Healing Through Balance

Bringing Balance to the Mind, Body, and Spirit

OK … I’ve been AWOL Long Enough

Wow … It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two years since I last posted here!

Like many others I know, I’ve been feeling stuck and inundated with chaotic energies.  Evolution of any sort is not all that pleasant.  😉

Getting unstuck has been a bit of a process and a lot has happened in the last 18 months or so.  The biggest change was that I closed my Lakewood office in June 2015 for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the 20+ mile drive in LA traffic.

It took a while (9 months in fact) to find a new space closer to home, but a couple of weeks ago I finally finished setting up a new office space in El Segundo … and since I live nearby the commute is much more pleasant!

I will try to get back to posting regularly, but it will likely be a couple of weeks since the next item on my “to do” list is to make up new batches of my herbal goodies.  I’m hoping to get some posts close to ready when we’re on vacation in June.  Anything that makes life easier and a little less chaotic is a good thing.  🙂

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Crystal Grids

There are very few “rules” with regard to grids. Grids can be used for just about anything you feel a need to use them for. They can be of any size or shape and any sort of crystals can be used. The two main things to consider when setting up a grid are the space needed and what center stone to use … the center stone is more important as it directs the energy flow within the grid.

If you’re in tune enough with the energies of crystals, just sitting quietly and thinking about what you want to accomplish should bring one or more to mind pretty quickly. If you aren’t comfortable trusting yourself yet, you can always look up the issue or stone properties in order to choose which crystals to use.

The basic idea is to set out one or more type of crystal in the grid pattern with a center “master stone” to orchestrate the energy flow. The center stone needs to be programmed with the intent of the grid. The outer stones can be programmed as well, but it isn’t necessary. To program a stone, sit quietly with it in your hands and visualize the outcome you want from the grid. You can also give it clear directions regarding the specific flow of energy in the grid if desired (I’ve done this with healing grids placed for my fish tanks and it works well).

Once the grid is “up and running”, you may find that after a few days something seems “off”. It could be that the stones are just worn out and need to be replaced. You may also need to swap them out with different stones to complete the task. In my experience, this is common with healing grids. Someone once described it to me like this: When you visit the doctor, they may give you an antibiotic to get rid of an infection. But once the infection is gone, there may be other issues present that need to be resolved, perhaps an upset stomach. By changing out the crystals, a new set can help complete the secondary healing … but the center crystal will remain with it’s original programming. You just give it a quick “update” when you place the new set.

To set up a grid for healing or protection, I find it works best to lay the stones out on the perimeter of the area you’ll be working with. As an example, for a protection grid on a house or apartment you could place stones in the extreme corners of the property with the center stone next to an interior wall (where it won’t be disturbed). A grid for healing or to aid with sleep can be laid out around your bed with the center stone underneath the middle of the bed.

You can also use grids to help companion animals with healing.  Some animals are better than others at sitting or lying still and those that will tolerate just hanging-out can be helped by sitting in the middle of a grid for short periods of time.  They can also be fed a drop or two of a crystal elixir (but don’t use alcohol as a preservative if you intend to give it to a pet) either directly or in their food or water.

When it’s not practical to set up a large grid, a small grid on a table will work. These are especially useful when you are doing a grid for someone else, but the grid will be in your space. As I said earlier, there really aren’t any hard and fast rules and whatever feels right to you will be effective.

While a single type of stone can be used, I usually end up using at least two different types. And I prefer clear quartz as the center stone because it plays well with all the others and accepts programming very quickly. Just start with a “clean” set of stones (cleansing them of previous energies if needed) and make sure the space where you are setting up the grid has been cleared as well. I like to smudge with sage because it’s quick, easy, and very effective.

Once everything is ready, place the outer stones, program the center stone with the intent of the grid, and then place the center stone. It’s not unusual to feel a small electric charge when you place the center stone. I’ve had that happen with every grid I’ve set up. I’m including some pictures of a few grids to show what it is I’ve been rambling on about. 😉

This is an example of a healing grid. Green fluorite is a wonderful stone for healing. Rose quartz is the stone of universal love. It’s a great stone to add in healing grids as it will add some wonderfully soothing energy to the mix. The center stone here is a double terminated clear quartz. I like using the double terminated crystals because they allow the energy to flow through them in either direction.


This next grid is one I might set up if I wanted to get rid of a block and increase my personal or creative energy. The zincite is awesome at getting rid of energy blockages and carnelian is a terrific stone for bringing in energy either physically or for creative purposes. Again I’ve used the double terminated quartz here.


I don’t usually use a grid for meditating, but if I were going to I’d do something like this. Celestite is a great stone for communicating with guides or angels (for those who work with them) and it helps to clear the aura too. Aqua aura is an excellent communication stone and can help focus intense energies. For this grid I’ve used a clear quartz pyramid to collect and focus the energy of the grid. I’ve also added some small selenite spars to enhance the effect of the aqua aura stones.


Next up is an elemental grid. This sort of grid would be useful during ritual or working with the elements during meditation. It might also be something someone might keep on a permanent altar. In addition to the stones for each element, I’ve added some small clear quartz points to allow the grid energy to flow in all directions.


