Crystal Sunset by Kathryn Strick


I discovered crystal healing right before I filed for divorce from my first husband. Actually, I discovered a lot of things when I was going through a divorce not the least of which was that my husband was a frequent flyer at strip clubs while I was slaving at home taking care of three children (two of which were his from his first marriage). Such a shikker (drunk) he was.  The wine and beer he drank wasn’t even good.  His fondness was for a cheap beer manufactured in Pittsburgh whose name I won’t mention. It actually had “iron” (hint-hint) sediment at the bottom that you could see if you poured it into a glass (which he never did). Can you believe he also drank wine from bottles with screw-on caps? I mean I know he wasn’t Jewish but come on! The only screw-on cap wine that I ever saw anyone in my family drink was Manischewitz. Drinking that good old grape wine was a holiday tradition and the holiday was the ONLY reason we drank the stuff. Do you know how many times I heard my grandmother’s voice saying, “you should have married the butcher!” Oy. She was so right. I’ve since become a vegetarian so I know marriage to the butcher wouldn’t have worked but, at least, like all of the other Jewish Princesses in my neighborhood, I would have been sunbathing at a rental house “down the shore” every year in the summer.

I can’t even say I married for love. I didn’t. I married because I was only 23, stupid and in love with a man who didn’t feel the same way about me. I’ll show him. I’ll marry this other guy. Yep, showed him alright. When I began to fantasize about killing my husband and playing out various scenarios in my head as to how to get rid of his body, I decided it was time for a divorce. Ya think?

Me, my daughter and the EX. Can you relate? 🙂

Needless to say my life was in a turmoil and I was looking for alternative ways of dealing with the stress. I had internet back then but it wasn’t quite as extensive as it is now. I went to the library and found the self-help section. As I was reaching for the shelf, a book on crystals came flying down from the top, hit me in the head and fell into my hands. Hey angels – nice aim – try not to give me a black eye next time. I sat down on the floor to read it and I was hooked. The crystals just mesmerized me. Their beauty was calling to me from the pages. I wanted to hold them and touch them.  I wanted to revel in the love and the healing that I could feel jumping off of the pages and into my soul.

I located a metaphysical shop on South Street in downtown Philadelphia. I haven’t been to South Street in a long time but way back when, the area basically consisted of your variety garden weirdo shops – new age, punk rock, adult toys which were more like “contraptions” than toys.  You name it – South Street had it. Me and my eighties hair and my signature gold chains felt completely out-of-place as I walked into that metaphysical store.

Browsing patrons were dripping in multi-colored crystal necklaces, bracelets and earrings. They were wearing sandals with fringe.  No fashion sense whatsoever. I was horrified at their choice of footwear though I now realize these people would be the height of fashion in 2015.  Perhaps they looked into their crystal balls and “saw” the trend coming. Yeh, that’s got to be it!

The air in the store was redolent with a very musky kind of take your breath away incense that I later identified as mugwort (used for psychic protection). The lady behind the counter was wearing a solid black dress with a black shawl embroidered with moons and stars. The fringe from the shawl hung down past her knees. Her hair was as stark black as were her long fingernails. Her fingers themselves were adorned with silver rings; some plain, some with beautiful inlaid crystals on them. She was standing in front of a sign that said “Beware the Psychic Vampire – Protect Yourself” huh? I wanted to ask her where her cauldron was but I decided to be polite. I curbed my glib tongue and asked if she could recommend some books for beginners on crystals and crystal healing. She nodded and smiled and joyfully introduced herself to me.  Her name was “Raven.” Shocking.

Raven was wonderful. Her knowledge of crystals was extensive and she was willing to share that knowledge with me. My earlier  judgement of her was flying out the window. I think I spent hours in her store that day. In those few hours she taught me so much about crystal healing……………

Not unlike reiki, crystal healing or crystal therapy is a gentle non-invasive ancient form of alternative healing that works holistically to treat patients through the placement of crystals on the body. Crystals can harmonize the mind, body and spirit, helping to increase our feeling of well-being, neutralize negativity, lift depression and help us to become happier beings.

