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When we consider violence I think we should think of the mind as the center of violence. From that center unfolds poisoned thoughts, words, and actions. This is the venom of life. The act of violence is the result of violent thought. That said, I think that it is my responsibility as a human being to be mindful of my own thoughts. These are generating my experience.

I am not Buddhist but I see the value in the Noble Eightfold Path, and it starts with the Right View: To see things as they are. It flowers in mindfulness and meditations on improving the consciousness. It is detailed with effort and shows us that it takes focus to be better at being human.

People who speak from a perspective of violence might benefit from the Eightfold Path, at the very least a conscious effort to look at their own life from the Right View.

I think it is up to us to be mindful of this poison that can infect people, and to continually strive to come from a place of medicine, or curing. At the very least, of cultivating our own Right View. That doesn’t require you to believe in Karma, or to be Buddhist, or sacrifice your faith. It is a demonstration of your ability to be a conscious human being. You may not always succeed but there is not judgement in your failure, find encouragement and resolve to dust yourself off and try again.

I don’t know why we have the life that we do but I think that we get what we give into it. In fact I think much like Grace, which is developed along the side of Sin, that our better natures can only be cultivated among the muck and refuse of living.

The contrast creates the beauty. The message is in this simplicity. The meaning (IMO) points back at my self and says, which image do you focus on, the mud or the flower? In that focus what then do you create? How does it feel? Are you better because of it? It takes work.

I tell myself, keep it up.

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Welcome back to Essentials.

In a continuing investigation we’re delving into the components and properties of Young Living (YL) Essential Oils, specifically their formulated blends. Designed with many purposes like emotional healing, attracting abundance, and lifting our vibrational frequencies, to name a few, we find that YL oils are far from simple air fresheners, and take aromatherapy to a new level of healing and use.

I also had some thoughts on the use of herbs magickally versus aromatherapeutically. Is there a difference? Does a plant essence create a different effect when used in Aromatherapy, versus traditional magickal purposes? There are, in some instances, many uses and folklore on herbs that are similar.  The primary focus of YL essential oils is aromatherapeutic. There does seem to be large shared purposes in both magickal practice and aromatherapy.

Which brings us to these posts, welcome to the Essentials.

We’re going to go through the blends first, they contain various essential oils, blended for a purpose. If I like the process, and IF it turns out that people enjoy the comparison, then I may dig into the single blends.

We continue our exploration with Acceptance.

Acceptance

Lately it seems that everything has become a process or resonance, for me the world is an emotionally and energetically tactile place if you feel it, if you accept what it is. Over the past few years of study this has sometimes proved difficult to digest. Parts  of me held on to… I don’t know, numbness, or a lack of “complete vision.” I don’t feel I was actually seeing the world even tho I was looking at things. Make sense?

Now it is as if most things I connect with can be accessed like a library, if I really take the time to resonate with it, the being of people, places, and things.

Acceptance is one of the many doorways. I want to say keys but it is more than a lock turning mechanism, it is part of the living experience. Do I have the words to justify the experience? I believe that this statement is true because it is practical when applied, and so it works, so whether I have the vocab or not it’s functional and in my book, “If it works, then it’s good.”

There is a concept that relates to this and I found it along the way, during the Journey, and that overwhelmingly was another realization that who I thought I was as an Individual, was in fact a part of a larger organism of life. In Buddhism this is called Anatman (Sanskrit), Anatta (Pali).

Arising from this, or in some Qabalistic thinking that we realize that these concepts do not rise one of out of the other but simultaneously existing and manifesting in the larger reality; What I am speaking of is our connection to all things: Oneness. It is the real blossom of compassion, perfect love and trust, because our acceptance, our door through to the sensual world brings about the openness to resonate and experience the great ‘self’ that is all that we experience, encounter, touch, taste, and smell, feel and know. What we will know. What we have known.

What does this have to do with an an essential oil? How can this benefit us with the concept of Acceptance? Through resonance and attunement.

With almost all things, including EO’s, I believe in working with the spirit or vibration first. Getting deep with myself and extending my senses into the essence, asking that it work for the betterment of my life, and through that life around me, and with the intent I wish to the essential oil for, in this case: Acceptance which would be my seed thought. This sets the stage for the working, naturally you should have already decided what you were attempting to accomplish in the degree that it most comfortable for you now.

