Soul Parts 101

13 Jun

Soul parts are aspects of the emotional body that can get separated from a person’s primary essence as a result of…..
1. leaving somewhere/someone reluctantly, not wanting to let go of someone
2. trauma (including physical injury)
3. changing locations without being conscious (such as being in a rush or being in anxiety)

All people have some level of soul loss since human life is full of sudden change, relocation, and trauma (big or small).  In my shamanic training, I found that even the ‘healthiest’ people emotionally still had some soul loss or separation.  Retrieving these lost parts is a main occupation of shamanism, and it is a beautiful reunion to witness.

People tend to feel more present and whole after experiencing soul retrieval — and with fewer sensations of heartache, yearning, regret, loneliness, and depression.  Bringing these parts together with a person’s main essence can help them to reach their goals more easily and to stop dwelling in the past, forgiving all manner of grudge or bad feeling.

I recently wrote an article about jet lag and the importance of calling in soul parts before setting off on an adventure.   With air travel, it is necessary to plug the physical/energetic body back into the earth’s grid upon arrival to help alleviate jet lag.  I liken this to rebooting an iPhone when arriving at a new place.  Calling in soul parts is like gathering up everything for the toiletry bag to pack in the suitcase.  Toiletry items always tend to get scattered when I’m somewhere for a while and it takes a conscious effort for me to find my toothbrush, my nail clippers, my hairband, my soap, etc etc and put them in one place.  I might not notice if I forget, say, my toothpaste, until I’m in my new location and I need it.  Then I have to make the conscious effort to find a pharmacy and buy a replacement.  It’s the same with soul parts.  If we don’t gather them up, we may notice at some point at our destination that we’re not functioning as well.  This may present as a sadness or loneliness or a homesick feeling.   If we call in the parts before we travel — like gathering our toiletries — we’ll be more comfortable on the other end.  In fact, we won’t even think about it!  Calling in soul parts before traveling really helps with getting to, and staying in, the present moment.  I have found that I think about home much less when I practice calling in my soul parts, and that I can enjoy my travel much more.

Finally, the shaman I learned from, spoke about calling in soul parts whenever she experiences a trauma* of any sort.  The soul can send off parts of itself when anything sudden and unwanted occurs to the physical body, such as injury, attack — or even an alarm clock in the middle of a dream!  The shaman explained it’s important to simply say “I call in all soul parts now” in cases like these.  It can help with healing, recovering and the lessening of any PTSD.  As an example, she fell off a ladder a few years ago and broke many of the bones in her body.  As she lay on the ground waiting for help (and in immense pain), she was able to call in her soul parts so that no aspect held the pain/trauma and got stuck in time.  This is a way of consciously processing pain in real time (not setting any of it aside).  She believes she healed quickly and without fear of climbing ladders afterwards.  (Often, people will be afraid to ‘get back in the saddle’ after an injury, and might even co-mingle portions of the traumatic experience.  So, that if the radio was on during the event, hearing the same song in the future would be a subconscious trigger.  The trigger might cause a cascade of anxiety.  The person wouldn’t even realize it was the song that caused the anxiety and might begin to consider and label themselves “anxious”.  They might seek professional help and receive a diagnosis of ‘unspecified anxiety’ and a prescription for pharmaceuticals.  Calling in soul parts, helps to process all aspects of the trauma and to blunt or lessen any co-created triggers).

I had the honor of treating a client whose brother had passed away over thirty years ago.  The client complained of difficulty in fostering deep love relationships for herself.  When I investigated the situation energetically, I saw that she and her brother were holding parts of one another’s souls.  I suggested that my client could love and remember her brother without holding on to his soul part.  It was actually taking up space where other, real-time relationships could occur.   As sometimes happens during Excavation, my client did not feel ready to let go, and decided to continue holding this part of her brother’s energy field.  “I am not ready to let go,” she told me.  “I don’t know what it would feel like to be without him.”  It is up to each of us to work at our own pace and comfort level.  She was still learning that letting go of her brother’s essence would not let go of the love she felt towards him.  In fact, letting go would allow both souls to thrive, flourish, and relate on a more functional (not dysfunctional) level.

