Today we have a guest post by Carole Hodges of The Fragrant Bridge. She has written a wonderful post about Reiki, gratitude and essential oils that is very useful. I’ve been curious about essential oils for awhile now and I will be researching further! Thank you Carole, for this lovely post!
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
The above quote by Fredrick Koenig is one of my favourites on gratitude and appreciation. It can be hard sometimes to remember all that we have and instead focus on what we don’t have especially when everything seems to be going wrong but there is always something to feel gratitude or appreciation for if we take the time to look.
The third reiki precept is “just for today I will give thanks” or put another way I will appreciate and show gratitude for all I have.
There is no need to write long gratitude lists. Simply take a few minutes out of your day to express gratitude or appreciation for something you have no matter how small. You may also like to express your gratitude or appreciation to someone for being in your life.
Having a roof over your head and somewhere you can sleep and feel safe is a reason for gratitude. There are still too many people who are homeless and sleep in the streets or have a home but don’t feel safe in it for one reason or another.
Having a job or source of income so you can feed yourself and your family is something that not everyone has. In some countries the person may have a job but make barely enough to feed themselves let alone their family.
There are many more reasons for feeling grateful for what you have in your life. Perhaps you can think of three. Having friends and family who support you in your endeavours, being healthy or having ready access to medical help if you’re not, knowing and using reiki.
Reiki is a wonderful gift that allows you to heal yourself and others on a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual level although the healing may not manifest in the way you expect or want, healing does occur in the way it is needed. If you cannot find a reason to be grateful remember you always have reiki at your fingertips.
Essential oils can also help in your gratitude practice especially when combined with reiki.
Try using one or a combination of the following essential oils.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) brings a sense of security and strength allowing you to see and feel grateful for all you have rather than continually working without a sense of balance in your life.
German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) can help you let go of fixed expectations that prevent you feeling gratitude in the now for all that you have.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) brings a sense of lightness and gratitude. She also helps you let go of unrealistic high expectations for yourself and others which can stop you from feeling gratitude for what you have and disappointment over what you don’t have.
Mandarin/Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) reminds you to take time out for play and not be overwhelmed by your responsibilities or the continual need to work or worry about what you don’t have but rather enjoy what you do have in this present moment.
Sandalwood (Santalum album) brings a sense of gratitude by calming your fears and worries and allowing you to see all that you have and what is really important to you.
You may like to combine two or three of these oils and place 6-8 drops in a diffuser or vaporiser or add 10-20 drops of essential oil to a 100 or 125ml bottle of distilled water, flower water or hydrosol. Shake the misting bottle well before spraying and take care not to get water or the mist on any furniture or furnishings that can be damaged or stained by the water or essential oils.
You may also like to make your own gratitude blend by combining 2 or 3 essential oils. Take 5 drops of the blend and place in 10mls of cold-pressed vegetable oil. Massage a little of the blend into your heart and solar plexus chakras. You can also rub a little into the palms of your hands before giving reiki to yourself or others.
About the author:
Carole Hodges is a professional aromatherapist, massage therapist and reiki practitioner who has trained in Australia and abroad. She has been using essential oils with her clients for 18 years and continues to update her knowledge. Carole offers aromatherapy massage, Spiritual Essence Aromatherapy massage and True Essence healing sessions and is the author of the Fragrant Change Healing Cards. She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org on her website www.thefragrantbridge.com or her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thefragrantbridge