Thoughts From The Void

This is one of those topics that I feel is a little misunderstood. What is our shadow? There are differing opinions on the answer to that question. To me, our shadow is the part of us we choose to ignore. We might not acknowledge certain aspects of our behavior but that doesn’t mean those things don’t influence our lives. Often, when we don’t address what hides in our shadow, we find that subconscious self influences our world more than we ever care to admit.

In this series of articles, you will find my thoughts on how to effectively engage in acknowledging and healing the parts of ourselves we would rather pretend didn’t exist.

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Shadow Work


Thoughts From The Void

Working to Effectively Reconcile Our “Traumas”

Finding a way to resolve old wounds and traumas without years of therapy is often a bit like taking one step forward and two steps back. Only, the second step you trip and fall on your face, proceed to roll down a steep rocky hill, and land in a pile of dog shit. Healing is hard work! Even if you are working with a professional, the road to wellness is long and treacherous. With that said, we are more than capable of healing and growth all on our own! The key here is to be mindful and more importantly determined to be kind to ourselves when we take that roll down the steep hill. Sometimes we have to break so we can put ourselves back together in a different way. When our pain resides deep within our foundation, the only way to heal it, (and to release the coping mechanisms that become blockages or even detrimental behavioral patterns), is to allow ourselves to take the fall, feel the pain, and then start the climb again. 

Some people believe that astrology plays a role in how we feel here on Earth. The Moon is the perfect example of this as we can see its effects through the rise and fall of the tides. The Moon is not the only celestial body and the others, all can influence us just the same as the Moon. Right now, they say it is time to change, heal, and become more inclusive and mature with our thinking. I don’t enjoy the word inclusive. I feel it has been tarnished a bit in recent years. However, it fits this application. We must blend our experiences with the world around us and see how we fit into the bigger picture if healing and peace are what we are after. Taking responsibility for our own well-being is a huge part of that! We can’t heal if we blame others for our pain. Even if someone has hurt us, it is imperative we find the place we contributed to that pain and reconcile our contributing behavior. When we do this, we can release the things we do to “defend” ourselves in an effort to prevent us from encountering the same type of pain. So often these behaviors create problems instead of resolving them. Defense, when it isn’t required, can become aggression. Seeing this is hard, as we are often both the victim and the contributing creator of our traumas. That will rub many the wrong way, but this applies to my traumas just the same as everyone else’s. 

Accepting this is the number one reason why shadow work is so tricky! When we devalue ourselves (for whatever reason) this is typically where we contribute to our pain. This does not mean that our trauma is our fault so please don’t take my words there. It means we have control over our lives and are constant contributors to our experiences. Very few scenarios reside outside of this truth. 

When we engage in thoughts or behaviors that do not align with what we are feeling deep within our “self”, or if we put someone else’s feelings at a higher level of importance than our own, we devalue our self-worth.

We declare to ourselves and the world what is acceptable.

When we do not provide a strong boundary with balanced emotional responses, we chip away at our soul. This is one of those moments to remember that anger is not strength. Boundaries should be as calm and matter a fact as the following: “Do you want chocolate sauce on your ice cream?” “No thank you”. You don’t need to fight or declare you don’t want chocolate sauce. You just state that your ice cream is exactly how you want it and go on eating it. A non-emotional strong boundary is the ultimate goal in my opinion. The strength of self to know what you want and just stand firm in it without feeling the need to be defensive is power. When we are here, we have healed. Although, I think it is a very rare thing to find ourselves completely in this state. There is just so much to learn, and this is why it is also important to be kind to ourselves when we fail to maintain this strength of self.

Being mindful is our number one tool when it comes to all things healing and energy. I have written a bit about self-healing assessments and shared a simple mindful activity that would be a great starting place for reconciling deep-seated emotional baggage which you can find here, but we can do more. This is not going to be a one-and-done thing. Healing takes time but it is worth the effort if we are willing to do the hard work. Along with mindful management of our energy, adding journaling to your routine can prove to be more helpful than I was willing to entertain. Giving our feelings a place to go, is often the biggest first step in the right direction. Sometimes we need to trick ourselves into seeing the obvious. The path to healing can sound so simple, it is the application of change that is the hard part. 

We start with a journal, this can be a computer or special book, or scrap paper. Whatever you feel is good is perfect. Some people find that having a “special” book seems to make writing in it more significant. Mine is a $4 notebook with a unicorn on it so special is a very subjective term. It’s your journal – you do you. In it, I typically start with lists. Every so often I feel like something is just on my mind and I write whatever needs to come out. A weird dream, a childhood memory, my bad behavior; whatever is weighing on me can go in. Then I apply the following analysis to whatever content has come out of my mind. There does not need to be an order or a plan here. Thinking there must be an outline could be a recipe for failure. This book is to be the inner workings of ourselves. Like a detective, we are working to get to what is influencing us behind the scenes. We are looking for our shadow. 

