Essential oils for the festive seasonEssential oils are very potent through our sense of smell; and our sense of smell is one of the strongest triggers for emotions and memory. Essential oils have also been used for thousands of years to enhance human spiritual awareness, whether that be through prayer, meditation or some other spiritual practice. With that in mind I wanted to share with you two essential oil blends that are very much suited to the season of Christmas: Christmas Spirit™ and Three(3) Wise Men™

Christmas Spirit™

Christmas Spirit™ is a blend of citrus (orange), spice (cinnamon) and evergreen (spruce) reminiscent of northern winter holidays, and recalling feelings of joy and happiness that are associated with the festive season. The aroma from this blend will help you create a rich and spiritually uplifting aroma in your home during the holiday season and all year round. The oils that make up this blend are pretty amazing.

Orange. Includes the naturally occurring compound d-limonene – a potent antioxidant. It also helps maintain a healthy digestive system. On the emotional level, it’s elevating to the mind, bringing feelings of joy and peace.

Cinnamon Bark. Cinnamon Bark has been used for thousands of years and is associated with abundance and prosperity in many cultures such as China and India. It helps maintain a healthy lifestyle regimen and immune response and provides a spicy and delicious addition to cooking and baking.

Spruce. Spruce essential oil was also traditionally believed to possess the frequency of abundance. The Lakota Indians used it to enhance their ability to communicate with the world of Spirit. Spruce also assists the respiratory and nervous systems and can be used to relieve fatigued and achy muscles.

How to use Christmas Spirit™

  • Best way is to diffuse in a room or house, or add a few drops on Potpourri before gatherings or even during gatherings.
  • Apply a couple of drops over the heart, wrists or neck. Dilute with a vegetable oil when applying it topically (Note: Be mindful that Orange oil is photo-sensitive so if you are applying it topically be sure to cover your skin when going outdoors.)
  • Put a couple of drops on a wet cloth and put in the clothes dryer.
  • Add about 8 drops to tissue or cotton wool and place in vents.

Three (3) Wise Men™

3 Wise Men™ was formulated to open up the sub-conscious, promote feelings of reverence and enhance spiritual awareness. Its ingredients are:

Almond oil. A rich source of vitamin E and in ancient Ayurvedic medicine was regarded as a nutrient for the brain and nervous system.

Sandalwood. Very high in sesquiterpenes, those compounds that can help stimulate the pineal gland and limbic centre of the brain – the centre of emotions and memory. A useful oil to use in yoga and meditation. Much more on this essential oil, in my article Sandalwood essential oil – for Mind, Body and Spirit.

Juniper. Juniper also elevates spiritual awareness and creates feelings of love and peace. It has a sweet, earthy and woody aroma.

Frankincense. So much can be written about this essential oil. In short it’s probably the pre-eminent oil for spiritual activity and development. It was used an oil of anointing and in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. It too, like Sandalwood, stimulates the limbic area of the brain. Frankincense is also useful for massage and the maintenance of healthy skin. See my article on Frankincense for more information on this oil.

Spruce. See under Christmas Spirit™ above.

Myrrh. Like Frankincense, Myrrh is an essential oil heavily referenced in the Bible and has a high level of sesquiterpenes; hence a great oil for meditation or spiritual work. It was one of the gifts to the Christ child and can help us to open our hearts and minds. See my article on Myrrh for more information.

How to use 3 Wise Men™:

  • Apply 2 drops to the crown of the head or alternatively over the thymus or back of the neck. When applying rub in a clockwise manner to create an energy of opening (and ultimately receiving the gifts of spirit).
  • Like Christmas Spirit™ you can diffuse it in a room or add it to potpourri, as it has a beautiful, uplifting aroma or place on cotton wool in vents.
  • If used in massage, dilute 1:15 with a vegetable oil.
  • Wear as a cologne or perfume.

To all of you we extend our best wishes for the peace and blessings of Christmas.
May the festive season be a joyful time for you and your loved ones.
See you in 2016

Cheers
Anthony

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

Are Chakras ‘New Age’ or old?

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Seven Chakras. By Peter Weltevrede. See more at Sanatan Society

The following is an article in Dr David Stewart’s Raindrop Messenger, that I thought I’d share. David Stewart
is a Christian, but his article pretty much argues that chakras are non-denominational, to be found described in most
of the world’s faiths. For those of you new to this whole subject or have never heard of chakras, don’t worry Dr Stewart
gives a pretty good explanation of what they are.

ARE CHAKRAS NEW AGE?
by David Stewart, PhD
Chakras are not “New Age.” They are Old Age being rediscovered. They are mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The Jews even have a symbolic representation for the seven Chakras in their Menorah of seven candles, the center one representing the heart chakra.
The first thing to understand is that we all possess an electromagnetic field in which our physical bodies are immersed. Even the medical and biological professions acknowledge that human beings have, not only a physical body of flesh and fluids, but also a subtle electromagnetic field upon which their physical body is superimposed.
Physicians measure your electromagnetic (EM) field to detect problems with your heart and brain by means of EKGs (Electrocardiograms) and EEGs (Electroencephalograms), but they don’t understand, nor utilize, the connections of our EM bodies to our physical bodies in a way to provide pathways to healing. They don’t understand that physical maladies, conditions, and sicknesses usually show up as irregularities in our EM field before they manifest physically. They are unaware of the connection between our minds and feelings to our electromagnetic field and how the condition of the EM Field affectsour physical well-being.

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How many times do we hear people say “what can I do to change the world, to make it a better place? I’m only an individual”.  Well it’s often said that for things to change, first we must change. We underestimate the effect that transforming and changing our own lives has on people around us.

Be The Change is a seminar that I think will move people in that direction, providing both inspiration and practical ideas for people to use in their lives. For those of you who can make it along to the dates below,  I strongly urge you to make the effort, as it promises to be an inspiring and thought-provoking day.

Gavina and I were involved with Fr Charles Ogada back in 2011, when we helped sponsor a water tank and bore system for his community. This water project delivers water to over 5,000 people and is as we speak, being expanded to deliver water to surrounding districts.  Fr Charles has since that time, also helped build a school and small orphanage for his district. There’s no stopping this guy. The other speakers, Dr Ron Farmer and John Fitzgerald are also not to be out-done, bringing much experience and wisdom from their respective backgrounds. For that reason I encourage you all to join us in Sydney (or Melbourne and Brisbane).

Check out the flyer below, which links to their website, where you can view a short video on the presenters and register for the seminar. And please do pass this information around. Let’s get the wheels moving!!

Anthony

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In my last post, I discussed some of the medical research that has been undertaken on Frankincense. This week I want to outline some of the ways in which Frankincense has been, and is being, used.

The Essential Oils Desk Reference lists the medical properties of Frankincense as being anti-tumoral, immuno-stimulant, antidepressant and muscle relaxing. [1] We also know that this essential oil is beneficial to the health of the skin, having been used for this purpose (along with such oils as Myrrh, Sandalwood, Geranium, Rosewood and Roman Chamomile) throughout recorded history. [2]

Not surprisingly, when I did a search on Frankincense on the site Essential Oil Testimonials, I found that skin cancers, tumours and numerous skin ailments cropped up as the most common uses for Frankincense. I also found Frankincense being successfully used for mental illnesses such as depression and bi-polar. How does Frankincense work in the body to be able to do all these things you may ask?

Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes, molecules capable of penetrating the blood/brain barrier, which renders it capable of stimulating the limbic part of the brain (Incidentally this is the centre of memory and emotions), the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. The Hypothalamus in turn, is the master gland of the body which produces many of hormones such as thyroid and growth hormone. Read the rest of this entry