June's a real gem
|Crystal Clear: June with one of the stones she uses to help get rid of stress.|
[Disclaimer: This article is written from a pro-mysticism
perspective and as such I distance myself from the comments made within.
What someone believes crystals can do and what they can
prove that they do are two different things,and personal experiences do not
count as a scientific trial that shows positive evidence as an effect.Because
of this no one should be pleased that unproven beliefs are entering modern
medicine,as they are likely to prove dangerous if not shown to have the actual
effects claimed for them.Who would wish to be operated upon by someone who
believed he was as good as a
neurosurgeon? Without proof such claims
are hogwash -LB]
Crystal gazer June Lamb believes the energies released by precious gemstones can ease the stresses and strains of the daily rat race. But she is definitely not set in the Madame Zazza mould. Unlike others who espouse the healing powers of cosmic energy, she does not dress in weird and wonderful togs or appear at psychic events.
The 30-year-old occupational therapist worked at Hope Hospital, Pendleton, for many years and is now based with a community mental health team in Salford. Her work covers a wide variety of problems from treating basic stress and anxiety to more acute illnesses like clinical depression and schizophrenia. June trained at Salford College of Technology (now University College, Salford) and lives in Rochdale. She says: "I was interested in working in the NHS when I was in the sixth-form so I read up on various professions and decided that occupational therapy was really what I wanted to do.It can be very stressful because the workload is often very taxing, but I really love it."
June is pleased that there has been a move away from high-tech medicine and drug-based therapies to other forms of treatment in the NHS. Activities like art therapy, woodwork, and pottery to help relax people suffering from stress and anxiety are now fairly common.But the health service has yet to embrace such esoteric matters as crystals.
June says: "The crystals are a completely separate part of my life.I became interested in them several years ago and did a training course to become a therapist. I have trained to a basic level and I am now hoping to work up to a more advanced standard."
Forget the diamonds as big as the Ritz. Crystal gazing is not as expensive as it may sound. Gemstones can be bought for anything from a few pence from "alternative" shops. Amethyst, ruby, and quartz stone are most commonly used for healing purposes.
June explains: "You can use them in a variety of ways. Some people wear them on a piece of jewellery or just carry them around. But you can also go to a crystal therapist and have a proper healing session in which the stones are placed on the body."
The question is why? After all, it does sound somewhat bizarre,. June explains: "All matter is composed of molecules which are held together by an electro-magnetic force and energy. The crystals radiate these vibrations and if you are really in tune you can begin to feel them."
Followers of the philosophy believe crystals interact with the body's natural energies to bring about a sense of well-being. It is believed that "trapped" energy can cause all kinds of psychological problems or lead to excesses like drug or alcohol abuse. But crystals, it is claimed, can bring things back into balance and create a more positive approach to life.
June's enthusiasm is based firmly on personal experience. She says: "The only way anyone can really understand how crystals work is to experience it for themselves. "I was interested in the idea, although I was sceptical at first, but then I took part in a course.They asked for a volunteer to demonstrate how the crystals worked and it was so powerful I just couldn't believe it. "I had my eyes shut and then my heart started racing and there was a surge of energy through my body. I opened my eyes and just burst into tears, which was quite embarrassing because the room was full of people! There was obviously a lot of repressed pain and emotion I had been keeping inside."
|June Lamb at work as an occupational therapist.|
According to June, each stone has a different "vibe" which can be used to treat different problems. Crystal therapists also ask patients general questions about lifestyle and diet to find out what is causing the stress, then choose the stones accordingly. June says the benefits can be felt after just a few consultations. She also believes the healing properties of the minerals can be imbibed by leaving a stone in a glass of water overnight. "The water absorbs the energy and can be drunk the following morning as a tonic," she adds. Crystals may have no role to play yet in conventional NHS medicine, but June believes things may change.
She points out: "Ten years ago, it would have been unthinkable that you could get acupuncture on the NHS, but now it is possible."
June's work as a crystal therapist is confined to friends and relatives but she has considered taking it up full time. For now, she contents herself with talks to community groups and spreading the word about her interest.
She says: "Many people I work with have a strong interest in complementary therapies. A lot of research has been done into crystals and they are gaining credence all the time."
You can obtain more Information from the Academy of Crystal and Natural Awareness, Weston-super-Mare (0934 815083).
Cup curse turns out to be a lucky charm for Margaret
|Margaret said all the wooden planks
in the 'suspended' ceiling were secured. But then one day last month, when
Margaret made her way past a revolving book stand in her shop in Manchester
Road, Denton, she heard a thud, and looked up to see a 13ft plank of wood
caught 'in the arms' of the Denton Carnival trophy on top of the book stand.
"I was stunned. My first thought was if it hadn't been for that cup I would
have had a nasty bump on the head," she told us. "I was just really glad
that family and friends had put in so much effort last year to win it. "We
appear to have broken the jinx. Since that incident everything has gone really
well. "The shop has been sorted out, the building work has gone really well,
and we have opened the other part of the shop and a tea room," she said.
