Close Your Eyes

I love the song “Close Your Eyes” by the uber-talented Michael Buble.

These lyrics are particularly powerful “you’re an angel dressed in armor, you’re the fair in every fight.”
Let us all try in every situation to be:
the one who brings reason,
the one who listens,
the one who is fair
the one modeling love and ascension.

No, we are not perfect…but let’s try and leave every situation, every moment and every fellow soul a little better than once first encountered. That, my fellow light beings, is true strength of character.

Crystal Cheers,

First published January 30, 2016

Love & Light

I ponder, and have for awhile, the use of the phrase “love and light” by so many. I propose we really think about what we are saying and not just loosely throw the phrase around. Here is just one of many of my journal entries on love and change: Change is just not always easy. Even when we ask for the change. One of the things I have always resisted is this saying, “people are brought into your life for a season.” I love deeply. I throw myself fully into friendships and relationships. But then I started realizing, as one child after another grew up and left home, as a marriage ended, as a career changed, as friend groups changed I found myself holding back parts of myself. I figured…well what is the point? This season will pass too and I will have invested so much! After all…they were only brought into my life for a season. I didn’t want to suffer the loss.

But now I am realizing that love is about walking through life. Love is when someone calls just at the moment you thought all hope was gone. Love is the sweet kiss of a dog or cat that just wants to please you. Love is the smile that greets you from a stranger in a store. Love is a friend that knows you need to get out because you have felt down. Love is holding a newborn for the first time. Love is the one that loves the unlovely.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”(I Cor 13:4-8a NIV)
Love is worth the risk. It is worth going through the seasons of change. Yes, there will be change, there will be bittersweet nostalgia…but the seasons of change can be beautiful indeed!

First published January 30, 2016


Model Behaviors: Celebrating Discovery & the Redefined Woman

A couple weeks ago, I visited a little shop in Dallas called SoulTopia. I was kind of nervous about this meeting because I wanted to come across as outgoing and confident (neither are natural states for me). But when I walked inside, immediately to my right were two walls with shelves, reaching almost floor to ceiling, filled with Tarot card decks, books about Tarot, books about crystals, and other similar reading materials. As you might recall from my post few months ago, I grew up enamored by Tarot cards, Ouija boards, fairies, and anything magical, so seeing this wall of Tarot encouraged me.

Directly in front of me was a table with incense holders and incense sticks. Tiny Buddhas stood in rows, and many varieties of crystals and stones had been arranged in aesthetically pleasing clusters. I saw a guitar and a sign next to it that said “Play me.” In the back right corner, a door led to a small room, and I heard hushed voices inside. The owner of the shop, Michelle Scheef, had emailed me the day before to let me know she had a reading with a client. While she finished up, I met Angie (the store manager) and Roger (Michelle’s husband). They welcomed me to start taking photos, so I meandered around, taking everything in, and enjoying the solitary exploration.

After her client left, Michelle and I got a chance to chat about the store, and we took a small tour.  She explained what the Crystal Bar was.

Here, customers grab a small bag and pick a “recipe” depending on what they need help with. Maybe they want to boost their self-love? Or maybe they have a big test coming up and want to amplify their knowledge and focus? Maybe someone is ill and they want to bring serenity and calm to this person’s life? Michelle has concocted crystal recipes that will help with just about anything and everything. The customer chooses the recipe and then searches for each stone to add to her bag, taking as many stones as they want, adjusting the recipe to their own liking, or even creating their own recipe!

There was also an entire section of the store dedicated to Michelle’s one-of-a-kind, custom pieces of jewelry. In fact, Toni wears hers all the time. Michelle’s amazing bracelets coincide with different realms of spirituality. The goddess bracelets relate to Buddhist goddess cards. Customers can draw a card to see which bracelet matches, or select a bracelet and see which card it corresponds to. I drew the White Tara, which represents compassion, inner peace, and healing. She had another set of bracelets to coincide with the major arcana of a Tarot deck. She also has malas, earrings, and necklaces. As she explained each set and how she came up with it, I was impressed by the amount of contemplation, empathy, and love she puts into every design.

Because of Michelle’s generosity in sharing her knowledge and because of her obvious passion for each and every item in SoulTopia, I’d gotten sucked up in the magic of it all.

Then, she led me toward her reading room, and my excitement and nervousness came rushing back again. I’d never had my cards read by a professional! I’d only done readings with my sister and my friend Kolbe, and a few times I had done readings for other close friends—but what if I said the wrong thing?

We settled into our seats. The lights were dim, and Michelle showed me the deck’s artwork before we began.  I gravitated toward the 9 of Pentacles, which displayed a woman in fine, courtly attire holding a white falcon on her arm. I couldn’t remember what this card meant off the top of my head, but I’ve always liked images of women and animals.

