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Healing With Crystals – Treatment With Therapeutic Crystals

Scientists say at least 33% of the Earth’s surface is made up of crystals. Crystal therapies are now known and people are becoming more and more curious and interested.

In this article, you can find some important aspects of healing crystals and semiprecious stones.

You can read about the pink quartz that attracts love, crystals that heal dizziness, insomnia and other sleep disorders, about crystals that have a beneficial effect on the physical and mental health of the body.

Healing Crystals have been used over time not only as accessories but also as “medicines”.

The powers of these precious stones have been demonstrated since ancient times, and they have acted on both the mind and the physical.

Brilliant crystals have been shown to conceal unpredictable powers that people can benefit from if they know how and when to use them.

It’s not enough to wear a pair of earrings, a chain, or a crystal bracelet to be protected or to fight certain illnesses.

Just like any healing therapy, and this is governed by rules to be followed.

Therefore, when you are determined, it is advisable to turn to a specialist’s advice, or, why not, to attend several courses of initiation.

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Obelisk for the 7 chakras

The use of crystals in a particular healing process should be done with caution.

Some crystals are extremely energizing, while others offer feelings of tranquility.

Used mistakenly, stones can amplify certain aspects that are in fact desired to be removed or can diminish elements that are desired to develop.

The power of healing crystals actually comes from their vibration that produces the balance of the human biomagnetic field, improving many states of physical and psychological harm.

In Romania, crystals are found mainly in the metallic mountains.

Crystals love to stay in the sun, to reflect the light.

Therefore, it is advisable not to keep them in the dark places.

Healing Crystal therapy specialists say crystals need to be treated with love and attention.

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During the trips, the crystals are transported wrapped in a clean cloth.

Any crystal must be purified before it is used to remove the vibrations and negative energies that exist in it

Depending on your needs, the conditions you suffer from, there are also some crystals that can improve or even heal.

It is good to know that neither the size nor the brightness of the crystal matters, the strength of which is important.

Over time, the healing power of crystals has managed to convince even the most skeptical and disbelieving, turning this therapy into a highly sought after and used one.

We also need to know that not all crystals are suitable for healing.

Cleaning the Healing Crystals Before Use

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Cleaning the Healing Crystals

Although most of the crystals with curative effects are known and fairly accessible, to give them these powers, you need to know how to wear them, when to wear them most importantly, how to give them the necessary purity.

Before using any crystal for therapeutic purposes, it needs to be cleaned energetically.

The most famous crystal clearing agent is sea salt. The salt may be mixed with water or used as such.

Mix a spoonful of sea salt with cold water in a glass or ceramic cup.

Never use a plastic or metal container. Put the stones in the solution and leave to soak overnight.

If you use pure salt in a pure state, you need to “bury” the crystals with the tip down into it, leaving them overnight.

If a stone requires more time to purify it, it can be left two to three days in the sea salt.

Another cleaning agent is the moonlight.

Put the crystals out in the moonlight, preferably hanging somewhere above, so the light can penetrate them.

The earth is also an excellent purifier, especially when you feel that deep cleansing is needed.

Outside, dig a hole of crystal size, and put the crystal upside down and cover it with earth.

A quick way to clean stones is to smoke them with sage or burned cedar.

Smoking is an excellent way to make sure the stones are purified.

Crystal Care and Cleansing Mode

  • The crystal is held for 6 days in sea salt.
  • The amount of salt must be sufficient to completely cover the crystal.
  • A marine salt solution of approx. 25% concentration.
  • The crystal is kept in this solution for 3 days.
  • The temperature of this solution (based on sea salt and water) should be close to that of the crystal.
  • Finally, the crystal is washed with spring water, water from a river or cascade, and then allowed to stand in the sun.
  • This washing and drying process should take at least half an hour.
  • Thus the quartz will be charged with beneficial energies from water and the sun.
  • Sea salt has the ability to erase negative programs from the crystal, so it remains clean, pure.

What Not to Do: Do not place crystals in chemical detergents or ultrasonic cleaners, will damage the stones. Also, commercial salt is not recommended with different chemical compounds (anti-agglomeration, etc.). If the crystals also contain silver accessories, use a special cloth to clean the silver that does not destroy the crystal.

Moon’s light:

All the crystals adore the moonlight, especially during the full moon period.

The powerful energy of the full moon actually lasts for 3 days, thus giving enough time to clean all the desired crystals, the day before the full moon, during the full moon and the day after the full moon.

Crystals will capture the energy they need even if it’s raining outside or cloudy. If it still rains, be careful not to be touched by water. (Crystals that need to avoid water here).

