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Crystal Stone Grids–What’s the Flippin’ Point?

Crystal Grid

Crystal Stone Grids: What’s the Point?

Sure, they are pretty, but if you are not very familiar with the use of grids, you may be wondering, What’s the point?

Ok, I want you to consider for a moment that each type of stone is like a musical note. They are vibrational, after all, and I feel them with the same kind of hum that I feel with music, so it’s a good enough analogy.

When you work with stones, the basic point is to use the energy/vibration of the stone to help adjust your own energy in some way.  Maybe something in your system is out of whack, and a particular note/tone, or set of notes, will help your own personal song, or system, get back in tune or to be in greater harmony.

People attune to the energy of a stone in all sorts of different ways. It’s easy to attune to a single stone. You just have to carry it around, be near it, or meditate with it. Whatever. But if you have an issue that you have identified that is complex, or that you want to address with a more robust effort, you can use many stones.

For example, medicine pouches are basically collections of many stones and perhaps other energetic items, like dried herbs.  The contents of the pouch usually represent a vibrational correction for some issue that can be worn, carried in a pocket, meditated with, or used in whatever way that puts the pouch in contact with your person.  It would be like subtle tones playing in the background of your energy field when you held them.  The contents of the pouch wouldn’t necessarily be organized into a system.  Think of them as just basic tones going on in the background.

Crystal or stone grids take the use and combination of many stones to provide a coherent and organized song that supports a particular vibrational outcome. They are put into a system where the stones interrelate. Additionally, the grid dynamic creates a fairly strong energy field through the use of sacred geometry that radiates outward from the grid.  It would be like projecting the song through the entire space. You do not have to be carrying the stones because the environment is now playing that song at an amplified volume.

Theoretically, grids operate in the same kind of way that music can set a mood or even create larger changes in the system. Think Mozart and brain development.  Grids are like using a stereo with bodacious speakers to pipe the desired music into your whole space 24/7.  You benefit in both passive and active ways.

That is the point. Grids organize many stones into a coherent system and then significantly amplify those energies.

The grid combinations that Christopher and I create start off with our identifying a general issue or need with which people have the most trouble. Then, we basically go into problem solving mode. We identify the intentions and energies that help to correct an issue, as we are guided, and then identify what stones meet the defined energy fix for which we are looking.

We have spent whole afternoons putting some of the grids that we offer together. We try different combinations and placements and fine tune it until the grid basically sings it’s ass off. There is a moment that both he and I agree that it is Done. There is a just a feeling of completion and rightness about it. I don’t know. It’s kind of a magical process and it’s one of our favorite things to do. They often feel like they create themselves, to be honest.

If you would like to play and explore with crystal stone grids, we have instructions and grid templates that you can download for free.  Just click here.

We also have quite a few crystal grids organized and ready to go on our site.  Just click here.

She Said: The Meaning of Real Citrine

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True unadultarated citrine.  It’s ~divine~.  It’s like petrified, golden sunlight.  Natural, As-Mother-Made-It, citrine is actually quite rare.  There is some coming out of Brazil, some from Africa, and some from Madagascar, but most of the “citrine” on the market is actually heat-treated amethyst.  See, they take amethyst that is too light to sell well as amethyst, and they “cook it” until it turns that brassy orange color.

And you know what,  I dunno, heat-treating rocks doesn’t offend me nearly as much as irradiation offends me.  I have some heat-treated citrine in the house that I’ve used for energy work before and it’s fine… but… it is definitely different than natural citrine.  They are, well… truthfully, two different crystals.
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Anyway, I want to discuss citrine, The Real Thing.  It is totally differerent than the other stuff.  The energies of true citrine are not as assertive as treated citrine, but they are higher, lighter, and more, I dunno… “divine” probably does describe it.  Natural citrine holds the energy of both the yellow and golden rays… and it tickles you both in the solar plexus as well as the crown.  There is a decidedly angelic quality about natural citrine.  If you paired natural citrine with a “spiritual helper” stone, like angelite or celestite, my guess is that you would be able to plug into some fairly high levels of vibrational assistance, or you could spend the time to attune to your own Higher Self that maintains connection to  those lighter vibrational spaces within.
Then, there are the miraculous and amazing citrines… or are they smokies…. err, well, they are both.  We call them Smoky Citrine or Golden Smoky, same rock.  This happens when natural citrine and natural smoky have a baby and live happily ever after.  Those specimens sometimes are citrine with smoky phantoms.  Yum.  The combination of citrine and smoky is well… hmm…. smoking.  The citrine maintains that golden ray, high vibe thing and the smoky pulls all that wonderful high stuff deep down through your toes and into the Earth.  Smoky is inherently protective and stabilizing and provides excellent boundary integrity, so it’s like the citrine energy is coming with it’s own “bouncer” that makes sure that all the wonderful spiritual shifts and sloughing off of heavier energy is, well… good and permanent.
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Citrine with smoky phantoms (distinctive shape of an inner ghost crystal in smoky) can also be used for bringing light and healing to past-lives, as well as giving you terrific support for any “inner shadow” healing and integration work.  All a bonus.
I would highly recommend having at least one little natural citrine in your collection.  They are expensive, as they are so rare, but a little goes a long way.
My favorite uses:

