In episode five of Go Forth!, a podcast on Attentive Evangelism, I visited Camp St Thekla, an Antiochian Orthodox summer camp located in the hills of South Carolina. I was able to talk to campers, staff, and the camp director about finding God in nature.
I was first introduced to essential oils 30 years ago by a close family friend. In 1995, when my family joined the Orthodox Christian Church, we learned more about essential oils in the form of Holy Chrism. Then in 2010 I took classes to get certified in aromatherapy and have been professionally working with oils ever since. I at least have a long history with essential oils if nothing else.
When doTerra first came out I did not pay much attention to it. In less than two years I had friends and loved ones choosing doTerra over my services and advice. To say the least it ruffled my feathers. I felt like the bull in a china shop trying to convince people not to use doTerra.
Now I wonder if I was the bully. I have lost friends on facebook, friends at church, and more because of my preaching against doTerra. I lost the practice of loving my neighbor. It took me awhile to discover I was trying to shame people away from doTerra, when all I needed to do was love them.
I publicly apologize for making anyone feel awkward, uncomfortable, or guilty for using doTerra. I have not changed my opinion, but I have changed my attitude and goal. I aspire to love everyone around me, especially those I disagree with, because “if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.” Luke 6:32
I was using doTerra to create a wall between me and others, even within the body of Christ! I am now intentionally using doTerra to love my neighbor.
Question: Are you seeking to understand your differences with others, or shutting them out of your life?
For several years I have been helping people in pain, either physically or emotionally, by using essential oils. It took me too long to realize the impact pain has on a person. There was one patient, her fake name will be Judy, who stood out. Judy was in a bad mood during treatments, the kind of bad mood which made her an unwanted patient. In the beginning I had wished she would go to someone else. I was frustrated by her negative temperament. Within a few months her temperament changed from negative to neutral. After six months of essential oils she was fun to be around.
I did not see the obvious changes, because I was with her weekly during treatments. At the time I believed people could choose to be in a better mood. I still believe that people can choose their attitude, but my compassion grew when I was in a car accident this past January and retained a shoulder injury. For several months I was in pain and in a bad mood.
I had no idea I was in a bad mood. I only knew I was in a lot of pain. I have found this connection between pain and temperaments to be common. The pain is not always physical. Divorce, the death of a loved one, being fired and more can all create a debilitating pain.
The next time you are near someone who is in a bad mood, consider the source of that bad mood and realize that compassion is needed. You will be amazed how often people do not realize they are in a bad mood. They are too busy coping with the pain.
Question: Do you have a ‘pain’ which affected your temperament?
Last week I asked a friend how she was doing, and I was struck when I received an answer instead of the usual banal platitude. With sadness she told me of the recent death of a close friend. I was reminded of a saying I heard years ago about death and shared it with her, that “God grieves with us.”
For several days I could not stop thinking about God grieving with us. Why does He grieve? I was told death is a natural part of life. If that is true should we grieve? Others claim we should rejoice about joining God in heaven. And then I finally understood. The comprehension was louder than a scream.
As much as I grasped in that moment, I also realized that God’s grief is beyond our comprehension. We were not designed to die. God never intended us to be separated from Him or each other. He is aware of the time we chose away from and has been ever since the fall from paradise. Death, contrary to false doctrine, is not natural. We were designed to live in perfect communion with Him forever, or as they say at my church, “now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.”
This shift helped me understand the importance of processing grief. Yes, we can be thankful in the hope of our loved one being closer to God, but we were never intended to be separated. God wanted all of us to be together forever in His Kingdom. His desire is so great He sacrificed His only Son to give us another chance to enter His Kingdom.
I pray for my dead grandparents often and still miss them with heartache. In certain moments I cry out for them and wish I had been allowed more time. I am right to miss them and until this past week did not know why. God never wanted us separated. Although I may not be the best at showing the loved ones still with me how important they are, I miss the ones who have moved on. I thank God for conquering death through death which allows us to be restored with Him and our loved ones in paradise. In Heaven grief will be no more.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.” Revelations 21:4
Question: Have you struggled with grief or allowing yourself to grieve properly?
Two years ago in mid-winter I passed a dirty white van stuck in a ditch. Even though it was early morning and I was late, I decided to stop and help him.
Dressed in off-white clothes (maybe a painter or construction worker), he immediately was thankful for me stopping and kept saying he was late for work. His thick accent made it difficult for me to know what he was saying, but at least he acted like he understood what I was saying with vigorous head nods. He seemed at loss for direction so I took over the situation completely. Without hesitation I grabbed the tow strap from my trunk and hooked him up to my 4 cylinder Toyota Camry wondering if I would be able to pull out the van.
After five or 10 minutes of turning wheels and experimenting with angles the tires caught traction, and he was able to back out of the ditch. We both got out, he thanked me, and I stowed my tow strap. He smelled funny but I could not place it. I was too focused on how late I was but felt good about helping out someone in distress.
We got in our cars. I waited for him to pull forward. He seemed to be taking his time. He put the car in gear and drove right back into the ditch! I KNEW I KNEW THAT SMELL. He was drunk. I had been so concerned with helping I did not realize I was enabling a drunk driver to get back on the road. I had been so focused on what I could do that I did not stop and ask if I should. I just assumed I should help a white van get out of the ditch.
I sighed heavily and thanked God he was stuck. Although I was angry with myself, it only took a few minutes to began laughing. I saw a guy stuck in a ditch drive back into it on purpose. It was hard to believe, but I had learned from the lesson.
Later that day the transmission went out on my Toyota Camry.
Question: Have you been so focused on your view of life that you missed the big picture? Also, is there something “intoxicating” your decision making which causes you to repeat the same mistakes?
Due to increased demand on my time, I increased the price of a personal appointment to $70. To offset this increase, I will now offer one free custom-made oil blend with the session and one free refill. This is an $80 value.
Prepaid appointments are exempt from the price increase and the free offer.
Also, check out my new website for Herbal Health and Wellness at www.adamlowellroberts.com/connectology
First I should share the definition of an essential oil. An essential oil is a highly concentrated liquid distilled from a plant. Not all plant species have this non-fatty oil. Currently I am aware of over 400 different essentail oils. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to help the body heal itself of allergies, infections, headaches, and various diseases. I keep an average of 60-80 oils in stock. I have access to approximately 160 if I need them.
Essential oils are the key ingredient when I treat someone with Connectology, an assessment method used to listen to a body to determine which essential oils the body is lacking. Although I have been working with essential oils as a professional since 2010, my relationship with these oils is much older. My family was anointed with a specific blend of oils when we joined the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church in 1995.
Roughly 300 million people around the world, known as Eastern Orthodox Christians, are familiar with this specific blend of oils, known as Chrism.
Chrism has been used by traditional Christianity since the time of the apostles to anoint Christians during baptism and times of illness. The apostles adopted the tradition of Chrism for baptism because as the body of Christ grew they were not able to personally lay hands on all of the newly baptized as they did in Samaria. The Chrism was distributed to appointed leaders, bishops and elders, to distribute (i.e. James 5:14).
Christianity followed the instructions of the apostles and continued the tradition of anointing. We can read details on anointing and chrism, as well as preparation instructions from Tertullian, Theophilus, and Cyril of Jerusalem. Chrism was not only used on people, but was and is used to anoint a new church, specifically the altar.
The blend follows the pattern explained in Exodus 30:23-33 to Moses. It has roughly 60 ingredients and is made on average every 10 years by the Orthodox bishop who is First Among Equals, known as the Ecumenical Patriarch (he has help). The chrism is then distributed to all Eastern Orthodox parishes throughout the world and is a bond which unites all Eastern Orthodox Christians.
If you would like to know more about chrism and being anointed leave a comment below and I will respond.
Question: Have you experienced the healing power of essential oils, either physical or spiritual?
Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.