Black Onyx and I met about 17 years ago. I was at my very first Gemisphere workshop and I was struggling to be engaged. I was at the workshop because I had been told it would show me how to use Gemstones in medical practice. I learned about therapeutic necklaces and quartz spheres and, although I was entertained and had a few very interesting experiences, I was hardly convinced that any of these would be relevant to a naturopathic medical practice. Can Gemstones actually be therapeutic in any but the most vague and indirect of ways, especially as a necklace?
This was years before Dr. Ada would take over Gemisphere’s workshops, and years before the Founder of Gemisphere, Michael Katz, would approach me to do research on gemstones.
I did not even LIKE necklaces. I was not a wearer of jewelry in general. I was surrounded though by men and women that were absolutely thrilled and amazed by the quality and experiences of these Gemisphere necklaces.
So I did what I always seemed to do back then, I nodded politely and kept silent in my skepticism. How could I use these theories in ways that would assist me in helping other human beings? That was my mission and my purpose, and I did very little else with my time in those years but study medicine and medical philosophy in all its forms. I was a newly minted and licensed naturopathic doctor at the time, and I had one thing on my mind…how do I use any thing (drug, food, plant, technique, principle, science or spirit) to empower people, ease suffering, and heal disease.
I had seen many kinds of medicine appear to work at different times, and what had always drawn my attention were the cases where everything failed to work. Why? And what do you do when all other things are failing....rocks? Help me understand how to help people in those cases and I would try just about anything.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love spiritual experiences and transformational paradigm shifts and I was perfectly capable of having them, I just wanted them to be relevant to my doctoring. I had already had one at the workshop by placing seven quartz spheres on my seven chakras and I immediately had an out of body experience in the inner realms and met the Gemstone Guardians. This was unexpected. Mostly because I had been internally grumbling to myself that I found the whole thing a tad bit silly really, tapping quartz spheres to my chakras and all, and seriously doubting I was ever going to be putting gemstones on chakras in any of the treatment rooms at my clinic. Please. Being a naturopathic doctor was already a tough sell to many skeptical people. I honored that. The attitude of "prove it" was something I could embrace.. I sure as heck was not interested in adding fuel to that fire.
But suddenly, as quick as breathing, I was in a gigantic room of stone and pillars with light streaming in from archways before a very long table. I faced a gathering of beings that proceeded to present to me their work in the world (or is it worlds?) and asked me if I would assist them. It was a long conversation and not the point of this blog; suffice it to say that I said I would think about it. I was not eager.
Well, okay, Gemstone Guardians, check. They are maybe a thing. But really, still -- necklaces as medicine?
I am not easily swayed by mystical experiences. I have them, yes, but as I mentioned, I was focused on medicine. I was beginning to wonder if it was time to go home and get back to the text books when we got to the phase of the workshop where all the necklaces were brought out and we were supposed to choose the one that drew us most and wear it for a moment. I watched as everyone gravitated towards his or her chosen necklaces, invariably the bright and beautiful ones. The expensive and the powerful. There were many undeniably beautiful gemstones with interesting qualities. Humor the Gemstone People, I thought to myself, go pick a necklace.
I found myself wandering over to the black onyx. It was quite, peaceful, not flashy. It seemed deep and beautiful to me, like an Irish lake at night that I had once sat beside in a forested valley -- black and deep with a shine of light. Okay, I thought, I could wear you for a moment, necklace though you may be.
And I put it on.
The experience was like walking into one of the old cathedrals of Europe, the gigantic stone ones with light streaming in through stained glass windows. All the colors of light were there. It was silent and beautiful and profound as my Soul embodied itself more fully into physical form and I was a little awed and a lot humbled.
So I wear necklaces now…. and I use gemstones in medical practice.
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