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The Healing Oils of the Bible – Part I

The Healing Oils of the Bible – Part 1

Frankincense, Myrrh, Hyssop, Spikenard, Cedarwood and Myrtle

by Suzanne Le Quesne – Clinical Aromatherapist

facebook profile picSuzanne Le Quesne trained as an Aromatherapist in 1991 with Eve Taylor and more recently completed training in the Raindrop Technique with Dr. David Stewart, author of The Healing Oils of the Bible,   She is a therapist, trainer and is co-author of the book The Essential Guide to Holistic and Complementary Therapy. (Cengage Learning). She is currently  teaching The Raindrop Technique using The Healing Oils of the Bible, throughout Europe.

‘The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations’   Revelation 22:2

Did you know that there are more than one thousand references to essential oils, aromatic oil-producing plants, and their applications in the Bible – including at least 33 species?  In this 2 part article I shall tell you about the 12 most mentioned oils.  Essential oils are referenced in both the Old and New Testaments, as the oils of plants were part of daily living among Israelites, Jews, early Christians, and their Gentile neighbours throughout Biblical times.

Book Cover - Bible BookIt is clear from the Bible that the oils from plants were used for many purposes.  The fatty oils, such as olive, almond, and flaxseed served as food and fuel for light.  The aromatic or essential oils were used to cleanse, protect and heal. They were also used for emotional release, spiritual enlightenment, the prevention of disease, perfumes, incense, anointing, burial, embalming and as flavourings for food.

Plants were put on the earth to be used as medicines.  The medicines manufactured by man cannot compare with the healing capabilities of essential oils from plants.  Man-made pharmaceuticals lack the life force, the intelligence, and the vibrational energy found in pure essential oils.  All synthetic prescriptions have undesirable side effects, even when taken according to a doctor’s instructions.  Furthermore, when a combination of drugs are taken at the same time, they work in disharmony and dangerous reactions often occur.  Tens of thousands of people die every year from prescription medicines, not because they overdosed or failed to follow directions, but because man-made drugs are inherently dangerous.

We will start our ‘Healing Oils of the Bible’ journey with Frankincense and Myrrh, as these are the most mentioned oils.

frankincense-essential-oil1-141x300Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

The Sweet Incense – Exodus 30:34 ‘And the Lord said to Moses, take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum: these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each there shall be a like weight’

 There are over 52 direct references to frankincense and myrrh in the Bible.  Frankincense is also known as ‘olibanum’ – oil from Lebanon.  Frankincense has been considered the premier Holy Anointing Oil for thousands of years, and is thought to facilitate the connection between one and the Divine.

Family: Burseraceae

Ancient Uses: Used in the Holy Anointing Oil (Exodus 30: 23-33) and the Holy Incense (Exodus 30: 34-38) and used to enhance meditation and elevate spiritual consciousness.  It was also thought to assist in the transition of death, and used for embalming, perfume and as a cure all!

Modern Uses:  Helps maintain normal cellular regeneration; anti-tumoral; anti-depressant, allergies, headaches, bronchitis, herpes, immune stimulant, increases spiritual awareness, promotes mediation and improves attitude.  It is particularly useful for asthma and ulcers and may also be used for many types of inflammatory conditions.  It is one of the best pulmonary antiseptics used today in aromatherapy.   It can also be used for symptoms of agitation, anxiety and irritability.

Chemistry: 64-90% monoterpenes and 5-10% sesquiterpenses.

Biblical references:  Exodus 30:34; Leviticus 2:1, 1, 15, 16; 5:11; 6:15; 24:7, Numbers 5:15; 16: 46-50 (Aaron stops a plague), 1 Chron 9:29, Nehemiah 13:15 9: Song of Solomon 3:6; 4:6, 14 Isaiah 59:20; 60:3, 6; 66:3; Jeremiah 6:20; 17:26; 41:5; Matthew 2:11; Revelations 18:13

 

MyrrhMyrrh  –  (Commiphora myrrha)  

Joseph and Nicodemus Bury Jesus – John 19:39 – ‘And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and bought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pound weight’.  

The first time a specific essential oil is mentioned is in Genesis 37:25 in the story of Joseph, when a caravan of Midianite traders, on their way to Egypt, passed by carrying ‘spicery, balm and myrrh’. Altogether there are 235 references to Myrrh and Frankincense in the Bible.

Family: Burceraceae

Ancient uses: Pregnant mothers anointed themselves for protection against infectious diseases and to elevate feelings of well-being.  They also believed it would protect their unborn children from generational curses.  Also used for skin conditions, oral hygiene, embalming and as an insect repellent.

