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Asheville Holistic Review: John of God Crystal Bed

Asheville Area Holistic Review
John of God Crystal Bed

Review by: Stacie Coller of Enter the Earth

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Stacie on the John of God Crystal Bed while Avian adjusts the settings. © Photo by Christopher Lee Matthews, 2015.

Unconventional, But Cool.

I guess it’s no surprise that I have sought out some unconventional healing methods in my day, particularly when I went through a very difficult divorce and other brew-ha-ha. I like to review and share protocols that I find particularly useful, so I had to write about the Crystal Bed.  It’s been a pretty trippy ride.

John of God

The “John of God Crystal Bed” that is owned and operated by a long time Enter the Earth customer/friend, Avian Thibault. She came to have this bed after visiting “the Casa” in Brazil, where one of the most well-known spiritual healers, John of God, has his practice.

I didn’t know much about John of God before being introduced to the Crystal Bed by Avian. I had heard about him, but otherwise have not really investigated the topic. But when offered to experience some new kind of protocol involving crystals, heck yeah, I’m joining the party with bells on. I have had some very powerful experiences and strong positive spiritual shifts since starting to use the bed in late November of 2015. I’ll get to that in a minute.

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© Photograph by Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.

In preparation for writing this article, I began watching some Youtube videos that featured John of God and his spiritual healing practice in Brazil. Holy crap, that is some “out there” stuff, even for me. The physical “surgeries” that he performs are rare, but –admittedly– somewhat alarming looking.

Most of the work that goes on at the Casa involves spiritual surgeries/healing sessions that are done strictly by spiritual helpers while people are in meditative states. In other words, they are internal experiences done via “invisible surgery” by “invisible helpers”.  Ok, that’s more my speed.

The more intense physical surgeries that happen are done while John of God is in a full trance while he is channeling one of the “entities” directly. He has identified some of these entities as former/dead physicians and other specialists in the art of healing. While this concept is weird within our cultural context, Brazil’s culture has a strong “spiritualist” frame where interaction with spiritual entities, ancestors, and spiritual figures is common.

I think it’s important to understand cultural relativity in this case. As far as his track record, some people experience full healings, some partial, some experience nothing. He doesn’t ask for anyone to stop conventional treatment and has often directed people to go into conventional treatment, as per guidance by his spiritual helpers.

Avian’s John of God Experience

Avian, whom I trust and love, has her own story to tell about her experience. Her strong positive experience–and the healing of a decades long ear infection issue that she has as a result of her time at the Casa–does have me intrigued. She reported to me feeling tangible sensations of “being worked on” by spiritual helpers (heat, pressure, and tingling) and the immediate and the longer term recovery she went through as a progressive healing process. She recently went back to the Casa for another journey and reported that this most recent visit was even more powerful for different reasons, as if the healing/treating of her long term ear inflammation over the past year allowed for much deeper work to unfold on her second visit.

Using Spiritual Helpers for Healing

For me, working with spiritual helpers to get energy healing work done is pretty comfortable ground. My book, Awake in Angelscape, essentially uses the same kind of reliance on the spiritual level and spiritual helpers to initiate a series of healing and wholeness protocols. I don’t tell people what helpers to use, but instead create a system by which the person doing the exercises can pull in the helpers that are most comfortable to their spiritual views and beliefs. I also take significant care to safeguard all work to be within Divine Will. That one is kinda a biggy. I don’t want just any spiritual being going to town in my system without safeguards.

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The Crystal Bed Experience

So, back to the crystal bed. It’s basically a chakra based light bed that uses Vogel style cut crystals to direct the beam of color to the corresponding chakra. The crystal tipped lights are adjustable and flash the colored beams to the chakras in an alternating pattern. You just lay on the massage table, fully clothed, and kick back and let it happen. Since I am used to working with spiritual helpers for healing work, I set up my intentions and safeguards for that kind of interaction well before I even got into the room for my first visit.

Vogel style cut crystal used in the crystal bed. Photo by Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.
Vogel style cut crystal used in the crystal bed. © Photo by Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.

The first visit was potently “buzzy” and I could tell that I was getting “worked on”, though I wasn’t sure exactly what was being done. I’m sensitive, but I don’t “see” much. I am very kinesthetically sensitive, so feeling the buzz and sensation of energy moving through my body was certainly present. I saw some movement in the air as well, but that doesn’t give me a ton of information.  Most the “big wow” observations and shifts happened weeks later.

The patterns of light are beautiful. Photo by Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.
The patterns of light are beautiful. © Photo by Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.

Spiritual Shifts and Growth from the Crystal Bed

I’m not sure how to explain what kind of shifts I’ve been having, but what I loosely understand is that I’ve been undergoing “structural repair” that makes it easier for me to slide up the ladder of consciousness. The additional thing is that the repair work, sometimes which does feel like internal surgery, happens even when I’m nowhere near the crystal bed. This “sliding up the ladder” is a somewhat freaky experience and it’s taken me a bit of adjustment to reorient to regular world functioning. That level of spiritual progress/shifts has not happened to me since my late twenties, which is when I first got gobsmacked with a not-so-subtle awakening process.