Setting intentions, crafting affirmations, meditation, and prayer to focus yourself on your goal and inner-wisdom are all good tools. From there you can begin to explore the concept of acceptance through scent, touch, feeling and exploration using the essential oil as a catalyst -and a nicely scented on at that- to create the changes that are for your greater good.

Pushan Mudra Give and Take Gesture. By Phylameana lila Desy, About.com Guide

Mudra’s are a way to utilize our mind body connection, like the Witches Trigger, they can induce a state of mind that encapsulates the idea we are cultivating. Combined with breathing, focused meditation, and regular use Pushan can help us cultivate acceptance through contemplation of the give and take of life, and our self.

We can start with an oil, or many things but the important thing to remember is that tho we work witha method, the method is not the  meaning, that is found by our seeking self, individually. No oil, object, or person (IMO) can give you the answer, it is only found in the experience of living. Living is found in a lifetime and the things along the way, when we are attuned to our deeper self, become significant when we understand our connection to them, to us, that wholeness that is the entire being.

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*From the Essential Oils Desk Reference,  Chapter 8, page, 94. Essential Science Publishing.

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Cover of Essential Oils Desk Reference

(Acceptance) Stimulate the mind, compelling it to open and accept new things in life, allowing one to reach a higher  potential. It also helps to overcome procrastination and denial.

(Acceptance™ stimulates the mind with oils specially blended to promote feelings of accepting ourselves and others, regardless of perceived barriers).

Ingredients

Rosewood, almond oil base, geranium, frankincense, blue tansy, sandalwood and neroli.

Neroli (orange blossom) Thought to heal the mind, body, and spirit in ancient times. Neroli both strengthens and stabilizes the emotions and uplifts and inspires feelings of hopelessness, promoting confidence, courage, joy, peace, and sensuality.

Related to Neptune, fertility, love, with religious uses (historically), favored of Apollo, Gaea, and Hera. Paul Beyerl notes that the oranges have been associated with modern quests, used to strengthen the seeker or to reward the victorious. Blossoms can be used in weddings, having the magick of romance, and fertility. (Comp. Herbal Magick, Pg. 282)

In a sense the Neroli oil can be thought to bring the emotional body into a stable place.

From our post on Abundance:

Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil has a rich, fruity scent that lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence on the body. Orange brings peace and happiness to the mind.

In addition to their fertility property, oranges have been used for luck, divination, and you guessed it, money. The list of folklore and uses of orange could probably fill a library considering they found all over the world.

Sandalwood (Santalum album) has a rich, sweet, warm, and woody aroma that is sensual and romantic. Used traditionally as incense in religious ceremonies and for meditation, it is uplifting and relaxing. It is valued in skin care for its moisturizing and normalizing properties.

According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference, the fragrant influence of sandalwood enhance peace (sleep, relaxation). It stimulates the pineal gland and limbic system of the brain, the center of the emotions.

Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum), helps cleanse the liver and lymphatic system helping to overcome anger and negative emotions. Promotes a feeling of self-control. (E.O. Desk Reference, Pg. 94).

There are notes for older magickal uses in several tomes, including Tansy-associated funeral rites, asperging, and women’s mystery  rituals, celebrating womanhood. Several sources indicate that Tansy can be used in offensive magick, repelling insects, powers, and energies.

Could it be that Tansy is part of the mixture to “banish” or exorcise negative emotions.

Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), is said to be empowering and emotionally stabilizing and used in a variety of blends like Acceptance, Joy, Harmony, and White Angelica. Similar to Ho Wood it offers a scent that brings about these emotional triggers.

Thought to boost the immune system and used in other mixtures to alleviate headache, and pain as an amplifier.

Rosewood connected to the heart, and love magick, (being South American), there is a relation to love but also boundaries, in it’s association with Venus and Saturn. I add tidbit because we’re talking about an essential oil that is to “open us to new things” and Saturn, “the great restrictor” finds a useful influence in this particular EO. Opening boundaries.

Rose Geranium.