Modern uses: Antiseptic, balancing to thyroid and endocrine system, supports the immune system.  Also beneficial for bronchitis, diarrhoea, thrush, athletes foot, ring worm, viral hepatitis, chapped skin and wrinkles.  It is also emotionally releasing.

Chemistry: Myrrh has 62% sesquiterpenes that stimulate the limbic system, the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands.

Biblical references: Genesis 37:25, 43:11, Exodus 30:23, Esther 2:12, Psalms 45:8, Proverbs 7:17, Son of Solomon 1:13, 3:3 4:6, 4:14, 5:1, 5:13, Matthew 2:11, John 19:39-42, Mark 15:24

 

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)

A Plea for Cleansing – Psalms 51:7 – King David says ‘purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow’

 Hyssop is mentioned 12 times in the Bible.  In Exodus 12:22 Moses asked the elders of Israel to ‘sacrifice a lamb and use a branch of hyssop to apply the blood of the lamb to the door posts of their dwellings’.  This was the first Passover.  The fragrance of hyssop was considered to be spiritually purifying and an aid in cleansing oneself from sin, immorality, evil thoughts, or bad habits.

 Family: Lamiaceae.

Ancient uses: Spiritually cleansing, help for focusing the mind in mediation, used for addictions and destructive habits; various medicines, respiratory relief, decongestant, expectorant, and thought to repel evil spirits. (During the Passover, the Israelites struck the posts and lintels of their doorways with a branch of hyssop releasing its aromatic oils, along with the lamb’s blood, as protection from the Angel of Death).

Modern uses: Hyssop is used to relieve anxiety, arthritis, asthma, respiratory infections, parasites, sore throats, cuts and wounds.  It also metabolises fat, increases perspiration, and is detoxifying and emotionally balancing.  Its aroma stimulates creativity and meditation by its moderate amount of sesquiterpenes.

Chemistry:  Ketones 48%, Monoterpenes 30%, Sesquiterpenes 8%, Phenols 4%, alcohols 2%

Bible references: Exodus 12:22, Leviticus 12:22, 14:4, 6, 49, 51, 52; Numbers 19:6, 18; 1 Kings 4:33; Hebrews 9;19

 

Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)

Mary anoints the feet of Jesus – John 12:3Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment’  

Spikenard is mentioned in the Bible 7 times and was the last oil received by Jesus before going to the cross.  The application of both spikenard and myrrh in the last week of Jesus’ life has some interesting implications.  Both of these oils are known for their ability to heal wounds and scar tissue.  In John 12:3-7 where Jesus is anointed by Mary, the sister of Lazarus, six days before his death, Judas objects to such a valuable commodity being used to anoint Jesus feet when it could have been sold for a substantial amount and distributed to the poor.  Jesus’ response to Judas was to say ‘Leave her alone, she bought it for the day of my burial’.  

Family: Valerianaceae

Ancient uses:  Perfumes, medicines, skin tonic, incense, mood enhancer, reducesd anxiety.  Heals scar tissue.  One of the last oils to be received by Jesus before being arrested and going to the cross. Perhaps to help prepare him for his ordeal.  Applied as a ¡precious ointment’ in combination with Myrrh.  

Modern uses:  Spikenard is used to support – allergies, migraine, nausea, cardiovascular support in that it aids palpitations and tachycardia It is also  relaxing, soothing, emotionally calming, mood elevating and can regenerate the skin.

Chemistry:  50% Sesqiterpenes,  36% Monoterpenes,  2% Phenols, 2% Coumarins, 2% Oxides, and 1% Carboxylic Acids

Bible references: Song of Solomon 1:12, 4:13, 4:14; Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, John 12:3-7, and Luke 7:37-49, John 12:3, Luke 7:37-49.

 

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)  

The Building of Solomon’s Temple – I Kings 6:9-10 ‘So he built the house, and finished it: and covered the house with beams and boards of cedar. And then he built chambers against the house, five cubits high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar’.  

Cedarwood maybe the most ancient of distilled oils, as it was used for embalming more than 5,000 years ago.  There are many references in the Bible to cedarwood as the material out of which houses and temples were made.  Solomon’s palace and temple was known as the ‘house of the Forest of Lebanon’.   King David refers to the ‘cedars of Lebanon’ as the ‘the Trees of the Lord’ in Psalms 104:16

Family: Pinaceae:

Ancient Uses: Cleansing of lepers, ritual cleansing after touching anything ‘unclean’ such as a dead body or something considered having evil spirits.  It was also used in cosmetics, embalming, for skin problems and added to various medicines.  It was also used for building because of the calming effects that came from the wood’s natural oils.  

