Healing Stones and Crystals

As a young child, I was fascinated by stones. I collected ordinary rocks found in my backyard or at the pond, looking for specific-colored stones or ones that had rings around them. Some stones seemed more “friendly” to me than others and these would come home with me. When my family went to the ocean for vacation, the occasional trips to curio shops on rainy days would end with purchases of tumbled stones and geodes to add to my collection. I loved looking at my stones and holding them but I had no inkling of their innate vibrations or qualities. They were objects of beauty.

More than 45 years ago, the first time I went to Sedona and the surrounding red rock areas, I began to experience some of the vibrancy and aliveness of the cliffs, formations, and geologic layers that surrounded me. Camping in the national parks of the southwest intensified my sense that there was more to the rock formations around me than pure beauty. These giant stones seemed to speak to me, but not by using words. There was an ancient mystery that seemed contained in the rocks that would offer up secrets if I could learn to decipher the code.

These days I am much more versed in stone lore, having spent many hours listening and sensing the unique properties that each variety, and, in fact, each individual stone contains. I enjoy playing with my stones and crystals with my grandchildren as well as utilizing the connections that the stones can make for the benefit of my energy medicine clients.

Crystals have been used world wide for thousands of years by societies small and large. Their uses have included their purely esthetic qualities by being fashioned into jewelry, forms of currency, art pieces, demonstrations of religious or spiritual authority and power, and badges of political hierarchy. Additionally, crystals and stones have been considered as healing and protective devices in many of these same societies. In the past, obsidian was shaped into knives and cutting instruments; lapis lazuli was pulverized to create eye make-up; and clear quartz was considered to be alive and able to assist with the production of rain. Nowadays, diamonds are used for cutting metals and glass, in lasers, for heat dissipation, and as the preferred stone for an engagement ring.

Some stones have retained the same uses for humankind throughout centuries while others have changed in how they are utilized and what meanings they are given. The late Judy Hall described one crystal whose meaning changed in her book, The Encyclopedia of Crystals. “In Germany, for instance, miners in the Middle Ages called Cobalto-calcite kobald because they believed a goblin lived in the stone. Nowadays, Cobalto-calcite is considered a beneficent stone that opens the heart and fills it with love.”

There has been a resurgence in the attention that stones and crystals have received regarding their healing abilities in the last several decades. While there are many crystals that the majority of people agree upon concerning their qualities and how they can affect human conditions and moods, I have found that individual variations are common. This is why I encourage clients to choose their own stones by touching the actual stones and sensing which seem more in tune with their individual selves. It’s almost as if when it is the right stone, the crystal will lock into a tight fit with a person’s palm.

This is far too short a blog to delve deeply into which stones are beneficial for which purpose for all of the many varieties of crystals that have been discovered so far. However, I would like to mention a few stones in particular that I often use and recommend in my practice. I have relied on the work of Judy Hall, Robert Simmons, and Naisha Ahsian for the interpretations found below while adding my own impressions.

Black Tourmaline works like a sponge, soaking up all the negative energy that surrounds it. Like a daily disinfectant for the soul, Black Tourmaline cleanses the aura of negative thought patterns keeping one up at night. Black Tourmaline is also associated with the root chakra, the energy center that keeps us feeling grounded and secure.

Lepidolite, a purple and whitish stone, assists in the release and reorganization of old behavioral and psychological patterns, gently inducing change. It brings deep emotional healing and soothing and reduces stress, worry, and depression. It is useful for hyperactivity, attention deficit, and electromagnetic pollution and can be an excellent stone for children.

Selenite, a translucent whitish stone, is associated with the moon and therefore brings in the energies of the unconscious, instinct, subconscious, and emotional well-being. This stone also aids in mental clarity thus enhancing mental flexibility and enabling strong decision-making abilities. Selenite removes energy blocks or patterns and can be used to cleanse other crystals or physical spaces. Do not get selenite wet or it will dissolve. If your selenite feels “heavy” to you, place in direct sunlight or moonlight for a day or two to enhance its properties.

Rose Quartz, a pale pink stone, is the quintessential stone of love. It can heal the heart of its aches and wounds, reawaken trust, stimulate and open the heart chakra, clear out negative emotions from the heart, and assist in the integration and resolution of old emotional patterns. It is a humble but very powerful stone. It turns one towards love and compassion in all forms. It is said to be an excellent stone for midlife crisis, as it strengthens empathy and sensitivity towards oneself, aiding in accepting the changes that occur as we evolve.

