Gifts From Nature: Crystals & Stones

Nature has given us many gifts that help keep the humans and animals of this planet alive and thriving. Think of the basics like water to drink, air to breathe, soil to grow crops, and so on. If we were to look at something as beautiful as Frankincense, the dried sap of trees from certain regions of the world, we could marvel at all the medicinal benefits this oil is being used for not only today but throughout history. Nature is amazing and I enjoy working with many of her gifts, such as essential oils, for all sorts of reasons. And let's face it...breathing air and drinking water is pretty much a gift that we can't do without!

Now, I think we can all agree that the benefits of essential oils are easy for the majority of folks to wrap their heads around with minimal eye-rolling. Another one of nature's gifts isn't quite as fortunate in this stage of our evolution. They are members of the mineral kingdom and affectionately referred to as stones and/or crystals. Stones and crystals? Oh boy, here we go. Here's hoping that I can shed a teeny bit of light on stones and crystals allowing us to look at them a little differently than we have in the past all in an effort to minimize the eye rolling and one day give them a seat at the "Possibilities Table" right next to essential oils.

I can remember being back in grammar school and learning all about the Periodic Table - Silicon (Si), Gold (Au), Iron (Fe) and so many others. At the time I remember staring at all of those colored squares with all of those codes and thinking to myself that there was no way I'd ever need to know all of this stuff. That thought probably crossed my mind shortly after thinking I'd never need to multiply anything, ever.

My first introduction to a crystal was probably a pretty common scenario. Some esoteric friend of mine back in high school told me I should wear a crystal around my neck for some odd reason or another, so I did. And then some other friend of mine told me why I shouldn't wear a crystal around my neck for some other reason, so I took it off. Fast forward a couple more years when I was told that crystals were for hippies or flaky people. At that young and impressionable age I didn't want to be associated with anything "weird" that would keep me from making money or friends. The funny thing was that none of these thoughts or associations were mine - they all belonged to someone else and I just went along with it. If I'm being honest, I did lots of things (and avoided lots of things) early on because I was too concerned with other people's perceptions and opinions. I was convinced that crystals were weird but apparently drinking shots of tequila to the point of getting sick while riding a mechanical bull was totally cool and normal and good - because "they" said or thought so. Don't get me wrong, those were some fun days that I wouldn't trade for the world. I'm just making the point that maybe nothing should be put in the "weird" category without giving it some serious thought, investigation and consideration, that's all.

Luckily in my 30's, I started asking more questions - about everything.

But let's go back again to 6th grade where all the students prepared for the annual science fair. That particular year I made paper out of wood pulp (and won 3rd place) and a fellow student of mine made a crystal radio; a simple and cheap radio receiver whose most important component is a crystal detector made from a piece of crystalline mineral. The crystal radio requires no batteries or power source. That student won second place and amazed students and parents alike. For more information on the schematics of a crystal radio, there are many sources on the internet. You can click here to learn more or simply google "crystal radio." Here was a real-life example of a crystal behaving in a way that was way outside any box I had ever contemplated. Hmmmm.... interesting.

Moving to yet another example of crystal technology. We've all heard of a Quartz watch or a Quartz clock, yes? Did we ever stop to think that Quartz is a crystal? Here is the definition of a Quartz clock from Wikipedia: "A quartz clock is a clock that uses an electronic oscillator that is regulated by a quartz crystal to keep time. This crystal oscillator creates a signal with very precise frequency, so that quartz clocks are, at least an order of magnitude, more accurate than mechanical clocks." And, the crystal plot continues to thicken.

Nikola Tesla, engineer and inventor who contributed to the development of the alternating-current electrical system, is quoted saying the following, "In a crystal we have clear evidence of the existence of a formative life principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is nonetheless a living being.” – Nikola Tesla – Quote from: “The Problem of Increasing Human Energy” by Nikola Tesla, June 1900. Who am I to argue with a genius like Nikola Tesla?

I was born and raised in the Bay Area before it was called the Silicon Valley, home of Silica and computer technology. I even worked in high tech for over 15 years of my professional career. Silicon is the primary element of Quartz crystal as well as 80% of the earth's crust and computer technology would not exist without Silicon.

But wait, there's more. Paul Chaikin, Professor of Physics at NYU, has stated that crystals have metabolism and mobility which are 2 of the 3 general requirements for classifying something as living. What it doesn't have the ability to do is reproduce or self-replicate. 