Sunlight:

Many crystals like to bathe in the sunlight, especially red, orange or yellow (like Carneal and Stone of the Sun).

Crystals can be left in the sun for a few hours for cleaning and energizing.

Take great care with crystals placed in the sun, some crystals turn off their color or even change them.

Usually, there are crystals that are pigmented, such as the Amethyst or Florina.

Preferably do sunbathe only when it is certain that the crystal is compatible with sunlight.

Avoid sunlight:

These crystals should avoid exposure to sunlight for long periods of time.

The list includes many of the common crystals; is not complete but provides a good start in understanding which crystals should avoid sunlight for long-lasting exposures.

Aquamarine, Amethyst, Ametrine, Green Apophilite, Celestite, Citrine, Smoky Quartz, Pink Quartz, Florin, Hidenite, Kunzit, Opal (Dry), Prasiolit, Topaz, Turquoise.
In water:

A bathing in cold water is very refreshing for most crystals.

It can be running water or non-running water.

It is important to remember that the water is cold, crystals do not like hot water.

It is an easy, quick way and can be done anytime and anywhere.

While the crystals are immersed in water, they see how the water cleans them from all negative energies.

The water will clean them both physically and energetically. Water cleaning is the handiest method when it comes to cleaning the crystals in a bracelet, for example.

Keep in mind that there are certain crystals that are not cleaned in water.

As a general rule, it is advisable not to submerge the crystals with a Mohs hardness equal to or less than 5.

Also, if it is desired to keep a crystal for a longer period, it is good to make sure that the crystals do not contain iron because they can oxidize (crystals such as the Hematite, Magnetite, etc.).

Saltwater:

It’s another way to clean the crystals but require extra care.

Many crystals can be damaged by salt. Crystals with a Mohs hardness of 7 or more can be washed in salt water.

It is preferable to use intuition and to the least doubt not clean with salt water.

Avoid water:

These crystals should completely avoid exposure to water.

Water may damage the crystal or even disintegrate and dissolve it.

The list is not complete but it provides a good start in understanding which crystals should avoid contact with water of any kind. Halit, Malachite, Himalayan Salt, Selenite, Desert Rose.

How to use the healing crystals

Healing Crystals helps to remove negative energy at work.

Put a quartz crystal on the work table and leave the whole day.

It can be programmed in advance to obtain optimum results in action and to give a good intellectual performance.

The crystal can function as an air ionizer. It is recommended for eliminating negative vibrations in a room where there were stressful moments or situations.

By placing crystals in the dwelling (in its corners), electromagnetic radiation can be countered.

Large crystals of about 5 cm are indicated, which have a sure tip, which should be oriented upwards.

These crystals have to be cleaned every 14 days so they can be reused.

Today people appreciate jewelry made of precious metals and stones, but also jewellery made of quartz and different semiprecious stones.

Quartz jewels have different purposes, of which we mention some therapeutics:

  • Purifying the aura and activating the chakras.
  • Balancing energy fields.
  • Spiritual development.
  • Improving the inner state and health.
  • Eliminating negative energy, fighting stress.
  • Quartz can help purify the aura from negative energies after an exhausting day. After this procedure, they must be purified and therefore kept in seawater.
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Quartz

Quartz can act as a talisman, providing protection to the wearer.

Such a jewel must be maintained, washed a few days with salt water and allowed to dry in the sun.

To resist over time (to avoid being blackened due to the procedure of cleaning and washing frequently), these jewels must be made of quartz and silver.

Quartz jewelry can be in different forms: earrings, rings, pendants, bracelets, amulets, ankle bracelets, chains of different sizes, brooches, tiaras, etc. Other important issues related to such jewelry:

The rings are said to increase the quartz emission, and when there is an energy drop they can be used very easily. The ring can be worn on either finger on both hands, can be moved from one finger to the other.

Amulets in quartz have magical powers, they are said to protect against all negative energies.

The quartz brooch can help activate the solar plexus chakra.

Bracelets that have quartz crystals can have a calming effect and strengthen the heart chakra.

The quartz necklace has a beneficial effect on the heart, increasing the communicating capacity of the person wearing it.

Pink quartz, heart stone

The pink quartz is called the stone of the heart or the rock of unconditional love. It is a crystal that has been associated with the heart chakra.

It is said that it can create positive and harmonious relationships, whether it is family or romantic love.

Its color may vary (maybe a lighter or darker pink, pinkish or pink-red) depending on manganese, titanium and iron impurities in its composition.

