Calling all natural stone/gemstone enthusiasts! I'm seeking feedback on a little book I'm working on, titled as you see: "Stoned: My Addiction to Gems, Crystals, and Just Plain Homely Rocks". I recently ran across one of those webinars too good to be true (Read: FREE) -- on "Write a Best-Selling Book Over the Weekend". I thought what the heck, I'm a good writer, I can do that. I got pretty inspired about this topic -- mostly because of my aforementioned "addiction". But it turns out I couldn't really slam out a bestseller over the weekend -- it's likely due to an annoying little perfectionist streak I apparently have. But I'm still working on it!
What I'm going to do over the next several blog posts is attempt to explain: a) How I developed this addiction; b) What I'm doing about it; and c) What the expected recovery prognosis is. What I'm hoping you, my dear readers, will help me with, is: a) share your favorite stories about gems, crystals, and/or rocks, b) if you're addicted like me, confess it publicly via the comment section below, and attempt to explain why and how you think it happened (you can do it -- just start by saying "My name is ___________, and I'm addicted to [gems/crystals/rocks] because____________); and finally, c) give me feedback on my little tome as it develops, starting with the whole idea of the book itself.
I heard a radio announcer the other day profusely thank her audience for calling in with requests, because, as she put it, it reassured her she wasn't out there all alone in radio-land. I promise I will thank you profusely if you engage in this activity, and will go one better!
For the very best story (let's say 1 to 3 paragraphs) about your history with gems/crystals/rocks that I can use as good material for the book, I will provide a very special 30% discount coupon on any item of your choice in our Etsy shop: http://tinyurl.com/atcs2p3 You'll have to contact me via Etsy to give me your e-mail if you submit something and want to win, but I will also reward you by putting your e-mail on a mailing list so you can regularly enjoy The Bead Collection's blog. This contest will run for TWO WEEKS and then I will select a winner, give them the secret code, and we'll keep moving. If we have good submissions, maybe I will run the contest again later!
In the meantime, here's my confession: My Name is Sheila, and I'm addicted to gems, crystals and just plain homely rocks. Where it all started was when I was kid hiking around in the foothills near my house, and coming upon these massive granite rocks that formed a sort of natural teepee where I could hang out. I would stay out there for a long time and think (now they might call it meditation) and try to figure out if those big rocks had an appreciation of and awareness of me, the way I had for them. They were definitely warm; they soaked up the New Mexico sun and it was soothing to lean against them and take it all that lovely warmth. They were something I could count on. If things at home were weird, I could go hang with the rocks and they never said anything mean-spirited, they were always there for me -- and they were, above all -- calm. Now that I think about it again, I guess they were calmING as well as calm.
I was just reading an explanation of why some folks believe stones are healing; I thought their answer was very good. They said: "Anything and everything is a potential healer and helper. Anything with an inherent harmony can act like a tuning fork to our poor patterns and challenge us to retune ourselves. A good piece of art can work wonders, as well as music, dance, a pleasant person, or anything else exhibiting integrity."
In a previous blog post you may have seen ( "Why do we love beads?" ), I grapple with this question as well. It does make sense to me that gems, crystals and stones can radiate pureness, beauty, and integrity. Are they living beings? I doubt if I'll go there. But in as much as we should bring ourselves closer to people with high integrity, I believe it can only help us to view art, nature, and yes -- even stones -- with integrity. In another part of this book-in-progress I'll also talk about a sort of guiding image I have of Stonehenge -- a circle of stones that has served as an ancient (and modern) site for healing and pilgrimage. So ultimately, as you can see, I have my tongue in my cheek as I call my obsession an addiction. I actually think it's a healing activity to collect, learn about, and make objects of beauty from stones. But my title idea seemed so much catchier than anything serious I could think of.
:-) Let me know what you think!