Hearth, Herbals & Sound March 2020 Hello Kind Hearts, The gathering-in of the sun. The spring equinox. The sleepy dreams from our rest in the winter moving out into physical form. The answers to prayers and songs that were hummed in the darkness of those wintry months, they are coming alive with the breath of spring and the warmth of the sun as we move into a new season. A new season, new prayers, kindling of hope and faith. I draw on practical spirituality which is the outflow of my meditation and prayer practice.
In the last two weeks I don't need to wear ice-picks on my boots every morning. For about five months when I am out in the forest, I wear many layers and icepicks on my boots to navigate the trails. I love walking each morning, the opportunity of walking into the seasons. It's coming into the awareness of where we live. The invitation to deepen our awareness of the seasons, and the way in which those seasons are best to be lived in. These seasons serve us in many miraculous ways, and when we become apart of the whole, our medicine and our needs are able to be met as whole too.
Flowers and growth are forged in the heat of the sun. Many other flowers are tempered in the hands of the Divine. Let us take heart in the heat and the hands of whom we are held.
Sweet Thyme ct. Linalool- Thymus vulgarius Thyme is an ambassador of fortitude. It supports growth. Fortitude. Fortitude is a noun, not an adjective. It is not something we describe, it is something we are. Fortitude is about resilience and mettle. Fortitude is something we cultivate from within. It's having a mature awareness of our capabilities & reserves, while continuing to develop and move forward. It's a tree growing out of the rocks on a mountain. It's the corals being beaten by the waves in a tidal pool. It's knowing we have a job to do, and setting the bar to do it well. Sweet Thyme is one of my favorite oils for lending the energies that support strength where we may be wavering. I have used the Linalool chemotype in blends for my children for concerns such as flus, colds, coughs, and for assisting to instill Will to tackle frustrations. It is an essential oil that is well worth getting to know. Especially now.
Affirmation: Fortitude is in the fire.
Suggested use: Diffuser (undiluted) during cold and flu season, or for encouraging mental clarity. Blended in a carrier oil is very suitable for a bath/massage blend for soreness, stimulating the immune system and fatigue. Blends well with: lavender, sweet orange, peppermint, fragonia, bergamot, rosemary, eucalyptus, evergreen essential oils Precautions: Use externally. Please use the Linalol (linalool) chemotype! This chemotype will not irritate the skin and is suitable for young children at low doses. Thyme (thymol), which will be the same species but different chemotype, smells completely different and should not be used on the elderly or children. Reflection: -Think of two people in your life whose strength you admire. What are the similarities and differences in how these strengths are visible and how they serve the people who possess them? -Think of times when people have commented on your resilience. Did you see yourself at that time as being a strong individual? Are you able to see that attribute now?
Sounding into Our Fortitude Not all meditations or metaphors work for everyone, but my intent is to create a starting point for some healing, especially for those who are new to meditations and are needing some assistance. There are so many different metaphorical stories for different concerns such as anxiety, sleep, past hurts, and physical pain. Hopefully between these two meditations you'll be able to connect with one of them for your own healing.
Healing from Childhood Bullying I've been writing and recording for children and our own inner child. For children who are being bullied, they need the opportunity to heal and thrive. I have a heart for all these kids. I am sure most of us have been there. I have done hypnosis with my children for focus and spelling, and they quite enjoyed it. I have worked with other children for bedwetting, needing encouragement to read, and for confidence. If you have a child or inner child that you feel would benefit, then this is for them. This is my gift from my own inner child to you. Just to pass along. A little more healing in this beautiful world of ours. This is written as a hypnosis script and the wording will be different in some ways then a meditation. Generally, I have time to sit with people and get cues as they progress along, I have left pauses in the script for individuals to do the work during the story. *If this is being used for your own inner child work I would encourage you to have some uninterrupted time to yourself. Things to deepen into our inner child before listening to the meditation may include listening to favorite children's songs, thinking of your favorite ice-cream as a child, or even sitting down and drawing with your non-dominant hand. After the meditation, consider giving yourself a little more time to process on your own without being interrupted.
The Lighthouse For working through anxiety and being aware of your deep reserves of resourcefulness. I had written this meditation months ago, but have since expanded on it and recorded it without singing bowls (as people would like the message without falling asleep!). Please don't drive while listening to these. Best used with a headset or earbuds. You may share as needed, please kindly give credit. Lighthouses were created for storms. I encourage you to view the storm from the stronghold of the lighthouse.
Services over the coming months ~I'll continue to provide monthly newsletters and have MP3 attached of complimentary meditations or the flute.
~Lotion for lung & immune support for front line workers (health care staff, store clerks, etc.) This is applied during the onset of symptoms. It's complimentary from me. Just text or email and I'll set it out the front door for you to pick-up. It can be for yourself or a friend......but stock is limited (due to high-demand of essential oils, so please consider this is for front-line workers or those with compromised immune systems). It's antiviral, decongestant, supports the immune system, high absorption. A friend recently used it for Covid and found it helpful for breathing.
~If you have a box of essential oils and you are wondering how to use them safely, send a pic and we can have a phone chat about them. I'll talk about how to blend them safely for those in your home for a variety of concerns, you can take notes as I talk. This is not info to be resold please. This is for supporting my community and home-healing so we can reduce those needing medical services if we can. ~Distance Healing with Vibrational Medicine and Prayer - I have a daily practice and include those I know or requests. I do not give intuitive feedback for people unless guided to do so, as I am spending time on general caregiving practices for those around me.
~Community Sound Circles, Workshops & Classes will start-up when appropriate and safe to do so! Co-facilitators and myself received a huge amount of support and positive feedback for the spring workshops, so we'll let you know when & what we are offering.
Resilience. Let this stretch you. Reach for it with both hands. Now is the time for sitting with our healing. Now is the time to develop mettle, fortitude and service.
Many Blessings, Keeping you in my heart and prayers, Sarah
Sound Therapy and Clinical Hypnosisis offered at: Optimal Health 18685 Leslie Street, Sharon, ON, L0G 1V0
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