Amethyst, a purple stone, has been prized for its beauty for thousands of years. This stone is known for opening up multidimensional awareness, enhancing metaphysical abilities, and assisting meditation practices. Amethyst’s ability to activate the higher mind allows one to gain a clearer understanding of the dynamics and causes of life experiences. Hence it can be useful when trying to change addictive or unhealthy behavior. It creates a “bubble of light”, shielding against emotion-based decision making, allowing one to take action based on higher guidance and spiritual understanding.

There are so many other wonderful and useful stones and crystals. If you would like to learn more or would like to purchase crystals, please contact me for more information. I have a large number of different stones available for sale and love to find the right fit for each person and crystal.

Sheila Peters helps clients and students regain their natural flow of energy and increase wellness through techniques from Traditional Chinese Medicine, shamanic practices, reiki, Jin Shin Jyutsu, intuition/channeling and movement. For more information, email Sheila at: sheilapetersdance@gmail.com, call 781-354-0725, or visit Sheila’s website at: www.energymedicineanddance.com.

© 2021 by Sheila Peters. All rights reserved.

Don’t Leave Part of the Whole Behind

Often when people are first learning about energy, they get very excited about discovering the non-physical parts of themselves. Chakras, intuition, and connection with the higher self are fascinating subjects and are areas of endless potential wisdom. A person could spend eight hours a day for all of their life exploring the different aspects of energy and never run out of new understandings to absorb and contemplate. It is one of the wonderful facets of delving into who and what we are as energetic and spiritual beings. There is always more to grasp, to understand, to open up to. The energetic and spiritual journey is limitless and there are as many paths to follow as there are different individuals. 

As delightful as it may be to stay focused in the energetic and spiritual realms, there can be a serious downside to not recognizing the equally important need to also focus on the physical part of our being. After all, this physical body is what houses the heart, mind, and connection to higher self. We are here on Planet Earth in a physical form and, surely, there must be a good reason for that. Ignoring or eschewing the physical means that we are ignoring part of ourselves and not understanding the reason for existing in the physical plane. Why would we even have a body if there was no purpose to it?

Our bodies anchor us to this planet. We can have corporal knowledge of the interconnectedness that we are part of in a truly visceral sense. This is something that we would have no experience of if we were in a non-embodied existence. Becoming embodied means that our souls or higher selves have an additional way to realize the interrelatedness of all that exists. It is sometimes confusing to bring the spiritual us into the physical us – it could be compared to squashing an unbounded substance into a small clearly defined container.  Sometimes the wonder of the physical packaging is so overwhelming that we forget our spiritual and energetic parts and think we are just the container. We see with eyes, hear with ears, taste with tongues, smell with noses, and touch with our hands and skin. It is a glorious adventure being in our physical packaging!

However, if we stay just in our bodies, we miss out on the beauty and wonder of our energetic and spiritual selves. All of us have observed those around us who may be fully inhabiting their physical bodies but seem to not recognize the energetic connectiveness we enjoy with other humans, the earth, and the universe. This purely physical orientation can lead to people feeling separate from others and therefore more materialistic in how they live. For these people, physical sensation is all that matters and it can become a vicious circle of ‘I want this, I want that, and I am going to get it no matter what’. The meaning of their lives is about purely physical gratification in whatever material form is most pleasing to them. If these people were to be asked “what is the meaning of your life?”, they would perhaps not understand the question. They might answer that they have acquired a house, a car, a job, and lots of money in the bank. Things are important to them and they may view their spouses, children, family, and friends as so many possessions.

In an attempt to not become one of these materialistic humans, those following a more energetic and spiritual path may decide to disregard the body, disdain material acquisition, and almost forget to engage in the physical world. In extreme cases, this type of person may be perceived as spacey, seem to never really grasp human concepts of time and space, and to ignore the body’s needs for sustenance, sleep, and visceral connection with others. This type of person can be easily manipulated and taken advantage of by unscrupulous others because they are not anchoring into the physical reality of the moment.

Obviously, the above descriptions are extremes – the outliers on both sides of the continuum of human behaviors. We have a physical component in addition to an emotional life, a thinking and conceptualizing mind, an energetic body that envelops the denser physical body, and we have a connection to all that surrounds us which has been variously called the Collective Unconscious, All That Is, Source, various names for God, and even Nature. All five components are essential to fully benefit from this life experience we are having. Each impacts the whole and disconnection with one part will negatively influence the functioning of the other parts. Discounting any one of these five different parts of ourselves leads to a diminished life experience.

