markers cards

In a garden, seeds need markers because we can’t see them below the ground. Bins, bottles, and baskets containing what we put into or take from the garden (earth?) need markers, too, so we can easily identify what is inside. In a reading, Markers tell us what might be hidden from us from within our current perspective. Three of the Markers—thoughts, beliefs, and, emotions—are often hidden below the level of our conscious minds. The remaining two—family and consequences—are perhaps more visible, but we are often unaware of the powerful interactions they have with the rest of the Markers. Family—be it our family of origin, our work family, or our culture—plants the thoughts, beliefs, and emotions that in turn create consequences: the events and experiences of our lives.

A garden marker identifies what is below the soil’s surface (seed marker) or near the garden to influence the seed’s growth (influence marker).

An Elements Marker identifies what is below our level of consciousness (seed marker) or has the ability to influence our inner or outer experience (influence marker).

A Marker Card has words only, in black, enclosed in a border.

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Thoughts we tell ourselves in an automatic, rote way. (Examples: “I’m lonely.” or “Money is tight.”)


Thoughts that have been repeated to ourself so many times, they are now accepted as true. (Examples: “Being alone is terrible.” or “Money is the root of all evil.”)


Unexamined thoughts, beliefs, and emotions have consequences. Good or bad, examined or not, these thoughts, beliefs, and emotions create our life experience. (Example: The consequence of the belief “Being alone is terrible” is feeling terrible or having a terrible time.)


Thoughts, beliefs, and emotions are often buried, not invisible, but not evident on a conscious level. Be willing to dig for information. (Example: Unexamined guilt might lead to believing that loneliness is deserved.)


Paired with thoughts and beliefs, emotions are a reliable indicator of what is inside our minds. When positive emotions are present, do not change a thing—our thoughts and beliefs are working well and creating what we like in life. Negative emotions are more complex. They serve several important purposes—and one of those is an indication to look at the quality of our thoughts and beliefs. (Example: A sad feeling can lead us back to the thought, “Being alone is terrible,” allowing us to examine this thought and restate it in a more helpful way.)


Our environment—from nuclear family to the greater extended relationships with those who surround and influence us—friends; others we look up to; coworkers; the culture we are raised in; and even, and not least of all, the media. These all amend what we think and believe. Our most hidden thoughts, along with their accompanying beliefs, usually come from our family of origin. (Example: Our parents criticized our character rather than our actions, leading us to doubt our sense of worth.)

Elements hints
  • Each Marker Card corresponds to the first six letters of the alphabet—a through f. This memory device—pairing with the alphabet—allows us to use the Markers as a handy self-discovery tool outside of our readings.
  • Just like in a garden bed, where markers help us remember what is beneath the soil, Elements Markers alert us to the hidden aspects of our minds. Because everything is interconnected, when we pull on one strand of the hypothetical web, a change in thoughts, beliefs, and emotions shifts our experience.
  • The Markers are further divided into two groups—the Seed Markers and the Amender Markers. The Seed Markers are Auto-thoughts, Beliefs, and Emotions. The Amender Markers are Consequences and Family; consequences are amended by thoughts, beliefs, and emotions, and thoughts, beliefs, and emotions are amended by family.
  • Dig is its own separate reminder card to go deeper for understanding and change.
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