Chrysalis Tarot and Higher Self

abstract magenta Sahasrara chakra symbol, 3d modern illustration
Crown Chakra

“The Crown Chakra is where our body makes the connection to the Universal Life Source. Many call this source God, Higher Power, the Divine, and the like. Through this chakra we experience unity with our higher selves and our divine purpose in life. It allows us to understand that there is a higher purpose in all things and that everything connects on deeper and spiritual levels.” ~ text from Sky Crystals.

At Chrysalis, we decided the best way to describe this Universal Life Source is to call it what it’s been called for millennia: The Akashic Field. Akasha is a Sanskrit word that means simply empty space or the æther. The Akashic Field, also known as the Akashic Record, is a robust field of quasi-integrated information. I use the word quasi to acknowledge that currently there is no accepted scientific theory as to how this information is integrated or even accessed.

That will soon change.

But before it does, science first must come to grips with not only the existential reality of consciousness but with the fact that consciousness itself is non-local. By non-local we reject consciousness as an emergent property of the human brain and implicate theologian Paul Tillich’s description of consciousness as, “The Ground of All Being.”

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The Powers of Creation, Louis Dyer Art

“Mystics and sages have long maintained that there exists an interconnecting cosmic field at the roots of reality that conserves and conveys information, a field known as the Akashic record. Recent discoveries in vacuum physics show that this Akashic Field is real and has its equivalent in science’s zero-point field that underlies space itself. This field consists of a subtle sea of fluctuating energies from which all things arise: atoms and galaxies, stars and planets, living beings, and even consciousness. This zero-point Akashic Field is the constant and enduring memory of the universe. It holds the record of all that has happened on Earth and in the cosmos and relates it to all that is yet to happen.”

This explanation comes from Dr. Ervin Lazlo, a cosmologist and philosopher of science. His seminal book on the subject is titled, Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything, and is available here from Amazon. I highly recommend it.

Chrysalis Tarot was created to assist you in learning how to communicate with the Akashic Field and its diverse constellations of information known as archetypes. We even added 16 additional archetypes known as The Troupe to further animate the process and make our deck even more consonant with modern scientific advancements.

5 - Divine Child Remember, with Chrysalis we never seek to “decode” a random grouping of cards. That’s a parlor-game approach to tarot that is nonsensical and needs to disappear altogether! It represents an archaic, material approach rather than a uniquely spiritual one.

At Chrysalis, we use random groupings of cards to facilitate conversations with our Higher Self, symbolized by the Divine Child (left). It is he (or her) – Holly made the child androgynous – who is your true spiritual director and guide. Your Higher Self – a.k.a. your Divine Nature – accesses and assimilates information from the Akashic Field via your Crown Chakra. Accordingly, we always recommend chakra exercises and cleansing.

We acknowledge and accept our co-creative responsibilities once we grasp the truth that we are divine. And in doing so we create a far more direct and less needled path to self-awareness and individual destiny.




The quote from Deepak Chopra on the cover reads:

“The most brilliant, comprehensive and intellectually satisfying integral theory of everything that I have ever read … transcends the vision of Darwin, Newton, Einstein, the quantum pioneers, and many other scientific giants of history”





© Toney Brooks, 2019

Phi and Higher Self

haramein Chrysalis calls the fundamental field of integrated information alluded to on the left Phi (Φ). Phi is irreducible; you cannot get behind this ubiquitous field of energy that underpins the geometry of the cosmos and all that is.

Phi is pure consciousness. It is the Akashic Field, the Zero Point, Omega Point, Qi, Prana, life force, Pleroma as well as any of a number of other ageless monikers that point to the same metaphysical reality.

In Chrysalis Tarot, we simply refer to Φ as the Otherworld, although it is very much part of our natural world. The Otherworld transcends our natural world in the psychic and physical sense. Although it is unseen and mysterious, it is not supernatural.

Likewise, nor are archetypes, gods, goddesses and imaginal creatures such as faeries, angels and so on supernatural entities. They themselves are nested fields of “cohered” information within Phi. We can dub these nested energy fields “self-organizing integrated information systems,” each possessing a dynamic, discrete frequency or vibration. Or, to make life more interesting, we usually just anthropomorphize these frequencies and give them attributes, e.g. Papa Legba as a gatekeeper and Ma’at as balance and justice. These proper names are metaphorical memes known as metamemes. We do this so we can more effectively learn about them and they in turn about us. We could say that an archetype’s key attributes are intuited, emergent properties of its information field.

All nested substrates of Phi are also conscious. The cosmos itself is conscious. Everything is conscious, animate or not, a belief known as panpsychism. “The universe is growing in complexity and consciousness,” wrote philosopher Teilhard de Chardin.


Our brains tune to universal frequencies through our crown chakras and unconscious minds, which, unlike individual conscious awareness, operates 24/7. Our minds, when in altered states of consciousness (meditation for example), have access to much of the useful information in Φ. However, private communication, the exchange of information between you and your Higher Self, is sacrosanct. It is firewalled, as it were, and therefore inaccessible to psychics, charlatans and sundry do-gooders. Dialog between you and your Higher Self provides the essence of your own personal mythology.

However, if your unconscious mind, which serves the greater Collective Unconscious, chooses to communicate with someone able to help you know yourself better and grow spiritually, it may do so. This happens frequently and became the impetus for the 16 Troupe characters in Chrysalis. We hold that other people – friends, family and even total strangers – can act, usually unwittingly, like angels (messengers) in disguise. The Troupe archetypes also can represent spirit and animal guides, the subject of a future blog.

Your Higher Self is your destiny – your greatest individuated potential and your calling. You can elect to move either in the direction of destiny and Higher Self or in the opposite direction. That is self-empowered free will. The guideposts we encounter along the way are called synchronicities. They let us know we’re on the right track. Therefore, the better you come to know yourself through spiritual exercises such as tarot, yoga, meditation, reiki, etc., the sharper the image of your Higher Self becomes, thus illuminating your path to personal destiny.

In mathematics, Phi expresses the Golden Mean or Golden Ratio found in the Fibonacci series – 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34, etc. This sequence is expressed geometrically as a spiral, nature’s ubiquitous symbol for creation and transformative energy on all scales, including self-transformation. The Golden Mean is one reason we named a Chrysalis suit Spirals – a suit to aid your quest for destiny by helping you make wise choices.



“[The universe] cannot be read until we have learnt the language and become familiar with the characters in which it is written. It is written in mathematical language, and the letters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without which means it is humanly impossible to comprehend a single word.”
~  Galileo

  © Toney Brooks