Margaret is now planning to take part in this year's Denton Carnival on Sunday. Despite having a new shop window put in tomorrow (Friday), Margaret is still hoping she, her mum and the shop's founder, Elsie Thackeray and her daughter and shop manager, Jenny Williams can get the shop ship shape in time. And despite the so called jinx surrounding the cup Margaret believes it has turned out to be a lucky charm.
by Nick Hodgson
[The Advertiser Sep14 2000]
|WHEN Margaret Williams won the best-dressed shop front trophy
at Denton Carnival last year she was gripped by a sense of unease.
The book-shop owner knew the three previous winners of the prize had subsequently closed down. But rather than being a jinx, Margaret found the cup to be a real life saver when she decided to expand her business by taking over the shop next door.
She said the drama started after she had some building work done between her shop, Thackeray's Books and the empty adjoining property - which used to be The Mill Shop, previous winners of the Denton Carnival best-dressed shop front trophy. The separating wall, which had helped support the shop's artificial ceiling, was removed to reveal the much higher true ceiling.
Is Nostro wrong? Perhaps not
| SIR - We thank God that, for once,
Nostrodamus got it wrong. But has he?
He made his predictions through using a combination of
astrology, astronomy, physics,
mathematics and some say,
When he made these predictions the outer most planets were not known about so the gravitational pull and orbital paths could not be added to his calculations.
Also the calendars have been changed since he made his predictions. Taking these aspects into account, it's possible that the time of the disaster will be transferred to the millennium. Modern scientists and believers say the terror of judgement will come in the form of a comet or asteroid hitting the planet. I do -not believe this as what else is orbiting the planet above our heads - Star Wars, nuclear missiles?
The great nations say these are disarmed and obsolete, but they are still up there only turned off by the computer. -What if there is a millennium bug? What if it strikes these computers, there goes the fail-safe mechanism, the heads are rearmed and bye - bye planet. Let's hope everyone has got it all totally wrong.
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Mysteries of life made crystal clear?
| EVER wondered what a chakra
is or why some people swear by the properties of marble and quartz? Crystal
therapist Carol Wallace (right) is starting a new evening class for those
who want to discover the wonders of crystals and how they can help everyday
life. Carol, who runs Crystal Carols in George Street, Ashton said: "The
course is for anybody who wants to self develop. Crystals can help the spiritual,
physical and emotional." The course covers how to work with crystals, readings
on energies, self awareness, meditation and where your chakras are the energy
centres in the body. Classes in this ancient art, which was used by the ancient
Egyptians, start on January 22 and run for 10 weeks at Hyde Clarendon Sixth
Form College. For further information phone on 0161 8086800. (03-0132)
[The Advertiser Jan 18,2001]
I'm absolutely appalled that my Ex college (Hyde) allows this sort of ignorant rubbish to be taught in a place of education.Whether people swear by the properties of crystals or not - it doesn't mean they actually do the things claimed for them.
It's in the cards
|Sinead (Rose Keegan) consults the tarot in Hearts and Bones|
|To admit to using tarot used to be like conceding to a belief in the Tooth Fairy but tirnes have changed. Evolution is partially responsible - today's new breed of tarot readers are less Live And Let Die's Solitaire, more sympathetic,intuitively- attuned counsellor types who have disowned their purple outfits and thunderous airs and operate out of low-key, psychic-friendly coffee houses specialist shops and client houses|
|But tarot's main reason for swapping the mystified margins for the mainstream appears to be our hectic, modern lifestyles. 'People see tarot now,not so much as mystical dabbling,' says Sally Love of new age shop Mysteries in London, 'but almost like a complementary therapy.' In a lifestyle strewn with pressure, pace, toil and trouble, tarot is being greeted as a useful tool to help us pause, take stock and reassess our sometimes railroaded direction.|
a cold beer in Notting Hill's Twelth House, I am hit upon by a fellow punter
- it's my reader, Rob. After a general chat, he introduces the cards - a
large illustrated deck of 78 - which I fervently scan for any Devils or spectres
of Death to palm before he explodes the myth that ominous cards have obvious
meanings (Death is but the closing of a chapter while the Devil represents
internal repression not eternal damnation). Rob likens the reading of the
cards to an art form, drawing out themes he feels are most relevant to those
of his client and encouraging them to read the meanings as they shuffle and
pick out certain cards. Rarely will a reader utter predictions at a rapt
client. Tarot works best [It doesn't work - LB]with client participation
- puzzling out together how the cards might relate
to present situations. It is for this reason homespun readings are enjoying
a growth with urbanites seeking guidance through the cards on everything
from finding love to furthering careers. Reading the cards, while a gift,
can be taught and most good decks (try Liz Dean's newly illustrated The Art
of Tarot £12.99) come with an instruction manual and starter- spreads.
Knock once for yes
Then the poet A.E. Housman was dying, someone told him a dirty
joke-which Housman greatly relished. "That is indeed very good," he said,
"I shall have to repeat it on the Golden Floor." But what is this Golden
Floor like? And do they appreciate dirty jokes there? Even more crucially,
why - according to voices from "the other side" - does it always sound so
grindingly dull; like some unusually verdant suburb of Basingstoke?
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