Make a list

Having a place to begin is often helpful so I start with a list. Typically, we have an area of life that is on our minds more than others. Since our conscious self is cool with this topic we will start there. The shadow is tricky, the shadow is brilliant, and the shadow is us. Most of the time, we don’t want to see our own shadow so we can’t very well just address it. If you think you have found your shadow, perhaps dig deeper because there always seems to be more. We hide things from ourselves to protect our “self”. This is dirty work; it is unpleasant, and it usually goes so much deeper than you expect. So, what is on this list? That depends on what is on my mind. Think about the thing that you wish you had. The thing that maybe is making you feel less than good. This is what we are trying to resolve. Love, self-respect, money, relationships, stability, calm, strength; whatever it may be that is an area of significant lack for us, is what we are trying to uncover. How are we preventing ourselves from getting what we want? Yes, we are likely the reason we don’t have whatever that something is. Accepting this and resolving the issue is the ultimate goal! 

Start by naming what it is you are lacking and then start listing things that either contribute to or prevent you from having it. Think of this as your excuses and explanations. The things we would say to the world as the reason we feel unfulfilled in this area. Don’t be afraid to get weird here. If there is a reason you have hiding within you for why you can’t have what you want, it must be addressed. Once we get everything and I mean everything on the paper. Now it will be time to start to find the actual reason. This is where the hard part really starts. We must switch off victim mode. We are not a victim while doing shadow work. We are strong, we are in control, and we choose our path! This we must never forget. Read each thing on your list and ask yourself why you put it there. Find where you contribute to each thing on your list and view it with honesty. Find a place you can apply change for the better. What can you do differently? How did you act in alignment with yourself and what actions would you like to change? What causes you to act this way? Can you find a lesson?

Take responsibility.

This is not a time for the “they treated badly” type of thinking. This is time for “I allowed myself to not be important because”. You must find the “because”. This is hard especially when it comes to abusive situations. We never deserve to be hurt. That doesn’t change the fact that it happens. So, if we want to overcome it, we have to accept it happened, and we did play some kind of role. At some point, we did not stand in our power, we did not hold a healthy boundary. We accepted less than we were worth, and this is where we must not repeat this same behavior. This is shadow work. Often, we feel we have no choice, we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. There is always a choice. Unfortunately, sometimes our choices are between two really shitty things. Sometimes the level of control we have due to circumstances is minimal. These are the times that will give us the most trouble accepting and releasing. 

Sometimes, the truth hurts.

I can trace back some serious behavioral issues to when I was a child. Things that I had no control over that influenced my life for decades. How do I accept that I had a choice? I was just a child. These are the traumas that work behind the scenes causing chaos and mayhem in our lives. They must be addressed, or they will repeatedly induce turmoil in our current perspective and behaviors. In situations like this, we must forgive! Not the people that hurt us, although we do need to get to a place where we accept people are flawed. All people are flawed and sometimes we will be on the receiving end of their unbalanced behaviors – sometimes we will be the givers of that disharmony. This sucks! Kind of like dropping that ice cream from earlier on the ground, sometimes things just suck! When they do, we have to learn something. We can’t get all stuck on the suckiness and see only our pain. We must find the lessons because, in these times when our choices were non-existent, these are the times we build who we are. Those lessons of pain, we need them so our soul knows what it is like to hurt so that we don’t hurt another in the same way. This is HARD to accept but, from my perspective, it is just what makes sense. Some lessons are only learned the hard way. When we get to the shadow that just brings pain, we see no choices, no place we could have done better, we must find the thing we learned and let go of the pain. It is imperative to release the fear of facing that pain again, keep the lesson, and know you were strong enough to overcome the trauma because you are still here! At the end of the day, even if you didn’t want to, you could overcome the trauma again, but you likely will not need to. The odds are, you will not encounter that same type of trauma if you find your lesson. At least this is my opinion. 

This is the objective of the journaling activity; to uncover the lessons and areas we could apply a change to our current way of being. We simply can’t be passive about this change.

We must be vigilant and mindful as we are the ones working against ourselves! 

After I have found a few areas of focus or when I have just had enough, then it is time to utilize a ritual. My preferred way to assist shadow work is with crystal grids and talismans. Having a grid always working to help support my efforts is always a good thing in my opinion. I will typically set one up and then create a talisman. A talisman can be anything! Just something to serve as a reminder of the energy you want to resonate with. If let’s say, I want to do better to honor and hold balanced love for myself, I might select an emerald. This doesn’t have to be a gem-quality emerald, but this crystal holds the energy that embodies “Strength through love”. It is noble and enduring, wise and comforting and when facing issues of personal growth, it is the perfect ally! 

To prepare a talisman you could create a ritual that aligns with your personal beliefs and make it as detailed as you like. Or you can sit there on the floor sobbing with your unicorn book and hold your rock in your hands and simply pour your will into it. Focus on what you want to achieve and know this trinket will help lend you the energy you need to achieve success. This is at the heart of whatever ritual you create! That raw emotion and clarity of intention. Once you tell your item what its job is, that is the energy that will resonate with it. This might seem too simple to be effective, but the easiest solution is typically the best one. Whatever item you selected will work on an energetic and subconscious level to help facilitate change. For as long as you deem necessary, carry the talisman with you and it will serve as a reminder of the behavioral patterns you wish to change! 

