How Stones Work
Each type of stone gives off its own unique form of subtle energy. The particular energy given off by a stone is determined by its internal crystalline structure, and by the atomic vibrations that are specific to that structure. Certain stones, including most of the stones normally thought of as healing stones, vibrate in a way that resonates with and strengthens particular energies inside each person. These are the energies of the inner self, the energies that make up the attitudes and human qualities of a person. This resonance can occur because the inner self operates by using a type of subtle energy that is similar to the subtle energy of crystals and stones. The reason this type of energy is called "subtle energy" is because, although it is physical, it is less physical in nature than normal types of energy such as heat, electricity or mechanical energy.
Subtle energy is what puts the "meta" in metaphysical. It is subtle because it is hard to measure. Science hasn't figured out how to measure it yet, and what science can't measure, it doesn't believe in. In spite of its many great achievements, science would not even know where to begin to measure your personal energy in order to find out how much subtle energy you are putting out in the form of human qualities such as patience or acceptance at any given time. Because of its somewhat less physical nature, subtle energy reveals itself in a quieter, often slower and more gentle way than the more physical types of energy. For example, if you wear a stone or crystal on you and carry it around with you, it may take some time, perhaps a day, before you notice the effect from it.
Crystals & Stones
Crystals and stones can be of really good help in personal growth, but keep in mind that they are not magic. What they do is give you an edge in growth because of how the vibrations of their crystalline structure interact with the inner self. Crystals and stones have the ability to resonate with the different energies of the inner self, thereby strengthening those energies. This additional strength gives you the internal boost your energies need to make it easier to take steps towards growth. It gives you the extra insight and determination you need to take the leap of faith that is necessary in adopting a new attitude. It also gives you the strength to not be afraid to change something about yourself. But in spite of all this, you must still do the actual learning and growing.
The magical qualities of crystals and stones lies in the effect they have on people. Because of how they work, crystals and stones have the ability to make someone feel more positive, feel better about life. Among other things, the way they interact with a person's inner self enhances the human qualities of loving and caring, which are often considered rather magical in themselves. Crystals and stones are really considered magical only because they enhance the magic that already exists in people's lives.