Monday, November 12, 2012

Shungite Not for Sissies

http://www.etemetaphysical.com/shungite-grid-set-of-6-mddiy009/
Shungite Grid Set at ETE Metaphysical
Welp, shungite.  There is a whole lot of stuff being said of shungite that ranges from miracle healer to water purifier... to it having every element within it... to, well... there is a lot of stuff being said.  The briefest gloss is that shungite is kinda like jet, because it is carbon that is created by decaying organic material, in shungite's case, underwater.  The difference between jet and shungite is that shungite was made from the first algae that gave birth to our atmosphere because there were no plants yet.  Then the organic material was exposed to and transformed by volcanic heat.  This gives shungite all of the elemental associations (which is as sexy as it gets with a rock, so to speak).  Water, because it the decaying matter was in water.  Air, because the algae from which it was formed created our atmosphere.  Earth, because, well.. it's a rock. Fire, because of the transformation undergone through the volcanic heat. And Spirit, because the initial biomaterial was alive.  It's pretty dang old too, though the range on the scientific sites varying its age between millions to approximately 2 billion years old.  Meh, it's old.          
 
There is also another thing I can say about shungite.  It isn't terribly happy about the information that is currently out there.  Chris and I were in the computer room at the warehouse trying to locate good information about shungite since we had some to put up in the on-line store.  After a few minutes, it became clear that the information out there was hopelessly skewed.  There were mentions of this study and that study with no link whatsoever to the actual studies.  The geology info was "sketch", as my daughter says.  There were also claims that shungite cleaned dirty water, which I hope no one has actually tried yet without doing testing on the water before drinking it.  It IS carbon, which IS used in water filters, but... uhhh, without using it like a filter, I don't know what kind of help it would be for physical pollutants.  It makes an awesome gem elixir, however, but use CLEAN water to create it!
 
Anyway, so I say... "I think shungite needs a fresh reading."  Chris agreed.  Then I got, what I like to call, the ~Shungite Smackdown~.  I literally had a sudden and strong interdimensional whack, or some kind of distinct shove, go through my body.  I sometimes feel distinct motion within my energy body that I attribute to some kind of fluctuations going on in the Earth, but this was far stronger and I almost blipped out.  I asked Chris if "he felt it too", and he had... but he was lucky enough to be sitting in a dang chair instead of standing up.  Weirdness.  I asked Chris what he thought it was and he just said, "I think shungite really wants a new reading."  I am sensitive to rock energy, obviously, but I've never been bitch slapped by one before. That was new.
 
Within moments of this event, the computer that we use to do posting and writing at the warehouse had a pop up window virus that literally brought our day of working on the computer to an end.  There was nothing else we could do with our day.  So, shungite want reading, shungite want reading NOW.  So that's what we did.  We did a reading on Shungite, that very moment... that very afternoon.  Umm, since our schedule became wide open all of a sudden.  Not weird at all.  Nope. 
 
