As I prepare for my new intake of Crystal Healing Diploma students in Glastonbury UK, I thought you might like some guidance on finding a good quality therapy course. Heres what I think you should look for in your training:
Check you really like the teacher. You are going to make a big commitment to a course, spending time and money with this person, so it is really important that you get good vibes about them. You need to look for someone you sense is approachable, knowledgeable, supportive, experienced in their field and a clear communicator. Their energy needs to feel positive and enthusiastic about the subject they are training on.
Ideally you'd meet your teacher by booking a therapy session with them or attending an introductory workshop, as this gives you a good idea of whether you are going to get along together. Finding the right teacher for you is probably the biggest factor in determining whether you will succeed with any therapy course. In Glastonbury I will be running the first morning of the Diploma course as a free open Introductory session so that participants can choose whether to stay for the whole weekend and from there decide whether they'll be signing up for the whole course.
Look carefully at the content and structure of the course. What level is the training offered to? Is it a professional, well recognised qualification? The part time course I teach is structured so that participants learn the basic techniques and skills they need to work competently with crystals in year one. This means they can qualify as a Crystal Therapist with a Certificate after their first year of training. In the second year they then learn more advanced techniques and can obtain a Diploma.
In any healing course, regardless of the modality, you might expect to be taught about the human energy field, including the chakra system, the subtle bodies and the meridians. You can also expect to be taught about energy safety, including grounding, protecting and supporting your energy. Not all courses cover these last topics, yet they are essentials for working safely with any healing energy.
On a crystal healing course there should be plenty of opportunity to find out about the stars of the show, the crystals themselves. I encourage my students to learn about a wide range of crystals by attuning to them through their subtle senses and working with them between taught sessions. I guide them through crystal meditations and visualisations and also encourage cross referencing their own findings with information from books. In addition we look at how crystals are formed and their properties according to their crystallography.
Any healing or therapy course should allocate a good proportion of the time to practical tuition on using the various healing techniques. In a crystal course this would normally include crystal layouts and placements for balancing the chakras and subtle bodies, ways of removing energy blocks from the aura and methods to harmonise the flow of the meridians. In addition you may be taught a variety of other ways of working with crystals, such as using them to send distant healing and setting up crystal nets.
If you are studying to a Diploma level more advanced topics should be covered as the course progresses. For example in the second year my students learn how to work shamanically with crystals, how to access and heal past lives using crystals, to work with relationship issues, to use crystal divination techniques, gem essence making and healing on finer levels of the energy field, including the hara line.
A reputable course will demand a true commitment on your part too. As well requiring course attendance, my students are expected to complete their homework modules, keep a personal development journal, practice their new skills between teaching sessions and complete a number of case studies. It is only by fully engaging with a course that you will get the best from it. My own students are often surprised by how much they themselves develop personally over their time with me. Expect to be your own first client as healing yourself will make you a better therapist!
Finally check that the course you are enquiring about is well accredited and recognised. In the UK the school I teach with, the Institute of Crystal and Gem Therapists, is a founder member of ACHO, which stands for the Affiliation of Crystal Healing Organisations. This means we ensure that we cover the agreed syllabus topics for the first year and that we abide by a shared Code of Conduct and other professional policies. This may sound a bit dull when you are excited to get started, but you dont want to spend lots of time, money and effort training only to find that the qualification you receive carries no weight!
I hope you find a course that really suits you and brings out the best healer you can be. If you'd like to learn crystal healing with me in Wales or Glastonbury please visit my Touchstones Therapies site.