Sometimes a stone or crystal just suddenly breaks. It can upset you especially when it is one of your most favorite pieces. Let’s look at the energy aspect of what has happened.
Think of it as the singer and wine glass shattering scenario. What causes that to happen? The frequencies of the wine glass were perfectly pitched or perfectly oscillated with the sound frequency of the note that the singer was holding. This created a third resonant field of greater energy and that cracks the wine glass.
For you science buffs: In physics, resonance is the tendency of a system to oscillate with greater amplitude at some frequencies than at others. Frequencies at which the response amplitude is a relative maximum are known as the system’s resonant frequencies, or resonance frequencies. At these frequencies, even small periodic driving forces can produce large amplitude oscillations, because the system stores vibrational energy. Resonance occurs when a system is able to store and easily transfer energy between two or more different storage modes (such as kinetic energy and potential energy in the case of a pendulum).
One familiar example is a playground swing, which acts as a pendulum. Pushing a person in a swing in time with the natural interval of the swing (its resonant frequency) will make the swing go higher and higher (maximum amplitude), while attempts to push the swing at a faster or slower tempo will result in smaller arcs. This is because the energy the swing absorbs is maximized when the pushes are “in phase” with the swing’s natural oscillations, while some of the swing’s energy is actually extracted by the opposing force of the pushes when they are not.
Resonance occurs widely in nature, and is exploited in many man made devices. It is the mechanism by which virtually all sinusoidal waves and vibrations are generated. Many sounds we hear, such as when hard objects of metal, glass, or wood are struck, are caused by brief resonant vibrations in the object. Light and other short wavelength electromagnetic radiation is produced by resonance on an atomic scale, such as electrons in atoms.
Other examples are:
- Timekeeping mechanisms of modern clocks and watches, e.g., the balance wheel in a mechanical watch and the quartz crystal in a quartz watch
- Tidal resonance of the Bay of Fundy
- Acoustic resonances of musical instruments and human vocal cords
- Shattering of a crystal wineglass when exposed to a musical tone of the right pitch (its resonant frequency)
- Electrical resonance of tuned circuits in radios and TVs that allow radio frequencies to be selectively received
- Creation of coherent light by optical resonance in a laser cavity
- Orbital resonance as exemplified by some moons of the solar system’s gas giants
- Material resonances in atomic scale are the basis of several spectroscopic techniques that are used in condensed matter physics
- Electron spin resonance
- Mössbauer effect
- Nuclear magnetic resonance
The same scenario may be taking place when our crystal cracks. The vibrational frequency of the crystal may be synchronizing with a frequency in its environment which causes the crystal to crack and/or break.
Keep in mind…crystals do not die or stop working just because they’ve cracked or broken. Please continue to work with them. They are still there for you. Now, the intense energy that caused the stone or crystal to crack, whether a physical impact or energetic impact was intense (especially if we’re talking about a quartz crystal), and that may have temporarily altered the crystal’s normal vibrational frequency.
It isn’t just your personal energy that caused the crystal to break or crack. Pay attention to where you were when the crystal cracked or broke. Just as we can feel and absorb other people’s energies, so do the crystal and gemstones we may have on our body or near us.
You will want to give that crystal some time away from your close energy contact. Especially if you carried the crystal in your pocket, wore it as jewelry or had it anywhere else on your body. Give the crystal a nice cleansing. After about 6 weeks, it should be ready to close to you again.
How do you cleanse the crystal? Thank the crystal for working with you. Then since there was a high amplitude energy that caused it to crack, you can do a good crystal re-tuning by burying it in Mother Earth. You can bury it in an indoor potted plant or bury it outside. If you bury it outside, be sure to mark the spot well so you can find it again!
What if this happens more than once with a particular crystal? Well, in that case, its work with you may be done. Perhaps this is a sign to gift this piece on to whoever needs it more than you. The crystal’s work isn’t completed…. perhaps it just needs to move on to someone else.
This is an excerpt from my Crystal Reiki Course.