Today we’ve got a fabulous Crystal Healer guest blog post from HMCA Certified Crystal Healer, Shannon Caldwell. I’m so proud that Shannon is a part of the HMCA community b/c in her “everyday life” she’s also a lab tech & science nerd (woooo-hey!) employed as a transmission electron microscopist at Cornell University. Yep! She can get-down with some crystal healing science…and we love that!
Are you ready? Here’s Shannon…
What brought you to the world of crystal healing?
Through my spiritual path, I’ve been passively interested in crystals for a long time; however, as an avid organic gardener and environmentalist, plants and herbs were my primary focus for years. It wasn’t until after I started sound healing training in 2012 that I decided to pursue more formalized instruction in crystal healing. Several of the sound healing teachers also used crystals in various ways, and it was immediately apparent that, when combined, these two modalities could have a powerful, synergistic effect. I’d seen an ad for Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy in a Reiki magazine. When I visited the HM web site and saw that the course emphasized the science of crystal healing, my inner nerd knew it was the right program for me!
What crystal has the biggest effect on you?
That’s easy – quartz crystal!
Without it, we wouldn’t have any of the many electronic devices that have so profoundly shaped our world and will continue to do so more and more into the future. Not only is it essential for our modern lifestyle, it’s also great metaphysically. While it certainly can’t be used for everything, quartz comes close to being an all-purpose stone. It can substitute for unavailable or more expensive stones; it can strengthen the energy or effect of other crystals, and it comes in several forms that can be used for different purposes. Furthermore, it works very well with sound and amplifies the influence of manufactured quartz crystal singing bowls. Finally, it’s common, abundant, and generally quite affordable. All in all, it’s my go-to stone. For example, after the abundance and prosperity class, I wanted to set up a grid for that purpose. However, I didn’t have any of the recommended stones, but I did have lots of quartz. I used what I had on hand and created a grid that has proven very successful for me.
What do others in your life think about the path you are on?
My family is universally supportive – but then again, my parents were hippies, so this really isn’t all that far out there in comparison. I am selective about to whom I reveal my alternative side, but I’ve found that, in general, most people are very open-minded, including a fellow lab tech that I thought would be very critical. To my surprise, when she found out about my ‘other job’, she was at first curious, then interested. Finally, after a demonstration, she volunteered to be my test subject for new sessions!
Of course there are naysayers out there, but with the increasing failure of conventional medicine to address chronic health issues, more and more people are opening up to alternatives like crystal healing.
What fears came up for you on this path?
My first fear was, “What have you done?! You’re already too busy and now this? How are you possibly going to finish?” The only reason this was even remotely possible for me is because the program takes into account that real life is busy and stuff happens. The year to completion date was the only thing that allowed me to finish, yet another plus for this program.
Other than that, there’s always that fear and insecurity that happens when starting a new endeavor: will I have customers? Will I be successful? Will I make enough money to at least cover expenses? And on and on. But with time and practice, that starts to fade.
Crystal healing can be done part-time at first, so many of the fears associated with starting a new business are lessened to some extent, which is, again, another plus.
First, for many reasons beyond the scope of this question, there is a strong disincentive to fund and study alternative healing methods in academia. Indeed, there is such a bias against it that it becomes a catch 22: crystal healing doesn’t work because there are no studies that prove that it works, but there are no studies that prove that it works because the (unproven) assumption is that it couldn’t possibly work and therefore shouldn’t be studied. This prevents non-biased scientific inquiry. Without this, the actual effectiveness, or not, of this modality can’t truly be known.
After this quick explanation, I then ask the critic to explain why crystal healing should be held to a higher scientific standard than conventional medical procedures. The resulting blank look generally turns to disbelief when I explain that the Mayo Clinic Proceedings recently found that more than 40% of the established, conventional medical practices that were examined were found to be ineffective or harmful. That conventional medical practices are often NOT subject to controlled studies before they’re adopted for widespread use comes as a shock to most people, myself included when I first learned about this. The assumption is that conventional medical procedures have been studied and have met certain scientific criteria for efficacy. This is what should happen for ALL procedures, both conventional and alternative. If, however, even conventional, mainstream procedures often fail to meet this benchmark, then faulting crystal healing for the exact same failure is an irrational, untenable position. Needless to say, this ends any potential ridicule immediately and completely. You can read more about that here.
Do any ridicule you for being interested in crystal healing? If so, how do you handle that?
If I sense any impending ridicule, the nerd in me comes out, and I toss around terms like biomagnetic field, dominant oscillary rate, crystal lattice, entrainment, etc. If the criticism persists, it’s usually along the lines of “but there are no scientific studies that show that crystal healing works”. To this, I have two responses:
(NOTE FROM HIBISCUS: “Oh my…this is a woman I can RAP with!!! Thank you Ms. Shannon. Major Gratitude to you for shining your light on this issue!”)
What is your go-to crystal for grounding?
It’s subtle and gentle, good for long-term use. It always makes me feel better; I’ve even slept with it under my pillow.
I also have a small banded iron stone; however, its energy is much stronger.
“Black-band ironstone (aka)” by André Karwath aka Aka – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.
In fact, when I first got it, I could tell that it was too much for me at the time, so I put it in my purse in the same pocket as my watch. When I needed my watch a week later, I was surprised to discover that the time was 3 hours behind! The battery in it was only a month old, and it’s been fine ever since I took that stone out of my bag. Now, I save the banded iron for when I really need grounding and use the black tourmaline on a more regular basis.
What is the primary way you utilize crystals in your practice?
I’ll be adding chakra balancing using the Hibiscus Moon method to my repertoire of services. Also, I’ve combined 3 different body layouts (grounding, relaxation, and self-love) with live instruments and recorded sounds to create 3 different sessions that synergistically blend the two modes, sound and crystals, for greater healing and transformation.
What do you love most about working with crystals?
I think I love most the fact that they’re so versatile and accessible: even if I only stayed within the quartz and related family of stones, there are enough there for most purposes. Limited only by my own effort and imagination (and budget of course!), working with crystals can be as easy or as complex as I want it to be.
What energy-work or spirituality books are you loving right now?
Right now, I’m reading two books: Energy Work by Robert Bruce, and Masters of the Living Energy by Joan Parisi Wilcox.
In some respects, they compliment each other. Both discuss techniques and practices for healing and spiritual growth via energy body development and energy use. However, Energy Work does this in a stripped down, clinical manner. That is, all terms and aspects of the Eastern philosophy from which much of it is derived have been removed and/or converted into plain, straightforward language and concepts. Simple, progressive practices are provided so the individual can develop her own skills and abilities. Practices are also given in Masters of the Living Energy. However, here, unlike in the other book, they’re presented within the context and world-view of the indigenous Q’ero people of Peru. While the differences are interesting, more so are the similarities between these two systems that originated in diverse cultures on distant continents.
Do you have any advice for anyone who is considering this path?
Stay grounded in the science as much as possible.
The spiritual aspect of working with crystals is also important, but this, in my opinion, is totally subjective and therefore not particularly reliable. That’s not to say that it’s not meaningful or important, but the spiritual component is only truly significant to the individual that directly experiences it. For example, in class we’re taught to value intuition over written source material when the two conflict. I agree; however, one person’s intuition may vary from another person’s. This doesn’t make either wrong or invalid in any way, but it does, in some respects, make it harder to legitimize crystal healing.
“Well, this expert uses channeled information from Atlantis. This one directly communicates with the stones, but they say different things.
Must be the whole thing is bunk since they don’t agree at all.”
While this is not necessarily the case – different types of information can be true at the same time in specific circumstances about which we can’t know everything – the information may be true only for that particular individual and his or her specific life experience.
Adding the scientific component, and more importantly being able to speak to this, will help make crystal healing more appealing to a wider audience, an audience that may be skeptical, or perhaps even opposed to, the spiritual aspects of this modality.
How did you celebrate or reward yourself once you graduated?
By buying more crystals, of course! Actually, at the time, I hadn’t quite finished up but was dangerously close, so when the big annual gem show sponsored by the regional lapidary society came around, I grabbed some like-minded friends, and we went on a crystal buying road trip. It was very successful, but I’m already thinking about what I would like next, of course!
Shannon’s Bio: Shannon Caldwell is a lab tech and science nerd with a life long interest in non-conventional reality and spirituality. The techy, nerdy part of her is employed as a transmission electron microscopist at Cornell University, while her alternative side serves both as an initiated Priestess of the Divine Feminine as well as a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. Her recent training in, and subsequent work with, both sound and crystal healing help to integrate these seemingly disparate parts. Visit Shannon at http://www.therapeuticvibration.com
Thank you Sweet Mary Anne!! Thank you for sharing your sparkling inspiration + your gifts with the world! – See more at: http://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/the-crystal-healer-interviews-mary-anne/#sthash.LAGGFDhF.dpuf
Thank you, Shannon, for sharing your sparkling inspiration + your gifts with the world!
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