Ancient Oils

posted by Jeffrey on Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 8:27 AM


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I have a friend named Gina who is a licensed massage therapist here in Mt. Juliet, TN. She is spiritually gifted in the area of healing and has acquired a certain level of skill in the use of ancient essential oils of the Eastern world. Extracted and prepared the right way, these oils are incredibly useful for the mind and body.

My wife and I were over at Gina and her husband's (Greg) house yesterday splitting some hosta (that's a garden plant! lol) when I noted that I was a little tense and having trouble focusing. Well actually, I always have trouble focusing, but it was a little worse yesterday for some reason :o). Not long after I mentioned that, Gina place a few drops of "Inspiration" in the palms of my hands and back of my neck. Inspiration is a blend of the oils: cedarwood, sandalwood, frankincense, and a few others. This blend is formulated to promote clarity of mind and calmness--so why the name inspiration?? Well because with heightened clarity of mind and calmness, it tends to be a little easier to enter into conversation with God...so it INSPIRES spiritual connection. How appropriate this is for our continued discussion on the ancient spiritual disciplines--meditation being one of them

If you recall, the Bible in 1 Kings chapter 7 says that Solomon (the wisest man to ever live, apart from Jesus) built his palace largely out of CEDAR. Not to say that his wisdom was due to the materials he used for his dwelling, but the effects of the cedar wood sap most likely heightened his clarity of mind--possibly multiplying or at least promoting the usability of the gift of wisdom God gave. Another testimony to cedar: historically, some of our great thinkers, writers, scientists, and theologians like Albert Einstein, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, and Winston Churchill can be seen with a pipe or a cigar between their teeth as they concoct their next great work. Why? Cedar wood is an integral part of the preparation for pipe and cigar tobacco. The best tobacco is hung in cedar buildings, prepared on cedar blocks, and shipped in cedar boxes. C.S. Lewis noted that, "there's nothing like sitting with a pipe clenched between my teeth while working on a good bit of theology." Now lets not turn this into a semi-legalistic conversation about the affects of smoking, and no, I'm not saying let's all go out and take up cigar smoking for clarity of mind, that's just what seems to have worked for certain individuals. What we DO get to do is go out and discover what uniquely works for us to clear our minds--be it massage therapy, ancient oils, taking a run, or whatever, and do that, so that we can converse and commune with God. (1 Peter 4:7)

If you'd like to contact Gina to learn more about these essential oils or massage therapy, feel free to email her or check out her website.

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