This guided visualisation came to me in a dream last night. I had never heard of the Crystal of the Nine Eternities before my dream and I do not know where my concept of it came from.
In my dream, the Crystal of the Nine Eternities is a shimmering crystal that is the seven colours of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) plus black and white. It initially appears clear, but as you look at it it can pass through all of these colours. Likewise, it can initially look like any gem or stone or object made of stone or crystal or even glass, but can change shape as you look at it and often appears like a glowing, shimmering, complex crystalline structure.
It is the ultimate scrying crystal and can answer your questions or provide you with solutions to your problems. It represents hope, which is sometimes all we need to keep going when times are hard. It is in a way the Holy Grail of crystals.
In my dream I was running a workshop involving a guided meditation to find the Crystal of the Nine Eternities. If you want to try it, here it is:
Ideally, you need either a selection of crystals of different colours (preferably red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, black and white, but if you don't have them you can use what crystals you do have), or a set of cards depicting crystals. Judy Hall's Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle or Philip Permutt's Crystal Tarot would work. If you don't have anything like this at all, find nine stones or pebbles and use them.
Set the crystals, cards or pebbles out in a circle and sit in the middle of the circle - you can use a chair or cushion if you need to. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths in and out and get into a gentle meditative state suitable to start a guided visualisation.
Visualise that you are leaving the circle to go on a quest to find the Crystal of the Nine Eternities. You probably know what the location your are in is like, whether you are in a house or other building, or whether you are outside somewhere. Visualise moving away from the circle and exploring. Follow your heart, because your heart will lead you to the crystal. In your mind, go where your heart tells you to go. Somewhere, not too far away, is what you seek.
Initially, it might look like a perfectly ordinary object, although it is usually made of something that is vaguely stone, gem or crystal. It could be a pebble, or a drinking glass or an item of jewellery. You will know it when you see it because your heart will tell you. If it does, observe the item, it will start to glow and to shift form until you see in your mind's eye the most beautiful crystal you have ever seen - shimmering with light that is all the colours of the rainbow and more. However, it could just as easily look just like that as soon as you see it. Ask it the question that is in your heart, and an answer will come to you. It might not come immediately, but it will come.
Then, visualise a glowing replica of this crystal - a virtual Crystal of the Nine Eternities if you like - move from the object and into your body. It moves into your heart, merging with it and filling you with hope.
When you are ready, visualise returning to your circle and sitting down comfortably - just as you are in real life. Return to awareness of your body.
Again taken a few deep breaths in and out. Wiggle your fingers and toes, then open your eyes. Collect up your cards, crystals or pebbles from the circle, then make notes about what you found in your visualisation.
Always have something to eat and drink after a guided visualisation to make sure you are properly grounded.
I would say that it is most likely that the Crystal of the Nine Eternities is not an idea that is original to me. After all, it came to me in a dream. If you have ever heard of it before, please leave a comment and tell me where it comes from. I would love to know.
Note: I run workshops called Scrying By Candlelight at The Atlantis Bookshop - the next one is on Saturday 4 February - but this guided visualisation is not part of my usual class material. The photos are ones I took quickly this morning, showing crystal objects I own.