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Pink quartz

Pink Quartz – Benefits and Healing Properties:

  • It can be worn as a talisman because it attracts love.
  • It also has a good effect on the entire body, it can combat physical, nervous, and mental exhaustion.
  • Pink quartz is recommended for sleep disorders. It can be worn on the skin for the day because it offers a state of harmony, but also at night to have a quiet night’s sleep.
  • During the night you can put under the pillow you are sleeping or can be held in your hand until you fall asleep.
  • Helps combat insomnia and nightmares.
  • It brings warmth to the relationships between people.
  • Promotes forgiveness, mercy, tolerance, love, and kindness.
  • Balances emotions, anxiety, stress, nervousness, depression.
  • Restore confidence and harmony.
  • It increases self-esteem, confidence, and courage.
  • Regulates blood circulation and heart rate.
  • Combats sexual dysfunction improves fertility.
  • It has a good effect on the skin, improves its appearance.
  • It can help treat adrenal gland problems.
  • Its vibrations reach to the cells and bring a state of joy, harmony, longevity.

The pink quartz is recommended for people born under the zodiac Taurus, Leo, Libra.

Pink quartz drops or small pink crystals are recommended to be worn at the neck or in the bag.

Such crystals are for jewelry, especially because they are very beautiful and have the advantage of stimulating the heart chakra.

Crystals that fight dizziness

For the treatment of dizziness, 4 crystals are recommended: malachite, smoky quartz, magnetite, Kunzite.

These are placed under the soles, or you can wear a crystal to your wrist like a bracelet.

Also, crystals that treat dizziness can be kept on the palm, their effect is just as good.

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Large Chrysocolla and Malachite, Natural Unprocessed – 13.5 x 8.5 x 6.5 cm

This stone is of green color with spots and strips of different shapes, or of a dark green, sometimes even black.

It can be translucent or opaque, contains basic copper carbonate and has special therapeutic properties.

It has been used since ancient times since the time of the Pharaohs (as crown decoration). It is said about malachite that:

  • It has a good effect on different mental or spiritual cleansing treatments.
  • Helps in making good decisions.
  • It increases the power of concentration, perception, imagination.
  • It has a soothing effect, it induces a well-being, but also emotionally.
  • It’s a good remedy for radiation.
  • Only used for external use, applied to the skin. It can take negative energies and eliminate them.
  • It has a purifying effect on other stones.
  • The malachite powder is toxic and even poisonous.
  • It should not be purified in salt because it has little hardness and can be scratched.
  • It can be destroyed by excessive heat, acid and soap.

Malachite is a recommended stone for people born under zodiacal sign Capricorn, Aquarius, Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio.

Smoky quartz

Smoky quartz is indicated for the treatment of dizziness

This quartz is brown-gray-brown, with dark, dark tones. It has very good effects on the body.

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Smoky quartz
  • It is a powerful and effective stone against stress.
  • It relieves anxiety, nerves and brings a state of emotional silence.
  • Increases concentration. It offers a quiet, calm and patient state.
  • It has the ability to emit a healthy, healthy energy.
  • Eliminates negative thoughts, depressive states, despondency.
  • It gives a good mood.
  • Combat the tendency of suicide, the mental depression of some people.
  • It brings love to the heart, to the heart chakra.
  • It has the ability to help eliminate metabolic toxins in the body.
  • It has a relaxing effect, it combats stress, soothes pains and cramps, increases the resistance of the nervous system.
  • Keep on your feet or knees or in your hands.

When buying a smoky quartz you have to be careful that it is natural. Many quartz quarks are forged, they are made by artificial irradiation.

If you notice that they have an unnatural aspect, which is obvious, do not be fooled because it is not what you should.

Such artificially irradiated quartz is not as good as a natural quartz, it has been traumatized and should be thoroughly purified before it is used.

Lodestone

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Lodestone
  • Lodestone is a good remedy against dizziness
  • Lodestone is found on sandy beaches, it has the black color and a brilliant appearance with small opaque areas.
The effects of this stones are:
  • Improves the inner state.
  • It helps us get rid of riding thoughts.
  • It favors telepathy and meditation.
  • It can calm and soften negative emotions.
  • It brings us extra energy.
  • It is held at the base of the spine or on the back in the neck.

Healing Crystals help with sleep disorders

Insomnia can be a real problem for people, especially if they persist.

Because of it, people fail to rest during the night and are always tired at work.

There are cases when it is necessary to seek help from a physician (when insomnia is caused by physical or psychological factors).

Sometimes, however, sleep problems arise due to negative thoughts, disharmony, and mental conflicts.

Such therapy with crystals or healing stones is very easy to use and is effective in treating insomnia and sleep problems.

