Tuesday, August 26, 2008

How am I Like a Cirrus Cloud?



A client gave me a box of healing crystals that had been gathering dust in his attic for twenty years. There were a LOT of crystals, so many that even though the idea of hoarding them all for myself crossed my mind, I realized keeping them would amount to the same thing as leaving them in a box for twenty years because there's no way I could ever use all of them. I had no choice but to pass them on.

Like a litter of kittens, distributing these crystals to deserving recipients has taken quite a commitment on my part. Of course I had to clean them straightaway, not only to clear the dust and gunk from two decades in an attic, but also to strip away stale energy. You can wash crystals in cold, running water, or give 'em a soak in salt water, but my favorite method is to put them in a glass of water, then put the glass in the freezer. Sometimes I leave them there for days. When they're ready, I let the ice melt in sunlight. After that, they sparkle like stars.

Following my elaborate cleansing, I arranged the crystals on the windowsill for a few days so they could soak up sunlight, moonlight and starlight, and get "refreshed" by the breeze. Then I charged them with Reiki, and blessed them with sweetgrass smoke.

Once the crystals were dazzling clean and radiant with healing energy, I didn't want to just pass them out to anyone. I got picky. It seems that working with them created some kind of synergy between myself and these crystals. They're rocks, so it's not a huge resonance like it would be with a human or animal, but it's there. It is.

The distribution process has not been random. I've studied the crystals, tried to perceive who they would like to go be with, or chosen 3 or 4, then allowed the recipient to choose among them. Mindfully, carefully, and with love, I've been giving away these beautiful stones, watching them pass through my hands in a sparkling, continual stream.

Cirrus clouds release showers of ice crystals from their perch high up in the stratosphere. These ice crystals are so ethereal, they never reach our corner of the troposhere. You can see them, though, like silvery trails descending from the wispy cirrus.

OK, it's true that I'm not wispy in any way, nor do I live in the stratosphere, nor are quartz crystals the same as ice crystals. Still I feel cirrus-like, my pockets jingling with quartz. My client has no idea what a wonderful gift he gave me. Wow.

19 comments:

tut-tut said...

I have a crystal in a necklace I've had for 20 years, but I don't usually wear it. Maybe I should add it back in to my normal routine.

Ernest de Cugnac said...

I tried to think how I would react, and, like you, my first instinct would be to hoard them. But it seems you found a good solution.

lacochran said...

Thank you for my beautiful crystal and all the wonderful energy that comes with it! I am honored and pleased.

Lynne said...

What lucky recipients to be on the receiving end of your careful crystal give-away! Given with thought and love—what could be better?

Beautiful! Loved this ...

Reya Mellicker said...

Ya'll are on my list of recipients. It might take awhile, since I really want to be mindful.

Thanks.

Adrianne said...

Speaking of crystals, I continue to be totally mesmerized by that agate that found me in Takoma Park this weekend. Called the store owner today to tell her that she had forgotten to charge me for it, and she would not let me pay. She said it was meant to be. I think she was right. Thank you again for that experience.

Reya Mellicker said...

Lacochran - you might need a second crystal for your evil twin. Do you think?

Reya Mellicker said...

Adrianne - Wow! She thinks like me! I hope she has a lot of money cuz it's hard to keep a business going that way! Good for her!

k-brow said...

I am going to try that freezer cleansing method! You are amazing in the ways you find to give back to the Universe, Reya.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I've never heard of the freezer method of cleansing crystals before, I must try it. I usually cleanse mine under running water, bury them in the earth or lay them in a bowl within a bowl of salt - and then refresh them under the full moon.
Your crystals feel like they have been charged with something deeply special. In giving them away, you have truly bestowed something wonderful on your recipients.

The Liberator said...

beautiful cleansing process.

Moonroot said...

I have a mental image of you moving through life scattering sparkly, energised crystals in your wake. How lovely!

lettuce said...

i love moonroots image of you

what a wonderful gift to have and pass on

mouse (aka kimy) said...

yes to moonroot's image - reya the fairy goddess of magical crystals....

blessed be!!

d. chedwick said...

Lovely photos and crystal gift.

Steve said...

Aha! :)

The method of freeze-cleaning is interesting. I like Vanilla's ideas, too. These do sound like fascinating and inspired little gifts.

hele said...

Beautiful. I can feel crystals raining all around me.

Reya Mellicker said...

hele, you must be up in the stratosphere! Careful landings, please!

lacochran said...

"Lacochran - you might need a second crystal for your evil twin. Do you think?"

I think one will do me fine. :)