Michelle shuffled the cards, and we began the reading. According to her, she would be using the Celtic Cross spread (the only layout I’d ever used), and I drew my 10 cards, which Michelle then placed in formation. The first one was the signifier—it represented me—the person who was making the inquiry. For this reading, Michelle took a card and looked at it, quirked her head, then asked, “Is there any depression in your life?”

I hesitated. I didn’t know how to express my answer—not exactly. She gave me a moment and when I didn’t offer anything, she said, “Don’t try to force it if there’s not. It was just a thought.”

And here’s where Tarot gets tricky for some people. Earlier, while we walked around the store, I’d mentioned that I’d broken up with my boyfriend at the beginning of this year. Maybe all those crystals and their energy had me feeling more vulnerable than usual? Either way, it’s not something I usually offer up to strangers. Maybe Michelle picked up on that, and that was why she mentioned depression now. When she asked me in our reading, my mind immediately jumped to my break-up. Some people can get over an ex relatively quickly. Other people (AKA  me) are still dealing with break-ups 8 months later. Not that I’m crying myself to sleep every night, but I’m sad, and I’ll probably keep being sad. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Tarot, it’s that you get out of it what you put into it. We see what we want to see in the cards. They are mirrors. I could either sit there and say nothing, or I could say, “Okay, yeah. I’m still sad about my breakup. Still trying to figure out how I feel about it.”

We went through some more cards. We talked about my current environment and maybe some emotional blocks that held me back, that kept me from really investing all of myself into the relationship. We talked about other non-romantic relationships that might’ve been influencing that one. We talked about being too hard on ourselves. We talked about self-care. And how I maybe hadn’t been doing a very good job of it.

Then she pointed to the next card in my spread, the 4 of Pentacles. It showed a man with his hands crossed over his chest. “I feel like you need to be saving up some money,” she said. “I feel like something’s coming where you’ll need it, and see how he’s covering his heart? He’s protecting himself instead of letting his heart shine.” Then we got to the next card, the 2 of Pentacles. On the card, there’s a man, one Pentacle in each hand, and two ships on the ocean behind him. Michelle mentioned that maybe there was a trip coming up, not super soon, but possibly at the beginning of next year, and that somehow it would be related to my work. “Not that you’ll move there,” she said, “but it’s going to be important to you somehow.” Then she peered at me. “I don’t know why, but I get a really strong California vibe from you.

Last summer I attended a writing retreat in California called Djerassi, led by Nova Ren Suma (one of our MB Book Club authors!) I had a turning point in my writing. My confidence bloomed. For the first time up there in the mountains, far away from my life in Austin and the Internet and all the things that make me feel inadequate—I felt brave enough to say, “I’m a writer.” Only a month or so before my reading with Michelle, I got an email from Djerassi asking if I’d be interested in attending an alumni workshop in March of 2016. Writing is my heart’s work. It’s the joyful work. The lifelong work. The work I’ve done, am doing, will always do. Could this be my trip? Could that be where I was heading?

I’ll tell y’all what. I sure hope so!

She also told me she sensed a strong male presence around that time as well, but not a romantic interest, someone who would be a guide and mentor, someone I’d look up to who will really help my life move forward.

In my head, I was like, “I’M GETTING AN AGENT!!!” But then I laughed at myself because I’m guessing the cards don’t get that specific.

The next card made me gasp. I hadn’t noticed it until this moment, but I’d drawn the 9 of Pentacles, the card with the gorgeous woman and the falcon. Michelle smiled at my surprise, obviously noticing the card’s presence much earlier than me. It was particularly striking that I’d picked this card out earlier, she told me, and that it had shown up in this exact spot in my reading now. The 9 of Pentacles is a card of success and accomplishment. It belongs to she who possesses great inner strength and a sense of purpose.

Since this card came toward the end of my reading, Michelle told me that over the next six months or so, if I continue to pursue emotional healing and learn to trust myself, I’ll discover a confidence I’ve never known before. It will come bursting through and attract great people into my life.

Whether you’re a skeptic or not, this is a message anyone can believe in. And sometimes we just need a reminder to have faith in ourselves, whether it’s from a certified Tarot reader or from your most trusted friend. I left our reading feeling invigorated and motivated, ready to dig into my work-in-progress manuscript.

I’m happy to report that last month I finished a round of revisions that I’d been toiling away on for eight months. And now I’m almost ready to start the mad hunt for an agent. I’m feeling much more confident and capable. Is this because of Michelle?

I’ll leave that up to you.

For now, here’s my interview with Michelle. I hope you come away as inspired as I am!


 MB: Before you opened SoulTopia, you were an attorney. As you mentioned to me during my visit, you still have your license to practice law. I’m guessing a lot of people—friends, family, complete strangers—were and are shocked by the about-face in your career. How did you make such a life-changing decision?

MS: I love this quote by e. e. cummings:. “It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”

Throughout my years as an attorney, I’ve observed many people choose their life paths based on cultural or familial expectations rather than on their true passions. Although I enjoy law, when my twenty-six-year marriage came to an end, I “woke up” to many things in my life, including my need to live authentically and my desire to foster more love and tolerance in this world. I stopped denying my abilities just because others might not understand them. I enjoy learning and teaching; therefore, I’m pursuing my doctorate in philosophy and teach ongoing classes in the spiritual arena.

My husband and I own a jewelry business named SoulStones. As an Advanced Crystal Master, I’ve studied crystals extensively and I enjoy making beautifully designed jewelry with emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental healing properties. Although we sell our jewelry at trade shows, owning and operating SoulTopia within the NOW Center allows me to roll my jewelry business and intuitive/life coach business into one location.

MB: I’m truly inspired by women who go through an “awakening” like you just described, and who then listen to their intuition. Not everyone can muster up the courage to follow their true passions because it’s downright terrifying to rearrange an entire life’s worth of decisions the way you have. I’ve been feeling a bit wobbly and doubtful of myself lately, and you gave me some great advice while we had our reading, which was basically to trust myself and not be afraid of my own inner strength and passion. How do we learn this skill, this listening to our heart of hearts?

MS: I believe this “skill” is inherent in all of us. Many choose to deny it or hide it because we are taught it is aberrant or misguided. I think of it more as remembering this skill. We accomplish it by setting aside ego, exercising our intuitive muscles, and trusting that there truly is a divine plan for our lives. It was downright scary to step off the merry-go-round of mainstream “success,” but at some point I woke up and decided I was going to begin living—not just existing, but listening to my soul and living purposefully. I intend to live each day deliberately, purposefully, and mindfully so as to fulfill my true purpose…to serve others, which is, in turn, for my highest good. Although I’m still a logical thinker, I’ve learned to put to rest previously ingrained, limiting belief systems.

Listening to our heart is natural when we’re children, but as we grow up, the world around us tells us there is “a way” to do things. We slowly stop listening to our inner guidance and begin to focus outwardly for answers and validation. This en-trained need for external validation cuts us off from knowing that which we are truly seeking. It prevents us from realizing we’re connected to God and our higher selves. We must not pinch off that connection if we want to stay tuned in to what is best for us and that which drives us, that which brings us passion, hope and life…that which is our life purpose.

MB: As a writer, I was thinking about my work the other day and how one of the most important skills I can develop is listening—to myself, to others, to the world around me. Perhaps this is why I’m so interested in Tarot and crystals. It seems important for your work, too. What advice do you have for anyone interested in learning to read Tarot cards or crystals?

MS: I agree! Listening is one of the most important skills. First, listening to the client and their issues, concerns, and feedback. But just as important, listening to the message that comes for the client.

Perhaps a client asks, “Will I find a soul mate soon?” But what they really may be asking is, “Why do I feel lonely? Why do I get dumped on time and time again? How do I prevent this in the future? What is in store for me?” It’s then incumbent upon me to listen intuitively to the message I receive (with the cards or crystals perhaps as tools). I may be shown clearly that the issue they’re working through is more about self-worth and self-love than a mate. Have I listened to the question? Yes. But the answer is often deeper than a yes or no.

The tarot or crystal reading tells us a story about what is going on in our lives. It provides us an opportunity to look at options based on different scenarios. It isn’t fortune-telling as many believe. We each have free will and can change the outcome and take charge of our own destiny. Once I listen to a client and tell them what I hear regarding the way things are headed in their life, they may choose to alter their course and navigate a new path. I’ve listened to them and I’ve listened to the information I’m given. It’s up to the querent to listen to their inner compass and chart and design their own path.

I would also advise paying attention to the world around you. Our senses are given to us for a reason. So is our imagination. When you instinctively know something, that is the remembering I spoke of earlier. Don’t second-guess your instinctive knowledge. I tell this to my students all the time. Many people will think they’re just making it up or it’s their imagination. I say use that. It’s your inner knowledge crying out to be heard.

 Finally, never underestimate the power of education and studying your craft. I study crystals. I study tarot. I study flower essences, I study psychometry, I study shamanism, I study astrology, I study chakras…you get the idea. Yes, I believe in coming by things intuitively, but I believe in coupling that with research and study. I read everything I can get my hands on. Some resonates. Some does not. I take and teach classes. Further, I’m pursuing my doctorate in philosophy with an emphasis in parapsychology and metaphysics. So listening, studying, preparing, and practicing are important in working in this field just as they are in any other.

