Our guest Nicholas Pearson, author of many books including Crystal Basics, joins us to talk about Gem Elixirs. His ability to bridge the scientific and the mystical worlds brings insights on the healing qualities of gemstones as used in vibrational medicines like Flower Essence Therapy. He shares methods for creating your own gem elixirs, issues of safety and ethical sourcing of crystals, and gives us a deep dive into some of his favorite gemstones.
Gem Essences discussed during the show:
- Rose Quartz – available from Alaskan Essences
- Citrine – available from Alaskan Essences
- Pyrite – available from Alaskan Essences
Links and Resources:
Monthly Seminar series: The Monolith Series
Rochana Felde: [00:00:40] Welcome everybody to The Flower Essence podcast. Today, I am so thrilled and excited to introduce a guest to you, Nicholas Pearson, and he is an author of several books on crystals and an upcoming book on flower essences. We want to talk today about gem elixirs and gem essences. And this is just very exciting to me to bring Nicholas on with Kathleen and to walk through some of the ideas presented in his book Crystal Basics, which I am a big fan of, and very excited to introduce you to it.
So Nicholas has been immersed in all aspects of the mineral kingdom for more than 20 years. He began teaching crystal workshops in high school, later studying Mineral Science at Stetson University while pursuing a degree in music. Then, he worked for several years at the Gillespie Museum, home to the largest mineral collection in the southern United States. He’s also a certified Reiki teacher and practitioner. He has classes on crystals, Reiki, and Flower Essences. And his six books include Crystal Basics, Crystals for Karmic Healing, and the forthcoming Flower Essences from the Witch’s Garden. So he lives in Orlando, Florida and was kind enough to join us on the podcast today. Welcome.
Nicholas Pearson: [00:02:10] Thank you so much for having me. I’m really looking forward to today’s episode.
Rochana Felde: [00:02:14] Yeah, so are we. So maybe we can just dive in a little bit here. And the thing that I wanted to mention about this book Crystal Basics is it’s something that I might not have picked up in the bookstore initially because I’ve been studying crystals and working with them since the ’80s, I guess you could say. My first books were Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Books that came out in the ’80s, and then all the Melody books, The Love is in the Earth books by Melody in the ’90s. And those were kind of like the Bible for everyone in the New Age arena. And so after that, I didn’t really look around too much for all the newer books coming out on the market. I thought that I had what I needed, I guess you could say. But when I came across this book, what really struck me and I learned so much from was primarily the first half of it that really delves into decoding, how to decode these crystals and what the different– the structural systems and the composition and all of the things that go into what is a mineral or what is a crystal and how that becomes the energy of the crystal. And that was just– there were so many aha moments in there when I read that. So I’m so appreciative that you were able to put that together in a way that made so much sense for my brain. And I use, as flower essence practitioners do, gem essences from other makers, and then I make some of my own. And I had done my own attunements with them, but I never really had that connection between the science and the metaphysical, the way that you put it together. So thank you for that.
Nicholas Pearson: [00:04:22] Well, thank you. That is the thing that I love most about rocks is seeing that marriage of science and spirituality and finding that intersection where each one kind of informs the other. So long ago I wish there had been a book that did that well and did it in-depth and in a way that was accessible no matter your skill level or science background or lack thereof. So not finding one, I wrote it myself.
Kathleen Aspenns: [00:04:46] That’s what you have to do sometimes is you want to read a book and then, you end up having to develop it yourself. I love that you did that, and I too was really impressed reading your book. And the thing that I was able to pull because I don’t know as much about crystals as Rochana, but I love them and I use the gem essences in my practice as well. But I loved when you brought in the crystal structure in the formation of the different types of crystals, where it spoke to me, with my knowledge of plant taxonomy, and it bridged how crystal taxonomy, how these, essentially, families develop with these different geometric types of internal formations. I thought that was really compelling and interesting. There are people who are researching geometry of flowers. And so it’s sort of like, okay, I can see how these principles, these underlying principles that create the formations both in the plant and the mineral kingdom, you bridged that for me. So I really thank you, and your book was really fascinating in that particular section for me.
Nicholas Pearson: [00:05:56] Well, thank you. Yeah, I mean it’s as if the mineral kingdom has its own kind of approach to the doctrine of signatures, and it might not be the same kind of doctrine that we find with the medieval and early modern herbals that are out there describing the kind of relationship between form and function of the plant kingdom, but the same kind of ideas are applied to the mineral kingdom in a modern-day where we have things like scanning electron microscopy and mass spectrometers and we can do all this stuff with polarised light and thin sections of rocks, we can look at a whole new level of them that was invisible to the naked eye.
When we start to dissect how composition, formation process, structure affect everything about a crystal that we can see at the macro level, we start to see a relationship. And there is this kind of common thread that links the subjective, personal, spiritual experiences that people have written about in crystal books to what is the sort of fundamental nature of a stone?
Early on in my days of learning mineral science, mostly self-taught, a lot of it while working in the science field, I started to read as many books on crystals as I could, and I loved the ones from as early as I could get my hands on. So definitely, people like Katrina Raphaell and Melody and whoever came before them and finding translations of old works into English was like a treasure trove. To find people who didn’t speak the same language, who didn’t read one another’s works, who didn’t even necessarily write the same thing about the same stone, but there were common themes with sulfides or iron-bearing minerals where things of sedimentary origin or anything with a triclinic crystal structure, and so I started to kind of collect these themes and keep them someplace in my head and somewhere on paper. And over time, that kind of developed into its own type of doctrine of signatures. And thankfully, I did come across some people who had geology backgrounds who also worked in the woo woo kind of field, and they certainly have their own interpretations.
So over the years, it’s just kind of been peeling the layers back to find out what is really driving the– what is the mechanism behind the personal phenomena that we experience? And that gives us a different appreciation for what crystals do. It’s not just as prescriptive, “X crystal works on Y condition,” but we start to see the whole cosmological underpinnings of it, and it’s all right there in the chemical, the physical, the structural, the optical properties of the mineral kingdom.