Healing Through Balance

Bringing Balance to the Mind, Body, and Spirit

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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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© Copyright dragonfae and Healing Through Balance, LLC 2011-2014

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.

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I Swear I Saw Something! But What the Heck is it?

Have you ever been sitting in a room, reading or watching TV, and you’re just sure something ran by in your peripheral vision … but when you turn your head there’s nothing there?  If you have a cat or dog they might also turn in that direction (mine do).  So was it your imagination?  Not necessarily.  Around my house, it’s usually some sort of fae or a small dragon.  At least, that’s what their energies feel like to me.

Do I really believe these creatures exist?  Yes, but they don’t physically exist in the dimensional space that we humans experience as three-dimensional space and time.  So why do I think they are what they feel like?  Well, in short, I think that there are all sorts of energetic beings that exist in portions of our universe that we can’t see … other dimensions that we don’t directly experience, or maybe even another universe.  I’ve chatted with folks who believe that when we sleep and dream, we are actually projecting our energetic body into some of these other realms.  I certainly can’t disprove that, and it does make some sense to me that this might occur.

So, if we travel to these other realms nightly, we should be able to (on some level) sense energies from those other dimensions during our waking periods, whether we’re aware of it or not.  If we allow the possibility that there are energetic beings that might exist in those other dimensions, I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that they might visit us from time to time, assuming of course that their dimensions intersect with ours in some fashion.  If we agree that we can sense their energy (even subconsciously) then we should be able to get some sort of impression as to what their energy represents to us.  Perhaps it’s just our own personal preferences that cause us to “see” them as dragons or fae (or whatever else) in our mind’s eye.  Perhaps they once actually inhabited those forms or have deliberately chosen a form that fits their “personality”.  Or maybe our brains are too limited to make sense of what they really are and does the best it can to help us understand.

Not convinced that you can feel energies?  We all experience them every day and we each interpret them differently depending on a number of factors, but mainly it’s how “in touch” we are with our own energetic body.  I happen to have a pretty good sense for energies but logic tends to get in the way at times.  Since I’ve gotten into energy work, one of the challenges I’ve had to deal with is meshing what we “know” from science, and what I’ve been able to “feel” with respect to energies.  My exposure to crystals got me started thinking about all this.  I can pick up two stones … each has a different color, and possibly a different texture, but both are mostly just minerals.  So why do their energies “feel” different?  After a lot of pondering, I eventually started looking at it this way: Everything in our physical world is made up of atoms.  I get atoms.  And our bodies are made up of oodles of atoms.  The crystals look and (physically) feel different because their atomic structures are different.  Similar, but not the same.  If their basic crystalline structure is different from one to the next, then they will vibrate (all atoms vibrate) at slightly different frequencies.  So why shouldn’t we, at least on some level, be able to intuitively “feel” the energetic differences at an atomic level?

Honestly, we all can sense energies, you just may not be consciously aware that you’re doing it.  I remember a particular conversation I had with hubby where I think he started to see my point … I don’t remember why (and it doesn’t really matter) but I felt that he might benefit from sitting with one of my crystals for a little while.  So I brought out three spheres that might be helpful to him.  And while each of them could have helped, there was one that he wanted to sit with.  When he told me later that he can’t “feel” energies I reminded him of this instance.  He responded that he didn’t know why, but the one he picked that day just “looked prettier” to him.  So I explained that even though he didn’t think he was able to sense their energies, perhaps when his brain interpreted the energetic input he was getting from the stones the concept of “pretty” was the way it chose to let him know that particular stone was what he needed most right then.

I think that whenever we have a situation where we end up choosing a particular object or person, but can’t figure out why, it may just be that the energy of that object or person is what is actually drawing us in but our brain doesn’t know how to adequately communicate what we’re sensing on an energetic level.  So it comes up with a reference we can understand.  The bottom line here is to trust your intuition.  Whatever it is that you think makes something or someone attractive should be enough reason to go with it.

Now, let’s take this line of thought and expand it to plants, animals, people, and even whether or not mythological creatures are “real” or just imagined.  Energy is just energy.  So it makes sense to me that if I can feel the subtle energy differences in crystals, plants, animals, or people, then why shouldn’t I be able to feel energies of things I can’t see with my eyes?  The interesting thing to note about some of the mythological creatures is that all cultures have lore and images of at least some of them.  What sort of explanation might there be for cultures that have never met (let’s use the Mayans and the Chinese as an example) to have similar lore of these creatures?  Some believe that somehow there has been some exchange of ideas between these cultures but I’m not convinced.  I think it’s more likely that they’ve each experienced these beings and written about them from their own cultural standpoint.

