Reconfiguring Old Patterns
Energy workers help people reinvent themselves by realigning their chakras
For hundreds of years, traditional Chinese medicine has purported the existence of qi, intangible forces of mental and physical energy exerted by virtually everything in existence. Eventually, Western healers caught on. A committee of alternative medicine practitioners and researchers coined in 1992 the term “biofield,” a massless, but not necessarily electromagnetic, field that surrounds, infuses and affects the human body. Biofield science may be in its infancy, but therapies involving the healing or realignment of one’s energy are said to transform lives.
Energy healer Paige Apgar has seen and experienced such changes.
In 2005, Apgar began exploring her own energy system. Though she wasn’t suffering any physical ailments, her soul was unsettled.
“I started seeing an energy worker and got into the bigger question of why this was happening in my life,” Apgar said. “I learned the way in which things show up in your life always has something to do with how they’re holding in your system. You make patterns. When I started working with this woman, it all began to click. I started seeing huge changes in myself and realized this was the kind of work I wanted to do.”
Apgar said it took her a while to find a program she liked. In 2011, she enrolled in a four-year training program in what is now called the Eden Method.
Considered to be one of the most comprehensive energy healing modalities, the Eden Method draws upon acupuncture, yoga, kinesiology and traditional Chinese medicine and examines patterns and imbalances among nine different energy systems: the chakras, meridians, auras, electrics, radiant circuits, Celtic weave, basic grid, five elements and triple weave.
Don’t worry about keeping up with all those, though. That’s what Apgar is for. Now a certified Eden Method practitioner, she balances biofields at her business, Soul’s Light Energy Healing in Tallahassee.
“In my practice, I work with techniques from the Eden Method, but I also pull from other things I’ve learned along the way,” Apgar said. “I use energy psychology techniques like EFT (emotional freedom technique) which is commonly referred to as energy ‘tapping,’ but also draw on intuition when tuning in to a person’s system.”
While clients lie on a massage table, Apgar scans them with her eyes closed, relying on an “inner-vision” that reveals where energy is pooling and how it’s moving. Apgar has a way of asking the body what it needs — the human body has a consciousness and intelligence, she said. In such a way, she discovers what general issues are at play and what attention they may require.
With new clients, Apgar begins by exploring their physical and emotional health history. She asks about childhood because many energy patterns originate from stress responses at an early age, and she gets a hint as to where to look first.
“I don’t dig for things, but they do come up,” Apgar said. “I do feel emotion and get a map of someone’s emotional state, what’s holding where and how things are moving and not moving in their life. It is very deep work.”
Deep and rewarding. For the last decade, Apgar has treated everything from anxiety and depression to chronic pain and physical illness.
One of the most powerful and effective techniques at her disposal is matrix re-imprinting, an extension of EFT’s cognitive psychology component. When delving in to a client’s past trauma, Apgar works to neutralize any surrounding emotions to the point where they no longer cause a reaction. A positive memory is then “re-imprinted,” replacing the traumatic event.
Some sessions, Apgar said, result in “soul-level” revelations. Past life regressions may reveal prominent patterns across different lifetimes. Apgar believes it is possible that energetic chords connect situations from this life to unresolved issues from our soul’s past.
“The energy system is where mind, body and spirit come together,” Apgar said. “They all intertwine, so sometimes you’re working with a system that’s inherently more connected to soul-level pieces, while other energies are more aligned with the physical. We don’t know until we let the body open up and tell us what it needs.”
Energy work is something Apgar considers a “co-creative process.” You’ll work on re-patterning old habits and are expected to complete quick, daily exercises in energy mindfulness that Apgar assigns as homework.
Whether you’re attending an in-person session or taking advantage of her distance healing technique, which can be done over Zoom, Apgar asks that you be “present, aware and interactive.”
“You don’t even have to believe in it, but if you’re guarded and putting up walls, the energy will shut itself up in a little container, and I can’t get through,” she said. “Once people start to pay attention, they become more aware of their own energy system and what moves it.
“As we start to undo old patterning that’s been repeatedly causing the same problems, people open up to a new version of themselves. They’re able to access new places, more fully express themselves and ultimately lead a happier, more satisfying life.”
That Sweet Spot Where Life Just Flows
Mystic and tarostrologer Jost Van Dyke unites blocked people with their true paths
By Steve Bornhoft
Jost Van Dyke sees people as free agents who may choose how to spend their time, identify the goals they wish to pursue and discover what makes them happy. But he believes, too, in a soul code, that everyone has a true path. Finding that path can be brutal, he said, but “deep down, one knows when he is living an authentic life and is genuinely content and at peace, and life just flows.” One knows when he finds it.
For Van Dyke, life unfolded differently.
Tallahassee born, he was 4 years old, he said, when he had an out-of-body experience and an encounter with an angelic being.
“I remember the experience today as vividly as I would if it had happened yesterday,” Van Dyke said. “It literally shook me by the shoulders and shifted my whole consciousness. Even at that young age, I then knew that there was life beyond what we see on the three-dimensional plane.”
And, an agreement was reached, even if Van Dyke didn’t fully realize as much at the time. He would live his life as a mystic, helping people find their true paths.