Close-up of crystals from the crystal bed. Photo by Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.
Close-up of the crystals from the crystal bed. © Photo by Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.

Basically said, since I’ve been using the crystal bed, my ability to anchor larger parts of my soul self or higher self has vastly opened up. I’m still in flux in my “structural repair” stage, but after many years of not doing much lightwork because my own world was in chaos, I’m back. I’m not sure what physical healing assistance I’m getting, but energetically, the difference is total.

The session that Christopher observed.
The session that Christopher observed. © Photo by Christopher Lee Matthews, 2015.

My co-worker, and partner in all things wooey, Christopher, attended a crystal bed session and stayed in the room while I was on the bed. He’s a squillion more times more visually clairvoyant than I am, so he was able to provide feedback that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. The helpers that showed up were the usual suspects for most of us living a wooey life; archangels and spiritual figures with whom I’m most familiar. The focus on who was present went away and then there was only the work to observe. Christopher noticed that the flashing, alternating lights had a pattern that went with what systems were being worked on. He saw that the places being “pinged” went from the left top side of my body to the lower right side, and vice versa, as if there was a balance in the polarity being addressed.

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Close-up of the blue ray crystal on the crystal bed. © Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.
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© Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.

Christopher could also tell when I was “in process” outside of the crystal bed sessions. I went through weeks of being swaddled in some energetic cocoon that was protecting me during particularly fragile states. He said I looked like a ball of light inside of a round nest. During those weeks, I went through all sorts of spiritual and emotional crisis. It was not easy work, whatever it was. It was as close to feeling crazy as I care to experience. Again, I have not had shifts that potent since I was much younger. Thankfully, this wasn’t my first rodeo, so I was JUST able to keep my shit together through it. I don’t even think it’s fully done either, but I’m hopeful that the most uncomfortable and discombobulating parts are behind me.

The truth is, as I have experienced with my own interaction with spiritual helpers to assist or initiate healing work, that the crystal bed is still only a tool. The spiritual helpers can work with you without any sort of physical touch point–but touch points are nice.

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© Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.

For me, the crystal bed experience does seem to have repaired structural energetic damage enough for me to become conscious of much larger/higher subsets of wisdom/awareness within my own system. Yeah, I’m not entirely sure what that means until I’m within the “in-between place”, where my own limited perspective gets stretched and stretched and stretched.

“The Veil”, is less a membrane or doorway between normal consciousness and higher self functioning, and more like a grey zone of ever increasing amounts of wisdom and light that superimposes over “little you”. I guess it felt a bit like being one of those Russian nesting dolls with the understanding that my regular waking state consciousness, or what I like to call “Little Stacie”, is the lowest common denominator of a vast hierarchy of awareness levels within the Whole Self system.

So, yeah. That’s been what’s going on in my world since going to the crystal bed on a fairly regular basis.

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Close up of the red crystal on the crystal bed. © Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.
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© Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.

Recommendations for the Crystal Bed

I would recommend the use of the John of God Crystal Bed for those of you who have been on the path and doing your work for awhile. Perhaps you feel prepared to go through another quickening process. I would also recommend anyone with an open mind who has serious healing issues to give it a college try. It might do nothing, but it might do everything. It’s certainly not cost-prohibitive, the same rates as massage therapy, and it’s worth a shot. I would suggest perhaps looking into how you would comfortably incorporate working with spiritual helpers in a way that is in alignment with your own spiritual beliefs.

Avian at Enter the Earth. Photo by Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.
Avian at Enter the Earth. © Photo by Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.

Avian and the Crystal Bed at Enter the Earth

Avian came to Enter the Earth, inside the Grove Arcade, as a guest speaker for our meetup group “WNC Crystal Toting Tree Huggers” to discuss her experiences with “John of God” and to share the crystal bed with the participants. During the workshop, I included a Cooperative Contract for Healing, which I find is an extremely useful intention set to create a foundation for effective spirit guided healing activities.  I wrote a blog article detailing the 5 Basic Steps of Holistic Healing that was the basis for the cooperative contract. We then had everyone go through the process of formally requesting and receiving a spiritual healing team that could be accessed from now on, then we got a chance to sample the Crystal Bed. 🙂

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At the workshop, a map of Earth was placed under the crystal bed lights, as well as under the John of God blessed triangle and crystals. © Christopher Lee Matthews, 2016.

To Make an Appointment

Avian is available for sessions several days a week at the East Chestnut office, as well as occasional appointments scheduled through Crystal Visions, near Hendersonville, North Carolina.

The Crystal Bed sessions are a dollar a minute, the standard for holistic healing sessions of most kinds.  You can choose your session length.  If you are coming from out-of-town, please contact Avian to make arrangements.

