Old Memories Recovered and Released by Ellen Rayner, Aromatherapist, Atherae Essential Oils Blends
One of the first essential oil blends I created was a companion for a meditation CD. This was for a corporation based in New York City, and most of our contact was by phone or email. One day I received a call asking if I was available to speak with a customer regarding this particular blend. Always curious about how the blends were impacting others, I was happy to make the phone call.
Upon talking with “Deborah” I discovered that initially she loved the blend, but after several days of using it in meditation with the CD, she found it annoying. I asked if she could describe what sense was associated with the annoyance. After a moment she stated “well, now it reminds me of turpentine”. For me this was a huge clue. I explained the fact that scent was a powerful way to bring long-buried memories or emotions to the surface for releasing. This is because the sense of smell is the only one of the five senses linked directly to the limbic area of the brain where all our memories are stored. I asked if she was willing to work through a brief process to see what, if anything, could be changed assuring her that, regardless of the results, we would fully refund her money.
I quickly reviewed the individual essential oils in this blend and discovered that two of them had limonene as one of their chemical components. Limonene is also a chemical component in turpentine. In asking her what the aroma of turpentine reminded her of, she quickly said, “the back porch in my grandparents’ home. My grandfather was a house painter, and this is where he cleaned his brushes with turpentine.” When asked what was special in her memory about her grandparents’ home, she paused for quite a while and then revealed with much sadness in her voice that when she was about 3 years old, her mother, who was addicted to drugs, dropped her off at her grandparents’ house and never came back! There was the major memory resurfacing as a result of the blend. We talked at length, and she was able to express how much she loved her grandparents. They raised her with a great deal of love and support. In searching further, she also recognized that she never dealt in depth with the feelings of “not good enough, unloved, abandoned by her mother” and they had remained deeply buried in her memory over the years.
I talked her through a releasing meditation to do with the blend for the next few days. This involves performing a ritual by placing a few drops in the palm of one hand and rubbing both hands together giving the molecules of the oils the opportunity to expand. Then placing her hands in an open prayer position, covering her nose and inhaling deeply. Next, she would open her hands and blow forcefully with her mouth open and across her open palms while thanking and releasing the memory. I suggested that once completing this process, she sit quietly and contemplate the memories of her mom and her grandparents that would come forward.
I was very pleased to talk with her after a few days. Her demeanor was very different, and she was happy to report that she felt the love and support of her grandparents through those years and held to the best memories of her mother. She was able to admit that the action taken was not because she wasn’t good enough for her mother to love and care for, but that her mother had problems that were never dealt with adequately. Not only this, but the blend was again pleasing for her, and she was using it regularly.
Chakras by Simon Emsley PhD
At the Iaso Wellness Center we use Energy Modalities in order to heal the past so that the body can heal itself in the present day. We talk a lot about Chakras and Meridians and raising your energetic vibrations.
These are all bound up in the aura surrounding our bodies. Some talk about the aura as being a New Age concept; but it is clear that our bodies generate electromagnetic fields and that these can be demonstrated to exist not just by scientific experiments but with the use of a simple children’s toy and dowsing rods. To look at the way in which the body produces an electric current or an electromagnetic field we need to look at quantum physics, but more of this another time.
If we accept that our bodies can generate these fields the question is not one of do they exist but how some people can see them and also detect or even determine the state of someone’s health but observing the aura. We can also show with the use of dowsing rods the effects of thinking negative thoughts as opposed to positive thoughts and holding positive emotions. It can be demonstrated that when someone thinks negative thoughts the field around that person shrinks, becomes smaller and closer to the body. Conversely, positive thoughts are shown to increase the size of the aura.
This brings us back to the Chakras and Meridian systems. It is generally accepted that the word chakra is derived from a Sanskrit root and translates as wheel, a circle or cycle. One of the Veda, Hindu scriptures, Rigveda mentions Chakra with the meaning of “wheel”, with ara (spokes). In Sanskrit texts the word is also used to describe the “wheel of time” or “wheel of dharma”. The term Chakra is also reported from Buddhist and other religious texts.