Repeat this activity of journaling and mindfulness as often as you feel is needed and remember to hold compassion for yourself. We are not perfect, not a single one of us! We can try to be better versions of ourselves though and we are the ones who benefit from this very difficult journey.


Is spiritual growth what you are looking for? If you are looking to strengthen your connection to spirit and self, this might be the intention you need. Spiritual growth is sought after when you are called to see the world for more than just its physical attributes. Spiritual development is a pretty wide-ranging topic. From enhancing our clair-senses, astral travel, spirit communication, and energy healing; this intention encompasses all that aligns with soul evolution and progress of the energetic self.

What can crystals do to help? You might be surprised to see just how far a little bit of belief can get you. While the list of things we need can vary greatly for this intention but one thing that all require is the strengthening or establishment of faith. The ability to be still and aware but release control is imperative if we wish to grow spiritually. Trusting that the answers we seek are always within our grasp is something crystals can help us with.

For more information on the crystals used in each piece, please visit the crystal information page.


copper, labradorite & blue apatite on a 17.25-inch cord.



Sterling silver, Aquamarine & sapphire

on an 18-inch sterling silver chain



Egyptian hieroglyph meaning “Path” made from copper, with sodalite accents on 16.5-inch leather cord with iolite accent with an amethyst bead.



Copper, ammonite & blue apatite on a 17-inch leather cord



Copper and crystal quartz on a 22-inch leather cord.



Copper & sodalite on a 17.5-inch leather cord



black & blue kyanite mixed wrapped with copper on a leather cord



sterling silver, shungite, fluorite, rutilated quartz, amethyst, iolite, sodalite, mookaite, seraphinite, sunstone, & garnet on sterling chain. Measures 22 inches



copper, tiger’s eye, moonstone on an 18.25-inch cord $



copper electroformed feather, blue kyanite, quartz, gold sheen obsidian, unakite, black moonstone, heliotrope, smoky quartz & shungite on a 20.5-inch cord.



copper, lemurian quartz & lapis lazuli on a 19-inch cord.



copper, super seven, golden rutilated quartz & amethyst on a 19.5inch leather cord



copper, tiger’s eye, heliotrope, golden rutilated quartz on a cord, adjustable up to 18-inches.



copper, amethyst, labradorite, heliotrope & silver sheen obsidian on an 18.5-inch cord.



copper wrapped triquetra with labradorite accent on a 17.25-inch cord.



copper, sapphire & rainbow moonstone on a copper chain. Adjustable up to 21.5-inches



copper, black tourmaline & shattuckite on a 21.5-inch cord.



sterling silver & scapolite on a sterling filled chain and amethyst bead



copper, prehnite on a 17.5-inch cord



Sterling silver, peridot, amethyst, silver sheen obsidian, rainbow moonstone, rainbow obsidian on a sterling silver chain. Measures 19.5 inches



copper, lodalite, biotite mica on a 21-inch cord



copper, quartz, golden rutilated quartz, heliotrope, garnet on a 23-inch cord



copper, sapphire, labradorite, silver sheen obsidian on a copper chain. Measures 24 inches long.

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copper, dravite & quartz on an 18-inch cord.



copper, tiger’s eye & lapis lazuli on a 17.25-inch cord.



sterling silver, iolite, labradorite, blue kyanite & amethyst. 7.5-inches



Sterling silver, sandalwood, iolite, blue lace agate, lapis lazuli, shungite, shattuckite & amethyst 9-inches.



Sterling silver, silver sheen obsidian, black tourmaline, garnet, labradorite, abalone shell & amethyst. 7.5-inches



Sterling silver, sapphire, shungite, iolite, rainbow moonstone & amethyst. 6.5- inches



Sterling silver, pietersite, labradorite, blue kyanite & amethyst. 7.25-inches


Lepidolite, labradorite, fluorite, gold sheen obsidian, smoky quartz, copper & amethyst. 7.25-inches



Chrysocolla, sandalwood, tiger’s eye, amethyst & sterling silver. 8-inches



Blue kyanite, labradorite & rainbow fluorite stainless steel wrap bracelet with amethyst and sterling silver. 13-inches



Copper & emerald 6.25-inch cuff (Including the gap) $60.00


Picture jasper, chrysocolla, tiger’s eye & sandalwood stainless steel wrap bracelet with amethyst and sterling silver. 12.5-inches



Copper, obsidian, blue apatite with amethyst. 7-inches.



sterling silver & sapphire spinner ring, size 9



Sterling silver & sapphire, size 9



sterling silver & amber size, 9.25


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Crystal Information

An igneous rock known as monzonite that is comprised of ternary feldspars, barkevikite, titanium-bearing augite, lepidomelane, and sometimes olivine, nepheline, or quartz; larvikite is a decorative rock that displays the much sought-after schiller effect known as labradorescence. That was a whole lot of words that don’t really tell us the energy of this “crystal”. Only, if we want to understand something, sometimes it helps to know the “ingredients”. 

