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By definition (and I only know this because I looked it up) a touchstone is a stone used to test the quality of gold alloys by rubbing to leave a visible trace. Pretty amazing, right? But, in the vernacular, for most of us, it means a person or thing that we lean on or touch for support, validation or reassurance when we need it. (please click Read More below)
This interpretation is more subjective and fluid. Your personal touchstone can (and most certainly will) change over time. When you were 10 your touchstone may have been your Mother, at 14 - your best friend. But, when you reach your 20's this important presence in your life usually moves inward. As an adult you begin to trust your own knowledge and experience and can take a breath and listen to that small voice inside you when needed.
But, how can we turn up the volume of that voice? Because the fact is, sometimes we just can't hear it and honestly, we very much need to hear it. Without a touchstone to assess the quality of the “gold” we encounter in our lives we may doubt our own thoughts, feelings, decisions and impressions. So, how do we turn up the volume? We add an amplifier - by finding a physical, tangible, external touchstone.
It can be a book, a Bible, a favorite photograph, a comfortable chair, a special cup of tea or even a stone (my personal choice). The only criteria is that it be easily available and repeatedly used - literally touched. The idea is to choose something that has some sensory connection to you personally. Touch, scent or memory. And like magic, that sensory trigger can amplify your intuitive voice and magnify its power to perform.
The thoughtful choice is yours to make.
It is entirely unique to you.
And like most magical things, you will know it when you touch it.