Put the crystal or stone under the sleeping pillow, it must have the tip facing outwards. Putting six crystals around the mattress brings a well-being, sleep will be more restful.

A crystal is placed above the head, one under the feet, two on the ankles and two on the shoulders.

What are the benefits of healing stones:

  • They have a positive effect on people suffering from physical illnesses.
  • They have a relaxing, soothing effect.
  • The vibration of stones heals disorder and disharmony created at the physical and mental levels.
  • Induce sleep sensation.

The main stones with effects on dreams or having a bearing on sleep are:

Amethyst – Recommended in cases of anxiety, headaches, mental illness, hypertension, insomnia and other sleep disorders. Amethyst prevents and fights restless sleep.

Topaz – Has a good effect on the inner condition, improves sleep.

Pink quartz – Can fight negative vibrations so sleep will be soothing.

Citrine – It has a good effect on the nervous system and the stomach, combats the states of weakness and lack of confidence (which can sometimes cause unrest, negative thoughts and insomnia).

Alexandrite – May intensify dream perception and imagination.

Rock Crystals – With their help, you can remember your dreams when you wake up in the morning.

Moldavita – Encourages dreams and memories.

Dioptase – You can have intense dreams.

Black Tourmaline – Improves sleep.

Ruby – With this stone you become calm, clear, you have quiet sleep.

Sea Crystals – Dead Sea Salt

Many people wonder why Dead Sea salt is so good for the beauty of the skin?

Because it has a wide variety of active elements and beneficial properties for health:

  • It has many minerals and trace elements, such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, bromine, iron, etc.
  • It’s 10 times salty than regular salt.
  • It has 3 times higher sodium concentration.
  • It contains 30 times more magnesium than classical salt.
  • It has 36 times more calcium.
  • It has calming, remineralizing, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, purifying, disinfecting, antifungal and relaxing properties.
Dead Sea Salt has a good effect on the skin:
  • Helps in the treatment of eczema, regulates sebum secretion, attenuates pigmentation.
  • It can relieve the symptoms of psoriasis.
  • It is a good remedy for skin diseases (atopic dermatitis), heals scratches, irritations, inflammation, soothes itching.
  • Attenuates cellulite.
  • Softens the skin, helps remove dead cells from its surface.
  • Moisturizes and improves skin appearance (elasticity and tonus).
  • Regenerates skin, connective tissue.

The Dead Sea Salt Bath is done as follows: dissolve 1 kg of salt in warm water, then place in bath water; the bathing water temperature should be 37-38 ° C; stays in the water for 20 minutes, the effect is very relaxing.

The benefits of this treatment:
  • Cleans effectively and activates skin functions.
  • Helps in the treatment of rheumatism.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Combats psychosomatic disorders.
  • It has a refreshing effect on the body.
  • Eliminates fatigue and stress.
  • Relaxes body and mind, gives a pleasant feeling, a sense of comfort.

History of healing crystals

The first historical references to the use of healing crystals come from ancient Sumerians that included crystals in magical formulas.

Egyptians from antiquity used turquoise, emerald or quartz for protection and health, but also for driving evil spirits.

Also, the ancient Greeks lifted the crystals on an extremely high pedestal, attributing miraculous properties.

In fact, the word crystal comes from the Greek “ice”.

It is said that the quartz stone was actually a water that froze so loudly and deeply that no one will ever melt it.

In ancient China, jade was the cornerstone. It was used to protect against kidney disease, but also as a protective amulet for the great emperors.

The Mayans, as well as other American Indians, used crystals for both diagnostic and curative purposes.

In the old villages of that geographic area, large quartz crystals were used to visualize space and time.

If you know how to choose the right crystal, if you follow the rules of purification, and if you “listen” to the voice of the stone, positive energies and vibrations will affect the body and the mind.


The information provided in this article is not designed as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment or advice of a medical practitioner. The information comes as complementary options to conventional medicine (complementary = it can work with). In no way should the information be considered as “medical practice”.
The site assumes no responsibility for the use of this material.

References:
  1. https://www.e-crystals.com
  2. https://www.aimgroup.ro
  3. https://bodygeek.ro

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How Hell Works: A Brief Guide to the Afterlife

Sooner or later, time is up for everyone. It would be ridiculous to think that after such a life we ​​will be able to somehow penetrate through the heavenly gates or deceive the archangel guarding them. It is worth accepting the inevitable: not booths and houris are waiting for us, but the gloomy landscape of hell. And in order not to get confused at the grave board, you should prepare for this in advance. Moreover, you can find a whole bunch of authoritative evidence on how to navigate in hellish terrain. The main thing is not to panic.

