The holiday season can be a time of celebration and joy but can also be the source of stress due to things such as navigating crowds, planning or attending events and get togethers, or maybe just worrying about having the resources to buy gifts for loved ones. This is the perfect time of year to use Healer Within™ Essence, our stress blend, to help promote soothing and calm during what can normally be a hectic time of year. Here’s a way you can use this blend to reduce stress:
When experiencing stress, or feeling physically run down due to stress, try using Healer Within™ acutely, either taking drops by mouth or spraying every 15 minutes over the heart area, crown of head, third eye, throat, inside of mouth and over areas of tension and discomfort, or wherever you like. Progressively reduce time intervals of use to ever 30 minutes, and then every hour, until you experience a shift, or forget that you need it. It can also be used twice a day to maintain well-being, or you could also add 7-9 drops to a bottle of purified or spring water and sip throughout the day.
Today, September 9th, ushers in a New Moon in the sign of Virgo. For this moon phase we are recommending our Companion Essences for self-care and healing – Intuition™ and Healer Within™. Virgo is a health-oriented sign, making this new moon a great time to focus on goals or set intentions related to our health and well-being. Intuition™ Essence can help us tune into our sixth sense to uncover what we may need to be healthier. Healer Within™ soothes and promotes deep inner healing by working on the energetic plane to alleviate stress and heal trauma*. Read on for more information on how these Essences can help you take advantage of this new moon in Virgo energy, including a ritual you can follow when using these Essences.
Our Healer Within™ Blend is especially helpful for countering and soothing the effects of stress, which can have an impact on our physical health. Gemstone ingredients in this blend such as Green Sapphire help to encourage healing, while flowers such as Lavender help to soothe and calm. This can very helpful during the period when the seasons are changing and we tend to experience more stress as our bodies adjust to cooler temperatures. And doing our part to take care of ourselves can strengthen the effects of this blend. By eating right, exercising, getting enough rest, thinking positively, etc., we are working along with the Essences and this can allow for deeper healing.
Intuition™ helps us to tune into the rhythm of the moon phases, which in turn helps us to turn into our inner rhythms and the rhythms of nature around us, bringing us into a greater state of balance. Since this is a new moon, it is an ideal time for new beginnings, and for setting intentions and goals. Intuition™ helps us to align with the power that each moon phase offers, so that we can use it to propel our hopes and wishes forward, whether they be health related or otherwise.
Here is a ritual you can do to take advantage of the new moon energy using these two Essences.
Pick a time on the day of the new moon to sit and be quiet, maybe using our Pele™ Essence or lighting some candles to bring a little fire energy in to help create a contemplative atmosphere. Write down a couple of goals or intentions on a piece of paper related to health and healing, or whatever you like, hold your intention in your mind and visualize it, then use your Healer Within™ spray. After a few moments follow with Intuition™ and then sit for a while in a relaxed way, imagining that your goal is manifesting. You can use these Essences, one after another every day, leading up to the full moon in two weeks, keeping your intention in mind, to build up the energy towards it’s manifestation.
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With Hurricane Lane approaching Hawaii, we thought it would be a good time to re-visit our Companion Essences for Coping with Chaos, Healer Within™ and Guardian Angel™. These blends can help you to keep calm and stay safe, balance your electromagnetic field, and stay shielded from chaotic energy. Regardless of what “destruction” or changes await your physical environment – whether it be a storm, or the fires sweeping through the Northwest part of the country, you can consciously choose to – and energetically align with – a more balanced mind, inner calm, divine guidance and protection, and increased focus on well-being and healing.
Just hearing about a storm or other disaster can be enough to throw us into chaos, and that’s why it’s not enough to just shield from negativity, but to also mediate our response to it. Healer Within™ is specially formulated to soothe and calm, as well as work on deeper levels to address what may cause us to negatively react to stressful situations.
