Guest Author - Linda Steele
I taught a Reiki III Master class this past weekend. When we started working with crystals, one of the students said she heard a comment once from someone who likened a woman to a geode. I thought it was an interesting analogy and tucked the statement into the back of my mind for further reflection. I have thought about this since Saturday and have decided to write about the similarities.
What is a geode? Geodes are somewhat of an enigma. According to Roger Weller, “Not only is it impossible for one to know exactly what’s on the inside but also the formation of geodes is still scientifically unconfirmed. However, each geode offers a unique glimpse of the spontaneous beauty nature can generate with the earth’s minerals.” Geodes are usually found in ancient volcanic rock. They are a bit harsh looking on the outside. Could we compare that outer harshness of a geode to a woman? As a woman ages, she may take on a bit of harshness with those annoying fine lines around the eyes, nose and mouth. Areas of the body may start to sag and get lumps and bumps, when before there were none. Can we say there are similarities to a geode?
As the “physical forces” of nature take their toll, geodes will become hollow on the inside and contain beautiful crystals in various colors. It is a mystery as to what colorful crystals you will find.
Time takes its toll on a woman too, allowing her to become more beautiful on the inside yet less so on the outside. With age and experience she gains wisdom that she did not possess in her youth. She knows that she will, at times, have to inspire others to reach their individual potential.
A woman gains internal strength and endurance from the various trials and tribulations she has overcome from raising children, to caring for her husband and home, to having a career, etc. She is strong enough to make her dreams a reality.
According to one source, “Due to the estimated amount of time, the unpredictability of numerous geological variables and physical forces that nature has at its disposal” it can take “240 million years to form a geode”.
It takes time for a geode to develop its internal beauty. Similarly, it takes time for a woman to develop her inner beauty. A woman knows her past, understands her present and moves toward the future. She does not live in fear of the future based on her past. Instead, she understands that her life experiences are enduring lessons, meant to bring her closer to self knowledge and unconditional self love. Her inner self rages with beauty that may not yet be discovered.
Upon reflection, I would agree with my Reiki student. We really are like geodes. What are your thoughts on this topic?