I have been interested in alternative healing techniques for almost thirty years, and in the past three years I've come to focus increasingly on the human energy field and its role in healing, which has led me to investigate chakras, kundalini, and reiki. I'm therefore not a diehard sceptic, and I certainly don't believe that the only reality is the one that Western science thinks it has uncovered. However, I need a cogent basis for what I believe, and as I'm new to crystal healing, I was hoping that this book would provide one. Unfortunately, it doesn't. To be sure, it does contain clear and understandable information about what the author asserts are healing properties of crystals, but it mixes this information with allegations that crystals sometimes materialise out of thin air to those who need them (page 65), and claimes that there are higher life forms working in laboratories deep within the earth to create crystals that they then place in mines in South America just so we can discover them (page 120).
the book provides no basis for supposing that crystals can and do heal other than that the author says they do. I'm afraid that, for me, this is not convincing, and I finished the book feeling very dissatisfied,especially as I have bought the other two books in the triology (Crystal Healing, and Crystalline Transformations).
Katrina Raphaell in this book gives the layman an outstanding , and informative description of the crystals, their properties, and how to use them. Her writing is clear and to the point and well executed. I truly believe that her information is channelled from a higher plane. I highly recommend it for those who are starting on the crystal path.