The subtle body is connected to the physical body by energy vortexes called chakras. Essential oils can stimulate and assist in the process of awakening, healing, opening and strengthening the chakras. Essential oils are the spirit (the essence) of plants. The oils can be used on acupuncture or shiatsu points and to massage and on the chakras when doing meditation and using visualization. They can be applied directly on the physical body (add to a little carrier oil first).
The first Chakra: Fears: Fears of physical survival, abandonment by the group, and the loss of physical disorder. Strengths: Tribal/family identity, bonding, and the tribal honour code; the support and loyalty that give one a sense of safety and connection to the physical world.
Suggested pure essential oils: peppermint, frankincense, cedarwood, myrrh, ginger, and benzoin.
The second Chakra: Fears: Fears of loss of control, or being controlled by another, through the dominating power of events or conditions such as addiction, rape, betrayal, impotence, financial loss, abandonment by our primary partner or professional colleagues. Also fears of the loss of power of the physical body. Strengths: The ability and stamina to survive financially and physically on one’s own and to defend and protect one’s self; the ‘fight or flight’ instinct; the ability to take risks; the resilience to recover from loss whether family members, partners, property, occupation, or finances; the power to rebel and re-establish a life; and personal and professional decision-making ability and talent.
Suggested pure essential oils: Ylang Ylang, cinnamon, petitgrain, myrrh, pine cypress, rose geranium, geranium.
The Third Chakra: Fears: Fears of rejection, criticism, looking foolish, and failing to meet one’s responsibilities; all fears related to physical appearance, such as a fear of obesity, baldness, or ageing; fears that others will discover our secrets. Strengths: Self-esteem, self-respect, and self-discipline; ambition, the ability to generate action, and the ability to handle a crisis; the courage to take risks; generosity, ethics, and strength of character.
The Fourth Chakra: Fears: Fears of loneliness, commitment, and ‘following one’s heart’; fear of inability to protect oneself emotionally; fear of emotional weakness and betrayal. Loss of fourth chakra energy can give rise to jealousy, bitterness, anger, hatred, and an inability to forgive others as well as oneself. Strengths: Love, forgiveness, compassion, dedication, inspiration, hope, trust, and the ability to heal oneself and others.
The fifth Chakra: Fears: Fears relating to our willpower exist within each chakra, appropriate to that chakra. We fear having no authority or power of choice within our own lives, first within our tribes, then within our personal and professional relationships. Then we fear having no authority with our selves, being out of control when it comes to our response to substances, to money, to power, to another person’s emotional control over our well-being. And finally, we fear the will of God. The notion of releasing our power of choice to a Divine force remains the greatest struggle for the individual seeking to become conscious. Strengths: Faith, self-knowledge, and personal authority; the capacity to make decisions knowing that no matter what decision we make, we can keep our word to ourselves or another person.
Suggested pure essential oils: Lavender, spearmint, frankincense, cypress.
The Sixth Chakra: Fears: An unwillingness to go within and excavate one’s fears; fear of truth when one’s reason is clouded; fear of sound, realistic judgement; fear of relying on external counsel; of discipline; fear of one’s own shadow side and its attributes. Strengths: Intellectual abilities and skills; evaluation of conscious and unconscious insights; receiving inspiration; generating great acts of creativity and intuitive reasoning-emotional intelligence.
Suggested pure essential oils: Frankincense, cedarwood, pine, rosemary, thyme.
The seventh Chakra: Fears: Fears relating to spiritual issues such as the ‘dark night of the soul’; fears of spiritual abandonment, loss of identity, and loss of connection with life and people around us. Strengths: Faith in the presence of the Divine, and in all that faith represents within one’s life-such as inner guidance, insight into healing, and a quality of trust that eclipses ordinary human fears; devotion.
Suggested pure essential oils: Benzoin, frankincense, myrrh, lavender, ravensara, basil and rosemary.
A few years ago, I went to a Narrative Therapist for Grief counselling. Over a number of weeks she gave me a number of scenarios in which I slowly but surely found a new way of living. One of those scenarios was looking for, or creating new, sacred spaces within the space which was now so empty.
To begin with it was impossible to see anything. Everything was filled with the aching loss that I felt. She lent me a book filled with photographs of what various people had done with their living space to make it sacred, filled with soul.
This opened me up to looking around at my living space with new eyes. Places I could celebrate what was as well as what still is. It is still a work in progress, but so many spaces are now popping up, and some older spaces into which new ideas are being generated.
The garden, filling up with trees, indigenous flowers, seedlings popping through the earth. This space has become a sacred space shared with all creatures-birds, lizards and frogs-not to mention my dogs and cat.
The labyrinth-a work in progress for many years, but slowly being defined and maintained.
The water feature-attracting birds to bath and drink. Ever changing as slowly but surely it becomes a sacred feature.
The sacred office space-filled with music, and symbols of strength and prayer.
We all need sacred spaces. Spaces in which we can rest our body, mind and soul. Spaces without electronics in them. Sacred spaces where you can “Breathe in the positive and breathe out the negative”.
I encourage you today to look at your space with new eyes, to see if you can find a space that will fill your soul with peace and joy.
What is a Reiki share?
Reiki practitioners (From Reiki 1 to Reiki Master teacher) get together to share some Reiki with each other.
All are welcome who want to give and receive a Reiki healing.
Thursday 12th November (New moon is Wednesday 1th, so a good time for balancing our EHF)
Thursday 26th November (Full moon is Wednesday 25th, so this is a time for nurturing)
Thursday 10th December (New moon is Friday 11th, so a good time for balancing)
Thursday 24th December (Full moon is on Friday 25th December-a good time for nurturing before the Christmas festivities, if you celebrate this time of year)
At Sue’s home: Sacredsutine Wholeness Centre
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Two months ago, an old colleague of mine let me know that one of our past pupils had been tragically killed by a car that jumped the pavement. The shock, the disbelief…a six year old child taken from life before she has had a fighting chance at it. The anger at the unknown driver, the grief in knowing how devastated her mother and grandmother were. Their only child/grandchild…gone.
The noise of all these emotions kept everyone going. The noise of the funeral preparations kept her parent and grandparent going. But then comes the silence…the overwhelming silence of never hearing this child call their name again. The silence when they remember that she never got to complete grade one…This is when we grow. This is when we are reminded of the strength of our human spirit.
Hambe kahle Ayabonga, you will never be forgotten.