It is not necessary to believe in “the soul” to benefit from calling in the soul parts.   Just as it’s not necessary to believe in gravity to step out of the way of a falling boulder.  It’s a simple law.  The more we work with consolidating our soul, the less struggle we may notice.

Be well!



*I define trauma as anything that happens to the body that isn’t expected and isn’t wanted.  This can run the gamut from serious abuse, rape or physical attack, to sudden bad news, to small startles such as a loud sound during deep concentration.  We tend to discount the smaller traumas that lodge in the physical body and emotional field.  However, they are just as uncomfortable as the larger traumas.  The subconscious, in my opinion, doesn’t delineate  between big and small occurrences.


Shaman Vs. Jet Lag

6 Jun

Jet lag is kind of a drag!  I have tried many remedies in my life to avoid the crushing exhaustion of jumping time zones.  These have included fasting, melatonin, earthing, ambien, and staying up all night before traveling, to name a few.  Honestly, none have really worked (although the seven days I spent getting on Italian time before traveling to Rome from LA came the closest — I got really good at waking up at 3am, reading the paper and hiking all before 6 am!).   I was intrigued when a shaman I was working with mentioned the importance of ‘calling in all soul parts‘ whenever traveling (and also, btw, after an injury or surgery).  She said we tend to leave parts of ourselves behind whenever we make a serious move.  This soul loss may present as homesickness or a vague yearning, melancholy, or heartache.  I kept this in mind the last time I crossed time zones from LA to London.  The 8-hour time change has always left me in a shambles during previous visits.  I figured I might as well see if the shaman’s approach of calling in soul parts could help me with jet lag.  Even if it didn’t work, it was better than using pharmaceuticals which for sure didn’t work and left me feeling gross.

I made sure to call to, and consolidate, all my soul parts when I got on the plane*. While doing this brief meditation, I received intelligence from higher guidance of further steps I needed to take to manage jet lag.  Not only was I supposed to call in my soul parts, but I also needed to ground into the earth before take-off, so I placed my feet flat on the floor of the plane and connected energetically to my location on the planet.  (The connection can feel like an electrical pulsation or circuit moving up from my feet into my body.  You might also feel a rush of energy or nurturing support, or an intuition of connectedness).  Once I connected, I told the planet I was planning to shift my location on earth and I would plug back in when I landed.  The entire process took about 4 minutes.

Immediately upon landing, I placed my feet flat on the airplane floor once again, and connected back into the planet.  I registered my presence at this new location and called in my soul parts.  It felt similar to the way we restart our iPhones when we visit new places.  The phone needs to reorient and plug into the local network in order to function properly.  It is the same with our bodies.

It seems to me that the planet wants to support us, but momentarily ‘loses’ us when we use an airplane to travel.  Maybe it’s because we literally sever our direct terrestrial connection at lift-off, or maybe it’s because we move across space so quickly without leaving a forwarding address.  For whatever reason, without the conscious practice described here, it takes a few days for our bodies and the planet to find each other again.  During those few days we are like zombies, attempting to use the operating/navigational system without the power source (or software) provided by the earth’s energetic grid.  This could be why jet lag is so overpowering and uncomfortable.  I always experience more from jet lag than just exhaustion — going through periods of sadness, loneliness, dark melancholy and beyond.

I flew between Los Angeles and London a few days ago with my five-year old and my  friend.  We all practiced this anti-jet lag regime and none of us had any jet lag whatsoever.  We weren’t even slightly fatigued after the 14 hour travel day.  It has been a true revelation.  It has made traveling so much easier.  Please try this technique and see how it works for you!

1. sit quietly and ‘call in your soul ‘parts’.*
2. place feet flat on the airplane floor and consciously connect to the earth.  You may feel a surge, tingle, knowingness, or calm energy come up through the bottoms of your feet.
3. let Earth know you will be leaving this location and will check in again when you arrive at your new location.

1. call in soul parts.
2. place feet flat on floor of plane and re-connect to the earth, letting Earth know that you have now landed and can be found in this new location/time zone.
3. ground often during the first one to two days.  Using bare feet on soil is best, but shoes are fine too, as long as you ground consciously.