“We all have the potential to be mystics, but most people don’t want to take the time and go through the hard work of becoming one,” Van Dyke said. “It’s a way of life, but it’s also a calling. The choice was made for me.”
When he has strayed, course corrections have been swift and sure.
“Everyone has heard the line, ‘If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.’ That’s the way my life has been,” Van Dyke said.
“When I tried to make plans or set certain goals for myself, I was able to temporarily achieve those goals, but invariably, I would get hit with the big cosmic flyswatter and cattle-prodded back onto my true path.”
Van Dyke was born with Poland’s Syndrome. He was without muscles on the right side of his chest and in his back and had an underdeveloped right arm.
“The doctor who delivered me told my parents that my right arm would never grow beyond a flipper,” Van Dyke said.
But that was not his path.
“My arm miraculously grew,” Van Dyke said. “Doctors asked me how that happened, and I told them I didn’t know; it wasn’t my doing.”
Today, Van Dyke is a Pilates instructor and a fine-art photographer. He, for 19 years, performed as a concert pianist. And true to his assigned path, he is a tarostrologer; in that, he is a connector.
Beginning with a client’s birthplace, birthdate and time of birth, he assembles a picture comprising a natal chart and hieroglyphs and sets about deciphering it. In particular, he works to identify the controls or blocks that separate a client from the intended realization of his potential and purpose.
“I reach in and try to make the client aware of where they might be psychically blocked,” Van Dyke said. “Many times, clients don’t know how or why they are blocked. I try to bring their attention to elements that may be causing the blockage. They may be external or the external may be the result of an internal projection.”
Natalie Levin of Philadelphia scheduled a session with Van Dyke after meeting him online — both were visiting similar Facebook pages — and at a point where she was entertaining self-doubt.
“I wasn’t sure I had the goods to offer professional astrology sessions,” she said.
Van Dyke immediately impressed Levin as someone who is not concerned about what others may think of him.
“He was so beautiful and organic,” Levin said. “The way I saw myself through his eyes allowed me to believe in myself. He used the word ‘mystic’ to describe what he saw in my astrology chart, and I felt like that was something that I could really lean into. Jost gave me the little boost of confidence I needed to begin to offer sessions professionally.”
Van Dyke also told Levin that he sensed that something big in Levin’s voice, and performance life was about to happen.
Indeed, less than two weeks after her session with Van Dyke, Levin landed a large part in the Philadelphia Opera’s production of Let Me Die. The role called for a performer capable of gender fluidity and switching voices. It was as if it had been drawn up for her, she said.
Levin regards Van Dyke as a soul friend.
“I can reach out to him and share with him; he is a container for everything — the gritty, the ugly, the crap and the glory — and that is a rare person,” Levin said. “He is a magical soul in a human form. He is unique. There is no box for Jost.”
Marina Lickson of Tallahassee met Van Dyke as a student in one of his Pilates classes. She had for many years thought about having her astrological chart read, and upon getting to know Van Dyke, she scheduled a session with him.
“He was magical,” Lickson said. “He could not have been more perfect. He has a great command of astrology and an innate ability to feel and see.”
Van Dyke does not fully discount intentionality or notions that thoughts can create realities or that people can make things happen.
“But I have found that the greatest surprises in my life come about when I am simply present and available,” Van Dyke said. “For me, life is like walking a tightrope while balancing two different realms. There is the realm of your intentions where you do all the right things to bring about results, and then there’s the other modus where we just allow things to happen and be receptive to what the universe gives us and be grateful for that. There is a lot of power in just being grateful.”
Van Dyke is comfortable, he said, sitting in a void. He does not feel compelled to always be filling it with activity or people or things.
“As a species, we would be much better off if we weren’t all so controlled by the happy factor,” Van Dyke said. “We have to be happy at all costs, and sometimes the costs of happiness can be very high. Why not just be content with less and really appreciate less?”
Marketers and the media, Van Dyke finds, proffer false diagnoses and false prescriptions.
“A lot of the ills today result from people not living their authentic lives,” he said. “They are living lives that they have been told to live or think that they need to live. But are they authentic?”
Van Dyke dropped a reference to The Hidden Persuaders, a book first published in 1957 and written by Vance Packard, who was credited by Salon with “demystifying the deliberately mysterious arts of advertising.”
He counts as chief influences in his life his parents — both are CPAs — his paternal grandmother, who was an educator; three musicians; and a man he met while living in Manhattan, Van Zandt Ellis, described by Van Dyke as a brilliant pianist, Fulbright scholar, eccentric visionary and trans-channel medium.
From 1984 through 1987, Van Dyke was a member of a small group that convened every third Friday in Ellis’ Greenwich Village apartment where the gathered would contact “non-local consciousness” and take delivery of seemingly arcane material that would eventually become mainstream.
Ellis traveled frequently to the Great Pyramid of Giza where he became acquainted with the guards. Charming a sentry, he gained permission to climb during his visits to the top of the pyramid after hours, there to meditate under the stars. On one such occasion, he dropped a rose quartz crystal given him by Van Dyke into the pyramid through a hole in the finial at its apex.
