The Use of Crystals and Gemstones in Taoist and Magical lore

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A friend asked me for some info on Daoist practices with crystals and gemstones, so the Hat thought it would make a great blog post for all to enjoy, I agree with my head gear on this subject, so let’s dive in.Certain crystals can act as resonators and transducers of electromagnetic energy. All solid matter is composed of atomic particles arranged
is some form of organized crystalline structure called a “lattice” (i.e., its geometrical arrangement). The crystal lattice structure found in minerals provides the stone with great energetic stability and also facilitates the regularity of electromagnetic energy that flows through the stone. This allows certain stones the ability of transforming
and/or amplifying other forms of energy. The Taoist Wu believed that minerals possessed the ability to promote the growth of plants, animals, and humans, or to assist individuals in building up resistance to disease. Wild animals instinctively perceive the state of their own health, and eat earth and drink spring water to recondition themselves. Furthermore, when wounded, wild animals instinctively know which rocks are good for healing, and they rub their bodies against them and wait for their wounds to heal. Even animals bred in farm buildings will still lick stones and eat dirt when released into fields. They instinctively know that they need components from natural minerals for their bodies.
The following is a partial list of minerals used in Traditional Chinese Medicine; these are still being currently used in China because of their medicinal properties.

I’ve compiled this list from Daoist Mineral Magic by: Jerry Allen Johnson
• Ming Fan (Alumen) Alum: This mineral enters into Lung, Large Intestine, Liver, Stomach, and Spleen Channels. It relieves toxicity, kills parasites, drys dampness, alleviates itching, stops bleeding, clears heat, and expels phlegm.
• Peng Sha (Borax): This mineral enters into the Lung and Stomach Channels. It relieves toxicity, prevents petrification, clears heat, drys dampness, dissolves Phlegm, and transforms stones.
• Qing Fen (Calomelas) Light Powder: This mineral enters into the Liver, Kidney, and Urinary Bladder Channels. It relieves toxicity, kills parasites, expels water, and unblocks the bowels and Urinary Bladder.
• Zhu Sha (Cinnabaris) Vermillion Sand: This mineral enters into the Heart Channel. It is used to calm the spirit and treat restlessness, insomnia, and palpitations with anxiety.
• Zi Shi Ying (Fluoritum) Purple Stone Radiance: This mineral enters into the Heart and Liver Channels. It sedates the Heart and settles tremors and palpitations. It is used in conditions of disorientation, insomnia, palpitations with anxiety, or convulsions due to Heart Blood Deficiency or Liver Yang Rising.
• Shi Gao (Gypsum) Calcium Sulfate: This mineral enters into the Lung and Stomach Channels. It clears the heat from the body, drains Fire, and is used to treat high fevers.
• Dai Zhe Shi (Haematitum) Red Stone From Dai County: This mineral enters into the Heart, Pericardium, and Liver Channels. It calms the Liver, anchors floating Yang, clears Liver Fire, directs Rebellious Qi downward,
cools the Blood and stops bleeding.
• Mi Tuo Seng (Lithargyum) Elusive Reclusive Monk: This mineral enters into the Liver and Spleen Channels. It absorbs fluids, reduces  swelling, and stops bleeding.
• Ci Shi (Magnetitum) Magnetic Stone: This mineral enters into the Liver and Kidney Channels. It roots and calms the spirit, and is used to treat restlessness, palpitations, insomnia or tremors, especially in patients with Yin Deficiency and ascending Yang.
• Qian Dan (Minium) Lead Elixir: This min-eral enters into the Heart, Liver, and Spleen Channels. It expels toxins, directs the Phlegm downward, and suppresses spasms.
• Mang Xiao (Mirabilitum) Glauber’s Salt: This mineral enters into the Stomach and Large Intestine Channels. It is used to clear Heat and reduce swelling.
• Hua Shi (Talcum) Slippery Rock: This min-eral enters into the Stomach and Urinary Bladder Channels. It is used to promote urination and drain heat from the bladder. The Taoist wu believed that Talcum is born of the
vapors of the Pole Star.
• Fu Long Gan (Terra Flava Usta) Hidden Dragon Liver: This mineral enters into the Stomach and the Spleen Channels. It is used to warm the Blood, stop bleeding, stop vomiting, and stop diarrhea.
• Zi Ran Tong (Pyritum) Natural Copper: This mineral enters into the Liver and Kidney Channels. It dispels Blood stasis and promotes the healing of the bones and sinews. It is used for relieving swelling and pain.
• Xiong Huang (Realgar) Male Yellow: This mineral enters into the Heart, Liver, and Stomach Channels. It is used to relieve toxicity, kill parasites, dry dampness, and expel Phlegm.
• Lu Gan Shi (Smithsonitum) Stove Sweet Stone: This mineral enters into the Liver and Stomach Channels. It brightens the eyes and removes superficial visual obstructions such as red and swollen eyes, and drys dampness.
• Liu Huang (Sulphur) Sulphur Yellow: This mineral enters into the Kidneys and Large Intestine Channels. It relieves toxicity, kills parasites, tonifies Mingmen Fire, and strengthens the Yang.

