Welcome to Judith's Crystal Cave Teachings, my virtual home.
Here is where I share my thoughts on spirituality, life, humor, Crystals, and various topics I hope people will find interesting. We are far more than we know. We all have magic within us, waiting to be tapped into. I want to support that awakening, that recognition of what we are: Eternal souls on a journey through space and time, here to evolve, learn, and grow. All that I've learned from the teachers in my life, the elders, the animals, the stones, the trees, the elements, the stars, and all that I am, is shared here, in this space. My training in Classical Chinese Medicine, ( and Taoism ), including the Stones, 5-Element theory, Essential Oils, and herbs, Astrology, and my insights as a Clairvoyant Empath are all shared here. With empathy, love, and my bizarre sense of humor, I am honored to share my perspectives on this Earth walk with you.
One of the great loves in my life has always been nature, especially what native people call "The Stone People". I have been working with, and teaching about Crystals and Minerals for most of my life. All of the indigenous cultures around the world describe the stones as the oldest living beings on the planet. The Taoists consider them to be the most powerful healing modality that there is. Part of the reason I started my website was to introduce these Master Healers to people unfamiliar with them, since most people have limited access to a Taoist Master or a native elder. Most books available today focus on either the metaphysical properties of stones, or the mineralogical make-up of the stones. I wanted to offer material that is ancient, from my decades of study, along with my direct experiences, dreams, and visions with the stones as an Alchemist, Clairvoyant Empath and Mystic.
My home is filled with a Shaman's tools, drums, rattles, feathers, art, Stones, Essential Oils, Herbs, Sage, Sweetgrass, tobacco for ceremony... All of these things combine together to create an energy that is healing for all who enter, and to challenge the trance-like state western culture creates in us, which inhibits and blocks us from achieving our true potential. This part of my website is designed to do that, to challenge that trance state, offering a different perspective on life that includes magic, and an opportunity to explore other dimensions and realities.
My actual home in real life is very unusual, a geodesic dome and subterranean home built into the side of a hill, with 35 tons of Calcite boulders that create the ceiling. A true Crystal Cave, unique and magical. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. I wanted to have, and make available for my clients, an environment for people to experience the Earth as it truly is, from an Indigenous culture perspective: Powerful, nurturing, magical, and Sacred. I want to invite people to embark on a journey into the mystical, the supernatural, where all living things are connected as one heart. And I want to include laughter, because laughter brings us into the moment more quickly than anything except love. So expect some snippets of my life that hopefully will make you smile.
Come on a journey with me.
I took the word “Shaman “ out of my bio a long time ago, primarily due to the New Age movement’s appropriation of it. Everywhere you look, there’s someone calling themselves that, without having the slightest idea of what it really means.
A Shaman is a priest, trained to be a warrior of Light, trained to navigate the Void, trained in dealing with other realms and the supernatural, including dealing with ghosts and demonic entities, trained to be a tracker. A true Shaman is able to perform exorcisms, extractions, is able to work on the level of the Ethereal soul. ( The Hun in Chinese medicine.) This includes what is called “ Soul retrieval “, bringing back split off pieces of the soul, split off from trauma. The ability to do this includes bringing someone back from a coma, ( with that souls permission) since a coma is a state of massive soul loss. One should be able to speak with animals, trees, the stones, the elements, the dead, anything with a soul. The ability to do these things is a part of the job description. An inability to do any of them denies one the right to the title, but that’s never stopped anyone from using it. In most cases, it’s laughable.
No one forced me to choose this path. No one is ever forced. Being a Priestess or a Priest is a 24/7 job. It is not part-time. There are no vacations from this path of service. This path is not for everyone, clearly. One must be fearless, fierce, compassionate and kind, all at the same time. The training is intense, usually beginning in early childhood. Severe traumas or health issues are not uncommon, including near-death experiences.
