Uses of Quartz Crystal

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Quartz crystals are among the most useful crystals found in nature. Not only are they beloved for their beauty, they are used to make paint, telephones, computer systems and watches. Too often, the spiritual qualities of these semi-precious gemstones are overlooked when, in fact, quartz is one of the most powerful crystals available.

1 Significance

While using any crystal in meditation or healing has the potential to enhance the outcome, quartz has proven success. According to Judy Hall, quartz crystals double your biomagnetic field, or aura. The effectiveness of acupuncture needles is improved when they are dipped in quartz solution. Even novice dabblers into the metaphysical realm notice the improvement in their mental states when wearing quartz to dispel negativity.

2 Types

Quartz crystals are available in a wide variety of shapes and colors, although the clear crystal formation is the most easily recognized. Colors range from deep blue to tangerine to milky white. In nature, the crystal shapes vary, but they tend to have six sides coming to one or more pronounced points. After taking a spin in a tumbler, your quartz can be as round and smooth as any river pebble. While the variations have additional benefits, all quartz crystals have the same standard metaphysical properties.

3 Function

On the most basic level, quartz is a conductor and storage unit for energy. Negative vibrational energy is commonly carried away from the body while the quartz harnesses positive vibrational energy and channels it to the appropriate chakra, or energy center. Healers use this attribute to their advantage by placing the quartz on the blocked chakra or injured part of the body to draw out the blockage. You can accomplish the same effect by using your quartz crystal to clear your own obstructions by waving it through your aura or holding it during meditation.

4 Benefits

In addition to their usefulness in healing, quartz has spiritual and mental benefits. The way it focuses energy also applies to your mental state, boosting your memory while allowing you to shove aside all the stuff that seeks to get in the way. Everyone has the potential to achieve a higher vibrational level, and this crystal helps you to reach it. It is not fully known whether this is possible because of quartz's shape or because all colors, and the energy each color possesses, are contained within.

In her book, Judy Hall claims quartz crystals can increase your car's fuel efficiency, so the benefits really extend far beyond the simple beauty of jewelry.

5 Misconceptions

Quartz crystals do not contain secret magical properties that give you power. Instead, they help you focus your own energy and harness the natural abilities you possess. For instance, everyone has the ability to block out the onslaught of negative emotions from others, they just may not know how to do it or how to continue once they've begun. Using quartz to focus your will allows you to hone and amplify your intentions beyond what you can do on your own. That is not magic; it is a function of the crystal's interaction with your biomagnetic field.

Jen Whitten began her freelance writing career in 2003. Her experience in the financial services industry and as a healthy living consultant informs her articles for eHow, LIVESTRONG.COM and several other websites. She has received series 7, series 66 and Group 1 life insurance licenses, as well as a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.