Nicholas Pearson joined me recently to talk about his work with crystals, his own spiritual journey, and the role that queer people will play (and are playing) in the coming spiritual awakening. Nicholas is a flower essence therapist, Reiki practitioner, & teacher. He is also the author of several books including The Seven Archetypal Stones: Their Spiritual Powers & Teachings.
Nicholas described his spiritual journey beginning in the library of all places when he was a young boy. He used to go to the library on Sunday mornings and it was in the library that he first developed a love for science and later folklore. As he entered his teens, he discovered witchcraft and western occultism. For Nicholas, this was a very natural progression. Witchcraft is about otherness and liminality. During his teens, Nicholas understand that he was also an “other” as is every queer person.
He studied mineral science so when he began to use crystals for healing, he was very interested in the ways that science seemed to align with folklore. Nicholas noticed that the folklore about various iron-containing minerals had a very common theme. This led him to developing his own hands-on approach. Crystals are in many ways like people, “perfect in their imperfection”. Nicholas pointed out how the imperfections actually create many of the most beautiful crystals such as ruby and emerald.
We continued to explore this idea of queer people as “other” and inherently disruptive of the status quo. Nicholas is recently married so naturally, we talked about marriage. After all, there’s been some criticism of the push for marriage equality as “domesticating” queer people. Nicholas had an interesting and contrary view. We sees the ways that queer people disrupt the status quo as being important to the growth of society. Queer people taking up space in marriage ultimately disrupts the institution of marriage. This is important. In the case of marriage, the struggle for marriage equality really revealed in stark ways, that the lines between church and state had blurred around that particular institution. Queer people pushing for marriage equality helped define marriage, from one viewpoint, as being the framework of legal protections
Naturally, this resonated me so I was eager to here Nicholas’ thoughts on the role queer people play in society. He paraphrased RuPaul, saying that “queer people are shamans”. As shamans queer people are taking the spiritual journey to self-love and self-acceptance so that they can guide others in this realization of Divine love. If queer people can find self-love even with the lens of society’s judgment, pressures around body size, age, looks, etc., then anyone else should be able to find self-love too.
This is important because the universe has a consciousness. It’s all one consciousness which means we’re all part of a larger one and that larger one is the Divine. So how can we find Divine love for ourselves and for each other. It should be easy since we’re all one, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case but the Divine has gifted the world with shamans in the form of queer people, who can journey through the shadow and bring back that love for self and each other, connecting us to Divine love.
Key Talking Points:
- Spirituality is simply finding meaning in life
- How queerness is inherently other and disruptive
- How queer marriage disrupts the status quo
- The goal of spirituality
- How to partner with your crystals and stones
- Why people need to get back into relationship with nature
- How queer people are the shamans of our time
- How queer and femme identified people are leading us to understand Divine love.
Listen to the full episode below:
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