Posts Tagged ‘chakras’

Subtle Aromatherapy and Meditation

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

The hook for most of us to meditate, is that it can help us to reduce the stress that we create in our hectic day to day lives.  And if this is your primary focus for meditation, aromatherapy can certainly help with calming essential oils like  lavender, rose, or chamomile.  As we breathe these oils in we can feel ourselves relax, and move into a better mood.

That’s great!, but how does it work? When we inhale essential oils, whether by diffuser, or in a blend, we trigger thousands of olfactory nerve cells in our nose, that carries the scent directly to our olfactory bulb, located to the back of our nose.  The nerve endings of the olfactory bulb, then send the scent directly to our limbic brain, that houses such instincts as our memories, emotions, sex drive, hunger, and pleasure.  That is why some scents  can remind us of  long ago memories, shift our moods, or be considered aphrodisiacs.

However, relaxation is only a side-effect of meditation.  The true reason to meditate is to gain a higher consciousness.  And if this is your goal,  Subtle Aromatherapy is a great way to access and enhance your deeper meditation skills.  Sandalwood for instance, has a long history in India, Tibet and China of bringing one into higher states of consciousness, by stilling the mind of it’s incessant chatter, while calming and toning the nervous system.  Sandalwood also has a subtle grounding affect , so it is related to the crown and base chakras.  Unfortunately, these days, we cannot work with the infamous Mysore Sandalwood, since the tree is almost extinct.  Due to unsustainable harvesting practices in India, obtaining Mysore Sandalwood legally, is nearly impossible.  However, Australian Sandalwood is a good substitute.

Known since ancient times, Frankincense has been used spiritually in the Middle East, Greek, and Roman civilizations.  Egyptians, Jews, and Romans alike have burned it in their ceremonies and rituals.  Frankincense is known to  profoundly affect us spiritually and psychologically, by stilling the mind, calming our central nervous systems, and helping us to break free from mundane attachment.  Frankincense is also subtly grounding.  It opens the crown chakra, balances the third eye, and connects us to the earth through our base chakra.

Another excellent aid in reaching higher consciousness in meditation is Lotus Attar. Seen as a sacred flower for millenia, it has been put on Hindu, Buddhist and Egyptian alters as offerings to the Gods.   Opening our Crown chakra, Lotus attar will help us to transcend our earthly bonds and experience our Divinity.  It has beeen seen as a symbol for spiritual enlightenment, and it’s purpose is to accelerate our spiritual evolvement.  Relaxing and euphoric, it’s a must for anyone wanting to enhance their meditations.  There are three different colors of Lotus, pink, white and blue;  each containing it’s own subtlety of scent and function.  When Attars are made, the essential oils are infused in odorless sandalwood during or directly after the distillation process. As a fixative, sandalwood helps to expand the bouquet and creates a long lasting scent.  So whether you inhale or anoint, you can benefit from the affects of lotus and sandalwood, in Lotus Attar.

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Subtle Aromatherapy: Our Hidden Anatomy

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

For the person who is mainly physically oriented, subtle aromatherapy may be hard to grasp, because it is dealing with parts of ourselves that most of us cannot touch or see.  Although this category can include working with our mental and emotional aspects of life, it also includes affecting our energetic system, that is hidden from normal eyesight and our other senses.   Our energetic system is comprised of the Auric fields, chakras, and meridians, and these in turn interface with our endocrine system, and organs.  What happens to our energetic system affects our physical systems and vise versa. Everything is interrelated.

The auric field is a complex network of energy threads, like fibers of a feather, that forms a luminous egg around each of us.   And this auric field is composed of different layers that correspond to our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies.  So that when we work with subtle aromatherapy within the auric field, it can affect us on all of these levels.

The auric field is connected to our chakras.  These are spinning vortexes of energy; each one spinning at a different frequency.  They are places where prana (life force) can easily enter or leave our bodies.  The upper ones (5-7) work with regulating cosmic energies and the lower ones (1-3),  regulate how we work with the earth energies, or grounding.  The Heart Chakra or midpoint of the two, is the place where earth and spirit come together through emotion, love, and compassion.  Each chakra is directly affiliated with a specific endocrine gland and organ.

Our meridians run vertically (top to bottom) and also interface with the chakras.  They are like energetic veins and arteries.  Instead of carrying blood, they allow our life force energy to flow and circulate within the entire energetic system.  All of which is vital to our health.  This is why acupuncture is such a dynamic and important therapy; it works with the meridians to maintain balance and harmony in our bodies.

When we work with our energetic system through subtle aromatherapy, we have the capability of dynamically shifting our moods, perceptions and consciousness.  I am continually amazed at how quickly someone’s chakra energy responds when I manually massage it with an essential oil. Typically,  when there is a blockage in the heart chakra, I put a very small amount of rose essential oil, (1 drop), on a finger, rub my fingers together, then let the person smell the rose essential oil, and finally cup my hands over the heart chakra.  Immediately, I sense a release of old, stuck, energy.  Formulas can also be blended specifically to do many things with our chakras, including opening and balancing them.  And I have done just that with my Aromatherapy Celebrations! Chakra Oil Set.

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