Pocket Rock/Nearness: When you are feeling down and need a big infusion of beautiful, bright, high vibrational energy to counteract the funk, keep your citrine with you.  Get as much “nearness” with it as you can.  Breathe with it, stick it in your bra for the day, go outside in the sun with it, just stick it in your pocket.
Crystalline Grids:  Use the citrine as a center stone unless you can afford 6 at a time, which most of us can’t.  A nice, juicy little point or a nice, juicy tumbled stone the size of a walnut would be able to hold the center of a grid just fine.  Citrine for high light spiritual connection: add some angelite or celestite.  Citrine for abundance and prosperity: add stones like peridot, aventurine, ruby, pyrite, emerald, jade, that kind of thing.  Citrine for mood support: add lepidolite, selenite, Himalayan salt, labradorite, topaz, red jasper, that kind of thing.
Gem Elixir:  Drink it in, Baby.  Citrine is fine for direct contact methods of gem elixir making.  Plop your sweet baby gently in a large glass of clean water, put a little platic wrap over the top so you don’t collect bugs, and leave it in the sunshine for an hour or so.  Then, and this is an IMPORTANT step, hold the glass in both hands while saying, “Expand, Bless, Optimize, Stabilize, Amplify, and Seal”.  Wait until the sealing process comes to a conclusion (you may feel the energy kick in, build, then come back down). Then drink and enjoy.
Coin Purse:  Citrine is famous for being an abudance stone, and who doesn’t need a little infusion of that, eh?  Get a wee one and put it in your coin purse.. or leave one in the prosperity section of your home via Feng Shui.
To see the sampling of natural citrine and smoky citrines at etemetaphysical.com, just click here.
Copyright 2015 Stacie Coller
Updated 2/17/2015

She Said: The Metaphysical Properties of Carnelian

I’m not sure why, but I like to say the word carnelian like I’m Doctor Evil from Austin Powers.

~Car-neeee-leeee-annnn~ *Stacie puts her pinky finger against the corner of her mouth*

It’s just a fun word to say.

I also have to confess to having one of the world’s strangest collections.

I collect carnelian specimens that whistle.

I have three spheres at home from grapefruit size to plum size that have hollow  geode pockets inside with a small hole on the outside surface.  When I blow into those holes ~*tada*~… I get a screaming carnelian sphere.  I’m not sure why this makes me so happy, but it does.

So, carnelian.  It’s one of the most popular stones out there and for good reason.  It’s got a biblical shout out, by some translations, to being one of the 12 stones in the breastplate of the high priest.  It is also one of the more readily attainable stones in the market and isn’t terribly expensive as far as stones go.  It is also the semi-precious alternate birthstone for the month of July.  The precious birthstone for July is ruby.  They actually play together quite nicely, too.

At the end of the day, regardless of how history or economics sort out this stone, it’s got a lot of ~juice~.  Meaning, it’s got the “zoom zoom” in all the right places.

I see this stone as being intimately connected to the physical and material worlds.  It is, quite literally, carnal, or of the flesh.  To me, it feels like a stone of passion, desire, and sexual energy.  It also has the qualities of strength, endurance, and vitality.  I consider it as being aligned closely with the element of fire.  It feels hot to me energetically.

Carnelian Flame

I grab carnelian when I am feeling drained and exhausted and when I am at a deficit of vital, physical, life-force energies.  My general nature is to be creative, but when I’m tired, I can’t muster up the inspiration to engage any projects.  When I’m tired or worn out, everything about living life is more difficult.

Creative energy, inspiration, and passion are all woven together, at least in my world, and carnelian helps me to plug back into my inner fire, the ~zest~, that allows  me to give a crap about engaging in life and all that it has to offer in my physical reality.

OK, now I’m seeing the 7 Dwarves from Snow White marching off to work while whistling.  Carnelian is actually summed up nicely in that image…. the joyful engagement of physical reality.

My favorite techniques for carnelian:

Pocket Rocks: I place carnelian, sometimes with another stone, in my pockets during times when I feel low on physical energy.

Carnelian & Hematoid Rose Quartz Pocket Rock Set

Crystal Grid: I also tend to put them in any grid that relates to passion, creativity, sexuality, or the support of vitality.

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Chakra Layout: The color of carnelian align it with the belly chakra and those related issues.  I almost always include carnelian in any chakra “laying-on-of-stones” session because of it’s good punch of the luscious reddish-orange colors.

Gem Elixir: I would use carnelian as a gem elixir to help get me get some gasoline on whatever fire I was trying to start.

