically shaped into a sphere for the purpose of expanding the mineral's energy in all directions evenly. Balls/Spheres are perfect as center pieces for rooms, not only would it be a beautiful thing to put in the middle of your living room, it'd be great for the overall electromagnetic atmosphere. If interior design isn't your thing, smaller spheres can be held in your palms during meditation which some say helps with the depth of their meditative state.
☉ "Eggs" have been cut as such for the general purpose of hand-held meditation. Eggs fit well in your palms for meditation sessions and have also been used in Acupressure massage.
☉ "Pyramids" are very powerful cuts of crystal and stone. Pyramids have been noted as assisting the in your personal ascension toward enlightenment and inner peace. The pyramid is cut with the intent of channeling energy from the base to the apex or from the apex to the base. The pyramid cut not only directs energy flow, it can store it, transmute it and amplify the stone's naturally occurring properties. They are also typically used when working on releasing chakra blockages.
☉ "Generators" are free-standing crystals that have been cut with 6 faces and all come to one terminated point. The generator cut is the grand zen master of energy producing crystal cuts, amplifying the stone's properties and projecting is vibrations in a powerful, geometric formation. Generators also focus greatly on amplifying or projecting healing energy within a relative proximity.
☉ "Squares" are stones that have been cut into 6 sided cubes. This cut is very sturdy and grounding, drawing energy inward instead of projecting it. Squares are the top-notch cut for the purpose of soaking up negative energy and transmuting it into positive energy, or dispersing the negative energy entirely. In my opinion, square cut Black Tourmaline would be great for absorbing negative energy and psychic attack.
Each stone, each gem is a different part of Mother Earth. Her heart helps the energy field of your heart. Her mind helps the energy field of your mind. Her liver helps the energy field of your liver. Respect her and use her body with the intension of wellness, she will return the affection in kind. That is the art of crystal healing. It is however, important to bear in mind that these stones are tools and should not be relied on solely. Think of your crystals as humble guides through times where you need a little outside influence to keep your energy field healthy. They are the training wheels on your first bicycle or the lane bumpers the first few times you go bowling. Masters of the healing arts still use crystals, but only ever as a tool and never a crutch.