Thursday, April 30, 2009

Crystal Skulls

I had never heard of "crystal skulls" until I read about them in The Times Colonist, a Vancouver Island newspaper. "Mysteries of skulls revealed" was the heading. According to the article people have reported "powerful visions, intuitions, past life recalls and messages from the unseen at these types of encounters with the mysterious artifacts."

"Berkeley's Kirby Seid presents the ancient crystal skull in conjunction with the Light Labyrinth, a psychedelic experience with light and sound projected through giant crystals that can facilitate mystical journeys, spiritual healing, deep meditation and altered states of consciousness."

Wow! How come I have lived so long and never come across the story of the crystal skull, where it was found and who found it? I decided to investigate and Googled "Crystal skull." Lots of fascinating information there but, and this is the best part, the ancient skull isn't very ancient. The tools used in carving the skull were not available until the 19th century. The stories of who found the ancient skull were scams.

What has this to do with writing? Not a lot, the whole crystal skull thing intrigued me but the $100.00 fee for a whole day workshop seemed a bit steep. A psychedelic experience is not high on my list of something to do and the list of possibilities struck me as a bit over the top. Think snake oil salesmen, The Wizard of Oz, is a prime example. "Buy a bottle of .... and you will be cured of ..." Fill in the blanks.

"Messages from the unseen." I don't know what it means. Sounds a bit like Humpty Dumpty in Alice Through The Looking Glass. I'd quote it but my Alice books are downstairs.

The final paragraph in the article. "This technology was developed by engineers from Apple Computers and San Francisco's science center, Exploratorium."

If someone has experienced the Crystal Skull/Light Labyrinth show, please leave a comment. I am intrigued. There are story possibilities here.


jean hart stewart said...

Intriguing, Anita. Something else I never heard of. What a fascinating world we live in.

Marianne Stephens said...

Just goes to show some people will pay for any type or workshop without investigating first. You did and know the truth without spending your money. It would be okay for some who just want to be entertained, I guess!

Anita Birt said...

Thank you for your comments, Marianne and Jean. I was quite taken with the "crystal skull" story. I wish I could use it in a book. Too bad it was a scam.