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Crystals & Stones

This zone will include healing as well as metaphysical properties of crystals, minerals, stones and rocks. More will come up as new questions and discussions occur within the zone.\r\nA really good source of basic information is a website called Crystal Vaults, much of the information included here about the basics of crystals will be from there. The information there is by no means exhaustive and to be clear form the beginning they are indeed in sales and no, I don't work for them nor do I stand to gain a thing by linking them, their info is just a useful starting point. I include this "go-to" for quick information as the tip of a  very large iceberg that is only the beginning of a long journey to learning more. Consider it a catalyst to knowledge that will hopefully lead to the wisdom that comes in the experiences birthed by that knowledge. It will start off as very basic "stuff" and expand in time. Other sites I reference...
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      • SoulFish
        SoulFish commented on the thought: 'Toxic Gemstones'

        Oh no, it's fine. I mean, clearly you're at least a little bit interested or you wouldn't have read it in the first place. As to my comments being wrong, well to say that would be erroneous. No one is asking you to change any patterns in your life, me? I like upheaval...I like change...not the biggest fan of patterns, especially ones I get stuck in like a snake in a wagon rut. Limits my growth to not be open to new things. That's me though, I'm like a friendly golden retriever just boppin' along getting into everything, at least the stuff that I like the smell of, lol.

        As I said before, the evidence is out there should you be interested in finding it. It's like you yourself said, only if you feel you "need" to do it, well, do you? If not, we're in the same boat, as I mentioned, my interest isn't in crystal toxicity, it's in crystal use, so I felt no need to do further research on it. My brain is like my hard drive and it only makes sense to put things in there that I find useful. Loads of folks fill their heads with all kinds of rubbish making it harder to get to the stuff that matters, at least that's how it would be for me, I'd never presume to speak for others. At any rate, I put enough information to get anyone who IS interested started.

        • ura soul
          ura soul commented on the thought: 'Toxic Gemstones'

          I'm not saying that the topic isn't interesting or that your comments are wrong - I'm just saying that when it comes to changing my patterns in life with regards chemistry and objects that contain the chemicals, I generally do that only based on evidence that I need to do it.

          • SoulFish
            SoulFish commented on the thought: 'Toxic Gemstones' (edited)

            Indeed, I'm well aware of the importance of copper with regard to health. As an herbalist, massage therapist etc, I have studied the human body at length. As to evidence, if you want it, go ahead and find it, it's there. Maybe begin with metal-catalyzed protein oxidation and metabolism.

            As I indicated before, I'm not terribly  interested in that part of it as I don't process gemstones and crystals and in the decades I have used them I haven't had issue. I included the information because I want my zone to be as informative as possible, that means including information. Some information I post will be more inclusive, mainly, things I have taken more interest in will have more information. Anything else will have just enough to get a person who IS interested enough to dig in. There are loads of sources, plenty of evidence that indicates toxicity should one be interested enough to look it up, I don't just make stuff up and post it, lol.

            I hear you though, I'm the same way, obviously. Sometimes information is, as you say, "not much use or value to me" and for me, if that is the case I do minimal research to know just what I feel I need to know. For me, "minimal" is more than most, lol. (Was a librarian, old habits.) I'm not the type to dismiss something out of hand, if I have the desire I'll research the shit out of something.

            At any rate, if this one post out of the MANY I have posted with relation to crystals and gemstones doesn't appeal to you there are others you could read. It is interesting that the one that is "not much use or value" has gotten the most attention.    ;)

            • ura soul
              ura soul commented on the thought: 'Toxic Gemstones'

              i'm not aware of any evidence that copper in crystals is toxic - but if you breathe in small particles of it then that might not be ideal. copper is actually used by the body, but as i understand it, it needs to be in an organic form which is found in plants, rather than the inorganic form that is more commonly found as a metal on earth.

              without some form of scientific data presented to backup the assertion of toxicity, the assertions don't have much use or value to me.

              • SoulFish
                SoulFish commented on the thought: 'Toxic Gemstones'

                I am uncertain about the science behind it. I don't think that the copper is what creates the toxicity so much as it is the combination of the mineral content apart from the copper mixing in with it. It's one of those things...I use crystals and gemstones but I don't process them in any way. I've stuck a chunk of malachite in my mouth (once years ago when I was nervous and had a malachite pendant) and felt no ill effects, I know of folks who do work with gemstones and wear a little paper mask over their mouth and nose so as not to breathe anything in. Some have been doing it for decades with no ill effects. My guess is that it isn't copper, it's copper the way it presents in the gemstone.

                Does that even make a little bit of sense???


                • ura soul
                  ura soul commented on the thought: 'Toxic Gemstones'

                  "huh?" - stops licking labrador ...


                  i'm not sure why copper is considered toxic, do you know?

                  • SoulFish
                    SoulFish added a new thought: Crystals: Quick Reference Guide (edited)

                    There is a tool at the Crystal Vaults site that I have found to be generally useful. It's a reference guide with a quick look into a few points of information about varied crystals based on what one might use them for. An example of an entry looks like this:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCrystals for Motivation\r\n\r\nMotivation isn’t always an easy attribute to find. It doesn’t come to all of us easily, and the ones it does it can be just as easily lost. It seems as if are motivation can sometimes be directly related to our emotions and situation. If we are in a bad place either emotionally or in our lives, motivation can seem like a far off dream. We need motivation in our lives to become more, move on, move up, and find better places for us to be, both mentally and spiritually. If you are looking to find or increase your motivation we recommend light olive colored crystals such as Prehnite and Pyromorphite.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHopefully people will find it useful. HERE is the link.
                    • ura soul
                      ura soul commented on the thought: 'CRYSTAL-MINERAL-ROCK-STONE'

                      i have been thinking about adding a shop to ureka to help get funds to keep it going.. one of the possibilities is to sell crystals, since i have a supplier for them already. watch this space.. erm.. which.. means.. your computer screen :)