Book Reviews by Robert Simmons - page 132 The Tucson Meta Guide 2014
Protection, Healing and Detoxification by Regina Martino
Shungite is a stone that has made a splash on the metaphysical world in the past several years. Shungite is a black or silvery-black substance made of almost pure carbon. It is found in Russia, in the Karelian village of Shun'ga.
Author Regina Martino tells the story of her first encounter with Shungite. She was doing bioenergetic research on the negative effects of electromagnetic energy on the body, when she chanced to meet a Russian geologist. The man offered her and a fellow researcher small pieces of Shungite to hold, and as they did so, both were astonished by what they felt. Martino describes it as, "a lightning-fast impact that spread through the body, followed by a great expansion of life energy along with a beautiÃ‚Âful feeling of substantiality or energetic density." (As it happens, that description is very similar to my own first encounter with Shungite.) She was greatly excited by this new discovery, saying, "We had found something natural to protect life."
Martino takes the reader through chapters dealing with the geography, history, geology and biology related to Shungite, as well as what she calls the "energetic or practical chapters." The result is a fascinating and thorough depiction of the subÃ‚Âstance and energy of this remarkable new stone.
One important distinction the author makes is between Type I Shungite (or Silver Shungite, which is 98% carbon, and Type II Shungite (Black Shungite), which is 64% carbon. (Type I is also know in the metaphysical culture as Noble Shungite, and it is viewed by many as having more powerful energies.) She also describes Type III Shungite, which is 30% carbon and 56% silicon dioxide.
In recounting the history of Shungite, Martino places the early mention of the mineral during the reign of Ivan the Terrible. During that time and later during the rule of Peter the Great, the water coming from a spring at a Shungite deposit was believed to have healing properties. This interest in Shungite's healing waters continued for some decades.
In recounting the origins of Shungite, the author tells us, "Shungite was formed from organÂisms," living about two billion years ago. She points out that this remarkable age distinguishes Shungite from coal or petroleum, which as about 75% younger than Shungite.
One of Shungites special qualities is the presÂence of fullerenes--soccer ball shaped carbon molÂecules believed to be responsible for some of the energetic and healing benefits of the stones. These molecules are rare in nature, but highly concentrated in Karelian Shungite. There is an entire chapter in the book devoted to the presence of fullerenes in Shungite.
Another Chapter in the book are devoted to Shungite's properties and effects on health. It is said to be efficacious for high blood pressure, joint pain, osteoarthritis, nasal and respiratory infecÂtions, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues and psoriasis. Later in the chapter are some fascinating studies on the effects of patients treated in a room made of Shungite.
Later chapters are devoted to bioenergetic research on Shungite, the metaphysical energies of Shungite and practical applications for using the stone. There are discussions of the best uses for different shape and forms of cut and polished Shungite, as well as the beneficial ways to combine Shungite with other stones. Even topics such as Shungite in agriculture are included.
Regina Martino's book is unique in the literaÂture of metaphysical stones, in that it contains a much higher ratio of science to metaphysics than is frequently the case. It is easy to discern that she is rigorous in her work and is also certain of the multiple beneficial qualities of Shungite. Her writing is strong and convincing, her research is fascinating and the stone she has focused on is cerÂtainly powerful and compelling in its own right. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about this modest-looking but energetically exceptional stone.
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