Getting Quiet and Listening


In my previous post, I reported that I had recently attended a truly inspired aromatherapy workshop led by Katie Buggs of Katy Bugs’ Healing Sense.  I’ve been reflecting on that workshop all week, and thinking about how some of the guidance that Katie provided with regard to becoming acquainted with each of the oils in her Reiki Essential Oil Kit is useful in other–really all–areas of one’s life: respect for something one doesn’t and probably cannot fully understand; humbleness in the face of mystery; courage to speak one’s truth when one’s voice shakes;  shaping the intention to be an instrument of divine love and compassion–the list goes on and on.

The most important lesson that I took away, however, was the lesson of getting quiet.  The first exercise that Katie asked us to perform was to take a whiff of one of the oils and just sit with what sensations and perceptions arose.  As the day wore on and as we used each of the oils in Reiki sessions, I became quieter and quieter.  The quieter I became, the more expansively I experienced each of the oils.  Per Katie’s instructions, we were using very small and prescribed amounts of oils–sometimes the amount was so small that the perception of smell was not quite engaged. Yet, each oil offered a unique and profound experience that could be perceived in a deep state of internal quiet.

In this quiet, I came to understand why Rosewood and Sandalwood are such sacred trees. Mala beads are often made from them–in fact, I have a set of Sandalwood Mala beads that I purchased at one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world–in the temple at Sarnath (Deer Park), India.  I often just hold them in my meditation time without chanting.  I just like to hold them gently in my hands.

When we enter deep quietude, it becomes possible to deeply listen–to the body, to grief, fear or anger that one may be holding onto, to the energies of plants, rocks and animals that offered up so much wisdom to indigenous and shamanic cultures, to one’s deeper wisdom, to the state of wellness and wholeness that is one’s natural state of being if only one can just tap into it, and to the divine energy that enervates and connects all life.

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16 responses to “Getting Quiet and Listening

  1. It’s so clear that this connection that you’ve made has had a profound effect on you. It is this depth that creates powerful healers. Keep going deeper and deeper. It’s wonderful that you’ve shared such a joyful experience with all of us. You joy touches me too. Love Yaz

  2. Yes, I have found that so much is revealed in the stillness Angela. It’s the only place we can truly hear — so interesting you have encountered this in exploring the energies of the essential oils too… thank you for sharing ~ I need to do more exploration into the oils, have been inspired by you! ~ Blessings, Robyn

    • I personally find that there is so much that I already know–that I often seek outside of myself when I am persuaded by the static that the answer lies somewhere else other than within me. This idea links so nicely with your last post, Robyn, which was exquisite!! Thank you so much for your lovely words, and please let me know how your explorations go!! BTW, Katie Buggs sells a wonderful pain reduction oil/lotion blend. I thought of you as we were workshopping it. xoxo!! Angela

      • Yes Angela – I too thought about how our posts connected! I will have to look at this pain reduction oil product. I’ve worked with some tower essences for pain — but haven’t really looked at this in a long time…so maybe a sign and it is timely to consider this as an adjunct. Thank you so much for sharing the link! xo Robyn

  3. Religion4All

    LOVE this … there is so MUCH that we miss by not taking the time to quiet our minds, and listen! ;-)

  4. Grüsse mal Herzlich habe ihren Bericht gelesen und finde ihn sehr hilfreich.Man kann doch Öle und innere Ruhe seinen Geist, beruhen aber es ist nicht so einfach,habe es Jahre ausprobiert. Grüsse und wünsche noch einen glücklichen Sonntag Gislinde http://zitroneblog.wordpress.com

    • Vielen Dank für Ihre nachdenklichen Kommentar. Mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut, so verzeihen Sie mir. Ich stimme mit Ihnen (wenn ich Sie richtig verstanden habe), dass die Welt der Öle nicht einfach ist. Für mich ist es ein großes Geheimnis, das perfekte Verständnis entzieht. Namaste, Angela.

  5. Simply beautiful to hear you describe the expansive stillness that comes from a drop of oil. I have a faint memory of rosewood and sandalwood from a delicate fan which my mother gave me as a child. I didn’t appreciate the scent then but since I loved to fan myself and daydream a lot, I was immediately brought back to a place in my childhood and the fragrance of sandalwood lightly wafting against my face and the deep, deep pool of stillness and time that cease to exist to children awakened in my consciousness. I will try to get this oil and let you know what happens. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience with us. Shaz

    • My dear Shaz, it’s funny, because I read your last comment on the workshop post before this one, and I was thinking–for Shaz—Sandalwood. I think you would love a good quality sandalwood oil. I usually place a small amount of carrier oil (like jojoba) on my palm and just a drop or two of the sandalwood in my hands. I rub my hands together, and then place them on my abdomen. Sandalwood is a wonderfully grounding and spiritual oil. It is my personal favorite. For children, lavender is among the safest of oils. I actually keep lavender in my first aid kit, because it’s a powerful anti-infectant. If a child (or adult, for that matter) gets a cut, one can apply lavender on it and put a band-aid on. The lavender will help prevent infection. My sister got a nasty cut on her hand from a sharp piece of rusted metal on a train in India while we were traveling together. I put lavender oil and Paw-paw in it, bandaged it, and it healed quickly and beautifully.

  6. The Yogi Walt Baptiste gave me Sandalwood Mala beads about 15 years ago…and they are still beautifully fragrant. This post is so beautifully written and what I needed to read. I find myself being so resistant to getting to the place of stillness but feel so great once I am there. Blessings to you Angela!-Julie

    • I know exactly what you mean about that resistance!! That stillness does feel wonderful; I often wonder if that resistance is the ego exerting itself, afraid that it might lose control if one enters into a place of stillness. And, that is precisely what happens!! Your beads sound just wonderful!! Peace and light…

  7. Thanks Angela, getting quiet instead of busy…a good reminder for me this morning as I leave my daughter in the city to start her adult life..had feared this day for quite a while…feared being without someone to take care of… Had all these lists in my mind to keep me distracted from my feelings… Yet this morning, I find that quiet is all I need… Then I found ur post.. Thank you!

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