Well… I also like for them to whistle, too.  But that might just be me. 😀

Copyright 2015 Stacie Coller

Updated 2/17/2015

Rose Quartz Crystals – Exotic Varieties

I have written a fairly comprehensive blog article on your regular variety of rose quartz that you can see by clicking here.  It’s a good place to start  to learn about the basic foundation of rose quartz’s meaning and healing properties.

And then there are the exotic varieties of rose quartz that are pretty dang potent and ah-mazing.  Va-va-voom.

I call them “exotic” rose quartz because it’s like taking the sweet goddess next door and blending her with something mysterious and beguiling, and perhaps a little less subtle.  One of the reasons I work for Enter the Earth is because I was floored by all the different exotic rose quartz they imported from Madagascar.  I mean.  Seriously.  Who knew that rose quartz had all this in her?

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Click the photo to see Star Rose Quartz at etemetaphysical.com

Star Rose Quartz: This rose quartz is a very “gemmy” or translucent  form that also has tiny little dumortierite fibers that create an asterism effect on the surface of the stone when a bright light is shining on it.  Three rays, or lines, of light will intersect at some place on the rock and create a 6-ray star.  Stars symbolize the heavens and so bring in a higher aspect of Divine Love to the mix. There is also the energy of being in “Divine Alignment”. Dumortierite is actually a blue mineral.  Blue quartz is basically quartz with a bunch of dumortierite in it.  Even though you cannot see it, it adds psychic expansion and sight to the mix as well.

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Click the photo to see Pink Girasol Rose Quartz at etemetaphysical.com

Pink Girasol: Star rose quartz and girasol quartz often grow in the same area and can sometimes toddle into each other’s territory.  This can make it challenging to determine when star rose quartz stops and girasol begins.  That is why girasol is sometimes called “white rose quartz” and very pale star rose quartz is sometimes considered “pink girasol”.  I’ve noticed that pale star rose quartz/pink girasol may not have as distinctive of a star, although it will have other more girasoly characteristics, like appearing with a golden hue when you look through it at a light, as well as looking like it is illuminated from within.

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Click to see this point at etemetaphysical.com

Lavender Rose Quartz:  Obviously, this kind of rose quartz is one that goes off into light or darker violet, purple, or lavender tones.  It’s like rose quartz and amethyst had a baby when this happens.  It’s quite beautiful and adds another layer of spiritual expansion, but it also seems to be a bit more “protective” than other forms of rose quartz.  I did a crystal whisper on a piece of lavender rose quartz years ago and a bunch of Amazon-like women warriors were associated with it.  “Warriors of the Heart” might be a good way to describe them.

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Click photo to see more Sacred Heart Rose Quartz.

Hematoid Rose Quartz:  I didn’t even know this was a possible combination until this past year. Whew.  This is basically hematite included rose quartz. It’s rare and it’s awesome.  I did a separate reading it, which I call “Sacred Heart” Rose Quartz.  The easiest description I use to describe it is that Mother Mary and Kali had a baby.  It looks like there is blood within the rose quartz.  Yeah, not a very subtle version, but extremely useful when things are not going very well.

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See this Magenta Rose Quartz “Flame” by clicking the photo.

Magenta Rose Quartz: The magenta rose quartz is just really, really dark rose quartz.  It doesn’t necessarily go into the violet area, but sort of does.  The magenta rose quartz has more distinctive purification energies associated with it.  When I did a reading on it years ago, it gave the name “Flame of the Rose”.  Hot stuff.

 

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Click the photo to see Blue Rose Quartz at etemetaphysical.com

Blue Rose Quartz: I can’t believe I forgot this super rare form of rose quartz when I first wrote this article.  It really is so special.  Blue roses are a symbol in alchemy as something that is impossible because it doesn’t happen in nature.  It is also a religious symbol of Mother Mary.  Blue Rose Quartz is a type of in-between Girasol and Rose Quartz that does actually have a blue hue to it in some light, pink in others, and when you hold it up to the light, gives a golden glow.

Energetically it deals with the integration of the heart and mind and of the emotions and intellect. I actually see it as a type of “sacred union” stone because it is also very much like the joining of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine.  It is one of the stones that I have in my pillow case that I make sure is in my energy field for extended times each day. Christopher and I have only ever found them in the batches of rose quartz from Madagascar and we gave it the name Blue Rose Quartz because of its amazing properties.

It would be especially useful to hang out with Blue Rose Quartz to crank up spiritual and intuitive abilities or to assist you to move into that internal sacred space though meditation where you are more deeply plugged into the spiritual level and the Divine.

Elestial Rose Quartz:  Super rare.  This is rose quartz that actually forms terminations, or points.  Usually, the points are teeny tiny, but boy are they buzzy.  If you can even find some, it’s a great resource to have.  Yeah, I don’t have a photo for that it’s so rare.  Google it.  Google knows everything.

