Archive for February, 2015

Chakras: ‘New Age’ or Old? (re-visited)

LatChakrase last year I received a comment from a reader (Sarah) in response to a post I put up on the subject of Chakras – Are Chakras ‘New Age’ or old? The post was actually a re-print of an article by Dr David Stewart (Raindrop Messenger). This was what Sarah had to say:

You outta be ashamed of yourselves! Chakras ARE promoting NEW AGE. Your article in which you say Chakras are biblical is so OUT OF CONTEXT of biblical exegesis that it is almost unbelievable. If you wanna do what you are doing, which is delving in the New Age, then fine, but don’t twist scripture and call it Christian. All you are doing is leading people astray. You are a false teacher [a wolf in sheep’s clothing] I pray The Lord convicts you!

Initially I gave this comment short shrift, but since then I’ve given her remarks some thought and the following post is what I probably should have written to her. I know some of my readers would probably say, “why bother?” Fair point, as I suspect the following would probably not convince Sarah. However what I penned may clarify a few concepts and ideas for other people, so for what it’s worth here it is:

Dear Sarah,
the label “New Age” is one of the most bandied around in the last 50-60 years. Initially it was probably directed at elements of the 60’s and 70’s counter-culture, but by the 80’s it became a label given to almost anything that’s strange or out of the ‘normal’. You have subjects as diverse as reincarnation, channeling, meditation, Wicca, environmentalism, UFOs, homeopathy, crystals, herbal medicine and even essential oils, being thrown into the one mish-mash. But what do UFOs have to do with herbal medicine? Or crystals with environmentalism? And when we come down to it, what’s ‘new’ about many of these subjects? Let’s use chakras as an example, seeing that you insist they ARE New Age.

The word Chakra is Sanskrit for ‘wheel’. There are references to the chakras in the Hindu Vedas which go back at least 4,000 years. Hardly new. And nor is this just a Hindu idea or doctrine. In his landmark study of the Ancient Egyptian temple of Luxor (The Temple of Man), the French scholar R A Schwaller de Lubicz, was able to convincingly show that the Egyptians knew of and understood the functioning of the human chakra system. And much, if not all, of Ancient Egypt,s knowledge was passed on to the Greeks. And if the Ancient Egyptians knew of it, you can bet your bottom dollar, the Hebrews would have learned of it. Hardly ‘new’ is it?

You claim that I (and Dr Stewart) are twisting scripture and calling chakras Christian. I’m sorry if we gave you this impression. This wasn’t the intention. What Dr Stewart was trying to demonstrate (and what I’ve just highlighted above) is that the Chakras are referred to in all the major cultures of the world, going back thousands of years. Including the Christian and Judaic scriptures. Dr Stewart even pointed out that one of the oldest Christian churchs – the Eastern Orthodox – are aware of and understand chakras.

The Old and New Testaments are full of symbology. Dr Stewart gave the example of the Jewish menorah of seven candles, symbolising the seven chakras. He also quoted the Book of Revelations (1:10-15) “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet . . . And I turned to see . . . and being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man . . .and his voice as the sound of many waters.”

You appear to speak as if you are some authority on the scriptures. Perhaps you are. But you are by no means the only human who has extensively studied the bible. Dr David Stewart, in addition to having qualifications in science and biology, studied theology and philosophy at Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri…and was a pastor in Missouri. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Dr Stewart once when he came to Australia and have corresponded with him on occasions. He is a person of good character. In fact I found him to be a very decent, kind and humble person. He’s certainly not some con-man (or “false teacher” as you would refer to him).

If you wish to disagree with another person’s interpretation of scripture, that’s fine Sarah; but please spare us your sanctimonious and self-righteous language. As for your last sentence where you “pray The Lord convicts” me. Convicts me?? Say what? I wasn’t aware God did such a thing. Humans convict other humans Sarah – humans.

 

Till next time

Cheers

Anthony

Essential oil ideas for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day approaching I thought I might share some ideas I’ve come across, for scents that could help make for a great occasion. I’ve stopped using after-shaves for some time and now only use essential oils. With so many great essential oils and oil blends who needs Calvin Klein, Lagerfeld, Chanel or Estee Lauder; especially when you consider that a lot of these big names use synthetics that aren’t that great for you.
ylang ylang

Ylang ylang trees on the Young Living farm in Ecuador. Imagine the aroma from 240,000 ylang ylang trees.

Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata)

One essential oil that I’ve been using lately as an after-shave alternative is Ylang ylang. It smells great and both guys and gals can use it. It has so many great qualities from both a physical and emotional level.
It’s uplifting, relaxing, promotes confidence and is said to balance male and female energies.  It has a reputation as an aphrodisiac and in Indonesia, the marriage bed is sprinkled with ylang ylang flowers on the wedding night. On a physical level it has properties that can assist with high blood pressure. I usually apply a few drops on either the wrists, neck or even chest area around the heart. However you could also diffuse it in your living area or bedroom, or alternatively incorporate it into a massage, by adding it to a carrier oil (Almond oil, jojoba, etc). Ylang ylang’s other properties are: antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, vasodilating and sedative
Blend Classification: Personifier and Modifier
Blends with: Anise, bergamot, cardamom, chamomile, cumin, geranium, grapefruit, lemon, marjoram, sandalwood and vetiver.
Odor: Type: Middle to Base Notes (20-80% of the blend); Scent: Sweet, heavy, cloying, tropical floral with spicy balsamic undertones.
Safety data: Use sparingly if you suffer low blood pressure.

Shutran™

Shutran is an essential oil blend that was especially created by Gary to be used like a cologne (although without the synthetics in it). And although it was designed for men to boost feelings of masculinity and confidence, its aroma is appealing to both men and women. It includes the exclusive-to-Young-Living Idaho Blue Spruce (Picea pungens), a refreshing, invigorating essential oil to both body and mind. Also in the blend is ocotea (Ocotea quixos), hinoki  (Chamaecyparis obtusa), davana (Artemisia pallens), cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), coriander (Coriandrum sativum), lemon (Citrus limon), lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) and ylang ylang (Cananga odorata). If applying on your skin avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after.

Blends you can make up

The following are a couple of great ideas that were posted on the Young Living blog

Tyler’s “Blue Collar Meets White Collar” after-shave.

Has a masculine yet gentle aroma, that you can apply after shaving or before bed to moisturize the skin overnight. For this blend use the following:

  • 6 drops of Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum)
  • 4 drops of Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • 3 drops of Mister™, Hong Kuai or Hinoki10 drops of V-6™ vegetable oil
  • 10 drops of witch hazel extract

Make sure you use darkened glass bottle to store your blend

Tyler’s “Perfume for Her” for a light, sweet and long-lasting perfume. For this blend use: 

  • 15 Drops of a citrus essential oil like Bergamot
  • 3 drops of either ylang ylang, lavender, clary sage or geranium
  • 2 drops of a secondary floral oils from those listed above.

If the aroma is too strong add a few drops of V-6™ vegetable oil . If you prefer it stronger, add an extra drop of oil (or as needed) of the two floral oils.

Hope you have a lovely Valentines

Till next time

Cheers

Anthony

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

Further reading:
Using essential oils in your love life, Wellbeing,  30th January 2013
Using essential oils in your love life: Part 2, Wellbeing, 7th February 2013.
Essential oils vs perfumes, Essential Oils For Living, 14th February 2013