Modern Uses: Insect repellent, hair loss, tuberculosis, bronchitis, gonorrhoea, skin disorders, enhances deep sleep by stimulating melatonin and promotes mental clarity. It is also used to assist emotional release

Chemistry: Sesquiterpene hydrocarbons 58%, sesquiterpene alcohols 22%, Sesquiterpene keytones 18%.

Biblical references: Leviticus 14:4, 6, 49, 51: Numbers 19:6, Ezekiel 17:3, Ezekiel 17:2

 

MyrtleMyrtle (Myrtus communis)

Israel is Blessed by the Hand of the Lord – Isaiah 41:19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree: I will set in the desert the fir tree and the pine, the box tree together’

In Jewish mysticism, the myrtle is one of four sacred plants of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, and represents those who do good deeds despite not having knowledge from the study of the Torah.

Family: Myrtaceae (myrtle)

Ancient uses: religious ceremony, purification from ritual uncleanliness.

Modern uses: Thyroid and general hormone balances, soothing to the respiratory system, decongestant, sinus infections, tuberculosis, colds, flu, coughs, bronchitis, asthmas, skin conditions: acne, psoriasis, blemishes, bruises.

ChemistryMonoterpenes 37%, 15% Esters, Alcohols 12%, Phenols 3% 

Biblical references: Nehemiah 8:15 Isaiah 4119, 5513, Zechariah 1:8, 10, 11, Esther 2:7

In next month’s article I shall tell you about another 6 healing oils of the Bible –

Cypress, Juniper, Galbanum, Onycha, Calamus and Cassia

References: The Holy Bible  – King James Version, 

Healing Oils of the Bible – David Stewart, Vibrational Raindrop – Christi Bonds-Garrett

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Raindrop Training, Jersey, Channel Islands

Jersey, 2014I am delighted to announce talks and workshops to be held at the Arts Center, St Helier, Jersey 7th – 10th May, 2014

  • An Introduction to Young Living – including the Everyday Oils (3 hours) 
  • The Healing Oils of the Bible workshop (3 hours) 
  • Raindrop Training – 1 day workshop 

Full venues, times and information coming soon.

I am aiming to work from The Jersey Arts Center for the Thursday evening event.

Jersey

Mind, Body, Soul Exhibition – change of date!!

Suzanne and Sheila 2014The Mind, Body, Soul event that was to be held at Kempton Park Racecourse in May, has changed the date to the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd November, 2014.

Suzanne and Sheila are delighted to be exhibiting there and giving talks on the Raindrop Technique and Everyday Oils.

Are Chakras New Age?

ARE CHAKRAS NEW AGE? – adapted from an original article by David Stewart, PhD

“Reprinted from The Raindrop Messenger, a free eline newsletter, with permission from Dr. David Stewart. To subscribe or download back issues, visit the archives at www.RaindropTraining.com.”

chakra-chartChakras are not “New Age.” They are Old Age being rediscovered. They are mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The Jews even have a symbolic representation for the seven Chakras in their Menorah of seven candles, the center one representing the heart Chakra.

The first thing to understand is that we all possess an electromagnetic field in which our physical bodies are immersed. Even the medical and biological professions acknowledge that human beings have, not only a physical body of flesh and fluids, but also a subtle electromagnetic field upon which their physical body is superimposed.

Physicians measure your electromagnetic (EM) field to detect problems with your heart and brain by means of EKGs (Electrocardiograms) and EEGs (Electroencephalograms), but they don’t understand, nor utilize, the connections of our EM bodies to our physical bodies in a way to provide pathways to healing. They don’t understand that physical maladies, conditions, and sicknesses usually show up as irregularities in our EM field before they manifest physically. They are unaware of the connection between our minds and feelings to our electromagnetic field and how the condition of the EM Field affects our physical well-being.

CHAKRAS AS ORGANS OF OUR EM FIELD – Chakras are electromagnetic centers along the spine of our EM fields. They are the dynamic, functional organs of our EM body, which is a template that causes our physical bodies to materialize and manifest as it does.

