Your Crystal Allies Series: The Smoky Cathedral Quartz
Every day we experience emotional triggers or upheaval, whether feeling it for ourselves or witnessing it in another — it is everywhere — and gems and minerals are the best companions for our healing journey. Some folks think of this clarity of human suffering as something new uncovered in the last several years, but in fact, it is the reality of our collective trauma that has been unveiled. In addition to the deeper cultural and personal wounds coming to the surface to be healed for all of us, we must contend with the added layer of seeing them publicized everywhere on social media for all to experience.
We become a witness to one another’s pain; we see it on the faces of our friends, family, and strangers alike. This purging of our collective emotional body, through grief, is a blessing on many levels. It is through the shedding of tears that our brains are required to shift, right along with our perspective, beliefs, and experiences, one sorrowful tear at a time, bringing us closer to the common ground we share.
Rock crystal is with us every step of the way. The beautiful matrix of quartz makes up approximately 20 percent of the Earth’s crust and receives and transmits the messages of light and love through us and to us—from the planet to the cosmos. In, Your Crystal Allies: The 12 Best Gems and Minerals for Healing Trauma and Navigating Change, I explore different members of the quartz family and the ways they help us to process grief, mourn our loss, and change our lives; one peaceful or turbulent transition to the next.
Pictured here is a smoky cathedral quartz, also referred to as a smoky cathedral lightbrary. I love the latter name as it reflects the beautiful nature of this stone which has many magnificent cascading crystal faces that look like doors and windows to the library of ancient wisdom of the cosmos. The greatest salve to sorrow is knowing that we are not alone in the affair with our consciousness.
Grief is a relationship with our higher selves, to which we call on, to cleanse our mind, body, and spirit of outdated understanding. A smoky cathedral quartz helps us to integrate the knowledge we have and to open and clear other pathways so that new information can take root.
This stone’s unique quality and vibrational frequency is a profound community healing-resource. When used in meditation, ritual, or with group intent, smoky cathedral quartz is a beacon of historical knowledge to assist in the reconciliation of cultural and spiritual trauma. Each of us has our own connection to the learned biases we carry, and it is during this extensive shift of the Earth and human consciousness, that we are relinquishing our fear and greed, to learn the ways of cooperation with each other, the planet, and all beings with whom we share our space.
Take a moment to gaze into the smoky cathedral quartz and receive its message for you.
In Your Crystal Allies Series (GoTracee Publishing, Oct. 2023), each of the stones chosen are from my personal collection. I wanted to work with a wider audience, which now includes you. Your Crystal Allies: The 12 Best Gems and Minerals for Healing Trauma and Navigating Change, offers you the opportunity to get to know each stone explored in the chapter from its own “channeled” point of view. In addition, you’ll receive the insights I have gleaned from my — sometimes decades long — relationship with each stone.
The book is designed to deepen your relationship to crystal energy, no matter the level of knowledge with which you begin, through meditation with the crystal images and use of the crystal layout grids included in each chapter. In the first book of the series, you will discover or enhance your relationship with Zambian citrine, barite, blue lace agate, Botswana agate, smoky cathedral quartz, dendritic quartz, kunzite, phantom quartz, relationship quartz, rose quartz, self-healed quartz, and Andara quartz glass. Crystal specimens are not required. May your life be illuminated with the profound guidance of crystal wisdom.