I could go on and on and on and I encourage you to do research of your own and ask questions that lead you to do more research regarding the remarkable principles of Quartz crystals. I'm simply pointing out a few well-known instances where crystals are more alive then we used to think and used in technology for their well known properties that help make technology work and work well, including piezoelectricity: the ability of certain crystals to produce a voltage when subjected to mechanical stress. Sonar, radios, cars, digital watches, transistors, computer chips, liquid crystal displays, satellites and many other technological giants of today’s global community utilize quartz crystals in their products.

If crystals are good enough for technology, they're good enough for me and my human friends. If science and technology lead by example and use crystals in their work, why can't we?

So, how might we use crystals and their vibratory properties to improve our own well-being? Before diving head-first into that question, there are a few basic laws in physics that we'll need to understand first.

Entrainment is a law of physics and it tells us, in short, that we like to be in harmony with our environment. More scientifically put, when two objects of like vibration are in close proximity, the object of lesser (weaker) vibration will begin to match the object of stronger vibration. If you put 2 grandfather clocks with different pendulum swings next to one another, they will eventually entrain to one another and share the same swing rhythm. Fireflies synchronize their lights when in close proximity to one another. Read here for more documentation on that subject.

Now let's look at energetic stability. (Think in terms of emotions when I say energetic stability.) Human beings can get knocked out of alignment energetically-speaking depending on how emotionally (or energetically) stable they are. Someone who is not very balanced (living on the edge with anger management issues, for instance) will be far more likely to over-react to situations than, say, a Buddhist Monk. Think about it. We can be driving along in a perfectly good mood when someone all of a sudden cuts us off while flipping us the bird. That 5 seconds can really throw us off. We might feel a pit in our stomach or a lump in our throat as we choose some juicy words to shout back.

There is a theory that human beings move towards entropy or disorganization which is why we get sick, age or potentially get knocked off our feet by a fellow driver. This same theory says that crystals resist entropy, resist disorganization, due to their solid, crystalline, lattice-like structure. This theory goes on to say that if we (a human being) hold a crystal in our electromagnetic field that the physics of entrainment will have our weaker vibration entrain to that of the strongly vibrating crystal to improve our energetic stability. And because everything vibrates or wiggles under a microscope, if we were to choose a crystal with an oscillation rate (vibration) that is the same as, say, a healthy liver, then it stands to reason that the laws of entrainment would apply in this situation just as it does in other scenarios, doesn't it?

Pause, take a breath! I know it's a lot to take in. We have to go from point A (crystals are pretty things that make pretty paper weights) to point B (the energy of the crystals can actually assist us at an energetic level). I'd just like to suggest that we all give it some thought and not totally write it off as hippie-dippie, woo-woo stuff.

Crystals and stones have been used throughout history for their benefits far before we got our hands on Silica for data storage. Stories of Cleopatra wearing Lapis Lazuli stones upon her eyes to promote enlightenment and awareness exist in written form and pictures. Royalty has been wearing crystals on their crowns for generations. The 3 wise men came bearing gifts for Baby Jesus - Frankincense (essential oil), Myrrh (essential oil) and Gold (which is a powerful element in the mineral kingdom and used by many cultures as a healing element). And then there is the Shungite stone, the only known natural source of Fullerenes on earth. Fullerenes, an incredibly powerful antioxidant described as a “radical sponge” that can soak up free radicals with absolutely no damage or toxicity to healthy cells, were discovered by Robert Curl, Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto earning them the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996.

I guess, if you stop to think about it, doesn't it make sense that the organic things that nature provides should serve a purpose beyond just beauty - a reason for being here and cooperating for the mutual benefit of all? Yes, roses are beautiful and smell great but the oil from their petals have properties that are beneficial to our well-being, not to mention the whole bee/pollination thing. Yes, Aloe Vera plants are fun succulents to have in the garden but the nectar inside can help heal the worst of sunburns. Maybe the energy from crystals, even though we don't fully understand it, have benefits far beyond just being beautiful as our technology has clearly tapped into. And maybe, just maybe, we can roll our collective eyes a little less when thinking about using crystals and stones for more than just expensive watches and computers. Hey, if we're all energy that wiggles under a microscope, might we consider that there's a lot more to discover with crystals (actually, with just about everything)?  After all, the earth did turn out not to be flat.

"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." Mark Twain

-Dawn Marie. © Copyright, 2016, The Zen Room