Let me type up my notes and findings from that afternoon:
  • Shungite as "Earth Worker":  It has witnessed history, many changes, many deaths, human cycles, Earth cycles.  I saw a galloping white horse with a rider (death), a bicycle (cycles in movement), mud volcanoes (primordial elemental creation forces).
  • Cosmic Mother: Connection to cosmic flow, primordial patterns of physical manifestation on Earth, connection to corrective/rectification of Divine Blueprints within physical manifestation, including global patterns, not just human ones.  I see "Pottery Mother", a symbol that I equate with primal creation that can make new "pots" from clay, fill in cracks/voids/weaknesses on pots that have damage,  but can also smash up broken pots, or forms that are no longer useful, to be dissolved and reclaimed to be used in the making of things that are useful.  Recycling. Reclaiming. Repurposing.  Nothing wasted.  Nothing truly lost either.  Form changes, but mud is mud, is mud, is mud.
  • Purification: Shungite could be used in any healing work that involves the dissolution or purification of patterns that are not in Divine Alignment, or that no longer serve.  It could be partnered with other cleansing and rectification stones, such as Himalayan salt, any type of obsidian (fire), river stones (water), or ceremonies/protocols that seek to cleanse a system of misqualfied or negative programming/patterns.  Shungite would be fantastic in Earth Healing work of any kind, including and perhaps especially in areas of significant trauma and disturbance.  There is also a protective aspect of shungite from significant disturbances or harmful influence of any kind.  (The best form of protection is to be out of range of the arrows, however.)   
  • Ouroboros/Alchemy: One of the visuals I saw was of the ouroboros, or of a snake eating its own tail.  This really says nearly the same as the Cosmic Mother information.  Wikipedia says this about it: The Ouroboros often represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they end (compare with phoenix). It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished.
  • Modulation of Incoherent Vibrations to Coherency: Basically, the idea here is that shungite, since it has access to ancient patterns of all kinds, can help to bridge the gap, vibrationally speaking, between various energies, kinda like how Herkimer diamonds can help to attune one thing to another.  If you do any kind of healing work, activational work, Reiki attunements, distance healing, shungite would be helpful as a technical worker to get everyone on the same page first.  
  • Soul Wisdom/Ancient Memory: Of course, shungite being billions of years old basically means that it has seen it all.  If you want to gain access to deeper soul wisdom or information about ancient civilizations, your ancestral matrix, etc, shungite would be the first to grab.  I would partner it with record keepers of any kind. 
  • Transition/Death/Cycle Worker: Shungite would be an excellent transition worker, such as the clearing of ghosts, assisting one through the death process (or birth, for that matter), or any other large transitional undertaking.  Shungite would be helpful for any "in process" event of great consequence.  I would partner it with lepidolite.  And some Rescue Remedy.  And a pacifier.  Perhaps a shot of vodka.  (It is from Russia, afterall.)
  • Breath Work: Shungite was created from the algae that gave birth to our atmosphere, so it has deep connection to air and the breath.  I've gone to some very powerful breath work sessions facilitated by Pheonyx Roland Smith, of the OCG Project, during which I had some shungite in my pocket.  It was a pretty intense experience.  Because the breath and sound are connected, it would also be good for toning work.  (Pheonyx has since passed and is doing the good work on the other side of the veil. Spiritual hugs to Pheonyx.)   
  • Sacred Union:  This has alchemical undertones too, really.  The union of opposites, the combining of the yin and yang, Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine, that kind of thing.  If you are engaging in sacred sexuality practices, tantra, or kundalini rising work (which often includes conscious breathing)... or if you are trying to conceive a baby with sacred intent, shungite would be great to put in a grid under your bed or in the room in which the activities are in process.  This would also include ecstatic union with the Divine in a more abstract sense that doesn't include bow chicka wow wow with another human being.  In this kind of grid, I would probably start with shungite, rose quartz, garnet, pyrite (unless you have nuggets of gold hanging around your house), Herkimer diamonds, Fire Quartz, selenite, phantom quartz, ummmm... among other options.  If you don't have a ton of stone resources, shungite in the middle with rose quartz on the outside would likely work well enough.  
  • Energetic Support of Physical Healing: Ok, I want you all to hear me.  ~I am not a doctor, nor do I necessarily look to the mineral kingdom for physical healing issues.~  It makes me twitchy when people look to rocks for physical healing.  I see the mineral kingdom as being subtle energy that supports shifts in more subtle energy bodies, not the physical ones.  The plant kingdom is far more impactful on the physical level.  I've given shungite to a dear friend who was battling cancer, and she recently passed anyway.  So much for shungite being a miracle worker, eh?  But, I do feel that shungite being integrated into intentional healing energy work would still be useful.  We're still talking about moving patterns back to primal patterns.  What is illness, but a departure in the system from original, pure patterns?  Still... work with it with intent.   I would use a guided meditation where the ill person imagines their flesh being disintegrated or burned off down to the bone, then clean the bones in Holy Water, then imagine the body being reformed with clean mud, then transformed back to flesh, with perfected patterns in place...reconsecrated and aligned with the person's Divine Physical Template.   More mud work, basically.  Mud is mud, is mud, is mud.
Below is the Distance Healing Crystal Grid, available at our new website.  Shungite is the center stone in this grid combination, with quartz points, golden quartz, Quantum Quattro Silica, smoky amethyst elestials, rose quartz, and rutilated quartz.  The intention is to help you to send healing energy to a distant person, such as taught in Reiki and other energy healing modalities.   

