The use of crystals is a very popular healing method among New Agers. Crystals are believed to be conductors of the universal energy force. Some keep crystals in their refridgerators to prevent food from spoiling, others sleep near their crystals, thinking they will facilitate pleasant dreams, others use crystals to heal arthritis and back pain.
Psychics even offer to 'program your crystals' for you, so that they will emanate whatever qualities that their users desire. The body is supposedly 'crystallized thought' and patterns that are stored in the bones may be replaced by vibrations from cryatals. One New Age authority writes: 'Quartz originates a thought form in the universal mind on higher levels of light, and its projected down to the earthly substance that quartz is. Crystals are an access tool to other planes of awareness." Scott Sutphen, "Increasing Crystal Power," Masters of Life, January 1987 pg. 14
The six sides of a crystal represent the six chakras of the body's psychic energy as taught by Hinduism. These crystals really represent an alignment with the cosmic universal force.
Some lie down with a crystal placed upon their foreheads, others crush it and drink it. Some wear these crystals all day and then remove them at night, so as not to 'pick up' one's own energy imbalances. Some even 'implant' proper energies into their crystals by mental visualization and affirmations. For instance, the New Age Believer will repeat over and over this mantra, "My life is one of total oneness with the God-force and Christed energies."
Because crystals are thought by New Agers psychics to be conductors of the universal life force, some use crystal balls to try to get in touch with this force and to speak to the 'Spirit World'.