Thanks for reading!  If you  enjoyed the article, would you be a super sweet person and g+ or share it with your rose quartz loving friends?   It’s just below.  Thanks!  Muah!

Updated 6/1/2015

She Said: “Sacred Heart” Hematoid Rose Quartz

Hematoid rose quartz is pretty rare stuff from Madagascar.

Sacred Heart Rose Quartz

Sometimes it takes awhile to get back around to some of the raw readings that Christopher and I have done.  I just looked at my notes and the first pass at hematoid rose quartz was 3/28/13.

Damn, I hadn’t even left my husband yet, but the situation was getting pretty intense.  At this point, more than a year has passed, I left my husband, spent a whole year in the separation process, lost a very dear friend to cancer, and am now officially divorced.  There was more, but that stuff even bores the crap out of me, so I’ll spare you.

Sacred Heart Rose Quartz

My last year was utter chaos.  2013 was bad.  Super bad.  Super effing bad with a can of “holy shit” poured over it.  Looking over my notes from March 2013, wow.  It’s like the Universe knew or something. (And yes, I am saying that somewhat sarcastically, but with proper respect.)

I’ve had a Sacred Heart piece in my pillow case since the time of the original reading.  I’ve often carried some in my pocket, used it in energy work, created gem elixirs with it, and have stuffed it in my bra on many occasions.

2013 was the year of needing this kind of intercession for me.  Even Christopher needed it.  As soon as we finished the reading, his mother called to let him know his uncle had just passed.  Spooky rock.

There is something deeply feminine, and yet, also deeply kick ass about the combination of hematite and rose quartz.  Think Mother Mary (sweet, nurturing love and comfort) and Kali (destroyer of illusion and eater of demons).  Tough Love. Uh, yeah.  Bada bing, bada BOOM.

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Sacred Heart Hematoid Rose Quartz is definitely a trauma care and crisis worker.  It’s the stone you grab when you are having a bad day, week, month, or year.  I don’t just mean  bad.  I mean super bad.

It’s the stone you grab when you have a shit ton of personal work and transformation to slog through that is hairy, scary, painful, and that pushes you to the edge of being able to pass for sane.  It’s the stone you grab when it hurts like hell and you are exhausted in the marrow of your bones, but you have to suck-it-up-and-deal anyway.

It is both the red hot fire of purification and transformation and the sweet aftercare and comfort needed to actually get through it alive.

There are a few key phrases from the reading that I want to share:
-Care for life’s battles.
-Rectification of love and hate in the heart.
-Divine Feminine blood and womb mysteries.
-Intercession and assistance from the spiritual level.
-Brings Crown, Root, and Heart into alignment.
-Purification after trauma and during crisis.
-“Behold mirror of the soul, a balm to the wounded, heart of life blood, and an ear to the cries of the world.”

It did actually name itself during the reading and it seemed quite fitting, so we didn’t argue.  Our Mammas didn’t raise no fools.

Useful Protocols:
-It would be fabulous to use this type of rose quartz in a Heart Breathing process.  To do that, hold it up to your heart or heart chakra and using your imagination, breathe as if through the rock and into your chest cavity.  The intention is to breathe back out anything not present in your Highest Good that is blocking up your heart or emotional body.  It has somewhat more purification energies.
-Nearness: When shit is actively hitting the fan, get as much Sacred Heart time in your auric field as you can muster.  I placed mine in my pillow case and often carried it around.
-Pocket Rock: There are some endurance and vitalizing properties to this rock.  I have it in my pocket today with a nice carnelian in the other pocket.  I wanted support for physical as well as spiritual energy today.
-Other Stuff: We grid with it, put it in elixirs, use it for offerings, use it when cramps are bad (that would be just me, Chris doesn’t have a uterus), and that kind of thing.
-Global Lightwork/Transpersonal Prayer Work: You can work with this stone when you are doing work for others or praying for the world in general.

Sacred Heart Hematoid Rose Quartz.  I’d say it is good stuff for bad times.  I would partner it with lepidolite, mangano calcite, Blue Rose Quartz, or any stone that has something to do with deep emotional work, transition, or crisis care.  It features as a center stone with lepidolite in the Hot Effing Mess Mitigation Grid.  Go figure, eh?

Copyright 2015 Stacie Coller

Updated 2/17/2015

She Said: Metaphysical Meaning of Polychrome Jasper

Oh Poly, Poly… you little shape shifting minx, you.

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See Polychrome Jasper at etemetaphysical.com.

I just sifted through files in the wooey room and found Chris and my old notes about polychrome jasper.  It made me laugh a bit because the original ~attempt~ at a reading was all the way back in January of 2013.  Polychrome was not grabbing anyone’s attention back then.  It was sitting on the shelf in the store and moving a little bit in wholesale, but no one was going, “WOW, where has this stone been all my life?!”

Yeah.  Polychrome Jasper was asleep.  The stone spirit, according to Chris’ shamanic journey back then, didn’t even really  know what it wanted to do or be yet.  We did a little ceremony to encourage it to, I don’t know, figure out a path to take…then essentially filed the notes and let the dust start to accumulate.