Chakra is a part of the esoteric medieval era theories about physiology and psychic centers that emerged across Indian traditions between 1500 and 1000 BC. The theory stated that human life simultaneously exists in two parallel dimensions, one the “physical body” and the other the “psychological, emotional, mind, non-physical” which is called the “subtle body”.
This subtle body is energy, while the physical body is mass. It is also thought that the subtle body can be subdivided into seven layers and so the subtle body can also be termed a multi-dimensional body. This subtle body or energy body can be broken down further into three physical plane bodies; the etheric body, the emotional body and the mental body.
There are also three spiritual plane bodies, the causal body or free will body; the celestial body or body of love and the Ketheric template or Spiritual Body. These two sets are connected by the Astral Body that forms a bridge between the two. sets. It is considered that the physical plane bodies closest to the body process the energies dealing with the physical planes whereas the outer three process the energies from the spiritual planes. It is said that the energies from the outer planes must pass through the “fire of the heart” or the Heart Chakra in order to access the planes closest to the body.
It is also considered that each body or layer has its own seven Chakras which are nested within the other auric and etheric body chakras. As each layer or body extends outwards the Chakras vibrate at higher rates. The chakras in the etheric body vibrate at a lower rate than those in the causal body. This allows energy to be transmuted between all bodies to all chakras.
Atlantean Healing Explained by Simon Emsley PhD
Atlantean Healing™ is a high vibrational energy that was used in the healing temples of Atlantis by the priests and priestesses. The attunement and the system was channeled by Birkan Tore and is taught internationally..
Atlantean Healing™ sessions are designed to balance the energy field as Atlanteans believed dis-ease was a manifestation of the imbalance in the energy field. We also focus on listening to the body and its messages to find out the root causes of the conditions. In this modality we do not focus on dis-ease but simply acknowledge it and instead focus on perfect health. The energy is very high vibrational and powerful, yet it feels gentle when channeling or receiving it. Each session is conducted by a certified Atlantean Healing Practitioner™ and Atlantean Angels, who will be assisting with the application of the energy and healing process.
The energy can be used as a hands-on healing technique but also without laying on of the hands or can also be sent from distance. An Atlantean Healing™ session can take 15 to 40 minutes depending on the needs of the client and practitioner’s inner guidance. Atlantean Healing Energy though, will continue working and balancing the energy field of the client for several hours. This way there will be no sudden shifts or energy release caused by the treatment. The highest good of the client is always the core intention for each session. The practitioners respect the soul path and soul lessons of the client and support the clients on their path. The individual is provided with intuitive guidance received during the session.
Transitioning the Seasons with Essential Oil Blends by Ellen Rayner, Aromatherapist, Atherae Essential Oils Blends
My partners, Merritt and Simon, and I agreed some time ago that Atherae Essential Oil Blends should introduce seasonal blends for each solstice and equinox. I was delighted with this project mainly because I love exploring the many different aspects of the hundreds of essential oils available with a specific goal to achieve. The process involves research, exploration and trusting my intuition.
The first was the Fall equinox which would be called Demeter. She is the Greek goddess of harvest and fertility of the earth. Gradually the blend appeared and ultimately consisted of essential oils of tea tree, grapefruit, marjoram, Himalayan cedarwood, cardamon, and ylang-ylang. Once I completed the formula and mixed the blend, I worked with it before introducing to Simon and Merritt for feedback. Next step would be to write up a description.
After a couple of days of using the blend in time set aside for meditation, I went outside to my storage shed for some cleaning equipment when suddenly I had a compelling urge to get all of the “stuff” collected over 20 years out of there! I started this project immediately and over the next week made several trips to GoodWill, the recycle center and the dump. The result was that I had clean shelves and storage space to newly organize. For the first time since downsizing and moving to my meadow cottage, I could shop at Costco for bargains and have sufficient space to store paper towels, toilet paper, kleenex, soaps and cleaning material.
