by Jo Winter
Everything that Nature creates lives and is biodegradable.
- Except stones.
Stones are just as alive and biodegradeable as everything
else; they just live at a slower pace than most
things. Stones are the slowly-changing backbone
of the earth. It is their longevity that makes them
so precious in a rapidly-changing world. They are
the markers of previous cultures and reminders that
older civilisations have existed and, through the
pyramids and standing stones they erected, they
preserved in this way far outlives man and the messages,
the way those people perceived their world and the
way we can build on their knowledge, is irreplaceable.
capacity for crystals to heal us is widely accepted.
Perhaps their beautiful structure is the starting
point. Who can fail to be amazed by such exquisite
formations? Healers find the unique properties of
crystals to be a powerful way of balancing and harmonising
the body's subtle energies, unblocking channels
which have become choked during our journey through
life, causing illness and dis-ease. Rocks may not
immediately appeal like crystals, but they do have
connections with our deeper levels and affect and
heal on a more profound level. The LaStone Therapy
massage uses warm and cold lava stones to deeply
penetrate aching muscles and 'ground' the body.
Chinese scholars of the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD)
appreciated the spiritual properties of stones and
selected them for meditation. In contemplating something
as mundane as a stone, they also came to appreciate
the macrocosm of the galaxies in the microcosm of
the stone. As above, so below.
and rocks give us a sense of perspective that in
itself is healing and comforting. Over the ages
hermits have retired to live in caves, where they
felt able to connect with nature and meditate. The
innate property of stone absorbs negativity and
replaces it with positive energy. Various religions
use stone for preserving precious information. In
the Bible, Moses carved the Ten Commandments on
stone. Tibetans for many generations have carved
stones called Mani and left them at temples or on
mountaintops. In 1938 a chinese archeologist found
715 discs covered in heiroglyphs in a cave in the
Himalayas. They are estimated to be 12,000 years
old. They were translated by Doctor Tsum Um Nui
and found to contain details of a people called
the Dropa who crash-landed on earth from outer space.
There is still a tribe of small people (average
height four feet two inches) calling themselves
Dropa living in the area who are an unknown and
unidentifiable race. Some Pagans use stones to symbolise
their intentions during rituals.
are still hundreds of cairns and stone circles that
have been carried many miles to their final resting
places. Stones for the great pyramid at Giza were
carried five hundred miles and the great Bluestones
for Sonehenge came from West Wales. These granite
stones were obviously especially chosen. Granite's
composition contains fifty percent quartz crystal,
which amplifies the earth's energies. In Melody's
comprehenive book 'Love is in the Earth' it states
that quartz also tends to clear the effects of radiation
and radioactivity and creates altered states of
consciousness, stimulating psychic ability, synchronising
the individual and total consciousness with the
heavens and advanced life forms.
therefore acts as an aid to help focus intent during
rituals. Joseph Jockman's, in 'Earth : A Crystal
Planet?' posits that ley lines are the result of
the earth's crystal structure, that it has its own
energy centres, like our chakra points and that
standing stones could be a version of acupuncture
for the earth. If so, they could help balance the
earth and restore harmony.
bearing all this in mind, remember each time we
are drawn to a pebble or a crystal, whether on the
beach, in a shop or whilst just out walking, that
they and we have a great connection. Whether we
believe we choose them or that they choose us, we
are joining in a worldwide and generation-wide bond
with our slower-evolving siblings.
Rocks are alive.