A lot has changed since January of 2013.  Polychrome is definitely awake and shaking her pretty, pretty fishnet stockings at us now.

First, just recently there was a new find of Polychrome Jasper that we call “ribbon polychrome jasper”.  It’s got amazing and mesmerizing rings and layers to it, the colors rich, dark, and sometimes even moving into the teal/blue family.

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Click on Photo to See More Polychrome Jasper.

Second, we have all just been ~noticing~ it now.  All of us here in the warehouse have been saying, “Wow, look at that polychrome!”.  Stephanie, the warehouse manager, picked up a poly and admired it on all sides and said, “I don’t usually like polychrome, but I really like this piece!”

Indeed.  Welcome to the party, Poly.  You’re like one of those girls who has had an underwhelming and perhaps forgettable middle school presence, but now that you’re in high school, you are turning heads. Good for you.  It makes me smile inside that you have decided, uhhh…. on being and doing something.

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Looks like a lotus flower to me.

I have always thought that polychrome jasper and mookaite jasper felt similar to me.  Jaspers, as a family, are about strength, endurance, power, and protection.  Vague much?  I know, but they are, look it up.  I associate mookaite jasper with the flow of raw resources in the process of creation or manifestation.  I feel the same way about polychrome.  It is connected to the flow of raw materials, thoughts, and energies that have the potential to be anything.

I also think that polychrome jasper has an awful lot of embryonic looking blobs as patterns, which suggests birth, creation, fertility, and somewhat goddessy overtones.  Other times it looks a whole dang lot like a landscape.

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Looks like a womb to me.

It is also what Christopher calls a “figure stone”, which is when a stone exhibits patterns that look like something, such as a face, an animal, a landscape, or some other object.  Poly makes for an excellent ink blot test.  It’s actually one of her secrets.  The organic flowing patterns and what they look like to you are part of the support that is present.  Sometimes the patterns are quite obviously something specific.  Other times, there are shape shifting, kindasorta-if-you-turn-it-to-the-left, figures within it.  Who says she can’t change her mind?

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Looks like a desert scene with a stormy sky.

For me, I am attracted to the polychrome jasper that has a lot of the earthy purples and pinks.  I love the teal.  I love it when it reminds me of a lava lamp.  I love it when I see faces and wombs and shamans and animals.  Some pieces… meh.  I don’t care for at all.  To me, this suggests that each piece really calls forth some very specific energies beyond her jaspery-ness.  Some of those energies you’ll find very helpful (wow) and others you won’t need at all (meh).

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OK, this one doesn’t need explaining, eh?

So, pay attention to Poly.  She has many faces and many ways in which to serve.  She decided that what she wanted to be was whatever, *snaps*, she wants to be.  Raw materials can, after all, be molded into anything at all.  Poly has unlimited potential and you’ll know when it’s time for you to get one because you’ll just fall in love.  You’ll probably be saying, “I don’t know what it is about this rock, but I just like it.”

Yeah.  Poly.  You minx.

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I see two lovers kissing.

 

Copyright 2015 Stacie Coller

Updated  5/15/2015

The 5 Basic Steps of Holistic Healing

A lot about holistic healing is somewhat organic and non-linear, but there is a coherent, logical order in the progression of tasks in just about every holistic healing process.

I like to use the analogy of a home with multiple rooms when describing energy healing.  Let’s just say you live in a gigantic mansion, much of which is unexplored and perhaps unknown to you, eh?  Let’s also say that every “issue” you have to heal has a hypothetical space within the home.  Again, this is an analogy, but I dig analogies.  They are helpful when you are integrating new information.

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Step 1 – Recognize
Before you go about fixing something, you need to know what is wrong.  Recognizing means identifying the places in which you need assistance, where there might be blockages, lack of flow, or distress within the system.   “Scanning” is the technique of checking the system for places which seem off compared to other places.  You can do this with your hands, with a pendulum, and other tools.  You can also interact with the Divine and your spiritual helpers to give you some insight.

“Recognize” Analogy Reference: Hey, there is this room I just discovered in my house that I didn’t know was there.  I think it might have been a music room originally.  It is stacked to the ceiling with decaying boxes, is infested with insects, and has slime mold. Yuck.

Step 2 – Remove
Much of what is amiss in our systems is the accumulation of energetic congestion.  This congestion creates blockages or lack of flow through the system.  The process of cleansing, clearing, and purification of the system becomes one of the most critical elements in the healing progression.  More esoteric concepts of things that need to be removed from the system include: perceptual distortions, soul shrapnel, energetic parasites, implants, and maladaptive “cords” or connections to others.  Since the nature of those things are somewhat over our heads at this level, I often simply give the energy command to, “Remove anything not present in my Highest Good” (aka: take out what ain’t supposed to be there) and allow that intention to include things known and things unknown to me. There are protocols for “decording” that are easy enough.  I use what I call “Door Work”.