That’s it…..and have fun!

*”I ask all parts of my soul/being/essence to come with me as I travel, leaving no part of myself behind.”







Psychic Seeing

1 May


There are many ways of seeing.  In fact, one of my favorite books is John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing”.  In it, he talks about subtext and meaning in fine art.   It certainly changed my way of seeing representations of our culture through the arts.  When we look with intention, we find more layers, some intended, some subconcious, some subversive, and some personal/subjective to the viewer.

People ask me often how I “see” what I see during a Healing Excavation.  The answer is multidimensional, much like the work I’m doing!   When I was a young girl, I saw the spirits of deceased people (aka “ghosts”) with my normal vision.  These beings appeared in full 3-d human form, yet they glowed like they were lit from inside, and  I could see the ‘atoms’ that comprised their forms zipping around.  They looked like the static we used to get on our old TVs.


I stopped seeing these spirits with my ‘normal’ eyes after one too many nights with the covers over my head. (Ghosts used to appear in my bedroom doorway after the household had gone to sleep.  It was incredibly unnerving, and I decided I didn’t want to see these spirits anymore, so I didn’t.)  I sometimes think back to that time, and wonder how I would use those skills now.  Would I still hide under the bedcovers or would I do something more constructive.  A friend of mine who is a medium (and whose job it is to connect with dead people all the time!), says she prefers not to see with her physical eyes since it is incredibly unnerving to be unexpectedly joined by someone’s grandpa while brushing her teeth in the morning (spirit doesn’t seem to have a sense of appropriate time or place to materialize).  She also says it takes a lot of energy for a ghost to manifest in our 3-d world, and that it makes more sense for all involved if they connect energetically so they can communicate their messages via images and thoughts.

This brings me to the way I most often see now.   Information generally appears on a screen inside my head.  Everyone has this screen.  If you imagine your childhood home or the face of your friend, you’ll most likely see it on your own screen.

I also see what can be described as a “third eye projection” or “hologram”.  This means that I see a sort of overlay on our 3-day reality.  It’s like those old biology texts where the bottom page is a skeleton and then plastic overlays have details of musculature, circulation, etc.  It’s like seeing and not seeing at the same time, or seeing the invisible.  It takes a strong will and sense of self to see in this way, because the critical mind is more than happy to step in and proclaim a person off their rocker, or, at the very least, declare the images to be simple ‘imagination’.  (My critical mind loves to tell me that my clients think I am certifiable).   However, all of these images — be they seen on the internal screen, or as a projection — are distinct from imagination.  In my experience, my imaginings follow a story line or thread of thought — if I’m telling myself a story about a subject or an idea, the pictures that appear are contextual to my thought process.  Images that appear as part of psychic connection don’t have context, and literally pop into my head (or into the 3-d space) out of thin air.  They have a different texture and flavor than simple imaginings, and they have the essence of another’s consciousness, not my own.


One of the first third eye projections I experienced was during my college years when I worked at the Minnesota Science Museum cataloguing Native American sacred artifacts for repatriation to the Lakota tribes.  I became quite aware, in the dark of the archives (located in the museum’s basement!), that there was a presence watching me from the corner of the room.  The more I tried to ignore him, the more I felt him, and, if I turned my eyes just the right way, I could see him too.  I was curious because he wasn’t manifesting in the internally-lit way as had the ghosts from my youth, but as a projection.  As I said above, he was both there, and not there, but I could describe his physical appearance exactly.    Over days, this presence moved closer to my work station and I became more uncomfortable . He was not generating welcoming energy my way.  In fact, he felt pretty menacing.   Soon, he was at my elbow and I debated calling in sick or quitting the gig altogether.  I had no idea how I would explain this to my supervisor.  However, at a certain point, maybe three weeks into the job, I couldn’t take it anymore and I left the archives and headed straight to the administrator’s office.  I explained that I wasn’t crazy but that I was seeing an Indian chief down in the archives and I was scared.  Dan seemed completely unfazed, which was a bit of a relief!, and said,

“Oh yes, that’s a protector spirit.  Just explain what you’re doing down there.  He’ll leave you alone.”
“You know about this stuff?” I asked.  I couldn’t believe this PhD-level anthropologist was taking my story seriously.
He nodded, and said, “We all do.”