Now it was time to prepare a description of the purpose of Demeter and here is what I learned:
The Fall Equinox is a season of transition. Energetically it is a time to let go of those things that no longer contribute to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Just as the trees naturally let go of their leaves in the Fall, getting rid of that which no longer serves us helps create “breathing room” that strengthens our lives.
To me it was obvious that this cleansing blend assisted me in starting this process and provided the strength, focus and support to make the changes in a calm, revitalizing and uplifting manner.
Next project was the Winter solstice blend, and I had little idea what to expect though I eagerly anticipated the process. I was in for a surprise. This blend would be named after the Celtic goddess, Beira. She is the personification of winter and mother to all the gods and goddesses in the mythology of Scotland.
I followed the same procedure to create a blend of orange, frankincense, bay laurel, Texas cedarwood, peppermint, cinnamon, clove and rosemary. Again I used it in my meditations before introducing it to my partners. What happened next is very personal and difficult for me to describe.
I started to acknowledge the fact that I had withdrawn to my cottage after retiring and began a slow, steady, sure process of isolation that contributed to darkness and loneliness. I read an article stating that 1 in ll Americans age 50 and older lacks a spouse, partner or living child, the main sources of companionship in old age! Research has discovered that loneliness takes a physical toll and is worse for longevity than being obese or physically inactive!! I started to realize that being over 70 I needed to take action to dispel the dark thoughts surrounding my excuses for “not getting involved”. I ceased listening to all the political news that is so foremost in the media and began a process of appreciating all the positive people and circumstances in my life.
Gradually and surely, the dark negative thoughts that haunted me daily and I was careful to hide began to lighten. To quiet my mind, especially during the wee hours of the morning, I created a new mantra: I am here in this moment and in this place with a quiet mind, grateful heart and healthy body.
Now it was time to prepare a description of the benefits of Beira. Here are the results:
The winter solstice carries a metaphor for life. Darkness exists around us, this may be in ourselves, family, friends, career or the world. We must recognize and accept the darkness that exists during our lifetime while recognizing and holding on to the past experience that the light will always shine once again.
Once again, a blend of essential oils revealed in no uncertain terms where I was mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Having this clarity and using the blend with clear intentions, I am letting go of those limiting beliefs and dark emotions that no longer serve me. Namaste!!
Explore well-being beyond the medical by Simon Emsley PhD
The Iaso Wellness Center was established as a Holistic Wellness Center where we apply integrative methods or complementary and alternative therapies to address our clients needs. There is raising awareness of the benefits of alternative methods and how they can be combined with traditional Western Medicine and also Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Some may consider the alternative methods that we and others apply are “a bit out there” or a bit strange, certainly in an era and a culture where we take pills to cure our problems. There is reluctance to use these alternative methods as stand alone treatments or in parallel with the traditional medically prescribed solutions.
However, when we look back through history we find that color therapy and sound therapy were commonly used by the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Chinese. Chromotherapy is a centuries old concept, with the Egyptians and Greeks using light and color.
In ancient Greece, color was used to restore balance using both direct exposure to sunlight and indirect methods where garments, oils, plasters, ointments and salves were used to treat disease. Avicenna (AD 980) advanced the idea that color is an observable symptom of disease. Today we see a yellowing of the skin, jaundice, as being an indication of liver disease or the excessive breakdown of red blood cells.
Similarly sound and music therapy has its beginnings in ancient times. Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher who lived approximately from 580 to 500 B.C., saw music as being based on the laws of nature. The specific vibrational rates affecting energy fields point to the potential for notes, tones and vibrations to promote healing.
If we look through the scientific literature we see a growing number of papers and articles on alternative methods and integrative approaches to healing. One such paper, published by the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, discusses the use of integrative medicine in head and neck cancer.