It is also through the EM Field that our physical bodies are energized and are enabled to maintain a healthy state directly from God’s consciousness. The Bible says, in both Old and New Testaments, “Man shall not live by bread, alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Deut 8:3 and Matt 4:4. The phrase, “By every word…” is in reference to God’s constant and continuous vibrational energy that emanates from Him constantly, which permeates the universe omnipresently, and which maintains us as living, conscious beings. If God’s constant attention on his created worlds flickered, even for one second, the universe and everything in it, including us, would vanish. Psalm 121:3-4

It is that subtle EM field, a living spark of Gods consciousness, that ignites the life of a new human being at conception, that provides the pattern for the union of a sperm and an egg from a man and a woman to assemble into a complete body, molecule by molecule, cell by cell, into a completely ordered physical form. Without the electromagnetic blueprint enshrouding the developing fetus in the womb, the dividing cells would not know into which organs to differentiate and arrange themselves to form a complete, functional living body. Without the electromagnetic body, we would have no physical body. When we die from this physical form, we become aware of our EM body, which is a body of light and energy. Our bodies of light are usually not seen by us when we are living in the physical plane encased in flesh, but our etheric body becomes quite visible to us when we discard our material frame at death.

WHERE LONG TERM MEMORY IS LOCATED – Some people call our electromagnetic body our “astral body,” our “ethereal body,” our “spiritual body,” or our “heavenly body.” A part of it can sometimes be seen as a golden “halo” around the heads or upper-bodies of spiritual people. We use and employ that energetic body constantly and daily, even though few people are consciously aware of it. That is where our long term memory is stored which we take with us at death when the physical brain and body cease to function and decay. When we die, we lose our physical brain. But we will know and recognize our friends and relatives in the after-life. So how can we remember and recognize our loved ones in the world hereafter if our long-term memory were tied to a physical brain, which we will no longer have.

Our short term memory is in our physical brain, which is our hard drive, but our long term memory is in the “subtle cloud” around us which we can access when living in our physical bodies like a computer accesses the ambient universe of the internet. But when we shake the mortal frame and become aware of our energy bodies, we don’t need a physical instrument (a brain) to access our etheric memory because we are living as energy in a cloud of energy, no longer bound by physical limitations.

The fact that short-term memory is in the cerebral matter of the physical brain, while our long-term memory is stored in our electric field that survives death, explains why elderly people will can often recall memories of long ago, even in their childhoods, but may not be able to remember what happened yesterday, or even five minutes ago. While their short-term memory is not working well because their physical brain may have aged somewhat and lost function, the long-term memory in their EM field is fully intact. As people age and approach their final days or years, they may gradually grow more in attunement with their etheric body and gain increasing access their permanent memories, which have been stored electronically as energy. As one detaches one’s self from the physical body, they usually gain greater access to their energetic body and the memories stored there.
ESSENTIAL ORGANS OF YOUR EM ANATOMY  – The principal functional organs of your etheric body are the seven “chakras,” as they are called in Sanskrit in India. But the word, “chakra” in Sanskrit simply means “wheel.” This is appropriate since the chakras are all circular in appearance and contain geometric shapes and colors in their detail that could be likened to petals of a flower, spokes of a wheel, or points of a star. I prefer to call them “electromagnetic centers,” which are to our heavenly body what the various ganglionic centers are to our physical body. They are intelligent switching, coordinating, and routing centers for our electromagnetic (EM) bodies and perform functions that keep our physical bodies functioning in contact with God’s vital life force.

Chakras are simply a part of our electromagnetic physiology. We all have chakras or we wouldn’t be alive. To be fearful of the word “chakra,” or to be afraid to explore what they are and how they are a part of every human being, is like being afraid of your navel or your toe nails. They are essential features of your energetic anatomy. Everyone has a set of seven chakras, be they Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, Hindu, Atheist, or whatever. Some religious systems recognize them and understand their spiritual implications and some don’t. But they are still there for everyone. The more you know and understand what they really are, the closer you can draw to God, whose essence is spirit.

For example, in countries where the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church is prevalent, the chairs in the alter area of the church are narrow and have armrests that are high. When visiting one of these churches in Romania a few years ago I was told that the high arm rests are for the priests to rest their elbows so they can close off their ears with their thumbs, shutting off physical outside sounds, in order to more easily hear the sounds of the chakras and commune with the Holy Spirit. They call it “sound meditation.” I also noticed that outside on the front of the church was a pair of columns with a spiral design, one going clockwise and one going counterclockwise. It was explained to me that these are representations of the spiritual currents that go up and down the astral spine during meditation. So the Eastern Orthodox Catholics understand about chakras and the electromagnetic body, and realize that recognizing and understand how the etheric body functions aids them in deepening their communion with God.