MB: Thank you so much for your time and your wisdom, Michelle! Please visit Michelle’s website for SoulTopia or stop by her shop if you’re in the Dallas area.

You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


First published September 15, 2015

What is the Most Powerful Stone to Attract Money?

Crystals are known for their metaphysical uses with different kinds possessing different properties. As crystals can be used to support different areas of your life with various types explicitly used for their association with wealth and prosperity, many people call upon crystals for an extra push in their quest to attract abundance.

SoulTopia offers a wide range of crystals with capabilities that can be applied in daily life. Here are some crystals that may prove useful in your search for financial success:


Citrine is Quartz with yellow and orange tones. Besides its visual beauty, the stone serves a useful purpose for those trying to attract money. The color yellow is symbolic of wealth; therefore, its color is helpful when focusing your energy on finances. The translucent nature of the Citrine crystal makes it a light, positive stone that helps with moving forward in a direction that will help you meet your financial goals. Many people carry citrine in their wallets or purses to attract financial abundance.


This striking bright green crystal is just as bold when used spiritually. The lime green color promotes confidence and power and is associated with abundance in general. This makes Peridot a great option when seeking out crystals to use with the intent of increasing your finances. It has the dual purpose of bringing out characteristics in you that help attract money while giving off energy known to bring affluence.


Jade is a deep, unique shade of green that catches the light in its many layers. Its traditional Chinese meaning embarks a symbol of good luck, making it a great stone to keep around as you put in extra hours and effort at work. You can make sure your efforts pay off with the help of jade.

Jade is also known to be a money stone, in addition to being good for luck of all kinds. When placed in your change jar or another significant spot, it is primed to attract money. As it is also commonly found in jewelry, you can wear it regularly, keeping it close at all times, letting it attract cash wherever you go.


This shiny, metallic brass-toned stone is also known as Fool’s Gold as it has a passing resemblance to the precious metal. With its own benefits, including its association with good luck―especially regarding finances, Pyrite is believed to protect you from false and misleading information in business; in contrast to its name.

Clear Quartz

A beautiful, faceted clear quartz can be suited for many purposes, existing to be just as useful when in pursuit of a better financial situation. Clear Quartz can work alone or along with other crystals that attract money as it is such a versatile stone that helps other crystals while they work. Place Clear Quartz near cash or the other crystals that you are using, and focus your intentions on your financial goals.

Attract Money with SoulTopia

Contact SoulTopia to learn more about these crystals and how to use them to bring wealth and financial success into your life. Our prompt customer service ensures a reply within 24 hours. Visit SoulTopia – to browse crystals and more!

SoulTopia ~ Utopia for Your Beautiful Soul

So this is my first blog and it will be a short one. I have been asked why…why would I do “this.” I actually was asked that by a fellow attorney. And I really wanted to respond… why would you be an attorney that seems to hate what you do…but I refrained because that is the Michelle I don’t want to be anymore. I thought about the question and I said, “because it is who I have always been.”

I am a spiritual being. I am a soul. I am a beautiful soul. But somewhere along my journey, I lost sight of those things. I became religious. I became material. Now before you get up in arms, I am not saying religion is inherently bad. Yet for me it had become something rigid and pro forma…there was nothing spiritual about it anymore… for me. The church I was attending said the name of the church more than the name of the Creator (I actually tallied it in church the last time I attended and it was about 10 to 1). So although church and religion is great for some…I sought a more spiritual experience. One I knew I had experienced as a child when I spoke to angels. Yes, when I spoke to angels and they spoke to me.

I always just “knew” things before other people knew them. I was labeled as being “too sensitive.” Well now I know that is called an empath and I say thank you to such a compliment. But I wanted that childlike faith in my life once more. I wanted to be close to my Creator and to my angels and to my guides as I was when I was young. I called upon them and quickly realized they had never left me.

So I threw out the criticisms and fears that had been place on me and I embraced my authentic self. I am just me. This is who I have always been. I can tell you that I am a kinder, gentler version of me…but I am still just me. A spiritual seeker…a soul…a beautiful soul…like you.


First published April 6, 2015

Metaphysical Stones and Their Meanings with Pictures

Nature abounds in miraculous creations that bring healing energy to all who seek it. Through the ages, tiny crystals have multiplied and combined to form a variety of stones with unique powers and features that remedy ailments, instill empowerment, and deliver clarity. Sages in these timeless arts have documented these metaphysical stones and their meanings with pictures, allowing future generations to benefit from their healing spirit, selectively choosing which stones they need.