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Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) relates to memory and the nervous system, specifically in the release of tension and negative emotional memories. It’s fosters a sense of peace, well-being, and hope. (Aromatherapy). It’s anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antitumoral, to name a few. The Healthy Haven notes a use in Aphrodisiacs.

It is a rose scented herb, corresponding to the feminine, related to water, and the planet venus. Tho the color of the flower (parts) can be used for other purposes, there is a strong love association.

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering, it has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years.

Seems to be another uplifting spiritual herb used to stimulate the mind and energize the energetic field. Frankincense and Myrrh have long been used together and as base for other incense.

Beyerl writes that Frankincense is associated with the Sun and used, as is Myrrh, with consecration, and in ceremony and ritual. There are other uses such as protection and purification, ritual working for “success” if the practitioner is balanced  in the spiritual and daily life.”

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Having a cleansing quality on the Astral Self, or energetic body, used in combination with the other oils I’m thinking we might view the blend(Acceptance), as having multiple uses, but predominantly it could be used in healing emotional trauma through accepting what has happened, in relating with “difficult” people (family, relationships, etc), and broadening our mind to explore facets of our life that could be beneficial to our growth; places where we have closed doors on opportunity, love, growth, and forgiveness.

Application

Naturally Aromatherapy creates benefits through our sense of smell, stimulating our mind-body, but there are other methods of applying essential oils to ourself, and for magickal/energetic purposes.

For aromatic use. Diffuse or apply over the heart, on the wrists, behind the ears, on the neck and on the face.

Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution not required; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin. Generally safe for children over 2 years of age.

In the past I’ve used other essential oils in our home, in the office, and around the halls of where we live. Spraying the essential oil around, mixing (roughly) about 6-10 drops of EO to a large spray bottle and generously spreading it around the area in the mix, can be a great immediate shift in the energy.

For example. Let’s say you were going to be doing a meditation or hands on healing for yourself or client. You could use Acceptance, along with other essential oils, to set the tone of the working. Water being related to healing, essential oils having a Yesod connection (and therefore the psychic/energetic framework connection), is an immediate and practical working tool that can be used to infuse the air with a vibration for opening to the work being done… especially when blocks are encountered.

I’ve used essential oils like this in the past to amplify a Reiki Attunement, working with Peace & Calming, Three Wise Men, and White Angelica to center, open up the spiritual paths, and strengthen the aura and attunment as it was passed. For the record it was probably one of the most intense attunements I’ve ever passed. You can read about that attunement here at Lifencompass: Easing Spiritual Blocks with Aromatherapy.

Again this is not an air freshener, and though the scent can stay in the air for hours I feel that it is more effective to wear the oil itself and/or diffusing the blend in the air with a proper essential oil diffuser (non-burning).

You can also use Acceptance in other ways such as in a small vial within a pouch or bag you have designed to open you to new ways of relating, new experiences for personal growth, or even in relationships that have become stagnant, challenging, or affairs where you are seeking to accept others. You can anoint candles for spell or ritual, baths, or just diffuse the oil into the air of your home.

A cost saving  method is to mix it with a base oil, lotion, or body spray that you prefer, these are highly-concentrated blends and a little does go a long way.

*Please read instructions carefully when using ANY essential oil.

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If you are interested in ordering this or any essential oil you can sign up at Young Living, or contact a distributor in your area.

Acceptance 5ML.
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Scott K Smith
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I was thinking about the message of Salmon rom this weeks Tarot Weekly and the directness, often aired as sternness or even hard delivery of the misunderstood Queen of Swords. I wanted to put together a meditation that woud help in the process of touching that source wisdom and for carrying that forward into our day-to-day life to affect the change we want.

Anyway, Salmon as Wisdom and Vajra as enlightenment.

Peer often deep within the pool of Fec,
Peer often deep within the pool of thought,
And you will harmonize the wandering mind,
Recover sunken secrets of yourself,
Find love and light without you, as within,
And wake new wonder by the banks of Boyne.

From “The Song of the Salmon-God” by W.P. Ryan

Vajra || Mudra of the Fist of Wisdom

Phylameana lila Desy over at About.Healing.com writes:

Varja: The Vajra mudra transforms ignorance into wisdom. Symbolizes the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and metal. photo © Joe Desy

How to form the Vajra Mudra: Right-handed fist surrounds left index finger. Remaining fingers of left hand also form a fist below the right hand.

