Nope, I am not a Doctor!!!
I thought today, I would talk about the benefits of stones. Not the way I do on my Properties page, but in general.
I Stumbled Upon It
One of the beauties about mankind is our history: the good, the bad, the ugly. Sitting back and reading about our World’s history on a lazy afternoon is not only good for your brain and maintaining its functions, but it is especially good for understanding where we come from and why we are where we are.
During the many lazy afternoons that I have spent reading, I have learned many facts about our past and about our ancestors. Within all those facts, many which I find boring, I have made quite a few discoveries and have detoured into other “facts” that intrigue me about our world. This is where it all gets kind of hazy for me.
Let’s just say I picked up a book about feudalism in Europe. I skipped through much of the talk about the classes and their system. (It was boring in high school and it’s still boring now.) From the topic of the peasantry, I skipped to life as a peasant, and from there I read about their customs and traditions.
There, I may have seen a small reference about how the peasants had poor health. Here, they may have also touched on the fact that they had no scientific knowledge when it came to medicine and so they were drawn to stones, plants, and minerals for their healing properties.
Well, back when my only research came from books, the mere mention of stones and healing properties made me dash off to the closest Barnes and Noble. I would go through the aisles and grab several books and skim through them in a little corner of the bookstore. But now,,,
The Internet changed everything! I love reading an article and being aroused by a statement and being able to immediately learn about it. No running out the door, or having to wait to get to the bookstore. No, it is instant gratification! Okay, but I’m off on a tangent…
A Fact Is a Fact
Before I mentioned, here is where it gets hazy. I believe facts are supposed to be strictly unrefuted. What I mean by this is that within history books we learn about many aspects of our civilizations. Some are facts that come with time, date, place. Others, as in the case of the use of stones, plants, and minerals are also factual, because it is true that this was their way of dealing with ailments. So why is it that immediately after this fact comes a statement that derides them: “Due to their lack of knowledge, peasants believed that these elements would cure their ailments. They lacked the proper scientific knowledge and for this suffered from poor health.”
One thing I dislike about those big, bulky history books is that they sometimes voice their opinion on the “facts”. If they disagree with something that they report on, leave it open so the reader can decide himself. And actually, there shouldn’t be any opinions. Just the facts, ma’am!
Since Ancient times, humans have found their way to do what they needed to survive. And, when it comes to the use of stones, it is always said that they were attracted to them. The first person who used a stone to help an infirm had no knowledge if it would work. What they had was instinct and something that spoke to them on some level. Well, there obviously was truth to it because many became better and they continued this practice for generations. Not all may have become better; but even with all the advances in medicine today, not everyone survives either.
Stones Instead of a Doctor?
So, I’m not a doctor. But, many of the stones’ properties that were claimed back then are still claimed today. And no, we should not solely rely on stones and minerals to cure what ails us. No way! But, they certainly possess healing qualities that come from nature. Many of these are qualities that exist within us and all it takes is “faith. A positive outlook in life has been known to help people get better.
I see this also on many internet sites. Not the ones that believe in the mystical and the healing properties of our natural resources, but in the ones that report on these practices solely for education. If one chooses to write about something one does not believe in, then do it without judgment.
I would still recommend that when feeling in poor health, consult your doctor. Every day, new and better treatments are available and we should definitely take care of ourselves.
So here is my disclaimer: The reliance on stones and minerals as medicinal remedies should not be done instead or in the place of consulting a medical expert.