Different Stones and How They Work

In the medicinal realm, hundreds of tinctures, ointments, and elixirs exist to aid in sickness, pain, and healing. The crystalline realm is no different, and from it, you can add to a lifelong self-care routine easily and seamlessly. As you begin this journey towards rejuvenation and well-being, take time to familiarize yourself with some of the more common stones and their particular powers.

  • Agate – Available in a variety of colors and forms, agate is an ancient stone that calms inner stress and delivers a grounding and stabilizing energy.
  • Amethyst– Full of wisdom and imbuing a sense of clarity and fulfillment, protection stones such as amethyst guard the psyche and help clear away resistance and fear.
  • Basalt– Issued forth from volcanic activity, basalt has a balancing nature that brings with it a spark of life and vitality like the lava from whence it came.
  • Copper– A harbinger of brighter times and positive outlooks, copper is known for good fortune and enduring stamina for your personal pursuits.
  • Emerald– Straight from the heart, emerald has long been associated with the purity of love and the compassionate kindness that this emotion requires for its existence.
  • Garnet– Motivating and vibrant, garnet is a beacon of health and order in a world that often brings levels of chaos and despair.
  • Jasper– Regardless of its varying appearance, jasper is always full of potential, ushering forth the power to open the mind and the realization of personal aspirations.
  • Lapis Lazuli– The dazzling blue color of this stone clearly communicates its soothing nature and the peaceful strength that lies beneath the surface.
  • Malachite– The healer’s stone. It is good for all types of pain. It helps with depression and manic depression. It is also a money stone.
  • Moonstone– Mysterious and mystical, moonstone swirls together feminine layers of confidence, ancient wisdom and the concepts of beginnings and endings.
  • Obsidian– The shine and clarity of obsidian are in direct relation to its stone meaning of inner reflection and the perspective shifting powers of personal growth.
  • Peridot– As green as the jealousy it helps to dispel, peridot is an enlightening stone that delivers relief from negative energy and enlivens the soul with freedom.
  • Petrified Wood– Transformed from plant to crystal, petrified wood is appropriately symbolized by longevity and a timeless conduit to our ancestral past.
  • Quartz– One look into the clear depths of a quartz crystal is all you need to understand the mental clarity and continuous flow of energy that this stone can promise.
  • Selenite– A desert rose, selenite is formed by a unique configuration of crystals that come together in a cluster of truthful energies and divine intentions.
  • Tiger Eye– Within the marbled strata of layers, this stone is known for its fearless qualities, enhancing confidence and clarity like a tiger through the jungle.
  • Turquoise– Inspiring creativity and aiding in safe travels on your journey, turquoise has a long history of supporting wisdom, expression, and inner peace.
  • Vesuvianite– The cleansing powers of vesuvianite are a source of loyal energies that boost your spiritual foundation and refine your aural spectrum.

Bringing Stones to Your Life

These earthly formations are full of answers and meaning, and bringing such natural wonders into your life and home is a simple way to uplift your spirits and fully engage in your life. The knowledgeable team at SoulTopia understand how powerful this transformation can be and is ready to assist you on this adventure.

Begin this exploration today and let SoulTopia help you navigate the world of stone meaning and their powers of possibility and endless wonder.

What Are Protection Stones?

Protection stones are rocks or crystals used to keep negative energy at bay, inspiring positive influences. Various stones and crystals have been used for centuries by healers amongst multiple religions and cultures around the world. Whether your aim is to feel good mentally or physically, there is a protection stone with the specific qualities to assist in doing so.

The Many Types and Uses of Protection Stones

We are living in an exceedingly divisive time of modern history where the “us” versus “them” theory is prevalent. Society’s framework creates a lot of friction amongst the public and often results in negative energy. In addition, there are many other causes of negative energy.

The passing of loved ones, the end of long-term relationships, missed opportunities for advancement at work; whatever the reason, negative influences take a toll on our overall well-being. Thankfully, one way to ward them off and attract positive vibes is through the use of protection stones.

Below are a few of the more common protection stones with information on how and why they are used.