http://www.etemetaphysical.com/distance-healing-grid-mdgrid003/
 

 
We integrated shungite into a "Recovery Grid" as well, except this time, as a layer in the grid of 6 rough/unpolished shungite.  The intention of this crystal grid is to provide support for healing during and after significant illness.  Essentially, it is a grid intended to help in the recovery process through stones that are good for transformation, love and comfort, physical vitality, connection to spiritual helpers, returning to pure patterns, and releasing what no longer serves.  The other stones present in the grid are rough bloodstone (center), Himalayan salt, rose quartz, pyrite, celestite, polychrome jasper, and red jasper. 
 
http://www.etemetaphysical.com/recovery-grid-mdgrid015/
 
Since that fun day at the warehouse, I've noticed that I am super sensitive to shungite.  Not just as a rock, but as a distinct voice and layer of consciousness of Mamma Gaia (maybe even something larger).    The Earth and all upon her are in a fairly tumultuous time of change and transition.  Shungite ain't no fluffy, white light, "feel good" stone.  Shungite is more like the Dark Cosmic Mother stirring up whatever is in the Cauldron of Creation...briskly.  She is a master at the cycles of death, birth, transition, and all the bits and pieces of the primordial creation process.  Even the stuff that hurts, the stuff that terrifies, and that challenges each of us to let go of the status quo within our personal and collective lives to undergo transformation into something more.  If you want to run screaming from the building, this would be the time. 

My personal update is that since shungite has come into my life, umm, my life was completely upended.  My marriage of 15 years ended in a fairly stressful and dramatic way.  I had to move away from my beloved house on the mountain, which really sucked, and basically fled (yes, the word "fled" is accurate) to rent a sweet little room in a beautiful spot with a beautiful roommate.  I went from being in a relationship where I had to pretend to be "normal" during the hours of 6pm and 6am, to being able to be my wooey, authentic self 24/7.  Apparently, the Universe was having none of the "pretending to be normal" anymore, and I got unceremoniously dumped out of my marriage, which, while not perfect, had been working just fine for me for many years.  I've also had the addition to my life of people who activate, intensify, expand, and support my spiritual work, growth, and reality.  Some of that has felt like a meteor hit me, too, to be honest.  So, six months out, I'm starting to feel a little less like I've just been bent over by circumstances beyond my control, but I'm not feeling at all like I'm fully transitioned into whatever is "next".  Shungite is in my pockets these days.  There are  not many days that I leave the house where I do not put them in there.  I acknowledge that I'm in the process of transformation.  Serious, deep transformation.  Therefore, I want the biggest, baddest ass help out there.  Shungite is my first choice. 

http://www.etemetaphysical.com/shungite-sphere-mdsg023/
 
Shungite no woogy rock.  Shungite is shit kicker.  Shungite no care about what make you comfortable.  Shungite here to move you.  Into the fire.  Into the blackness.  Into the Void.  Shungite is Primordial Mud Worker.  Shungite strip you bare until nothing left but what is true. (If you haven't figured it out yet, humans are also a part of ~the Mud~.)
 
We are in one doozy of an Earth cycle and shungite is one serious worker and ally that can assist us transition through this cycle. If you are doing any kind of global lightwork, professional healing work, or personal healing work, I guarantee you that shungite would be an excellent stone to grab.  I would partner it with indigo gabbro, nuumite, jet, and petrified wood for more grounding and ancient primalness with multiple elemental/kingdom connections.  I would also partner it with very high light stones like moldavite, selenite, activational stones/crystals of any kind, Universal Love stones, and so on.  Right, don't forget some lepidolite either. (Read about Lepidolite, here.)

To sum it up (in case I haven't been crystal clear about it to this point) ~shungite ain't for sissies~.  If you are grabbing it, be ready for change, be ready for your cracked pot to be tossed into a big ole pile and disintegrated into primoridal bits.  Human beings hold onto and believe an incredible amount of bullshit that isn't authentic.  We aren't big fans of change either.  Soooo, put those things in your pipe and smoke it at the same time and you are looking at one full-on "oh shit" party.  Sound like fun?  Awesome, join me.  :)  I don't want to be the only one in a straight jacket laughing and crying at the same time.  
 
I call these times of rapid transition "screaming down the mountain"... and surrender is really the only sane response.  I've been doing a lot of surrendering these days.  I'm getting damned good at it at this point, too.  Hurts less.  
 
Shungite like surrender. 

