The saying goes, that “within one grain of sand lies the entire Universe.”
The Mineral, the first World of Grandmother Earth, are the holders of energy. It is from the Mineral World that plants are born, so we might say that what is “held” is the potential for life. The Mineral World teaches us that substance is primarily a container, a vessel for spirit. The Mineral World is thus like our physical body.
When we gather stone people for our medicine wheel, we ask them to hold the power, the energy of each of the directions on the wheel. In a Purification Lodge Ceremony, the stone people hold the heat of the fire for release as steam when water is poured on them. This is what is meant by the Mineral World being holders. This is their medicine or teaching to humans,