I’ve just been up the crystal mountain again and marvelled at how what I treasure has been tossed away by the forestry commission and pounded into an access road. I also marvelled at the resilience crystals have. Massive logging lorries stomping all over them don’t batter them into submission – although they do cry out to be rescued when those with ears to hear come near. They reward us by sharing their energy – and their abundance. Some are sparkling and pretty, showing the iridescent flashes so characteristic of Anandalite (Aurora Quartz). Others are solid, milky and not so flashy. People might well not value them at first sight. But they are powerful nonetheless – and desperate to go around the world to work. They’ll both be on www.angeladditions.co.uk again soon, some as giveways to accompany other crystals. We were going to do in August but the month crept up on us before we realised so it’ll be September now.
In addition to the wonderful Celtic Golden Healer, the delicate and so beautiful Celtic Chevron Quartz made its presence felt. It would have been easy to overlook it but I’d collected a few before and knew it would be important. This time it was everywhere. This unusual Quartz has intimated that it wants to help out at my Connecting with Star Beings workshops this autumn. (see my autumn newsletter for more info on the Quartz and the workshops, you can sign up here http://www.judyhall.co.uk/).
The reason I started writing a blog about what we value is because I’d like to encourage everyone to value ourselves more. Not in an egotistical way, but simply accepting and respecting ourselves. The photos from the crystal mountain show me as I am.
This is me. At my happiest. And tattiest. Dressed for the Welsh weather. My pockets bulging with Celtic Chevron Quartz. Digging tool in one hand. Crystal in another.
I’m getting very close to my three score years and ten now, only three months to go, and I’ve liked myself the way I am for many years now. My wrinkles come from experience. As does my wisdom. My knobbly hands have held many people while they laughed and cried – and healed. They’ve felt tremendous crystal energy. Putting on nail varnish (a recent request for a filming) cuts off my sensitivity to the vibes. I couldn’t demonstrate using crystals it would be like wearing a straitjacket. But the director wanted to tart me up for the American market. Are prospective viewers really that shallow? Do they judge by appearances? Or by the knowledge I’ll be sharing with them. What is more important, how things – and people – look or what they know? I take exception to the cult of youth and beauty that exists now. I’d like to be known as The Crystal Crone, but someone beat me to it. A wise woman claiming her heritage.
I think I’ll start a campaign. In the words of a song that Neil Diamond sings out to me when I’m driving, ‘Don’t make me over… accept me for what I am.’ We’ll all be a lot happier that way!
With serendipitous synchronicity I’ve just been sent a sample of the Freedom Stone to assess by Dolphin Minerals (www.dolphinminerals.com). It comes from the island where Nelson Mandela was sent to break rocks while imprisoned for treason.
While facing the death penalty his words to the court at the end of his famous ‘Speech from the Dock’ on 20 April 1964 became immortalised:
“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
On 11 June 1964 Nelson was sent to Robben Island prison. Throughout his 27 year imprisonment he rejected at least three conditional offers of release. On 10 May 1994 he was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected President.
“It is in your hands” – Mandela Day quote
The prison is now a history project:
As the Mandela Foundation website (www.nelsonmandela.org) says: ‘Nelson Mandela never wavered in his devotion to democracy, equality and learning. Despite terrible provocation, he never answered racism with racism. His life is an inspiration to all who are oppressed and deprived; and to all who are opposed to oppression and deprivation.’ He died at his home in Johannesburg on 5 December 2013. A much loved man who will long be remembered for his humanity.
I think I have my answer to what this new stone – and life – is all about. Although there’s always more to explore.
Be your authentic self.
Fearlessly stand up for yourself and what you believe in.
Lose sight of yourself.
Undervalue yourself – or others.
Inner beauty shines out more with each passing year.
The wisdom of old age is incredibly valuable.
A great stone Alex. Cant wait to use it in workshops!
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