After I lost my dad, not only did my mental health take a dive but I was also completely swept away in a fast-flowing current of anxiety. It was and still can be completely overwhelming. In fact, my first major experience of anxiety took a hold of me during a visit to my local bookshop (post first lockdown of course). Luckily, I know the shopkeeper well, you see, my dad owned the Italian restaurant opposite her shop for nearly 30 years. His restaurant, the book shop and a few over premises have stood the test of time together. His restaurant is still going, the head chef bought it from him just before he passed away. You can have a look for yourself below and stop by if your local (when we’re allowed).
While being calmed down, seated on a bean bag and sipping a cup of tea, something kept on trying to get my attention in my peripheral vision. In the back corner of the shop there were shelves with: incense, oracle cards, Tibetan bowls and crystals. I’d been in that shop countless times over the years, while I was aware of these items in the shop, I had never paid them much attention before. But today of all days I was being pulled to just one particular object-a tumblestone.
There are LOADS of tumble stones in the back of the book shop. Strangely, there was just one, which caught my eye. It wasn’t the prettiest; however it was like a magnetic force was making me focus on it. This feeling only intensified when I picked it up. They say the crystal chooses you based on your needs/energy and THIS is what happened to me that day. That crystal knew I needed it’s help, but why and what type of crystal was it?
Bumble Bee Jasper
You may be thinking that it’s just my mind playing tricks because it was desperate to cling onto anything for comfort. Believe me, I thought the same and sometimes still do. But after a bit of research on the properties and it’s origins, it got me thinking that maybe there was more in it than what I was willing to believe.
Let’s have a closer look at what this tumblestone is said to be good for.
-Bumble Bee Jasper is known as the “supreme nurturer”.
-It sustains and supports through times of stress, and brings tranquillity and wholeness.
-Helps you embrace a more positive outlook in times of stress and trauma
-Jasper provides protection and absorbs negative energy.
-Helps those suffering from depression to remove any blocked energy and replace it with positive energy
As I was reading through, there was no doubt that each healing property ‘spoke to me’. However, my pessimistic side was also aware that you can probably read and find connections in most things if you really want to. It was the origins of this stone, which really made me stop and think.
Bumble Bee Jasper originates on the island of Bali near the hot vents of Mount Papandayan, an active volcano. Why does this hold any value? It was only 6 months before that I had got back from Bali -a trip of lifetime-with my best friend. I knew then that out of the hundreds of tumblestone I could have picked up, that this was no coincidence. And so, it became my first crystal.
From here my fascination in different crystals grew. I’m completely aware that many will believe it’s all just a placebo effect that this crystal stuff has on my well-being, or that I just discovered something to distract me during such a traumatising time. Placebo or not the impact they have had on my ‘recovery’ is huge. In my next blog this week I shall be sharing, not only one of my favourite places to purchase some really beautiful crystals from but also daily practices I do, which involve them.
Over the last year, they have helped me to set boundaries, refuel, be grateful, and ensure I set time aside for some self care. So for now, hopefully I’ve left you with something to think about. I look forward to sharing more on my crystal practices on Thursday.