This last grid is one that I keep on my water altar. These seven rhodizite stones came to me as a set. The woman I got them from said she couldn’t separate them and they definitely want to be together. Although these stones are tiny (the large one in the center is maybe 3mm in diameter) they pack a huge punch. They have an extremely high vibration rate and clear out all sorts of blockages. Since that particular altar is near the center of the house, these little guys help maintain a calm environment for everyone in the house.


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Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics. – Albert Einstein

How do you match the frequency of your desired reality? By getting rid of blockages in your energetic body, staying grounded, and announcing your intent to the Universe. Yeah, you still have to do the work to get where you want to go, but it really is that simple.

Are You Superstitious?

Are you even slightly superstitious? Do you have Triskaidekaphobia, a fear of the number 13, or Paraskavedekatriaphobia, a fear of Friday the 13th? (Yes, there are names for them!) Or do you just think of Friday the 13th as an unlucky day? Ever thought about why that might be?

One can find any number of articles speculating on why Friday the 13th has been deemed “unlucky” and some make more sense than others. In doing a little bit of nosing around, I’ve found a few tidbits that seem to have that “ring of truth”, at least to me.

Friday: The name Friday comes from when the days of the week were initially named. Friday was originally known as frigedæg or “Freya’s Day” in Old English. Freya is the Teutonic goddess of love, beauty, and fertility (I should note here that some seem to think Frigg was the goddess that Friday was named after and others think Frigg and Freya are interchangeable … since I don’t follow the Norse pantheon, I won’t give an opinion but only note that either name may have been the goddess this day was named for). In Middle English, frigedæg was morphed into fridai. Friday is the only day of our current week named after a goddess.

13: The number 13 started getting a bad rap in the Middle Ages … possibly because 12 was considered a “perfect number” by numerologists and considered to represent harmony and balance (there are: 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 apostles of Jesus), while 13 would be one past “completeness” and adding chaos to the mix. 13 is also referred to (some think negatively) in the Bible a number of times (Judas being the 13th person to attend the Last Supper, the Jews murmured 13 times against God in the exodus from Egypt, the thirteenth Psalm concerns wickedness and corruption, etc). Many (most?) calendar years contain 13 full moons … the full moon supposedly being when witches would fly off into the night and cause havoc. It’s also the number of menstrual cycles every woman has each year.

Seeing any pattern here? There are those who speculate that Friday the 13th has been vilified by the Western culture because of the associations with women. Whether or not that is true isn’t for me to say, but given the number of feminine themes that have been pushed aside by our male-dominated civilization it makes some sense to me that it’s possible this is at least part of the reason 13 is maligned.

There are a host of other theories as well, from the decimation of the Knights Templar (on Friday October 13, 1307) by officers of King Philip IV of France to the crucifixion of Christ (on a Friday), as to why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky. For some interesting reading on Friday the 13th and some of the speculation on why it is considered unlucky, check out these pages:

Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky and Why is the number 13 considered unlucky?

Regardless of what the actual reason is (let’s face it, no one really knows) I choose to look at Friday the 13th as a good day … a lucky day for me. 😉

13 is a powerful number. It is one of the Prime numbers (a number divisible only by itself and 1) as well as one of the Fibonacci numbers (the seventh in the series). 13 appears in many places within the world that we experience: there are 13 major joints in the human body, the moon travels 13 degrees across the sky every day, and there are 13 lunar cycles in a solar year. Even our current calendars are based on 13 … 4 seasons each with 13 weeks in them for a total of 52 weeks.

In two dimensions, six circles placed around a seventh central circle is considered by mathematicians to be geometric efficiency and perfection … taking this same configuration into three dimensions gives us 12 spheres arranged around a central sphere (for a total of 13), which is the most compact three-dimensional arrangement found recurring in nature.

I could go on and on, but I think I’ll stop here. The number 13 (along with 3 and 7) is one that I find recurring frequently in my life. For that reason alone, it holds a special significance for me so I would never consider it “unlucky”. And since I look at Friday the 13th as a good day, this one will be even better for me because we have the full moon too!

PS … I’m still working on the retrograde motion post but got a tad derailed with other tasks this week.  Hopefully I’ll get it finished soon!

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Retrograde Planets – June 2014

Wow … sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  Things have been a little crazy here the last few weeks.  So, getting back to posting here:

Heads up folks … Mercury will be going retrograde Saturday.  Mercury is responsible for communications and also can affect electronic equipment and travel.

Since we’re still in the shadow period (when the planet’s direct motion is slowing … about two weeks prior to a planet going into retrograde motion) and things are already pretty bad (based on the insane drivers I saw over the weekend) this one could be a doozy.

Be careful while traveling and make a little extra effort to be clear in your communications to minimize the chance of problems for the next 4-5 weeks.

To add to the fun, Neptune will be going retrograde on Monday June 9.  Neptune affects our intuitive side, including dreams, and his retrograde motion tends to bring up old issues that we need to resolve.

For those who may want more information on exactly what retrograde means (with regard to planetary motion) I’ll do a longer post with some details in the next day or so …

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