Many people ask that question, silently or out loud. “Why doesn’t God stop the war?”, “Why doesn’t God stop the floods?”. Pestilence, famine, disease, financial problems, crazy politicians. We want God to fix it all. Why doesn’t He? The answer is complicated. Many of our problems we cause ourselves, by our thoughts, beliefs, actions, and emotions. They all have a powerful effect on the world around us. God wants us to learn from out mistakes. We won’t learn much if he jumps in to correct the problems every time we create one. When we do something stupid, we need to learn there are consequences. Sometimes God doesn’t solve the problem because a majority of people involved don’t want him to. Subconsciously, we like to think we can solve all of the problems ourselves. That is what got the fallen angels in trouble. Sometimes God is fixing the problem but, to us, the solution may look like another problem. Sometimes, God fixes a problem, but because He is operating outside the limits of time and space, while we are not, what may be an immediate fix to God, may take years, even decades, from out point of view. It’s like if you have a large pot of cold water that you want to get hot. You light a fire under it and the fire is there immediately, but it still takes time for the heat to spread into the water. So God may fix a problem in the spiritual world, but it takes time for it to trickle down into the physical world.
While not actually a crystal, Lapis has long been prized as a spiritual stone. Its usually dark blue or indigo in color. It has been mined in Afghanistan for 6000 years. It is historically used to increase creativity, ESP, wisdom and self-acceptance. It was believed to cure insomnia, depression and fevers. The ancient Romans considered it an aphrodisiac. It was one of the stone in the Breastplate of Aaron. It was prised by the Egyptians and mentioned in several places in the Book of the Dead. It is said to strengthen the throat chakra and heighten awareness when placed on the forehead chakra. Not surprisingly, many psychics, mystical adepts, gurus, priests and ministers wear rings, crosses or pendants made of lapis. I have a couple of them myself. Here is an interesting crystal from my personal collection. I don’t know what it is, but it has blue crystals almost the same shade as lapis, with some blue-green areas that are on the surface, not in the crystal.
The Essenes had indoor bathing facilities at Qumran and probably most other Essene settlements. The Essenes would take a ritual bath early in the morning before going out for their morning prayers and techniques for spiritual development. This is how the idea of Baptism got started. The Essenes were also sometimes called “the Baptizers” because of these ritual baths. The Essenes didn’t do this just to cleanse their physical bodies. They also used this bath time to cleanse the mind, psyche, and spirit as much as possible. Just as it is hard to meditate when you have a toothache, it is hard to listen to God and his messenger angels when your mind is wandering all over the place. Quieting the mind is almost impossible for a person to do, but if you learn to let go and let God do it, He can! The Essene settlements were also kept cleaner than most towns in those days. When someone had to “go” they would just go the ditch on the side of the road to deficate or urinate and it was left in the open, probably causing many illnesses. The Essenes always carried a small shovel with them, tied to their belt. When they had to go, they would dig a hole and bury it.