September 24, 2015

Yom Kippur ~ Day of At One Ment

Erev Kippur – our family held a special dinner roughly an hour before sunset, after cleaning up and a quick dog walk – we all gathered around the table for our family service. This Yom Kippur marks the end of our seventh year Sabbath rest, our family reset year, and our families release of debts – those that are not only physical, but spiritual as well. This year we have been focused on the universal law of sowing and reaping... and how it flows well with the seventh year rest.

We have tried to spend this year intentional, focused on sowing good seed – knowing that those spiritual seeds will set the tone for the next seven years. We have been purposeful to release any area of our lives that may have us in bondage or indebted so to speak. Picking the weeds of our spirit and asking the Almighty to till the ground of our hearts.

This has not always looked as lovely as it sounds...

We have also been living in community for the last year, attempting to focus on doing more to serve the Body than to serve our self. Honestly, that is easier said than done. But my husband led this idea last November, when he was able to go to the Land of Israel to serve in the vineyards.

And we have tried to walk in this understanding for the entire year...

There have been success moments and there have been epic bombs of the flesh and heart. Just keeping it real, people. Because as wonderful as this all sounds, its not easy and we have no idea what will come of it all... 

But we do know that what so ever a man sows that he will reap.

So this evening, we corporately repented for the sins of our forefathers and our family (Daniel 9). We took time to make a verbal release of debts, to praise our Heavenly Father, and to make a declaration of heart. Followed by Scripture and a visual activity involving everyone.

The Release: Father YHVH, I come before you... through the redemption of your Son - Yeshua, and with the help of the Ruach HaKodesh. Abba with a humbled heart and an earnest of spirit... I offer this declaration of my heart - my release of debts, spiritually – physically & emotionally. Etc.

The Visual: Each family member took a piece of white cotton material and wrote on it personal sins that were repented of during our reflection time. The goal was to then wash this fabric in water to make the cloth white again... however that part didn't go as planned. The water wasn't turning red, and our sins remained visible on the fabric. Not the visual I was aiming for.

Then my daughter had an idea...

She took her red water color paint marker and 'blotted' out our death sentence. Covered each sin we had written down, deliberately blotting... and the object lesson could not have been more perfect. The resounding reality hit each of us... blood. His blood was the only thing that could cover our sins, the only thing that is valuable enough to reconcile us to El Shaddai. Purchased & Redeemed.

After some more reflection time, my husband took the bowl of “water and blood” and poured it out on the ground... 

But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God... taken from Hebrews 9.

We spent the remainder of Yom Kippur fasting and engaged in study, after sun down we ended with a light meal and fellowship. It was a fitting for our family and a fitting end to our year of release...

~ blessings!

September 18, 2015

Terms from my Applied Aromatherapy Unit & Collective:

In my most recent unit, Applied Aromatherapy, there were some terms given which helped me to better understand the information flying around the internet in the way of aromatherapy and essential oil use. And Wow! There are some really great resources and helpful information out there – but sadly there is just as much wrong information out there too. Information often shared as fact, but is not... rather these 'would be' facts are based on personal experience and/or anecdotal evidence. Having little to no clinical study to support the claim, and if they do claim clinic support – we must know the types of questions that are being asked during the clinical study to truly decide if the claim is legit. 

Clinical studies - I am finding are a growing passion of mine. Wonder where that may lead...

Anyway back to understanding some terminology:

Classic Aromatherapy – often known as professional aromatherapists, who are trained in a scientific approach to the inhalation or diluted topical application of essential oils. Classic aromatherapy is often combined with another forms of therapy such as massage therapy, however Classic Aromatherapy does not require the use of massage to give treatments. It's focus is on the olfactory system and effectiveness of the inhalation method. This method has been made popular in United States via a variety of professional type organizations, some of whom offer training programs and basic anatomy & physiology along with basic application methods. Often times this approach does not cover the internal use of essential oils.

Popular Aromatherapy - a term used in my text – that describes the rapid growth of aromatherapy made 'popular' by many direct sales companies. Multi-million dollar business that often provide 'educational materials' to their sales associates along with marketing/sales training. Most of the sales associates are not trained professionals and often promote of use of essential oils as harmless – which many are. However this approach has also been linked to multiple reports of injury and harm because of the unsafe recommendations or the use of inaccurate information.

Now keep in mind that both forms of aromatherapy have offered some beneficial avenues to essential oil use, but I am also learning that neither approach fully uses the scientific data that is available.

So, in light of my last unit and what I am learning - what would be a better approach?

Have you heard of aromatic medicine?

Aromatic Medicine – according to my text – includes topical, inhalation and internal use of essential oils, while using the science of herbalism and clinical evidence to determine safe and appropriate application methods. In professional use – it requires extensive education, with a full study of aromachemistry, epidemiology and pathophysiology... along with research methods and toxicology – just to name a few topics of education.

I think I should also mention something else that I read in my text: 

  • Most extensive aromatic medicine programs are taught in European countries and very few aromatherapy instructors in the United States have such education.

So where does that leave me?

Still learning and exercising more wisdom in the use and application of essential oils!

Seven sampling posts related to my learning adventure with Vintage Remedies:

~ Enjoy & till next time - many blessings!
P.S. the terms here were semi condensed from the context shared in my unit. I could by no means share the entire unit in one blog post. But I did my best to condense the point. :)

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August 14, 2015

{me} two names for everything...

Sometimes the pictures are clear and the words defined, and sometimes they are not. And there are times when the purpose is clear but the paths direction is hidden in a portion of the journey. Not from the state of confusion mind you, but of divine clarity... the steps taken and then the next portion of the path is made clear. This beautiful... fragile... sometimes ugly... strong... life we have been given.

My mind is so full with rotating thoughts...

News came this week, heavy news of a life lost through carelessness... a seventeen year old girl with her whole life ahead of her and in an eye's blink - gone.  Her family shaken to the core. Shocked and broken.

Truly - you don't plan for something like this... 

Being here, to be supportive for a friend... a sister of heart. My mind still reeling with thoughts... this bouncing to and fro. Her life interrupted. The Immune system turned upside down... toxic overload... the barrel run-eth over. A reality in this day and age. Knowing...

... "We are continually exposed to environmental contaminants in the form of petrochemicals, solvents, heavy metals, pesticides, and mycotoxins. It's in our food, air, and water. We become so saturated that we are unable to detoxify"... Patient Information, pg 1

Slowly - I untangle the week behind me. My mind... unraveling like the fibers of skein. Or I - 75. A turn here. A quick left... dive right. Slightly inclined... upward to the Throne.

It's like trying to navigate this city, where they have two names for everything.

 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
~ Proverbs 3: 5- 6 ~ 

Happy Sabbath!

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