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Our mysterious specimen
by Tiffany Wilson

August 29, 2016
www.saugeentimes.com

Op-Ed

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I’ve always collected rocks. All kinds. It’s been a fascination of mine for as long as I can remember, from their colours, their shapes and forms to the environment in which I find them. Their energy properties pull me in various directions sometimes leading me to a rare find... 

 

This particular specimen that you’ll read about, however, was actually found by my fiancé, Jamie, but a find that has had made a huge impact on my life.  

 It was July 2015 and Jamie had arrived home from Manitoulin Island on the Tuesday, while Chayce and I stayed on the island until Saturday. 

Jamie called me Wednesday evening after he got home from work and explained to me how he was about to kick this rock off the patio, but quickly realized there was something unique about it and picked it up to examine it. He described it as being heavy, steel-grey, silver and copper with a pinch of crystallization.  

 Later that week, Jamie had taken this mysterious find to the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Southampton in hopes of figuring out what this mineral might be. Unable to identify it, the museum referred Jamie to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) to find out more. 

When Chayce and I arrived home, that’s when the unveiling of the mysterious stone took place. Jamie peeled back the layers of a white, blue and red coloured cloth that contained the specimen, the beautiful specimen.

 It was like nothing I had seen or held before. It was heavy, yet so fragile. Dull, yet colourful. Powerful and refueling. 

 I had then asked Jamie again where he had found the rock and at that moment, there it was, my eyes to be the first to see it…. “Tiff”…. had been written ever so faintly in the patio stone adjacent to where the specimen was found. 

 I immediately asked Jamie if he had seen that there when he found the rock on the Wednesday or on the Thursday, Friday or Saturday and happened to just forget to leave out the most important piece of information….He said “no.” Who could have left this? I thought. Why did they leave this? I thought.

 I was holding the specimen while I noticed the writing….the energy response from this new connection created fireworks, white fireworks to be exact.

…Fast forwarding a year. 

After hemming and hawing, research and still not being about to identify the rock that we were thinking was a meteorite, we had sent a few photos to the ROM Natural History Department.  

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We received a response a few days later from Cathy Dutton, Administrative Assistant of the Department of Natural History at ROM who wrote in an e-mail she had sent the images to one of the museum’s meteorite specialists. She explained that “he feels that based on these images, it looks like your specimen is either pyrite or galena, not a meteorite.” She also encouraged us to attend one of their Rock, Gem, Mineral, Fossil or Meteorite identification clinics held at the ROM if we wanted to learn more about the specimen. We just might do that!  

 However, we immediately Googled pyrite and galena and there it was….our specimen.  At this point we don’t know whether it is pyrite or galena, but as we keep digging, we feel as if we are now owners of a nice size chunk of galena also known as the Stone of Harmony.

It’s said that this metallic, crystallized stone is often used for grounding purposes, connecting the ethereal and physical bodies, aligning the energy flow between them bringing you to a place of calmness during the peak of negative emotions and panic attacks, stabilizing your mind and allowing you to reclaim your thoughts….. and I’m only learning about this now! 

We may not know who left this galena, but I have a feeling they knew about it’s healing powers and have now, anonymously, shared those healing powers with my family and I. Not only will I continue to use this healing stone to aid with my anxiety and panic attacks, fear and to preserve peace and tranquility, but it will also be a reminder that there are still people with big huge, gigantic hearts in this world, that may be daunting cold sometimes.  

Thank you mystery person.  In hopes that we meet again!  

~ Other interesting facts: Galena is the most common mineral that contains lead, and is it recommended that physical contact is to a minimum, however, is very effective while it is in your aura. It should be cleansed frequently by exposure to sunlight. Galena is also used in crystal healing to decrease inflammations, skin eruptions and help with circulation problems and hair growth. 


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