  • Amethyst – Amethyst emanates a soothing and protective energy. It is also well known for its healing qualities and is often recommended for caregivers, nurses, doctors, and anyone else working in the healthcare industry. Amethyst is also suggested to be used by anyone suffering from phobias, headaches, addictions, asthma, panic attacks, or PMS.
  •  Black Kyanite – If you struggle with letting go, especially of bad relationships and people who drain your energy, this is the stone for you. Visualize your ties to the person while holding the crystal and then use the crystal to cut that imaginary tie. This should help to free you from their hold and return your peace of mind. Because of its primary use, Black Kyanite is often called the Nonattachment Stone.
  • Black Tourmaline – When it comes to all-round protection, Black Tourmaline has your back. It is often recommended as a daily protection stone used for repelling negative energy. The stone creates a protective cloak around you that blocks the negative thoughts and feelings you could have otherwise absorbed.
  • Citrine – Also known as Gold Topaz and “the success stone,” citrine harnesses the power of the golden sunlight to bring warmth and happiness into your personal life, including relationships with others. Citrine encourages free thought and inspires those who use it to push for the realization of their dreams ― hence the reason for its nickname. Some healers also use this stone to treat thyroid imbalances and diseases of the bladder.
  • Tourmalated Quartz – Tourmalated Quartz is a constant reminder that we all house pillars of strength in the very core of our being. These pillars help to hold us up in some of our weakest moments and help provide us with that same strength and support to others who may need it. Because of its ability to inspire internal strength, it is considered a very powerful protection stone.

How to Use Protection Stones

Though most protection stones and healing crystals may be used through the incorporation of one’s wardrobe or décor, some require a more intricate process for the best results. These processes may require meditation, visualization, and other special techniques, making it so important to be in regular contact with a healer or guide.

Contact us to learn about crystals, protection stones, and their many uses. You may also be interested in booking a Crystal Healing Session with the owner, Michelle Welch. We will be happy to provide you with more information on what protection stones are best for you and how healing crystals can improve your everyday life.

Healing Crystals and Stones

Hello my name is Michelle and I’m a crystal book addict. There…I admitted it. As my children were growing up, I always told them the one thing I didn’t mind buying them was books. I love books. I love research. But here’s the rub: sometimes too many crystal books can get downright confusing. Most of them merely regurgitate what others have written about crystals, while others will list a crystal’s properties and will say the crystal helps with everything in and out of this world. It is overwhelming to say the least.

So how do you pick a crystal book? Here are a few of my recommendations:
1. Go straight to the index at the back of the book. Perhaps think of a word or topic of interest ahead of time such as “angels” then see if you can find it in the index. Also make sure they index the crystals…believe it or not, some don’t.
2. Then go to the body of the book. Determine if you like the book arranged by:
a.. Color – great for when you are trying to identify a stone, but not so great when you are trying to look up the qualities of a stone.
b. Alphabetical – my personal favorite because I can find a stone quickly.

c. Properties – this is great when you want a quick reference book according to the reason you are needing a stone such as anxiety. You look up “anxiety” and it lists the stones that will help.
3. What is the picture quality? You really want a clear picture. Are they raw, tumbled, or gem stone quality?  Many often want to see what the stone looks like when tumbled.
4. What data is provided? Do you just want the 411 on what the crystals can do for you or do you want more information such as the historical background of the stone?
5. What type of information is included? Do you want a book primarily about crystals for health or do you want a wide variety?
6. Do you resonate (vibe) with the author’s explanations?
If you are like me and love research, then lots of books are fine. But be warned: when they contradict one another it can get overwhelming and even frustrating. I recommend (but I don’t always take my own advice) sticking to two to four books…or even one if you can do it! Good luck with that!!!!

Some of my go to books are:

1. The Crystal Healer, Philip Permutt – This book has a great index, pictures and short explanations that stay with you. A special index has crystals broken down into crystals for emotional issues, physical issues, mental(intellectual) issues, and spiritual issues.
Con: the crystals are in color order within the book; therefore, making it sometimes difficult to quickly find the crystal you are looking for.


2. The Book of Stones, Robert Simmons  – It has a very good reference book due to its thorough index, good photographs and good information. The explanations are good on every level: historical, scientific and metaphysical properties. I especially love the pocket edition which is great for easy reference.
Con: I’m not a big fan of trademarking stones and Mr. Simmons does trademark stones. 


3. The Crystal Bible, Judy Hall
You name it, Hall has written it. The Crystal Bible Volume 1 and perhaps 2 are great resources. Decent index, good photographs, and alphabetical order (which obviously I prefer over grouping by color).
Helpful hint: when there are several volumes to crystal books, they tend to progress in the rarity, and therefore, price of the stones.


4. Crystal Prescriptions, Judy Hall
This is my go to book for physical ailments. I “don’t leave home without it.” It contains stones primarily for physical issues, but it does include other topics including emotional issues such as depression. I suggest only buying volume one to begin. It is small and easy to quickly use. You might also want to put it on Kindle on your phone for quick reference. You won’t regret purchasing this handy book if you are a crystal healer.