In 2016 Matovina and others published an article that used recent data to outline the decision making inherent in integrative medicine utilization among patients with head and neck cancer, the article discussed the ethical implications inherent in balancing integrative and conventional approaches to treatment and to highlight available resources to enhance head and neck cancer providers’ understanding of integrative medicine.
The authors used randomized controlled trials involving integrative medicine or complementary and alternative medicine treatment for cancer patients. The data were drawn from a systematic database search and were categorized into cancer prevention, treatment and symptom management.
The authors concluded that integrative medicine is gaining popularity for the management of cancer and is most commonly used for symptom management. A number of randomized controlled trials provide data to support integrative therapies, yet physicians who treat head and neck cancer may be faced with ethical dilemmas and practical barriers surrounding incorporation of integrative medicine.
American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Volume: 156 issue: 2, page(s): 228-237 Integrative Medicine in Head and Neck Cancer by Chloe Matovina, Andrew C. Birkeland, MD, Suzanna Zick, ND, MPH, Andrew G. Shuman, MD.
Explore well-being beyond the medical
Essential Oil Expansion by Ellen Rayner, Aromatherapist, Atherae Essential Oils Blends
Listen to any popular love song and you can recognize how powerfully our emotions affect our sense of well-being. Consider these words from a song entitled Immortal by Evanescence:
“These wounds won’t seem to heal;
The pain is just to real;
There’s just too much that time cannot erase.”
Today, many healers, wisdom teachers, doctors and therapists agree that it is time for humanity to deal with the subtle reality of strong emotions and bring them consciousness for the health and well-being of our community on Planet Earth, now over 7,000,000,000 strong!
In an article entitled Wisdom’s Way, Angeles Arrien states: “to achieve an adult sense of freedom, we must come to terms with unresolved anger, disappointment, despair and feelings of repugnance concerning death. We can no longer harbor our illusions, aversions or attachments. Recognizing these feelings is only the first step”.
There are many ways to take this first step of recognition. One of the most powerful methods to bring feelings to the surface is through the use of essential oils and aromatherapy. The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly linked to the limbic area of the brain, the emotional control center. The scent of a particular fragrance can evoke memories and emotions before we are even consciously aware of them. When smells are involved, we react first and think later. In my world this reaction includes all our lifetimes, and thus we continually uncover unresolved memories also. In a sense, one could say that scent is a gateway to the soul. We can certainly limit our spiritual evolution and ascension by suppressing this sense.
Another factor that contributes to the effectiveness of these oils is that the vegetable kingdom appeared on our planet long before the animal kingdom, and the two realms evolved in close interaction. We depend on plants for many reasons (food, energy, oxygen) and there is between plants and humans a complementary relationship. We are part of the same whole, which is life itself. When individuals react most strongly to scent, I usually find that they were overexposed to or currently use too many synthetic, petroleum-based products. This is hard to avoid since these are used in the majority of household and personal care products on the market today.
Atherae Essential Oil Blends are developed and created to bring to the surface of awareness the reality and magnitude of emotional pain. Possibly, the first is that of separation when the newborn begins its trip through the birth canal to experience light, gravity and the need to take in air through the lungs for the first time. I believe that when each one of us decided to embody and join the human race, we also agreed to accept the assignment of dealing with and beginning to heal certain emotional wounds that are part of belonging to humanity. Thus, that early feeling of being separate, alone and abandoned is the beginning of the way back to Source
“What’s the alternative? Well, since you’re going to experience these feelings and thoughts anyway, maybe it’s part of the plan, the journey, the human experience. Maybe a first step lies in remembering that you’ve already felt the fear and all the other stuff you’re afraid of and you didn’t die. Life went on”. Mark Bender, PhD., Black Ice and Banana Peels – Getting a Grip on Your Mind.
When used with clear intentions, your core essence blend created while working closely with Ellen will assist you in recognizing and releasing long suppressed emotions that hinder your sense of well-being.