Years ago before I was catholic I got into the alternative medicine. Later I started to become more religious but still held on to my practice with healing crystals, later I then found Catholicism and still used my crystal healing methods. Eventually I found out that using crystals to heal was controversial and lots of catholics are against it and have good arguments and quit the practice altogether but I still have questions.
I’m not trying to prove the existence of the healing properties of crystals but I feel like I have had experiences that are convincing to me personally, I am posting this to hopefully gain clarification of the catholic understanding of this.
One of the arguments is “no scientific proof/not real therefore it is superstition which we should not get involved in”
What if it is real? If it is real, would it then be okay for people to get involved in?
Another argument is “demons are using these to fool you and you allow demons to have power over you by using the crystals”
So if it is real we would have to think about if we did have objective evidence that this phenomenon did exist, is it of God or is it not? I think there has to be proof that it leads to demonic possession, using medicinal plants is real and before there was a scientific explanation people said it was demonic at least some people did. Actually when you look at history there were hundreds of things that existed yet no scientific explanation people dismissed as being demonic. I don’t think no scientific explanation = demonic, just like the existence of aliens or other cryptids = demonic. And you have to think about cases like mine, I was a protestant just like every other protestants, then I converted to Catholicism just like any other convert. It was actually the study of healing crystals that opened the gateway and led me to becoming more religious and eventually converting to Catholicism, my personal opinion is that it just seems counter productive if the study of healing crystals is demonic.
Another argument is “crystals invoke a supernatural force other than God to help you spiritually, this is idolatry and occultism”
I think new agers adopted crystal healing techniques and made it into something its not, I don’t believe crystals are a supernatural force, just like herbal remedies aren’t. And I don’t think they help you in any other way than a plant would. I think there’s alot of crazy ideas about rocks just like at some point in time people thought northern lights were spirits, that herbal remedies were magic, dead bodies that get swollen and and continue to grow finger nails in controlled climates were vampiers, lightning and thunder were the gods and now people think the benefits of healing crystals is a supernatural force that helps us spiritually but in reality its just a natural occurrence of your bio magnetic field reacting to the magnetic field of the stone (just a hypothesis)
I’ve read the arguments people had against healing crystals and these are my questions and responses regarding them, can’t make up my mind on what I officially think yet.
What do you think?