I don’t know exactly what these beings are, or even if they are what I perceive them to be, but I do know they are around and they seem to like to visit and hang out in spaces we’ve made inviting to them.  So maybe the next time you think something zipped past in your peripheral vision you’ll think back to this and instead of wondering whether or not you imagined it, you’ll wonder what it was.  If you do, and if you have even a passing thought about what it was, trust your intuition … you just may be right.


© Copyright dragonfae and Healing Through Balance, LLC 2011-2014


Energy and Water

In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water.
Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.
Lao Tzu

Water is an awesome medium to work with.   You can infuse it with herbs (either in a tea or a decoction), add crystal energies to it and make an elixir, cleanse with it (both physically and energetically), drink it, cook with it, and make all sorts of concoctions with it.  I think it’s probably the most versatile liquid available to us.

Water is a unique liquid because it will take on the properties of whatever energies it is exposed to … it basically imprints the energetic signature of whatever it comes into contact with.  This is the premise behind homeopathic remedies and crystal elixirs.  But there doesn’t need to be direct physical contact with any particular substance … intention, thoughts, and even Reiki can provide the energy to be held by the water.

Dr. Masaru Emoto did a lot of work with water and energy and has come up with some amazing pictures of water crystals.  He’s recorded the different crystals that form as it begins to freeze and has shown that loving or happy thoughts or uplifting music produces gorgeous crystals while negative or angry thought creates a jumbled mass but no crystals.  (Very interesting stuff … if you’re interested in checking out his work you can do a web search for “Messages in Water”)  The work that Dr. Emoto did is important because it shows that we can “store” energies in water.  Sometimes those energies come from the medicinal properties of plants or the metaphysical properties of crystals, sometimes pure energy is directed into the water.

So why does all this matter?  Because we are exposed to, and use, water all the time and we can make use of its properties to assist us in creating an energetic balance.  One of the things I’ve found about water is that when bottled, the energy of water from a natural source is intensified.  I have some waters that I’ve collected over the years from lakes, springs, creeks, and rivers up near Mount Shasta and just like the source waters, each of these bottled samples have very distinct but different energies.  But because they are contained, they are more potent than the source waters I collected them from.  This actually works in our favor because we can take plain water (from the tap, a well, or a bottle) and add just a little of the collected waters … and that little bit will imprint on the plain water we started with.

I’m not sure how clear that is (and can’t come up with anything better right now!) so I’ll give an example:  when our house gets to feeling really crummy and stale I’ll smudge the house, then I take one of my Shasta waters and add some of it to plain bottled water in a sprayer bottle (I don’t like to use the tap water here due to the amount of chlorine and chloramine added to it).  Then I add a few drops of essential oils and just spray it around the house.  I love using citrus scents with the “happy” waters to perk things up; or lavender and “peaceful” waters to calm things down.  I’ve even added some water from Medicine Lake to tinctures I’ve made to boost their healing properties.

Water also helps us remove negative energy from our personal energetic fields.  Ever wonder why you feel better after a shower or bath?  Of course it feels good to get physically clean, but there’s more to it than just cleansing physically … the water really does remove negative energy from our aura.  If you like to soak in the tub, add some salt (sea salts and epsom salts will work but I prefer to use pink Himalayan salts) to help detox your skin in addition to physically cleansing and removing negative energy.  You can also add herbs or essential oils to enhance your mood too.

The possibilities truly are endless here.  If you have any special places you like to hang out that have a lake or other water source, try bottling some and see if using it at home brings back the feelings you get when visiting that special place.  Even if you don’t want to find or collect special waters, you can still be mindful of how water can help maintain balance in your life.  So get creative, and make use of this wonderful resource!


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Energy Field


Shielding Your Energy

With all the tense and crazy energies floating around right now I’ve noticed a lot of people reacting by sending out aggressive or negative energy toward others.  Many are not aware that some of these energies can become trapped within our etheric body, adding the potential for blockages in our energy field to occur.