This is one of my favorite stories of my early psychic development.  Not only was my experience validated, but, in a way, I was validated too.   I wasn’t a nut job.  I wasn’t the over-imaginative kid so many people called me as a child.  I was simply tuning into the wider reality around me.

This validation is so important as we navigate the images that appear in our minds or before us as holographic images.  I believe all people have psychic abilities and extrasensory perceptions, but they have no experience believing their eyes—they don’t believe what they see!  Take a few moments the next time an image suddenly pops into your mind.  Ask yourself whether the image is contextual to what you were just thinking or if it appeared out of blue sky.  I notice that psychic images most often appear (especially during the learning stages) when a person is ‘zoned out’ such as in a daydream and not thinking about anything.  Pay attention to your mental state the moment before the image appeared.  Then pay attention to your critical mind.  Does it immediately judge?  That’s another clue the image was not self-generated.   Finally, look at the image itself.  Is there information there?  Do you notice any other physical changes in your body such as tingling, ringing in ears, warmth, etc.  Do you notice any thoughts or words suddenly appearing?  Take notes and decide to believe your eyes.  You never know the adventures seeing and believing will take you on!

*And by the way, I did tell the protector spirit what I was doing in the archives and he backed way off.  I could still feel him watching me, but in a much more pleasant way.  In fact, by the end of the job, I felt sort of sad to leave him.  I wonder if he felt the same towards me.

“Ways of Seeing” by John Berger.

The paintings seen here are by the amazing surrealist, Rene Magritte.  He offers many ways of seeing reality.



Rock of the Day: Charoite

6 Apr

Charoite bracelet and tumbled stone

I use charoite as an antidote to nightmares and for travel (sometimes the same thing!).  It is a great stone for weeding out what is real vs. what we fear is real.  In the case of travel, I worry that I’m gonna miss my flight it’s gonna crash I’m gonna sit next to someone who smells and has the flu I’m gonna lose my bags etc.  The reality is that my flight will get me there in one piece.   In the case of nightmares, my subconscious might dredge up any manner of darkness.  I don’t mind dealing with my dark places during sleep, but I don’t need them to hit me over the head in the form of Frankenstein (an oddly familiar nightmare presence for me).  Charoite under the pillow will keep these super negative images at bay while allowing me to process darker emotions productively.  I have a friend who tapes a small piece of charoite to her third eye when she is going through periods of difficult sleep.  Charoite combined with lithium quartz or lepidolite is an effective way to stay grounded in the moment without the stress or distraction of the what-ifs.

(As an aside, it’s one of the few stones I wear on my wrist during Healing Excavation.  It keeps me clear and focused no matter what emerges from a client’s energy field.  It also grounds the immense amount of high frequency energy channeling through my system during a healing session.)

And, by the way, charoite is purple.  Purple!  I am always amazed at the natural color of so many of the rocks produced by our magical earth, and the purple of charoite is truly mesmerizing.  A powerful stone for powerful work.

Keeping it real,

Rock of the Day: Lepidolite

5 Apr


I love lepidolite.  It has a sweet lilac color, a slightly bumpy texture, and a primary component of mood-stabilizing lithium.  It is an excellent stone for stress relief.  It is often recommended as a solution to sleep problems and anxiety.   It can be applied in a number of ways.

  1. Wearing a crystal allows for continual frequency resonance throughout the day. In the case of lepidolite, the frequency is relaxation.  I like to wear this big pendant when I’m doing something a little nerve wracking, such as going into an unfamiliar situation (i.e. public speaking, joining a new group, being interviewed).
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    lepidolite pendant

    Wearing crystals is not just for women!  My husband wears simple beaded bracelets that are understated and masculine.

  2. Sleeping with a lepidolite under the pillow can be supportive to the sleep and dream state.  I use a flat stone so it’s not too bumpy under my head.

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    adding a teddy bear never hurts!

  3. As an elixir, lepidolite can be taken internally for a deeper, more immediate, physical level of support.  I would bring a water bottle filled with such an elixir to a job interview or first date!


