I remember I was standing outside of a Macy’s dressing room, no more than ten years old, when my Mom said “Maybe you love purple because it’s the color of your birthstone.” I remember thinking in that moment, “I HAVE A BIRTH STONE??! What is THAT?” Through the dressing room door, my mother began telling me that everyone is assigned a birth stone, depending on their birth month. “Your brother is a Diamond. I’m Pearl. You and your father are Amethyst.” While I don’t remember much, I remember being immediately and utterly fascinated by the idea that there was a ROCK that could help make sense of who I was. “Is this why I am an epic bang curler? Is this why I can hold a hand stand for more than ten seconds? MOM! TAKE ME TO MY ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA!” This was HUGE news, as my sixth grade self needed as much help as she could get.
Now, over the last 25 years, I can say I’ve learned a lot about the Amethyst. While it was traditionally worn “to guard against drunkeness and to instill a sober mind” (um, cool Britannica, let’s get to the bang curling skills), I have since learned of it’s incredible healing and aura-cleansing power. In fact, in the ranks of crystals with metaphysical properties, few are as famous or as distinctive as Amethyst. Amethyst crystals are known to help people critically analyze emotions, appreciate their weight and worth, and then choose whether to act on them. In sum, they are the reasonable stone. And that’s a very good thing when it comes to my “ready, set, dream, feel, repeat” Aquarian mind.
All of this said, I can’t say this information has made me a purple crystal guru. Sure, I have a few in my bedroom. And I love the way they look, but truth be told, I’m not one to let them soak up the sunlight without a reminder (thanks #TeamSkinOwl). I can name on zero fingers how many times I’ve called upon them during a Full Moon. Most of the time, they just….sit there. But here’s the thing: Believing in this stone has made me believe in things greater than myself. They remind me that anything MIGHT be possible, even the energetic energy of a purple rock. And that’s what matters most to me.
This is what I know to be true: Entertaining a world where crystals “work” has opened the door to meditation, therapy, and asking “the Universe” for help every so often. My belief begets belief. This belief has turned my wishbone into a backbone. It motivated me to start my own business and believe that it really could be something special. It has gotten me out of bad situations. It’s made me believe in something bigger than myself. And if nothing else, there’s relief in that. I am not responsible for everything that happens to me. Some of it is just….indescribable. Some of it just IS. It has kept my “awareness feelers” on simmer, which has given me intuition and thus, a belief system.
For me, maybe it’s an hour of therapy (or #RHOBH). To you, maybe it’s an hour of smudging during a Supermoon. The takeaway is that we are all looking for ways to be better people, to connect to the life we’re living and, to feel like something else in the world has our back. Maybe that’s why they call it a rock :)