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Theta healing versus the ‘virus’

In theta healing, the client is the computer with old programming like Windows 95, infected with tons of viruses stemming from mass consciousness and beliefs.

Jive Bullock



Former teacher Michelle Calasanz woke up one morning realizing that she wanted to pursue healing professionally. / Photographs courtesy of Jive Bullock

How would you feel if someone you had never met was able to unravel deep-seated truths about you, including perhaps those bits that you had already forgotten, and those that you had intentionally buried in oblivion?

It could be very daunting, and this is why theta healing is not for everyone.

Theta healing, in its textbook definition, is an energy-healing modality that uses deep meditation to get us to the theta brainwave state — that space between wakefulness and sleep — to effect changes that would free us from limiting and often unconscious beliefs that no longer serve us.

For theta healer Michelle Calasanz, the process is akin to updating one’s laptop or computer: “In theta healing, the client is the computer with old programming like Windows 95, infected with tons of viruses stemming from mass consciousness and beliefs. As a healer, I remove these viruses and download the client with the latest operating system.”

After being an English teacher for 11 years, Michelle woke up one morning in 2014, realizing that she wanted to pursue healing professionally. She quit her job and trained at a premier wellness center in BGC, where she also spent a year working as a healer before branching out on her own.

Crystals, while not required, enhance theta healing. The two basic crystals are the clear crystal quartz, also called the “master stone,” which could be programmed for any purpose; and a black stone, such as hematite or tourmaline, to absorb negative energies. Additional stones that could be used include rose quartz for matters of the heart, purple stone lepidolite for healing trauma, and citrine for boosting happiness.

Personally, I had no expectations when I first saw Michelle sometime in July 2019. I sought her out after hearing two amigas from separate circles rave about her uncanny tarot reading skills (she is very spot-on, by the way, but this is another topic altogether), and while theta healing was the farthest thing on my mind at that time, I decided to give it a try. At worst, it could have turned out to be some woo-woo thing that I would have just chalked up as part of embracing “titahood.”

Before the pandemic, Michelle would receive clients in her home, fondly called “The Crystal Rose Room.”

My initial two-hour session became the first of many. I still see Michelle to this day, though we now talk via Zoom. What I like most about her is that she is astute without being overbearing, warm without being intrusive, and insightful without being judgmental. She is unafraid to ask difficult questions in order to uncover the root of a problem. Each session for me is highly therapeutic, and I am often filled with a feeling of “lightness” at the end of each one. It is a pleasant bonus that she and I also became friends.

Aside from theta healing, she also does tarot readings and past life regressions. Crystal enthusiasts would likewise find it worthwhile to check out her curated selection of stones for sale.

Of course, it helps a lot that both Michelle and I love to talk. After all, like other healing modalities, theta is a two-way street. Michelle emphasizes that theta healing is for people who are unafraid to discuss the past and are prepared to come face-to-face with the ugly. “A common question I get from clients is ‘Why am I not successful?’ Maybe it is because the person is actually afraid of success, rejection, rivalry — ugly things come out that need to be healed, and plenty of people are not ready to confront the ugly parts of who they are.”

To achieve the maximum benefits of theta healing, Michelle recommends new clients to see her once a month for a few months, so she may work with them in shifting their mindsets into receiving positive change. It is common for her to hear clients say, “Ay, ang hirap niyan!” or “Hindi ko kaya,” which she sees as convenient excuses to avoid trying to do something new.

Interested in theta healing? Send Michelle an email at [email protected].