If you are reading this post and looking at the Stone & Sage website: Welcome.
When you clicked on the “Warrior” tab, you may have been curious as to how the word aligns itself with alternative healing practices and the use of Gemstones in the treatment of afflictions. More on that a little later since it is a work in progress with me.
A bit about myself. I was born and raised in the Garden State. For those of you that are not familiar with it, that’s New Jersey. After serving over 30 years in the military and law enforcement, I retired. A funny word “retired.” Retired became the beginning of an interesting journey that took me to places even stranger than New Jersey, Afghanistan being one of them. I went there on a one-year contract to train the Afghanistan National Police. This one-year contract morphed into a three-and-a-half-year story that only ended when I was injured and had to come back to the U.S. to have my knee rebuilt.
I did not really understand alternative medicine at the time. Quite frankly I still don’t entirely understand it. My idea of medicine was “If you’re sick, there’s a pill for that.” My skepticism has started to slowly change over the years and then while I was recovering from knee surgery, I wanted to wean myself off pain medications. So, Acupuncture was suggested. To my suspicious mind the idea was different. “Someone was going to stick pins in me like a scene from the “Witches of Eastwick” and this was going to help control my pain?” O.K., whatever, I’ll try it. Anything to help reduce the pain I was experiencing while cutting back on my pain medications.
Well, it worked, which leads me to my association with Stone & Sage. During the past year, I have been with folks who have started working with therapeutic gemstones. I know you’re thinking alternative medicine wasn’t strange enough, now you’re talking about “rocks” helping you to heal? Well, actually…yes.
I recently returned to Arizona from a mission in North Dakota. As soon as I landed in Phoenix I was hit with the worst allergies in my life. Nothing worked. Prescription medicines. Over the counter medications. Supplements. Homeopathic... Did I say nothing worked? Miserable cannot begin to describe my condition. It wasn’t bad enough that the weather in North Dakota had attempted to freeze me at a cellular level; now my sinuses were attempting to drown me.
With my cynicism fully engaged I received my first gemstone “treatment”. It breaks my heart to say that my well-developed cynicism takes such a beating so frequently. After starting to be treated through the application of gemstones, I could feel, first one side of my sinuses, then the other, open. After several treatments the allergies, although still present, became more manageable. I don’t understand how this works, but I am learning (very slowly) that if you’re open to new ideas, perhaps they will lead to new pathways. Although my skepticism remains intact, it probably is a little more open-minded…