Some people in high position jobs are using crystals for success and other things.
Back in the good old days, Alex Hill used to drop a couple of grand a night on models and bottles at Provocateur and Top of the Standard. But now he spends his money on a different indulgence: amethyst crystals.
Hill, the CEO of his own real estate firm who once dabbled in investment banking, had all the trappings of a successful alpha-male existence: a sweet apartment hugging the High Line, a shiny BMW X5, nights out in the Hamptons or Las Vegas with five-figure bar tabs.
But he wasn’t fulfilled.
“I was seeking a deeper purpose, but I was blocked,” says Hill, a Riverdale, Bronx, native, of his realization.
So, four years ago, he turned to crystals for help, dropping tens of thousands of dollars on rocks and selling off most of his possessions, including the majority of his 35 suits and a Rolex Explorer watch, to fund his new habit. He went on a spiritual retreat in Brazil, gave up his apartment in the Meatpacking District and now spends much of his time in the Venice section of Los Angeles.
“I’m happier, focused on my mission and in love,” says Hill, who recently married a woman whom he met on the retreat.
The medical and scientific community considers “crystal healing” to be quackery: “They have absolutely no power whatsoever to affect the human body,” says Michael Shermer, the publisher of Skeptic magazine and a monthly columnist for Scientific American.
They’ve long been popular with New Age enthusiasts and wellness fanatics, from Kim Kardashian, who turned to them to recover from her Paris robbery, to Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop followers. But, increasingly, crystals are attracting an unexpected demographic: alpha men. Finance titans and startup bros are dropping big cash on shining rocks that supposedly have healing properties, as the popularity of crystals spreads beyond hippie-dippy circles.
“These are people who run hedge funds, who work on Wall Street. These are guys who are running businesses and handling all these people’s money,” Colleen McCann, a bicoastal “energy practitioner” who charges $250 an hour for her “crystal reading” private sessions, says of her changing clientele.
Alphas approach crystals with the same intensity as investing in the stock market or launching a new app.
Anthony C., a 37-year-old who works in luxury commercial real estate and lives in exclusive Sands Point, Long Island, spent two months to find exactly the right moldavite, a rare stone said to be from a meteor that crashed into Earth nearly 15 million years ago.
His former guru, based on Long Island, told the single, lovelorn Anthony: “You’ll start manifesting stuff, get protection, abundance.”
But the guru turned on him when he found out Anthony wasn’t buying the crystal from him.
“He’s all about the money, so he’s not a good guy,” says Anthony, who eventually found a European dealer to sell him a 46-ounce moldavite set in 22-karat gold for a cool $10,000.
Anthony, who declined to give his last name for professional reasons and lives in a 15,000-square-foot waterfront home, thought nothing of dropping that kind of cash on a rock.
“I’m not thinking about the money — I’m thinking about what I need,” he says. “I’m doing it for all [kinds of] reasons — finance, making things happen in business.” The moldavite hasn’t arrived yet, but he’s confident it will prove effective.
He also says that other stones he’s purchased worked initially but lost their powers when they cracked, although he’s hesitant to offer details.
“You’re not supposed to talk about it,” he says. “Even good ones crack. They did their purpose, and now you move on.”
Experts say that it’s not surprising — or all that spiritual — that these men have turned into stoners.
“This is still a quest for material things. They’re still spending money on buying the most expensive or rarest crystal you can find,” says Kathryn Smerling, a therapist on the Upper East Side who works with many high-net-worth individuals.
Whatever the motivation, local gem shops and guides are enjoying the uptick in business.
“I’ve had millionaires come in here and [they] are totally into the crystal powers. These are CEOs of companies,” says Robert Teixeira, manager of the Astro Gallery of Gems in Midtown, where Anthony C. and Alex Hill have both shopped. Teixeira claims his crystals yield tangible results.
One time, a wealthy client bought a pyrite, believing it was a “money magnet,” recalls Teixeira. Three hours later, the buyer returned to the store extremely satisfied. “The contract he put a bid on six months earlier [had] just [come] through.”
Zya, a fashion blogger-turned-energy healer from Chelsea, helps clients, including professional men, find crystals and advises them on how to use them.
“I tell clients how to wear them — as bracelets, pendants, tumble stones in a pouch in their pocket,” she explains.
‘A lot of people didn’t really understand it at first — they thought it was drastic and not very well-thought-out.’
But some crystal bros say friends and family question their hobby.
“A lot of people didn’t really understand it at first — they thought it was drastic and not very well thought out,” says Hill. But they’ve come around. Now “everybody supports me.”
Eli, a real estate agent who declined to give his last name for professional reasons, doesn’t broadcast his crystal habit at work, but he definitely uses his rocks for professional purposes.
“If I’m on the phone with a client, I’ll hold the crystal — a citrine — to connect to its energy,” he says, although he admits it doesn’t always seem to work.
“Do I feel the energy all the time? No, but it’s nice for it to be there.”
Scientists make think it is quackery but demons can empower crystals whether by being indwelled in the crystal or by some other means. To rely on crystals is just another form of idolatry. The living God wants people to rely on His word and in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Getting involved with “energy” crystals can very much possibly open oneself to the demonic realm! Relying on rocks for power is nothing new. Such practices exist in animist cultures and eastern religions.
Crystal users may argue that it works, but the enemy can give “blessings” to his people. The enemy can reel people in with the vain things of the world but what does it profit it a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul in the end (Mark 8:36)?
It’s also interesting Alex Hill said he wasn’t fulfilled despite having all the money and indulging in all the worldly pleasures. That is because true joy comes from salvation found in the Lord Jesus Christ (Psalms 51:12) and to know God (John 17:3). Jesus said whoever loses his life for His sake will find it (Matt. 10:39).
The Bible strongly condemns the occult:
“9 “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.” Deuteronomy 18:9-12
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you can receive Him into your heart and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.
If you are sincere you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):
“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”