RAINDROP TECHNIQUE – In Raindrop Technique, we drop essential oils about six inches above the spine so they can interact with the electromagnetic field in a positive and therapeutic manner for the benefit of the receiver. Your elecgtromagnetic field extends a few inches away from your body and the healthier you are the further away it can extend. As we move the bottles of Raindrop oils up or down the spine, while the oil drops fall one by one like raindrops, we are actually interacting with the chakras and boosting their beneficial functions. We don’t have to know that, or think about it, when we are performing a Raindrop, but that is what we are doing, whether we realize it or not and whether one believes in chakras or not.

Your EM body is alive and everybody has one. God made us all that way. Adam and Eve had EM bodies. All the people in the Bible had such bodies. Jesus and his disciples had such bodies. In pictures of Jesus and the saints, artists often include a golden glow around their heads and, sometimes, around their whole bodies. Sensitive people, like artists, can sometimes actually see the glow of a person’s aura about them. I have often seen such light myself, when I am in the presence of a spiritually inclined individual or when I am with someone who is praying, preaching, or expressing their love for God or Christ.

Your electromagnetic field is simply a part of your human physiology. Many people can see the energy bodies around others. Perhaps you have seen them yourself and weren’t sure what you were witnessing. Many can also hear the sounds made by the chakras from their own bodies (which I do). Just as you can hear the sounds of your physical organs like your heart beating, your lungs breathing, or your digestive tract pushing through its contents, so sensitive people can hear the sounds of their astral bodies working.

HEEDING WARNING LIGHTS vs TURNING THEM OFF  – When you hear these subtle sounds, you aren’t hearing them with your physical ears, although it may seem so. You are hearing them with your astral ears. Even people deaf to physical sound can hear these subtle vibrations. When your energetic body is healthy and you are calm and a person of faith, hearing such sounds is soothing and spiritually uplifting. They are most easily heard when praying or meditating deeply. When such sounds are heard as an unpleasant distraction that interferes with one’s physical hearing, it is an indication that some functions of your electromagnetic body are out of adjustment and need attention. In these instances, the hearing of such sounds is referred to as “tinnitus.”

The medical profession does not understand the origin of astral sounds and think they are due to physical causes that need to be treated in some physical way. Actually, perceiving the sounds of your etheric body as something unpleasant is like a warning light on your dash board that means something is amiss with your car that needs attention. You can turn off the annoying light by disconnecting it from behind the dash board, or you can heed its message and add oil, fill the gas tank, charge the battery, or whatever, etc. Not understanding the nature of sounds emanating from your electromagnetic body diagnosed as tinnitus, the usual doctor’s prescription is analogous to disconnecting the warning bulb behind your dash instead of understanding and heeding the message it is meant to convey.

People hear the sounds made by their physical body, but most don’t see or hear the subtle functioning of their astral body. And if they do, it is not with their physical eyes or ears, although it may seem so. They hear or see them with their astral or etheric eyes and ears. Being able to see or hear such subtle manifestations of God’s creation means you are not completely attached to the physical world, or to your material body. In a state of hearing or seeing your electromagnetic form, you are partially in awareness and in tune with God’s heavenly universe, which is just behind this material world. When we meditate or pray deeply with the physical body still and quiet, to the degree that we are calm, focused, and conscious, we can become aware of the etheric universe. Psalm 46:10 tells us to: “Be still and know that I am God.” It is in an inner cave of silence that we hear God’s “still small voice.” I Kings 19:12.

menagha

 

In the Jewish and Old Testament religion,

the seven chakras are symbolized by the menorah of seven candles.

 

 

 

 

chakrasThe seven chakras are located in the spine from tailbone at the base to the atlas at the back of the head and are variously designated, from bottom to top, as:  1. Root or Coccygeal Chakra, 2. Creative or Sacral Chakra, 3. Solar Plexus or Lumbar Chakra, 4. Heart, Thoracic, or Dorsal Chakra, 5. Throat, Neck, or Cervical Chakra, 6. Medullary or Third Eye Chakra, and 7. The Crown Chakra or “Thousand-Petaled Lotus.”

All of these can be seen by anyone who is tuned in with their inner vision. Through the ages and into the present time, thousands of first-hand witnesses have seen and described them, and their descriptions concur. They are within each and every one of us to see and confirm.

