1. Shungite Unique Stone from Russia
2. Shungite Healing Properties or Placebo?
3. Crystal Healing Keeping an Open Mind
4. My Own Experience with Healing Crystals
Shungite | Unique Stone from Russia
Shungite is a curious stone found primarily in Russia that's relatively rare, virtually unknown and the finest grade is known as elite shungite. As well as being surprisingly light weight it's naturally lustrous and has a black residue similar to the soot produced by coal. With the world's original and largest deposit being in Karelia in the north west of Russia, shungite is expensive and rough material is popular with rock and mineral collectors around the world.
My first encounter with shungite came whilst buying rocks and minerals for Stone Mania in South Africa. Having caught my eye I was immediately curious about a stone that was unlike anything I had seen before. After doing some research online I learnt it was a non crystalline solid made up mostly of carbon which made it particularly popular for its healing properties. Having decided to buy a few pieces I was surprised at how expensive it was but then again, it came from Russia and I was buying it in South Africa.
Once back home we photographed the elite shungite and uploaded each piece to our website with a brief description of what it was. Within just a few weeks it was all gone so on our next buying trip a few months later bought more.
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After those pieces also sold quickly we decided it was mad to be buying shungite from Russia in South Africa so started looking for a contact in Russia. The main difficulty was communication but persistence eventually paid off. After receiving two parcels of low grade shungite despite having been told it was elite grade, I finally received a parcel at a fair price containing stones that were far superior to anything I had seen before.
With shungite being a non crystalline solid it cannot correctly be labelled as a mineral and is known instead as a mineraloid. This name describes the group of mineral-like substances that includes amber (fossilized tree resin), jet (similar to coal), moldavite, pearl and obsidian all of which are amorphous or non crystalline solids. That basically means they have no significant crystal structure so are not made up of crystals.
Shungite Healing Properties or Placebo?
Elite shungite which is used for its healing properties has in the past been referred to as 'the miracle stone' or 'stone of life'. Judy Hall author of the Crystal Bible books even states it may have been instrumental in creating life on Earth.
One of the primary healing properties associated with shungite is its ability to block geopathic stress caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF). Shungite contains almost all of the minerals in the periodic table which gives it an exceptional shielding ability. On a psychological level it clears away old emotional and physical behaviours replacing them with new positive patterns. It boosts physical well-being, strengthens the immune system and restores emotional balance.
Although conventional medicine in one form or another can be traced back 5,300 years, the use of crystals for healing can be traced back at least 6000 years. Whilst a great deal of scepticism still surrounds the practice of healing with crystals many people including myself remain open minded to it. Although there may not be any scientific evidence to support what is sometimes called a pseudoscience, healing crystals are without doubt an integral part of many people's lives.
There is a fair amount of evidence to suggest that crystals may act in a similar way to a placebo. This is substance or treatment that's believed to be genuine but actually contains no active medicinal ingredients. It has however been proven in trials that a placebo has the ability to stimulate a genuine physiological response which 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 genuinely been achieved.
Despite the claim 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 they don't have hidden healing properties that mankind is yet to fully understand?
I have been working with crystals rocks and minerals for the last twenty years and remain very open minded to their holistic abilities. Personally I don’t use them for healing although I am aware of what most crystals are used for. I am however without doubt drawn to them in a way that cannot really be explained. When working with and around them I feel a sense of calmness and they definitely lift my mood.
It’s widely documented on metaphysical related websites that shungite is at least two billion years old which sounds pretty impressive but the oldest rocks on the planet date back around four billion years. As difficult as that is to grasp, it actually makes shungite seem quite young in comparison.
I'm hugely interested in rocks and minerals from a geological perspective and how they've been used by man through the course of history. Their colours or lack of colour, characteristics, texture and in some cases translucence never ceases to captivate my attention even when looking at the most common mineral. The fact that I'm handling something whose formation began millions and in some cases billions of years ago is also difficult to comprehend. I think this is something many people forget especially when they find a crack, chip or other anomaly in a stone or crystal they have purchased.