“Remove” Analogy Reference:  I’ve got to sort the boxes in this room into what might be worth examining, what just needs tossing, and then completely clean this room up!

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Step 3 – Repair
Once things have been removed from your system that are not in your Highest Good, then it is time to repair any systems that have been damaged.  I define this as the correcting of any departure in your system from your pure primal “template”, or you at a perfect state of wellness on all levels.  Think of it like going back to your original “blueprints” and fixing whatever is wrong structurally.

“Repair” Analogy Reference: Here are the blueprints to my house and this room is needs new drywall, a new floor, a window replacement, and a new coat of paint.

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Step 4 – Reintegrate
Once something has been repaired and corrected, then it needs to be brought back into alignment with the rest of the system.  It needs to be integrated, processed, and brought back into active functioning.  Using the energy body model, the chakras need to be balanced and aligned, not just as independent energy centers, but with each other.  Reintegration is about bringing back flow and wholeness from many parts that may be been functioning out of synch with one another.

Reintegrate Analogy Reference:  I’m decorating this room, getting the right furniture, musical instruments, and then bringing this room back to life in the house so it can be used in the manner intended.

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Step 5 – Reseal 
Sealing energy work is a critical step as it is the intention that all the work that has been accomplished maintains its integrity in perpetuity.  It also is the process of enhancing the strength of the system and making sure that it is protected, safe, and that whatever issues created the problems in the first place are no longer able to influence the system into imbalance.  I use the energy command statement, “I request to Bless, Optimize, Stabilize, Amplify, and Seal this work under God.” It is also where I would install systemic protection and active guardians, such as with the Guardian Angel Shield work.

“Reseal” Analogy Reference: I’m locking the door so that only those with whom I want to share this sacred space are invited!

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 Optional Step 6: Roll Outward
You, as an agent of free will and  member of humanity, are a part of greater systems.  Your personal healing work is also system healing work because you do not exist in a vacuum.  There are some systems in which you may have greater impact, such as connections of love (friends) or blood (family).  I call this the “network of connectivity”.  Engaging healing work for yourself changes the system, even if a little, and may assist others within the system to improve or gain awareness in one way or another.  Think of it like you have made your own light a little brighter by doing healing work.  When you are a little brighter, the system gets a wee bit brighter.   Make sense?  As you lighten your load, the collective load also becomes lighter.  I like doing this part with awareness and intention.

To intentionally “roll out” the work to the larger system, you can simply say, “I request to roll this work out to my Network of Connectivity in whatever way serves the Highest Good and is within Divine Will, now please.” 

Copyright 2015, Stacie Coller

Updated 2/17/2015

5 Steps for Effective Energy Work: Responsible Practices

So, okay… you’re ready to rock and roll and get some good work done.  Perhaps you have something you’d like to accomplish and put into motion, but you’re not entirely sure what kind of logical flow is the most efficient?  Pretty much all energy work follows a similar progression.  I consider these steps a big part of “responsible practices” as you go forward with your energy work.

There are some things you should be doing to make sure you aren’t being inappropriate or somehow missing the point of working within Divine Will.  Just because you CAN do energy work to support the manifestation of some goal you desire, doesn’t mean you always SHOULD.  “Spiritual CYA” features predominantly in the flow of work I do.  Fer shizzle.  I know I’m just a wee bit of a being and I always kick things back to the Divine to edit me.

You can do this kind of work with or without tools.  Everything I can do with a rock or physical tool, I can do without one… so I want to share both the direct action statements that I use, as well as physical tools that I would recommend.  All good.

1) Connect to the Divine/Spiritual Helpers
There are many traditions, cultures, and strategies for connecting to the Divine.  Use whichever way is in alignment with your own belief system.  

Direct Action Statement: “I request to connect to the Divine and appropriate Spiritual Helpers, now please.”

2) Create Sacred & Protected Space
Again, there are a ton of ways to create Sacred Space depending on your particular tradition.  Use what works for you.  I often Call the Directions, which is a bit shamanic, while smudging in the direction that I’m calling.  I usually make a cross within a circle in each direction.  Smudging is the use of ceremonial smoke, such as white sage, palo santo, or some other kind of cleansing herb or incense.

Direct Action Statement: “I ask for love and protection from the North, South, East, West, Above, Below, and Within, now please.”

Alternate Action Statement: “I ask for the creation of Sacred Space, now please.” 

Tool Recommendations:  I’m a firm believer in maintaining solid energetic boundaries, both around myself and my environments.  You know, it’s just a good idea to lock your energetic doors.  All black stones are protective in some way, lodestone has an attract/repel thing going on, stones that call in the Divine help, because Spiritual Helpers being “on task” is probably the best way to create sacred space in the first place.  You can also use smudging items, such as palo santo, white sage, or ceremonial incense like sandalwood, frankincense, or whatever.  My favorite grid for this is the Guardian Angel Shield grid.  Heck, when it comes to spiritual and energetic protection, I say layer up and do several things.  No such thing as too much protection.  Put your back into that shit.  Word.

