Where is the rock to be found, which will unite knowledge, art, and human community as one entity, so that from this root may grow truth, beauty, and goodness? In the Middle Ages...they called it 'The Philosopher's Stone'...and it was to turn base metals into gold--not the gold of this world, but a spiritual gold, incorruptible, imperishable.
m.c. richards, Opening Our Moral Eye, 1996
Told by several of my elder neighbors, of a Native American saying, when I first moved to the Shawangunk Mountains in the Hudson Valley in 1987:
"The moment you lay eyes on this mountain, you will never leave."
|New Paltz Copper|
41º 42' 31" N, 74º 0' 17" W
|Shawangunk Quartz Conglomerate|
The Shawangunk mountains, often referred to as "the Gunks," contains a 350 million year old vein of quartz crystal rock called shawangunk conglomerate. A natural spa-like environment exists at the top of Lake Awosting, with a quartz-crystal laden rock beach to lie on and a lake high in minerals to swim in. From years of hiking and swimming in this place, I have amassed a sizable collection of crystals found along the trails.
|Selection of quartz crystals found in the Shawangunk Mountains|
If the theory of rock crystal healing, which says, certain stones like crystal can convert energy by cleaning or changing it to a more positive form, is true; then can this rock change and heal a persons' energy?
This question leads me to the ideas of Emma Kunz, a Swiss healer and artist, who in the 1940's cured polio in a young man, by treating him with earth from a Roman quarry in Würenlos. Kunz, who owned a microscope and Geiger counter, discovered the medicinal pulsing properties of the white quarry rock. She turned the rock into powder and gave it the name AION A which is still available in Swiss pharmacies today, known as 'Würenlos Healing Stone.' Her choice of the name AION for her rock healing powder comes from the Greek and means "without limitation."
Emma Kunz also created drawings as tools for healing. She would place her drawings on the floor between herself and her patient to diagnose the problem and suggest a cure. Her inventory of geometric patterns functions like a reference chart for the limitless energetic states of mind and body.
I think it is at this juncture, where one must take a leap of belief, hope, faith...and wonder if all that we think we see and know is all there is. What we feel and think has physical and measurable content and affect.
Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.