If we were to try a cookie and it was good, we might say “What’s in this?” Most of the time we aren’t actually planning to bake a batch for ourselves, so why ask? Somehow knowing the ingredients helps us to better understand what we have eaten. Even if we don’t know what those ingredients are, defining them creates a puzzle that we can further examine if we so choose. For example, many of you may not be familiar with the term barkevikite, but odds are you might have encountered labradorescence.

As you read that first descriptive sentence you could have acknowledged the words, even though they did not mean much to you. Then when you got to labradorescence you might have noticed a similarity to labradorite and made a familiar connection. This is a fair description of how this stone works with energy. It helps to categorize and define the “ingredients”. Even if we aren’t sure what the ingredients are or what they mean, it helps us to acknowledge the parts of ourselves and situations that make up the whole. While compartmentalizing all of the influences and history of something can be confusing or even overwhelming, this stone also highlights the area in which to begin our understanding. By providing a connection to both spirit and the physical present, larvikite is an excellent stone for self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. 

Some applications for this crystal are:

~ Aids meditation efforts 

~ Promotes grounding and stability 

~ Strengthens connection to spirit and self 

~ Facilitates emotional healing 

~ Promotes dream recall 

~ Aids divination efforts 

~ Facilitates an understanding of past events 

~ Highlights and promotes acceptance of multiple viewpoints 

~ Promotes feelings of inspiration & motivation 

~ Facilitates shadow work 

~ Helps breakthrough roadblocks and self-imposed obstacles

~ Facilitates forgiveness

~ Promotes confidence 

~ Strengthens faith

~ Facilitates astral travel and lucid dreaming

~ Promotes acceptance of change & aids transformation

~ Helps combat effects of anxiety 


Thoughts From The Void

This symbol always perplexed me because it seemed to be called the very thing it was intended to defend against. Not only that, but it can also be used to send out the energy many feel it wards against. That said, the evil eye is a concept that dates back to antiquity. One of the oldest known beliefs is that people had the ability to harm others through nothing more than a gaze. Sometimes this was done intentionally and other times without awareness. Either way, many believe the harmful glare of some could curse another causing misfortune, distress, or even injury.

 A form of apotropaic magic used to defend against such evil glances was the use of a talisman or amulet in the likeness of an eye that could reflect the harmful intentions of another back to the originating source. Whether the malice was sent due to jealousy or spite, with intention or without awareness; the evil eye has been used to provide protection from the “evil eye” since the dawn of civilization.

Signs & Symbols 

Thoughts From The Void

What do they mean?

There are an infinite number of descriptions and associations that we assign to “spiritual” symbols. Given the unprovable nature of spirit, no meaning could ever really be wrong; however, there are historical significances, common beliefs, and proven uses for many symbols and that is often a good place to develop your own understanding of them. 

Click on the images below to find my thoughts on the symbols that inspire us. 

New symbols will be added each month, so check back to find new insight.

Evil Eye
Metatron’s Cube
Seed of Life


Thoughts From The Void

Why we need both positive and negative experiences.

Spirituality can be a beautiful thing. Finding meaning, purpose, and connection to the world around us is something that most people can embrace; regardless of if we align ourselves with a particular religion or not. It is important to point out before we go any further that we are talking about the unprovable here. So, anything anyone says regarding the topic of spiritual things will always be an opinion. Be it the pope, a shaman, or some lady who really likes rocks; we are all talking about our perception of the spiritual based on our own personal experiences and studies. At the end of the day, no one can tell you what you should believe. but if my opinions on this topic help to clear the way for someone to embrace the connection we all hold to one another, maybe this opinion is worth sharing.

When it comes to spirituality, the place many find a roadblock that prevents them from really embracing belief or religion is “evil”. There is a common question posed by the logical thought process and it goes along the lines of “If there is a god, then why does he allow such bad things to happen?” This is a reasonable question that warrants further thinking. There are also some people who will refuse the notion of karma with the logic that people can do such awful things, so when do they get their karma? The issue there lies with the misunderstanding of what karma is.

Now, the same question reworded finds itself combating many belief systems, so if God and karma aren’t at the forefront of your beliefs, don’t shrug this notion off just yet. Let’s just say, for the sake of understanding my opinion on evil, that all beliefs hold equal merit – there is truth in them all. Let’s take a stance that they all are pretty much saying the same thing, the stories vary, the way the information is delivered changes, but at the end of the day, we are all equal. When our bodies die, the part of us that is us, continues on in some way. Here is where things get tricky when it comes to beliefs, and fear is very often what fuels our attachment to our feelings in this area. This is okay and again, keep an open mind as I am not telling anyone they are wrong to believe what feels right to them.

From my perspective we have a soul, our soul is not perfect, it does not know everything there is to know – no one does. Where does our soul go when we aren’t living a physical life? Heaven or reincarnation? Why not both? Why can’t they all be a thing?

Find the common ground between beliefs and you start to see things a little bit differently.

One big issue with a paradise after death for me is, if “Heaven” is a place where everything is chill and wonderful, how could I reside there? Not because I am bad, evil, or unworthy but because I have turmoil in my soul. It doesn’t matter where you place me, that turmoil will be there. I have “karma” that needs to be addressed. Most likely, we ALL do. I could find myself in a place that we could associate with “Heaven”, but until my soul learns to see things from a perspective that allows that turmoil within to be at peace, I would not be able to maintain a state of happiness in any location. No amount of divine intervention could fix that. Our healing and learning must come from within for it to be authentic. We have to choose to heal, learn, and grow.

