Shungite and Crystal Healing
Shungite | Exploring the Facts
Shungite is a curious stone that's found primarily in Russia, it's relatively rare, virtually unknown and the finest grade is known as elite shungite. As well as being surprisingly light weight it has a black residue that's similar to the soot produced by coal and is naturally lustrous. With Karelia in the north west of Russia being the world's main supplier, it's quite expensive and highly sought after by rock and mineral enthusiasts around the world.
Our first encounter with shungite came whilst buying rocks and minerals at one of our suppliers in South Africa and having been intrigued by this unique and distinctive material, we bought a few pieces back with us. After doing some research to fully understand exactly what it was, it was added to our website and sold almost immediately. During our next trip some months later we bought more shungite and once again it was gone within a very short space of time. Having made the decision to try and find a supplier to deal with in Russia our main difficulty was communication but persistence finally paid off. Following two arrivals of low grade material we then received the quality we had been looking for. Known as elite shungite, the stones were nicer than what we had bought previously and were also cheaper.
It’s widely reported that shungite is at least two billion years old which sounds impressive but the oldest rocks on the planet are believed to date back around four billion years which strangely makes shungite seem quite young in comparison. Nonetheless for rock and mineral enthusiasts like me having a few pieces of this unique material as part of my collection is really quite exciting. Despite referring to it as a rock that's not really accurate because shungite is not crystalline hence is correctly known as a mineraloid. This name describes the group of mineral-like substances that includes amber, jet, moldavite and obsidian all of which are amorphous or non crystalline solids which basically means they have no visible crystal structure.
The Power of Crystal Healing
The elite grade of shungite is highly sought after for use in crystal healing because of its perceived curative powers. Some people have labeled it the “miracle stone” or “stone of life” and Judy Hall the respected author of the Crystal Bible series goes as far as saying that it may even have been instrumental in creating life on Earth. Alternative medicines and healing practices using crystals rocks and minerals have been around for thousands of years and conventional medicine in one form or another dates back as far as 3300 BC. Whilst there’s still a degree of scepticism surrounding the effectiveness of crystal healing, many people including myself remain open minded to it and although there may not be any scientific evidence to support it, healing crystals are certainly an integral part of many people's lives. There is some evidence to suggest that they may act in a similar way to a placebo which is a substance or treatment that's believed to be genuine but actually contains no active medicinal ingredients. It has been proven in certain trials that a placebo has the ability to stimulate genuine physiological responses from a change in heart rate or blood pressure to chemical activity in the brain. In cases involving pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue and even in some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a significant improvement has genuinely been achieved.
Although Judy Hall claims that shungite may have been instrumental in creating life on Earth, that does seem a little far fetched but rocks and minerals have certainly played a crucial role in creating and shaping our planet. With that said, who can say for certain that they don't have any hidden properties that we are as yet unaware of? I have been working with crystals rocks and minerals for the last twenty years and remain open minded and positive about their holistic abilities. Personally I don’t use them for medicinal or any other healing purposes but I am without doubt drawn to them in a way that I just can’t explain. When working around them I feel a sense of calmness and they lift my mood. The colours, characteristics, texture and in some cases translucency fascinate me as does the thought that I'm handling something which dates back millions and in some cases billions of years. I fully appreciate rocks and minerals are not for everyone but do believe there’s more to them than meets the eye.
Show someone who knows nothing about minerals a flawless diamond, a polished ruby or even a chatoyant piece of tigers eye and watch their reaction. Back in the day when we worked in markets we often watched as people who knew nothing about rocks and minerals handled our stones and quickly became totally captivated by them. They couldn't resist touching them, holding them up towards the light and trying to work out exactly what it was they were looking at despite the fact that we're surrounded by rocks and minerals every day of our lives. More often than not they'd be drawn to one variety over another and having been introduced to these curious inanimate objects, they would often return to our stall time and time again.
Keeping an Open Mind
I have three beautiful pieces of elite shungite in my personal collection and the material really fascinates me. Shungite is known to have the ability to purify water and like with many minerals, health benefits have been reported from using it. I believe the authenticity of crystal healing is something that each one of us has to decide for ourselves and nobody should ever scoff at something simply because they don’t believe in it. Everyone who has ever worked with crystals or experienced crystal healing will have a different story to tell and whilst some may fob it off as baloney, many others will believe in it wholeheartedly.
More than one hundred new minerals are discovered around the world each year and there's still things about certain varieties which geologists and mineralogists don't fully understand. With that in mind part of me hopes and to some degree believes, that there may be something else about them that we are not yet consciously aware of. All living creatures need certain minerals in order to remain healthy and if not present naturally they're added during the manufacturing process to the foods that we eat, the creams that we apply and medicines that we take. Could it be that at this early stage of human evolution we’re still too young to fully understand the benefits of crystals, rocks and minerals because our brain has not yet advanced enough to be able to see them from a different perspective? Remember that shungite has been in existence for around two billion years compared to the mere two hundred thousand that man has been on the planet give or take a few years here and there so in the grand scheme of things, humanity is still very much in its infancy. With than in mind it's highly likely there are still many things that are way beyond our comprehension.
Many people are quick to dismiss things that they don't fully understand as being nonsense yet the human race still has so much to learn about this incredible planet, its resources and what everything does. Despite the advances in medicine and science in recent years we have been oblivious for far too long about the damage that we've been causing to natural habitats around the world and as a consequence, plants, animals and insects are now disappearing at an alarming rate. If mankind can't understand something as simple as that, how can he know for certain that these naturally occurring solids which have evolved over millions or even billions of years don't have something else about them that we're not yet able to fully comprehend?
I work with crystals, rocks and minerals because I love being around them and they interest and fascinate me for many different reasons. I'm certainly not in a position to say whether they have health benefits or not or whether a stone like shungite or any other will bring luck or change your life but what I can say is that as difficult as it may be, try and keep an open mind.
From my Own Experience
I once went to a psychic out of curiosity who had been highly recommended to me but I'm very sceptical about people who claim they have psychic abilities. Before I'd even sat down she blurted things out that she could not have possibly known, I hadn't even given her my real name and she knew nothing at all about me. Although she didn't subsequently tell me a great deal, what she did say was very personal to me and she also kept seeing two letters but couldn't understand what they meant or why it was all she was getting. Those letters were the initials of my partner's name who happened to be sat on a bench down the road waiting for me. So could it be that crystals are similar to psychic ability in that only certain people are able to tune into them and for everyone else they're nothing more than plain old rocks?
I’ve read extensively about crystal healing for many years and have heard countless stories some of which I take with a pinch of salt but you can't dismiss everything and I've also had a few strange experiences of my own that I really can't explain.
What I do know is there are so many beautiful rocks and minerals on this planet with shungite being just one of them and if these fascinating inanimate objects are for you, they'll come into your life at some point without you having to go looking for them. We're surrounded by them every day of our lives whether we're aware of it or not so let's just enjoy them for what they are and if they do have healing properties which can bring about a change on a physical, emotional or spiritual level, then let's just embrace it.