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Tale #2: Celebrating One Year of ROCKS

As promised – I’ve just returned from Austin, TX, where exactly one year ago, I purchased two innocuous rocks that would begin my descension into rock madness.

Rock Yard @ NATURE'S TREASURES

Rock Yard @ NATURE’S TREASURES

Austin, TX

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Austin, TX

Here’s a short story of how it all began…

My Personal Journey with Crystals

This journey began precisely one year ago, with a serendipitous visit to an art gallery called ART FOR THE PEOPLE in Austin, TX. My cousin, his wife and I, had made reservations at a popular brunch place, where the wait time was over 30 minutes. In an attempt to escape the heat, we stumbled upon this new art gallery which had only opened a day before – a simple bungalow, renovated to house local artists’ works and interesting displays.

We walked about the place in mild interest; there were, in fact, some very nice art pieces at the gallery, but let’s be honest, we could not afford them and I was ready to board a plane in less than 4 hours – how would I carry anything?

The purveyor of the store was a tall, large, talkative and very friendly woman, who didn’t seem to mind that 3 strangers had stumbled upon her art gallery in search of heat relief and A/C. We ambled about, remarking upon the innovative art on the walls, the textiles and simple jewelry on display (even took a picture in front of their BATFEST display), when I noticed 3 small crystals lying on a table. They were two clear quartz points and one rose quartz piece (at the time, I didn’t know what they were). The two clear quartz specimens, in particular, reminded me of a relic from Superman’s home planet, Krypton, so my first thought was that they looked like kryptonite. I then turned them over to reveal the prices: $5 each for the clear quartz and $3 for the rose quartz. Well, I thought to myself, that is not too steep of a price. And as I already felt extremely guilty for using this poor woman’s gallery as an air conditioning refuge, I thought, I’d better buy something for using her space.

Quartz

The 1st of my Rock Collection

I decided on one particular clear quartz piece over than the other, because even then, I “felt” more of an affinity to the clearer one with a better point and thought it was nicer. The shop’s assistant even brought me another black-ish rock that I didn’t like, so I declined that one and also purchased the rose quartz instead.

At the cash counter, I asked the owner what these rocks were good for, and she referred me to her BOOK OF STONES on her coffee table, but did remark that the rose quartz was “the most important one for love” and that some people liked to put crystals in their bra. I smiled and thought it was interesting, but put my purchases in my carry-on suitcase and we were on our way to brunch.

Book of Stones

On the flight home, I pulled out my new rocks and put them in my purse. It had been a long and stressful year with a lot of business travel and I took them out to examine them further. I was lucky on that flight, because there were no other passengers beside me and I was all by myself in the row. Yippee!

Instinctively, after I pulled out the clear quartz, I put it immediately back in the bag. It felt too strong. On the airplane, I wanted to feel calm and secure. So I pulled out my rose quartz. Ah, perfect! Instantly I could feel a wave of calm pervade over me as we cruised at high altitude far above the ground. For the entire flight back to Toronto, I held the rose quartz in my palm or in my jacket pocket.

That was scarcely twelve months ago. Since then, my fascination and curiosity with rocks and crystals has ballooned to a full-on obsession. I don’t really know how this happened, only that I feel that the crystals came to me at the right time; when they knew I would be ready for it. Sounds completely insane, I know, but these past twelve months have been like a wormhole opened to me and then completely sucked me in.

Since then, I have ventured to learn all sorts of things, including, but not limited to: geology, paleontology, sustainable development, quantum physics, Buddhism, meditation, neuroscience and much more! And the purchase and presence of those tiny little rocks: Clear Quartz & Rose Quartz started it all.

It’s fitting that a clear quartz was the first crystal I ever acquired. It’s a silicon dioxide (SiO2) and silicone is one of the most abundant sources on earth. We’re all made of silicon! It is the mother of all stones, a powerful energy amplifier and cleanser.

My experience with rocks has opened up a whole new world for me & I hope for others as well. On my next blog post, I will talk about some of my personal energy interactions with my crystals & how they led me down a slippery slope called QUANTUM MECHANICS.


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Tale #1: Developing a new obsessive hobby in your 30’s – ROCK CRAZY!

A strange thing happened to me almost exactly one year ago.

I went away to Austin, TX for a work convention & bought 2 innocuous rocks from an art gallery. Then, before I knew it, this spontaneous purchase had ballooned to a downright OBSESSION.

rocksBut wait a minute, did I just say rocks?

That’s right, you read correctly. I said R-O-C-K-S. I am obsessed with rocks. It’s not a euphemism for drugs or sugar or the latest tech gadget. It’s the stuff in the earth, beneath your feet.

So why is this a tale?? Or rather, it could also be entitled, Tale #1: Descension into Crystal Madness. I’m a grown woman in her thirties that has suddenly become enamoured with rocks. (Ostensibly, to avoid actually writing, I’ve somehow managed to replace it with a new hobby.)

But is there an age limit to developing a new ‘rock’ hobby?? Isn’t this something little kids are into when they are young, foolish, picking up dirt in their back yards, only to abandon it at a much more reasonable age? (Say, 12 or 13?) So why now? I’ve never even given rocks a SECOND thought until now.

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I cannot say. All I can say is perhaps the rocks found me; at the exact time I needed them and would be open to them. Maybe they had to wait until I was no longer writing day-after-day at my desk, inventing the next plot twist or belabouring over character development. They waited until I would have the time and space to explore the rocks further and get to know them. Who knows? #mysteriesoftheuniverse

What I do know is that since that time, I have read countless books, joined an “official” gem & mineral club in my area, blathered on & on about the uses & benefits of rocks & crystals to any friend, colleague or family member who will listen, spent thousands of dollars of rocks…And will now blog about it.

And for those who care or are interested, my next tale will be about how it all began… 🙂