We all have an invisible emanation of energy that surrounds us called an aura. Auras can be very colorful. The colors can vary depending on our emotional and physical state of being. The auras relate to our emotional, mental and spiritual composition and each color relates to various personality aspects. If we are healthy, the energy flowing through our bodies is clear and balanced. If something in our lives happens to unbalance this energy – such as a physical or mental ailment/issue, this can result in a blockage in our energy flow. Such a blockage could ultimately manifest as a physical illness. Note – if your aura is black you should immediately call a healer or an undertaker.

Unlike Western medicine (which tends to focus on treating one symptom/ailment at a time), crystal therapy addresses the patient as a whole by paying as much attention to his or her spiritual and emotional well-being as to the patient’s physical health.

Crystal healing is a non-invasive, relaxing, natural and very enjoyable experience except if  you’re my husband, Al. Whether you believe in the physical healing properties of crystals or not, (he doesn’t) the therapy itself will offer you a chance to relax and get in touch with your body’s energies. You will feel refreshed and rejuvenated. A happy mind and spirit are a necessity for improved physical health. Again, except if you’re Al. If you’re married to Al, this is what happens:

I will never forget the first time Al met my friend Mary, Divine Healing with Mary. Mary and I were going to have a Skype session. She was going to teach me her as above – so below healing technique. I asked Al if he would be my patient in order for Mary to instruct me.  His face turned white. Watching him glance at the feathers, crystals and candles on the dresser, along with the cardboard human anatomy outline I had laying on the bed, I can just imagine (hehe) what was going through his mind. He saw me laughing at him so he put his bravado on and agreed. I had him lay on the bed next to the anatomy outline. The fact that I didn’t ask him to lay ON IT seemed to relax him just a bit. I introduced him to Mary via the Ipad.  He was still nervous because he was making some ridiculously stupid and pathetic jokes.  I asked him to be quiet. (in wife talk it’s called “shut up”). I began the healing by calling in the angels for protection and assistance. I then began to smudge him with sage.  The coughing, gagging and sputtering that ensued was really quite dramatic. I ignored it and began to lay the crystals on his chakras beginning with his root chakra.

Al:  Hey! (obviously embarrassed because I was touching his private area) What are you doing? We’re on that internet thing!

Me: (laughing) I’m placing a red jasper on your root chakra.

Al:  My root, what?

Me: Root chakra. Now lay still.

Al: You’re going to do this while we’re on camera in front of your friend? Do I have to take my pants off? (He was appalled. I could hear the panic in his voice)

Me: (hysterically laughing while listening to Mary laugh and simultaneously protest) No, Al. Not your ROOT (I explained patiently). Your root CHAKRA. Now honey, please lay still before I shove this crystal up your ass! (Remembering I am a healer, I said this in the most loving tone I could muster)

The session continued without incident.

 Crystal healing is based on the premise that crystals can, through the vibrations they emit, communicate with the energies flowing around the human body. Crystals come from nature and are created from minerals deep inside the earth. Each crystal has a unique healing property derived from the minerals it is composed from. Crystals are capable of amplifying, directing, absorbing and transmitting energy at varying levels.

“On a microscopic level, a crystal is a network of repeating geometric patterns made up of compressed ions, atoms and molecules.”

Each crystal has its own unique electromagnetic charge which causes it to resonate at a certain frequency. These charges, or ‘healing vibrations’ interact with the body’s energy centers (chakras) to remove ‘blockages’ and restore a healthy flow through the body and mind.

Each type of stone has its own distinctive property. The colors, shapes, and textures of crystals all have a special meaning.  Some crystals are also used for divination and meditation purposes while others are used to make elixirs. Stones that are associated with the seven chakras (energy centers of the body)  are used most of the time and placed on the corresponding color chakra on the body. A variety of crystals can be used during a healing session on and around the patient.  Crystals should be selected based on the specific qualities and properties of each one that would be most beneficial to the patient’s situation.  Sometimes during a session, individuals may experience some slight tingling. Sometimes existing issues may slightly intensify before being released. This is thought to be caused by the shifting energies within the body and will pass.

You can intuitively choose which crystals to use by noticing which stones you are attracted to. Keep your heart open and allow the appropriate crystal to find its way to you.

Crystals can be purchased but they can never be really be owned. If you lose or misplace a crystal this probably means that it has found a new home where its metaphysical properties can be better utilized.  There are times when I get a strong urge to pass on a stone that I love into the hands of someone else. Crystals are very good at sending us intuitive messages whenever they want to be given away, and also to whom they want to be given.

Pictured from left to right: wand made from feathers of a turkey vulture, crow and peacock, crystal selenite wand, red jasper, garnet, rainbow moonstone, yellow calcite, turquoise, apophyllite, rose quartz, orange clear quartz, carnelian; pink kunzite, emerald,
Pictured from left to right courtesy of Mary, Divine Healing with Mary for her As Above-So Below Healing: wand made from turkey vulture, crow and peacock feathers, selenite wand, red jasper, garnet, rainbow moonstone, yellow calcite, turquoise, apophyllite, rose quartz, orange clear quartz, carnelian; pink kunzite and emerald.

Certain crystals carry very powerful energies which can be overwhelming if worn or carried daily. These types of crystals often tend to get lost or misplaced as it isn’t beneficial for us to be stimulated by vibrational energies that are too powerful for us to handle at certain times in our lives. Searching for the lost crystals doesn’t usually work.  These stones will resurface if and when their services are needed.  Don’t feel sad if you have lost or misplaced a crystal.  Know that it is hiding until you need it or, it has moved on to a another person or place where it’s energies can be best utilized. Always allow crystals to come and go. They do their work best without restrictions.

 I love my crystals and cleanse them regularly in sage and clear running water (note – some crystals don’t like water).  I put them in the sunlight or the full moon for recharging.  My grandchildren love when I do this. They love to hold the crystals and help me clean them. They love to hold them up to the sun or moon and watch them sparkle. Crystals are magical, especially for children. Many times I take the children outside on a “crystal hunt”. I put some stones around the house and along the road and we go looking for them. Next to hugging trees and looking for fairies, (bet you can’t guess who taught them that!) I think crystal hunting is their favorite thing to do!

My daughter still thinks I’m a crackpot which is why I never let her or my husband touch my crystals with their negative vibes. If they do touch them, I go running for the sage and the whole “you’re crazy” conversation starts all over again. Whatever. I try to tell my daughter that if I didn’t find crystal therapy I ‘d probably be in jail for murdering her sperm donor.  She just laughs and says “well, at least you wouldn’t be able to call me on the phone ten times a day!” Shut up or I’ll give you a zetz! Oy, you would think by now I would get a bissel nachas from this kid!





I recently looked up my ex-husband. I was surprised that he was still around and his wife hadn’t offed him. I decided to send her a present.  Anonymously, I mailed her a  beautifully wrapped package. Inside was a large, black tourmaline crystal that I personally programmed with love and the intention to cleanse negative energy from her home.  The enclosed note let her know that the crystal would help transmute any negative energy around her to a positive, loving energy. I knew there was plenty of that negative crap living in her house. After all, she was married to a drunken bum, for more than 20 years.  I met her once. (suffice it to say it was awkward – I will spare you the details) She seemed nice enough but I always felt guilty because that “meeting” would have been the perfect opportunity for me to tell girlfriend that her lover peed the bed when he was drunk.

Yup, satisfied my karmic debt and gave a healing in one fell swoop. Sometimes I really rock! 🙂


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  • Wow Dana,
    I really enjoyed your blog about the crystals. I never knew how and when you discovered them or rather the CRYSTLAS called you to go into that store and get them!!! Your description of the metaphysical store had me in stitches heehee!!!! If I had not known about crystals already I would be be driving to the metaphysical store right now and getting some!!!! Thank you for sharing the experience of Al and his crystal healing that was a Skype Crystal Healing Session I will never forget. I know the angels were laughing I felt their giggles!!!! Thanks Dana I love you lots and thank you for your gift of writing <3 xoxox from Mary

  • Karen Fisher

    Oh to have been a fly in order to see my dear son-in-law at his crystal healing session! Thanks for sharing it made me laugh out loud! ? As to first husband, wow, it’s a shame you weren’t into crystals before you married him. It would have done my heart good to see you go at him with a feather duster hung with crystals while sporting a black wrap covered in moon and stars, OY VEY!!! By the way you look gorgeous in the picture but where did you get that dress!!??

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