But we can also mitigate some of the negative energy affecting us by shielding our energy field and this is where Guardian Angel™ comes in. Sometimes we can become stressed because we’ve picked up on the energies of those around us who are feeling stressed, or fearful. This can become more prominent with something like an impending hurricane, where every person around us is going to be reacting to what’s happening. Shanti Kai’s Guardian Angel Blend™ is designed to help shield the auric field and help one stay in his or her space without taking on the negative energies of those people or places around them. It also contains flowers and gemstones that seek to ease fears and help to open the heart center to an experience of higher love.
The great thing about emergencies – any emergency really – whether it be illness, accident, weather, natural disaster, etc, is that they allow us to make more rapid progress towards a shift in consciousness. We can choose to step out of a fear based response and step into a higher, more conscious space…And working with essences is a great way to do just that.
Question: “Can I use too much, or overdose on an Essence?”
Essences are vibrational by nature, so they do not pose a risk of overdose in most cases. If you use more than your energy field needs or can take in at one time, the excess will simply “evaporate” off. We do make recommendations for use frequency on our bottles of twice a day, and anywhere from 3-5 sprays to 5-7 sprays at a time, depending on the Essence. Because they are affecting the subtle vibrational fields, they do have more profound effects when used consistently in small doses over time. However, we also include the adage “and/or as needed” since many of our Essence users have reported profound effects by increasing usage. We hear this a lot about our Clear My Space™ and Guardian Angel™ blends. So while using your Essences in small doses over time may produce the most profound effects and make your Essences last longer, if you feel moved to increase frequency and dosage, that may also produce the effects that you need at that time, and it is certainly safe to do so. If you are in a high stress situation, for instance, you may want to increase or use certain essences such as Healer Within™ (our stress blend) acutely (at set time intervals, such as hourly) until stress symptoms are more manageable.
Softening the Release Process
Occasionally we’ve heard from a worried customer who thinks they used too much and it’s causing problems. You can’t really overdose, but you can have a big release. Sometimes a release may feel very intense and may even be labeled a “Healing crisis” wherein the root of the problem comes to the surface. Instead of stopping the essences, it often gets lighter by continuing the essence to help the blockage or problem release. In such a case, we may recommend to use it with our White Light™ Essence to soften the effects.
Release It™, our strongest Shanti Kai™ Essence for releasing energetic blocks is recommended to be used with White Light™ for that reason. We recommend using Release It™ at night before bed and to use White Light™ in the morning when you awaken – so that the release occurs while you are sleeping and does not interfere with your daily life. The subconscious naturally releases at night and this helps it to do so on a deeper level. If you want to use these Essences throughout the day, you can use Release It™ first and follow up with White Light™ fifteen minutes later.
Another Shanti Kai™ Essence that we’ve heard from the occasional customer on is our Pele™ Blend. Pele™ can bring out anger, resentment, and grudges so that they can be released – or experienced – so that transformation can occur. Often times when you are “stuck” in life, there is repressed trauma and emotions that need to come up in order to be released. Pele™ does not cause you to become angry, however, it may allow what’s there to surface. Sometimes we have to let the emotion have its life cycle in order to move it along, as suppressing it only gives it more power and makes it worse. Think of holding a basketball underwater – it takes so much energy to do this – and when we stop holding it down it rushed to the surface in a dramatic fashion and is suddenly visible there floating right in front of you. Releasing a blocked emotion can be very similar, regardless of which essence you are working with to bring that release.
Our Empower™ Blend also allows deep release as does our Diamond Master™, Transformation™ and Removing Obstacles™ Blends. Breathing through it and softening it with Essences like White Light™ or Lighten Up™ can be very helpful in these cases. Through customer tips we’ve also learned a Golden Aura™ used after Pele™ also softens the blend such that people with anger issues have reported they can stay balanced better and breathe thru their anger release rather than it erupting from them in volatile fashion. Ultimately Pele™ is formulated to help take these undesired “lower” emotions (i.e. anger, rage, etc), and transform them into new growth; much like an erupting volcano spews lava that transforms into new land, which in time, allows new growth.