At different points along our life journey, we may find that one of the five component parts of ourselves needs more attention than the others or perhaps a combination of two or three together are our focus. Perhaps our spiritual growth has moved farther along the path than our emotional component. Rather than disregard the emotional part of ourselves because it isn’t “keeping up”, we need to recognize and appreciate whatever the roadblock is and begin to burrow into it. Ignoring the roadblock will only impede the furtherance of the other four parts of ourselves. Although each of these five components of ourselves may not move forward at the same speed, we must be aware of each one of them and help them move in concert and relationship with the others. Don’t leave part of the whole behind.

Sheila Peters helps clients and students regain their natural flow of energy and increase wellness through techniques from Traditional Chinese Medicine, shamanic practices, reiki, Jin Shin Jyutsu, intuition/channeling and movement. For more information, email Sheila at: sheilapetersdance@gmail.com, call 781-354-0725, or visit Sheila’s website at: www.energymedicineanddance.com.

© 2021 by Sheila Peters. All rights reserved.

The Value of Plateaus

At this very moment I am experiencing a plateau. Other ways to describe this might be: writer’s block, being stuck, seeing no progress forward, a creative slowdown, or a state of little or no growth. I’ve been here before and, wow, it can be frustrating! It feels like nothing is happening, or that perhaps I am even going backwards. This state feels endless, like there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

When I was young and studying ballet, a plateau would hit just after I’d begun to feel as if I were finally mastering whatever technical skill was challenging me at the time – triple turns, a split leap, or a high leg extension. I’d achieve the longed-for goal and oftentimes I would then become stuck. I couldn’t seem to reach the next goal no matter what I did. I would become disillusioned with myself and even critical. I guess I expected my body to master one skill and then immediately set off onto the next challenge without any kind of rest or assimilation period. Demanding!

In retrospect, it seems obvious that my body and mind needed a catch-up period.  My mind needed time to integrate what my body had learned to do, thereby fully absorbing the intricacies involved and incorporating them so they would be more automatic. What I didn’t realize back then, is that during this catch-up time, the body and mind are still working but in a different way than during the initial push towards mastery.

Both parts of the learning process are necessary – the practice building up to mastery and the integration leading to automatic functioning. Mastering the challenge seems much more exciting than the integration phase because we can measure the progress and both see and feel the growth. While we are integrating the changes, however, we can’t always measure what’s happening because it is occurring deep in the body’s and mind’s cells at a subterranean level. Since we can’t see or feel the integration process, it can register as if nothing is happening and we are stuck. But it’s not at all true that “nothing is happening”!

Eventually I recognized this instinctual mastery/plateau pattern in my work as a dancer, and I learned to be patient through the periods of “stagnation,” knowing that another period of growth would ultimately emerge.

However, the mastery/plateau blueprint is not only found in the dance world. I began to identify this pattern in other parts of my life as well – in career advancement, in financial markets, and in relationships. Careers don’t usually climb in a continual upwards growth-line. Often there are setbacks, lateral promotions, time-out to care for children or elders, and moves to a completely different career track. Yet, in the end, overall growth is observable. In fact, the periods of “non-growth” may even benefit the individual more, but in less tangible ways. Financial markets expand and contract constantly over the years. Relationships, too, have fallow periods where connection or intimacy may lessen for a while.

Expansion, contraction, expansion, contraction. This is the way that Mother Nature works as well. We experience rapid growth of flora and fauna in our planet’s spring season with plants and animals maturing in the summer. Then the autumn and winter are rest periods for the earth when seeds and animals can create reserves and hibernate in preparation for the next growing season. Patience is necessary while awaiting spring.

Patience is necessary while we await our next period of personal or creative growth as well. The integration phase is just as essential as the development stage and, as counterintuitive as it may be, the non-growth period is vital to the complete mastery of new growth!

For me, right now, I am exquisitely aware of the plateau I am in. Rather than beat myself up, however, I am continually reminding myself of the positive aspects of being in a catch-up period. I am surrendering into this breathing space and learning to respect and trust its benefits. I am allowing myself to rest, integrate, and create reserves so that when the next growth phase occurs, I will be rejuvenated and ready to spring forward.

 

© 2017 by Sheila Peters. All rights reserved.

Sheila Peters is a certified Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, and wingWave©Coach. She also teaches Stretch/Energy Body Tune-up and Jazz Dance classes and workshops. For more information email Sheila at: sheilapetersdance@gmail.com, call 781-354-0725, or visit Sheila’s website at: www.energymedicineanddance.com.