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Glossary of Healing and Spiritual Terms

This glossary of healing terms will allow visitors and clients to understand my brand of intuitive energy healing and spiritual work.

For those who are unfamiliar with intuitive energy healing, this is an attempt to make sure we are speaking the same language. We use a lot of words in this work that may be unfamiliar to some people, and sometimes other practices and schools of thought offer slightly different meanings.

Ancestral Healing – Tracing patterns of trauma and limiting beliefs through families to find the originating event and bring healing to it. By healing the originating event/ancestor, the family, and more specifically the person requesting the healing, can break free from the family pattern of trauma. They are then free to change the story for themselves and their descendants. Most indigenous cultures perform rituals for healing the dead so their descendants aren’t burden with their traumas. The Crusades in the Middle Ages wiped out the indigenous cultures and practices of Western Europe to spread Christianity. Meaning Western Europeans and their descendants, have no healing rituals. Trauma still lives in them and has been passed down through epi-genetics to their descendants. This is known as generational trauma. Read more on ancestral healing and generational trauma here and here.

Archetypal Healing – One of the intuitive energy healing techniques I use in my sessions with clients. Each healing is a unique intuitive vision where I watch our healer teams in action and describe what I see to the client. My healing guide, Moses, heals global themes for soul groups, not just the individual in front of me. I call this archetypal because of the nature of these issues. An example of one would be healing the “people pleaser” wound. This is something that affects lots of people and stems from a particular set of circumstances. When we heal this for the client, we are also sending healing to all the souls in the client’s soul group.

Aura – A field of subtle, luminous radiation surrounding a person or object like the halo. This field is energy and many people see colors in the aura which associate with the chakras. A being’s emotional and physical health can be “read” in the aura. Practitioners manipulate and clear the aura through hands-on healing, such as reiki. This manipulation is a form of energy healing.

Chakras – The word Chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disk. It signifies one of seven main energy centers in the body which are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura. Each of these centers correlates to major nerve ganglia branching forth from the spinal column. In addition, the Chakras also correlate to levels of consciousness, archetypal elements (Jungian concepts), developmental stages of life, colors, sounds, body functions, and more. 

The seven main chakras that run up the spine are (from bottom to top) Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown. For more information visit the Chakra page.

Clearing – the practice of emptying your aura. Empaths will collect energy bits from people and place they interact with and over time the build up can create health issues like depression or even getting a cold/flu.

Collective Consciousness – Collective consciousness, collective conscience, or collective conscious is the set of shared beliefs, ideas, and moral attitudes held in our collective energy which operate as a unifying force within society. In general, it does not refer to the specifically moral conscience, but to a shared understanding of social norms. See Tipping Point

Dark Night of the Soul – Some may consider it a rite of passage for all spiritual seekers. A period of time where our faith and beliefs are examined, broken down and rebuilt. “You feel totally alone. You don’t know many, if any, people that have gone through this. You don’t feel like being bothered with loved ones and friends that don’t understand because they either think you are crazy and need help or their own fears arise about it and make matters even worse. You barely have any energy or interests anymore.” These passages seem a necessary part of self-reflection and deep introspection.

Emotional Trauma Clearing – an energy technique that clears stuck energy from emotionally traumatic events in our past, including past life. Using the 12 meridians of Chinese Medicine, we identify the pair or triad of meridians that hold the wound/behavioral pattern of trauma and clear the energy. This is a very effective system for people experiencing behavioral patterns that are limiting their engagement and fulfillment in life.

Empath – an empath is anyone who senses and reacts to the electromagnetic energy waves coming off of people, animals, plants or objects. How you sense and react to the energy is your personal expression of being an empath. Empaths often are able to read several kinds of energy (person, animal, plant, etc) but ultimately there are two primary types of empaths. The first is an emotional empath, those people who interpret the energy of humans, dogs and plant life through their emotions. The second type is the physical empath, they interpret the energy through their physical senses. For example, a physical empath feels the pain of your headache and not the sadness of your heartbreak.

Energy or Qi – can be defined as the “force” or “vital substance” that animates and controls the observable functions of living beings. The basic foundation for Asian medicine is that this vital substance flows through the body in channels known as “meridians” that connect all of our major organs. Any kind of pain (physical or emotional) or illness represents an obstruction in the normal flow of Qi or life force.

Ground or Grounded or Grounding – the act of connecting your energy to the Earth, thereby bringing your consciousness fully into your body. People get ungrounded for a variety of reasons such as fear, stress, physical or emotional discomfort. Being ungrounded causes things like turning the wrong way down a one way street, tripping over the sidewalk crack, or the inability to focus on a task. 

Indigo – a person who has come into this world destined to create change and spiritually awaken humanity. Indigos are considered to be freethinkers with profound insight into the human condition with an ability to see the truth clearly. Read more about Indigos. Related to crystal and starseed people.

Intuition – the practice of connecting to your higher self, your deepest truth, your own connection to a higher power, for the purpose of living an authentic, satisfying, and fulfilling life. Making choices and decisions from your own divine guidance instead of following the “societal script.”

