Are Crystals & Gemstones alive?
All crystal and gemstones are living organisms. Crystals have a life energy of their own . . . they are alive and usually grow in clusters. They are part of the Mineral Kingdom grown in nature. However, there are some that are synthetically produced. Although crystals are believed to be as old as the history of our planet, I prefer the theosophical explanation of the Mineral Kingdom, which gives us a broader and more in-depth perspective of our relationship with them.
There is a saying,
“The Breath becomes a stone; the stone, a plant; the plant, an animal; the animal, a man; the man, a spirit; and the spirit, a god” (H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. I) which sums up the Theosophical concept of upward evolution.
The Theosophical version of evolution needs to be explained. All of evolution — all of the spiritual progressing of humans, animals, etc. — is part of a flow, a movement of Spirit through the Universe. The Spirit originates from the Absolute, descends to our material world, then begins its return to the Source. There are, then, two distinct paths to this evolution. One is a downward flow, called the Downward Arc. the second flow is the Upward Arc. It is that upward flow that is meant by the word evolution in Theosophical literature. We will now take a closer look at the upward arc that we are very much a part of.
Annie Besant has compared the evolution through the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms to an ante-natal period, and the resemblance is exact. As the child is nourished by the life-streams of the mother, so does the protective envelope of the Group-Soul nourish the lives within it, receiving and distributing the experiences gathered in. The circulating life is the life of the parent; the young plants, the young animals, the young human beings, are not ready for independent life as yet, but must draw nourishment from the parent. And so these germinating lives in the mineral kingdom are nourished by the Group-Souls, by the envelopes of monadic essence, thrilling with Logic life. A very fair picture of this stage may be seen in the carpel of a plant, in which the ovules gradually appear, becoming more and more independent. When the group-soul is ready, it is guided by Devas to the plant kingdom for plant manifestation.
“The minerals manifest consciousness by their attractions and repulsions, by their holding together of particles, by their affinities for each other, by their repellings of each other, but they show none of that consciousness that can be called the recognition of the ‘I’ and the ‘not-I’ [the human ability to have self-awareness].” (Annie Besant, Dharma).
Nevertheless, the responses of consciousness to external stimuli in the mineral kingdom are far greater than many quite realise, and some of them are of a nature which shows that there is a dawning of consciousness also in the astral permanent atom.
“With every day, the identity between the animal and the physical man, between the plant and man, and even between the reptile and its nest, the rock, and man, is more and more clearly shown, the physical and chemical constituents of all being found to be identical. Chemical Science may well say that there is no difference between the matter which composes the ox, and that which forms man. But the occult doctrine is far more explicit. It says: Not only the chemical compounds are the same, but the same infinitesimal invisible Lives compose the atoms of the bodies of the mountain and the daisy, of man and the ant, of the elephant and of the tree which shelters it from the sun. Each particle – whether you call it organic or inorganic – is a Life.”
Selecting a personal crystal
All crystals ‘vibrate’ on their own individual frequency. The frequency they send out will determine which crystal you will chose at a certain point in your life. You do chose different crystals as your needs change.
When you chose a crystal – it seems to ‘call’ to you as if it has been waiting for you. This is because you and that crystal are on the same frequency. The crystal will ‘catch your eye’ and you will feel an immediate connection, even if it is not the crystal you came for. When you hold the crystal in your hand, you will feel a connection of frequency. Some people find crystals. Some people ‘feel’ that crystals find them.