 

IF THINE EYE BE SINGLE – During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made the cryptic comment, “If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” Matt.6:22. People that pray or focus on God or Christ deeply automatically find themselves turning their eyes upward, closed or unclosed, with a single focus at the point between the eyebrows. This is often referred to as “The Third Eye.” If you focus thus with devotion and attunement with God and Christ, you will see a light there and, in fact, you can eventually see that your whole body is “full of light.” With sustained, calm concentration you will see each of the seven chakras and their shapes and designs. While they are multicolored, each chakra has a dominant color starting with the root chakra, which is Red. The sacral chakra is Orange. The solar plexis chakra is Yellow. The heart is Green. The cervical is Blue. The medullary center is Indigo, and the crown chakra is Violet, but the crown is also seen as shimmering White or Silver. Note that the fundamental colours of the chakras are in ascending frequencies from the base of the spine to the top of the head, the lowest (red) at the bottom and the highest (violet) at the atlas with White (the combination of all frequencies) at the top of the head.

The medical profession recognizes that people can see lights with closed eyes focused at the forehead. They even have a physiological term for the round or spherical images you may see there. They call them “phospheres” because of their phospheresent spherical appearances. They normally explain such inner apparitions as “residual images on the retina.” Sometimes that is what they are, residual retinal images, like when you briefly look at the sun and then close your eyes to see a bright yellow circle, a residual solar image. But in a state of inner calmness, and with focused sustained attention, countless people have seen very definite, specific images which have been clearly described and identified with each of the seven chakras.

The chakra at the base of the skull or medulla, is reflected forward to the forehead at the point between the eyebrows, over your pineal gland in the brain. Your pineal gland is the physical seat of your intuition and spiritual vision. When you see the chakra at the Third Eye location in your forehead, it has the appearance of a golden yellow ring, with a dark blue background inside, and a perfect five-pointed white star in the middle. With focused calm attention, in a mood of prayer and communication with God, Christ, or the Holy Spirit, you can see it yourself. Anyone can learn to see it.

The reflection of the chakra seen by focusing on the third eye in the forehead is sometimes called “The Christ Center.” In Eastern Theology, they assign cardinal directions to the body. The forehead of our body is called “The East.” The “Star of Bethlehem,” which led the Wise Men to the baby Jesus, is almost always depicted as a five-pointed white star. Such a star can be seen by anyone with devotion for God or Christ by gazing with eyes, uplifted and closed, focused at the point between the eyebrows. Following such a star, as seen in the East within yourself, will lead you to the Christ within you and to the realization of God’s image, in which you are made. Once you see that star with eyes closed, you may begin seeing it with your eyes open as well, at the same point between your eyebrows.

THE SOUNDS OF THE CHAKRAS – Besides seeing the various chakras in your body of light, you can hear them, too. Each has a distinctive sound just as the workings of your heart, lungs, and digestion have distinctive sounds.

The root chakra is like the sound of a field of locusts or insects humming or the buzzing of a bumble bee. The sound of the sacral chakra is like the continuous tone of a flute. Your solar plexus chakra, opposite your navel, is like that of humming harp stringsafter they have been plucked. Your heart center sounds like the tone of a bell or gong, the way it continues to vibrate after it has been struck. Your throat chakra has a sound like rushing waters, like a brook crashing continuously down a mountainside. Your medullary center emits a sound from behind your head like the roar of the ocean, like continuous rolling thunder, or like a combination of all of the sounds, which can also sound like the continuous blare of a trumpet.

It is hard to ascribe physical descriptions to each of the sounds of the chakras because they are not physical, and neither are they heard by your physical ears. So when you hear them yourself, as I do, with your ethereal senses, you can make up your own description. Neither do the colors perceived in the chakras correspond exactly to those we see in the spectrum of physical light.

Hearing all of these sounds individually, or on concert, is not a trivial experience. You are attuning to your spiritual body and the Holy Ghost within when you hear them. You are actually increasing your nearness and attunment to God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. People immersed in Spirit, in deep prayer, or communion with God hear these sounds and learn to discern God’s voice in them, teaching, purifying, and edifying them.

THE COMFORTER WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS – In John 14:16-17, 26, Jesus taught his disciples that when he physically leaves this earth, “God will give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever. Even the Spirit of truth. . .” and that “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, . . .” The word, “comforter” is used for English translations because there is no English word for the Greek, “paraklitos,” which could have been translated as several other things, including “vibration” or “sound.” As for me, I can personally testify that this sound from beyond the physical world does contain God’s teaching voice and will fill your heart and mind with true knowledge and wisdom. I know because I have written my books from the directions I receive from that Holy Comforter.