The hardest and most painful learned lessons are the ones that stick.

We could be told a million times not to do something. We could be given every reason and example why we should not do that something and yet, we will still do it because we want to. When the time comes that we don’t heed the warnings and whatever it is ends poorly, we learn a lesson the hard way. A perfect example is a recent experience with my son. “Don’t touch that hot pan.”, “It just came out of the oven, it’s hot”, “Be careful the pan is still hot” and yet, the second I turned my back, my kid walked over to the pan and picked it up with his bare hands and now has a burn on them both. That boy will never make that mistake again.

A lesson learned the hard way is a lesson that sticks.

What if when we die there is a place of peace, comfort, and healing; but we can’t stay there because we are not at peace within. What if, we could continue to learn and try to face the things that cause our turmoil so that one day, we might be able to be at peace anywhere we were? Anywhere and everywhere could be “Heaven” if this was the case. What if there was a source of such compassion and love that provided us the option to continue to seek out that tranquility? What if “karma” is not a punishment? What if it is just the baggage we carry that causes conflict within?

We are the sum of our experiences.

We are the sum of our experiences, and when we handle things poorly or avoid them altogether, we take note of that on an energetic level. Sort of like a subconscious to-do list that holds all of the things that make you say, “I am not ready to do that now, but I will come back to you later.” To me, this is karma. It is a list of things we have not yet fully learned.

We all have things to learn, some lessons are harder to face than others and some perspectives can only be gained the hard way. This is where “evil” comes into play. How could there be such evil? Why would anyone allow such atrocities to exist? It is because someone needs that lesson or perspective. Those evils reflect choices and lessons for someone. There is always something to learn, as horrible as that sounds on the surface; there is so much love and goodness but in order to really understand how good those things are, you must also know what it is to look in the face of a hurt and pain too great for words. To grasp what it is to know love and peace, you have to know the opposition.

The only way to hold a real appreciation for that tranquility we seek is to know great unrest.

If our goal is to exist in a place of ultimate cooperation, a place where no one acts out of selfishness, we need to see all aspects of why that cooperation and unity works.

We can’t choose cooperation because we are told it is right. At some point we might feel what we want is more important than what everyone else needs, and what then? We can’t know how to be objective and unified from simply being told how to act. We have to learn through experience and feel our way to that mindset. We need to know how it feels to be on all ends of the situation so that we know there is more than just our current perspective. If we can still take the stance that the “evil person” is just evil and they now don’t matter at all, then we are not being objective. That person is possibly acting out of their own unrest. What if you have been that evil person before? Wouldn’t you hope there was a chance for redemption? For all you know, you have done some evils you can’t even fathom. Again, we are talking about the unprovable here so if there is a chance that I have lived another life, there is a chance I have committed great evils; and if that chance exists, I hope above all else there is a chance for redemption. An opportunity for forgiveness.

What other people have to learn isn’t for us to know.

Maybe you never get to see that someone who has hurt you being taught a lesson for their actions. Perhaps in this lifetime they never seem to answer for the wrongs they have committed. That might be the thing that holds you back from embracing the idea of karma or spirituality. However, that right there would be one of your lessons. What other people have to learn, isn’t for us to know. How the world makes us feel and how we feel about our place in it, is for us to assess. How we react and conduct ourselves in the world is everything and will be the defining factor of our experiences in life. People will hurt us, but people will also show us great kindness. Neither one should sway us or determine the foundation of who we are. We get to choose the person we want to be and why we do what we do.

Someone hurt you, so you could choose to carry that and let it cloud how you see the world; or you can choose to find compassion for everyone involved and know you will do your best to never inflict a similar pain on anyone else. You can choose to hope the person who hurt you, finds their way to healing and let go of the trauma associated with that pain. That is a very hard thing to do. It is something that is so much easier said than done. Often, we just can’t find that forgiveness and ability to let go. When that happens, we find ourselves being the giver of a similar pain to learn why we need to forgive. We end up learning all perspectives, even if we don’t realize that is what is happening – our soul knows.

There is great evil that exists. This is an undeniable truth for everyone, regardless of your system of belief. Sometimes we encounter great evil for seemingly no reason at all. Sometimes it’s just because someone could be bad and chose to be. That is a tough pill to swallow, that incomprehensible evil for the sake of evil, how can we process that sort of behavior just being allowed to exist? Why doesn’t someone stop them? Hurt like that shouldn’t be a thing and if there was a good out there, as strong as the evil, then they should intervene. This thinking is flawed because that evil we see is proof of the good.

It is proof that we are free to choose who we are.

It is proof that there is a goodness as great as that evil and it facilitates our choice to keep trying.

Sure, people choose to be bad for no reason other than they can, but sometimes people also choose to be good. There is a balance that exists even if we can’t always see it. The evils of the world create discomfort and discomfort is where true growth occurs. As awful as evil can be, for us to find peace the evil is necessary.