    A lepidolite polished stone and magnifier quartz diffused via a Pyrex test tube in spring water becomes a powerful elixir after steeping in the sunshine for an hour or so.

  4. My number one favorite thing to do with any crystal, is meditating with it.  Nothing helps the energy bodies hone in more effectively to the resonance of a specific crystal than meditating.  You don’t have to be fancy about your meditation (see this article for more detail!), simply sit in a quiet spot with your eyes closed and hold your lepidolite (or other rock ally).  Pay attention to any ideas, thoughts, feelings that emerge as you hold the crystal.  These minerals want to communicate with us. Isn’t that fun!  Talking rocks!  Well, it’s true.  And magical.  And real.  Give it a try!

In deep relaxation,

Light Language & Soul Songs

1 Apr

Energy presents in many ways.  I most typically think of energy as an invisible power source that flows through and around our bodies.  This energy can be our personal essence (or soul), it can be the essence of others, including those no longer in body or those never in body, such as angels or elementals or universal source.  Energy can  present as emotion.  It can be super visceral, such as passion or anger.  It can also  appear visually via sacred geometry and symbols.  There are many traditions that focus intensively on this visual vehicle for energy, such as the mandala of Tibetan Buddhism or the symbols used when activating reiki energy.  As I’ve begun to work with soul songs and light language, I see that energy can also present as sound.

A soul song is a specific and personalized harmonic that is heard intuitively and then vocalized during a healing.  Shaman practice uses soul song to clear and clean the energy field, and to empower the listener.  Indeed, I learned about soul song from a shaman with whom I’ve studied.  She uses this technology during every session, feeling that the song is a gift from higher source.  In her experience, soul song is actually channeled voices of helping and healing spirits, and she has surprised herself on many occasions when the voice she heard coming from her vocal chords was not her own.  In my experience, soul songs appear from the aether in relationship to the specific person and problem that is being healed.  I notice that when a soul song first appears, I can hear it reverberating through my brain, and I can feel an impulse in my throat.  It’s then up to me to open my mouth and allow it out!  (As a side note, I’ve always been terrified of singing in front of people, so soul song directs my own healing of self-acceptance, too, even as I use it to help other people).

I have witnessed past life trauma, childhood trauma, and beyond being fully cleared by clients who heard their soul song.  It is a beautiful and mysterious thing that I am still unraveling in my literal, critical mind.  I had been under the assumption that in order to clear trauma, it was necessary to bring the details of the experience to consciousness.  I now see that it is not always necessary.  Recently, a client sat on my couch and fully expelled numerous intrusions from her energy field simply from hearing her soul song.  As a psychic healer, I was able to see the details of the trauma she was expelling.  Ordinarily, I might talk to her about these details, but in her case, it was completely unnecessary.  She cleared her field completely of these old pains.

Light language appears to have the same effect.  Light language is a series of spoken sounds that don’t have literal meaning, and therefore bypass the critical mind.  In fact, I’ve noticed that light language tends to short-circuit the wiring of the left brain, leaving it temporarily closed for business, while, at the same time, bringing the right hemisphere into a state of super receptivity. Light language packs an enormous emotional punch, and I have witnessed many clients breaking into tears “for no reason” when they receive these sounds.  In some circles, light language is sometimes referred to as speaking in tongues.

I began to channel Light Language at the end of 2017.  It manifested for me during meditation, and I spent a lot of time using it for only personal practice.  I was a bit surprised by these unconventional sounds, and I had judgement about how it might be received by my clients, especially those who didn’t know me yet.  Light language is surprising, to say the least, and can be overwhelming if it’s not expected.  However, after channeling both light language and soul song repeatedly for my own benefit, I noticed that my work as a healer is clearer, more detailed, and more effective.  I notice that this energy clears not only emotional/spiritual detritus from my field, but actual virus or bacterial infection as well.  When I feel my body coming down with something, I channel these sounds and feel better very quickly.  I can’t explain it from the literal, left-sided place of my brain.  But I can say, experientially, these tones and sounds have a huge beneficial effect.