Working with the Blends
Working consciously with these blends, of course, allows the greatest shifts to occur as sometimes a deep “release” benefits from a little human help. Practicing awareness, practicing surrender and/or acceptance, breathing through the emotion or feeling, consciously letting go of old belief systems, practicing meditation or yoga, and sometimes making changes in our outer life, such as dietary or with exercise (or otherwise) – all while working with the Essences – are examples of how we might aid our internal release. Sometimes people say “Oh I’ve tried being mindful or meditating and it just makes things worse”, but we say “but you didn’t have the Essences”. With the help of the Essences, a little effort goes a long way. It’s said that the two wings of a dove are self effort and grace – we have to try, to make effort sometimes when the patterns are deep, so that we can grow past them and let them go as part of the past.
“Eclipses” occur when light from one celestial body is obscured by the passage of another. The source of illumination, depending on the type of eclipse, is concealed or darkened. This month we’ve already had our August 7th partial lunar eclipse and August 21st gives us the much anticipated total solar eclipse.
These rare celestial events bring with them an ominous presence that both precedes them and lingers after – we like to think of it as extended time in the shadows.
The Eclipse Shadow
This months eclipses – not to mention all the planets in Retrograde (Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Pluto, and Uranus) – bring us a remarkable opportunity to experience our own shadow as well as a sort of collective or mass shadow that we all share at this time on the planet. It naturally spawns the need for deep introspective work and greater awareness – to clean up shop and work on what is coming up. Keep in mind though that this isn’t like a full or new moon where we encourage new beginnings; eclipses are more about reflecting and listening to one’s self, then digging deep to shovel out anything that isn’t of service.
The Human Shadow
The shadow represents the darker side of the human psyche – the hidden side, if you will – the deeper stuff we don’t necessarily want anyone to see or know about for fear of judgment and shame. Everyone has a shadow – those unlikable traits we carry that are usually the result of a trauma or negative experience wherein we’ve adopted a defense mechanism or behavior for protecting ourselves from hurt. Even if one thinks he or she hasn’t experienced trauma or does not have a shadow – they do. Earth (to quote a friend and teacher, Brent Baum) after all is “trauma school”. Birth is a trauma everyone experiences. And even if we live perfect lives guess what – our ancestors didn’t and therefore we carry some of their stuff with us too.
When delving into shadows the word “hidden” or “obscured” pops up a lot – the part of ourselves we like to hide and want to obscure from others. Generally speaking these are the parts we are ashamed of.
In my work as an advanced clinical hypnotherapist and HMR practitioner, shame is the hardest thing for a person to release because we don’t want anyone to know about it – the secrecy keeps shame alive. “If only they knew what I’m really like…”, “if they knew what I experienced…” or “I’m too embarrassed to say how I feel…”. Shame is like wearing a pair of lead boots – it will weigh you down like nothing else. It’s the heaviest and lowest vibration of all the emotions.
Often times using high vibrational essences – like we have at Shanti Kai™ – allow us to experience a higher energy state or frequency. But it also can make us more aware of what needs to be released – of what’s holding us down. Indeed the Shanti Kai™ Essences evolve us and help clear and fine tune our energies so that as we work with them and clear out lower vibrational stored energy. We become more sensitive, more empathic, and more aware of what is there – not just within ourselves but others as well. Sometimes this is conscious, we can pinpoint exactly what it is when we feel imbalanced or blocked, but other times we just know something is “off” or wrong. As the old low vibrational feelings start to come up, it’s almost like a basketball in a lake that’s been trapped under heavy debris for a long time that suddenly gets moved – its natural buoyancy causes it to want to float up to the surface all at once – and it takes an enormous amount of energy to keep it down once that happens.
When the eclipse energy is prevailing, many of us may experience this process of stuff that doesn’t feel good coming up, and our knee jerk reaction might be to shove it back down. But eventually this wears us down to the point that it’s just too much effort; it starts to bubble up to the surface and become visible to us and everyone around us. If we don’t embrace it, release it and harmonize our body, mind and spirit, then the repressed energy and emotions (be it anger, resentment, sadness, shame, guilt, unworthiness, etc. etc.) can begin to overwhelm us and cause damage in our relationships, mental/emotional and physical health, professional life, and may even cause us to self sabotage.
