Aromatherapy & Essential Oils

I have been studying and using Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for myself and my pets for decades. There is a lot of new information available today but we cannot discount the centuries of information passed down through shaman’s and other types of medical practitioners.

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Ancient Approaches of Self-Help Still in Practice Today

You may be surprised to learn that the majority of the modern-day self-help ideas that we practice today truly aren’t original at all. Every contemporary book that you’re reading on self-help, including “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, came from concepts from the past – some are even very ancient concepts.

* Yoga– This method of self-care has been around for eons and comes from Asia. There are several types of Yoga practics today that profess to assist everyone in taking care of their mind, body and spirit.

* Prayer– Studies have actually shown that prayer modifies brain chemistry and assists individuals who pray to have more favorable lives and feel happier. Numerous types of prayer have been around since civilization began and likely before. By offering our issues to a higher being, people have actually found methods to become happier.

* Meditation– Originating in Asian nations, meditation has appeared in lots of different cultures as a method to relax, to concentrate on and ask for answers to our pressing concerns, and to attempt to access parts of our mind that we do not otherwise know how to get to. Today, mediation is thought to lower high blood pressure and assist individuals with severe illness in handling their illnesses and treatment better.

* Positive Thinking– You may think about this as new-age but absolutely nothing could be further from reality. The concept of positive thinking actually began with the Greek philosopher Aristotle. Today, the power of controlling our thinking can be seen in books and programs like “The Secret”.

* Self-Acceptance– Some people think that everything is originated from fate and that our lives are already laid out before we arrive. So, to be happy you need to have an acceptance of the divine, and control your actions through self-discipline rather than trying to manage what happens.

* Self-Sufficiency– Epicurus taught that the best way to be happy is by avoiding pain and that you can do that by surrounding yourself with loved ones and by experiencing as much pleasure as possible, however not in a hedonistic sort of way. We ourselves are accountable for our happiness, not external forces.

* The Golden Rule– Confucius is said to have originated the concept of dealing with others as you would have them treat you. Today, this can be said to be the “Dr. Phil” style idea: that you are showing people ways to treat you by how you treat them and how you treat yourself. You set the standard of what can be done to you and those around you.

* Self-Actualization – The Greek philosopher Plato developed the concept that you need to study yourself deeply to comprehend and uncover the presents that God has actually given you so that you can find your true purpose. You can discover a few of these concepts in the book “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.

As you see the majority of these self-help techniques were begun prior to your being born. They were simply repackaged into new ideas by numerous authors, physicians and theologians as their own ideas. Some of these self-help teachers are not so forthcoming about where their ideas originated, while a rare few here and there quote and credit the ancient theorists.

The Power of Positive Thinking

The Secret

The Purpose Driven Life

Spirituality Versus Religion

Is there a difference between religion and spirituality?

Religion and spirituality are two associated yet distinct terms connected with faith. Religion represents “a set of beliefs worrying the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, generally involving devotional and ritual observances and an ethical code.” In contrast, spirituality can be specified as “the quality of being spiritual” (both definitions adjusted from

Based on these definitions, the significant difference between religion and spirituality is among thinking versus being. Religion’s focus is the material of one’s belief and the outworking of that belief; spirituality’s focus is the procedure of ending up being more attuned to unworldly affairs. It’s possible to be religious without being spiritual and spiritual without being religious.

A religious person accepts a specific set of beliefs as true and observes a particular set of routines. An individual of the Christian religion thinks Jesus is God’s Son and observes baptism and Communion. An individual of the Muslim religion believes Allah is God and observes Ramadan and salat.

In contrast, spirituality is the reality of being spiritual and is typically confirmed by the act of doing spiritual things. Hoping, practicing meditation, checking out the Bible, and offering assistance to a charity are all things that a “spiritual” individual might do.

Spirituality is more abstract than religion. Religion generally promotes a creed and has a specified code of principles; it is concrete. Spirituality exists in the nebulous world of the undefinable. Since of this, an enhancing number of people in postmodern Western culture view spirituality as great and religion as bad. Ambiguity is “in” today; dogmatism is “out.”.

Yet neither spirituality nor religion is inherently great or bad. The practice of religion may cause good things to be done (the founding of Christian health centers) or something terribly wicked (the mass suicide in Jonestown). Similarly, someone might assert that feeding the less fortunate is a spiritual act, while somebody else claims that murder is a spiritual act.

Biblically speaking, religion and spirituality should be united, and completion result need to be great works to the splendor of God (Matthew 5:16). James 1:27 teaches, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their condition, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” Here religion is connected with the application of one’s belief in ways that assist the needy and cause a more spiritual way of life. The verse also brings an implicit caution against incorrect or empty religion. Considering that James specifies “pure” and “undefiled” religion, there should also exist “impure” and “defiled” religion. True religion is godly; empty religion only has “the appearance of godliness” (2 Timothy 3:5).

Spirituality is likewise specified more plainly in Scripture. There’s absolutely nothing unclear about Romans 12:1 -2: “I appeal to you for that reason, brothers, by the graces of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and appropriate to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be adhered to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (focus added). Real Christian spirituality is to commit ourselves to the worship and service of God and to be supernaturally changed.


The Great Spirit in Me Honors the Great Spirit in You.

It is pronounced, na-ma, like mama, with a stay at the end, therefore, na-ma-stay. You may have heard this greeting, and wondered what it means.  I guess I heard people use it for a greeting on Yoga DVD’s, or yoga programs on TV.  I recently read a few different interpretations, but basically when you boiled them all down, they meant the above.  

After learning the meaning, I can’t help but think how wonderful this greeting truly is.  By using such a greeting, we can remind ourselves that God dwells within each and every one of us, all day, everyday.  We truly are wonderful and blessed beings.