Shungite is a unique combination of carbon and silicate minerals found in an ancient deposit in Karelia Russia. Its uniqueness stems from the presence of hollow molecular carbon cages known as fullerenes embedded within the rock. Fullerenes (also called buckyballs) look like soccer balls—molecular hexagons and pentagons bound together in a hollow cage or tube. They were named after the noted architect, Buckminster Fuller because they follow the same architectural pattern as the geodesic domes he created.
About a billionth of a meter in diameter, fullerenes are incredibly stable. When propelled against a steel surface at 17,000 miles per hour, they literally bounce off. Clusters of fullerenes join diamonds and graphite as the third known form of crystalline carbon. Fullerenes were discovered in 1985 by Robert Curl and Richard Smalley. Together with Harold Kroto they synthesized these three-dimensional forms of carbon while trying to simulate the high-temperature, high-pressure conditions necessary for the formation of stars. Their discovery won them the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1996.
The natural existence of fullerenes remained unclear until they were verified in deposits of shungite . . .and since discovered in meteorites and in outer space. In 1991, Science magazine named fullerenes “molecule of the year,” calling them “the discovery most likely to shape the course of scientific research in the years ahead.” Scientists everywhere are researching fullerenes for their technological applications in material science, electronics, and nanotechnology. An entire “family” of buckyballs are known today—from 32-carbon atoms (C32) to giant fullerenes with 960 carbon atoms (C960). Fullerenes resonate in the far infrared spectrum with all forms of living matter. They are thought to be connected with the generation of life.
Fullerenes in shungite
The rock deposit found in Russia (shungite) is the only known natural source of fullerenes on Earth (with the exception of a few meteorites). The rock has been studied extensively by Russian scientists, but only within the last few years has information regarding shungite reached the Western world. According to Russian research, fullerene-rich shungite has the ability to neutralize numerous forms of negative energy. It attenuates electromagnetic emissions essentially providing protection from electromagnetic fields. Shungite has been successfully used for many years in Russia to assist patients with depression, trauma, and other emotional and psychological disturbances. Special shungite chambers have been constructed for this purpose.
Shungite for water
When placed in water, fullerenes in shungite attract and neutralize waterborne contaminants. Shungite has been used commercially in Russia as a water purification media since the 1990s. Among the list of contaminants it will remove are: bacteria (and other microbes), nitrates, heavy metals, pesticides, volatile organics, pharmaceuticals, chlorine, and fluoride. Its ability to cleanse water goes far beyond carbon filtration as demonstrated by the water from lake Onega near the shungite deposit in Russia.
Water from the lake can be used today for drinking without any prior treatment—the result of thousands of years of interaction with shungite. One of the reasons shungite has the ability to neutralize contaminants is because the fullerenes within its composition can hold a tremendous amount of hydrogen.
The stone has been documented to have a high oxidative/reductive capacity. Shungite water is known for its antioxidant effects.
Shungite is one of Mother Nature’s finest gifts for cleansing the environment. It works equally well for cleansing the human body. When water made with shungite is consumed, it balances and gently cleanses. Research from Russia indicates there is a decrease in the histamine in the bloodstream of those who drink shungite water—and a corresponding decrease in allergies. Shungite water also improves the elasticity of the skin and many skin problems. The water has been used externally for burns, rashes, insect bites, and small wounds. It has also been used internally for a long list of maladies.
The authors of Dancing with Water believe many of these physical effects are due to the hydrogen in the water. Emotional and psychological effects may be due to codes carried in the crystalline matrix of the fullerene-rich stone. Shungite interacts with the structure of water (via epitaxy – explained in chapter 8 of Dancing with Water ) creating fullerene-like cages within the molecular water matrix. Codes for balance and harmony (the purpose of shungite on the Earth) are released and carried within the newly developed structure of the water.
How to Use Shungite
There are two grades of shungite available from Russia. The first contains about 30% carbon and has a dull appearance very much like coal. The second grade, referred to as the crystalline form—also as elite or noble shungite—has a carbon content of approximately 80% (and a correspondingly higher fullerene content). It is shiny and looks very much like the mineral known as galena. Both grades will work to enhance water but the elite (crystalline form) works much faster.
The authors of Dancing with Water recommend shungite be used to “polish” already filtered and structured water. Using it to filter water may not be an efficient use of its potential. It can be used to remove fluoride after simple carbon filtration.