Quartz crystals have been used in healing and ritual throughout history. One of the seven precious substances of Buddhism, set in the breastplate of the Hebrew high priest in the Bible, power stone of shaman and brain cells of Grandmother Earth to Native Americans. In the oldest writings on earth, the Sanskrit literature’s of ancient India, quartz crystals are named Bhisma-Ratna, the gem that removes fear.
The Indian sages, Native Americans, Aztecs, Celts, Egyptians and many other ancients did not use quartz crystals because they were foolish primitives, but because they knew of the existence of gross, subtle and spiritual energies.
From the complexities of quantum mechanics to the simple beauty of Kirlian photography, the existence of "subtle" energy (imperceptible to the 5 senses - like radio waves), is no longer in question.
Although it will undoubtedly take time to be accepted by the established medical community, alternative therapists from many fields have recognized that without restoring a persons subtle energy system, optimum health is not possible. Much has been written about how crystals, especially quartz, can improve human health, but the primary benefit is often missed.
Crystals structure, sunshine warms, water wets... its just what they do...
Quartz embodies an architectural and mathematical perfection based on the golden proportion, phi, Ф... Just like the Great Pyramids. The tips of all quartz crystals are angled exactly like the Great Pyramid at 360/7 or 5l.43 degrees.
Well documented preservative and razor blade sharpening properties hint at the restorative and "realigning" capabilities this form possess. Because these properties are manifest from an archetypal level (i.e. from the natural archetype of Ф, how they manifest on this plane may not be obvious. I'm pretty certain the ancient Egyptians were not thinking of a Gillette franchise, but it sharpens blades nonetheless.
Harmony makes small things grow. Lack of it makes great things decay. - Sallust, Roman historian and politician, 86 - 34 BCE.
The electronics industry does not use quartz because it is pretty, but because it structures energy precisely, in is this case, electricity. The natural tendency of quartz is for harmony.
Restructuring the physical and subtle bodies, usually needed due to everything from the air we breath to the water we drink, is now recognized in many alternative therapies as a prerequisite for optimal health. The University of Georgia found that in every human body, all diseased cells (no matter what the disease), were surrounded by what is called "unstructured" water. And they also found that every healthy cell was surrounded by structured water.
Quartz structures water and other energies naturally, as well as amplifying those energies by the principle of resonance. Kirlian photography has shown that merely holding double terminated quartz crystal can double the measurable electro-magnetic fields of the body.
The most well known example of the ability of quartz to structure energy, is the humble quartz watch. In 1880 it was discovered that if you applied electricity to quartz, it vibrates. You might reasonably suggest that anyone would vibrate with a couple of electrodes stuck in them, but the difference with quartz is that it vibrates in a regular, consistent and harmonious pattern. So harmonious, you can tell the time by it.
There was no problem with the choice of a timing element. The quartz crystal is possibly thousands of times better for timing than the tuning fork, and quartz crystals had been around for many years. Only the type and the frequency of the crystal needed to be chosen. Quartz worked perfectly, in fitting with the Greek archetype of "sixness", the Hexad. The only difficulty was in the selection of the integrated circuit technology that would function at sufficiently low power.
Quartz crystals have been in regular use for many years to give an accurate frequency for all radio transmitters, radio receivers and computers. Their accuracy comes from an amazing set of properties.
Quartz, silicon dioxide like most sand, is unaffected by most solvents and remains crystalline to hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit. The property that makes it an electronic miracle is the fact that, when compressed or bent, it generates a charge or voltage on its surface. This is a fairly common phenomenon called the piezoelectric effect. In the same way, if a voltage is applied, quartz will bend or change its shape very slightly.
If a bell were shaped out of a single crystal of quartz, it would ring for minutes after being tapped. Almost no energy is lost in the material. A quartz bell, if shaped in the right direction to the crystalline axis, will have an oscillating voltage on its surface, and the rate of oscillation is unaffected by temperature. If the surface voltage on the crystal is picked off with plated electrodes and amplified by a transistor or integrated circuit, it can be re-applied to the bell to keep it ringing.
A quartz bell could be made, but it is not the best shape as too much energy is coupled to the air. The best shapes are a straight bar or a disk. Interestingly, nature went for the straight bar. A bar has the advantage of keeping the same frequency provided the ratio of length to width remains the same.
A quartz bar can be tiny and oscillate at a relatively low frequency, 32 kilohertz (KHz) is usually chosen for watches. Not only for size, but also because the circuits that divide down from the crystal frequency to the few pulses per second for the display need more power for higher frequencies. Power was a big problem for early watches, and the Swiss spent millions trying to bring forward integrated-circuit technology to divide down from the 1 to 2 MHz the more stable disk crystals generate.
Modern quartz watches now use a low-frequency bar or tuning-fork-shaped crystal. Often, these crystals are made from thin sheets of quartz plated like an integrated circuit and etched chemically to shape. The major difference between good and indifferent time keeping is the initial frequency accuracy and the precision of the angle of cut of the quartz sheet with respect to the crystalline axis. Think of this in terms of sacred geometry. The amount of contamination that is allowed to get through the encapsulation to the crystal surface inside the watch can also affect the accuracy.
The electronics of the watch initially amplifies noise at the crystal frequency. This builds or regenerates into oscillation, it starts the crystal ringing. The output of the watch crystal oscillator is then converted to pulses suitable for the digital circuits. These divide the crystal's frequency down and then translate it into the proper format for the display. Or, in a quartz watch with hands, the dividers create one-second pulses that drive a tiny electric motor, and this motor is connected to standard gears to drive the hands.
If quartz can organize energy simply by contacting it, it is not difficult to begin to understand their influence on our health and minds. At a time when the necessity of energy treatments is increasingly recognized, it is the very basis of naturopathy itself, to accept that Nature did it first and best.
Human ingenuity may make various inventions - but it will never devise any inventions more beautiful, nor more simple, nor more to the purpose than Nature does, because in her inventions, nothing is wanting and nothing superfluous. - Leonardo Da Vinci