essential oils + connecting with spirit
Spirituality is a universal human experience that connects us to or brings us into greater harmony with the present moment, to self, to our fellow man, to nature, or to the divine.
Throughout human history, people have had a deep sense of knowing that there is more beyond the veil of the here and now. Ancient civilizations have studied and mapped the stars and constellations. Ancestors of various cultures have passed down stories from one generation to the next about our true cosmic origins. We are more than our flesh and blood. We are a soul, residing in this chosen body. We are here on Earth at this time, to learn lessons, to fulfill a purpose. At every moment, we are in communion with our Creator. The Universe is constantly sending us signs and leaving us breadcrumbs as we navigate our life.
There are a myriad of ways that one can tune in and connect with Spirit, Source, God, whichever terminology resonates with you. Opening up the channel to receive guidance is unique to you. However, there typically is a fundamental starting point, which is sitting with oneself in silence. From here, your ritual of connection is based solely on what speaks to you. There are many 'tools' in aiding in your connection to Spirit. But let's talk more specifically on how essential oils can support you in reaching the level of consciousness needed in order to connect with Spirit.
Scientists and researchers are beginning to unlock the powerful influence the aromas of essential oils have on brain-wave activity. They have been shown to increase theta brain waves. Theta State is a state of very deep relaxation; it is used in hypnosis and during REM Sleep. Theta brain waves can be considered the subconscious; they govern the part of our mind that lies between the conscious and the unconscious and retain memories and feelings. Increasing theta brain-wave activity is a preferred state for meditation because it heightens receptiveness and provides access to knowledge and information that is normally beyond conscious awareness.
A study published in the May 2011 edition of Flavor and Fragrance Journal, found that inhalation of certain essential oils had a remarkable influence on brain-wave activity. Some of those specific oils include frankincense, balsam fir, copaiba, and lavender essential oils. These oils were found to increase theta brain wave activity. Further studies have shown that essential oils release molecules into the air that interact with the nervous and endocrine systems in such a way as to dramatically alter the release of hormones and neurotransmitters involved in mood, memory, emotions, and cognition.
Here are a few ways in which you can incorporate oils in connecting with Spirit.
Before beginning, it is important to set intentions. What guidance are you seeking? What do you want to bring into your life? What energy would you like to release from your emotional body? State these intentions, out loud or in your head. There is no right or wrong way. Then select your oil or oils of choice and add a couple drops into the palm of your hand. Gently rub your palms together and bring your hands to your nose, take a DEEP breath. Do this a couple of times, with your eyes closed. Also, place a drop on your finger and rub it onto your third eye (the space between your eyebrows). Then allow yourself to go into a meditative state. From here, do what you feel pulled to do. Perhaps you stay in this space, connecting with your breath. I always like to have paper and a pencil next to me. For when images or messages present themselves, I can quickly jot them down.
You can also diffuse essential oils while going into a meditative state. Diffusing the oils into the air will help you to reach higher levels of consciousness during your ritual. I find that using oils both topically and aromatically lend themselves well to connecting with Spirit.
You can also take a bath infused with essential oils. Water is a natural conduit for energy, making it ideal for connection to Spirit guides. Run a hot bath, add 20-30 drops of essential oil to your bath water. Turn out the lights, light a candle and sink into the tub. Release all the events of the day. The most important thing to remember when connecting to Spirit, is to get out of your mind and connect to your heart.
Oily dreams 🔮💤
While we are sleeping, our soul is very active, communing with higher beings, past loved ones, guardian angels.
Before drifting into dreamland, apply a couple of drops of essential oils to the bottoms of your feet. Again, state your intention to connect to Spirit and ask that you remember the guidance given to you upon waking.
Our connection to Spirit is never ending, unbreakable. Getting caught up in everyday life can cause us to become distracted from the constant guidance that is before us. Please allow yourself the time to release and connect. You deserve it! You are worthy! Grab your essential oils, take a deep breath and CONNECT.
(This piece was written by a member of my tribe @bestillmycrow)