What is aromatherapy? You probably heard about it already but let’s see.Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment, the aim of which is to produce a physical, spiritual, emotional and mental sense of well being through inhalation and massage of essential oils. The essential oils are derived from plants and are chosen for their particular therapeutic qualities which are stimulating, refreshing or sedative. Aromatic herbs and oils that includes essential oils have been an important part of the spiritual practices of many religions and also cultures throughout the history. Its aim to release well being, harmony and improved mental and physical health. Due to the rate of modern living, each day sees a further increase in the number of people suffering from the effects of stress. Noise, air pollution, financial problems, uncertainty about the future, all contribute to the general stress situation from which there is no escape.Where we  are concerned, stress produces a state of muscular tension – the heart is made to work harder – valuable energy is burned up unnecessarily – we become fatigued and sometimes depressed, and our resistance to infection and disease is drastically reduced. 
The causes of stress are here to stay, we can only deal with the effects of stress through the management of treatments, specially designed to relax away tension, restore vitality, and reduce the workload of the heart, nerves, etc. And such treatments nearly always include massage. Since massage affects circulation of the blood, the muscles, the nervous system, and organs of the body, massage can greatly reduce pain in many arthritic and rheumatic conditions, it can hasten a number of the body’s processes for healing, and actually change a person’s psychological mood. 
The inhaled aroma from these “essential” oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.


Aura and the colours of the aura

The aura: a person’s aura surrounds them, surrounds their physical form. It is possible to sense and see the aura and to be aware of it but this requires a particular sensitivity to perceive. This is a perception which comes naturally and without thinking to some people but is possible for most people to develop if by carefully tuning, they open themselves to see and feel. It requires inner stillness in the healing person to centre themselves and to relinquish too much intellectual control which cleverly deceives the intuitive nature.The aura is essentially an energy field transmitted from the physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions of a person. It surrounds in oval form the physical body and is layered with varying colours. Some people’s colours glow vividly, others less so and some are very dim indeed. Some people’s are well formed and healthy in the shape of an egg, others are misshapen and have tears and holes in them. An aura of a person who is not healthy will be misshapen and lop-sided.
A strong aura surrounding and going through a person gives them vital protection against disease and bacterial infection. This is why, when we are at a low ebb, and feeling emotionally and spiritually frail, we are likely to succumb to infection and disease and our immune system becomes weakened.The aura is an energy field or, more exactly, several layers of subtle, non physical bodies: The etheric body, the astral body, the mental body and the causal body. It is the causal body which, as the layer furthest away from the physical body, absorbs Chi or Prana, the life source of all living beings.The etheric body is an indicator of the state of person’s emotional and physical health. It is the layer closest to the physical body and registers alteration in physical health very quickly. In turn this change is sensed in the astral, then the mental and eventually the causal body.

COLOURS OF THE AURAThis is to some extent an uncertain area because different people with strong clairvoyant abilities see auras in different ways and with different interpretations. There is, however, a general agreement that healthy auric colours have a glowing transparency whereas denser and muddier shadings suggest ill health and disease. Auras will certainly change colour and consistency according to our spiritual, emotional and physical well being at a given time. Sensitive healing therapists will be aware of these changes and their signifying of physical ill health before they reach the material body.Most frequently the auric colours follow the sequence of the rainbow but it is rare for people to have them all, particularly the very spiritual colours. The colours red, orange and yellow are often considered to be the Life colours seen nearer the head. It may well reflect aggression and magnetism and for some very powerfully charismatic people, this colour will permeate the entire aura. Young people frequently have this colour or tinges of it in the aura which is associated with sexuality. The brighter and clearer the colour, the healthier and more positive the qualities will be, whereas the darker and less defined colour of red normally indicates greed and self-centredness.Ambition is reflected in orange colouring and is often to be seen in people who thrive in positions of responsibility but again the darker the shading, the more likely it is that the person is frustrated in ambition.Yellow is the colours of communication and most auras have this colour in varying degrees. A good, positive outlook on life will be reflected in vibrant yellow, with clear thought processes with a bright communicative manner. The darker yellows suggest people who have ideas with less practical connection, the daydreamers. Highly psychic personalities usually have a more golden colour of yellow emanating from them.The colour green denotes harmony, love and peace but the brighter emerald green will suggest a creatively bright mind and a person at ease with life’s material side. The darker greens may reflect deceitfulness and envy.Blue is almost invariably present in people’s auras and reflects artistic creativity and spirituality. A person with an ability to heal will often have lighter sky blue in their aura and the stronger blues reflect deeper spirituality.Very rarely the colour violet appears in the aura but this seems to be reserved for extremely spiritual people who have their life’s work dedicated to others in an almost totally unselfish way.There are other non-rainbow colourings which appear for some clairvoyant people in other people’s auras. Sometimes flecks of grey in the aura appear for personalities who are gifted at communicating and black will appear for people who are blocking out feeling or who have seriously bad intentions.


