For many practitioners, stone balance acts as a daily outlet of stress, anxiety, PTSD, and pretty much any build up of unpleasant cerebral knots. It started for me as a valuable outlet from a job i hated at the time. it was the colorful side of life amidst relative monotony and mandated routine.

it quickly became the best way i know to reconnect with myself, and also to people around me. even still, now that i’m able to do this full time, there are many energetic knots that come from living a human life, dealing with money, our current cultural system that i feel a bit alien to, other human beings… but all in all, life is great, and i wouldn’t trade it for anything, i want it all! even the darkest elements. the ones no one sees or hears about. there is nothing easy about the road i’ve chosen. and i don’t expect to find a yellow brick road. nor do i want one.

i love the chaos. the unpredictability. the adventure. the way i’m regularly humbled close to the point of breaking. the mind wrenching beauty i get to witness along the way. . . i can look back at photos and instantly channel the feelings of that time and space.

Someone once told me that in a certain culture, the practice of balancing rocks has very powerful implications for dealing with stress. Specifically, that each rock or arrangement takes on a worry of the practitioner. by way of balancing, the worry is channeled into the rock formation, which, by nature, is temporary. the rocks hang in balance for a time, before the attached worries dissolve upon collapse.
when my mom was having surgery a few months ago, i didn’t sit in the hospital and worry. the best thing i could think of was to go find rocks close to the hospital and do what i know to clear worrisome energy, and boost positive energy. i also saw it as a kind of prayer. through practicing peace, i was able to create a peaceful headspace, which is where it all starts.still curious when this will all collapse, but for now i’m just gonna keep riding a seemingly growing wave.


56 Responses
  1. How do you do that? Do you use glue? Very profound and beautiful. I never realized building stones cairns was so deep. I’ve seen some around where I live and I do feel a calmness in the presence and simplicity of the stones Thank you for sharing that beauty and wonder with us. I hope you don’t mind that I shared this link with others.

  2. I am only a grasshopper, but rock stacking has become an important part of my daily meditation. I think the universe gives us things that we need – if we are aware enough to accept them. Thank you.

  3. your status is going to echo in my head and heart a long, long time – thanks for sharing all your thoughts, wisdom and incredible rock art, it’s having a seriously big and positive impact on my life over here on the east coast of the usa.

  4. Months ago I read the articles about what happened in Boulder, CO.
    Since that morning I have been inspired by your art and energy.
    That day I made my first balance, and since then have grown in my art of balancing and coping with many energies that are rather hard to neutralize. I thank you, & your art for inspiring me to connect with my higher self even further.

  5. I think anything that connects us to the earth reduces our stress, fuels our creativity, and fills a spiritual need. My dad always found his in building stone walls (at 85 he still does <3). For me, it's gardening and working stone into my landscape every way I can. Now I need to try rock balancing... :D

    1. Beautifully written Micheal. Life is but a journey, with many ups and downs, we must collapse to get back up until our last breath! Breathe deep and enjoy the ride. You are on the zen path. Nature and love is the truth, knowledge, and light.

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