I believe that soul song and light language come from a high frequency source.  I can hear soul song intuitively before I sing it.  With light language, I simply open my channel and it flows into being.  Light language has been very helpful with moving stuck energy, dissolving dysfunctional attachments, and freeing client’s energetic resources.  Soul song clears and stregthens the field.  Most times, the soul song intermingles with light language so the listener receives all benefits at once.

Please listen to the tracks I’ve included (coming soon!) and see if you witness a shift in your own field.

Be well,


Some New Thoughts Regarding Past Lives

9 Mar
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How does it work!

I have done a significant amount of work on past lives, both with my clients and personally with a specially trained regression hypnotist.  Experiencing past life stories are consistently healing, bringing up hidden issues or pains and releasing them into consciousness.  I’m not 100% sure what they are, though, despite experiencing them and being healed on many levels by them.  Sometimes, I think they really are lives I’ve lived previously.  Other times, I think they are wonderful metaphors invented by the imagination to help people see their blind spots they otherwise can’t see in their current, every-day lives.  I have had many experiences with my clients where we are both able to see the same life as I gently guide them towards healing.  This often feels like validation that past lives are real.  But I am psychic.  Isn’t it just possible that I am simply tuning into their imaginings? Something to ponder.

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Feedback loop?

I have recently started to develop a new idea about past lives.  What if these lives are souls that are ‘hanging out in the atmosphere’ looking for a chance to heal and clear?  What if the resonance between a client’s current life struggles and the past life energy make them a perfect match for healing?  As an example, I recently saw a client* who has a phobia about falling from high places, and who struggles with neck and shoulder pain.  We were almost immediately guided into past life territory, to the life of a young pilot whose parachute became tangled around his neck and shoulders when he attempted to eject from his crashing plane.   My client could clearly see and feel the final terrifying moments of the pilot’s life.  She felt the physical pain in her neck heighten and then completely disappear.  She journeyed with the pilot through his transition from life to death, her heart filling with joy as she entered the tunnel of bright light.  I had no doubt the young soul of the pilot was freed in these magical moments.  My client looked happier and lighter, and has reported that her fear of heights has substantially lessened.  She told me that she often thinks of the pilot, of his life, of his death, of his emotions, and she feels buoyed by this connection, almost as if he is a guiding spirit for her.  The connection itself appears to be a source of great comfort and healing.

As a shaman, I have helped many stuck souls find their way to the ‘other field’ aka ‘heaven’.  Ushering a client through a past life death and transition feels very similar to this psychopomp work.  I have become very curious whether regression (as described above) is another form of psychopomp.

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I have also come across a rarer experience during past life work that I think is worth mentioning.  Twice in the few years I have been practicing healing professionally, I have found a past life soul actually stuck in someone’s present-day energy field.  It’s almost like an Escher drawing trying to understand how this convoluted relationship works between past life, current life, and the very physical and real cord in the here-and-now that is attaching them!   My lineage of shamans doesn’t have a concept of past-life.  They suggest it could be a parallel life energy that’s attached to a client’s field since time doesn’t exist in reality (how’s that for an Escher drawing!).  While this is interesting and confusing, I think it makes more sense to consider the past life as an energy that for some reason has become stuck to a client.  In both cases, as we delved into the past life experience, the attached energy played a big part in the past life drama.  Ok, let me give an example:

One client had been mauled by a tiger in a past life.  The tiger was attached to the client’s energy field in the here-and-now.  As we experienced the past life story together, we were able to detach and release the tiger energy.

In the other example, a client was imprisoned and never had the chance to see her lover again.  Her past life lover was stuck in her present-day field.  As we experienced the past life story, we were able to free him and help him transcend.  My client in this case felt much freer, too, after the session, and her romantic relationships have taken on deeper connection.

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How do I explain these stories?  Maybe my problem is that I’m trying to explain something that simply can’t be explained in human 3-d terms.  Our brains are too literal to see whatever the reality of these situations are.  So, regardless if past lives are ‘real’, if they’re simply metaphors, or stuck energy in someone’s energy field, it really might not matter.  It seems the proof is in the pudding when it comes to regression and healing.  I haven’t yet seen someone untouched emotionally by these deep and transformative experiences.



*(identifying characteristics and details have been changed in all the past life stories to protect privacy).