Chakras – Crown chakra

THE CROWN CHAKRA Colour: Violet Shape: Skull cap Organs and glands: Central nervous system, pineal gland, cerebral cortex Effective essential oils: Lavender, rosewood, clary sage, frankincense It is the Crown chakra that links us to the Divine and opens our spiritual energies. People whose chakra here is under-functioning or asleep have too much base energy and are often absorbed by the cares and fatigues of the world and daily living. They are entangled with noise and argument, with materialistic obsessions. The person whose Crown chakra is active and well functioning has a purpose to life and faith that life is good. They are open to what the universe has to offer and are receptive to new experiences. They have a spiritual energy that enables them to reach their higher self and to explore their spiritual nature. This is a highly sensitive chakra which needs to be opened with some care and awareness. Always remember that the Crown is directly linked with the Base chakra through the other energy centres. They must be connected. The crown chakra is the seventh chakra and it is at the top of the “chakra ladder” which starts from the root chakra that grounds us on the Earth and progresses upward to the Sahasrara (Sanskrit name: Sahasrana – thousand petal) which connects us with the universe and the Divine source of creation. When we realize that everything is interconnected and that we are part of the larger scheme of life, we begin to live with gratitude, faith and trust, rather than filled with fear and anxiety. We are guided by the higher power and we feel divinity from within and from without. The challenge of this chakra is to liberate the spirit – open to the divine – and at the same time stay firmly rooted deep in the ground. Crown Chakra Affirmations I am part of the Divine. I honor the Divine within me. I seek to understand and to learn from my life experiences. I cherish my spirit. I seek experiences that nourish my spirit. I listen to the wisdom of universe. I trust my intuition. I am open to letting go of my attachments. I live in the present moment. I am grateful for all the goodness in my life. I love and accept myself. I know that all is well in my world. I am connected with the wisdom of the universe. I am open to divine wisdom. My life moves with grace.


Resistances to change

Reflecting on change – the challenges of change, resistances to change, embracing change, and what helps with change.1.Fear. You may fear the loss of the old and familiar. You may fear what could go wrong rather than what could go right. You may fear that change itself will be hard or overwhelming. You may fear the unknown, the uncomfortable, the unexpected. You may fear failure. Less conscious and acknowledged, but very possibly the case, you may even fear success and the changes that can come with that.2. Perfectionism and control can get in the way of change. Change can involve risk, uncertainty, disorientation. There can be an uncharted wildness to change. If you have perfection or control issues you’re going to struggle with the shifting, possibly unpredictable, sands of change.3. The unknown might not be a comfortable prospect if you like safe, known situations and guaranteed outcomes. With change there are new shores ahead. Get excited about those and expect the best!4. There can be challenges with change. Not always, not necessarily, but it’s possible. There may be a steep patch to climb, you may need to build new muscles, check your footing, ask for help, etc. Those challenges, and what they awaken, develop or strengthen, are often actually a part of the many gifts change has to offer. It’s as much the journey as the destination.5. You may feel doubtful during any uncertainty accompanying change. Don’t let your negative ego get in their with doubt talk. Explore options, reflect, review, navigate possibilities, get informed and prepared, but don’t let doubt dampen your spirits or dilute your dreams.6. You may fear losing something or someone with change. You may resist that potential loss despite the positive potentials of change. Ultimately, in letting go you can only ever win; if something’s for your best it will come back, else something better will. Letting go, if that be part of your change, helps to create greater space for the new. That letting go may also be of beliefs, attitudes, pain, your past.I recommend that when you are going through changes, stay positive and reflecting on something positive that may have come from any challenging or less than preferred situation, or something you are grateful for about that, and writing that down too if comes to mind – what you may want to change, as it is, may hold gifts and deeper meaning.
Shared from Aine Belton