Crystals are an interesting mineral – I don’t assign any specific metaphysical properties to them while acknowledging their magical properties though there are those who do.
What interests me about them is structure, the geometric shapes, and as I understand it they can indicate the proximity of gold.
Which is kind of interesting because a short distance from where a crystal was found I stumbled upon a gold nugget about the size of my thumbnail in a shallow creek.
That didn’t prompt me to build a sluice, start panning, or file a claim – never told anyone the location and don’t intend to as it’s a nice wilderness area and should remain that way, besides the nugget could be nothing more than an anomaly.
Children especially seem to be enamored of crystals as a prism, the way they reflect or allow the passage of light, some amazing part of their mojo for them.
Which kinda makes me think of Sasquatch and a rhetorical question I was asked once.
The question being is if I was in the woods and encountered one would I shoot it?
My response was not unless it became aggressive, posed a threat, and there was no wiggle room.
The same goes for bears or anything that could pose a threat – I figure I’m the intruder, an uninvited guest, and if we can peacefully go our separate ways no harm no foul.
Which in the vast majority of instances seems to be a shared sentiment – unless they have young in proximity they’re willing to accept the opportunity to go on about their business.
Secondly if I merely ran across sign would I alert others, post a video, call in the media, or mount some made for youtube “expedition”?
My answer would be no – whether you believe in such a creature or not is secondary in my opinion to leaving them alone if they exist – the last thing that would be needed is a bunch of commotion or weekend warriors traipsing through the woods armed to the teeth.
There’s a lot of things I won’t talk about if they are related to any of the nations ceremonies or traditional beliefs.
The problem is with topics such as this are the attention getting hoaxes that abound while “experts” weigh in either pro or con.
I’ve heard more than one story of a personal encounter, some I’m willing to accept and others I’m not.
One such encounter involved what I consider to be an unimpeachable source, a source whose honesty and integrity is above suspicion, and that would be grandmother who relates an encounter as a young woman in her teens.
A recounting I first heard as a child that never once varied – grandmother has never consumed alcohol in her entire life, never done drugs, isn’t prone to wild imaginings, and is about as rock solid and grounded a person as you’ll meet.
She could care less about garnering attention or if anyone believes her or not – as she says she knows what her eyes saw, what her ears heard, and it’s completely irrelevant if any would scoff or ridicule.
Grandmother is more than a good woman, she’s a strong woman – reasons among many others why I love and respect her.
Cryptozoology shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand, though there are laughable claims in my opinion – after all species said to be extinct have been rediscovered along with what were considered to be quaint tales and mere rumors.
But that one about Sasquatch is actually some type of embedded scout with telepathic ability sent by aliens or the tabloid headline of “I Had Bigfoot’s Baby” makes me want to say somebody just shoot me due to their ridiculous nature.
I think it’s important to question what we are told, and skepticism can be a healthy thing – a century ago if you proposed man would set foot on the moon you’d probably wind up in an asylum, and yet it’s become a reality.
You might say my approach is along the lines of that Shakespearian quote – “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
With that as something of a guideline when my interest is piqued I begin digging – doing so I believe has stood me in good stead …..mama rezinate didn’t raise her children to be gullible, and neither should the reader.
So crystals, geodes, thunder eggs, a nice shiny piece of jasper or rock heavily laden with mica or pyrite are often the stuff of dreams for adults and children, something that stirs the imagination and sense of wonder – nothing wrong with that.