I’m excited to share this new adventure with you! As you know, I’m a fan of trying new things to see if they will benefit singers. I’ve always been curious about different kinds of alternative therapy, and today I’m getting into a series on crystal healing.
Crystals have been used for various treatments and therapies for at least 6,000 years. Almost every ancient culture has used crystals in some form to do everything from achieving goals to improving health. I want to pause here, though, and tell you that I am not at all advocating that you replace any kind of scientific medicine with crystal therapy! Yes, this is an ancient ritual, but we’ve since discovered a lot of great medicine and care for diseases. So don’t throw out your meds, ok? With that said, let’s see what we can learn about crystal healing for singers!
Do Crystals Work for Singers?
I’ll admit: I know very little about crystals. Instead of trying to figure it all out myself, I sought advice from a Reiki and Crystal healing expert. Melissa Crowhurst is a Reiki master and expert on crystal therapy. I reached out to her to see if she would be willing to provide information on crystal healing. She said yes, and I’m so excited to share her information with you!
Interview with Melissa Crowhurst
So first, thank you so much for speaking with me about this. I respect your work and although I’ve taken many Reiki courses, yours remain my favorites. I’m so honored you agreed to speak with us!
Thank you so much for having me Mella, I’m so glad you enjoy my courses, it means a lot!
You teach a variety of subjects. What did you first get into (Reiki, Crystals, etc) and how did you get into it?
I ‘first’ got into energy healing before I recognized the synergy between crystals and self-healing. And what got me into energy healing was my search for natural healing techniques to help a loved one, which led me to learning, then ultimately teaching, Reiki.
What is your favorite and least favorite part about teaching?
Oh goodness, my favourite part of teaching is that I can, somehow, in a small way, help other people recognize that beautiful light within themselves – that they have that ‘Mastery’ within them. It’s incredibly humbling knowing I am able to impact so many people across the globe. On the other hand, the administrative tasks, such as trying to problem solve technical issues, can take up a lot of my time.
Do you have any new courses coming up?
Yes, I do! It’s going to be a biggie, and something that incorporates so much of what I have taught my students but takes things to the ‘next level’ so to speak. I will keep it under wraps for now, but I’ve spent some time updating my Reiki handbook (which is now available on Amazon) but do plan on having a new course ready in late April / early May!
Do you use crystal healing a lot? How did you get into that?
I keep crystals around me, and sometimes on me. I also keep a set of crystals in my healing room for sessions, but whether I use them or not comes down to my client’s feeling, or if I feel drawn to use them. For me, crystals are amplifiers of energy, so they’re great tools to bolster any healing efforts we take on ourselves – but on that same note, because they can amplify energy, they may not always be necessary. I got into using crystals as a ‘natural progression’ from practicing energy healing. As I mentioned before, there is a great synergy between crystals and energy healing, so it was quite natural to learn more about them and start using them. So basically, I use crystals when they’re needed.
I know you teach a class on crystal healing and we don’t want to get too much into details, but how exactly do crystals work better than just regular rocks?
Yes, I do go into more detail in my crystal course, but in short – crystals have a unique composition which makes them resonate in different ways than an ‘ordinary’ rock. For example, a quartz crystal creates energy under the right conditions and is so reliable we use them in watches and other technology. And because we are all made up of energy, using a crystal which resonates with your healing purpose and ‘amplify’ your efforts. So, in short, crystals are great tools and amplifiers for energy healing.
I’m doing a project on using crystals for healing for singers. Can you use crystals for specific activities (like singing) or body areas (like the throat/lungs/diaphragm)?
Of course – due to their vibratory and energetic qualities, crystals can be great tools for singers, who – clearly – use vocal vibration to express themselves. There is a lot of synergy between the two and certain crystals are also great for specific body areas, which I go into more detail in my course.
Which crystals do you think would be most beneficial for a singer to improve their craft, or just to help them with their work?
Because everybody is different and is on a different path, I don’t believe there is a singular crystal which will improve performance. That’s not to say there aren’t crystals which will help enhance a singer’s craft, generally speaking, I’ll touch on that in a moment – but I want to be clear that, you could be in possession of the best crystal ever, but if you have energy blockages which you are not ready (or won’t) clear, getting to peak performance will be a challenge, with or without a crystal. Add to that, one singer may resonate with a certain crystal while another singer prefers another.