In Revelation 1:10-15, John says, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet . . . And I turned to see . . . and being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man . . .and his voice as the sound of many waters.” And again, in Rev 14:2 John reports, “And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters; and as the voice of a great thunder; and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps.” And once more in Rev 19:5-6, “And a voice came out of the throne . . . as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings . . .” In Ezekiel’s visions, he heard the voice of God “ like a noise of many waters…” Ezekiel 1:24 & 43:2

The descriptions of God’s voice given in Revelation and Ezekiel are very close to what you actually hear. I hear that voice of “many waters and mighty thunderings” constantly every day, and have for years when I pray and meditate and ask for Divine wisdom and guidance. I have long come to recognize that God does, in fact, speak by such a voice and pours his knowledge and wisdom into your mind and heart, filling you with the Holy Spirit in the process. When John said he “heard a great voice, as of a trumpet,” I know that voice. I have heard it and continue to hear it. When John said the voice was “behind me,” I know he was referring to his spine behind him, because that is the location of the spiritual centers in our ethereal bodies. And when he said “I was in the Spirit,” he meant he was so focused on God’s spirit within him, that he was not aware of the physical world around him, but was totally focused on God’s presence within. “Behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21.

This roaring and thundering sound, to be heard within each and all of us, associated with the medullary chakra and third eye, has been named by various religions and scriptures as the “Amen,” “Amine,” “Aum,” “Om,” etc. When first experienced within you, it may seem only like a sound, but in time you will realize that all languages, all knowledge, and all wisdom are buried in that sound because it is the combination of every frequency in the universe. If you focus on it, become absorbed in it, resonate with it, and pray for attunement with God’s vibrations, His instructions, guidance, wisdom and knowledge till clarify themselves in your heart and mind, literally “teaching you all things.” John 14:26 It is this form of prayer and meditation that has been practiced by Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Faith for many centuries.

Being immersed in concentration on this subtle, inner rumbling roar in a state of prayer is like soaking in God’spresence or being immersed in the sea of the Holy Spirit. Being wholly engrossed in silent communion with God’s voicemanifesting as the comforting “sound of many waters,” is a form of “soaking prayer” through which comes much knowledge,wisdom, faith, love, and joy—all of which are aspects of God’s nature. When you resonate with that sound, you areexpressing the consciousness of Christ. This is what Eastern Orthodox priests experience in what they call “SoundMedication.” You can experience it, too. It is God’s wish that you do.

PROVE ALL THINGS – No one has to believe anything I am saying. The Bible says to “Prove all things.” I Thessalonians 5:21 Nothing in what I have written here needs verification by an outside source, like a book, a priest, a theological authority, a church, a religion, an expert, a teacher, or anything or anyone else that is external. Everything I have said is within you and within every human being to seek and verify themselves, inside of themselves. Chakras can be seen and understood by anyone with the courage and faith to seek the Holy Spirit, communicate with “The Comforter,” and experience the teaching voice of Christ while praying for God’s understanding with the sound of the Great Amen. All of what I have said is self-verifiable by your own inner attunement with God within you.

To communicate clearly with God there can be no fear. There must be no prejudice or expectation. There must be only love and trust. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.” I John 4:18 One must receive one’s perceptions of the spirit without doubt, accepting and believing in what you experience as being real. As soon as the doubting intellect gets in to question, you lose your ability to see truth and reality directly. Not seeing chakras or the lights of your ethereal body, and not experiencing them personally, is not proof of their non-existence. Not experiencing the lights of one’s EM body is proof only of one’s lack of perception, which only remains to be developed. One’s spiritual eyes and ears can be opened. Spiritual vision can be acquired and developed. It is our spiritual assignment from God Himself, that we learn to perceive Him as He is and manifest His likeness in our own lives.

What I perceive by my own spiritual sensitivities cannot be transferred to another, but can be understood by others whose spiritual and extra-physical experiences mirror my own. To them, what I say will make perfect sense, because it confirms and corresponds to their own perceptions. As Jesus said repeatedly, knowing that many in the crowds to whom he spoke had not the level of spiritual development to comprehend his message, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Matt 11:15; 13:9; Mark 4:23; 7:16; Luke 8:8; 14:35.

WHAT IS NEW AGE? – Are Chakras “New Age?” Is Raindrop Technique “New Age?” Are Essential Oils “New Age?” If you have been using and promoting therapeutic grade essential oils for some time, you have probably encountered questions like these and have, maybe, wondered yourself. Without knowledge and understanding, these questions become barriers and stumbling blocks to sincere people who want to use and learn about essential oils, but need to know that they are of God.

