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. The reason it was so significant was that I was writing a blog on ‘vision and values’ and this new stone helped me to find the answers to what I really value. Here’s just a little of what I’ve discovered so far, much of it told through the story of Nelson Mandela. I think it should have a subtitle to its name: ‘Don’t Make Me Over’. Neil Diamond was singing that song when I first opened the package. It was a perfect introduction to the stone’s properties!
While facing the death penalty Mandala’s 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.
So, I think I have my answer to what this new stone – and life – is all about! Although there’s always more to explore. The Freedom Stone says:
Lose sight of yourself.
Undervalue yourself – or others.
Try to make anyone over, especially yourself.
Be your authentic self.
Accept yourself for who you are.
Fearlessly stand up for yourself and what you believe in.
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!
Freedom Stone will hopefully be available soon on our store http://store6106298.yolastore.com/ but email Jeni if you’d like one now.
I resonated with these images as they were so relevant to this stone and included them in my blog so thought I’d share them on here too: