Living with Compassion…For Ourselves…For Others

self compassionIt’s been a long time since a post has been written for Sacredsutine. Life can sometimes lead us down a few meandering paths, but there is always something or someone who beings us back onto our path.

While doing my personal Vision Board for 2017, it became glaringly obvious to me how far I had wandered from my chosen journey. I became obsessed with making a living and forgot how to live. As much as it is important to be able to pay rates, lights and water, put food on the table, and get the car fixed when it needs a service; it is even more important to be able to be loving and compassionate to those around me.

It reminded me of a book in my library which I read a few years ago: “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life” by Karen Armstrong. She speaks of a council of religious leaders, from all faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism) who met in Switzerland in February 2009 to compose a final version of a Charter for Compassion which all of them had contributed to. The second point in this charter is the one I want to focus on in this post. It goes like this:

Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everyone without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect. (Karen Armstrong, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, 2011, The Bodley Head, London, Page 4)

Today, may we choose to be compassionate to at least one other person who is different to us. Maybe someone of a different gender, race or age. May we also remember to be compassionate towards ourselves. As is mentioned many times in the Christian Holy words: “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.”

Here is a short video giving an exercise which can help you symbolically bring the compassion of the Divine into your being.

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Sometimes our HEF (Human Energy Field) needs a little help from nature…These aura sprays are excellent

Aura spraysIn this article, I will focus on 3 plants: Helichrysum splendidum (Everlasting), Boswelia carteri (Frankincense), and Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender).

A hydrosol is the water that is left from the steam distillation of plants or resins, to gather the essential oil. This water contains traces of the properties which are found in the essential oils. Because of this they prove to be excellent room sprays, skin toners, and waters which are added to medicinal and cosmetic creams.

How is this information relevant to us as Reiki practitioners or subtle energy healers?

Often, as light workers, if we are in a vulnerable state, we forget to protect ourselves from the negativity of those around us. We may find that suddenly we are feeling exhausted and negative, as though a dark cloud has descended on our bodies. At times like these we have a variety of options: Deep meditative breathing, self-Reiki, using the cutting-the-chords technique, using smudge sticks or incense sticks to clear our personal spaces, and so on. Aura cleansing using hydrosols is a powerful, and helpful tool.

Helichrysum splendidum

helichrysplend2Energetic Uses of Helichrysum Hydrosol:
• Energetically helps heal deep emotional wounds
• Protective and uplifting as well as grounding

Therapeutic uses of Helichrysum Hydrosol:
• Used in a douche for endometriosis, fibroids, and painful periods with Rock Rose
• Speeds the healing of incisions
• Reduces swelling and bruising
• Detoxifies the liver of anesthesia
• Can be used as a mouthwash after dental work
• Effective against gingivitis and receding gums
• Helps heal scar tissue
• Effective and healing on any skin issue or irritation for people and pets
• Helpful for hot spots on our canine friends
• Can be used to treat rosacea
• Soothes sunburns, radiation burns, rashes, and skin irritations of all types when combined with Roman Chamomile hydrosol

Boswelia carteri

Frankincense treeEnergetic Uses of Frankincense Hydrosol:
• Enhances meditation and any form of energy healing
• Offers energetic protection of the auric field
• Believed to attract angels and dispel negative energies
• Wonderful for space clearing
Therapeutic Uses of Frankincense Hydrosol:
• Helps dry up excess mucus and expel phlegm from the lungs
• Deepens and expands breathing
• Useful in acupuncture on the lung meridian
• May be beneficial for mouth and gum infections

Lavandula angustifolia

lavenderEnergetic Uses of Lavender Hydrosol:
• Uplifting
• Cooling to anger
• Emotionally balancing
• Emotionally, Lavender Water is relaxing and revitalizing. It can ease stress and reduce mental fatigue. Lavender is an “adaptor,” adapting itself to your body and your psyche’s needs, soothing or revitalizing as needed.

Therapeutic uses of Lavender Hydrosol:
• Regenerative effects on damaged or fragile skin.
• Reduces all types of skin irritation and inflammation
• Safe to use on baby
• Safe to spray on your pet’s fur for hotspots and other inflammations
• Great for acne
• Used in colonics
• Combine with sage and peppermint to combat hot flashes
• Cooling
• Analgesic
• Combine with witch hazel for a before and after sunscreen spray
• Regenerative effects on damaged or fragile skin.
• Reduces all types of skin irritation and inflammation
• Safe to use on baby
• Safe to spray on your pet’s fur for hotspots and other inflammations
• Great for acne
• Used in colonics
• The “all-purpose” essential oil plant also yields an “all purpose” hydrosol. Lavender Hydrosol is gentle, balancing for all skin types, cooling in summer’s heat, soothing sunburns, healing irritation, gently tones oily, dry, and mature skin, cleanses gently and safely. Lavender has always been recommended for fragile or damaged skin. The hydrosol makes a wonderful ingredient for face masks for all skin types, a gentle toner or cleanser; and a great mister to ease sunburn or windburn.
• A linen spray, just a tiny spritz on the pillow on a sleepless night. Children can use it as a “monster spray”. When afraid of monsters under the bed or in the cupboard, it is safe and gentle enough to let the child banish the monsters all by him/herself.