Guardian Angel Grid

3) Prepare Yourself for Work
Getting yourself in the space to work is always a groovy idea too.  You’ll want to do some kind of cleansing and aligning activity.  Much of the protective steps/tools you use to create sacred space also have cleansing and purifications qualities for you, so additional aligning/centering work within your system becomes quite useful.  The more centered and aligned you are, the easier it is for spiritual energy to move through you without obstruction.

Direct Action Statement: “I request to clear, align, and harmonize my system, now please, and to be prepared in any other way necessary for the work.”

Tool Recommendations:  I really like the Chakra Alignment Whirlwind Grid for doing centering and aligning work.  Again, the individual stones from the grid would be useful too.  Petrified wood is another good option, so is selenite, kyanite, chiastolite, double terminated points, that kind of thing.  You’ll want to work with something that has an aligned structure.  I have been especially impressed with how wonderful ammonites and nautaloids are for chakra and energy system alignment, which is a huge feature in the Chakra Alignment Whirlwind Grid.  Christopher made a believer out of me over  year ago when I began having kundalini misfiring issues, which hurt like a mo’ fo.  I used some combination of ammonites, nautaloids, and sand dollars.  You can check out the following pocket rock sets: Kundilini Rising: Nadi & Meridian Sweep, Chakra Aligning & Protection.

whirlwind Grid

4) State Your Intentions Clearly & Allow for Spiritual Assistance
I am such an advocate of using clarified intention, either by itself or with the use of tools.  I mean a  Big Advocate.  My book, Awake in Angelscape, is essentially a highly structured progression of healing activities that are woven and able to be downloaded through the use of meticulously defined intention sets. When you list your intentions, really put your back into it.  Be redundant if the intention has a nuance you want to address.  Also be sure to allow the Divine to “correct and perfect” your work so that it can be edited.  I call this “Spiritual CYA” (CYA= Cover Your Ass)  You don’t want to be asking for shit that is not within Divine Will, eh?  Since we’re little… just, you know… allow the Divine to tweak your work.

Direct Action Statement:  “I request for the intentions that I have stated to be corrected in perfection, brought within Divine Will, and manifested in the most appropriate way possible with Ease & Grace.  I give permission to the Divine and the appropriate Spiritual Helpers to assist in whatever way to accomplish my  goals.”  (Usually a good idea to say thanks…)

Tool Recommendations:  To create your goals and intention sets, you need mental clarity and guidance, as well as a way to ground and anchor and manifest the gathering energies that show up to support your work.  Clear quartz, citrine, root chakra support stones, blue stones, fluorite, that kind of thing.  I’d say that the Root Chakra Grid, after working with aligning tools, would be good “manifestation” support.

Root Grid

5)  SEAL Your Work!!!! 
That could be it’s own blog article, frankly, the need to seal your work. Seriously, it’s an important an often overlooked step.  You just did a ton of work and if you don’t seal it, it can be unwoven over time, tampered with, or otherwise lose potency.  That isn’t efficient spiritual work if you have to go back and redo things you have already done.  You want to leave the responsibility of the work you do firmly in the hands of the Divine. Below I’m sharing the action statement that I use for all work that I do that I want to, you know… work.  You might want to just cut it down to one word “seal”, but I have never wanted to scale back on the phrase for years, so I figure that there is a reason that I say each word.  Each word is its own intention set, basically. But whatevs.  You can scale down if you want if you feel prompted.

Direct Action Statement: “I request to Bless, Optimize, Stabilize, Amplify, and Seal this work under the Divine.” 

Or “I request to Seal this work under the Divine.”

Yeah, you don’t need tools for that.  You just need to ~remember~ to do it.

Rock on with your fabulous selves. 🙂

Copyright 2014, Stacie Coller and Christopher Lee Matthews
The Metaphysical Department of Enter the Earth
Located in the Land of Sky:  Asheville, North Carolina
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She Said: My Top Five Stones for Crystal Grids

She Said: My Top Five Stones for Crystal Grids

I’ve been wanting to write about the most universally useful stones to have handy for gridding purposes for awhile now.  These are the stones that I could use in almost any grid, regardless of the grids intended purpose.

#1: Rose Quartz:  My absolute number one.  I could add rose quartz to any grid for any reason because it brings the energy of “love” to the table.  There is no intention that isn’t made stronger through the inclusion of love energy.  Love protects, expands, nurtures, guides, connects, and so on.  If you want to set up a grid and have a specific purpose, but don’t know what to select, grab rose quartz first.  In fact, my favorite Reiki grid, a simple 7-stone grid of a single rock energy, would be plain ole rose quartz.  All you need is love.  Word.  Plus, pink is my power color.  Rock on.