Why a Mudra? How does that connect to Salmon?

Well first I’m a Reiki Practitioner, and educator. Reiki has primary roots in Buddhism, and deeper originating points traced through practice in such spiritual traditions as Wu Shamanism, Hindusim, and Shinto. There is a relevant connection in my personal cosmology as Ki is often used in all things that I do. I just about empower Reiki with everything, some exclusions for specific types of work, spells, and other occult practices. The Vajra mudra became the link of inspiration that lead me to an understanding of how I can communicate with, and get the most out of this weeks animal helper.

The Salmon was thought to represent Wisdom and the instinct to return to the place where it spawns, or knowing the source, essence. Salmon is Vajra, Vajra is Salmon. The fish / fist of wisdom. They both lead us towards greater understanding.

I use Mudra’s, with Reiki, or other forms of energy work by running the energy through the hand gesture in a state of focused concentration on (1) receiving the impression that the mudra causes and (2) magnifying the energy of the mudra by chanting the name. This illustrates a form of resonance and attunement, and using the energy to affect change in consciousness.

This week we are working with a Druidic Animal Totem, Salmon. Bringer of Wisdom, seeker of Source. In short, this reminds me of the idea of Vajra, or enlightenment. The insight for me was through Vajra (wisdom) and the use of mudra’s, Salmon could be our guide to the Source this week.

I’d like to propose some Journeywork with the Salmon to access the wisdom that has been suggested as a resource for us in the Tarot Weekly.

  1. Get centered and cleared, mentally, physical, emotional, and at the soul level.
  2. Set the intention to clearly and easily hear the message from your source.
  3. Count down into a meditative / magickal state (or your practice of getting into the deeper space).
  4. Imagine a primal forest through wich flows a deep and vast river, winding in and out of the canopy of trees. A powerful force of water that carries water throughout this mythical place.
  5. Approach the river and  evoke the spiritual or “Master Salmon” spirit. The animal spirit essence of all Salmon. You could see it as a larger than life fish that appears within the water, greeting you.
  6. Establish a connection to this spiritual being, the earthy force, the instinct, the power of Salmon. Follow these queues to establish a deeper feeling, and therefor psychic connection, to the power and wisdom that it represents.
  7. Ask the Salmon Spirit to take you to the source of your wisdom. You may find that you are taken on a long journey, others may find theirs short, but you will travel up the river, against the current, to the spawning place of all your deepest wisdom. You may travel through still pools, deep currents, up water falls, and other kinds of watery places. Know that you are safe. Know that you journey towards the source of your insight.
  8. As you come close to this spawning ground, notices other salmon returning to the source as well. The water is alive with their thrashing, spray fans the air as you come to the source.
  9. At the Source, the Salmon circle you, calming. Here at the pool you experience the vibration of your deepest wisdom. Call upon the Wisdom of your source. If we’re supple, open to the shift, we can allow the consciousness to shift and when we reach for our source we can experience the information there on a new level. Undoubtedly the wisdom is there but the point of the mudra is to dispel ignorance thus removing the “cloud” that is blocking our reception.
  10. Take in whatever information that you receive from your source. Know it.
  11. Take a moment then to review your life from this center of clarity, go over the panorama of your life and look for areas where the “discord” or cloudiness is apparent. Feel these spots through the images, symbolic or litteral, and make a connection to them. Explore that sensation / feeling.
  12. Now send the energy of your source through that connection and ask (for your greater well being) that the lesson or direction that is needed become clear. Ask yourself, does it feel healthy to clean, raise the frequency, or even remove this energy from my life? If not, do not proceed. If yes, allow the Wisdom vibration to transform, blast, sweep away, or other lift the vibration.
  13. It’s possible that Salmon will have a message for you at the end of this visualization. Ask if there is anything further that you should know, seen or unseen. Then ask to journey back to the edge of the primal forest with the Salmon Spirit.
  14. Give thanks to the totemic force and spend any time you need at the edge of the water before returning to normal consciousness.
  15. Ground off any excess energy into the earth, and ask that it be used to heal the planet.