Karmic Timeline Healing – an energy technique adapted from Neuro-linguistic Programming that can clear away traumas experienced in either this lifetime or an ancestor’s lifetime. Ancestral patterns of trauma are passed down through our DNA and affect us as much as if we experienced the trauma ourselves. KTH heals these wounds for you and can bring a level of healing to all ancestors and relatives affected by the event as well.


Lightworker – Lightworkers are those who volunteered, before birth, to help the planet and its population heal from the effects of fear. Each lightworker is here for a sacred purpose. Very often, however, life on earth with its material focus creates a form of amnesia in lightworkers. They then forget their divine and perfect identities, and also their abilities to miraculously help the earth and all living creatures. When lightworkers forget their true identity and purpose, they feel lost and afraid. 

Lightworker Curse – also called “Witch Wound” – A dramatic sounding name for a common wound affecting lightworkers. As lightworkers remember what they are here to do, they are overwhelmed and afraid to claim their purpose. In past lives, often more than one, lightworkers have been killed for doing their heart’s work. Salem Witch Trials, Crusades, etc. This curse can be lifted with energy work and allows the lightworker to begin to step more fully into their healing gifts and life purpose.

Meridians – The Meridians are directional pathways of the energy flow of Qi through the body, the Qi flows through each different pathway(Meridians) in a peak flow at specific times during the day – in essence, a 24-hour human body clock of qi flow.

There are 12 Organ Meridians and each is associated with an organ, a time of day and an element. Each meridian has a set of emotions and these emotions have balanced and out of balance expression. 

The meridians provide the framework for Emotional Trauma Clearing technique.

Neurodivergent – Neurodivergent is a nonmedical term that describes people whose brain and nervous system develops and works differently than what is considered typical. This means the person has different strengths and struggles from neurotypical folks. While some people who are neurodivergent have medically diagnosed conditions. Neurodivergence can exist where a medical condition or diagnosis hasn’t been identified. Examples of neurodivergence are ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and obsessive compulsive. Empaths also fall under neurodivergent.

Neurodiversity – according to Harvard Health, Neurodiversity describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways; there is no one “right” way of thinking, learning, and behaving, and differences are not viewed as deficits. 

Neurotypical – a descriptor that refers to someone who has the brain functions, behaviors, and processing considered standard or typical in our society. 

Neuro-linguistic Programming – a practice aimed at enhancing the healing process by changing the conscious and subconscious beliefs of patients about themselves, their illnesses, and the world. These limiting beliefs are “reprogrammed” using a variety of techniques drawn from other disciplines including hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.

Phantom Persona – the empath ability to take on the personality characteristics of the person or group they are socializing with. Also known as “masking” this ability is driven by a desire to be accepted and blend in. Masking is also possible because empaths often people please making it difficult and uncomfortable to know themselves and what they care about. Read more about Phantom Persona.

Psychic – a term used to describe someone who relates to the world using more than the 5 physical senses of touch, sight, taste, hearing, and smelling. Their nervous system is sensitive and finely attuned to the energy around them and is able to translate information that others do not experience or understand. A natural ability that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence. The direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process.

Reiki – a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

Right Livelihood – a Buddhist concept of earning a living ethically and in accordance with Buddhist precepts. In recent years, this term’s definition has broadened to mean earning a living in accordance with a person’s own values and spirituality.

Shadow Work – Working with your unconscious mind to uncover the parts of yourself that you repress and hide from yourself. This can include trauma or parts of your personality that you subconsciously consider undesirable. Your shadow is the parts of your personality that are rejected because they conflict with your ego’s self-concept. The goal of shadow work is self-acceptance. Bringing to your awareness, behavior or beliefs that hurt you or other people so they can be integrated into your consciousness and healed/transformed within your personality.

Soul’s Blueprint – Each soul has made a decision to be born into a body. Each soul has had many lifetimes in many bodies, and each decision comes with a loose plan for your soul’s intention for that life. Events, roles, and emotions your soul (you) want to experience, that is the soul’s blueprint.  The experiences we have in our body can sometimes throw us off our blueprint, many people never get back in sync with it. We can become too scared, too resentful, or too damaged to live some of what we came to experience. Quantum Alignment’s goal is always to bring you closer to your original blueprint.

Spirit-led Entrepreneur– someone who is achieving right livelihood by creating a business out of their soul’s purpose.

Spiritual Awakening – A spiritual awakening is a call to higher consciousness and deeper mental awareness. The process of spiritual awakening brings about personal transformation and a shift in one’s worldview. A spiritual awakening can be gradual or rapid, and it can mean different things to different people. It can be beautiful and magical however, it can also be scary and destabilizing. It is a process that needs support and validation.

Tipping Point – In sociology, a tipping point is a point in time when a group—or many group members—rapidly and dramatically changes its behavior by widely adopting a previously rare practice. Tipping point is connected to what is held in the collective conscience–how change happens in culture that is sustainable over time meaning not trends or short-lived phases. Read about the 100 Monkey Effect also known as critical mass theory.

Page last updated 2/14/2024