Thoughts From The Void

“How am I feeling?”

Healing is a very complex topic, especially when we start digging into the various forms and methods used to target the act of healing. We can see a doctor, a shaman, a priest, a friend, or even a loved one to achieve various forms of wellness and balance, and that all falls into the category of healing. When we use a combination of all available practices, we increase our chances of finding the harmony we are seeking. I typically try to address the energy behind my ailments first and then go from there. For all things that seem strictly physical, seeking advice from someone who is well versed in healing the physical body is the most logical thing to do. It is important to realize that we are more than just our physical body. For all of those issues that fall outside the realm of our conventional medicine’s effectiveness; this is when we look to our energy. These are the areas we are capable of healing all on our own! 

The biggest part of self-healing comes from being mindful of how we are actually feeling, and more importantly – why. Getting into a routine where we perform “self-checks” is the hardest part of this. This first step of self-healing can be completed with the foundational information I have already shared. You do not need to be a Reiki Master in order to heal yourself. You just simply need to have the will to have balance and strength in your own being. As always, if there are parts of what I do that resonate with you, take them and make them your own. If there is anything that feels like it needs modification, make the changes and apply them to your personal practice how you see fit. 

This practice is very easy and takes minutes a day. The key here is doing it every day as the benefits of this “ritual” will be felt over time and will help to provide emotional and energetic stability as well as the recognition of when we need to make a change in our physical lives to facilitate our own wellness. Yes, I say ritual because I believe a ritual is anytime we act intentionally concerning something sacred to us. We should be the most sacred thing to us. We deserve our full attention at least twice a day! When we are at our best, we can do more good for the world around us.


Upon waking in the morning (or whenever it is you start your day) take a few moments to become centered and take notice of how you feel. Actually ask yourself “How do I feel?” Take note of anything going on within your personal bubble. Are you feeling sluggish, do you have any physical discomfort? Then go deeper, emotionally how are you feeling? Are you looking forward to the day? Are you filled with a bit of dread? Then go deeper. Energetically how do you feel? This one might be tricky at the start, but this is the answer we are looking for the most as it is the “behind the scenes” influencer of most of the previous answers. This is where our state of being is hiding. 

Have you ever heard someone say, “My soul is tired”, or the opposition of “Bursting with joy”? These are the feelings inspired by our energetic body. Both of which might require some grounding and circulating. When we encounter various frequencies that impact our energetic system and do not address them, they remain and circulate in our energy field. As they do this, they have subconscious influence over our being. These energies are what we are hoping to become aware of. This will be the starting point for our self-healing.   

As we take notice of everything we are feeling, from the physical to the energetic, try to find the origin for what it is we feel. Example: “My knee hurts because I walked up the steps a dozen or so times”. Only, we want to do this for everything we feel. Maybe you feel frustrated with a conversation you had. Perhaps you are worried about a loved one. Notice all things you are feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally. All of these things impact our ‘energy’. Everything, every single energy we take notice of, we want to find the point of origin. NOTHING gets to reside within our energetic field without us being aware of it.

Awareness is the key to resolution and healing.

If we don’t know why something is influencing us, we can’t control its influence. 

Once we recognize what we are feeling and why, it is then time to ask ourselves if this is a temporary feeling or something that requires addressing. The knee pain, for example, will be temporary. If I want to, I can put some ice on it or take some anti-inflammatory medication, but it will most likely resolve itself. Take the time to go through addressing everything and decide if actions must be taken to bring resolution to the energy behind the feeling. There will be things we can’t find resolution for. This is okay, take stock of those particular energies and know they are working behind the scenes. They will present themselves in “triggers” and irritants throughout your daily life. They will not go away for good until they have been addressed but try to not dwell on them at this point as they are likely something that requires shadow work, and that is a topic for another day. For now, simply acknowledge they exist and honor yourself by knowing that when you are ready, you will find a way to address these energies. 

Our thoughts, emotions, and physical body all influence our ‘energy’.

Sometimes we will feel overwhelmed when we really start to take notice of what is going on within our system. Should we encounter this sort of spiral of overwhelming energy and emotion – pause and collect yourself. Being mindful and aware is important when engaging in self-healing and we must remain in control. This means, recognizing when it is time to re-center and ground. When moments of overwhelm occur, it is okay to take a step back and remind yourself of the present moment. Every feeling holds merit, every emotion is an important clue to our well-being, but everything does not require your attention at the same exact time.

When lots of energy comes forth at once, center, ground and then ask yourself, “Why do I feel so overwhelmed?” Locate the area of your life you feel you lack control over and find a starting point to regain control. Maybe you have more to do than you can really accomplish in a day. Perhaps you feel like the weight of the world is falling on you. You have to work, manage the house, pay the bills, take care of family, find time for yourself, and more. This is a common area that overwhelms people. When we encounter these energy overloads, look to the origin – what do all of these troubles have in common? Is it that we have too much to do? Or is it that we don’t feel supported enough to ask for help? Do we not enjoy doing all of the things or some of the things we have to dedicate our time to? There is always an underlying reason for what energy resides in our field. The foundation of healing comes from the identification of these reasons. 

When there is chaos in our system, it wreaks havoc on our lives.

These are the energies we really should not leave unaddressed. We can accomplish all of our long to-do lists and more; but if we don’t face those feelings that lie beneath our chaos, then they will continue to influence our lives in less than positive ways. For the one example given above, we would need to vocalize how we are not feeling supported and bring it to the attention of the people we feel are not lending us the support we need. We also need to take responsibility for our own well-being. We can’t do everything, and it isn’t reasonable to think we can. So, a shift in perspective is also required to resolve the disharmonious energy that pertains to our overwhelming feelings in this example. We need to reevaluate what we think we need to do, delegate what we can, and ensure we are dedicating some of our time to what makes us feel fulfilled.    

Once we have addressed or acknowledged everything we are feeling, it is time to ground and circulate our energy. We want to get all of our energy flowing, filtering it through the Earth’s energy and back up through our system so that we resonate at the frequency that best suits our current needs. Do we need a day of rest? Do we need to be motivated? Do we need more grace? Start the day by attuning yourself to the frequency you require to have the day you want to have. You can do that! As you circulate your energy, focus on how you want to feel. Not simply “I want to feel good”, but rather match the energy of where you want to resonate

There are a lot of words in there that make this all sound a bit mystical and not based in reality. While I prefer to use words that have a meaning we all agree upon, understanding that these terms have real life applications only takes a minor shift in perspective. Being aware of how you feel is not some kind of magic. Influencing your ‘energy’ is simply no different than choosing to control your mood. Being aware of what bothers you, addressing it, and rising above it is where self-healing begins. There is no magical source that is coming to fix you. You and your will can influence how you feel on a daily basis. It requires patience as well as the will to keep trying even when you fail. Our beliefs dictate how far into the mystical we go with healing, but I like to keep one foot firmly planted in reality. The energy around us can help if we believe we have access to it. However, it can’t do for us what we are not willing to do for ourselves.

Self-healing is a lifelong practice, and not just a one-and-done deal. Being mindful of how we are feeling is the starting point for any of the healing methods you might wish to engage in. Be it a trip to the doctor or the balancing of chakras, we first must acknowledge how we are feeling if we want to find effective “treatments” for the areas in which we feel dis-ease. Performing some method of self-assessment each day can help to produce lasting balance and an overall improved quality of life. Ideally, we will find the time to perform this check both when we start the day and just before we end the day. You might be surprised to find how much baggage we process while we sleep. If left unaddressed, these energies will be influencing our dreams and astral experiences which might prevent restful sleep – this is something that impedes wellness.

In time the process of self-assessment will be much quicker and take only minutes to complete. The more time we dedicate to honoring what we are feeling, the more we will understand all we are feeling. The more conscious we become of the energy that circulates within our field, the less subconscious influence those energies will have over our daily lives.


Thoughts From The Void

Even if we do all the right things like eat healthy, exercise, and be mindful of our thoughts; it still will be necessary to periodically cleanse our energy field. What does it mean to cleanse our energy? Removing or healing any issues that prevent clear-flowing energetic pathways is pretty much the idea here. This can be energetic debris in our auric field, blockages in our chakras, or anything in between. There are many methods of energetic cleansing and what works best for you may vary depending on the level of cleansing you require at any given time.

How do we know if we should clear our energy?

The times when we feel sluggish, confused, overwhelmed, or maybe even just off. Pretty much anytime we are feeling funky, it is probably a good idea to cleanse and circulate our energy field to ensure our energy is free-flowing and strong.

In my opinion, the best way to prevent the build-up of energetic issues is to incorporate circulating our energy into our daily routine. It doesn’t take very long but if we circulate our energy, we can prevent stagnation and become more aware of any issues that are present. It also helps to check in with how our energy feels throughout the day because when we do this, we will be aware of the majority of the disturbances within our system. If we are aware of our energy, that means we can control it. When we control it, we can transmute it.

So far, I have used a few different words in reference to the same idea. To me, clearing and cleansing are, on average, the same thing. We are talking about the removal of energetic vibrations that do not match the frequency we wish to resonate with. For our everyday sort of issues, these two words are interchangeable.

Cleansing isn’t just washing away the negative or lower vibrations within our field.

When we clear our energy, we are taking control of the frequencies we resonate with. The idea of pushing away and ridding yourself of all negativities is a slightly incomplete notion. Most of the time if there are lower vibrations within our field, we are the ones who put them there or allowed them to influence us. The acknowledgment and understanding of these frequencies we find to be negative is a key part of having a productive energy clearing practice. If we don’t address why we resonate with certain frequencies, what thoughts, emotions or behaviors attract or produce them, then we can’t effectively remove them from our system. It is okay to feel negative, we can’t hide from negativity, but we can learn from it and work with it.

When we encounter these lower frequencies such as anger, fear, or jealousy, it’s important to own them. We don’t need to process them right at that moment; but if we acknowledge them and set an intention to address why we feel them, we honor our self. When we honor our self, we strengthen our self. This is so important! If we want the universe to honor our will, feelings, and intentions; we must first honor our entire self.

How can we manage our energy?

One way I like to incorporate energy clearing into my daily routine is just before bed. As I begin to unwind, I take note of how I feel. Focusing on the area around my heart chakra, I ask myself how I feel. I take notice of my emotions and then if there is anything bothering me that I can work out in that moment, I try to reach a resolution. If I can’t find some way to an understanding, I make a note to myself that I know I’m feeling a certain way. I then say I will set aside time to get to the bottom of the emotion but for now, I will release it.

After engaging in my centering, grounding, and shielding techniques (ensuring I cut any energetic cords) I focus on circulating energy through my system.

For me, I “visualize” the energy moving freely through all chakras from the root up to the crown and then out into my aura. Sometimes there is resistance in certain areas or even weak spots in my field and when I notice this, I reinforce these areas with strong fresh energy. How? My will mostly. Same as when we do shielding, it is our will that sets those boundaries, when our energy field needs something, our intent directs energy to those spots. We need only know our will to find success here. If visualizing works for you great! If feeling is better also great! If all you feel comfortable with is a matter-of-fact statement that your energy circulates freely with strength, well that great!

For me, the best way to clear my energy is through my own intention. Addressing the frequencies that are present and applying changes to my physical self to help prevent those frequencies from returning. When you create your own practice like this, you then notice over time the areas you must address to really heal any deep wounds you may be harboring.

We can take physical steps to help keep our energy field clear and strong.

There are so many rituals and methods used to help keep energy fields working at their best. These are the methods I tend to use:

-Our will

Just make it so.

This one takes some time and trust in our own self. If we don’t fully own our personal power, this method will not be totally effective. It has taken me years to get to this understanding. Be kind and patient with yourself if this one is tricky.

-Ritual Baths

These are amazing and can really help to heal and reinforce your energetic field! My favorite two things to place in a bath are salt and hyssop. However, this is an area that you really can’t mess up so throw whatever feels good to you in there!

-Ritual Shower

For a more serious cleanse, you can make a tea out of the ingredients you would like to use for your cleansing. Then while in the shower use it to intentionally wipe the energy from your auric field that you wish to remove.


There are countless combinations of herbs and resins people use with the intention of healing, cleansing, and reinforcing their energy field. My go-to is dragon’s blood but do some reading and find the one that feels right for you!

-Physical movement

Yes, exercise can help cleanse your energy field. Physical movement causes circulation through your energetic pathways. This is something that should be incorporated every day for general wellbeing and that is why it is on this list.


Crystals are amazing energetic allies! They can help strengthen your field, reinforce your intentions and clear your energy. There are so many, and no choice will be wrong. The best remover of energy in my experience is black tourmaline and the top healer is satin spar (often sold as selenite) this one works so well to repair energetic issues by overflowing a space with high vibrations.

Check in with yourself!

Be sure to check in with yourself throughout the day. Be mindful of your emotions and your physical being and you will become aware of the energy that is circulating through your field. When a frequency is there that makes you feel unpleasant, don’t ignore it, don’t push it away but rather face it, embrace it and heal it. This is how I feel we can best manage our energetic well-being.


Crystal Information

A blend of quartz, epidote, and peach feldspar, this crystal works well to facilitate balance within our emotions and auric field. With a gentle energy that provides the strength and stability needed to address issues that prevent us from growing spiritually, and emotionally; this crystal is an ally for all those who feel a little bit lost. Unakite holds a strong connection to the Earth’s healing energy. Sometimes when we think of earth energy we think of stability and strength, and this is pretty much always true. However, often we overlook the more fluid side of earth energy. 

Unakite makes me think of a plant’s roots. They grow deep within the ground and when they encounter an obstacle they are presented with choices. They don’t stop and tantrum that something is in their way, but rather they use their energy to tackle the issue in the most effective way possible. They will either go around or break through. This idea lies within unakite. It lends the strength to not stop when we are faced with difficulties. It helps us to face the challenge and either break through or use our energy in the most effective way possible to find the growth we seek. Unakite helps bypass the urge to avoid or disassociate from our issues. It is an ally for when we feel overwhelmed, confused, or having trouble focusing on the here and now. It supports us with energies of love, healing, and strength so that we can tackle even the most troublesome situations. 

A few applications for this crystal are:

-Aids all healing efforts 

-Provides grounding energy 

-Stabilizes energy after meditation

-Promotes psychic vision and visualization

-Combats electromagnetic smog

-Supports past life healing

-Promotes compassion and kindness

-Balances the emotional body

-Facilitates the gentle release of deep-seated emotions  

-Promotes patience and persistence

-Gradually eliminates bad habits and the thoughts and patterns that perpetuate them

-Assists with overcoming addictions

-Removes harmful toxins and energies from the system 

-Promotes promote steady lasting growth 

-Restores balance to the heart chakra

-Strengthens the connection between the root and heart chakras

-Encourages tolerance and gentleness 

-Inspires the will to bring harmony within the self

-Talisman for those who have trouble finding things

-Stabilizes and heals the auric field

-Inspires love and compassion for the self