AN A-Z OF METAPHYSICAL SUBJECTS
Alchemy Alchemy is the science of transformation and transmutation,
especially involving the infusion of greater degrees of Light
into matter and consciousness.
Allopathic Medicine This form of medicine, most commonly practised
throughout Western civilisations, treats disease according to
their symptoms, usually via medication or surgery.
Alternative Healing This refers to any method of healing that
treats the whole person and tries to establish the root causes
of disease, rather than just the symptoms. Hence the phrase 'Holistic
Natural Health Practitioners (Holistic - Holos, the Greek word
This term includes all natural health therapies from crystal
healing, massage to osteopathy and homoeopathy.
Amulet Amulets are quartz crystals 'programmed' for protection
and personal power. People who are moving strongly on their spiritual
path are drawn to using amulets.
The Crystal Mandala Power Amulet creates a powerful protective
force field around you which can be dowsed at over 100 feet.
It neutralises negative thoughtforms sent by others. It enables
you to be in rooms where strong negative emotions have been embedded
(such as hospitals).It stimulates the immune system and reduces
emotional stress. It increases spiritual and psychic powers and
attunes you to the natural forces of the universe.
Amulets also serve as a powerful protection against the emotional
attacks from people around you.
Anisotrophy Having properties that vary according to the direction
in which they are measured.
Ankh A cross having a loop for its upper vertical arm and serving
in ancient Egypt as a hand mirror; a symbol of knowledge of,
and the ability to control, energies.
Apas Water principle.
Astral Travelling Travel undertaken by the etheric body of a
person to realms outside of the physical reality, usually during
the sleep state.
Astrology An ancient system of divination and life knowledge
based on the positions of the planets. A person's original astrological
make-up is determined by the time of birth, but this changes
or progresses as time passes and the planets move through the
Astrophysics A branch of astronomy dealing with the chemical
and physical constitution of celestial bodies.
Atlantis Atlantis is an ancient continent that formerly existed
in the Atlantic ocean and was believed to have been situated
from the east coast of America to where Greece is to be found
Although Atlantis is considered by scientists to be purely
legendary, there are many indications that Atlantis really did
exist and was once a thriving continent, whose technology was
greatly superior to that of the twentieth century.
Aura A combination of the etheric and spiritual bodies results
in what is known as the human aura.
One dictionary defines the aura as "an air, a subtle
influence or quality emanating from or surrounding a person or
Kirlian photography is said to demonstrate this electromagnetic
field surrounding humans, plants, animals and other matter with
a coronal image.
It is believed that the human soul is contained within the
aura. It is both an ancient and universal belief that the aura
survives man beyond physical death.
The soul radiates the colour vibrations of the three bodies.
For those with clairvoyant vision, the clarity of the colours
emitted indicates the health and well-being of both the spiritual
and physical bodies.
Besides determining health, it is believed that information
may also be obtained with regard to a person's past incarnations,
future events and spiritual guides.
Automatic Writing Automatic writing is writing done by a ' sensitive',
or medium, who is given information to communicate by a spirit
In some instances the 'sensitive' is completely unaware of
what he or she is writing until they have the opportunity of
reading it later.
Ayurvedic Medicine An ancient form of alternative healing originating
in India. In Sanskrit the word ayurveda means ' the science of
Balancing Bringing the dualistic or discordant aspects of an
energy field into harmony with each other, thus producing an
equilibrium that encourages and enhances health and strength.
Bio-Energy Bio-energy is a pulsating energy that permeates and
penetrates all living beings. This same force is also called
'chi', 'prana', 'sacred energy' and 'orgone energy'.
Biomolecular Chemical activity in the subatomic cellular structure.
Blue Quartz This rare form of quartz is mostly to be found in
Blue Quartz was used in Lemuria to open the heart chakra
and to increase longetivity. It is associated with karmic patterns
concerning the affairs of the heart and throat such as self-expression.
General healing and the removal of toxins from the body are
amplified with the use of blue quartz.
The heart and throat chakras and all subtle bodies are aligned.
Depressed people and individuals showing unnatural fear of growing
old will often receive great benefit from treatment involving
Blue quartz opens one to a true expression of one's spiritual
qualities, with self-expression abilities and creativity increasing.
Cabochon A bead or gem cut in convex form and highly polished,
but not faceted.
Centering A process of bringing a person's energy field into
balance through the use of various methods like smudging, breathing
Often used synonymously with balancing.
Channelling Channelling is done by a 'sensitive' who receives
information and ideas from beings not of this physical world.
