Early in my jewelry career I was told by a very respected intuitive that she saw me creating jewelry that others could “literally feel”. She felt my work would be deeply healing for the wearer and let me be clear, she didn’t know anything about me. I responded by telling her that I in fact did made jewelry professionally and loved working with gemstones, but that I could never see myself creating the typical healing crystal jewelry.
As a highly sensitive person and one who has studied many healing modalities over the years, the New Age definitions of the gemstones didn’t resonate with me at all. In fact, despite all of the things I had studied I felt like crystal healing as I knew it had absolutely no merit. I no doubt loved stones and were really drawn to certain ones, but I didn’t feel anything in their presence.
In December 2021, I once again found myself sitting eye to eye with an amazing seer in Maui. His name was Roy, but everyone affectionally called the Japanese Yoda and I could see why. Among the many mind blowing things Roy shared with me that evening, he mentioned that he saw me working with stones in jewelry and in combination with plant medicine to create potent medicine for others and the earth. As I had been studying plant medicine for the past two years I found the idea of making medicine for others and the earth interesting, but I quickly shrugged off the stone part.
Shortly after returning home I somehow came across Sarah Thomas (they/them), a master acupuncturist, wise multifaceted healer, and teacher of stone medicine. I was buzzing with excitement after reading about their bio and the school they founded - the Upper Clarity School of Stone Medicine. I had honestly forgotten about what Roy shared regarding my work with stones, until Sarah began talking about combining stones and plant to create potent holistic medicine. I gasped at the realization that these two amazing seers that came to me many years apart may have been right.
Sarah is a part of an ancient lineage of stone medicine practitioners and studied extensively under the tutelage of Jeffrey C. Yuen, 88th generation priest of the Jade Purity Lineage. To this day he is still one of Sarah’s most cherished mentors.
I confess that I’m very much a novice in stone medicine and I know that my learning with this fascinating field will never be done. Using the framework of ancient Chinese medicine, the meridians, and the acupuncture points, along with the elemental composition of each stone and its effects on the body, we focus on healing the multidimensional layers of the human body. I have personally been gobsmacked by the beautiful shifts I have seen in my own life. I’ll admit that I still don’t feel a tangible energy when I hold a stone in my hand, but I have found that each stone I’m drawn to has held the healing that I need in my life and it has communicated with me in other powerful and validating ways. I have learned the basics of how to make stone elixirs and I’m so excited to dive deeper in this and explore combining stone elixirs with healing plants. I’m also learning how to place stones on specific points of the body to support healing. Looking back at some of the multi-elemental talismans I previously created intuitively, I’m amazed at how they carried the energy I intended without knowing why. Of course I’m definitely paying more attention to stone combinations in my jewelry, but each still comes about intuitively. Simply having these powerful, sentient beings close to your body can create unimaginable shifts and jewelry is a great medium to do this.
Mother Earth has provided all the medicine we need to thrive and the ancients knew this. I’m so grateful for teachers like Sarah and countless others who are sharing their wisdom with the world.