Now I know this may be a little woo-woo for some, but it's a subject near and dear to my heart. Being the analytical sort that I'm sometimes prone to be, the idea that stones might have metaphysical properties has had me somewhat... enamored. There's a beauty in the mysticism and power of nature, that we are, despite our preoccupations and cell phones and technology, just a small part of a wonderful tapestry of energy, for lack of a better word.
For the sake of argument (and because it's fun), let's just assume stones have this special ability to affect our physical, emotional and mental capacities, to access within us a little untapped potential and bring a little joy to an otherwise hectic and fevered life. I mean, really now...... how is this a bad thing?
As a jewelry artist, gemstones play a vital role in the work I do and the pieces I create.... how I create, I'd even say. I get to be unapologetic with my habit of assigning personality to the shapes my wire form, so much so that, of late, I've taken to naming my creations: the "Goddess Gaia" pendant, for instance, or the "Shakti" pendant. And these creations become an extension of my own energy or vibration, or whatever esoteric word you might like to ascribe to the creation process.
I've had, since my childhood, a propensity to fidget. I tap my foot, rub the hem of my shirt between my fingers, move the hair from my face fifteen times an hour. Perhaps this is a symptom of my life-long battle with anxiety, or perhaps (if I dare get a little spiritual here) it might be the symptom of a disconnect with the energy of earth.
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Have you ever, even once, perhaps in your youth, owned what many have coined "worry stones"? Those smooth, palm-sized gemological miracles with that glorious little divot perfect for our fidgeting thumbs? I had a whole collection of them. Still do in fact. And, over the years, I've discovered that which stone I choose to soothe my fidgets is entirely dependent on my mood, or the circumstances for my anxiety.
When I am sad, for instance, the warmth of citrine is my stone of choice. When I'm anxious, hematite grounds me. When I'm distracted, black tourmaline sings to my creative soul. And, when I ache for a little self-love, amethyst answers the call.
Whether or not these properties or uses meet any social "standard" among the metaphysical community is far less important to me than the very organic ways in which these stones find me when most needed.
I think there's a beauty to that. To the natural pull we feel to stones, whether we associate that pull with any ethereal, indefinable energy or not. If it pleases us, gives us peace, allows us to smile when we otherwise might have reason to frown, I'd say their purposes in our lives are well met.
Tell me, do you have a stone that calls to you when you are sad or anxious? Do you find yourself naturally gravitating towards the peaceful pull of rose quartz or the transforming allure of malachite? I'd love to hear about your experiences with your favorite stones. Leave them in the comments below!
And until next time, my gems, happy weaving!
3/23/2017 04:20:36 pm
I love rocks and stones. So much so, in fact I have over 20 tons of jasper, agates, jades and many other types of rocks. While I am wrapping, my rock saws are going. I am always careful not to "hurt the feelings" of any of my rocks. They are all special no matter how I use them. My saws keep cutting while I wrap my latest costum cabachon, Beads are great, but I can make cabs to any shape I want. Just one lucky girl!!
4/1/2017 01:53:14 am
I love the phrase "hurt the feelings of your rocks". I think that perfectly describes how easy it is to personify something that impacts our lives, no matter on what level they do so.
4/1/2017 01:53:51 am
I invite everyone to revisit their childhood at least once a day!
3/24/2017 06:16:55 pm
I had a worry stone once. I completely forgot about that. I don't even recall where I got it. I will have to find another, as I did find it very soothing.
4/1/2017 01:56:07 am
I've learned to pay attention to those little synchronicities... those odd little coincidences. How we can feel better around one object and worse around another, even if it's only psychosomatic. I say, if it improves your day, no reason not to do it, right?
3/31/2017 09:41:32 am
Have you considered perhaps you're too connected i.e. an empath? One of your previous posts had mentioned how tense and anxious you get in crowds. All this random energy and emotional turmoil can be picked up by someone sensitive to it and it can be really irritating to have all those dissonant frequencies around. If that's the case, there are exercises to dampen all the incoming noise.
