“In crystal we have a pure evidence of the existence of a formative life principle, and although in spite of everything we cannot understand the life of crystals – it is still a living being.” (Nikola Tesla – considered by many to be the founder of modern technology, 1900)
Crystals are incredible, many facets of modern technology are possible because of them. There is still much more “magic” surrounding crystals to be uncovered by modern science. In a case of mind over matter crystals are utilised in meditation.
This year I was speaking to a well known psychologist in Melbourne. In conversation I brought up the subject of crystals and mindfulness. His reply was enthusiastic.
It was refreshing to hear his explanation on mindfulness and how crystals fit in.
He had a modern large office with danish decor. He went into a cupboard and pulled out a Tibetan sound bowl. He then began to make it hum. He stopped and asked, what are you thinking? I paused, unsure how to answer and he interjected, “Exactly nothing!” And he was right. While the sound bowl was reverberating my mind became still and in the present.
He then explained the very principle of mindfulness is using sensory stimulation (sight, sound, touch, taste and smell) to override anxiety. You see the part of the brain that processes anxiety is overridden when any one of the five senses is stimulated. He mentioned that he often used touch, rubbing his hand from the wooden texture to the fabric texture on his couch and back again to override whatever anxiety built up over heavy workload days.
This got me thinking. Kids do this naturally. Think about it, everything is new to a child. The amount of anxiety they encounter as they explore the world would be significant.
Children have blankes, they rub them. Sensory touch overload, no anxiety. They lay on their backs and watch the clouds against the sky constant moving and transforming. Sensory sight overload, no anxiety. Listening to relaxing music to calm the nerves, again sensory sound overload. Comfort eating freshly baked cookies and the overwhelming smell!
Grown ups use it too, on the finale of the Batchelor in Australia the winning bachelorette was professing on camera how much she loved him. She began to tear up and then to avert crying she rubbed her hands together repeatedly and she was able to maintain her composure.
Crystals fit in naturally with sight and touch sensory overload. For a moment, while you hold the crystal and gaze at it during a break, you are in the present. No anxiety about the future, just pure admiration for nature. This frees you up to meditate or focus on what you want and override unhelpful thinking patterns.
Crystals typically have subjects associated with them to meditate on. Pink rose quartz as a symbol of love for instance. So focusing your thoughts on love while holding rose quartz to amplify your thoughts you can actually change your brain and affect the outcomes of circumstances around you through positive intentions.
We believe in mindfulness. For instance Ash and I both enjoy a good yoga session which is mindfulness focused on the body and reconnecting with it.
- A free app Ash uses that can help with meditation: http://www.1giantmind.org
- A paid breathing meditation app I use: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/wim-hof-method
An interesting article on the subject looking at the science and philosophy of the subject: https://futurism.com/you-have-power-physically-reshape-brain/
For more on scientific studies done on mindfulness and how helpful they impact us see the "Trust Me I’m a Doctor" series from the BBC.
A new study on free will and physics…think about how mindfulness and meditation shape the world around us…
“What it could mean is this: that the human mind (consciousness) isn’t made up of the same matter governed by physics. Furthermore, it could suggest that the mind is capable of overcoming physics with free will. This could potentially be the first time scientists gain a firm grasp on the problem of consciousness. “It wouldn’t settle the question, but it would certainly have a strong bearing on the issue of free will,” said Hardy….
Here's a study that finds meditating cancer patients are able to affect the makeup of their DNA: