The origins of myrrh and frankincense are traced to the Arabian Peninsula.
According to Herodotus (5th century BC): “Arabia is the only country which produces frankincense, myrrh, cassia and cinnamon…the trees bearing the frankincense are guarded by winged serpents of small size and various colors.”
Myrrh is a resin, or sap-like substance, that comes from a tree called Commiphora myrrha, common in Africa or the Middle East. Myrrh is botanically related to Frankincense, and is one of the most widely used essential oils in the world. The myrrh tree is distinctive due to its white flowers and knotted trunk.
Sandalwood oil is extracted from the woods for use. Sandalwood is the second most expensive wood in the world, right after African Blackwood. Both the wood and the oil produce a distinctive fragrance that has been highly valued for centuries.
Onycha, spoken of in Exodus 30:34, was one of the ingredients of the sacred perfume. It consists of the shells of several kinds of mussels, which when burned emit a strong odor.
Being loved is what we live for, and we recruit all sorts of scenarios to accomplish the precious feeling. If we haven’t felt deserving, we both long for being loved and get in the way of it happening.
Rather than being loved, it works much better to “be love.” What I mean is that, we humans are scuffling around trying to access love from each other, when being an instrument of love’s expression is the way to go. Love doesn’t come from us, it comes through us.
If I AM love, I only look for ways to express it in the world. Those ways are constantly emerging, but we miss the opportunities because we’re looking for validation of worth from each other. Here is the bottom line: We are already valid because we are love’s expression!
Once we accept this, we express it every chance we get. We offer an open heart, compassion and gratitude. This is much more appealing than a sense of lack and “what can you do for ME” mentality. In fact, when others feel that we are giving rather than asking, channeling in Universal Love, they gravitate toward it. We become the conduit through which others can experience it.
This sort of love may or may not appear as personal love. Personal love appears as romantic relationships and family and looks like it’s about ME. In fact, it’s a particular canvass upon which Universal Love is expressed. It’s never about your or me as an individual, although it appears that it is.
Love is expressed moment to moment and subtly guides our decisions. When we are aligned with that beam, attuned to it, the music that plays through us is light hearted and joyful. We aren’t on a hunt for something in the world to complete us. We are already complete.
I had someone recently say “but I’m not Jesus or Ghandi!” To that I answered, why not?
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction… Or simply said from the psychological perspective “You cannot touch without being touched!”
Back in the day my brother, five years older than I, took the physical science road and became a physics teacher, while I took the life science road and became a biology teacher. It seemed like we were on opposites sides of the road.
As time passed, I moved from my biology platform into psychology, but still teaching in my own ways, both in practice and in college. Last week, my brother shared Newton’s Third Law…”You cannot touch without being touched,” and I realized the more things appear different, the more they are the same.
When we touch another person’s life, we are touched in return. Precious are these interactions and not to be taken lightly. Vital is conscious awareness as to how our “touch” of another rebounds and has effect on ourselves.
I recently completed teaching a trimester in both Intro to Psychology and Human Relations at Berkeley College. I realized, in our last class, that I had touched my students and they had deeply touched me. Every moment of interaction has its impact, a Universal impact. The laws of science and of interpersonal relations are one.
We humans move through life often semi-conscious and seeing things solely from our point of view. The ability to empathize, embrace the position of another person is our willingness to be touched. The perception of isolation and individuality is a limitation, just as the idea that the laws of science don’t apply to all things.
So I’m glad I’ve lived long enough to see separation become connection. Thank you to my brother for his wisdom…
With love, Rosanne
There was a time in my life that “if it felt good, it WAS good, and if it felt bad, it WAS bad.” I guess I was living like a member of another species!
What I’ve learned over time is what feels bad is sometimes good, and what feels good is sometimes bad. This puts a whole new spin on things. Now I have to discern what’s actually happening, regardless of how it feels.
This is probably what Pema Chodron, the great Buddhist nun, means when she says “lean into the sharp object.” It’s counterintuitive to accept pain as part of life. We spend a lot of energy trying to avoid it through various addictions and distractions. We desperately hope that something outside ourselves will save us from pain. The truth… Nothing saves us from pain. Our only choice is to get through it quickly through acceptance, or slowly through obfuscation and suffering. The latter strategy results in blaming others and Life itself for our pain.
The grace of acceptance looks like giving up, but it is actually the Path of the Spiritual Warrior. There are times to fight, but they are much rarer than we think. If we fight to avoid pain, it will accumulate and will be waiting around the corner in another form.
As I’ve come to this realization I can breathe. I don’t feel like a cornered animal living on adrenalin. I don’t think anyone is making a stained glass window in my image any time soon! I’m just grateful to embrace a truth that lets me rest.
With love, Rosanne
Jasmine belongs to the Genus ‘Jasminum’ and includes over 200 species of plants, most of which originated in tropical and sub-tropical areas.
Its name comes from the Persian word ‘yasmin’ meaning gift from God.
Flowering in Jasmines takes place in summer or spring which is usually six months after planting. The Jasmine flower releases its fragrance at night after the sun has set and especially when the moon is waxing towards fullness. Jasmine flower buds are more fragrant than the flowers.
Jasmine originated in the tropical regions of Asia but is now grown worldwide. While tropical Jasmine will not survive in temperate regions, some modern varieties do.
Cultivated versions are also sold as houseplants. Many gardeners add jasmine to flower gardens or grow them in pots on the deck or patio to scent the night air.
Jasmine is used as a fragrance in perfumes, soaps, and lotions and is even used to add its rich scent to jasmine tea. Jasmine tea isn’t really made from jasmine. The tea is brewed from green tea, and then infused with the fragrance of jasmine.
Jasmine is believed to be both an antidepressant and an aphrodisiac making it a popular scent in the bedroom. Jasmine is also thought to be a sedative and sleep aid.
There are two kinds of energy, potential and manifest. Before you think this is going to be boring, bear with me!
Potential energy is waiting to be expressed. If it waits too long it stagnates and if it stagnates in our bodies it creates dis-ease. (That’s not a typo!)
When energy is freed to move, it is manifested. It can be manifested through intentions, meaning “If I have an idea and I put it into motion, I’m freeing up energy.”
Money is energy in material form. It waits to be freed to create opportunities, experiences and sustenance. Saving is great, but dying with stagnated energy in the bank probably isn’t the best idea. Bequeathing the fruits of labor for the next generation to use isn’t a bad plan, but using money to do good works is a great idea.
Physical movement frees energy. Our jobs keep us seated a lot of the time. Stagnated sitting creates pain in the low back and digestive issues. Take it from me after years of sitting in the therapist’s chair!
What I experience in Reiki and Reflexology practice is the movement of energy in clients who rise from the table feeling cleared and rebooted. Therapeutic essential oils do the same clearing. Even moderate movement frees up energy.
Love is the purest energy and can be expressed interpersonally, in work and in everything we do. If expressing love is the intention, the actions that come from it will bring positive change.
Move your booty! Don’t ruminate in your head! Have the intentions of embodying love energy and freeing potential energy every chance you get. You will bring light into your world…
With love, Rosanne