These beings are often called 'interdimensional beings', 'spirit
forces' or 'entities'.
Chi A chinese word meaning 'life energy'.
Clairsentience The power or faculty to physically sense people's
physical and psychic states.
Clairvoyance The ability to perceive things beyond the range
of the ordinary senses. The word literally means 'clear seeing'.
Clairvoyants use their 'gifts' and abilities to communicate
with discarnate entities and to convey messages from these spirits
directly to the people for whom they are intended.
Corundum A very hard mineral consisting of aluminium oxide occurring
as massive and as various coloured crystals including ruby and
sapphire that can be synthesized and used as abrasives.
Coven A group of people who believe in reincarnation, the Mother
God, natural magic and the control of the elements to better
Crystal Balls A crystal ball is a sphere shaped out of natural
quartz crystal. It may also refer to a glass ball which is most
commonly used by fortune-tellers or gypsies to help them 'see'
into the future.
Crystal Clusters A crystal cluster is a formation of many single-terminated
quartz crystals that share a common base. The energy that emanates
from this formation is amplified because there are multiple crystals
Crystal clusters generate beautiful energy if placed in any
room. They help to raise the vibrations and 'lighten' the atmosphere.
Other quartz crystals and gemstones may be 'cleansed' and
're-charged' by placing them on any crystal cluster.
Crystal Dreaming Herkimer Diamonds and amethyst clusters are
great for dreamwork. Remember to keep a pad and pen by your bed
each night, so that whenever you awaken in the morning you will
be able to recall your dreams and write them down before you
With continual practice you will become more and more proficient
at recalling your nightly dreams the very moment you open your
eyes in the morning.
Try and keep a cassette tape recorder handy. Haven't you
ever had a dream so fantastic that you thought that even Hollywood
could make a movie out of it? Dream memories fade very quickly
but with a little bit of forethought you can capture your dreamy
experiences for ever!
Many 'messages' come to us in our dream-state. Any quartz
crystal will enhance the quality of your dreams and both Herkimer
Diamonds and amethyst clusters are excellent for that purpose.
It helps if you first programme your stone for 'dream recall'.
Every single night thereafter you must continue to affirm to
yourself that you will remember your dreams.
You can make - or even purchase - a bag to hold your stone
at night whilst you are asleep. The bag can be a small one for
wearing (with a neck string) around your neck, or a larger one
that fits inside your pillow case. Either way, as long as your
stone is within your energy field it will continue to affect
Crystal Hypnosis Certain quartz crystals may be 'programmed'
so that when the single-terminated end of the crystal is directed
towards the patient's third eye chakra they will find it very
difficult to keep their eyes open and will gradually fall into
a deep and peaceful 'trance' (sleep).
Under crystal hypnosis many past-life regression experiences
Crystallography The science of the classification of crystals
according to form,structure and aggregation.
Crystal Skulls These are skulls carved from large pieces of quartz
crystal that are said to originate from various ancient cultures,
predominantly South American or Atlantis. They are considered
to be objects containing great energy and power.
The most famous crystal skull - and the one which is generally
believed to be the oldest - is the Mitchell-Hedges Skull from
There is also a crystal skull to be found in the Museum of
Mankind, Burlington Gardens, London.
Crystal Tuning A technique used to create harmonic resonance
between human beings and crystals.
Crystal Water Drop a one inch or larger quartz crystal into a
gallon of water. Overnight the energy field of this gallon of
water will have increased from one foot to ten feet!
Anyone who drinks crystal water will transfer this energy
to their own body.....
Deva A nature spirit associated with one or more beings in nature
that exist on the physical plane.
Divination A process of predicting events that could happen upon
the physical plane using methods outside the ordinary senses.
Dodecahedral A twelve-sided figure with diamond-shaped faces.
Double-Terminated Quartz Crystals Double-terminated quartz crystals
are crystals have a termination point at both ends. Such crystals
complete a circuit of energy. Energy enters and exits in and
out at both ends.
They are extremely powerful when used in crystal configurations.
Dream Crystal A quartz crystal which is used in dreaming or to
bring about altered states of awareness.
Drusy Covered with a layer of crystals (usually quartz).
Earthkeeper Crystals Earthkeeper crystals are very large - and
heavy - quartz crystals which contain infinite knowledge, understanding
and energy. They are very special crystals and, so far, only
a very few have been discovered in the twentieth century.
Electromagnetism This is the force that keeps the atoms in matter
from repulsing one another, except when they the same electrical
charge; then it causes them to repulse each other.