Where is it, the underworld? Some ancient peoples burned the deceased: this is a sure sign that the soul must ascend to its new abode in heaven. If he was buried in the ground, then she will go to the underworld.

If sent on the last journey by boat, it sails to the country across the sea, at the very edge of the Earth. The Slavs had a variety of opinions on this, but they all agreed on one thing: the souls of those people who are not kept near their former dwellings enter the afterlife, and they lead about the same existence there – they harvest, hunt …

Those who, due to a curse, or an unfulfilled promise, or something else, cannot leave their bodies, remain in our world – either settling into their former shells, then taking the form of animals, natural phenomena, or simply ghosts of failure. We can say that the afterlife of such souls is our own world, so this is not the worst option for a posthumous existence.

Egyptian hell

Everything will turn out much worse if you find yourself in the afterlife of the ancient Egyptians, where Osiris reigns. During his earthly incarnation, he was killed and dismembered by his own brother Set. This could not but affect the character of the lord of the dead.

Osiris looks repulsive: he looks like a mummy, clutching the signs of pharaoh’s power. Sitting on the throne, he presides over the court, which weighed the actions of the newly arrived souls. The god of life Horus brings them here. Hold on tightly to his hand: the hawk-headed Chorus is the son of the underground king, so it may well put in a good word for you.

Egypt

The courtroom is huge – this is the entire firmament. According to the directions of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a number of rules should be observed in it. List in detail the sins that you did not have time to commit during your lifetime. After that, you will be offered to leave a memory of yourself and help your relatives by depicting a court scene on a papyrus scroll.

If your artistic talent is at its best, you will spend the rest of eternity here, participating in the affairs of Osiris and his numerous divine relatives. The rest await a cruel execution: they are thrown to be devoured by Ammatu, a monster with the body of a hippo, paws and mane of a lion and a crocodile mouth.

However, the lucky ones may find themselves in his jaws: from time to time there are “cleansings”, in which the affairs of the wards souls are again reviewed. And if relatives have not provided the appropriate amulets, you will most likely be eaten by a ruthless monster.

Greek hell

It is even easier to get into the afterlife kingdom of the Greeks: you will be carried away by the god of death Thanatos himself, who brings here all the “fresh” souls. During big battles and battles, where he, apparently, cannot cope alone, Thanatos is helped by winged Kerrs, who carry the fallen to the kingdom of the eternally gloomy Hades.

In the far west, at the edge of the world, stretches a lifeless plain, in some places overgrown with willows and poplars with black bark. Behind it, at the bottom of the abyss, the muddy quagmire of Acheron opens. It merges with the black waters of the Styx, which encircles the world of the dead nine times and separates it from the world of the living. Even the gods are wary of breaking the oaths given by the name of Styx: these waters are sacred and ruthless. They flow into Cocytus, the river of weeping that gives rise to Lethe, the river of oblivion.

Greece

You can cross the river Styx in old man Charon’s boat. For his labor, he takes a small copper coin from each. If you have no money, you just have to wait for the end of time at the entrance. Charon’s boat crosses all nine streams and drops passengers into the abode of the dead.

Here you will be greeted by a huge three-headed dog Cerberus, safe for those entering, but ferocious and merciless to those who are trying to return to the sunny world. On a vast plain, under a chilling wind, wait quietly among other shadows for your turn. The uneven road leads to the palace of Hades himself, surrounded by the fiery stream of Phlegeton. The bridge over it rests against the gate, standing on diamond columns.

Behind the gates is a huge hall made of bronze, where Hades himself and his assistants, judges Minos, Eak and Radamant, are seated. By the way, all three were once people of flesh and blood, like you and me. They were just kings and ruled their nations so well that after their death Zeus made them judges over all the dead.

With a high probability, just judges will cast you even lower, into Tartarus – the kingdom of pain and groans, located deep under the palace. Here you will have to meet three old sisters, goddesses of vengeance, Erinnias, whom Hades put to watch over sinners.

Their appearance is terrible: blue lips from which poisonous saliva drips; black cloaks like the wings of bats. With balls of snakes in their hands, they rush through the dungeon, lighting their path with torches, and make sure that everyone fully drinks the cup of their punishment. Among the other “indigenous inhabitants” of Tartarus are Lamia, the stealing child, the three-headed Hecate, the demon of nightmares, the corpse-eater Eurynom.

