I've never met anyone who didn't find crystals beautiful and fascinating. They sparkle with light and colour, their shapes are intriguing and they seem to be able to make people feel happier just by looking at them.
Humans have worn crystals as jewellery since jewellery was first invented - and they have also been used for healing since ancient times in places such as China, India and Greece.
Philip Permutt's latest book The Complete Guide to Crystal Chakra Healing: Energy Medicine for Mind, Body and Spirit, explains how crystals can be used for healing today, using the body's seven chakra, or energy, points.
With lovely colour photographs of crystals and minerals, the book explains clearly and simply the properties and benefits of each one. It also explains how to use them with the body's chakra points to rebalance energy and help promote healing.
Descriptions are given of the main methods of crystal healing, such as laying the stones on the body, placing them around the room, holding them, making crystal elixirs and dowsing for the appropriate crystals and placements. Care for crystals is also covered, as is using them for divination and to boost psychic abilities.
Simple practical exercises take you through the process of learning to feel energy, sensing the body's aura, selecting crystals, recognising if a chakra is blocked, diagnosing problems, activating crystals, finding out where to place them, combing and sealing the aura after a healing session, and grounding before leaving the healing room.
If you want to use crystals yourself or to heal others, The Complete Guide to Crystal Chakra Healing, is ideal as an easy-to-read guide for the complete novice or as a reference book for those with more experience.
The Complete Guide to Crystal Chakra Healing: Energy Medicine for Mind, Body and Spirit, by Philip Permutt is published by Cico Books. It costs £14.99 and is available through Amazon, and other bookshops. For further information about the book, visit http://www.cicobooks.co.uk/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philip Permutt is also running a practical evening workshop introducing the concepts behind The Complete Guide to Crystal Chakra Healing: Energy Medicine for Mind, Body and Spirit on Monday, March 16, at iSiS, 1 Market Place, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5DR. It runs from 8pm to 10pm. Tickets are £7.50. Advance booking is necessary, call iSiS on 01727 866720 or visit http://www.thecrystalhealer.co.uk/.