new age crystals News for October 23 2017

Crystals and Gemstones by Michael Star

Stones have been around since long before the Stone Age, so what are “The New Age” stones? First, we should define what “Stones” means in the context of Mineralogy. We’ll be talking about the kind of stones referred to in phrases like “Gem stones” or “Semi-precious stones” or “Tumbled stones”. These “Stones” are minerals which are crystalline in nature and always form in one of six types of regular shapes or patterns, such as the common Quartz crystal which has a hexagonal structure. These are called “Microcrystalline” stones; but the term “Stones” generally refers both to transparent crystalline substances like Amethyst or Diamond, and to semi-transparent or opaque microcrystalline substances like Agate or Opal or Pearl. Common table salt is also a crystalline stone, but the crystals are so small you may not have noticed! Ice is a crystal too, which is why snowflakes and frost always form in six-sided patterns just as Quartz and many other crystals do! All crystals are stones, whether they are clear “Gem stones” like Emerald or the more common form of the same mineral, Green Beryl. Rocks may contain crystals, and small rocks are sometimes called stones; but technically, stones are always a single kind of crystal and not a piece of rock. A Diamond is often called a “Rock” in everyday language, but in the terminology of Mineralogy it is a “Stone” – which is why it is called a “Gem stone”. Clear Quartz crystals are often called “Rock Crystal”, which sounds confusing, since we just agreed that all crystals are stones, and stones are not rocks! Actually, rocks are often composed of several types of crystals in varying proportions, but in the case of “Rock Crystal” the Quartz crystal is 100% pure crystal, so the term is a misleading one. To further confuse things, when someone says something is “Cast in stone” it was probably engraved in a rock like granite – the rock which often becomes a “Grave stone”. It’s enough to make you rock and reel, as your brain is baffled by all this oxymoronic rock talk! Sometimes you could almost stone the people who make up these terms which misuse and confuse the “Rock” terminology, but then every stone thrown would probably be a rock! A “Ruby” is a rare and very valuable transparent “Gem stone” specimen of a stone called Red Corundum.

Largest New Age Bookstore in Northern CA offers Workshops, Meditation, Yoga, Music, Gifts, Clothing

East West Bookshop is the largest metaphysical bookstore in northern California, and one of the three largest in the world today. 11am-8pm. “East West Bookshop is more than a bookstore. It’s a second home to the many customers who find comfort there. Whether customers are reading a book, attending a lecture, listening to music, or practicing yoga, East West provides a setting of peace and tranquility.”-reader Gayle Rusch, in the “Best Of” series San Jose Mercury News. Lectures, workshops, and concerts East West Bookshop offers more programs than almost any bookstore in the United States-lectures, workshops, concerts, psychic readings, films, and community forums nearly every night and weekend. Well-known authors, spiritual teachers, musicians, and healers speak here, including Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Larry Dossey, and Caroline Myss. Regular meditation classes and support Meditation classes are taught throughout the year by longtime meditators. Many of the staff meditate as well, and are available to answer questions and support your personal meditation practice. “Your personal efforts to serve above and beyond the call of duty make a huge difference in today’s world.”-Anne C. Hatha Yoga classes Classes are taught on Wednesday evenings, designed for beginner-to-intermediate levels of skill. The store also offers a large selection of yoga apparel, mats, blankets, blocks, and other yoga gear. Women’s clothing East West specializes in colorful clothing and accessories-pants, skirts, tops, shawls, scarves, hats, handbags and more-that are beautiful and elegant enough for work or evening wear. “East West is one of the treasures of the world.”-Wendy F. DVD/Video Popular titles in self-help, spirituality, yoga, Pilates, tai chi, qi gong and more are available to buy, or to rent. Rarer, still, to find something that uplifts the spirit. Gifts include: deity statues and other religious icons, sacred art photos and prints, jewelry, fountains, candles, aromatherapy, singing bowls, stained glass, unusual boxes and bowls, delicate teapots and imported teas, incense, greeting cards, and a large selection of blank-paper journals.

9 The New Age Movement The New Age Movement is a growing belief system in North America encompassing thousands of autonomous – and sometimes contradictory – beliefs, organizations and events. The term New Age itself refers to the Age of Aquarius, which, according to New Age followers, is dawning. There is no New Age Church, no New Age Religion, no officially registered New Age Organization, no membership, no founder and no leader of the movement. 9.2 Major Doctrines As far as doctrines are concerned, there is nothing really new in New Age. The new age, which is soon to come, shall bring peace and enlightenment, harmony, mutual love and acceptance – and who does not want that? Naturally, New Age followers look forward to the coming of a new leader who unites the world in love and harmony. New Age practices are designed to explore the human potential and to push man ahead into a new spiritual horizon, closer to God and closer to being God. Due the the sheer number of New Age groups there are many publications such as the New Age Journal, Body Mind Spirit, Yoga Journal, Gnosis, East West, Noetic Sciences, and Omega, which influence the minds of New Age followers and constantly stir up new concepts. 74 9.2.2 God Even though many New Age adherents describe God in personal terms, the New Age concept of God is quite vague. There is a variety of colorful descriptions of this divine force in the many New Age publications and many names for God among different New Age groups, such as Godconsciousness, Universal Love, Self-Realization, the I AM, Higher Self, Brahman, Nirvana, etc. 77 9.3 New Age Practices and Beliefs New Age is much less a definite cult which emphasizes worship and religious teachings than a movement that is characterized by its practices and the underlying beliefs. In general, New Age practices are designed to prepare people for the new age to come and to push them ahead into a new spiritual horizon, towards the Global Unity, closer to God and closer to being God. These channelers travel to New Age fairs, seminars and conferences throughout the world, where New Age devotees flock by the tens of thousands to hear the latest truths.

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