Here you will also meet many mythical figures. Tyrant Ixion is forever chained to a wheel of fire. The chained giant Titius, who offended the tender Leto, is pecked by two vultures. The blasphemer Tantalus is immersed up to his throat in the freshest clear water, but as soon as he, tormented by thirst, bends down, it retreats from him. The Danaids who killed their husbands are forced to endlessly fill the leaky vessel. The quirky Sisyphus, who once deceived the spirit of death Thanatos, and the intractable Hades, and Zeus himself, rolls a stone up the mountain, which breaks down every time he approaches the top.

Christian hell

The images of Christian hell are largely inspired by the ancient Greeks. It is among Christians that the geography of hell has been studied in most detail. Getting there is a little more difficult. Already in the apocryphal books – those that were not included in the Holy Scriptures or were excluded from it later – different opinions were expressed about the location of hell.

Thus, the “Book of Enoch” places the devil himself in the eastern lifeless desert, where Raphael “makes a hole” into which he lowers him, bound hand and foot, and rolls him over with a stone. However, according to the same apocrypha, the soul will go in the opposite direction, to the west, where it will “groan” in the depressions of the high mountain range.

At the end of the 6th century, Pope Gregory the Great, distinguishing between two hells – upper and lower – placed one on the ground, the second under it.

In his 1714 book on the nature of hell, the English occultist Tobias Swinden placed hell in the sun. He motivated his assumption by the then existing ideas about our light as a ball of fire and a quote from the Apocalypse (“The fourth Angel poured out his bowl on the Sun: and it was given to him to burn people with fire”).

And his contemporary and follower, William Whiston, declared all celestial comets to be hell: when they get into the hot regions of the sun, they fry souls, and when they move away, they freeze them. However, you should hardly hope to get on a comet. The most widely accepted idea is that hell is located in the center of the Earth and has at least one exit to the surface.

Most likely, this exit is located in the north, although there are other opinions. So, an old poem about the wanderings of the Irish saint Brendan tells about his journey to the far west, where he finds not only heavenly places, but also places of torment for sinners.

The sun

And in heaven, and under the earth, and on the earth itself, hell is placed in the apocryphal “Walk of the Mother of God through torment.” This book is replete with detailed descriptions of punishments. Asking God to disperse the complete darkness that envelops the suffering in the West, Mary sees a red-hot tar pour out on the unbelievers. Here, in a cloud of fire, those who “sleep like the dead at dawn on Sunday” are tormented, and those who have not stood in church during their lifetime are sitting on red-hot benches.

In the south, other sinners are immersed in the river of fire: those cursed by their parents – up to the waist, fornicators – up to the chest, and up to the throat – “those who ate human flesh,” that is, traitors who abandoned children to be devoured by beasts or betrayed their brothers before the king. But deepest of all, to the crown, are the perjurers.

The Mother of God sees here other punishments due to lovers of profit (hanging by the legs), sowers of enmity and Klchristian adepts (hanging by the ears). In the “left side of paradise”, in the raging waves of boiling tar, the Jews who crucified Christ are suffering.

John Milton, author of the poem “Paradise Lost”, is in the realm of the eternal chaos. According to his concept, Satan was overthrown even before the creation of the earth and heaven, which means that hell is outside these areas. The devil himself sits in Pandemonium, the “brilliant capital”, where he receives the most prominent demons and demons.

Pandemonium is a huge castle with halls and porticoes, built by the same architect as the palace of the Heavenly King. The angel architect, who joined the army of Satan, was expelled from heaven with him. Myriads of spirits rush along the corridors of the palace, swarming in the earth and air. There are so many of them that only satanic sorcery allows them to be accommodated.

Even more confusing is the medieval Christian theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. He distinguished three different hells, corresponding to the three levels of heaven. And since God has dominion over everything, all three hells are ruled by him through specially delegated angels.

In his opinion, Satan does not exist at all as the ruler of the kingdom of evil. The devil in Swedenborg’s understanding is a collective name for the most dangerous “evil geniuses”; Beelzebub unites spirits striving for dominion even in heaven; Satan means “not so evil” spirits. All these spirits are terrible to look at and, like corpses, are deprived of life.

The faces of some are black, in others they are fiery, and in others they are “ugly with pimples, abscesses and ulcers; many of them don’t see their faces, others have only teeth sticking out. ” Swedenborg formulated the idea that as heaven reflects one person, and hell in aggregate is only a reflection of one devil and can be represented in this form. The devil’s mouth, leading to the fetid underworld – this is the path awaiting sinners.

Heaven

Do not overly trust the opinion of some authors who argue that the entrance to hell can be locked. Christ in the “Apocalypse” says: “I have the keys of hell and death.” But Milton claims that the keys to Gehenna (apparently on behalf of Jesus) are kept by a terrible half-woman, half-snake. On the surface of the earth, the gate may look quite harmless, like a pit or a cave, or like a mouth of a volcano. According to Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy, written at the beginning of the 14th century, souls can go to hell by passing through a dense and gloomy forest.

