For me this quote means… Let it go. That THAT is the the answer to everything. Now, I’m not talking a sarcastic brush off, but a spiritual “giving it Up to God” kind of letting go. Because like the river which will always flow slowly away beneath us… Life happens around us, beyond our control, right under us… So open your grip, and let it slip between your fingertips. Let it flow on and grab the next handful of life in front of you. =)
For me, meditation allows me answers, peace, & acceptance of the change that sometime seems unyielding. This is a great post (which I read like a poem) on the process of meditation, this quote sums it up for me: “Meditation has taught me to measure release, and accept my fate. I am my pen, for existence has the magic to pause itself in moments of stillness and grasp you, the single evidence.” Evidence of what? Of itself? I love the open ending. This too is meditation for me, when I listen I hear the answers I need, for what I’m seeking to resolve, but they’re never concrete, they change as circumstance does, as I do, as the wind changes through the tree I’m rooted in, a moment passes & when it does so the world has changed again.
Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.
My spirit is directly associated with my consciousness. This quote from Shakti Gawain above talks about that feeling of disappointing yourself, or acting against your better judgement.
When I do something against my better judgement or morality, ignoring my conscious, I can feel my spirit quiver. It becomes disturbed, uncomfortable. And as cold bodies shiver in order to create body heat, so my spirit shivers. As it shakes, so it loses shards of itself- like small icicles falling off of tree branches when the wind sets in between the frosted cedars. And so I loose a little of myself each time my spirit shakes, each time telling me: something’s wrong. Should I choose to listen, I’d hear it say: stop, think about it in its entirety before you act.
There’s a moment of empathetic energetic exchange between two people when they share a moment of gratitude that is without parallel.
After recent loss, disappointment, or heartbreak I tend to get more introspective & honest. Why? Maybe because through the crying & the pain- my emotions are brought even closer to the surface than they usually are; & let’s just say I’m empathetic on a good day & over-sensitive on a bad one, 0=)
But somehow, I’ve learn to twist heartbreak into something usable. There’s so much energy there, it’s got to be good for something. So today I did MORE, that is, listened more, played more with my daughter, went out of my way to help a stranger who dropped something while I was out, etc.
Why? Because giving feels good, & that moment of empathetic energetic exchange between two people who share a moment of gratitude is without parallel.
Have you experienced a difficult breakup or loss of a loved one? How did you handle it? What worked for you?
Fragrance is an integral piece of our molecules of emotion. We smell not just with our brains but with our entire bodies. Scientists can draw the precise chemical structures of most molecules that are in oils and can track their benefits to us spiritually, mentally, & physically.
When applied to the body directly, essential oils are absorbed through the skin. Each essential oil is composed of beneficial molecules which affect us positively, passing through the body in a similar fashion to hormones & neuropeptides (through a natural path in the body).
Within the body the oils find receptor cells to act as catalysts for change within cell metabolism.
The oils are an outside influence on the vital communication network taking place between the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems in the mind-body.
One way essential oils affect us is through our sense of smell through Aromatherapy. Our olfactory receptor cell in our nose is the first receptor site for smelling and healing through Aromatherapy.
Another way essential oils benefit us is through their vibration & its effect on our own vibrations. Many people are skeptical about vibrational healing, such as Reiki, or of the idea that people & living things vibrate energy at all. I must say that I was a skeptic at first as well; however, coming to learn about Einstein’s theories on spirituality was the first piece which opened me to learning about our vibrations & energies. I’ll discuss this in a later post, for now let’s stick to essential oils & their vibrations. Scientists now have (gas chromatographic-mass spectrophotometric analytical documentation of various oils) and documentation from experiments on vibrational energy changes within the body & can see the physical vibrational effects of inhaling or applying essential oils to their body.
Scientists document that receptors on all neurons & immune cells in our body form ion channels & regulate electrical set points, which are then acted upon by the essential oils through this channel, resulting in changes in cell shape & function. Essential oils have been proven to be able to selectively modulate ion channels by dissolving in the fatty membranes (much more gently than most pharmaceutical drugs, & so no liver metabolism is required for essential oils & side-effects are much less while benefits are substantial). For instance, scientists have seen profound change in levels of consciousness (from heightened awareness & excitement to reduced awareness and sleep).
Here is a perfect example: By adding rosa damascena oil to a bath, an emotional conflict can be spiritually resolved & the body can feel calm & serene & can then rest, relieving muscle cramps, the holding of body weight, & other physical affects due to the stress. The use of this oil here affects the electrochemical process within the body, giving it a sense of balance and peace by finding the cellular receptor sites that need harmonizing to bring calm.
Essential oils have the ability to harmonize emotions, raise our spirits, & eliminate microbial infections. The key to utilizing the benefits of our world around us is by respecting it. It’s my belief (shared by most) that we live on this Earth to benefit from it, furthermore that it was well-crafted to fit our needs specifically, & so we must look to it when we are in need if we want a viable solution. Additionally, we live on this Earth to benefit it, that is, we were created not to destroy it but to care for it. As the plants & animals feed & care for us, so we care for them by caring for crops & wildlife & by lending our intelligent expertise to further their care. The oils themselves must be well-cared for, responsibly harvested, packaged carefully, & mixed consciously with other oils which relate on a molecular level to one another. This is the great adventure of perfume-making which I enjoy so much.