Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World

Points of Healing, Points of Mine is a series of posts discussing the interweavings of conversations of crystal therapy, alternative healing, science & conservation, and eco-consumerism. The New York Times best-seller, Stoned, is an accessible account of history told through a lens of gemstone culture. In Chapter 1, “Keep the Change: The Beads That Bought Manhattan,”…

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About this Blog

I’m Melanie–a writer, a researcher, and an entrepreneur. Welcome to Contemplative Resonance, a blog organized by categories: “Paths to/from Preservation” contains reflection on various approaches to and interpretations of and inspirations for preservation including environmental preservation and cultural preservation (traditions, documents, art & artifacts). “The Alternative Medicine Cabinet” discusses various approaches to alternative medicine. “Spirit…

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The Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Flower Essences

I wrote an earlier post about re-discovering homeopathy as an addition to my own health care management. Flower essences have also been an important resource this summer–for myself and for my furry companions. After one of my cats experienced a medical emergency a few months ago, a family member reminded me about flower essences. We were…

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The Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Homeopathy

This summer I have been re-impressed by the effectiveness of homeopathic medicine. I’m not new to homeopathy. I grew up with it and have used it throughout the years to treat ailments chronic and acute. But with the regime of herbals and nutritional supplements that I’ve been taking, homeopathy stayed on the sidelines for a…

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Proposal:  Independent  Businesses Could Steer Consumers Toward Sustainable and Socially Responsible Gemstones

Points of Healing, Points of Mine is a series of posts discussing the interweavings of conversations of crystal therapy, alternative healing, science & conservation, and eco-consumerism. Introduction Crystals are big business. They have the ability to sweep us up in fantasy and luxury, and they have captured the imagination of Western alternative healing and spirituality,…

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Controversy & Conservation: An Interview with Nicholas Pearson

Points of Healing, Points of Mine is a series of posts discussing the interweavings of conversations of crystal therapy, alternative healing, science & conservation, and eco-consumerism. Not all authors within the metaphysical crystal and gem community would be willing to address the controversial questions I have gradually been accumulating. Nicholas Pearson is versed in science and…

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Tools for Healing? “Buying” into Crystals and Gemstones

Points of Healing, Points of Mine is a series of posts discussing the interweavings of conversations of crystal therapy, alternative healing, science & conservation, and eco-consumerism. Part I: We Must Have the Precious…At What Cost? Have you fallen under the spell of crystals and gemstones yet? Crystal healing is expanding in mainstream culture, and you…

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Healing the Places We Dwell: A Paradigm for Gem Therapy and the Environment

Points of Healing, Points of Mine is a series of posts discussing the interweavings of conversations of crystal therapy, alternative healing, science & conservation, and eco-consumerism. Glenn Albrecht, the retired professor of sustainability at Murdoch University in Western Australia, published a new book this year–Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World (Cornell University Press)—nearly…

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Steampunk Journaling: Diary Writing in the Digital Age

“As we try to understand the past, we try to understand ourselves in relation to the past.” ~Steven Marcus, The Other Victorians (quoted in Steffen Hantke’s “Difference Engines and Other Infernal Devices: History According to Steampunk.”) Steampunk is not usually associated with journaling. It’s a sub-genre of “punk” sci-fi/fantasy fiction characterized by futuristic nostalgia. The reader…

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Witches: ‘Old Ways’ and ‘New Age’

Seasons have shifted with a turn of color, a shift of lighting, and a drop in temperature. I startled a flock of ravens perched in trees overhead while I was out walking the other day; their beating wings and caws of alarm ushering an additional atmospheric effect. We’ve recently seen a full moon, Mercury retrograde,…

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