We fall in love with places we’ve never been to, and we don’t know why.
My father, for example, loves Albania.
He has even been “adopted” by a large Albanian clan in New York, who over the years, have invited him to to their festivities, and delighted in his mastery of their language, their culture, and especially, their famous ironclad, unbreakable tribal vow called the “besa.”
Due to the “besa” that went down from the Albanian warlords during WW2, the “backward” country became the only country in Europe that had more Jews after WW2 than before–despite being a Nazi ally. Ten times more, in fact.
“Hitler got nothing out of the Albanians,” my father remarked. Once when we talked about why he loves this place so much, he said: “Maybe I was Skanderbeg’s horse in a past life, I don’t know.”
Besa during World War II
Besa also means taking care of those in need and being hospitable. During World War II, Albanians saved over 2000 Jews from Nazi persecution. Rather than hiding the Jews in attics or the woods, Albanians gave them clothes, gave them Albanian names, and treated them as part of the family. The concept of besa is incorporated into their culture. Before World War II only about 200 Albanians were Jewish. At the end of the war about 2000 Jews were living in Albania. An award-winning feature film documentary BESA: The Promise (2012) is about American photographer Norman H. Gershman’s quest to tell the story of Besa and the Albanians who saved Jews during World War II. This story was featured on CBS News Sunday Morning on November 8, 2009 for the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht, which occurred on November 9, 1938.”
Everybody who knows me, knows I have harbored an irrational obsession with Karelia–the embattled, and finally ambiguously deserted “mellanland” between Finland and Russia. Since I first happened upon a CD by The Karelian Folk Music Ensemble, some 17 years ago–I played it until my son begged me to turn it off. “Mom! No more Karelians!”
To this day I listen to this Best Of Kantele, when I need to transport myself to a higher ground. I always used “Karelia” as part of any chosen screen name, thinking it would protect me. Yes, seriously. I always knew there was some lost magic in that land.
Over the years, as my life conditions deteriorated, my Karelian Dream only grew. I kept saying I needed to get myself to Karelia–somehow. I immersed myself in their music, their tragic history, and always pestered my father about what status Karelia had after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. My understanding was the Finland didn’t want it back and Russia didn’t want it, period. My old Swedish-Finnish friend Urban Sarback flat out said to me, one of our nights on the island of Runmaro: “Celia stop talking about Karelia. You don’t want to go there.”
“What’s the matter with you, of course I want go there?”
“It’s nothing but old wooden churches. Potatoes. There’s nothing to see.”
This was at the beginning of my old friend’s loss of innocence; Now we don’t speak anymore, but that story is too sad to tell.
I still talk to him in my mind sometimes.
“You were wrong about HIV. And you were wrong about Karelia, Urban,” I said to him today, in my mind. “There was a reason my internal energetic systems were insisting I focus on this place. There was a reason.”
Today the reason came clear. Let me back into it.
My father and stepmother called me, in the early evening, to find out how I was feeling. In recent days, for the first time in my 10 year battle with Mystery Fatigue, I was unable to dress, and had to cancel a commitment to moderate a panel discussion of Miranda Bailey’s documentary film about Andrew Wakefield–yesterday. I got a report on a hair mineral test that my adrenal exhaustion is so bad, my worst enemies have cause to celebrate. My adrenal and mineral energy, the report said, (and I don’t want my enemies to get too excited here–there’s a point, coming)…is at an an “end of life” all time low. I got “sick” at the exact moment in time, about 10 years ago, that my building installed a cell tower on our roof, right above my head, as I write this. I live right under it.
(I have committed to a program of Nutritional Balancing, which I will chronicle as my energy permits, here, but let me get back to the winding story.)
I suddenly saw, in a new light, my shundite pendant, on a bathroom shelf, and put it on. I started looking up videos about it, and as my excitement grew, the pendant became warm to the touch. I got more and more excited. Even enthralled. I watched about 10 videos, read various reports, and one scientific paper. I ordered some additional pieces, from a seller called Karelian Heritage, where my pendant came from.