Facilitator: Avian Thibault
144 E. Chestnut Street, Asheville
Facebook: Crystal Light Radiance
(828) 712-4605
sacredtablets@gmail.com

July to August 2015 Workshop Calendar

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Unless otherwise noted, workshops are by donation.  However seats are limited.  Individuals who have RSVP’d on our Meetup group WNC Crystal Toting Tree Huggers will be given priority.  For event at the Grove Arcade, please arrive by 4:45 pm. The outside doors are locked by 5 pm on Sundays.

Full Moon Toning Meditation
With Christopher Lee Matthews
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 , 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm
Meet at Asheville’s Therapeutic Salt Cave
Cost: $36.00

Advanced registration is required for events at the Salt Cave, please call to reserve your space at (828) 236-5999.

We will learn about harnessing the New Moon to Full Moon cycle with astrology.


We will set intentions for the Full Moon in Capricorn (07/01/15 EST) with support from gem elixirs, water infused with stones, and crystal grids, geometric arrangements of minerals.


Finally we will be vocal toning, a form of sound meditation, to support the manifestation of those intentions. We will be group singing the bijas of the Moon, simple Sanskrit syllables, believed to connect us to lunar energies.


While the Full Moon is generally associated with bringing things to fruition, each one takes place against the background of a different zodiac sign, making it better suited for particular intentions. This Full Moon is in Capricorn, representing the structures of our body, life, and society, personal and professional development, and producing things in the real world.  
After setting our intentions, we will work with gem elixirs, crystal grids, and toning the Sanskrit sounds of the Moon to clear, align, and strengthen the energy body to support the manifestation of those goals.

Spiritual Awakening: The Foundation of Psychic Awareness
With Deborah Hendrickson
Sunday, July 12th, 2015, 4:45pm to 7:30 pm
Meet at Enter the Earth, Inside the Grove Arcade, Downtown Asheville
Suggested Donation of $5-$20

The discussion groups that Deborah has facilitated in the past were such a big hit that we’ve scheduled her to come back this summer for another one. This is less of a workshop and more of a support and discussion group that will share helpful protocols to those going through the awakening process.


For more information about Deborah Hendrickson, please visit Sacred Tree Visions.


Earth Allies: Stone and Herbal Alchemy

With Asia Suler
Sunday, August 9th, 2015, 4:45 pm to 7:30 pm
Meet at Enter the Earth, Grove Arcade, Downtown Asheville
Suggested Donation of $5-$20

Plants and stones make up the most ancient history of this world. Co-creators of landscape, ecology, and the very evolution of our planet itself– herbs and minerals have been allies since the beginning. Ancient human systems of healing arose from an intimate understanding of these two foundational medicines. When used together, plants and stones can go deeper, higher and wider than when used alone. Together, these two allies can help us to access all levels of healing—from the bedrock of our innermost selves to the highest canopy of our personal growth.

In this class we we’ll look at the deeply synergistic relationship between plant and stone medicine. As a group, we’ll explore the philosophy behind plant and stone formulations and investigate different methods of combining these allies to make potent medicinal elixirs. Come meet a core group of synergistic plants and stones to help you begin a truly alchemical medicine-making practice and open the gateways to deepen your relationship with these ancient earth allies.

For more information about Asia Suler, please visit One Willow Apothecaries.

Harnessing Vibration: Sound Healing Techniques with Crystals
With Christopher Lee Matthews
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 4:45 pm to 7:30 pm
Meet at Enter the Earth, Inside the Grove Arcade, Downtown Asheville
Suggested Donation of $5-$20

Many cultures recognize a unique relationship between sound and the mineral kingdom. When stones are activated with intentional sound, they help shift personal and collective frequencies and support altered states of consciousness ranging from meditation to journeying. One of the most approachable techniques is toning, using extended syllables to produce energetic effects. We will explore toning with individual crystals, crystalline grids, and gem elixirs.

We will also discuss sound healing techniques like sacred sound, combining spoken, sung, and written words with minerals, especially those passed down generation to generation through spiritual traditions.

Toning the Chakras
With Christopher Lee Matthews
Sunday, August 30th, 2015, 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Meet at Asheville’s Therapeutic Salt Cave
Cost: $36.00

Advanced registration is required for events at the Salt Cave, please call to reserve your space at (828) 236-5999.

Vocal toning is a form of sound meditation. It usually consists of singing extended syllables, especially vowels. These sounds are believed to have their own energetic properties like crystals, especially when passed down over time. We will be group toning the bijas of the chakras, simple Sanskrit syllables, originating in Hinduism, believed to balance the energy centers of the subtle body.

Combining sound and stones can produce deep meditative experiences. Because salt is associated metaphysically with spirituality, purification, and returning things to wholeness, the salt cave is especially well suited for restorative practices like chakra balancing.

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