So how do you go about your day while trying to avoid picking up unwanted energies?   When I would pick up unwanted energies in the past I’d frequently get thrown for a loop … until I’d learned enough to devise some strategies to not only get rid of these unwanted energies, but to defend against picking them up in the first place.  One of the methods I use to prevent picking up “gunk” is energetic shielding.

When needed, I have a little routine I follow to clear out any crummy energies I may have picked up during the day and repair the energetic shields I use to help protect myself from the worst of the negativity I run across. It occurred to me that others (who may be unfamiliar with shielding) might benefit from the concept so I decided to put something together explaining the process.

I’ve talked about chakras briefly before … the seven well known chakras are those that “connect” our physical bodies to our emotional/subtle bodies and the world we live in.  In addition to our chakras each of us has an aura, or personal energy field, and both are susceptible to the influences of energies outside ourselves.  When a negative or harmful energy is held either in a chakra or our auric field it causes a stagnation or blockage of the energy flow and may manifest as physical or emotional problems.

For me, working with energies directly (grounding, keeping the chakras clear, creating grids, or practicing Reiki) does a really good job of keeping the energy flowing like it should. But then there are the external influences … and a lot of what I’ve had to deal with in the past was people at work, ticked off for one reason or another, oozing negative energy. So I started shielding heavily when I was out and about.

I start off doing a grounding session to clear out negative energies and bring in positive energies (I did a post on grounding here:  Grounding).  I also clear out and balance my chakras (that post is here:  Balancing Your Chakras).  Once that’s done, and sometimes it takes a little while if I have any blocked areas, I move on to shielding.

Shielding is basically just telling your energetic body how to protect itself from different types of external energies. I use visualization to “set” my shields, but it can also be done by drawing a representation of yourself, with a representation of your shield surrounding “you” on paper. A shield can be used to set the mood of your energetic body (sort of like curling up in a favorite blanket), to fend off negative energy, or even to project your energy in a particular manner.

Some of the energetic shields that I’ve used:

  • Colored light – colors can be associated with mood or personality attributes. I like to use a multicolored shield close to my energetic body to soothe and “set the tone” for my day. Some color associations: blue=good communication or calm, green=healing, pink=calm/love, purple=power, yellow=thought/expression, red=passion, orange=creation.
  • Mylar/one way “glass” – this works like a filter. Just as mylar filters sunlight through a window, this shield filters energy … it blocks what you don’t want to get through, but lets through everything else.
  • “Armor” – as the name implies, this shield completely blocks everything it’s programmed to keep out.
  • Crystals – I often use a layer of crystals to “tune” chaotic energies, harmonizing them to the loving energies in the universe. Crystal colors or attributes can also be used to fine tune the intent of this shield.
  • “Superball” – remember superballs? Hard little balls that bounce really high? I use a shield layer that acts just like that. It repels negative or harmful energies by “bouncing” them away from me.  (this is one of my favorites!)
  • Mirrors – similar to the mylar, but this doesn’t let as much in. It can also be used to reflect energies back to whomever sent them. Using colored mirrors reflects the energies away, but tempers them. I like to use pink to reflect negative energies back to the initiator with calm, loving energy (this really confuses some people if they are being super negative). This shield can be either a solid mirror or oodles of tiny mirrors, like a disco ball.
  • “Bird Whackers” – we call these “Pigeon Whackers” here … they are all over the bill boards here and are used to keep birds from roosting on them. I use this shield to fling negative energies away from me.
  • Electrical/Lightning – I visualize this shield like a Tesla ball. You know, those novelty thingys that look like lightning inside and you run your hand around the outside and the electricity follows? Except I use this to zap negative energies.
  • Firebricks – not sure what else to call these. I see them as ceramic “bricks” that catch and burn up negative energy.

These are just a few of the shields I’ve used.  There is no right or wrong type and anything your imagination comes up with will work.  Once you know what you want your shield to look like and how you want it to perform, either visualize or draw the shield surrounding your body and be clear with your intention for what the shield should do.

You can also layer shields.  When things would get really bad at work, I’d frequently use 6 or 7 layers, each with a slightly different purpose.  It made a huge difference for me in my daily activities.

If you’re a little too stressed or just get easily aggravated by your “normal” day, give a shield or two a try and see if it makes a difference for you.

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