Have you ever had a “blonde moment”? Or a BFO? (Blinding Flash of the Obvious!) If so, you need to hear this account from the “live and learn” section of my life story. Otherwise known as my “blonde moments” through the years. Ha!
In the long run, it is far healthier to deal with your “stuff” than to hold it inside. Ignoring or suppressing them never succeeds in killing toxic emotions. Your brain has more going on than the biggest computer in the world. When you have an emotional experience, especially something that is painful, the part of your brain called the amygdala sends that memory to somewhere in your body to wait until you’re ready to deal with it. Dr. David Stewart says in his book, “Healing Oils of the Bible” that the emotional brain can ask any part in your body to store a feeling or emotional memory. Like we’ve said before, emotions are chemical compounds in the body, and “stuffing them” is a real thing.
So you have a choice: either deal with what’s hurt you or carry the toxic load in your flesh and blood. Yes, it takes time and it can be hard to face painful memories, but think about the alternative: toxins continue adding up in your body and turn into issues and ailments later in life. It’s like carrying around your trash. Literally. Who would do that?! Oh wait …
If you’ve followed this series of posts thus far, you know that I love Young Living essential oils. Here’s an area where they help in a very practical way. See, the amygdala responds directly to smell. That sense of smell has the power to bring things out of the past and into your conscious mind so that you can think about them again. You know, like the smell of cloves and orange reminds you of Christmas ornaments you made as a child, or an apple pie fresh out of the oven reminds you of the aunt who always baked that when you came to visit.
I knew nothing about this when I first began studying essential oils, but I have experienced a LOT of emotional healing as oils have helped bring things to the surface that I could then prayerfully work through and release. The book, Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karen Truman has been a good guide for me as well as a DVD series by Dr. Corinne Allen called, “Light Beyond Trauma.” And, if you really want to understand the science behind it, “Molecules of Emotion” by Candace Pert and “The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple” by Dr. David Stewart are both super insightful.
If you’d like to know more about how essential oils can help support your emotional wellness, let’s set up a time to chat! Whatever you do, connect with someone who can help you take out the trash. Don’t carry it around with you. That just stinks! What would it feel like to lay your burden down?
Okay … so I can’t be the only one that’s ever done something like this. Anyone else want to share a story, thought, or insight on this? (C’mon … help a girl out!)