In my notes on occasional one reads my comments that I can or cannot “Feel the Stones”. What in the world does that mean?
“Feeling the Stones” is another meditation practice of mine. I have 6 or 7 very large crystals on the order of 2-5 lbs each. In this practice I concentrate on feeling specifically the difference between the stones, or whether I can feel them at all. This exercises one’s non-normal perceptions while also training one’s focus.
I arrange the stones at about arm’s reach and select a stone one at a time placing it directly before me. Often I use a rectangular guitar stool to sit which allows space before me to set the stone down on; so the stone is close – very much in your personal space.
First I start with no stone and observe myself; my mood, feelings, physical state. I then switch the stones one by one, needing a couple minutes to start detecting the differences between them. Can a person find one word to describe the feeling? It may not be a physical sensation, or maybe some specific part of your body does feel it. You may see ‘it’ as something like a deep emotion – a change in ‘mood’ at a deep level. Does it effect you mind?
It’s easier to note the contrast or difference in the stones by selecting stones of distinctly different character. For example I may start with a large purple fluorite then switch to a celestite; completely different. From there I may go to a large amethyst and follow that with a rose quartz. The difference between a purple fluorite and an amethyst is subtle enough that it may be hard to detect the difference between that pair initially, whereas the difference between the fluorite and an celestite is quite distinct. This is what I call contrast. I do this well enough that I am sure if someone randomly switch stones for me while blindfolded, I could tell them what stone they’ve swaping in.
Why the large stones? Think of it like a bathtub full of water. If I put one drop of green dye in the tub one may not notice a difference in the color of the water as the dye diffuses throughout, but if a person puts a cup of green dye in the bathtub the change in the water would be readily apparent. Or if one adds a teaspoon of hot water to a bath one may not feel that, but if one pours a gallon of hot water into the tub that warmth is clearly noticed. For me large stones on the order of a few pounds work great for this exercise.
Now what a person can also do if one does not have large stones, although this is much more complicate to switch, one may use small stones in a grid. For example I have 3 small fluorites, about two ounces each, and if I place then in a small triangle connecting the stones with high quality quartz blade points I can feel that quite clearly, but not so much one small stone alone in this practice. A pile of stones works too. It is a hassle to try and switch stone grids quickly enough to feel the changes when one is fussing with switching the smaller stones and arranging them in a grid but one could use small cloth bags or net bags or a sock and put in about one pound or more of the same stones together…and start with that.
There are times when I can do this very well and other times I can’t feel anything at all. This is why I comment in my notes that I “can’t feel the stones”. This helps clarify in the notes that I’m not sensitive that day and so if the session is a dud it may certainly be me.
I’ll do this exercise about 30 minutes to an hour plus. By that time I am quite ‘on’. If I go get some coffee and come back to my sitting, the strength of all the stones together may be too much (the result of stepping out and back into the whole field) and I’ll quit the exercise for the day. That is walking out of the total field of all stones and then back into it can be very strong contrast.
Note I often do not use ‘crystals’, I like rough stones tho most of the stones in this exercise happen to be crystals, but it’s not necessary. A pile of my rough iolites is very distinct and unique in feel. Also some crystal configurations work better than others. For example I have a large amethyst geode which actually makes me feel sick at very close range whereas my large amethyst open-face crystal is quite comfortable.
During the above meditations occasionally one gets deep insight into the nature of the stone. Again can you find one word to describe it? You may find that the feeling is very illusive but none-the-less there. I will say here that much of the crystal-hype on the Internet is overblown marketing. Reading that stuff one thinks one gets vision into million year old histories, sees ten past lives, has OBEs, telepathic abilities, one even finds the dishes are magically washed along with finding your car waxed. Of course all that is important to those franchises. Best to forget all that when you do this practice.
Finally if you want to try this you don’t have to buy a bunch of big expensive crystals, or crystals at all. Large rough clear rock quartz is cheap. See if you can feel one type of rock. Sit for awhile with nothing, then reach over grab your sock full of clear rock quartz put it right in front of you close and observer. Then maybe after 10 minutes put it away and sense what you change back to. After 5 or 10 minutes put the sock of quartz in front of you. Feel it now, the change? Alternate this and if your are very calm and focused you will notice it. Put on some F12 hemi-sync if you wish and do the exercises.
It may take awhile as one typically has not looked into this space throughout one’s life. Once you notice it you’ll start getting the hang of it. For the second type of stone pick something distinctly different from the clear quartz, like a deep blue or purple family stone. Be patient.
Lastly I think everyone should have some good quality deep purple amythest and rose quartz given our stressful lifestyles. Are you surprised I did not suggest some grounding stones?
Off topic, below is a pix of my blue kyanite bar I use to recover from soul retrievals strains. I take this stone to TMI for the advanced courses and a couple of people have successfully benefited from the stone for their own travel strains as well.