5. The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and StonesMargaret Ann Lembo
I really like the energy she puts into her descriptions. I have met her on several occasions and she is a lovely person with a soothing energy. The book is in alphabetical order, but her unique descriptions of stones are what I like. It is obvious she doesn’t just cut and paste what has been stated over and over. However, sometimes this can lead to a slight bit of confusion if consulting other books because what she writes about a stone’s properties may be different than what others have to say. I find her descriptions to be quite refreshing and interesting.

Again, this is a partial list. I know there are a million other books out there. I probably own them…Roger, my husband, will certainly be glad to tell you that I do. BUT remember I told you I’m a crystal book addict and thus far I’ve found no cure…I’m sure there is a crystal (no, not just amethyst) for that! Do you need to purchase books? Well…I don’t even relate to that question since I love books so much, but no. You can use your own intuition to ascertain properties of a stone or use the dictionary of the gods…Google. But websites are a blog for another day. You can always drop by my store, SoulTopia, to look through my library of crystal books or to purchase the one’s mentioned in this blog. Until next time…

Crystal Blessings,
Michelle Welch

Understanding Holistic Healing and the Metaphysical

Though holistic healing may be considered “new age” by those unfamiliar with the term, the philosophy guiding this practice has existed for thousands of years. While there are many metaphysical healing techniques, from crystal healing to aromatherapy, the underlying belief remains the same: The mind and the body are inseparable and therefore must be treated together.

Metaphysics and the Body

When we experience anxiety, depression and other negative emotions, our bodies can be affected in the same way that physical pain or discomfort can influence our state of mind. Rather than focusing solely on physiological ailments, holistic healing is dedicated to treating all aspects of being, which include:

  • Mental
  • Emotional
  • Spiritual
  • Physical

We can experience misalignment (deviation from our natural balanced state) in any of these aspects, which may then affect the others. Treating only one may temporarily ease symptoms, but leave the original cause. Holistic healing, therefore, seeks to bring all levels of being into alignment to return us to our healthy and natural state.

Most metaphysical healing techniques focus on balancing energy. The techniques are not meant to replace medical treatment—in fact, it is best used in tandem with such care. While modern medicine treats the physical symptoms, we can harness our energy to heal our less tangible aspects. To that end, there are several popular and accessible methods you can use to start your alignment journey. Here are some examples:

Healing Crystals

Many individuals use tools to help them redirect or charge energy; A common choice being healing crystals. The type, shape, and even color of crystals influence how they may be used. A few widely-used crystals include:

Amethyst: This semi-precious violet stone can help shift your energy to a more spiritual state, helping you feel uplifted.
Jade: This mineral is well-known for its vibrant green color and may be used to aid you in achieving balance.
Ruby: This classic crimson precious stone can help charge your spiritual self when you’re feeling drained.

There are thousands of options when it comes to crystals, and each person may find they respond better to one type than another. Because of this, some experimentation may be in order to find the right stones best suited for you.

One of the most significant advantages to healing crystals is that once the right stone is determined, the application is simple. Lay the crystals on your body, wear them as jewelry, sleep near them, or choose to use them in meditation. Whichever way you decide to use them, you will experience their effects; however, physical contact is the most direct way to receive the benefits of a crystal.

Essential Oils

Essential oil therapy utilizes the properties of different herbal oils to treat various symptoms. For example, ginger is known to help relieve nausea and inflammation. Other essential oils have a calming effect, such as lavender, which can help sooth mental or emotional turmoil. Some individuals use particular scents when meditating to help them achieve their desired state of mind.

Rather than using an entire ginger root, the plant is distilled into a more concentrated form, which we call an essential oil. The oils themselves are not oily in texture. Their name comes from their chemical make-up, which includes oil-soluble plant materials.

There are two main methods to use essential oils: inhalation and absorption. Inhalation may be achieved by simply breathing in the scent from the bottle or application site, or by placing the oil into a diffuser for a wider range. Absorption involves rubbing oils into the skin on areas which may benefit from the oil’s properties, such as using ginger on arthritic fingers.

Holistic Healing Near Me

SoulTopia offers Crystal Journey classes, as well as healing and intuitive sessions. Healing crystal jewelry, essential oils, and other holistic tools are also available. To learn more about how you can find empowerment by embracing the metaphysical, contact us today!

The Five Best Crystals You Need for Meditation

5 Crystals ~ 5 Minutes

Recovery Meditation

Whether you have just completed a nice long run, lifted weights or are easing your way down into Savasana, your energetic and physical bodies need the signal to begin recovery. Taking just five minutes of meditation with five special crystals will help this process. The meditation will help your entire body relax. Then your body will entrain to the fixed dominant oscillary rate (DOR) of the crystals which will initiate the recovery.