Sulphur was used in ancient China to ward off the “Five Noxious Creatures.” In ancient times, sulphur was also believed to be able to force women who have assumed the· form of snakes to revert back to their original shape
and human form. At the Feast of the Summer Solstice (which is also a day when ghosts and demons are considered to be active) powered sulphur is rubbed on the ears and nose of children to protect them from spirit oppression
or possession. It is for this very same reason that sulphur is put into coffins.
The Wu believed that minerals and stones were vehicles through which the Earth’s energy was distributed. Within the Earth’s energetic body, these minerals acted as resonant cells that carried different frequencies of energy.
Some of these magical stones acted as regulators and were there-fore used for balancing energy. Other stones acted
as tonifiers and were used for amplifying energy. Still others were respected for their ability to purge and were therefore used for cleansing and purifying energetic fields.
When a mineral or stone is brought into the body’s energetic field two things will occur. First, the electromagnetic frequency created by the stone will vibrate the body’s energetic fields according to the physical law of resonance. This energetic interaction creates a third (larger) energetic field of vibration. The body’s nervous system then at-tunes itself to the subtle energetic shifts and transmits this new information to the brain. As the brain becomes stimulated, the subtle energetic frequencies initiate biochemical shifts that affect the physical body and trigger emotional experiences. These subtle energetic experience are also known to elevate the awakened conscious mind of a sorcerer and allow him or her to experience higher states of spiritual insight and perception.
The second thing that occurs is that tiny particles of minerals existing within the physical tissues also begin to resonate with the particles of minerals within the stone. This causes the body to believe that it actually contains more of that mineral and react accordingly with additional bio-chemical shifts. For example, if an individual is
holding a calcium-based stone, the calcium particles in his or her tissues will become activated by moving into resonance with the calcium particles inside of the stone. This energetic resonance creates a third, stronger energetic field that carries a calcium based energy signature to the brain.
As the brain receives this information (via the body’s nervous system), it reacts by adjusting the body’s biochemistry, causing it to act as if it had more calcium within its physical tissues. Therefore, the experience of holding a mineral or stone is directly related to its electromagnetic energy signature, and to its effect on the physical, energetic and spiritual fields at which it resonates.
When absorbing the healing properties of the magical stones, gems and metals, the ancient Taoists noted the magical properties of these minerals could be internally ingested through two main methods, described as follows:

The first method used for absorbing a magIcal stone’s energetic qualities was through a visual interactive process. This process Involves the absorption of the gem’s light through the physical eyes. Sacred symbols (such as Yantras) reflect the stone’s planetary energies and can enliven the universal powers in one’s intuitive awareness. Often articles of clothing, armor, jewelry or other accoutrements were encrusted with gems as a means of receiving their power and blessing.
• Gem Elixirs: The second method used for absorbing a magical stone’s energetic qualities involves the ingestion of the gem as living liquid light. The value of the Planetary Gem Elixir lies in its ability to be taken at frequent intervals, infusing the body’s Jing, Qi, and Shen with its subtle trans formative properties over time.
A Gem Elixir is the name given to a fluid that has been .infused with the energies of a particular crystal, eIther through the power of infused sunlight or moonlight. An “Ens” is the “First Extract” of a mineral’s energetic nature. It is defined as an extract of the latent and previously untapped energetic potential of a rock or mineral. Hence the
Ens is also termed “First Matter,” and is believed to be the potency and magical substance of an items first natural life-impulse. The Gem Ens is to the Mineral Kingdom what an Essential Oil is to the Plant Kingdom. Therefore, the Ens is to be sought after above all things in the Mineral World.

Crystals have the ability to absorb negative electromagnetic pathogens, as well as emit pure clean energy. Because crystals have powerful vibrations it is easy to transfer these energetic vibrations into water which act as a condenser. In Taoist Lore, gem remedies (also known as elixirs or essences) were either taken internally as tonics (unless the stone was toxic, and even then a number of Taoists died, so please be careful!), or applied externally and used as energetic and spiritual”enhancers” (sometimes the stones were applied directly onto the skin, or placed in bath water). Before going on an expedition, the famous Mongolian ruler Genghis Khan, would give his soldIers a handful of pulverized rock as a drug for the treatment of arrow and sword wounds, and
a. handful of ground up rock as a remedy for fatIgue and food poisoning. It is also believed that these rock powers were boiled in water, drunk, and used in cooking (known as rock soup, or “.mineral soup”). Also, for hundreds of years up Ill the present time, many of the main components of drugs in Tibetan Lama medicine have been pulverized minerals.
Gem elixirs are liquid preparations that contain the condensed healing vibrations of a particular gem or mineral. Much of the information that exists on the energetic healing qualities of gem stones has been derived from their physical signatures. These include the crystal system or famIly that a particular stone belongs to, its color, composition, and the geologic process by whIch It was formed. With that information in mind, the primary focus for creating ancient magi-cal Gem Elixirs has been on summoning, condensing, and ingesting the most subtle invisible energetic and spiritual powers of a particular stone, as well as the specific Elemental powers that
were called into service during the time of its preparation. Gem elixirs can be used in order to access the healing support of the mineral realm in a very efficient way through their ease and flexibility of application. For example, they can be applied internally or externally, by themselves, or in combination with other vibrational remedies. They are particularly effective when used in conjunction with Plant Elixirs (e.g., Flower Essences), as they help to physically stabilize and root the spiritual shifts in consciousness that are catalyzed by the transformational energies of the plants. I’m in no way an expert on this subject of Taoist and Magical lore about this practice, but find the ideas of gem elixirs quite interesting, so I will share more on this in future blog posts. Stay Gold friends.

works cited and bibliography : http://www.thegreattao.com/html/taoofforgottenfooddiet.html, ESSENTIALS OF TAOISM and the Taoist Influence on Herbal Medicine Literature by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon, Daoist Mineral Magic by: Jerry Allen Johnson .

The Use of Crystals and Gemstones in Taoist and Magical lore was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

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