I fully appreciate that healing with crystals is not for everyone but definitely believe there may well be more to them than meets the eye.
I worked in markets and retail shows for many years and during that time the reactions from people who clearly knew very little about crystals rocks and minerals always fascinated me. When showing someone a spectacular quartz crystal, a piece of elite shungite or even a widely available chatoyant tigers eye stone they were always fascinated by what they were looking at. I loved watching as people tried understand exactly what they were looking at and where the material had come from. When told the stone they were holding may well have started forming a few million years ago if not longer they often looked at me with scepticism.
From the minute people stopped to look at our stall they couldn't resist touching the crystals, holding translucent pieces up towards the light and pushing their hands into the large containers of tumbled stones that were always on the counter. The first question was often "what do they do?" It was a question I always found very difficult to answer.
Crystal Healing Keeping an Open Mind
I have three beautiful pieces of elite shungite in my personal collection of rocks and minerals and it's a stone that still fascinates me. As well as the healing properties believed to be associated with this curious mineraloid scientific studies have confirmed that when used for water purification purposes, shungite removes organic and inorganic substances, disease causing bacteria and even traces of metals.
I believe the authenticity of crystal healing is something that each one of us has to decide for ourselves. Despite science not yet being able to prove conclusively that crystals have the ability to heal or influence our mental or physical state, everyone who has ever worked with them will have a different story to tell.
More than one hundred new minerals are discovered around the world each year and there's things about certain varieties which are still not fully understood. 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 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 developed enough to be able to see them from a different perspective?
Shungite has been in existence for around two billion years compared to the mere two hundred thousand that man has been on the planet so in the grand scheme of things humanity is still very much in its infancy. With that in mind it's fairly likely there are many things we are not yet able to fully comprehend.
It's easy to dismiss something you don't fully understand as being rubbish yet we still have so much to learn about this incredible planet, its resources and what everything does. Despite advances in medicine and science in recent years we're only just really becoming aware of the damage we're causing to the world we live in. As a consequence the planet is changing at an alarming rate and plants, animals and insects are disappearing faster than ever before. If the human race cannot understand something as simple as that, how can we know for certain that crystals rocks and minerals are nothing more than inanimate objects?
I work with crystals rocks and minerals because I enjoy being around them and they interest and fascinate me for many different reasons. I'm certainly not in a position to say conclusively whether they have health benefits or not or whether a stone like shungite or any other will bring luck or change your life. What I can say for sure is that it's definitely worth keeping an open mind.
My Own Experience with Healing Crystals
I once went to a psychic who had been highly recommended to me but I've always been sceptical about people who claim to have psychic abilities. Before I'd even sat down she blurted things out that she could not possibly have known. I hadn't even given her my real name and she knew nothing about me. Although she didn't subsequently tell me a great deal, what she did say was very personal to me and she kept seeing two letters but couldn't understand what they meant or why it was all she was getting. The letters were the initials of my partner's name who was sat on a bench down the road waiting for me although I didn't tell her that. So could it be that crystals are similar to psychic ability in that only certain people can tune into them and for everyone else they're nothing more than plain old stones?
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. I've also had a few experiences of my own that can't logically be explained one of which involved obsidian which is reported to be exceptionally powerful. It's said that black obsidian will bring issues to the surface and can be very confrontational so you need to be ready for a full onslaught before using it. I didn't choose it, it just happened to come into my possession by chance but within a very short period of time what followed was certainly an onslaught and one that changed my life. Was that just coincidental?
My experience has shown that if crystals are destined to be part of your life they'll make an appearance when the time is right. There are people around the world from every race, culture and ethnicity and always have been who believe crystals rocks and minerals have mysterious powers and healing properties that can bring about a change on a physical, emotional or spiritual level. Providing the practice is used to compliment and not replace traditional medicine, then why not embrace it?