What It Means if You Need a Mood Ring to Tell You How You Feel Esp or Not

If you need a Mood Ring to tell you how you feel, you are seriously out of touch with your inner-life.

Let's pretend it's the 1970s and some one comes up with a revolutionary idea to make a million bucks or so. This would be the phenomenon formerly (and still) known as the Mood Ring. As billed, the Mood Ring "stone" changes color depending on how you're feeling emotionally: that could range anywhere from black (intense) to white (meditative) with every color in between. For example, If your Mood Ring stone is red, you're excited - or maybe even exciting. If your stone is blue - good for you, you're feeling calm and mellow. Some people would view this color change as a form of ESP. Others would seriously doubt it.

I have the feeling (with or without the Ring) people needing a Mood Ring to gage their emotions are seriously out of touch. Yet, like a flock of lemmings or dodo birds, many of us went around in the 1970s sporting our mood rings - pointing out to anyone who would look or listen when the color changed. It's hard being too hard on those of us who lived through the 1970s - after all, this was the era of best-selling self-help books like I'm O.k. You're O.k. The 1970s was certainly knee-deep in self-analysis (including the use of LSD and other drugs of choice to see The Truth), although clearly, to some minds, this self-awareness was fleeting. If your Mood Ring flashed orange, you could let everyone know how mixed up you felt, and they would console you. Their own Mood Rings might be flashing orange, as well. Some people bought the idea the Mood Ring could actually "read" , like ESP, an emotional state. Others knew that the color-changes were due to the liquid crystal thermometer sealed inside the ring. Not only did the thermometer reflect the skin temp of the ring-wearer, it also could pick up the temp of the air.

I had my own mood ring in the 1970s AND the 1990s. The 1990s version was really in reality an ESP Mood Ring. I discovered its stone in a tide pool in Oregon. While looking for agates, a sparkling stone caught my eye, so I fished it out of the small pool and took it home. It was a cabochon shape, so a jeweler easily mounted  it in a gold ring. Before doing so, he analyzed the stone and said he couldn't tell what it was. By the shape and color, I thought it was an ornamental gem that fell off an antique object. But it didn't matter what it was - I loved the color. It was sort of a translucent turquoise. One day, when I was wearing it, I noticed, with a start, it had turned brown: ugly melted fudge brown. I ran it under water, thinking something smudged it - like dirt - but  when the water washed away, the stone was still brown. Coincidentally (although psychics don't much believe in coincidences), shortly after the color change, my teenage son called me from school. He was sitting in the vice-principal's office waiting for me to come pick him up. I can't remember the infraction, but I do recall it resulted in a one-day suspension fpr him. The next day, the stone changed back to its original blue color. I told my husband and anybody who would listen, I had a real magical Mood Ring, but they just said "oh, yeah?". They might have been more interested if I'd been wearing one of the Retro versions.  Thereafter, at least for the next few months while I still had my magical ring, it almost always changed to a brown color when sonny-boy got into mischief. It was like my personal early warning system, directly connected to him and his shenanigans. And so it went until one day, the stone fell out of my ring, and I found it (after hours spent looking) and placed it in my jewelry box.  Several weeks later when I went to find it so I could have it re-mounted, it was nowhere to be found. I dumped the jewelry box upside down. I searched every nook and cranny. No stone -  gone, to this day.

More fortunately, sonny-boy went off to college and then to France and found himself and now is one of those people who understands complex computer codes, business and how to make money at a youthful age. I have a stoneless gold ring sitting in my jewelry box, and a story to tell if any one will listen.

Here's what I learned: if you need a Mood Ring to tell you how you feel, you are not paying attention to your inner life. If you feel angry, and the only way you can tell is if your mood ring turns black, well, you'd better find a better way to get in touch with your anger. Like therapy. If, however, you find a Mood Ring that can actually predict certain events that emotionally resonate with you (a form of ESP), consider the parapsychology implications. You are tuning into some kind of mental video connection you never knew existed. As proof, you've found a treasure ( for lack of a better word),that defies any kind of rational explanation, like all  parapsychology (psychic) events. A psychic, ESP event is a treasure in its own right.

There's always a back story and this is Mood Ring's history. There is controversy about who created it. Some people say jewelry designer Marvin Wernick, in the late 1960s, after he saw a doctor apply a temperature strip to a patient's forehead. Some people say the creator was Joshua Reynolds, heir to the R.J. Reynolds fortune, who also created the Thigh-Master in the 1990s. One or both of them surely had a hand in its creation.

Note: New versions of the Mood Ring can be found for sale on the internet.

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