As I began to set up the page to start writing this, I found it highly amusing that the song “Back in the Saddle” by Arrowsmith started playing on my TV music channel. You all know I don’t believe in coincidence so I have to take this as a sign…
It’s hard to believe it’s been over four months since I bid you adieu for the Summer, but here we are just 9 days until Autumn. It’s been an interesting time. Let me tell you about some of it.
As those of you who regularly read this blog know, I’ve been helping get Raven-Wolf Nature Sanctuary up and running again. Even at my age, I was going down and doing what I could besides taking care of the paperwork and managing the finances. Well, right after I took my sabbatical here, I got in touch with the Coordinator of Raven-Wolf and told her that something was moving me to bow out of being on the Land this year. I told her I was more than willing to continue to do the paperwork and keep the books, but I was feeling like something was about to happen and I might not have the time to be there. She said she understood, that we all needed to follow our intuitions. I really didn’t know what that “something” might be, just that I had to believe that it was time to make space for it.
It wasn’t even three weeks later when something I have been thinking about for years presented itself boldly in my face.
Being a spiritual counselor, to me, means having all the tools you can possibly use to help others on their journey and assist in their self-empowerment (or self- reempowerment). Having read The Fragrant Mind by Valerie Ann Worwood, over ten years ago, I really felt that aromatherapy would be one of those tools. Other than self-study, I never did anything about it due to the cost of becoming certified in this field. I figured, “Some day.”
It began with my daughter becoming certified in something new, to me at least, called “Running Bars.” I found it intriguing, thinking that it might be one of those tools to help others, and asked her about it. It reminded me a lot of some of the energy work I learned from Donna Eden’s methods. When she told me about it, I realized this wasn’t what I was looking for (not that it’s not a good modality, it is) and, for some reason, I started googling different things – aromatherapy being one of them. Imagine my surprise to find an online course that was more affordable than any I had ever found! Wanting to be sure of its validity and having questions about certification, I dug deeper. It was very satisfying to discover that it had an A+ rating with the BBB and, although there are always a few negative reviews, the vast majority of those reviewing it had good things to say. My next step was to see if I could get my questions about certification answered by the woman offering the course. Not only did she answer my questions, but she did it in a very timely manner. I was impressed.
That only left deciding which course in aromatherapy I wanted to take and how to pay for the course. In my later years, I’ve become terribly conscious of getting my money’s worth and actually spending that money. I guess that happens when you decide to live primarily on Social Security. I went round and round with myself on whether to do it. If I did spend money, how much should I spend and what would be the best course of action. (No pun intended.) It was obvious, that no matter what I did, it was going to have to go on a credit card – would I be able to make the monthly payment? It really is amazing the agony we put ourselves through just deciding whether to do something that we know we want to do!
I told my husband what I was contemplating. Sometimes it’s so great to have someone close to you tell you in so many words to quit making such a big deal out of something and just do it! So, I finally made that decision. I signed up for the Master Aromatherapist course – 650 hours of training to get a certification – whipped out my credit card and paid for it! It’s a 24-month course and I’m not quite four months into it, but I can tell you I’m learning already!
One of the things that I’ve discovered already is that I had somewhat of a misconception about aromatherapy. Sometimes logic will lead you to a misunderstanding. Because “aroma” means smell, my sole concept of aromatherapy was that it was about inhaling specific aromas to help you heal body, mind and spirit. It includes more than that. Included in this is massage with essential oils, baths with essential oils, of course, inhalation in various forms, and more. I had no idea.
Another thing I’ve already discovered is that, true to my nature and my chosen path of helping others, I am really more inclined to use inhalation methods in the areas of mind, emotions, and spirit, I guess that comes from my strong belief that the mind, especially, has the power to overcome and heal any illness. Couple it with positive emotions and the higher perspective of the spirit or soul and you have an unbeatable combination in the field of healing. This is, however, just my perspective.
It’s also become both interesting and amusing that I’ve connected with a woman who runs a massage/healing center in a neighboring town who wants to broaden what happens at her center. We made contact with each other thanks to an astrology client of mine who thought we should meet. (Thank you, Renee!) Because of this meeting, I will be doing a workshop on basic astrology there the first Saturday of October. When I told Hollie, the woman who owns and runs the center, that I was taking the aromatherapy course, she was very interested and asked how soon I’d be certified!
So, as you can see, there have been some very interesting things happening with me since Spring. The time off was more than worth it. Now I feel I have some new things to write about. I hope you will enjoy this new phase of my journey. I’d love hearing from you, anytime.