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Shungite and Crystal Healing

rough shungite stones

1. Shungite Stone from Russia
2. Healing Properties or Placebo?
3. Keeping an Open Mind
4. My Personal Experience

Shungite Unique Stone from Russia

Shungite is a particularly interesting stone found predominantly in north west Russia.  It's relatively rare, virtually unknown and the finest grade is known as elite shungite.  As well as being surprisingly lightweight it's naturally lustrous and has a black residue caused by carbon.

With the world's original and largest deposit being in Karelia in north west Russia, the grade known as elite shungite can be expensive.

My first encounter with shungite came whilst buying rocks and minerals in South Africa.  Having caught my eye I was immediately curious about a stone that was unlike anything I'd seen before.

After doing some research I learnt it was a non crystalline solid formed mostly from carbon.  For that reason alone it's widely used for its healing properties.

Having chosen a few pieces of shungite for my collection I was surprised at how expensive it was.  Then again, it came from Russia and I was buying it in South Africa.

Once home I took some photographs and listed each piece individually on our website.  Within a few weeks they were gone.  On our next trip a few months later we bought more.

four shungite elite stones

When they sold just as quickly I decided to find a supplier in Russia.  After receiving two parcels of low grade shungite despite being told it was elite grade, I finally received some really nice stones at a fair price.  In fact they were much nicer than what I had bought in South Africa and were also cheaper.

With shungite being a non crystalline solid it's not a mineral.  It's correctly known as a mineraloid which describes the group of mineral-like substances that include jet (similar to coal), moldavite, pearl and obsidian.  These materials are amorphous or non crystalline solids which means they have no significant crystal structure.  In other words they're not made up of crystals.

Healing Properties or Placebo?

Shungite which is used for its healing properties has in the past been referred to as 'the miracle stone' or 'stone of life'.  The late Judy Hall author of the Crystal Bible series even states it may have been instrumental in creating life on Earth.

One of its primary healing properties is the ability to block geopathic stress caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF).  Shungite is said to have exceptional shielding abilities.

On a psychological level shungite is believed to clear old emotional and physical behaviours replacing them with new positive patterns.  It boosts physical wellbeing, strengthens the immune system and restores emotional balance.

Although conventional medicine can be traced back 5,300 years, the use of crystals for healing can be traced back at least 6,000.

Whilst a great deal of scepticism still surrounds the practice of healing with crystals, many people including myself remain open minded.

Although there may not be any scientific evidence to support what is sometimes called a pseudoscience, crystals are without doubt an integral part of many people's lives.

There's a considerable amount of evidence to suggest crystals may act in a similar way to a placebo.  This is a substance or treatment believed to be genuine but contains no active medicinal ingredients.

It has been proven in trials that a placebo has the ability to stimulate a genuine physiological response.  This can range 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 been achieved. 

box of placebo pills

Rocks and minerals have played a crucial role in creating and shaping our planet.  With that in mind, who can say for certain they don't have healing properties that we're yet to fully understand?

I have been working with rocks and minerals for the last twenty years.  Although I don't use them for their healing properties I am without doubt drawn to them in a way I can't really explain.  When working with and around them I feel a sense of calmness and they often lift my mood.

It’s widely documented that shungite is at least two billion years old.  That sounds impressive but the oldest rocks on the planet date back around four billion years.  That makes shungite seem quite young in comparison.

My interest in rocks and minerals is not just geological but also how they've been used and studied by man throughout history.  I'm fascinated by their colours and characteristics and the fact that I'm handling something whose formation began millions or even billions of years ago.  I think people forget how old some stones are and what they've been through to become what they are today. 

Using crystals for their healing properties is not for everyone but these curious and fascinating objects have so much more to offer.

I worked in markets and retail shows for many years.  During that time the reactions from people who had never really looked at or handled a crystal rock or mineral always fascinated me.

They were captivated by the different shapes, colours and textures.  Some would struggle to understand what they were looking at and where it had come from.  When I explained some of the crystals rocks and minerals were millions or even billions of years old, they'd look at me with scepticism.

I remember seeing a customer scratching a piece of orange calcite with his fingernail.  When I asked what he was doing he said he wanted to see if it was real.  Calcite is a very soft mineral that can easily be scratched with a fingernail.

One question I was asked time and time again was "what do you do with them?"  It was a question I always found very difficult to answer.
display stand with rough and polished minerals

Keeping an Open Mind

I have three beautiful pieces of elite shungite in my personal collection.  It's a stone that still fascinates me.

As well as being used for its healing properties shungite is also widely used for water purification purposes.  It's known to remove organic and inorganic substances, disease causing bacteria and even traces of metals.

Opinion regarding the use of shungite or any other crystal for its healing properties varies widely.

open book and a collection of healing crystals

I work with rocks and minerals because I enjoy being around them.  Each one interests and fascinates me for a different reason.  I can't say what impact shungite or any other stone will have on my life.  What I can say however is that I believe it's definitely worth keeping an open mind.

My Experience with Crystals

I once went to a psychic who had been highly recommended to me.  I've always been sceptical about people who claim to have psychic abilities but went with an open mind.

Before I'd even sat down she blurted things out that she could not possibly have known.  I hadn't given her my real name and she knew nothing about me.

Although subsequently she didn't tell me a great deal, what she did say was very personal.  She kept seeing the letter J and wasn't getting much else.  She said she didn't understand why or what it meant.  It was the first initial of my partner's name who was sitting on a bench at the end of the road.  

So could it be that crystals are similar to psychic ability in that only some people can tune into them?  Maybe for everyone else they're just plain old stones. collection of small crystal balls

I’ve read extensively about the healing properties of crystals for many years and have heard countless stories.  Some I take with a pinch of salt but you can't dismiss everything.  I also have a few experiences of my own that can't logically be explained.  One of those involved obsidian which is believed to be exceptionally powerful.

It's said black obsidian brings issues to the surface and can be very confrontational.  You apparently need to be ready for a full onslaught before using it.

In the years before I became involved with healing crystals, a piece of black obsidian came into my possession.  It wasn't something I chose and I had no idea what to do with it.  I placed it in my bedside drawer.

In the months that followed a monumental change took place that changed my life.  It came out of the blue and wasn't something I expected.  To say it was a full onslaught was an understatement.  Was that just coincidental?

Further experiences have shown me that if crystals are destined to be part of your life, they'll make an appearance when the time is right.

Whilst some may regard the use of crystals for healing as a load of mumbo jumbo, it's worth noting people have been using them for this purpose for thousands of years.  Providing the practice is used to compliment and not replace traditional medicine, then why not embrace it?

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