All plants, animals and human beings possess a distinct, individual odor, although it sometimes requires a highly developed sense of smell to perceives and distinguish it in each case. Our odor expresses our personality, our individual characteristics and the state of our health. We usually associate a pleasant odor with health, vitality and harmony. A healthy newborn baby radiates a subtle, wonderfully sweet scent similar to that of ripe peaches. People who have managed to completely cleanse their bodies by repeated fasting, healthy diet and meditation exude a comparable fragrance.
Whenever we smell anything pleasant,, we automatically inhale deeply and fill our lungs with the aromatic, life-giving scent that has such a stimulating and life-giving effect on us. When we come across an unpleasant smell, we instinctively hold our breath to prevent something not beneficial to life. What we perceive as pleasant or unpleasant is totally dependent on past experience and our way of life. A smoker, for instance , probably has a positive but totally different impression of the smell of cigarette smoke than someone who detests smoking and is be a nauseated by the same smell.
It has been customary throughout history to burn incense in the presence of kings, priests and sacred objects. Perhaps the earliest form of aroma therapy, the burning of incense was also carried out as protection against the plague and other diseases. Especially distinctive scents were employed to drive away evil spirits, evoke the favor of the gods or attune people to the higher spheres. The ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Babylonians, Indians and Chinese, to mention only few cultures, used fragrant essence to correct states of imbalance, harmonize energy, heal and prevent illness, cleanse and purify , bring about relaxation and stimulate.
As in the case of many other methods of natural healing, the use of aromas has been rediscovered as a form of therapy and is not the subject of a great deal of interest.
The essential beings of plants, each with its own individual characteristics and message, seeks to serve us- with their colors, their active substances and their fragrances- to enhance health, provide us with joy and expand consciousness. By extending their roots deep into the earth and their leaves up towards the light, they take in earthly and celestial energies which they then transform into beauty, color and scent before passing them on to us, The aromatic essences of plants consists of their innermost being in unspoiled purity, prepared to radiate out generously when the proper moment is at hand. Their fragrant scents combine with the energies of the soul and bring about processes of transformation within us.
You may have already experienced for yourself how the scent of a joss stick or an aroma lamp can enhance the atmosphere of a room, creating a climate that both relaxes us and lightens our burdens. We see things more clearly and our spirit becomes more lucid. We feel the subtle bright substance of our sour remembering that it has wings, that the heaviness and gloom of bothersome problems does not belong to its true being and that it is free and capable of rising above time ans space. With the help of fragrant essence we really can leave troubles behind or learn to view them more objectively and from a new perspective. A clear and lighthearted feeling of joy will spread through us as we perceive things on a finer level and experience time without pressure or haste.
Recent investigations have shown that scents make the most intense impression of all on the senses and that they have a direct influence our state of mind.
No other sensual function reaches the information stored within our unconscious as directly as the sense of smell. At some time in your life you have doubly smelled a certain odor, and were immediately swept back into another time and place, and relived the feelings connected with this smell. Usually the memories that come to us like this are most enjoyable ones. The fact of the matter is that these ethereal substance act at a very deep and fundamental level of our being, in a sphere that lies far beyond our blocked energies and unresolved problems in an area of the soul where we are very close to pure Being,as proved by the memories of spontaneous joy that pleasant fragrances so often trigger off. Essential oils are capable of leading us to these levels of Well-being while dissolving the blockages that would otherwise stand in our way.
The subtle ethereal substances of flowers and plants touch the energy body of human beings, the seat of the chakras, and unfold their healing, harmonizing energies.
Be sure to use only the purest plant essence when you carry out aroma therapy for the chakras, as all artificially produces scents lack the vital energy of the plants as well as the complex mixture of ingredients that only Mother nature is capable of combining . The users of modern synthetic scents and perfumes have no part in the exquisite world of natural fragrance and their powers.
Since these essences are of natural origin, their effects are in perfect harmony with necessities of your body and soul. They often also have a normalizing effect. That is they tend to bring about a condition of healthy , harmonious well-being.
Fragrant essence are here on earth to be smelled, for it is this which enables them to release their active ingredients. The ingredients are not transmitted alone by inhalation, however. The essence also radiate vibrations which do not require the nose as a medium at all, but which have a direct influence on us. It was once observed, for example, that a female peacock butterfly attracted dozens of male against the wind from over a distance of miles, thus proving that they were not attracted by her scent.
When we activate our chakras with the help of essential oils, we benefit from both the ways they have of transmitting their qualities. The effects of various scents and the chakras they are associated with have been described in detail in the preceding chapters. Be sure to use a different fragrance of each chakra. And please remember that our list is meant as a suggestion, not as a set of rules.fr example, all sweet-smelling flower oils have an especially harmonizing influence on the sacral chakra, although they are recommended for all chakras. Lavender is also suitable for relaxing the inner eye chakra, while rosemary has stimulating influence on the root chakra. It is best if you follow both the feelings scents awaken in you and your intuition when following our suggestions.
Aromatherapy is well-suited for implementation in combination with color visualization and the various forms of sound and gemstone therapy. But is best combined with the breathing exercises described in the older posts. Our breath serves as a medium for the inter change of energies between scents and chakras when we deeply inhale the vibrations of essential oils. If you want to apply the oils directly to your skin, it is advisable to mix them in 10% solution with vegetable oils( Jojoba, Almond, sesame oils) or to put two drops of the undiluted essence onto a cotton ball which you then place on the chakra. We recommend preparing the cotton balls ahead of time and placing them earby.Begin treatment with the root chakra and do not apply the nest essential oil until your consciousness has shifted to the chakra about to be treated . A few minutes per chakra are generally sufficient. In other therapy forms( excluding aroma therapy). You can add an aromatic touch by lighting joss sticks or an aroma lamp. And now let the fragrance take over, lift you up and carry you away into a new spheres of consciousness.