Stone and Crystal Medicine
If you give an apprentice a stone, she’ll have it when she is gray.
-Sarah Thomas in Chinese Stone and Crystal Medicine Class
Much of my practice is about helping people return to seeing magic in the ordinary. It’s easy to get confused and feel lost in the mass confusion and harried pace that is the norm for so many of us. This pace wears us down and can cause us to lose sight of the essence of who we are in this lifetime. I believe that mindfulness in everyday life helps us to slow our roll and smell the roses – or gardenias – or whatever it is you slow down to notice and appreciate.
Recently, I graduated from a 72-hour course in Chinese Stone and Crystal Medicine taught by local acupuncturist, Sarah Thomas, LAc at the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism. During this course, we learned about various properties of stones such as the chemical composition, hardness, temperature, crystal structure and metaphysical uses. We also went on rock hounding trips where I learned that we live in one of the most mineral-rich places in the world, right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. To me, the most interesting lessons were in the spiritual medicine that each stone carries. Having never studied stones in this way, it became clear that the medicine of the stones is an ancient language that runs much deeper than words. I’ve come to realize that ancient stones are seeds of information holding the potential for all of life, based on the periodic table of elements. It’s a beautiful melding of art and science, the lessons that each of these stones have to teach based on their structures, formations and experiences over the millennia. I resonate with this medicine in that healing is not viewed as “A + B = C.”
Earlier this year, a spiritual mentor gifted me with a piece of moldavite. During a particular phase of life, she guided me through ritual to release what I’d been carrying, mourn and let go and to be open to embodying my own essence in this lifetime. Our medicine is what we are here to embody and bring to the world. Poet Oriah Mountain Dreamer penned it this way,
Remember- there is one word you are here to say with your whole being. When it finds you, give your life to it. Don’t be tight-lipped and stingy. Spend yourself completely on the saying. Be one word in this great love poem we are writing together.
In the next few weeks, I will be posting about some of the stones whose medicine called most strongly to me. As I share about my own experiences, I hope that you will join me in delving further into your essence and claiming the medicine you are here to share with the community.
What is your medicine in the world?