quartz crystal noun
A small crystal of quartz accurately cut along certain axes so that it can be vibrated at a particular frequency, used for its piezoelectric properties to produce an electric signal of constant known frequency.
Quartz is a crystal, which means it has an extremely regular arrangement of atoms that vibrate at a very stable frequency. Those characteristics make it an excellent receptor and emitter of electromagnetic waves, which is why quartz is abundantly used in radios, watches, and most electronic technologies.
Quartz crystals are also used in shamanism around the world. As Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff writes: "Quartz crystals, or translucent rock crystals, have played a major role in shamanic beliefs and practices at many times in history and in many parts of the world. They have frequently been found in prehistoric contexts; they are mentioned in many early sources; they were prominent in Old Worldalchemy, witchcraft, and magic, and they are still in use in many traditional societies. American Indian shamans and healers use rock crystals for curing, scrying, and many other purposes, and their ancient use in the Americas is known from archaeological reports.
Amazonian shamans, in particular, consider that spirits can materialize and become visible in quartz crystals. Some sheripiari even feed tobacco juice to their stones daily.
What if these spirits were none other than the biophotons emitted by all the cells of the world and were picked up, amplified, and transmitted by shamans' quartz crystals, Gurvich's quartz screens, and the quartz containers of biophoton researchers? This would mean the spirits are beings of pure light - as has always been claimed.
- Jeremy Narby - _The Cosmic Serpent: DNA And The Origins Of Knowledge_
Most people think that quartz crystals
are only found in alternative book stores and new age circles... In fact,
the humble quartz crystal is a major component in today's technological revolution.
The conversion of quartz crystals into silicon
chips has transformed the world, making possible thedigital
age. It has given us computers, mobile phones and communication breakthroughs
such as the Internet
and, of course, techno music. The central core of every techno set-up
is the computer. The silicon
chips of a computer allow vast pieces of information
to be brought together in a precisely organized way. What we effectively
create when we hook up all the instruments ina techno studio is a crystal matrix
with the computer acting as the mothership crystal and communicating to the
other crystal components within the system.
Nobel prize-winning scientist Marcel Vogel was one of the early pioneers of silicon chip technology. While working as a research scientist for IBM he made a discovery that shook to the core the belief systems of his scientific peers. He discovered that crystals not only have the ability to br programmed as silicon chips in a computer but also can be programmed with thought. His explanation was simple. A person sitting at a computer relays his thoughts via a keyboard which are stored in the computer's silicon chips via the medium of electricity. Vogel discovered that crystals can also be programmed without the need for electircity, by using just thoughts.
Like electircity, thought is a form of energy, which is given direction by our intention. Vogel found that crystals affect the molecular structure of water and, since our bodies are 70 per cent water, they have a profound effect on our metabolic processes and our emotional well being. Thus the new age concept of wearing and programming a crystal actually works. Vogel went on to design a multitude of experiments to validate his quantum theories but of course, like all ground-breaking alternative scientists, he was ostracized by the mainstream scientific community.
Belief in crystals is not only a new age phenomenon; ancient culturse and Shamanic socieities have always used the vibrational powers of crystals and gemstones. Australian Aborigines of the central desert believe that inside Uluhru (Ayers Rock) is a giant blue crystal that absorbs cosmic energy, which is then channelled around the planet via the crystal grid matrix of the earth: an ancient Internet. Some people believe that the ancient Atlanteans programmed the crystal deposites of the Earth with special encodements that would only be discovered by future generations. These codes would unlock certain latent energies within our DNAmatrix causing a quantum leap in human evolution. Could it be that today's techno music made with crystal technology carries these codes within its structure, affecting us as we trance on the dancefloor? Get ready to take off !!
- Chris Decker, liner notes from _Deep Trance And Ritual Beats_ CDx2 on Return To The Source (1995)
I can rejoice over this perfection and bear witness to it with a clear conscience, for it was not I who invented it or even discovered it. The laws of mathematics are not merely human inventions or creations. Long before there were men on this globe, all the crystals grew within the earth's crust. Then came a day when, for the very first time, a human being perceived one of these glittering fragments of regularity; or maybe he struck against it with his stone ax; it broke away and fell at his feet; then he picked it up and gazed at it lying there in his open hand. And he marveled. There is something breathtaking about the basic laws of crystals. They are in no sense a discovery of the human mind; they simply are; they exist quite independently of us. The most that any man can do is to become aware, in a moment of clarity, that they are there, and take cognizance of them.
(M.C. Escher, 1898 - 1972)
604 release _The Mystery Of The Thirteen Crystal Skulls_ compilation on TIPWorld (2001)
604 release _The Secret Of The Thirteen Crystal Skulls_ compilation on TIPWorld (2003)
Without doubt the most famous and enigmatic ancient crystal is the skull, discovered in 1927 by F.A. Mitchell-Hedges atop a ruined temple at the ancient Mayan city of Lubaantum, in British Honduras, now Belize.
The skull was made from a single block of clear quartz, 5 inches high, 7 inches long and 5 inches wide. It is about the size of a small human cranium, with near perfect detail. In 1970, art restorer Frank Dorland was given permission to submit the skull to tests at the Hewlitt-Packard Laboratories. Revealed were many anomalies.
The skull had been carved with total disregard to the natural crystal axis, aprocess unheard-of in modern crystallography. No metal tools were used. Dorland was unable to find any tell-tale scratch marks. Indeed, most metals would have been ineffectual. A modern penknife cannot mark it. From tiny patterns near the carved surfaces, Dorland determined it was first chiseled into rough form, probably using diamonds. The finer shaping, grinding and polishing, Dorland believes, was done with innumerable applications of water and silicon-crystal sand. If true, it would have taken 300 years of continuous labor. We must accept this almost unimaginable feat, or admit to the use of some form of lost technology.
Modern science is stumped to explain the skill and knowledge incorporated. As Garvin summarized:It is virtually impossible today, in the time when men have climbed mountains on the moon, to duplicate this achievement...It would not be a question of skill, patience and time. It would simply be impossible. As one crystallographer from Hewlitt-Packard said, The damned thing shouldn't be.
...consider _Three Spheres II_,
in which every part of the world seems to contain, and be contained in, every
other part: the writing table reflects the spheres on top of it, the spheres
reflect each other, as well as the writing table, the drawing of them, and the
artist drawing it. The endless connections which all things have to each
other is only hinted at here, yet the hint is enough. The Buddhist allegory
Net" tells of an endless net of threads throughout the universe, the horizontal
threads running hrough space, the vertical ones through time.
At every crossing of threads is an individual, and every individual is a crystal
bead. The great light
of "Absolute Being" illuminates and penetrates every crystal bead; moreoever,
every crystal bead reflects not only the light from every other crystal in the
net - but also every reflection of every reflection throughout the universe.
- Douglas Hofstadter - _Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid_ (1980)
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