The Five Crystals

The five crystals you need for the meditation are Ametrine, Fluorite, Bloodstone, Calcite and Smokey Quartz. For purposes of workout recovery, these crystals help in the following ways:

1. Ametrine

– Ametrine is a two for one crystal. It naturally combines Amethyst, a master healer, and Citrine a revitalizing crystal. The combination helps emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. It stabilizes any dysfunctional energy and promotes stability, strength and uplifting energy. It also helps you quickly ease into your Five Crystals – Five Minutes Recovery Meditation.

2. Rainbow Fluorite

– Fluorite brings order out of chaos. As humans, we all have a non-fixed DOR which causes entropy (chaos). The fixed DOR of the Fluorite brings balance and coordination not only physically, but also mentally. While any color of Fluorite will work, Rainbow Fluorite covers all the bases.

3. Bloodstone

– Bloodstone is a form of Green Chalcedony with spots of Red Jasper. It is a purification and courage crystal. It eliminates any unwanted toxins and builds up strength. Once things that no longer serve you (toxicity) are released you will then have the courage and motivation to move forward in great strength and tenacity.

4. Calcite

– Calcite is found in a variety of colors but all help to strengthen muscles, ligaments, and tissues. Yellow and Red Calcite both provide strength and energy, but you may choose whichever color you are drawn to for your practice.

5. Smokey Quartz

– Smokey Quartz will not only ground you during Savasana, but it will also clear your aura of any lingering negativity. It will dispel that which does not serve you and send the unwanted energy to Mother Earth to be recycled for good.


The Five Minutes

Place the Smokey Quartz between your feet, the Ametrine at the top of your head (crown chakra), the Bloodstone on your navel, and hold the Calcite and Fluorite in the palms of your hands.

Begin to sink into Savasana as you get in touch with your breath. Bring your attention to the Smokey Quartz between your feet. Allow it to help you become one with your mat and Mother Earth. Visualize roots extending out from the soles of your feet. They grow down into and around Gaia’s core anchoring and grounding you. Ask Gaia to take any energy that does not serve your highest good. She will draw out that which is not serving you and will recycle the energy for good.

Slowly draw your attention to the Ametrine at your crown. Visualize its beautiful purple and orange colors as the Ametrine connects your upper chakras to your lower chakras. Now feel the energy rise to the top of your head (crown chakra). Imagine the purple and orange flowing in a lemniscate (infinity) shape all the way from your crown to just below your feet. As the flow of energy circulates, invite any potential healing or recovery that might be needed.

Become aware of the Fluorite and Calcite in your hands. The Fluorite calms you and balances you even more allowing any remaining stress to melt away. Invite the Calcite to begin strengthening your muscles, tissue, and ligaments while also infusing you with vitality.

Next, allow the Bloodstone to enter your journey. As it purifies and eliminates any toxins (that which does not serve your highest and best good), it will replace that energy with courage, tenacity, and motivation.

Stay a moment longer to soak in the frequencies of these crystals. You are very relaxed but also feel energized, restored and revitalized. You have a calm, focused zeal for life.

Travel deep into the core of Gaia and see your energy securely rooted to Mother Earth with the help of Smokey Quartz. Pull some of that energy all the way up through your root, sacral and solar plexus. Now travel out into the heavens with the help of Ametrine. Pull some of the sparks of light down through your crown, brow, and throat chakras.

Bring your hands together in a prayer-like position at your heart chakra and give gratitude for the time spent in your practice.

When you are ready, begin to gently wiggle your toes and fingers and when you are ready rise up in strength and recovery.


More About Michelle:

Michelle Welch is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Management, Baylor Law School with a Juris Doctorate, and is pursuing a Doctorate in Philosophy. She is Owner and Founder of SoulTopia, LLC, owner of SoulTopia Academy, host of SoulTopia Shenanigans on YouTube and is a regular guest on FOX Radio. Her own life transformation from a successful attorney and law school adjunct professor to passionately assisting others on their life path through her ownership of SoulTopia gives her unique perspective and insight.  She utilizes her entrepreneurial skills, extensive community service work, and years of experience in mentoring and teaching to help others reach their full potential. She specializes in helping people gain clarity, discover their soul’s purpose, overcome trauma, and claim self-empowerment. She is an Ordained Minister, Reiki Master/Teacher and a Crystal Healer Master/Teacher and holds numerous other certifications in various healing and intuitive modalities. As a “reformed attorney”, she decided to pursue her soul purpose and is passionate about her calling to assist others in gaining clarity and self-empowerment. In Intuitive and Healing Sessions, Michelle receives clear messages for you and has a direct, yet compassionate, form of delivery. As an empath and “clair-blend” she utilizes “modality-matching” to determine the best tools suited to meet her client’s desires or needs. She is also available by appointment for Intuitive Sessions and Healing Sessions at SoulTopia.