4/1/2017 01:57:33 am
These days there's nothing I wont consider, so it's a pretty good possibility.
3/15/2021 12:01:58 pm
Omgoodness! I know this post is a few years old but I am reading this only today. Your comment here, Theresa is spot on! I am an empath and holy moly! Being in a crowded place drives me bonkers to the point that I must leave at times. I have learned how to shield myself and I carry a small pouch of crystal with me to help with that when i do need to be around people but yes, this happens to me. Bless you for bringing this condition out in the open here..
4/4/2017 05:15:26 am
I love them all! I seem to gravitate toward earthy autumn colors. Lately it's been black onyx and black tourmaline. Recently I noticed one (black tourmaline) seemed to take a "hit" for me. It was smooth and shiny when I put it in my pocket, later I came into a dangerous situation. When I returned home it had several hairline cracks and lost its shine. It may seem woo woo but I am taking special care of that one for now.
4/4/2017 04:25:18 pm
I by no means want to knock what some feel about the energy of, or they 'hear the stone speak'. I am a believer in a Creator God and His son, Jesus, and that is my source of life.
4/7/2017 08:27:44 am
I believe in the healing properties of crystals. That is why I got into wire wrapping, so I could wear them everyday. Thanks for the article.
3/15/2021 12:19:16 pm
I have seen the healing powers of crystals in action. Things like amethyst relieving intense pain, and larvikite relieving intense anxiety, just to name a couple of things. The Apache Tear stone is also know as black tourmaline but in a different form. It is a stone of protection. Many people use or carry this for protection against eveil and/or negative energy. It really is not for those of us who do NOT believe in something to questions things like this. I am not a Christian, but i do have a Higher Power. I do not call him God.. He did have a son per se.. But he helps me everyday thru my work with crystals
4/25/2017 06:56:24 pm
Hi Deanna. As I read your comment, I immediately thought of the verse in Luke where the Pharisees told Jesus to rebuke his disciples for praising Jesus as they led him into Jerusalem on a donkey colt. Verse 40 says (NIV) "I tell you, he replied, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
4/24/2017 06:42:17 pm
I have always been fascinated with stones and minerals. My grandfather used to bring me boxes of geodes and we would break them open together. The whole reason I started down the path of jewelry making and wire wrapping was because I had so many stones just lying around the house and in the garage. I don't know if this ever happens to you, but I can sometimes feel the stones vibrate when I'm holding them, especially if I am in need of that particular one. I am an Aquarius so many times I use Amythest and Garnet to calm my racing mind. Anytime I feel muscle tension (especially in my neck and shoulders from making jewelry) I place hematite or black toumaline on the areas affected and I can literally feel the pain wash away. If I feel fatigued and need energy, I have a couple selenite wands that seem to perk me up when I hold them. When I feel like I'm getting a cold, snowflake obsidian seems to help with congestion. When I need inspiration, I keep a big chunk of lapis lazuli around my jewelry area. When I feel like the world is against me and nothing is going my way, I use flourite and unakite Jasper to feel less overwhelmed. I could probably go on for hours about my stones but I'll spare you. Who knows why they work the way they do. Perhaps it's all a placebo effect. All I know is that I made my skeptic of a husband a believer after curing his migraine with the combined application of acupressure and quartz points. So if it's a placebo effect, then I'm okay with that as long as I get the results that I am hoping for. At least they are beautiful.
4/26/2017 02:32:55 am
3/15/2021 01:36:30 pm
Black tourmaline is one of the go to crystals used for tension pain. Amethyst actually works well too for tension headaches and either of these work even better when paired with clear quartz
3/8/2018 04:50:30 am
I love this blog post!
5/4/2021 10:02:02 am
I have begun to learn more and more about the stones and own a number of them, one I keep close that being St. Michael's, the other is Natural 7 Chakra quartz Flat Reiki. I actually have many worry stones in amethyst
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