But in saying that, crystals are great tools to bolster our inner energy, and since singers must swell their song from within, I would recommend they use crystals which have characteristics and attributes which are associated with the Throat Chakra (such as Blue Topaz or Turquoise) and the Solar Plexus Chakra (such as Yellow Tiger’s Eye or Citrine).
How would you use the crystals? Should they be worn or placed on the actual body part? Or just in the room?
You can use crystals by placing them on your body (in particular the Chakras I mentioned earlier), or wearing them, or just by having them in the room. But the closer their proximity to you, the better.
How long should I try this before I can report on the results?
Before you start using crystals, it’s important that you understand energy healing first. As I teach in my Science of Crystal Healing course, crystals are amplifiers and tools that help us harness our innate abilities to heal. Once you get a basic understanding of energy healing and learn the basics about crystals – I would recommend you practice using a variety of techniques, with a range of crystals, over a period of 4 – 8 weeks. You may feel a difference on the first day, but you may not notice anything for months. It comes down to – in that moment – (1) how you are feeling physically and spiritually, (2) the environment you’re in, (3) the crystal you chose, and (4) the placement.
Because there are a few variables, I suggest you try (and record down in a diary) your first combination – and note down your feelings and the environment, too, for at least a week. Then change the stone or the placement and try that for a week. And then change again, then after a few weeks, go back to the first combination. What you’re doing here is getting a bit of a ‘baseline’ and experience using crystals, so when you go back around to using the initial combination the second time – you will be able to note whether that combination works great, okay, not at all, or horribly for you. The big thing here is about trial and error, finding the right combination for you – which you will know when you get it because your song will swell beautifully and you’ll feel amazing!
If I don’t feel any changes, what should I do?
See above ☺
Is there anything else you can recommend to have more success with crystals?
Even if you aren’t interested in energy healing – in order for crystal healing to work effectively (or in my belief, any healing), you must be willing to be a free-flowing conduit of that energy. Imagine your body as a leaky pipe, and it’s full of muck and grime from over the years – so it doesn’t work so well. One day you get a wrench to fix the leak, but until you clear out all the muck inside, the leak may be fixed, and it might look okay from the outside – but inside, it’s not working very well, and until you clear out all the gunk internally it may work, but never at its optimum.
So when I say be willing to be a ‘free-flowing’ conduit of energy, that means to be willing to acknowledge any energetic (emotional) blockages within you, learn to acknowledge them, and forgive, and let them go. I have many blogs on this topic on my website, as well as touch on this type of healing technique in many of my courses. So my number one recommendation would be to learn and use the technique of acknowledging and letting go.
Lastly, what is your favorite type of music? Who are your favorite artists? (This is just something fun for us to get to know your music tastes!) ☺
I love all types of music, but in my teenage years and young adult life, I loved 80s pop (Cyndi Lauper), rock & roll (Bon Jovi), and even a bit of punk rock (Blondie)! But now, I mostly listen to meditations, or nothing at all, I know that sounds boring but I enjoy silence!
My Crystal Experiment Plan
Before this interview, I had a completely different idea of how I was going to explore crystal healing. However, I want to take her advice so I’ll be following the steps she mentioned above. I bought the four crystals she recommended (Turquoise, Blue Topaz, Citrine and Yellow Tiger’s Eye) and I’m going to work with each one individually for a week straight. I’m going to keep a journal of each week, and at the end of the week, I’ll share that experience with you. When I go back for the second round, I’ll update my initial posts for my final thoughts. This way, we’ll have an honest and unbiased review of each crystal and how I feel about it.
I want to thank Melissa so much for her input on this topic. I’ve already learned so much! If you’d like to learn more about her, here is her bio. If you’d like to check out her courses, here is the link to her crystals course and here is the link to her Reiki course. This is not an affiliate post! I just find her to be incredible and if you’re interested in learning about either topic, she is a great resource!
I’ll also be vlogging about this process, so you can see how things are unfolding! Here is my first video where I bought and cleansed the crystals: