The Subtle Anatomy: Messages and Maps

© Used with permission from the Essential Light Institute

The subtle anatomy is a multidimensional, multilayered energy body. From the physical-plane perspective, it is both internal and external. The subtle channels, called meridians or nadis, run throughout the entire body. They act as a kind of superhighway and when traffic is running smoothly in all directions – things are good. If there is a backup, the lanes get clogged and that’s where meridian therapies comes into play, such as acupuncture. Of the three primary aspects of the subtle anatomy, the meridians are most closely related to our physical body. In other words, when we are experiencing a physical body issue such as an imbalance in the liver or excessive headaches or numbness in the extremities, meridian therapies can be the best alternative healing option when worked in conjunction with a licensed medical care provider.

The other two primary aspects meanwhile, are more psycho-spiritual in nature. (Here is a good description of psycho-spiritual work). The chakras originate from the center of a person’s being and emanate outward in a vortex of energy specific to different aspects of our experiences. One of my teachers refers to these as “lessons.” Each of the chakras (and here we’re speaking primarily about the main 7) provide different lessons throughout our lives. When a chakra is perceived to be out of balance, there is an opportunity to tune in, pay attention, and expand our understanding in some capacity. These lessons, when not integrated, may become more physical in nature, expressing through the physical body, but can be sensed, seen, and integrated at the psycho-spiritual level.

A lot of energy healing modalities teach about the primary 7 chakras and stop there. However, each of these 7 primary chakras offers us much more information when seen through the auric fields, or layers. The auric fields govern the different aspects of our existence in a big picture way. For example, we may learn various lessons about our identity as it relates to work through our solar plexus chakra. Yet that “I am” energy is expressed through the physical, etheric, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of our being. In other words, when we view chakra imbalances through the different auric layers, we begin to see nuance that allows us to work with that energy in a multidimensional way.

Another example is depression and anxiety disorder – a diagnosis that has skyrocketed in recent decades. If someone approaches a crystal healer and asks, “Which stone should I use to help me with depression?” that crystal healer will provide a much more applicable recommendation when they ask a follow-up question such as, “Where in your body do you most acutely experience depression?” or “Tell me how the depression affects you emotionally, mentally, and spiritually?” Because the energy of depression will express itself differently (and thus, be experienced differently) through each of these aspects. We may find through further inquiry that the person experiences depression only in certain circumstances (rather than all the time for a period of time). We may find that the depression is attached to a relationship or a thought form/belief. We may find that what has been diagnosed as depression is really a specific fear as yet uncovered and unseen.  As a subtle energy healer who works with the mineral kingdom, my recommendation for crystal healing is going to look radically different depending on this additional information.

© Used with permission from the Essential Light Institute

This is one of the reasons why I don’t provide crystal prescriptions. When people email or call me and ask a question such as, “What crystal is really good for arthritis?” I email them back asking for more information. What they need is a healing session that allows me an opportunity to make a proper assessment of their subtle anatomy. Sometimes this irritates people who want a quick answer but if I provided a quick answer I could be giving them unhelpful recommendations and then they are back to square one – only more frustrated. If people are willing to work with me, I can then tune in to their subtle anatomy and learn where in the auric fields and at which chakras an imbalance might be occurring. That’s right – I may find that arthritis (or depression or fear or judgment or control issues or anger or….) is an imbalance found within their subtle anatomy at numerous chakras and in numerous fields. And based on this energy information, I can then make crystal recommendations that are nuanced and comprehensive (helpful).

Often, when a more comprehensive assessment has taken place, I can create a plan for the client to work with. I may find that I want to recommend they work with multiple crystals and the best way to do that can vary from mineral to mineral. I may recommend that they work with a particular mineral for two weeks by carrying it and meditating with it. Then, after those two week, set aside that initial crystal and work with two other minerals. But this time, I will recommend that one of those two minerals be experienced and integrated as a crystal essence. See how together we can create a more nuanced plan that provides different types of energetic support as you heal through your experience? That feels really good to me.

Human beings are complicated creatures. We are emotional, we are mental, we are physical, we are spiritual. These different aspects of our lives and experiences aren’t standalones. Each affects the others and so when we begin our healing work, we are best served when we take all of it into consideration.

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Trademarked Stones and Crystals

“Why don’t you sell or work with insert-trademarked-name crystal?”

Truth is, I’m often working with stones and crystals that, had I purchased them from a particular dealer, would have been labeled with a trademarked name. We’re all probably working with trademarked stones and don’t even know it. It isn’t that I won’t work with a specific mineral because of its other name – it’s that I won’t work with a crystal based on a trademarked name and its accompanying story. Neither will I sell anyone a crystal by its trademarked name. (For example, if you contact me desiring to work with Anandalite ™, I will tell you that I can provide you with a naturally iridescent quartz geode from India sometimes trademarked as Anandalite ™ but also called Aurora Quartz, Rainbow Quartz, and 7-color Quartz, and I can save you a bunch of money because I’m not buying or selling it from the company that trademarked the name ‘Anandalite ™’). 

A couple years ago I visited a rock and mineral shop in Sequim, owned and operated by a gentleman who had traveled the world for 40 years, personally collecting just about every item in his store. It was a sight, let me tell you. I saw he had “Cinnabar in Quartz” for $5.00 each. Not having any Cinnabar and knowing that Cinnabar is toxic, I thought, “This would be a cool way to work with the energies of Cinnabar,” so I bought 1 one tumbled, again for just 5 bucks.

When I purchase a new-to-me stone, I come home and start researching the mineral’s properties: chemical composition, internal crystal structure, formation origin, mineral class, etc. The first thing I do is a Google Image Search to make sure that yep, I’m actually holding what I was told I was buying. (This can be tricky and not always the best way of identifying stones, but more on that at another time).

I keep scrolling and JACKPOT! There it is! Only wait a minute, these pieces – similar in weight and size – are being sold for $64 and $32. What???? How did my $5 pieces suddenly become worth $30-60?

And then I see it – the Trademarked Name. 

And I’ll admit, I get a little irritated when I come across this and for a few different reasons, not least is because usually when someone applies a trademarked name to a stone, they remove any actual helpful information about the stone such as manner of formation and chemical composition. In the place of this factual, objective information (from which we then get to experience the stone individually), they sell the stone based on their personal, subjective experience. The prices for what are usually very common minerals (easy to obtain) suddenly go through the roof. People often pay more than they need to for lack of knowledge. It’s problematic on a lot of fronts.

Why do I get so bothered about these applied trademarks?  There are a few issues at play. 

Nomenclature confusion

Sometimes minerals already have multiple accepted mineralogical names from within the mineralogical community. Then there are trade names – names that aren’t necessarily trademarked but is a name sometimes given because the mineralogical name is complicated to pronounce. Then the new age/healing community will sometimes give minerals what I refer to as a nickname. For example, in some circles, Malachite is known as the Midwife Stone (in other circles Moss Agate is called a Midwife Stone). As you can see, the nomenclature is already confusing enough without adding another group of names to the mix.

In recent years, there are a few who have taken it upon themselves to assign yet another name – the trademark name. Oftentimes, the name hides all mineralogical information from the buyer in lieu of a story about a spiritual experience to be had. There are exceptions when a trademark is helpful like when the trademark name helps us identify a common mineral’s location that, because of the location, the mineral’s chemical composition or physical appearance makes it uncommon.

From a purely practical perspective, with all of these names for minerals floating around, it can be difficult to ID and research crystals and stones. It was tricky before, but now with the trademarked stones, I’ve noticed it has gotten more complicated. Generally speaking, these pieces being sold under a trademarked name have descriptions that make fantastic healing claims and are labeled “high vibration” (another pet peeve of mine). There are rarely any notes given of the actual mineralogical name, let alone chemical composition, crystal system, occurrences, manner of formation, etc.  Why? Well, I’m spitballing here, but if I can buy a tumbled blue onyx stone from an Etsy seller for $7, why would I buy a tumbled blue onyx stone called “Ocean’s Rapture” from another seller for $30? But if I don’t know that “Ocean’s Rapture” is actually blue onyx, I might be more willing to roll the dice for that beautiful blue mystery stone suggesting a rapturous experience. See what’s happening here?

Trademarked crystals are sold with suggestions that the stone will offer heightened mystical experiences and are often sold as having been “super activated.” The stone usually arrives with an authenticity certificate and it should be noted that, generally speaking, this certificate authenticates only that the stone in question came from a specific dealer/shop. It is not typically guaranteeing elemental makeup and of course, no one can guarantee an experience so neither is the certificate guaranteeing specific energetic qualities. Which leads us to ask, to what end? 

(Clarification: the stones themselves are not trademarkable. It’s only the name that is trademarked. For example, I cannot now sell my Cinnabar in Quartz stones under the trademarked name I found online because I did not acquire them from the person who owns the trademark. Make sense? It’s like Nike can’t stop Adidas from selling running shoes, but they can stop Adidas from selling running shoes using the Nike name and symbol).

I need to be clear here about something – I don’t question that someone has had a specific experience with any stone. That’s not my place to question other people’s experiences. But it is my place to remind myself and others that one person’s experience does not guarantee another person’s experience. The prescriptive culture of healing (ironically similar to the Rx culture of traditional medicine which is often eschewed in subtle healing circles) is antithetical to everything I have learned about subtle energies and the way they interact through my personal healing experiences, study, and professional practice. I am not questioning another person’s healing or mystical experience. I am calling into question the idea that it is transferrable, buyable, or one-size-fits-all.

Let’s dig deeper – and it harm none? 

There are ripple effects that I see playing out in the crystal healing community that come from this trademarking/marketing. From where I sit, the practice of assigning specific roles and a “hierarchy of specialness” to crystals is disadvantageous for a few reasons:

One – it is disempowering to people seeking their healing who work with crystals as allies. How do people come to know a thing from an empowered place? They get facts like mineralogical names which lead to chemical compositions, crystal systems, manner of formation – in other words, the crystal’s story – rather than only the stories of other people’s experiences (Third Eye awakening! Quick ascension! High vibration!). The facts about the crystal allows the crystal to tell its own story and those facts inform our inner wisdom and allow us to discern with nuance what energetic messages are being conveyed for us in that specific moment in time.

“Wait, you mean a crystal can provide different energetic support from moment to moment?” Absolutely. I might pick up a Zambian Citrine and work with it for one purpose on a Tuesday morning, but Thursday evening, for many, many reasons, it is communicating something entirely differently to me. This is but one example why I don’t read  crystal prescription books anymore. In the subtle field, where this work is done, where this energy exists and accessed, there are no hard and fast rules, definitions, or labels.

When we approach crystals from a prescriptive stance, it’s like going to a meet and greet with a friend whose mouth you’ve duct taped shut. You walk around introducing people to your friend, telling others all about your experiences with your friend based solely on your personal, subjective perception. The friend meanwhile, never really gets known on her own terms and the people meeting her don’t really have a true sense of the kind of relationship they might have with her.

When I understand the process a crystal went through to get from its seed to my hand and all of the elements included and its sacred geometry and more – my intuitive experience with that crystal is much more heightened, grounded, and most importantly – Heart centered. (There are no egoic hopes and dreams hanging in the balance, getting in the way of my healing work).

When I was new to self-healing and crystals as allies, I glommed onto anything that promised a quick healing/awakening or an amped up experience of any kind. I was eager to grow and expand my awareness. I was a sponge and I soaked up EVERYTHING I read or was told about each crystal and I was so anxious to evolve that I didn’t question where this “information” was coming from. I didn’t yet realize that healing and evolution is almost always a process – a meandering journey – with no quick fix. I also was still under the illusion that I could be “fixed” by someone else/something else outside of me. I wasn’t taking responsibility for my healing. So of course I read the books that told me what crystal to use for which issue presenting! Which brings me to number 2:

My personal concern about this marketing method is that it may take advantage of people who have not yet honed their discernment skills. Discernment – the ability to judge well – is so important and is something learned over time as we get more familiar with our Selves and our Hearts. The more honed a person’s discernment skills, the less flitting and fluttering, the less grasping about there is; the more grounded a person’s experience will be with deeper, lasting healing taking place.

Discernment is about being able to recognize when something is truly resonating with your Heart or when something is feeding an aspect of your ego. It’s about being able to recognize when I am trying to take the easy way to healing which is a short road full of disappointment and confusion. It’s like those weight loss ads – “Lose 30 pounds in 30 days with this new fad diet!” We all know that for most, generally speaking, losing weight in any real, lasting way requires a well balanced diet of limited caloric intake and a consistent exercise schedule; in other words – it takes work, much like lasting personal growth and healing.

And three – it places crystals in the role of quick-fix servants. They aren’t our toys – being used to play out a scene. They are the teachers. We don’t tell them what they do – they show/tell us how to work with them for the highest good. Remember when you were first drawn to crystals and realized they had the capacity to help you evolve? Wasn’t there wonderment? For me, it was an understanding that there was something here to uncover in/about me; there was no urge to categorize or figure out what this object was going to “do for or to me.” As I began exploring, I learned to see crystals as quick-fix, one-size-fits-all tools from various sources within the community. I had to unlearn that in order to find the wonderment (and respect) again.

The aim of this article isn’t to suggest that all trademarked crystals and purchases of trademarked stones is bad or wrong. This article is about being aware of what we are doing and why we are doing it. There are some instances when trademark names are informative. When we hear, for example, Auralite 23 or Aurora Quartz, we automatically know, oh, that crystal is amethyst from that specific mine in Canada or, oh that is quartz from India. So yes, I have an Auralite 23 and some Aurora Quartz. But I also know that Auralite 23 is Amethyst with inclusions and that Aurora Quartz is quartz often found as plates of small points, having an iridescence. I know the price reflects availability and not an experience.

Fair questions any consumer might ask:

  • Am I buying into hype? Have I considered working with this stone from my Heart Space or is my brainbox and Solar Plexus on overdrive right now?
  • Am I drawn to this crystal because of someone else’s experience, hoping to bypass important self inquiry?
  • Am I expecting this crystal to provide a quick-fix in my healing journey?
  • Does the seller freely give important information like mineralogical name, chemical composition, and crystal system? (Which can also inform us of important safety information like toxicity).
  • Does this energy exchange feel empowering or does it feel like I am relying on someone else or something else?
  • Does this exchange increase my feelings of dependence on the seller?
  • Is there a mark-up that is not in line with current market value? Why?

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Crystal Healing Course

The crystal healing course – what is truly being offered

“Healing” means different things to different people. Being a “healer” then, also has varying levels of significance from one healer to the next. For me, over the last ten years, words around healing have come to convey different ideas at different times. The same has occurred for me regarding “crystal healing” specifically.

It might feel like a contradiction when I say that no one needs to be healed. And if a person does feel they need to be healed, no one can heal them. It would be natural for a person reading these words here – on my healing website, where I offer healing services and classes and a course in the subtle energetic art of healing – to feel confused. But that’s where the last ten years has brought me.

Words do us a disservice when speaking about spiritual concepts and emotional matters. We talk about healing and energy medicine and therapies and of course these words are borrowed from the medical and mental health communities. In efforts to gain both accountability and respect, as well as accessibility, we borrow terms that are already known, that carry a weight unto themselves. The problem is that healing and medicine and therapies are words that oftentimes apply to mechanics, to the world of duality, to cause-and-effect. And in that place, these words have proper meaning, conveying accurately what can be expected (most of the time).

In the world of subtle energy healing, which is, at its core non-dualistic in nature, these words do not fit. Subtle energy healing arts offer us a way to become more aware of and relate more deeply to our psycho-spiritual, emotional, and mental aspects. There are a million ways to do this on the physical plane and so there are numerous modalities through which this type of journeying is accessed. Reiki, EFT, massage, bio-feedback, Healing Touch, yoga, kirtan, meditation, prayer, qigong, and others. And yes, relating to the mineral kingdom, aka, crystal healing. On the physical plane – where duality rules (and can serve as an organizing force) – when we get sick or break a bone we seek healing. Cause and effect. Expectations are automatic: we see a doctor who either discovers or confirms an ailment or breakage, who then determines steps to cure the ailment or breakage. But on the subtle plane, nothing is wrong, nothing is broken, nothing needs to be fixed. All is present and All is simply being observed. There is no hierarchy or good v. bad. All is. All is a part of the awareness, wanting to be seen and integrated. Energy is energy is energy. And so, no, I do not, as a healer actually heal anyone. I create a space for someone to come into their own awareness, should they desire support while doing so. I do not bring balance to their subtle anatomy – they do, by surrendering to a moment in time and being willing to be with all of the energies present in that moment and observe what arises. We work with one another because we each have different perspectives, tools, and wisdom to share with one another that further illuminates our awareness. Iron sharpens iron. We also work together because, let’s face it, sometimes this awareness can be difficult to integrate and having a witness and someone holding a space of compassion for us while we are deep in it can be one of the most beautiful experiences of this life. crystal healing course


Getting to the place where we can become willing to acknowledge and then explore that kind of awareness involves a great dance with our egos – “who” are also a part of the whole. During this dance, we allow ourselves to truly see the different aspects of ourselves, sometimes meeting “them” for the first time. Eventually we can, if we allow it, come to a place where we wonder, as Mooji so often asks, “Who is the “I” that sees/feels/hears/knows/desires/hurts/hates/loves?” Who is the one speaking/thinking/feeling? In the realm of the subtle there is no place for judgment, only neutrality. It can feel disconcerting to the person who is attached to their stories, to their suffering, to their identities. But this beautiful, all-encompassing awareness can also unlock a door to freedom and a new way of moving within the physical plane that allows for greater compassion and surrender and faith. crystal healing course

This is the underpinning of the courses offered here: acknowledging and learning how to be with energy from a place of neutrality such that we might be better equipped to live in and integrate with the physical plane through our hearts – an always-open gateway to The All. Those of us who are drawn to and have a sensitivity to the mineral kingdom, may want to explore how crystals can support us in our ever-expanding awareness. When we identify as feeling out of sync in some way – understanding how crystals are communicating to us (without the need of an intermediary) and how to work with that offered energy can be extremely grounding and helpful. crystal healing course

And that’s what the Crystal Therapy in Subtle Energy Work offers. In addition to learning how to sense and discern the energy (information that vibrates) of different minerals on the minerals’ terms, we also explore our beliefs about healing, healership, and wholeness. Together we put thought forms on the table and consider them in light of what we come to know-through-experience about non-duality and ourselves as part of the greater Whole. For those of us called to the role of healer, this is an important, clarifying, releasing, and empowering process. We have this unique opportunity as human beings, to learn how to be simultaneously on the physical plane according to its rules and ways while also knowing and integrating a broader knowing of the interconnectivity of all things. crystal healing course
Crystals then, in this course, are not approached as things that “fix” ailments, fears, or offer protection (from what do we need protection if all is energy being seen and integrated?). Crystals are treated as Light Beings who are offering us energetic support on the subtle level in a multitude of ways through a multidimensional compilation of elements, structure, origin, and more. There is so much to learn about the mineral kingdom that helps us learn how to receive that energy and apply it in an empowering way. From this perspective, the mineral kingdom becomes a true ally for those who are journeying toward themselves, seeking community with All through the All.

If you would like to be one of the four new students to register for the crystal healing course called “Crystal Therapy in Subtle Energy Work,” please call me at 360-620-2681 so that we can chat and make sure all of your questions are answered.

Grace, peace, and gratitude.