Journal your experience. I might suggest pulling out key phrases that jump out of the entry and combining them into an affirmation, or a chant that you can use in any follow up spell / energy work. Affirmations can be very transformative if used properly, and regularly.

From a previous post…

Affirmations are the act of affirming or stating that something, generally an idea or behavior, is true in order to affect change within our lives. Affirmations are powerful, they change the basic thought structure and patterns of how we think about something and in doing so we change the way in which we do…. do. :)

Affirmations aren’t so esoteric but are actually quite effective. I have transformed my life through the use of affirmations and you can too! Simple, constructive and reinforcing statements “that strengthen the you that you are” and not “the you that you fear you are.”

Louise Hay, Woman of Wisdom, author of Heal Your Body among other wonderful works, would be a great starting point if you want to explore affirmations in greater detail.

I have used affirmations in my life many times over but it wasn’t until recent shifts in thought and lifestyle over the last 5 years that I truly could appreciate the effectiveness of consciously choosing to change with affirmations, and other tools in my magickal tool belt, my self. I have my own set of reminders that I turn to in order to get the most out of our gift to choose to change, and these are them. (Continue reading here…)

~Scott K Smith Lifencompass
Affirmations | 10/27/08.

What good is our inner wisdom if we do not access it?

Take a little time with this visualization, or another that you are more comfortable with, to get in touch with your truth, your wisdom, your source.

Let me know how your meditation goes! Did you work with the energy of Salmon or another symbol or image? Did you have any key insights? Please feel free to share.

Question: If I made Journeywork / meditations private, would you be inclined to share more?

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Scott K Smith
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Interesting…

The interaction of Eastern spirituality and Western science has expanded methods of stress reduction, treatment of chronic disease, psychotherapy and other areas. But that is only part of the story. Hindu and Buddhist descriptions of higher stages of consciousness have expanded psychology’s understanding of human development and inspired the formation of provocative new theories of consciousness itself. Their ancient philosophies have also influenced physicists, among them Erwin Schrödinger, Werner Heisenberg and J. Robert Oppenheimer, who read from the Bhagavad Gita at a memorial service for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In his landmark TV seriesCosmos, Carl Sagan called Hinduism the only religion whose time-scale for the universe matches the billions of years documented by modern science. Sagan filmed that segment in a Hindu temple featuring a statue of the god Shiva as the cosmic dancer, an image that now stands in the plaza of the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva.

The relationship between science and Eastern spiritual traditions — which many prefer to think of as psychologies — is still in its infancy. In recent years, the Dalai Lama has carried the ball forward, hosting conferences and encouraging research. Western religions would do well to emulate this history. Their historical and faith-based claims conflict with empirical science and probably always will; but to the extent that their practices directly impact human life, they can be treated as testable hypotheses.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

I like Buddhism. I wouldn’t say I am a Buddhist but there are many inspiring things that can be taken from the Buddhist Mythos and vast library of thought, practice and purpose. I’m always looking for sources of inspiration, places where I can find new information, news, poetry, writings, and things like classes and workshops, lectures, and teachers.

Slap my wrist, I completely forgot Buddhanet.net.

I don’t know why.

Anyway here is a bit from today’s Daily Reading.

Here in the world
One should train carefully in virtue,
For virtue when cultivated
Brings success near at hand.

The careful one should guard virtue,
Desiring the three types of happiness –
The praise of others, wealth,
And heaven after death.

The virtuous one makes many friends
Because of self-restraint,
But the immoral one, practising evil,
Is estranged from his friends.

The immoral one gains only ill-repute
And bad reputation,
The virtuous gains reputation,
Fame and praise.
Virtue is the foundation, the forerunner,
The origin of all that is good and beautiful,
And therefore one should purify one’s virtue.

Virtue is the control, the restraint
And the delighting of the mind,
And thus the place where all Buddhas cross over.
Therefore, one should purify one’s virtue.

Virtue is a mighty power,
Virtue is a sharp weapon,
Virtue is the supreme adornment,
Virtue is a wonderful armour.

Virtue is a sturdy bridge,
Virtue is an unsurpassed perfume,
Virtue is the best ointment,
Sending fragrance in all directions.

Virtue is the foremost provision,
Virtue is food for the journey,
Virtue is the best vehicle
For going in any direction.

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