Elementals The elementals are considered by native people to
be earth, air, fire, water and the things composed of these elements
such as stones, crystals and magma.
The elemental kingdom is considered to be the first kingdom
on the earth; the building blocks from which all other life stems.
It is considered the most independent of the four kingdoms because
it can exist alone.
Elements An element is a substance composed of atoms having an
identical number of protons in each nucleus. There are currently
more than one hundred elements recognised by science.
Energies Energies are the formless, subatomic, primordial essences
that permeates all of the creation. From this original energy
comes all of the secondary ones such as gravity, electricity
and magnetism. This energy eventually creates as well as fills
all subsequent forms.
Energy Balancing A process of harmonising the various subtle
and gross energies within a system, individual or structure to
produce optimum health on all levels of being.
Entity A defined being, whether corporeal or disembodied.
Etheric Body Our skin is surrounded with a cocoon of energy radiating
approximately four inches away from our physical body.
Clairvoyants or 'sensitives' can 'see' this body appearing
as a violet-grey mist. This casing, or webbing (as it is sometimes
referred to), contains the energies of our physical body.
It has the capacity to draw in and hold the vital energies
from the sun and earth which are in turn fed into our physical
The condition of one's physical body can be determined by
examining this webbing. When a person is in perfect physical
and spiritual health there are no breaks or imperfections in
the etheric surface.
However, should any disharmony of either a physical or spiritual
nature occur, tears or holes will appear. If these defects go
undetected, disease or pain can become noticeable in the physical
Ethers A subtle, all-pervading, massless elastic medium close
to but not defined by the physical plane.
Fire Crystals Used by ancient priests/scientists to divide, augment
or multiply energies for therapeutic treatments of body and mind;
as well as affecting the earth's etheric grid or ley line system.
Flower Essence Healing A system of healing using floral essences
in homoeopathic proportions that act on the root causes of the
disease. This system was established by Dr.Edward Bach who believed
that all diseases stemmed from disturbances in a person's emotional
or etheric body.
Gem A jewel, precious or semi-precious stones cut and polished
Gemology The science of gems.
Generator Quartz Crystals These are large single-terminated quartz
crystal points. They usually average about five to six inches
in length, four inches in diameter and weigh about one and a
half to two and a half pounds.
They may also be considerably larger. These quartz crystals
are wonderful for using in group meditations.
Giza Place in Egypt; home of three major pyramids as well as
Glass A non-crystalline, amorphous substance of sand,soda and
lime, often transparent, and created by fusion under intense
Grounding A process by which a person or object is reconnected
with the energy of the earth and the physical plane.
Hand Scanning The use of one's hands to determine the shape and
quality of an energy field radiating from a person or object.
Hatha Yoga An ancient system of physical and breathing exercises
originating in India.
Hertz Scale A scale to measure units of frequency equal to one
cycle per second.
Holistic Healing Any method of healing that treats the whole
person and the root cause of the disease. Used synonymously with
Homoeopathy A system of natural health and healing in which minute
amounts of natural substances are used to treat a person by activating
their body's natural defences against any disease.
Inclusions Quartz crystals, like most other minerals, grow beneath
the surface of the earth in beds of igneous (volcanic) rock.
The crystals will often contain impurities from minerals
such as copper, tourmaline, beryl and other semi-precious stones
due to a 'sharing' of the growing space.
These 'inclusions' lead to an altering of the vibrational
energy of the stone when used for work involving the higher consciousness.
Interdimensional Beings Disembodied beings who dwell on other
planes of existence but teach on earth by using a person or people
as their channel.
Kabbalah A medieval and modern system of Jewish theosophy, mysticism
and thaumaturgy marked by a belief in creation through emanation
and a cipher method of interpreting scripture.
Kinesiology The study of human motion as it relates to mechanical
as well as anatomical principles. Often refers to a method of
diagnosis in which the effect of substances or treatments on
a person is measured by their relative muscle strength when exposed
to the substance or treatment.
Kingdoms These refer to various sections of the circle of life.
The usual reference by Native people is to the four kingdoms,
which consists of the elementals, plants, animals and humans.
Kirlian Photography This process was originated by Nikola Tesla
but pioneered by Semyon Kirlian, a Czechoslovakian.
This is a method of photographing with a high-voltage, low
amperage field of 50,000 volts or more.
The life force or bio-energy field can be photographed and
portrayed. One of the leading researchers on the subject of kirlian
photography is Harry Oldfield from London, who is also the Principal
of the School of Electro-Crystal Therapy.
