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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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Click on the photo to find Stacie’s book on Amazon.com.

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

Rose Quartz Crystal – All Day Every Day

 

See Rose Quartz at etemetaphysical.com
Click on the photo to see rose quartz at etemetaphysical.com

Rose Quartz: All Day, Every Day

Rose Quartz is my favorite stone.  I have often said that if I could live in a rose quartz house and sleep on a lepidolite bed, that I would be the most happy girl in the world. Rose quartz is, by far, my most recommended rock for anyone for anything at any time.  It is an ~All Day, Every Day~ kind of energy.  Why?  Because rose quartz holds the vibration of love (all forms!) and love does everything.  Think about it.  Love heals, protects, strengthens, nurtures, expands, grounds, cleanses, and endures.  So, it’s as useful in the bedroom as it is in the nursery, as fantastic in the office as it is in the living room.  It’s as powerful in manifesting the love of your life, as it is a career that you love.

I could literally put rose quartz in every single crystal stone grid, gem elixir,  or medicine pouch I’ve ever made and it not change the theme because love makes everything stronger.  It also makes everything softer, sweeter,easier to take, and most importantly, easier to integrate.  What good is working with a smack-your-fanny, high vibrational stone, like moldavite, if you can’t integrate the shifts?  For some reason I’m hearing the song from Mary Poppins, “Just a spoon full of sugar lets the medicine go down…”

Rose quartz is the beautiful voice of the Divine Feminine that cuddles you and says, “Darling, you got this. It’s going to be okay.” Rose quartz is all about keeping your heart open, clear, and connected.  If you can do that, there is nothing that you cannot accomplish given enough time.  I have often thought that if people, in general, just worked on their heart chakras, even if they ignored everything else, golly, what a lovely world it would be.  (I mean, can you be an jerk-off when you have an open heart?  Probably not.  But I digress.)

Let’s talk about the color pink for a moment.  Pink is the union of red and white.  Red for the root chakra, life blood, passion, and the physical/material level.  White is for the crown chakra and beyond, purity, and the spiritual realm.  The root and the crown chakras meet at the heart.  That is why pink is also a heart chakra color alongside green. Pink symbolizes the union of the physical and spiritual worlds within you.  It strives to keeps you at the equilibrium you need to stay anchored in your heart space.

All pink stones will have something to do with love and the heart, something to do with comfort and care, and something about keeping the heart open and in alignment, but rose quartz is in the quartz family. Quartz can imprint and amplify energies and intentions.  That sounds useful, eh? Also, rose quartz is widely available and is pretty affordable as far as stones go. I say, spread that stuff everywhere.

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That me posing with a huge rose quartz point from Madagascar. Click on the photo go see more rose quartz. 🙂

How to Work with Rose Quartz

Jewelry
One of the most simple ways to work with rose quartz is to keep it near  your heart center as much as possible.  A simple, but good size rose quartz pendant that hangs right over the heart center is perfect.  You can also put a nice smooth stone right in your bra if you wear one of those.  You can add intention to it and say, “I request to attune to rose quartz, now please.”

Gem Elixir
I adore a nice gem elixir made out of rose quartz.  It’s fantastic all by itself, or you can mix it up a bit and add energies from other rocks or flower essences.  I think it would be nice to have a pitcher of water in the fridge all the time with some beautiful rough chunks of rose quartz directly in the pitcher.  If you have a clean piece of rough rose quartz there is nothing there that is dangerous to have directly in your water.  Some stones have toxic materials in them that you cannot put directly into water you drink, but rose quartz isn’t one of them.

The easy way to make a gem elixir is by “direct intention” method, which is pretty much how I roll these days.  Put the clean rose quartz in your glass with clean water and then put your hands around it and say, “I request to create a rose quartz gem elixir, now please.”  You may find a small buzz or hum begin in your hands, the crest, and then conclude.  I then seal the energies by saying, “Bless, Optimize, Stabilize, Amplify, and Seal, now please.”  It probably takes me 2-5 minutes to make a direct intention elixir.  There are other methods, but why complicate things?