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  3. Hi Stacie, I've just surfed it to you as I'm wearing my new beautiful Shungite pendant and doing more research to find this wonderful blog!

    Much gratitude,

    Lisa x

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    1. Hi Lisa :) I'm so glad that you are enjoying the blog. Shungite is definitely a "power stone". I have been putting them in my pockets nearly every day. It's been a wild year for me! :)

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  4. Hi Stacie!
    I was just wondering if you knew if a shungite stone required any type of cleansing. I know that crystals are usually cleansed/purified from time to time. But, do you know if it's necessary for a shungite stone?

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  5. Howdy! I'd say that every stone, even the ones that are supposed to be self cleansing, benefits from care and maintenance now and again. My method is to tell the stone to flash me (like in my brain as a visual) when it wants care. When it does, I do whatever cleansing method seems best. Smudging and power breaths are nice because it is universally okay for any stone, whereas some methods of cleansing, like with salt or sunlight, can affect some stones or damage them physically in some way, depending on their softness, fading in the light, etc.

    So... yes... give shungite some care when it wants it. At the very least, it is respectful of your sacred tools. :)

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  7. Hi Stacie,
    (I took my first message down so I could edit this one)
    I am a massage therapist and have been looking for an amazing new stone to use for myself and my work. I have also been working on a lot of healing for me as well.
    (I saw some kits for hot stone massage that intrigued me as well.)
    I would love to add this to my stones to help ground me so I can help others much more than I already do.
    Any advice would be appreciated.
    :)

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  8. Stacie-

    I am a new-to-the-world healer, originally from Wilmington NC but now based in Boston. I came across your blog today because I became suddenly drawn to buying a Shungite bracelet (not surprising-I work in a rock shop too) and wearing it all the time. I wanted to find out what other people were saying about this mysterious, stormy stone. Everything you say about this stone is resonating with me, and reflecting the day that I had after I put the bracelet on. I realize now that the reason this stone called to me was because I've been needing a little "uumph" in my step on my path in energy work. I'm excited about working with this stone. I already feel things shaking up! Anyways, I really love your blog and I can't wait to read more! I have a blog where I post inspirational posts and explore how to connect with nature in the city with crystals and meditation. It's here: www.thesouladvocate.wordpress.com.

    Many blessings to you Stacie!

    -Kara

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  9. Hi, Stacie
    Love this piece about Shungite!
    This evening I was at a kid BD party, visiting with a couple of the other parent/grandparent friends, & one showed me her Shungite, and mentioned a few of the reasons she was carrying it in HER pocket ... It immediately reminded me of Jet, which is one of my 'harper' stones, with Amber; & remember my mom mentioning 'real' jet beads (as opposed to black glass)
    I'm also a Reiki Master, work as a healer, & love your nitty gritty MUDDY conversation with Shungite! Fascinating! I'm in the midst of teaching a Reiki class (over 2 weekends), so intend to head on down to the shop my friend Wendy picked up hers, & will begin working with it. I have a selenite 'tower' in my massage office/treatment room, with a tourmaline wand, black stone & piece of quartz... am thinking one's going in that layout ...
    Blssings!
    Nadya
    www.kingstouchreiki.com

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  10. oops - forgot part of the address - www.kingstouchreiki.blogspot.com

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  11. I love you! This article was hilarious and helpful. I am in the process of Divine Contract work and Shungite called to me. I've been doing the work of releasing old patterns and what doesn't serve anymore. Maintaining a sense of humor is sooo important with this work. Laughing Buddha stepped in right away to balance out the serious energies. Rhodonite and Petrified Wood are other stones I have found helpful. I haven't done much work with Shungite yet but from holding it in my hand I get a sense of self reflection. We may still have memories of what we once were but our desires need to be an expression of who we are now.

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  13. Just given you a shout on our facebook and Twitter as loved this entry. We have a feature in next issue by Judy Hall on crystals and EMF in which shungite is recommended.
    Blessings,
    Joanne (Kindred Spirit Magazine/ Watkins Mind, Body Spirit Magazine

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    1. Joanne, wow... how awesome. :) I'd love to do some writing for you on some rock/energy work topics if you don't mind a slightly irreverent and humorous point of view. I just saw this as we have been busy here getting the warehouse all packed up for the Denver gem and mineral show. I'm just now getting back to on-line business. :)

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