In kirlian photographs a visible picture can be made showing
any increase in the energy field of the subject by taking photographs
both before and after crystal healing techniques have been used.
Any object may be photographed and the resultant changes
Kundalini Kundalini is a yoga term for a very powerful concentration
of life energy said to coil in the root chakra, like a serpent
of fire. As we achieve spiritual awareness, this force moves
up our spine, opening and enlivening each chakra in turn.
Lapidary A cutter, polisher, or engraver of precious stones.
Laser Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.
A device that generates and projects highly coherent, ordered
frequencies of light.
Lead Crystal Lead crystal is created by melting sand and lead
and mixing them together. The molecular alignment of this mixture
is random and does not have any of the therapeutic healing properties
of quartz crystals.
Ley Lines Planetary magnetic lines equivalent to the acupuncture
meridian system of the human body.
Life Energy The vital force of all living things. Liquid Crystal
A liquid solution that converts to crystal with a slight change
of energy. Some common uses of liquid crystal are in computer
displays and watches.
Machu Picchu An ancient and legendary isolated temple situated
in the high Andes of Peru.
Magic The use of ceremony and ritual to affect energy is the
major function of magic. Crystals do interact with energy and
therefore can and are used in magical ceremonies. Magic is a
charged word with many unearned and emotional attachments.
Magician One who is able to perceive ordinary and nonordinary
realities and to effect changes in either or both according to
his wishes. One who conjures using extraordinary abilities.
Magma The molten matter beneath the crust of the earth, which,
when cooled, becomes igneous rock.
Magnetism Magnetism is a force that either pulls living things
together or pushes them apart. It derives its power from the
electrical property of all atoms. There are three types of magnetism
1) Diamagnetic: minerals that have the characteristic of
repelling rather than attracting both north and south pole magnetism.
2) Ferromagnetic: minerals or rocks having a strong ability
to attract other minerals (iron is ferromagnetic; north pole
magnetism attracts south pole magnetism).
3) Paramagnetic: having the same character as ferromagnetic
minerals but to a lesser degree (e.g. wood).
Mantra A repetitive sound or chant usually to aid in a meditation
Massage Crystals These are single-terminated crystals that have
been polished. The flat base has been rounded off so that it
can be held in the hand with more comfort.
The single-terminated end still contains the six facets but,
in most cases, the point has been 'smoothed' down.
Massage crystals are often used in crystal massage, shiatsu,
acupressure, polarity therapy and reflexology.
The crystal point is held over an imbalanced area and gentle
pressure is then applied. Some healers are able to perform 'psychic
surgery' with their massage crystals.
Massive An irregular form without distinct characteristics and
with no external crystal form.
Matrix The natural material in which a crystal, gem, metal, or
fossil, originates, is developed, or contained.
Medicine A European word for a wide variety of Native systems
of philosophy, healing, religion, working with the elements,
divination, psychology and magic.
Medicine Man or Medicine Woman The spiritual leader of a tribe
or clan who fulfils the functions performed today by doctors,
clergy, psychologists, magicians, clairvoyants, visionaries and
Medicine Wheel A medicine wheel, on the physical level, is a
circle, usually of stones, that was the ceremonial centre for
many Native peoples. On the spiritual level, the Medicine Wheel
encompasses the circle of life and all the sacred energy that
flows through it.
Medium A medium is a person who is able to communicate with discarnate
entities from the spirit world. These spirit beings - or guides
- may be the relatives or friends of the person seeking to communicate
or a higher evolved soul who wishes to impart words of wisdom,
understanding and esoteric knowledge.
Mediums may be conscious whilst transmitting spirit messages
or they may be in a semi-conscious state called trance.
Meridian A subtle line on which energy flows, likened to a wire
or conduit, carrying and circulating the life force into and
within the physical body.
Metallurgy The system of principles or method of investigation
of the transcendant and of the ultimate reality. This is the
study of questions and answers which go beyond physics and the
physical plane of existence.
Metaphysics The system of principles relating to the transcendent
or supersensible, 'beyond' physics or the physical plane.
Mineralogy A science dealing with minerals, their classifications,
their distinguishing characteristics, their crystallography and
properties in terms of both chemistry and physics.
Minerals A naturally occurring, inorganic, homogenuous substance
that has a definite chemical composition and a charteristic crystalline
structure, colour and hardness. There are over three thousand
on our planet Earth.
Mohs' Scale A scale for measuring the hardness of minerals. Soft
minerals, like talc, having a rating of one, whilst hard minerals,
like diamonds, having a rating of ten.
