‘New Age’ or old world wisdom? Could crystals, rocks and minerals help to support us by giving us an extra boost in these strange, isolating and challenging times?
In fact, recognition of the power of crystals, minerals and stones is both old and incredibly modern. From ancient man, who used Whitby Jet as a protective talisman, to modern-day scientists who use them in everything from lasers to watches, crystals have been a part of our lives.
So could crystals help us now, in this time of crisis? If so, which do we choose? It really depends on the nature of our personal challenge and what stone we are instinctively drawn to, but let’s start with isolation from family and friends, which is causing such emotional hardship for so many people right now.
My top choice for helping us cope with the impact of isolation, is Snowflake Obsidian.
What is Snowflake Obsidian?
Obsidian is a black volcanic glass which was used in prehistoric times (also ‘north of the wall’ for Game of Thrones fans) as a weapon, because it has extremely sharp edges when worked. It is formed when lava cools and hardens very quickly, leaving no time to pick up any of the impurities which are common to other ‘crystals’. Perhaps for obvious reasons, it has always been strongly associated with protection (NB: impurities are not ‘bad’ – just different!).
Snowflake Obsidian is its gentler cousin, if you like. When lava cools more slowly, a type of quartz crystal can form on the surface, giving it the appearance of snowflakes. It is said to help us cope with change and reduce fear, helping to ground and tune in to what we really need, rather than reacting to stress and anxiety. It is believed to help deal with isolation specifically by helping us to see how we can make the most of it, perhaps even help to make it work for us in some way. I was reminded of this when HM The Queen suggested in her address to the nation on 6 April that this is “an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation”. It’s the same sort of idea.
Plus – it’s PRETTY!
How does it work?
It’s no good just plonking your lovely Snowflake Obsidian on your desk and hoping for a miracle. That isn’t really how it works. You need to handle it (hold it in your non-dominant hand) use it as a worry stone, put it in your pocket (or your bra if you like – not you, fellas) study its pattern. Just familiarise yourself with it, remember what it can do, and ‘tune in’. Think of it as a partnership with a friend – a seriously ancient friend, from the hottest fires deep under the earth’s crust. How cool is that?!
There’s more: crystals can pick up all sorts of ‘psychic gunk’ from those who have handled them before, so they need to be cleansed before you use them, either by rinsing under running water, or putting on a window ledge under moonlight. Remember to give your crystal a rinse regularly to freshen it up, especially if you handle it often (which you should).
Many of the devices of modern life, on which we all rely – computers, TVs, radios, medical equipment, lasers, watches, satellites, hair straighteners (yes, really) all rely on the power of crystals in them in some shape or form. If crystals work for them, just think what they could do for you.