Healing crystals and the myth of Atlantis. False Claims

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.

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4 thoughts on “Healing crystals and the myth of Atlantis. False Claims

  1. From the little I understand about the Greeks, I believe PLato allowed for more mysticism than Aristotle. Aristotle, who gave us the Golden Mean — everything in moderation — dealt primarily with logic, while Plato sometimes invoked the soul.

    At least I like to believe that.

    But, who am I but a lowly Greek slave to these united states of American Way,

    michael j

  2. This is a very interesting contrast between Plato and Aristotle. I need to think about it further but as a first reaction… I am not entirely certain that Plato is more mystical. The structure of his thought was based on perfect western logic. However, there are similarities to Indian philosophies. Such as his projection of the real world at the back of the cave and how we perceive it. Hmmmm.

  3. The man who escaped his fetters in the cave saw a different reality outise the cave and returned to tell his fellow cave/shadow viewers what he saw — another view totally beyond the grasp of those shackled inside.

    I think they ended up killing him.

    Some people don’t like their belief systems questioned.

    Would you accept Plato speaking about the “spirit?”

    How about a “higher” intelligence?

    Christ, I haven’t read him since serving as a lieutenant in an Army bunker where I read philosophy between bouts with soldiers I was trying to safely lead in Vietnam. Plato’s cave was written in what, “The New Republic?”

    I did have a dream about him and Socrates during a mystical experience in recent months. Let me try to touch base with him and see what I can fathom.

    michael j

  4. Socrates would be your best resource, though I am not sure he would have liked Plato very much. After all, Plato probably edited him rather heavily.

    As for whether Plato speaks about the spirit… I am more inclined to believe that he talks about the Soul. Of course, this is the enterpretation that most psychoanalists take. And, as you know psychoanalysis is a religion without a God.

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