“You won’t believe this,” I said to my father, and stepmother,” but I have experienced an energetic healing in a matter of hours, from wearing a pendant made from a rare kind of carbon that originated in outer space, only found in Karelia. It’s called shungite.”
“I believe it,” my father said. I kept talking. They listened.
“It’s got some kind of molecular structure called Fullerenes. Some kind of vacuum bubble that reverses decay, radiation, and takes poisons out of water. They awarded a Nobel prize for this discovery, and they tried to invalidate the findings but I read a paper that proved it’s true. It came from some kind of ancient meteor collision two billion years ago. It’s not a material that can be found on earth. And the only ones who have it are the Karelians. On the Russian side.”
Soon we were worrying out loud that somebody would stage a fake war, invade Karelia, and take over the shungite mine. (Don’t get any ideas, bad people.)
“Let’s try to stay positive,” my stepmother, Sara, said.
“Celia, has somebody yet… made a fortune on this?” my father asked, as though we were on his radio show.
“I don’t think so, not yet,” I said. “But it is referred to as “the medicine of the 20th century,” and I would expect it to be worth more than gold, silver, and diamonds, as poisoning in all forms becomes our biggest problem.”
“Wait–I’m getting exhausted again. I have to calm down.”
We’re the kind of people who would call up other people until we found somebody who might want to make a fortune on this. We would just hope they remembered who idea it was. I don’t want anybody to do anything to Karelia! They deserve peace and prosperity after all they have gone through.
“This is not New Age nonsense,” I said. “It’s backed by chemistry, and science.”
“Fullerenes are powerful anti-oxidants, and their presence in this stone seems to be quite unique.
It has been noted that this stone has strong healing qualities, and that Shungite will help to neutralize any organism within your body that is harmful to you.
This is an amazing claim, but this black stone has been in use for a very long time in Russia where they have been documenting these qualities.
Since this stone was discovered in Russia in the 1700’s, they have been recording amazing results from its use. They use shungite chips of various sizes to purify water.
Shungite is a powerful stone to shield you from the electromagnetic radiation given off by electrical equipment, including computers, mobile phones, microwaves and televisions.”
It makes people’s chakras stop spinning backwards, like mine no doubt are, and reverses them.
“What is the unique property that distinguishes shungite from other protection stones?” wrote Regina Martino. “I have carried out detailed studies using bioenergetic tests and have personally tested more than 200 stones and crystals that have an influenceon the chakras. Among those tested, I made comparative studies of about 20 stones, including shungite, that were able to resonate withthe first chakra.In comparing tests on shungite with tests carried out on other stones of this group, we noticed right away that for stones of the sameweight, shungite is the stone that achieves the largest expansion of the vital field, the greatest concentration, and, in a striking way, a significantexpansion of the first chakra. It is quite possible that the presence of fullerenes would explain all of shungite qualities:
1. Helping the energetic body correct the influence of left-torsion fields
2. Neutralizing the impact of electromagnetic radiation
3. Opening access to life energy (first chakra)
4. Concentrating the vital field5. Not taking on negative charges”
We should all order some pieces of “elite” shungite from reputable (Karelian) sellers, and place it in pitchers of water, and around our electronic devices.
I have been asking for years what the New Age people mean when they say you can’t change your life until you “heal your frequency.”
“How do you do that?” I asked. And asked. No answers ever came.
I believe this is the answer. And maybe just maybe my old friend and mentor/editor Bob Guccione Jr. will send me to Karelia on a shungite safari, for his newly launched travel magazine, Wonderlust. I would just go lie down in the shungite mine and go to sleep.
Skeptic Troll: You will be tempted to say I don’t know what I am talking about and they didn’t find fullerenes ha ha ha, what a fraud, but guess, what, they did so.