In recent years, alternative medicines have become extremely popular. One such trend to emerge is the use of crystals for its alleged healing properties. “Healing crystals” are believed to possess mystical powers that can be used for healing purposes. Some also claim that it brings spiritual growth and a positive transformation in life.
Because of these claims, people have been fascinated with crystals. In fact, many celebrities have sworn to the positive effects of crystals. Many alternative health establishments have also advertised that it helps relieve physical ailments and anxiety, depression, and other physical and mental health concerns. (Read: 5 Calming Prayers to Ease Your Anxiety)
With its popularity, many Catholics are asking if it is allowed by the Church, provided that the crystals are used for its healing purposes. While alternative medicine is not prohibited per se, here’s what the Church has to say.
Rejection of New Age beliefs
The Catholic Church rejects all things associated with New Age beliefs, including healing crystals. It is viewed as heretical and dangerous for one’s soul.
While healing is well and good for anyone, healing crystals use a “spiritual connection” to “heal” what ails the person. It uses the “energy” or “chakra” that surrounds a human person– a concept that stems from other beliefs, particularly Hinduism and Buddhism.
Healing crystals invoke spiritual powers other than the powers of God. Even if someone claims that the energy field is a manifestation the “Holy Spirit”, the belief behind is demonic and un-Christian in nature.
Harmful effects of ‘healing crystals’
In fact, the Vatican produced a document which denounces the use of crystals and other New Age practices. The Catechism of the Catholic Church also warns against practices that tap into the spiritual realm because it can have harmful effects.
“All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one’s service and have a supernatural power over others– even if this were for the sake of restoring their health– are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion… Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another’s credulity.” (CCC 2117)
While healing crystals are often used for healing purposes, alternative health practitioners may suggest other spiritual practices that tap into ancient “spiritual energies” when a particular crystal does not work. This may harm the person as they can potentially open themselves to demonic influences. (Read: 3 ‘Fake News’ About Satan And The Devil That Every Catholic Should Know)
Healing crystals are occult
Moreover, majority of experts that promote healing crystals are involved in the occult– one way or another.
Occultists believe that human beings, and the world we live in are permeated by invisible mystical energies. They believe that these so-called energies can be focused and directed by stones and crystals and other talismans to induce physical healing and spiritual enlightenment.
The use of sacred stones is considered pagan magic in the Bible. These amulets are believed to protect a person from negative energies, evil and injury, and also bring good luck. And God detests those who practice occult magic and paganism.
No scientific evidence
Meanwhile, the medical and scientific community have not found any evidence that healing crystals possess any healing properties. Science says that crystals can’t really be used to cure diseases because diseases have never been found to be the result of “energy flow” in the body.
The “healing” that crystals may have is just a “placebo effect” which varies according to the individual and most doctors and medical professionals advise against the use of crystals. (Read: Traditional Filipino Healthcare Practices: How Effective Are They?)