This poem is the most authoritative source about the hellish device. The structure of the underworld is described in all its complexity. The hell of the Divine Comedy is the torso of Lucifer, inside it has a funnel-shaped structure. Starting a journey through hell, Dante and his guide Virgil descend deeper and deeper, without turning anywhere, and in the end find themselves in the same place from which they entered it.

The strangeness of this hellish geometry was noticed by the famous Russian mathematician, philosopher and theologian Pavel Florensky. He proved very reasonably that Dante’s hell is based on non-Euclidean geometry. Like the entire Universe in the concepts of modern physics, hell in the poem has a finite volume, but has no boundaries, which was proved (theoretically) by the Swiss Weil.

Muslim hell

It looks like a Christian hell and an underworld that awaits Muslims. Among the stories of The Thousand and One Nights, seven circles are told. The first is for the faithful who have died an unjust death, the second is for apostates, the third is for the pagans. Jinn and the descendants of Iblis himself inhabit the fourth and fifth circles, Christians and Jews – the sixth. The innermost, seventh circle is waiting for the hypocrites.

Before getting here, souls await the great Doomsday, which will come at the end of time. However, the wait does not seem long to them.

Like most other sinners, visitors to the Islamic Hell are eternally roasted on fire, and every time their skin is burned, it grows again. The Zakkum tree grows here, the fruits of which, like the heads of the devil, are the food of the punished. Do not try the local cuisine: these fruits boil in the stomach like molten copper.

Those who eat them are tormented by intolerable thirst, but the only way to quench it is to drink boiling water so foul-smelling that it “melts the insides and skin.” In short, this is a very, very hot place. In addition, Allah even enlarges the bodies of the kafirs, increasing their torment.

Honestly, none of the described hells arouses good feelings in us, especially in comparison with our small, but generally comfortable world. So where exactly to go is up to you. Of course, it is not possible to give a complete information about the structure of hell on the pages of the magazine.

However, we hope that our quick overview will help everyone who finds themselves there to quickly navigate and greet their new eternity with the words of John Milton:

“Hello, sinister world! Hello, Beyond Gehenna! “

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Chalk portrait of Virgin Mary appeared 13 years later, Mexican people call for miracles

A recent miraculous phenomenon on an asphalt road in Guadalupe, Mexico, the image of the Virgin Mary painted in chalk 13 years ago suddenly appeared. Local residents believe this "miraculous manifestation". (Video screenshot)

A mysterious phenomenon recently appeared on an asphalt road in Guadalupe, Mexico. A portrait of the Virgin Mary painted with chalk 13 years ago suddenly appeared. The local residents were quite surprised and believe in this “miraculous manifestation”.

This chalk-painted portrait of the Virgin is located on the asphalt pavement of an open-air parking lot next to the Guadalupe municipal government. It was an unknown person who held the “Bella Vía” (Bella Vía) in Guadalupe in 2007 Painted during the festival.

Recently, a man splashed water on the asphalt road there, and this portrait of the Virgin unexpectedly appeared again.

The staff of the city government said that the parking lot has undergone many changes and the city has also experienced extreme weather. This image should have disappeared a few years ago, but it has suddenly appeared miraculously recently.

After the incident spread in the local area, it immediately attracted a large number of people to watch, and city hall officials were also surprised. Many people believe that this is the miracle of the Virgin, and many believers come to worship and light candles and place flowers on the spot.

Félix Palomo, director of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Guadalupe Municipal Government, also shared a photo of this mysterious chalk drawing on Twitter and wrote:

“Believe it or not, the problem is that this portrait was created 13 years ago. How could it reappear afterwards?”

At present, the portrait of the Virgin Mary has been surrounded by traffic triangles, and the ground is often splashed with water to make the portrait of the Virgin Mary appear more clearly. As for why this chalk-drawn portrait of the Virgin Maru can be kept for 13 years, no experts have yet provided any explanation.

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The legend that connects the Holy Grail with a Polish village – The Knights Templar and the secret tunnels

Like all great travelers, the Knights Templar of medieval times needed some places to settle, and so they built some of the most impressive castles and cathedrals.

Famous examples of these 13th-century buildings are found throughout the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Less well known are the impressive chapels and fortifications they built in western Poland, where the Knights Templar and other crusaders colonized the area and began to weave their own mythology into the idyllic rural landscape.

A trip to the region of Western Pomerania and the villages of Chwarszczany, Myślibórz and Rurka – near the border with Germany – is an adventure in a neglected destination, where historical secrets are still revealed.

And, according to at least one local legend, there could still be hidden the Holy Grail, the cup from which Jesus Christ drank at the Last Supper and later had his blood.

The road to Chwarszczany, a village lost among fields and forests, is not very well known, and has few permanent residents. The village itself is a collection of faded houses with less than 100 inhabitants who have chickens and grow tomatoes in the summer.

The farms and houses built in the traditional German style, testify to the geopolitical unrest that has affected the area over the centuries.

The special, timeless chapels built by the Knights Templar

It is here that the Knights Templar established a place of worship. Made of red bricks on a granite base, the church of Agios Stanislaos was built in 1232 on an isolated spot.

The chapel is designed according to the Temple of the Temples, an intricate code that the knights obeyed for fear of exile from the fraternity. The appearance of the building is defensive, its high walls are built to withstand attacks as well as the ravages of time.

It is still used as a place of worship, although Sunday mornings in Chwarszczany are quiet, we usually see about 30 parishioners gathered inside the chapel. There are two renovated frescoes on the walls.

The chapel in Chwarszczany

Discoveries are still being made here that shed new light on the lives and deaths of the knights and their followers. Among the finds below the sanctuary of the chapel are the bodies of some of the knights themselves and a possible secret passage.

Przemysław Kołosowski, an archaeologist working to preserve Chwarszczany’s medieval heritage, says that during excavations in 2019, researchers discovered more fortifications and a cemetery using ground-penetrating radar.

“Our GPR has identified gothic crypts with the remains of the Knights Templar beneath the chapel,” Kołosowski told CNN Travel. “According to legends and medieval documents, there was a well near the chapel. According to rumors, the well served as the entrance to a secret tunnel. “This requires further thorough archaeological research.”

The stories of the Knights Templar are a source of inspiration for movies

The Knights Templar have fascinated historians and archaeologists for years, in part because of the shady aspects of some of their practices.

Their Order was founded in Jerusalem in the 12th century to protect the pilgrims of the Holy Land. They became a powerful force throughout Europe, enjoying papal privileges, tax breaks and rich donations, while at the same time gaining legendary status.

The Knights Templar protected the Holy Grail

They are said to have become the patrons of the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant, a sacred ark in which were kept the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments that God had given to Moses for the second time, and other sacred objects of the Israelis. These stories have inspired films such as Indiana Jones and Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

“The Knights Templar are always involved in everything,” Italian writer Uberto Eco wrote in his book “Foucault’s Pendulum.” 

This certainly seems to be the case in 12th and 13th century Europe. In western Poland, landowners decided to prevent this entanglement by inviting knights to settle in what was then known as the Pojezierze Myśliborskie region.

Struggles for political power

About 40 miles (25 miles) north of Chwarszczany, another Romanesque building owes its existence to the medieval order. The Chapel of the Knights at Rurka is a rugged stone building dating back to 1250, built in the architectural style of the German region of Saxony.

In a secluded forest spot, the Rurka Chapel was sold to private hands in 1999 and is closed for renovation.

Going further northeast, after a 25-minute drive, travelers will reach Myślibórz, a narrow community of narrow roads surrounded by forests and four lakes.

The Knights Templar arrived in Mysliborz, Poland in the 13th century. It is an idyllic place, but the show here is stolen by the extremely preserved fortifications of the city, which today look almost as they look during the Crusades.

Myślibórz’s defense architecture provides a glimpse of what life was like in the Temple Age, when communities lived in fear of wars and struggles for political power.

Historical documents place the Knights Templar at Myślibórz from about 1238, when the land around their city was ceded to the local aristocrat, Duke Władysław Odonic.

The secrets of the swamp

The fortifications around Myślibórz were built in the 13th and 14th centuries. The city has retained its medieval town planning, with a square in the middle. Around this market there is the 18th century town hall, and houses.

Even today, the main entrances to the city are through two medieval gates, the Pyrzycka Gate and the Nowogródzka Gate, which were built in the early 13th and 14th centuries. Modern roads allow cars to enter the city through the gates. Inside the fortifications there is a cylindrical stone tower with loopholes.

The Holy Grail has inspired many books and movies

Visitors should ask about a secret underground tunnel that runs down the city, from the large church on Market Square to the Dominican convent, which, according to Karolczak, was originally the site of the Temple of the Knights Templars.

After the expulsion of the Knights Templar from Myślibórz in the late 13th century, their legendary treasure disappeared. Karolczak says that according to local tradition, the treasure was sunk by the Knights themselves, in a nearby lake.

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