Several years ago I had a client who was having a terrible time in her life. When I arrived at her home, I could see why. Her house was so cluttered that you had to walk through pathways between piles of stuff to get from one part of her home to another. When I told her that she would have to roll up her sleeves and get rid of most of this stuff, she let out a heavy sigh and said, “Can’t I just hang a crystal?” If only it were that easy! I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve gone to homes and places of business where crystals hang on red strings (mostly collecting dust) in doorways, hallways, above toilets, on rear-view mirrors, and more by people expecting their lives to change and becoming disappointed when they don’t.
Myth: Hanging a Glass Crystal can Change your “Luck”
This is one of the most pervasive myths in feng shui. Glass crystals have NEVER been part of traditional
feng shui. Think about it…how could an environmental system originating in China thousands of years ago require something that was created in 17th century England? Yet, hanging a glass crystal permeates much of western or “pop” feng shui today.
Most likely the use of glass crystals in feng shui originated from a misunderstanding of how the earth element is employed to enhance the energy of a space in traditional feng shui. Wood, fire, earth and metal (known as The Five Elements) are fundamental to traditional feng shui. Much as an acupuncturist uses needles to stimulate the energetic meridian points in the human body, the five elements are used to stimulate the energy of the compass points as they pass through a building. One of the five elements is earth. Things like rock, stone, sand and crystals (meaning MINERALS, NOT GLASS) fall into the earth category. While the main ingredient to make glass is silica, which comes from the earth, the crystalline structure that makes it a mineral is changed when it is heated to the super-high temperatures required to make glass. (Click here
for more information on how glass is made). Thus the earth (silica) is transformed chemically when heated, losing it’s potency as an earth element. In other words, a quartz crystal that came straight out of the ground will have more earth energy (or “chi”) than a piece of glass due to its intact crystalline structure. Another thing to consider that quartz crystal actually conducts electricity (think “quartz movement in your watch”) and glass at room temperature (known as “cold glass”) does not.
It’s very possible that the use of hanging glass crystals in feng shui (which has found its way into the
mainstream) came from a misunderstanding of how the earth element (meaning mineral crystals, not
glass crystals) has been used for thousands of years to stimulate specific energy points in a space. As with so many other myths in feng shui, hanging a glass crystal to change the energy in a space probably came from good intentions but stems from a misunderstanding of the traditional use of the earth element in feng shui.
So what happens if you like hanging glass crystals? There’s certainly nothing wrong with that. I love the way the light refracts through the glass, casting rainbows around the room when they sun shines through. I have one in my west window because I love the rainbows it makes on the wall at the end of the day. What I wish to make clear is that there is SO MUCH more to having good feng shui than buying a piece of crystal, hanging it on a red string, and expecting that it will change your life. Good feng shui requires knowledge, practice, precise measurements and more, but the results you’ll get from the effort you put in to making your space as energetically optimal as possible will be much greater than if you just hang a little piece of glass and expect it to change your life.
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