When I looked out this morning and saw that the morning had started off wet and dull, I found myself contemplating how important Bringing Light is. A lot has been written about SADs and, in fact, I wrote a blog on this earlier this year in February, just click on Winter Blues if you are interested in reading it. But this was not where my thoughts were taking me. Instead, I found myself thinking about the ‘Light’ that has nothing to do with the weather, but rather that elusive concept of ‘Light’ that dwells within each of us. Among my collection of Inspirational Quotes, I have many that touch on this concept:
The Light comes from within. Don’t bother looking elsewhere for it. The Light is You. Nancy Rainwater
There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into light. Rumi
People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
That elusive ‘Light’ which appears to be an intrinsic part of each of us. Why does it beam out so radiantly for some and barely flicker for others? Are there essential oils that I could blend together to help with the actualization of this ‘Light’?
In his work on Spiritual PhytoEssencing, Dr. Bruce Berkowsky talks about how the anthroposophical concept of a ‘light organism’ refers to an internalized spiritual light body (in contrast to external light) which makes inner soul life possible. Internalized light acts as a beacon to the spirit, guiding it into the darkness of the metabolic processes and allowing it to permeate them, thus, establishing a connection between the spirit and the substances of the body. Some of the essential oils he considers effective for this include: Angelica; balsam fir; bergamot; bitter orange peel; black spruce; blue chamomile; calendula; caraway; cardamom; carrot seed; cedarwood; cistus; clary sage; coriander; Douglas-fir; elemi; eucalyptus; frankincense; galbanum; goldenrod; grapefruit; helichrysum; jasmine; juniper; laurel; lavender; lemongrass; lime; litsea; lovage; marjoram; melissa; monarda; myrrh; neroli; nutmeg; palmarosa; patchouli; peppermint; ravensara; rosemary; sandalwood; silver fir; spikenard; St. John’s wort; and violet.
As I looked over this list the first name to jump out at me is Grapefruit. It is one of my favorite oils anyway, and in SPE one of the many themes running through this essential oil profile is the “Theme of returning to the Light, with a desire to be one with the Light”.
Next I am drawn to Laurel. Two of the SPE themes for Laurel are the “Themes of separation and isolation”.
I considered both Neroli and Silver Fir, but in the end, I chose Rosemary which has the SPE “Theme of metamorphosis” as well as its “Themes of light & warmth both physically and spiritually”.
I am going to use my blend when I meditate today and I am very interested to see if I get any new insights.
My blend is: Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi) 5 drops, Laurel (Laurus nobilis) 1 drop, Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis ct. verbenone) 1 drop.
I wonder if you too will consider creating a blend around bringing in the ‘Light” and if you do what oils you will be drawn to.