But what is New Age? There are many definitions, and many who use the term cannot clearly define what they mean by it. It is usually a term used by people, applied to topics or practices they do not understand and which they fear may lead them spiritually astray. The whole idea of “New Age” somehow being a threat to valid Christian teachings, or to true spiritual principles of any faith, comes from fear and misunderstanding.

Not that wrong teachings, harmful ideas, misleading beliefs, or evil Satanic forces don’t exist and are not out there to mislead and harm us. They are out there. They do exist. And they can harm us. But Psalm 23 tells us that even “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me . . .” The key to overcoming unnecessary fear is knowing that God is constantly with you and within you. Stay fearlessly close to God in your heart and mind, and you will know what is truth and what is not. Truth is not necessarily what your religion teaches or what your priest or pastor says. It is a certain knowing from within that comes directly from Christ and the Holy Ghost that will “teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance.” John 14:26

EXERCISING SPIRITUAL CAUTION – One should be spiritually cautious in what beliefs and practices one embraces or rejects. But this needs to be an exercise of caution out of confidence, faith, and love, not from hesitancy, fear, and faulty understanding. It is true that some things lumped into the category of “New Age” are, in fact, areas that should be avoided for one’s own spiritual integrity and safety. However, to discern between what is of God and what is not, requires a heart of love and a spirit of trust and faith. There can be no fear involved, for fear corrupts one’s perception and causes one to mistake the Godly for the Ungodly and vice versa. If you are confused about things like “chakras” and want to know God’s truth, you must put yourself into a state of calmness, inner peace, and love, devoid of fear and doubt.

Recognizing truth is not an intellectual function of the mind, but a feeling function of the heart in a state of peace. When you are concentrated on the inner “stillness” within yourself, then you will know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Psalm 46:10 & John 8:32 When the voice of God came to Elijah in a desert cave, he came as “a still small voice.” When we call unto the Lord for counsel, we are instructed to “Commune with your heart upon your bedside, and be still.” Psalm 4:4

WHAT TO SAY TO THOSE CONCERNED ABOUT “NEW AGE” – The next time someone suggests that essential oils, and/or the way we apply them for healing purposes, is to be avoided because it is “New Age,” ask them to define New Age. If they give you their definition, ask them how it applies to healing applications of essential oils. Ask them if they realize that essential oils are scripturally based, that Moses, Jesus, and his disciples employed them so they are nothing “New.” If they bring up terms like “chakras” or “astral body,” etc., tell them that these terms are merely referring to your electromagnetic field, a feature of our anatomy and physiology that everyone has. They are part of the electro-magneto-mechanical body that God created for all human beings to have. It is up to us to gain an understanding of our subtle field, and make use of it beneficially for healing as, for example, the manner in which we interact with the field of the EM body during Raindrop Technique.

If those, who pose questions about “New Age,” “have ears to hear,” they will listen, consider what you have said, and submit it to their heart for proof. If they “do not have ears to hear,” then pursue the topic no further and move on, like Jesus and his disciples did. Spend your efforts in a search to engage with those of sufficient faith and spiritual understanding to grasp the truth.

SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT OILS – Jesus’ advice to his disciples for their ministry, given in Mark 6:10-11, was to travel to many places, interact with many people, and abide with those who are receptive to the message and who invite you to stay with them. But Jesus went on to say, “whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you,” depart thence and go elsewhere to find others who will hear you and your Gospel.

Jesus never instructed his followers to argue or attempt to convince people of his message. He and his disciples publicized, but never tried to “sell,” their Good News. Jesus’ instructions were to state the truths of the Gospel and allow people to take it or leave it, constantly traveling and searching to find those who were ready to receive. Essential oils, like Christ’s Gospel, can only be shared as the Divine blessings they are, allowing people to take them or leave them, but continuing to move on in the search for those who are receptive and ready.

What I have discussed above are matters that mostly have to be discovered or realized on your own, through prayer and inner contemplation, and by the actual hearing of God’s voice, and the actual seeing of God’s light within, through the practice of personal stillness. You may not like or agree with what I have said in this article, and that is all right. Take what you can use at this stage of your need and ignore the rest.

When Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, some listeners got His point and understood His deepest implications, while others only got part of His message, the parts most useful for them at that stage in their life. Still others got very little from his words or rejected them wholesale, while some were even offended, angered and upset. Jesus did not try to persuade those who doubted or who misunderstood his meanings. He just loved them and moved on to find those who were receptive and ready for his gospel. The same approach applies to promoting essential oils.

Note from Suzanne :  Thank you David Stewart for a wonderful article – I personally found it very inspiring 🙂