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Dreams Change, But They Should Never Die

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Dreams Change, But We Should Never Let Them Die

Many moons ago, when I was a young man studying to be a priest, my dreams were as big as the highest mountain, as deep as the oceans. In my youthful zeal, I was ready to bring the word of God to all nations.

When I was finally ordained a priest and assigned to our mission in Japan, I recall flying over Tokyo, Seeing the bright lights of the city down below I thought to myself how privileged I was to be chosen to bring Christianity to this heretofore “pagan nation.”

A half century later, I find it difficult to relate to the vision of this young man, burning with Christian zeal who dreamt of converting this nation of well over a million people to my religious beliefs. I have long since discovered that showing love and respect to others as they are is ultimately wiser and more effective than trying to convert them.

That doesn’t mean I have given up on my dreams, far from it. I still dream of a better world where people live in peace, in which success is measured not by our wealth but by our love and concern for one another and for the earth we share. I still yearn for peace on earth.

Some would say that this dream is no more realistic than my youthful vision of converting the Japanese to accept my religious values. Maybe they are right but humankinds’ greatest accomplishments have always begun with a dream in the soul of individuals who saw what others could not see.

The Good Book speaks of a time “when your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams.” I think it’s important that those of us with some mileage on our engines keep alive our dreams, hold them and preserve them for the future of our race.

What we old guys and gals have to contribute to the younger generation is perspective. After all, we have experienced some tough times, the global depression, World War 2, Vietnam, the cold war. As a crusty old buddy of mine puts it, “We been through some shit.” The legacy we old timers can leave the coming generations is the gift of hope.

The enemy of our times, as it’s been for so many times in the past, is fear. Like a dark cloud it hovers over our lives making us hesitant to embrace future plans. Fear paralyzes; hope inspires. Our dreams can and do change but,God willing, may we never let it happen that we allow them to die.

Emotions and Essential Oils

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Essential Oils are more than just lovely smells, there is actually a therapeutic process going on in your nose which affects the limbic system in the brain; the area that governs the emotion center. Our nose is the fastest way to reach the limbic system.

As David K Hill, Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee for doTerra says ” Essential oils are simply a mixture of volatile aromatic compounds. These compounds are able to interact with the olfactory (smell) receptors in the nose. Our sense of smell can have a profound effect on our emotions, and simply inhaling the aroma can elicit an emotional response. The smell receptors located on the upper surface of the nasal cavity make direct links with the limbic system of the brain, where the scent is perceived and processed.”

And from there the brain sends signals via the nervous system to other parts of the body, so smelling essential oils is just as beneficial as ingesting them and rubbing them on your skin. This can literally be done by smelling the bottle or diffusing them in a diffuser.

Healing

Essential oils can assist us with our emotional healing, but they can’t do the work for us. According to the book, Emotions and Essential Oils, here are five stages of healing with Essential oils.

1. Assisting us in healing the physical body

2. Assisting us in healing the heart

3. Assisting us in releasing limiting beliefs

4. Increase spiritual awareness and connection

5. Inspire the fulfilment of our life’s purpose

In this book there is a description for each oil and I have found them to be so spot on with what I have experienced and felt after smelling the oils.

For eg:

• Cedarwood is the Oil of Community

• Clary Sage is the oils of Clarity and Vision

• Douglas Fir is the Oil of Generational Wisdom

• Frankincense is the Oil of Truth

Tools

There are many tools out there now to guide you, apart from intuition, with Emotions and Essential Oils, there’s also an app for your phone called Essential Emotions Reference. You can buy along with the book a wheel chart you can use to select what emotion you are feeling or want to feel, and the corresponding oil you can use.

I have even tried a therapy where when you get in touch with a memory you want to clear, you smell the bottle until the memory fades or changes intensity.

doTerra even have a set of oil blends that target emotions: Peace, Motivate, Passion, Cheer, Console, Forgive.

So Essential Oils aren’t just lovely smells, they actually are emotionally therapeutic.