Nadi Subtle nerve centres.
Native A philosophy deriving from the traditional ways of the
tribal, earth-oriented people of our planet Earth, from whichever
continent. Native may also refer to a person who traces his ancestry
to such tribal peoples.
Needle Crystal A long, narrow, perfectly formed, clear, single-terminated
crystal which may be used to strongly move energy or to remove
blockages from the body. A needle crystal will be approximately
four times as long as it is wide.
Orgone The primordial, mass-free, preatomic energy that was first
discovered and scientifically demonstrated by Dr.Wilhelm Reich.
Path A metaphor for the direction of a seeker's life.
Pendants Wearing a quartz crystal pendant over the heart chakra
stimulates the thymus gland and thus the immune system.
The heart chakra band extends from the hollow of the throat
to the juncture of the breastbone.
The pendant chain should be made from conductive metal, such
as gold or silver, or other natural materials like silk, leather,
cotton or wool. A crystal worn over the heart chakra will show
an increase in energy fields from three to five times the normal
energy level when measured by both Kirlian Photography and dowsing.
Phantom Crystals A phantom crystal is a crystal in which another
fully formed crystal has grown and is totally contained.
Piezoelectricity The characteristic of a crystal or other material
of emitting an electrical charge when stressed. When under stress
in one plane the material will discharge electricity in a plane
perpendicular to the plane of stress. This characteristic shows
that the forces holding the crystal lattice together are electric
as well as molecular and ionic.
Placebo An innocuous medication prescribed more for mental relief
than actual effect on a patient's disorder. Also used in controlled
Polarity The quality or condition inherent in a human body exhibiting
opposite or contrasting properties or powers in opposite or contrasting
directions or parts.
Polished Quartz Many crystal healers disagree as to whether or
not polished quartz (ie cut and facetted by a machine) contains
more energy and power than a natural quartz crystal.
Natural quartz crystals do possess the very obvious advantage
that their vibrations have remained undisturbed by human touch.
Many crystal healers believe that the quartz crystal in its
most natural - or purest - form is the only way in which such
crystals should ever be used!
Natural quartz crystals are also less expensive to purchase,
can be mined personally, and are far more accessible than polished
Polished quartz crystals do have some benefits, though. They
are aesthetically pleasing as all their facets and points are
intact and unchipped. The milkiness found in natural quartz is
missing, the base is smooth and they can be shaped into forms
with more than six facets.
The late Marcel Vogel, the famous American crystal healer
who, before he retired, was the Chief Scientist for IBM, discovered
that by cutting and facetting,the crystal's storage capacity
was increased. This made it a more directed crystal 'tool' for
performing extensive etheric healings and mind thought projections.
Prana The sanskrit/Hindu word meaning 'life energy'.
Psychometry A method of receiving subtle impressions about a
person or place by holding something that comes from that person
Pyramid Facet Crystals These are usually clear quartz crystals.
A facet may have one or more triangle formations on the surface.
These crystals are used for meditation and dream work. There
is a tremendous amount of information stored within these crystals.
As one sits in meditation with a Pyramid Facet Crystal, the knowledge
from within gradually begins to unfold.
Pyramidology The science of pyramidal energy dynamics.
Radionics An early name given to psionics when applied to the
electronic-type black box machines invented in the 1940s and
Rainbow Crystal A crystal with inclusions that cause one or more
light spectrums to be seen within the crystal when held under
a certain light.
Rosicrucian Fifteenth century philosophical order devoted to
esoteric wisdom with an emphasis on spiritual enlightenment.
Sacred Energy The vital force that is within and around everything.
Scrying An ancient method of divining or perceiving things beyond
the range of the normal senses through the use of a tool such
as a crystal, a crystal ball, water, fire or coals.
Sex and Crystals After survival our sex drive is the strongest
drive which we possess. The desire for procreation is inherent
within each one of us!
Our sex drive is an integral - and a very important - part
of our emotional, physical and mental energies.
To lead a satisfactory and healthy sex life requires a balanced,
harmonised mind, body and spirit.
Your quartz crystal will be able to assist you at all levels.
If you are able to balance all your energy centres correctly
then sex will fall into its rightful place as a perfectly natural
function of being human.
If your sex drive is weak, your quartz crystal will strengthen.
If it is to strong, then your quartz crystal will help you to
achieve a proper balance.
Rose quartz is the gemstone found most effective for emotional
balance in heart problems. Citrine quartz is used very successfully
in balancing the lower energy centres, including the sexual chakra.