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Click on the photo to see A++ grade rough rose quartz hunks that are my favorite for heart breathing work.

Heart Breath
Never underestimate the potency of simply breathing deeply with your rocks as a way to interact with their energies.  One of the most powerful heart cleansing and empowering crystal healing protocols you can do is to flop a nice hunky piece of rose quartz onto your heart, then imagine breathing through it, into and out of  your whole chest region. Your imagery would include on the in-breath, bringing the breath into your body through the rock, as a beautiful pink glowing energy.  This glowing pink energy then locates emotional congestion and whatever doesn’t belong there, surrounds it, and then on your out-breath, also through the rock,  moves it out of  your system.

Continue to do the breathing for about 5 minutes or so.  You may find yourself needing to cry, and if you do, fantastic… it means you did it perfectly.  You found a pocket of pain in your emotional body that was causing lack of flow in your system and then got rid of it.  That is always a good thing, even if it isn’t so fun to cry.   You may just feel warm and cozy and very peaceful.  That’s a good thing too.

I would so highly recommend this as an activity to do with children as well.  It would be so nice to do this as part of their going to sleep ritual.  You could even integrate it into bath time activities too, as a way to keep their heart “clean” too.  Imagine how wonderful it would be to give children the tools they can easily use to tend to their emotional landscapes.  Awww.  This topic is making me a little verclempt.

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Click the photo to see a simple 7-stone Reiki grid of rose quartz at etemetaphysical.com.

All Other Ways
Really, all other ways to work with stones would all be groovy with rose quartz.  A simple 7 stone Reiki grid with rose quartz is great for creating sacred space in the home.  Or you can get more complex and add it to a more involved sacred space grid for your home.  It all works out.  Really.  You can add it to any work you are doing  because all work is furthered and strengthened by the energy of love.  So unless you are Doctor Evil, I’m pretty sure you can use rose quartz quite liberally.  You should have a lot of it in your collection.  It’s especially nice to give away, too.  Who doesn’t love rose quartz?

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Click to see 11lbs of beautiful rough rose quartz from etemetaphysical.com.

Rose Quartz Plays Well With….

1) All other quartz: Amethyst, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Quartz with Inclusions, Green Earth Healing Quartz (Epidote included), Lemurian Seed Crystals (specialty quartz from Brazil), Sacred Heart Quartz (RQ with hematite inclusions), Herkimer Diamond (naturally double terminated quartz from Herkimer, NY), Tibetan Quartz, and so on!

2) Pink & Green Stones: This includes all stones that tickle the Heart Chakra in some way.  In no particular order, emeralds, danburite, morganite, mangano calcite, rhodochrosite, rhodonite, green & pink aventurine, pink tourmaline, pink sapphire/ruby, cobalto calcite, pink fluorite, umm.  That’s all I can think of right now.

3) Any Combination: You can add rose quartz to compliment any theme based stone support collection because it adds the energy of love to any other venture.  If you are working on abundance, wouldn’t adding love to that energy be helpful?  Especially if you are trying to create a career or opportunity that you love?   That is just an example, but really… unless you are being very naughty with your energy work (which I do not recommend)…rose quartz ads value to any intention set.

4) Cleansing and Purification stones: Since keeping the heart clear and free flowing is one of the biggest tasks for any of us, partnering rose quartz with purification stones becomes a significantly useful combo.  Himalayan salt is probably my favorite, but obsidian, kyanite, and selenite are also good choices.

5) Flower Essences: I often enjoy melding flower essences with gem elixirs for vibrational support.  Rose quartz was named after roses, so she does especially well to be added to flower essences that include the rose family.  So. very. sweet.  I have never met a flower essence that I didn’t like or that didn’t work well with combining with gem energy.  Some good resources included Bach’s and FES.

If you found this article useful, could you please be a darling and share me with your friends. 🙂  Everyone can use good tips for keeping their hearts nice and clear, eh?

Updated 5/22/2015