Sarasota, a beautiful city on the southwestern shores of Florida’s Gulf of Mexico, is located about an hour south of Tampa. It is home to Siesta Key, a pristine white-quartz crystal beach, voted number one of the “Top-10 Best Beaches in the United States.” Sarasota is a popular tourist spot for beach loving vacationers from around the globe, but there’s something special that runs much deeper about the town of Sarasota. From the moment you arrive, if you pay attention, you can tell that it’s a different place. No city of a similar size has as many spiritual centers, alternative medicine practitioners, energy workers, healers, yoga centers, metaphysical bookstores, holistic teachers, meditation centers and martial arts studios. For this and other reasons, Sarasota was a perfect location for the home of our Martial Fusion Zenbu Dojo, a sacred training space for individuals who seek a path for health, healing, evolution and inner development.
Siesta Key Beach is known as a place where a concentration of energy maximizes the ability to heal physically and emotionally. Climatologists have said that the southwestern portion of Florida, stretching from Tampa Bay to the Everglades is in a 'protected field.' Meteorologists and scientists say the shape of the coastline of this area of Florida, the ocean bottom configuration, and the prevailing winds tend to create up-welling currents that take water away from the coastline. Siesta Key is also believed to house a hidden, sacred energy center known to its residents and a few of its visitors. Sacred world energy centers are located throughout the globe, via ley lines (paths in landscapes believed to have spiritual significance), vortexes, mineral deposits, and ancient astrological structures. Perhaps this is one of the factors that contributes to the incredible healing properties of Sarasota's famous Siesta beach.
While the location of the beach plays an important role, perhaps the secret of it's therapeutic nature appears to be in it's eight miles of special sand. Siesta's soft, white, powder-like sand is unique in that it's composed of almost 99 percent quartz crystal. Quartz crystal is a natural conductor of energy, and is one of the highest vibratory minerals of the earth. Natural quartz is composed of silicon dioxide molecules, and quartz consisting solely of silicon dioxide is known as 'clear quartz,' which is the type of crystal sand that can be found at Siesta Key Beach. Interestingly, while nearly every beach in the world gradually erodes, Siesta Key beach actually gets a little bigger each year. Evidently the quartz crystal continually replenishes itself, keeping cool in the heat of the day, producing a unique, concentrated sacred energy spot that also radiates its energy with the life-force from the ocean waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Clear Quartz, high in vibrational energy, is widely known as the 'master healer' as it will amplify energy and thought, as well as the effect of other crystals. It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy, drawing off negative energy of all kinds and neutralizing background radiation (including electromagnetic smog or petrochemical emanations). It is believed that clear quartz's healing powers help stimulate the immune system, balancing and revitalizing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes, cleansing the body and spirit. Clear Quartz is also thought to enhance psychic abilities, aid in concentration and memory and harmonize the chakras. It's been said that quartz crystals act like tuning forks, gently but powerfully returning our bodies frequencies to a healthier, natural state.
When electricity is applied to quartz it will begin to vibrate, which in turn causes the quartz to produce its own electric current. Because of this, quartz is an excellent receptor and emitter of electromagnetic waves, which is why quartz is commonly used in radios, watches, and in the creation of small, wafer-size integrated circuits, known as silicon chips. Interestingly, the conversion of quartz crystals into silicon chips is what has completely transformed technology. These tiny, quartz based silicon chips have given us the ability to store and transmit vast amounts of information on our computers and mobile devices. It was Nobel prize-winning scientist Marcel Vogel, who discovered that not only can crystals be programmed as silicon chips in a computer, but they also can be programmed with thought. For example, anyone can input their idea into their device simply by typing on it's keyboard [or even just speaking to it with voice-to-text]. With the transmission assistance of electricity, these thoughts are then stored in the devices' silicon chip. It was this idea that Vogel concluded that like electricity, thoughts are a form of energy, directed by intention. Therefore, he reasoned, crystals could also be programmed without the need for electricity, simply by directing our thoughts and intentions.
Crystals have been used for centuries to help restore and heal, and salt water is a natural electrical conductor, making the two a powerful, healing combination. If you are looking to heal, purify and restore your body, mind and spirit, a visit to the beach at Siesta Key may be just what you need. Submerging yourself in the waters of Siesta for a few hours can have an energetic healing impact on your system as the nature of the quartz crystals act as a purification device. Spend time walking barefoot in the quartz sand, meditate to the sound of the ocean waves, practice your deep breathing and immerse in the healing waters of Siesta Key.