I have always loved stones.
I remember as a little girl, going for walks with my
father. He used to bring a hammer and chisel
with him. I wasn't content to pick up little
bits of stones I found. I would ask him to get
me a chunk of some bolder along the path!
As I grew older, I began to look a little
deeper into my own life, and what I thought I
wanted. I had a good life at the time, but I
was not happy. I had everything I needed, and
most of what I wanted, but I felt empty. I knew that my happiness wasn't going to come
from anything I found on the outside, because I had
Even when I got what I thought would
make me happy, it didn't. I needed to look inside. I learned
meditation, being still and practicing "quiet".
No small task for me, I assure you! I also started lighting candles, burning incense,
and making "quiet time". The TV gathered dust,
the stereo was mute. I found some friends who were
like minded, and we often got together and talked
about living and following a spiritual path. I
read everything I could get my hands on:
- I read the Bible,
front to back,
- I read The Celestine
- The Twelfth Insight,
- A book called "A
Course in Miracles".
- I bought every tape
that Marianne Williamson ever made.
- Every Deepak Chopra
book and tape.
- And after much
tears, fear, agony and soul searching....
"The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous"...
And there, along with this strange crew of people
in church basements, for the first time in a very,
very long time, I found peace. For the first
time in my life, I felt that I belonged somewhere.
I was scared, and full of self loathing, and
guilt. I suffered from anxiety attacks,
depression, and agoraphobia. I was a newly
sober person, and couldn't take pills, have a glass
of wine, or indulge in other ways of acting out or
spending money, because I didn't have it.
I was knocked to my knees as surely as if someone
had physically knocked me down, and all doors seemed
closed to me. I turned to the only place I had
left. I turned to Nature, Mother Earth,
a Higher Power, and the Universe for help.
And that's how I discovered crystals and
gemstones, and these ancient properties that have
been associated with them from the beginning of
time. I began looking up the different qualities of
stones. Did you know that Amethyst means "Not
Drunk?". I adopted that stone as my personal
totem for a long time. Then I found out that Citrine was good for
wealth, success and prosperity. I was facing a
divorce, losing my home, I had 3 teenagers,
and had been a stay at home mom for twenty years.
I had no marketable skills what so ever. Boy, did I need some abundance, prosperity, and
I suffered from anxiety attacks that were so bad,
that I couldn't leave the house. There were
days I couldn't pick my poor kids up from school. I
would run out of grocery stores leaving a full cart
behind. I couldn't go to the Mall. I wasn't
sleeping at night. Someone suggested I start
sleeping with my crystals. So I bought some little "wands" - just the
right size for a scared person to clench in their
fist at night. I had a lot of fear. Fear of the known, and the unknown!
little pile of crystals grew. I started
looking up different qualities for friends. I
learned about cleansing and energizing crystals.
I learned about Reiki, and Auras, and Kundalini, and
Chakras. The most important thing I learned was how much
better I felt when I had them around me, or on my
body, in my pockets, or on a cord. I found
myself playing with them constantly, holding them,
and just loving the feel of them. I was drawn to them. I didn't know that it
was supposed to be that way, I only know that it
made me feel better. When I found out that they had certain vibrations
that could attract different things to you, I wanted
them around me all the time. I bought a little
suede pouch, and put several in there. I used them in "clusters" with "themes" of common
stones to work together.
And then I thought,
why not string them together, according to what they
do? In groups of common qualities, or
qualities that enhance each other? Then I
could wear them around my neck or wrist, or my
ankle. I started making jewelry for friends, and other
people in my 12 Step program. They didn't know
which stones to use, or wear, or what the properties
were for each stone, so I started to write them
I don't know if crystals will work for you,
because I don't know you. I could give you a
toaster, but I have no way of knowing if you will
plug it in. Are you open to the experience?
Nothing will get in if you are going to shut it out.
It doesn't matter if it is a real vibration, or one
you commanded with your mind, or one you are
responding to because you are now dwelling on the
thought. What matters is not the source, but the
result! Good things can come out of the smallest efforts.
Willingness is the KEY. I hope you will give
yourself the opportunity to experience it for
yourself. Do you feel drawn to a certain
stone? A pair of earrings? A pendent?
Maybe it is choosing YOU.
If you want any help in deciding what is right
for you, or which stone to use for what purpose, try
my Healing Chart.
If you cant find it there, email me and I
will find one for you.
Blessings, Shirley G.
There's a ancient story of three stonecutters preparing blocks for a building. When asked what they were doing, one cutter, irritated and angry, snapped back saying “I’m cutting rocks here to build something! What does it look like I’m doing?”
The second worker, preoccupied with making money to satisfy his worldly needs, responded by saying “I get paid to make blocks. I cut blocks all day so that I can pay all the bills. I hate it but I have to do it. It’s back breaking work.”
The third worker happily completed his chiseling and looked up with a smile on his face, and light in his eyes. He said “I’m building a temple. A great place of worship where people can come to be healed.”
To realize the the great gift of being allowed to participate in the creation of something that can be of service to humanity is necessary to create a true healing instrument. In the creation of the sacred stones, not only were the needs of others met, but also the needs of the cutter. In serving others we are served.
I feel this way about making jewelry for you. I am blessd to be a part of the healing spiritual journey of each and every one of you.
Inspired by Air...
Forged by Fire...
Tempered by Water...
Grounded by Earth...
Guided by Spirit...