For some time I have been astonished at the claim of certain ‘professional’ healers that crystal therapy was widespread on the mythical island of Atlantis. They use this unlikely statement in order to provide gravitas and respectability to their profession. With such assertions they attempt to prove the long presence of healing throughout time and, thus, persuade their naive customers about its validity. In my eyes such attempts to deceive the not-so-naive public can only bring the opposite results. Therefore, in this short post I will try to debunk the false claims.
According to Plutarch, a philosopher who lived in the second century AD, the Athenian lawmaker of the sixth century BC, Solon, mentioned Atlantis. Solon found out about the island, while he was travelling in Egypt. In order to introduce the story to the Athenians he wrote an epic poem, which has not survived. Solon was a real person. However, because of his reputation, they attributed to him innovations he never did, statement he never stated and stories that are not true. In any case, the other ancient author who narrated the story of Atlantis in detail was Plato. He was a famous fifth century Athenian philosopher, who probably used Solon’s work or other sources. He talked about Atlantis in his two Dialogues called Critias and Timaeus. I have just spent some time reading these Dialogues. I tried, in vain, to find references of semi precious stones, crystals or crystal healing in them. I found only references about orichalcum mines and the decoration of the citadel and public buildings with metals, such as gold, silver, orichalcum etc. In all fairness, some statues and buildings did bear emeralds and precious stones but these were for decorative purposes.
It is interesting to note that the purpose of the narrative by Plato is the comparison (or assimilation) of the mythical Atlantis with his contemporary Athens. Above all, we should bear in mind not only that Atlantis belonged to the realm of myth but also that it was born from Greek Classical minds. Classical Greeks were the ones who invented western logic as we know it today. Under no circumstances would you be able to find references on energetic channels and chakras in the ancient sources, as they contradicted their fundamental logical thought. Instead, we should be looking for the origins of crystal healing elsewhere.