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Crystal Healing Stone Countertops!

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Natural stone counter top containing countless mineral crystals.

Yes! Even in your mundane daily chores you can be surrounded with millions, perhaps billions (depending on the type stone and amount of counter space) of amiable mineral crystals all happily chanting their mantras, radiating auras of peace and harmony, healing dry skin, chapped lips, liver complaints and broken legs. At least that’s how it should be if New Age crystal peddlers are correct that mineral crystals possess some form of benign “life” or spiritual force.

Ok, perhaps the idea of crystal healing countertops is a bit far fetched even in the “New Age” of benighted enlightenment. Besides that, I should think that if the counter top crystals were alive in some sense they would be more likely to radiate an aura of pain and anger at having been ripped from the depths of Mother Nature’s womb where they formed and put on display in an alien world of air and light. But of course, no one hawks “crystal healing countertops” anyway – just various ridiculously overpriced mineral bric a brac, baubles and bangles “said to”, “thought to” and “considered to” work miracles.

But consider this: Some crystal gurus pretend to make a plausible “scientific” argument likening the crystalline structure of silicate minerals to DNA; even though DNA is a qualitatively different and infinitely more complex structure. If a crystalline structure is determinative of a life force then the countless crystals in all natural stone countertops are alive. And so is just about everything else! What a cacophony of agitated auras that would be, if it were so. But crystal lattices are merely the expressions of the chemical bonds that give structure to every innumerable speck of matter. In the Beginning, God created the heavens and the earth – matter in other words; then from that dead matter He breathed life into all that is living.

Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him (Jesus) from the dead.

Acts 17:22-31

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unique moss agate

Agates, Like people, are all one -of-kind.

Hello out there, and thanks for dropping in – its lonely here without you. I just finished reading C.S. Lewis’s magnificent book, The Problem of Pain and I want to give it a big plug; and yes, it does have some connection with agates, or at least with this website. Besides reproaching myself for not having gotten around to that little gem years, decades, earlier, I was pleased to see the remarkably astute Mr. Lewis expound upon a point I have made on this website (don’t worry, I would never be so gauche as to boast that ‘great minds think alike’). In Speaking of Agates and God…and Man, I attempted to draw some rough analogies between agates and mankind. One of those analogies is that every agate and every human being are complex, and unique creations, and that just as we can pick out one small pebble on a gravelly shore and find the unique beauty in it, God, with infinite time and patience can find the uniqueness and beauty in each of us. In either case, man and agate, the uniqueness and beauty are the products of experience – growth, change, emptying and filling, brokenness, healing.

Among many other thoughtful and eloquent observations in The Problem of Pain, Lewis adds great depth to the concept of the uniqueness of the human ‘soul’. Soul being the Biblical term for the totality of the human being – body, mind, spirit, and the sum of his experiences. My opinions on the subject you can find in Speaking of, but I am going to post below a few of Mr. Lewis’s that I find particularly apropos.

Lewis sets the stage for his musings on individuality as a God given aspect of human nature that will follow us (minus our sin nature) into the Blessed Realm by recounting experiences we have all had, and then proceeds to expound upon their significance.

Again, you have stood before some landscape, which seems to embody what you have been looking for all your life; and then you turned toward the friend at your side who appears to be seeing what you saw – but at the first words a gulf yawns between you, and you realize that the landscape means something totally different to him…Are not all lifelong friendships born at the moment when at last you meet another human being who has some inkling (but faint and uncertain in the best) of that something you were born desiring, and which, beneath the flux of other desires and in all the momentary silences between the louder passions, night and day, year by year, from childhood to old age, you are looking for, watching for, listening for? You have never had it. All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of it – tantalizing glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. But if it should really become manifest – if there ever became an echo that did not die away but swelled into the sound itself – you would know it. Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say ‘Here beyond all doubt is the thing I was made for’. We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desired before we met our wives or made our friends or chose our work, and which we shall still desire on our deathbeds, when the mind no longer knows wife or friend or work. While we are, this is. If we lose this, we lose all.

This signature on each soul may be a product of heredity and environment, but that only means that heredity and environment are among the instruments whereby God creates a soul. I am considering not how, but why, He makes each soul unique. If He had no use for all these differences, I do not see why He should have created more souls than one. But be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him: and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you. The mould in which a key is made would be a strange thing, if you had never seen a key: and the key itself a strange thing if you had never seen a lock. Your soul has a curious shape because it is a hollow made to fit a particular swelling in the infinite contours of the Divine substance, or a key to unlock one of the doors in the house with many mansions. For it is not humanity in the abstract that is to be saved, but you – …

Blessed and fortunate creature, your eyes shall behold Him and not another’s. All that you are, sins apart, is destined, if you let God have His good way, to utter satisfaction. …God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it – made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.

It is from this point of view that we can understand hell in its aspect of privation. All your life an unattainable ecstasy has hovered just beyond the grasp of your consciousness. The day is coming when you will awake to find, beyond all hope, that you have attained it, or else, that it was within your reach and you have lost it forever.”

The photo? Oh, just a pretty agate I found in a bucket of scraps at a friend’s place. Ever seen one exactly like it?

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