By Nancy Smorch
I was really struggling with writing this piece. I wanted to write about fear and how essential oils can help, but there is so much I could share – how could I possibly say everything that is whirling around in my head and have it make sense and be immediately useful to you? So I thought I would share with you what I’ve been doing these past couple of weeks with essential oils, intentions, and energy.
I think we all could agree that there is a heightened level of chaos in the world and with this chaos is a ton of fear. How do you “process” this chaos and navigate through it to, not only function in this world, but contribute your gifts and talents? I, personally, have realized that in order to thrive, think clearly, and stay tuned into my heart and my intuition, I need to balance my own energy and not get caught up in the “crazy making,” as a good friend of mine says. Easy to say, hard to do, right? Not really – here’s what I’ve found.
Just before you go to bed, notice how you feel – your energy, where you are holding your tensions, what conversation are you have with yourself? While you’re sleeping, your sub-conscious mind takes over. Your sub-conscious mind is extremely powerful. It doesn’t know perception from reality and it’s creating neural pathways (or reinforcing neural pathways) while you sleep. So, it’s crucial that the energy you bring to your sleep is serving you and empowering you (and those around you). Here’s how you can create a routine of “intentional sleeping,” as I call it.
Before you go to bed, select one or two essential oils that help relax you and calm your mind and body. If you don’t have much experience with oils, here are a few ideas on where to start: Lavender, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, or Valor (a Young Living blend of Rosewood, Blue Tansy, Frankincense, Spruce, and Almond Oil). I like to mix a few drops (4-5) with a carrier oil (I use Calendula oil or Rosehip Seed oil). Then I put it on my face (great for moisturizing as well), my neck and shoulders, and abdomen. I also put Valor on my jaw bones to help relax them – but you can put the oils wherever you feel you need to. If you have a diffuser, put some oils in the diffuser as well. Sometimes I will turn the diffuser on a couple of hours before bed and close the doors. Then when I get into bed, the room is infused with the wonderful aromas. Then, as I’m laying in bed, I have my “meditation beads” (some call them prayer beads or intention beads). I will start at one end of the chain and go through each bead with a mantra or intention. For me, and for what I need right now to help me navigate through these chaotic times, I repeat the following intentions:
I am worthy.
I am enough.
I am loved.
I am love.
I repeat these, one for each bead, until I’ve gone through all of the beads. By the time I’m done, I am so relaxed and in the perfect state to drift off to sleep.
Since I’ve been doing this, I have woken up in the morning so much more refreshed and tension free. Before, I would wake up and my shoulders would be tense or my back would be sore. Now, I wake up already physically relaxed and mentally well-rested and at an energy level ready to navigate through these exciting times of possibility.
My intention for you is that you experience a similar peacefulness and that you take your Power back and that you set the tone for your energy rather than allowing the rest of the world to set that tone for you.