I much prefer referring to myself as a warrior Priestess, walking the spiritual path Merlin calls “ The Path Of The Sword”. The sword is used to break the chains that bind us; chains of fear, chains of ego, chains of judgement. It is the sword of radical truth and radical love. It cuts through denial, it cuts through illusions, most importantly, it cuts through darkness, by illuminating it.
The spiritual commitment to this path is absolute. There are many types of Healers in the world, all have their gifts. Some are Awakeners, some, like myself, are Alchemists. Some are doctors, nurses, chiropractors, massage therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, acupuncturists, and herbalists. None of those are necessarily priests. A priest is a willing intermediary between the earthly and the other realms.
There has never been a time in my life that I regretted my choice to incarnate once again as a warrior Priestess, especially now. I have always been honored that people trust me, and choose to share their deepest and most painful experiences with me. I am humbled that they feel safe processing abuse of all kinds with me, embarking on a journey of the restoration of their divine blueprint. This moment in time, where the world is under assault, in a way many of us have never seen before, accentuates the need for the warrior Priests and Priestesses. We stand on the front lines of the battle. The darkness will not prevail. We have Master Teachers guiding us. Each of us have our own guides. We know who they are.
We have chosen this path out of our love for humanity, the planet, and all living things. As intense as it is, it is a beautiful path. I have never, and will never regret choosing it. It is my honor as a warrior Priestess to serve. Blessings, Judith
Sometimes studying three years of Latin in the Convent and then high school sneaks into my thought process. That should tell you something about me, right there. I’ve never thought of Latin as a “ dead language “, as it’s called. It’s a base for so many other languages. Certain phrases seem to have more gravitas when thought of or spoken in Latin. Like the title of this blog. Nihil Desperandum. Never fear.
Fear paralyzes, fear inhibits. All fear is based on things that haven’t unfolded yet. Therefore, they exist only in our minds as possibilities. When you stop and think about it, being afraid of a possibility is pretty silly. It’s like being afraid of a bad dream. It isn’t real. But that’s what we do, we scare the shit out of ourselves over a non-reality. Interesting choice.
Whenever we are afraid, we are accessing an old wound, an old negative belief that needs to be healed. Good. Root it out, and rip it out of your consciousness like a weed. Fear thoughts are like weeds. Left to grow in the sacred garden of your soul, they multiply, taking over the holy ground within us, choking the new growth of positive experiences. Tend the garden of your soul, planting only those thoughts that will bear fruit, and replenish you.
Fear is a liar. It attempts to weaken us. We must not feed it, or give in to it. Flood yourself with truth, with certainty, with love. Feel the love of Spirit surrounding you, filling you. Step into the light, out of the shadows that fear creates. Nihil Desperandum. Never fear. Choose faith, choose trust; in both yourself and the Universe. It’s a magical universe, filled with limitless possibilities. Live from that. Blessings, Judith
There comes a time in life, when we feel exhausted by the battle against the darkness, that we need to be reminded of who we are and what we fight for. Many things inspire me, and strengthen my resolve. Books are at the top of that list. With the horrifying news reports pouring in about children being ripped away from their parents, racism being embraced as never before, Intelligence reports from here and around the globe documenting attacks and treasonous actions against us, it’s easy to become desensitized and numb, and want to quit. As warriors of the Light, we cannot stop. No, we must not stop.
One of my favorite writers is Tolkien. In the final book in his Lord Of The Rings series, The Return Of The King, before the battle against Sauron, Aragorn says this:” Sons of Gondor, Of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends, and break all bonds of fellowship; but it is not this day! An hour of wolves, and shattered shields, when the Age Of Men comes crashing down; but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!”
We must not give in to fear. We must stand. Stand for the children, stand for the planet, stand for humanity, and stand for the light. Do not give in to the whispers of darkness, those insidious voices telling us it is hopeless. It is not. Rally your courage, your strength, your honor, your heart. We will not surrender, not now, and not ever. A day may come when the courage of men fails. Today is not that day! By all that we hold dear, we stand, and we fight. Blessings, Judith