April 19, 2007 – St Petersburg
This particular home was quite interesting. The home owner believed in and utilized the metaphysical practices of crystal stones. Her home had an abundance of crystals, particularly toward the center of the structure in the dining room. The home owner did believe in ghosts as well as negative energy. She attempted to utilize the crystals as a way to purify her home, but was afraid that it was not working. The pets within the home, as well as the husband, felt a negative presence move through the house.
The use of so many stones was new to us. Though stones have certainly appeared in homes, the number and use of crystals to this level had not before been encountered. Though this did appear to be a relatively standard investigation, it does raise a good question: how does the mixture of metaphysical crystal usage and ghostly manifestation work together?
The use of crystals falls to the metaphysical and folk traditions. It can also be worked to support ideas within pseudoscience. There is no scientific data to prove crystals interact with ghosts. A broad survey from various paranormal sources finds the following:
*Black stones (hematite and obsidian) are “ghost protectors” while clear quarts helps to keep the energies of an area clean. (http://www.visionaryliving.com/articles/ridofghosts.php)
*Crystals can be used to cleanse an area of negative energy. They must be cleansed with the use of salt, sunlight, or under the full moon. Once cleansed, the crystals should be placed in the area where the individual is “drawn to put them”. The crystals will need to be cleansed every now and again to remain effective. (http://www.bestillnow.com/ghosts_and_energy_clearing_tips.htm)
*Another site specifically mentioned the use of clear quartz crystal clusters (3 – 4 inches across). These stones were to be cleansed with sunlight in order to “illuminate” the house with “positive energy”. The idea with this is to deter any negative ghostly visitors while also creating a barrier for negative energy. (http://spiritualcompassconnection.com/howtorid.html)
*Ghosts may be attracted to (or more powerful on) land over limestone and/or granite (which, if true, may explain why Florida is so haunted. This is a limestone-based state). (http://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110126125304AAgnQpU)
*A person requesting paranormal protection was given advice to place bloodstones and crystals in the affected room. The stones were to be placed on either side of the bedroom door on the outside, along with a line of salt outside the door. A crystal made of two unidentified stones was to be placed on the windowsill. (http://www.askmehelpdesk.com/paranormal-phenomena/do-crystals-guens-really-protect-you-ghosts-184703.html).
*Though crystals (among other types of cleansing rituals) may help to alleviate problems, they are not a long term solution (http://www.friendly-ghosts.com/hhg.html)
Though interesting, there does not appear to be much consensus among crystal users as to what clears a ghost. Quarts does appear to be the most mentioned type of stone utilized. Though not a truly scientific outcome, the subject does make for interesting research. Sensitives that were present in this home did not the incredible power of the crystals, and even non-sensitives could feel what appeared to be a tangible heat coming from some of the stones. This made for a unique case whose results can be viewed on this page.