“Thanks to Van Zandt, there is a piece of Jost Van Dyke incorporated within the bowels of the Great Pyramid,” Van Dyke said.
That only seems fitting and right.
“I have always been intrigued by the interconnectedness of everything,” Van Dyke said. “I have always been able to see relationships that may be hidden from others. I look at life as a metaphor, so everything is symbolic and everything is woven together. What some people say is coincidence, I see as relatedness. It’s sort of like Newton’s Third Law. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
Surely when that rose quartz crystal reached the bottom of the Great Pyramid, Jost Van Dyke felt something.
Tapping Into the Power of Stones
Crystals are storehouses of energy that vibrate at helpful high frequencies
By Hannah Burke
When I call Alexis Barnett for an interview, she informs me that, right at this very moment, I’m interacting with crystals. In fact, our conversation wouldn’t be possible without them. “Every phone has a crystal oscillator made of quartz and gold,” Barnett said. “When gold taps the quartz, it creates something called piezoelectricity. It’s that piezoelectricity that creates electrical signals for your phone, computer and anything with telecommunication. We’ve demystified technology, but isn’t it fascinating we can share a photo in a millisecond all because of crystals and human design?”
Even more fascinating is the curious nature of crystals. Barnett, a crystal consultant and owner of the Crystal Portal in Tallahassee, explained that within all of matter’s atoms, rotating electrons create vibrations and frequencies. You vibrate at a very high frequency because you are a living thing. Your bedside table’s frequency is much lower, and therefore, it appears stagnant.
But crystals, when measured with an electromagnetic tool, vibrate at a significantly higher rate than most nonliving objects. For that reason, Barnett likes to think of crystals as “energy storehouses.”
“It’s kind of like Wi-Fi; you can’t see, hear or feel it, but you know it’s real because you can utilize it,” she said. “In the last decade, we discovered you can store 360 terabytes of information on a quartz about the size of a dollar coin. If we’re able to put data on a crystal, what information might already be stored there?”
Barnett wonders if Mother Earth doesn’t speak our language, but she communicates perhaps through vibrations and frequencies. When we meditate with crystals, she said, we intuitively “download” what has been encoded and view life through a new lens.
As a crystal consultant, Barnett identifies crystals that suit a client’s situation. One who desires strength and prosperity may look to citrine, while those seeking sobriety and clarity might opt for amethyst.
A crystal’s hue may clue you in on which chakra it’s associated with and consequently what properties it possesses. Malachite and rose quartz, for example, are linked to the green-and-pink heart chakra and are believed to aid in emotional healing and foster love.
When a new stone is discovered, Barnett said, psychics and healers meditate with them, report their findings and agree on commonalities.
“I think if you take the time to sit with a stone, you’ll observe its subtle energies,” Barnett said. “But, you don’t have to meditate with them. A blue lace agate on your desk may remind you to take a deep breath and remain calm. Rubbing a black tourmaline (associated with the root chakra) between your hands while flying can help you feel more relaxed and grounded.”
Some may tell you there’s a “right” way to use healing stones, that they need to be recharged by moonlight or that they must be cleansed upon absorbing too much negative energy. But, Barnett doesn’t adhere to these rules, nor does she believe crystals should be the only component in your spiritual toolbox.
“My only goal is to empower individuals to lead a more intentional lifestyle,” she said. “I like to call myself a skeptical mystic because I prefer to observe and analyze what others say and let them live any type of journey they want. I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything, and however you engage with crystals is up to you.”
Barnett began her own spiritual journey at age 12 when she began practicing Reiki and meditation with her grandmother. She is now a Reiki Master who is well versed in areas of herbalism, holistic health and divine femininity.
While the power of crystals may be unfathomable to some, the effects of Barnett’s most recent venture into sound therapy, she said, are “undeniable.”
A sound therapy session at Crystal Portal relies on the vibrations and frequencies emitted from 400-year-old Himalayan singing bowls. Barnett places bowls around the room and at energy points on a client’s body. When lightly struck, the bowls release gentle, binaural sound waves that resonate within the body and naturally induce a theta (deeply relaxed) state of mind.
“People go through one session and say it’s the most relaxed they’ve ever felt, that they feel lighter and that it’s cleared out a year’s worth of trauma,” Barnett said. “What it does is make meditation effortless. The human body is an intelligent instrument and knows how to heal itself if we can get into a state of true relaxation. In this day and age, there’s so much distraction and stimuli that few of us are actually experiencing deep relaxation outside of sleep.”
Crystal Portal offers sound therapy for individuals, couples and small groups. Barnett has seen many wives drag skeptical husbands along, and often, it’s the doubtful who come away the most transformed and eager to book their next session.
Alternative healing in general is becoming more accepted, Barnett said. Her clients include pagans and wiccans but also devout Christians and agnostics.
“I think the pandemic has made many people do a 180 on their life,” Barnett said. “We saw a huge surge of customers after lockdown because we all had time to take a close look at who we are, and some didn’t like what they saw. If there’s any silver lining to the pandemic, it’s that people have learned how important it is to take care of themselves. I’m excited to see how open our mentalities will be in the next five to 10 years.”