↠ IT'S ALL IN YOUR MIND ↞
Look at these lovely little fluorite octahedron...colorful, sparkly, fun to hold. I have always collected gemstones, given them away as gifts, held them in my pocket, worn them as jewelry...I like to have them around. For a short time, I worked in a gem and mineral store on the Plaza in Santa Fe (20 yo hippie dream job, ha!). I like rocks. But I also like to collect bones, driftwood, shells, and feathers. I guess you could say I like earthy objects.
But do I believe that wearing, carrying, or focusing these fluorite will endow me with greater mental clarity as commonly proported? Maybe...but only because the idea has been suggested to me. There would be a great deal of difference in the power that a gemstone would hold for a person who saw it as a 'pretty rock' as opposed to someone who believed that it was an energetic healing tool. I believe that this is an important distinction to make because as a participant in the spiritual/new-age community for almost 30 years, I have observed that it's common for folks to bypass hard personal work by projecting their salvation onto an external idea or object; a crystal, a crucifix, a 'blocked chakra', a mala, a mantra, a yoga poses, a candle, a color, a number, a diety, etc etc etc.
Humans are experts at contriving symbols. Symbols are GREAT when used as focal points for gearing one's attention in a particular manner. Symbols are DETRIMENTAL when you believe that simply having a symbol present will substitute for soul-searching, investigation, facing your demons, or slaying the false self.
Placebo is powerful. And when you really get down to the inner work of yoga or nondualism, you find that everything occurring on this plane of existence is created by and filtered through the mind. So how important are these tools and symbols? Only as important as you make them. Intention is everything. They are focal points for awareness, but not awareness itself. The rest is all in your mind.
Disagree? Totally fine, I take no offense because just as much as I believe in what I just wrote, I also admit that I know NOTHING, therefore all possibilities are on the table. 🏻
- 11 minutes ago