#2 All Other Quartz:  The quartz family, in general, is universally helpful.  In fact, we should do an informational blog about which quartz variety is helpful for which issues.  Quartz amplifies intention and can be excellent “technical workers” in a grid to help expand the energy field out further, or to create a tighter vortex at the center.  The more quartz, the better.  Buy them in sets of 6 as often as possible.

#3 Rubies:  I love rubies in a grid.  Rubies are somewhere between red and purple, so they add a grounding element to a grid without canceling out higher vibrational themes.  Rubies also add strength and vitality, momentum, if you will, to the other stones.  They tend to be small, but potent, and can work the “super sneaky” position in a grid well without taking up more prominent positions, which are better to reserve for stones that weave very specific energies to address a need.  I also like them flanking the outside stones in a grid, so a set of 12 is nice too.

#4 Salt:  Salt rocks.  If you are setting up a cleansing or protection oriented grid, it doesn’t get much better than throwing salt into the mix.  Also, no matter what the theme of a grid, salt is a “technical worker”, meaning that it helps the grid to work better or be stronger.  In this case, salt keeps the grid itself running more smoothly and for longer periods of time because it keeps the energy within the grid nice and clear.  The  more clear, the less friction… the less friction, the longer the energy field of a grid remains running.  You can add salt by building a grid on top of salt, like a zen garden, or buy getting chunks that actually take up a layer within the grid itself.  I like all salt, but Himalayan salt is likely the easiest to procure in little chunks.  If I was going to do a serious protection grid, I might use the black Hawaiian salt as the base.

#5 Red Jasper:  I kicked emerald off my top 5 list in lieu of red jasper.  I actually like a particular rock called “Starry Jasper” which is red jasper with hematite and pyrite.  It’s not always easy to find that, however.  Red jasper is strengthening and adds a layer of enhanced integrity to any grid, as well as a grounding element.  However, I can add it to almost any grid because red jasper is good at helping us release what is no longer serving us.  In other words, it helps us to release patterns, perceptions, and energies that hold the vibrations of an unwanted or maladaptive outcome or pattern of behavior.  It’s difficult to bring in something “new” if you are still fighting internal patterns which are not in resonance to what is new.  So, there you have it… red jasper.

My guesses for Christopher’s list: rutilated quartz (special mention), all quartz, meteorite, shungite, copper or some mineral that is colored by copper.  ((I know he kicked my butt on this one.))

Christopher’s List

OK, I clearly got wiped on this one.  I absolutely agree about the lodestone, we can plop that stuff in just about anything.  Garnets, love them, but I think I must resonate to rubies more so.  Kyanite, also love it, but I associate it with cleansing, de-cording, communication, and Archangel Michael related stuff, so things perhaps more specific than a stone I would plop into any intention.

Hello Darlings… Welcome to the Metaphysical Corner

Welcome to the Metaphysical Corner.  Stay awhile.  We will probably make you think, laugh, and maybe discover something new. 🙂

“She said, He said”
~Metaphysical Style~

Yep, we’re a huge department of two people. 🙂  Our nicknames from our co-workers are “The Wizard” and “Woogy Mamma”.  The names are fairly representative of who we authentically are, for the most part.


Our similarities are many, our differences are complimentary.  We do tend to fall into yin/yang roles when we work together, so when we do create new tools or new combinations from the raw materials provided to us, we end up with a very well rounded product.  The same is true for when we create workshops together, do crystal whispers, or really… when we do any kind of work.  Together, we bring more to the table than either he or I could do alone.

Christopher and I wrote about ourselves on the website’s “More Information” section , so I can just leave the links to those specific stories here:
About Stacie
About Christopher

We also used to write on our own blogs, which are still up and and running and you can find those here:
Stacie’s Metaphysical Corner
The House of Daedalus

At this point, we’ve decided to share one blog on the website and do a bit of a “He said, She said” format, or rather, “She said, He said”.  Christopher thought I should go first, being female and all.  Sweet boy.

We both have our specialties, favorite tools, and perspectives.  He’s like a super genius about geology and traditional methods, plus he’s clairvoyant as heck.  I’ve got mainly a self-taught, lots of play time with materials kind of  background, with a kinesthetic or tactile sensitivity.  It’s stunning how often we are in agreement, but when we are not in agreement, there is something quite fun about why.

There is very fertile ground within our differences of opinions.  It shows us both new information and expands our perspectives, and I think it might be helpful to our readers as well.  So, we thought it would be fun to explore the similarities and differences of our perspective on this blog, to discuss what resources we would use for a particular issue, and why.

We also thought it would be fun to come up with our suggestions independently, without showing our information to each other before we wrote for ourselves, and then seeing which one of us was better at guessing what resources the other selected.

I have to admit… for the first blog about “The Most Universally Helpful Gridding Stones”, he kind of kicked my butt.

So, onward!

Love, Light, & Chocolate,
Stacie