Healer Within™ and Harmony™ Essences to the Rescue
The Shanti Kai™ Healer Within Essence™ is a very gentle but powerful essence for working through stress and trauma. It’s formulated to stimulate different aspects of internal healing – to cool, calm and soothe – and increase one’s compassion and ability to self nurture. It’s energy is Yin and it helps one resonate with moon and star light energies – the bright energies of night that shine a light into the darkness and illuminate truth in what may otherwise seem dark, scary and unknown. For eclipse energy, a gentle but healing essence like Healer Within™ seems suited perfectly for facing the shadow and past traumas that keep us from being in our full and highest potential.
Healer Within™ is a fantabulous Companion Essence to go with Harmony™ – our body, mind and spirit blend formulated to uplift the heart chakra, ease feelings of overwhelm, and help bring one back into their innate internal rhythm or natural optimum frequency. It helps us to integrate energies in our external environment and maintain inner balance – so that we can stay in tune even if the whole world is singing a bad note.
Shanti Kai™ Harmony Essence™ Blend is all about synchronicity. Body, mind and spirit need to work together to achieve and create happiness. If the body isn’t well, often the mind and emotions may exude depression or other frustration. If the mind isn’t well, it’s difficult to think and be positive – and the body will suffer because of the negative energy. If the spirit is not fed, the body-mind can become depleted and fatigued. If the spirit isn’t happy, even if life is good, the mind can be depressed, heavy and one may not feel motivated to do anything.
We don’t want to spend our lives focusing on the fear or negativity that may come up when we are off balance – we want to deal with it, release it and move on – free as can be. Using both Healer Within™ and Harmony Essence™ Blends together can do just that, face the stored trauma that has been creeping up and causing stress or tension, then gently release the blockages, patterns and old wounds. Once the blockages start to release, our body, mind and spirit start to realign – creating greater harmony, joy and quality of life.
My Experience with these Essences
I had one specific interaction come up recently that just wasn’t following suit. A relationship issue that was caused by a miscommunication and a series of reactionary responses on both sides – the interplay of the eclipse energies and Mercury retrograde shadow doing a number on us both. I couldn’t seem to resolve what was coming up for me here just by realigning, so I started going deeper by working with the Healer Within™ and Harmony™ essences to find out what this was really about – of note was that the Harmony™ instantly helped with the overwhelm I was feeling. (Key ingredients like cerussite, dancing girl ginger, and lollipop plant help to alleviate overwhelm and bring greater synchronicity, coordination, and integration of the outer and inner states).
As I worked with these essences, I found memories of a traumatic experience when I was younger coming up to surface but somehow I couldn’t quite get the negative feelings I was experiencing to fully release. Working with these products I was able to go deeper and bring up the body memory/inner blockage so I could clear it. This could’ve been something that caused me to stay upset for a prolonged period of time but because I was able to access the root in my subconscious, I was able to release and re-pattern it fairly quickly.
Essences as Tools
So you see, we have so many tools available to us at these times when the universal energy deals us a challenging hand – be it physical, emotional, spiritual or in your professional, personal, familial, or romantic relationships. Eclipses are times of turning within – we are finally provided a clear window to the shadow. If we take our cues and do the “work” – which the essences have made not only easier but also even enjoyable – we may not have to experience such disruptions in our daily lives and long-term goals. It’s a sort of voluntarily allowing things to come up and consciously working through things so that the universe doesn’t have to corner us in with some major problem or issue in order to get our attention.
Putting Shanti Kai™ Healer Within and Harmony Companion Essences to Work for You
A very simple way of working with these essences is to do a brief meditation, contemplation, or check in – and start to consider areas of your life that are more challenging at the moment. (Note this is intentionally simple and brief to accommodate the busy schedules and make it easy to use. If you have more time we recommend waiting 15 minutes between each Essence and journaling about what comes up). It is important to work with what is coming up for you at the current moment since it is what is at the surface and thus ready to be dealt with. Start to spray your essences in the areas you feel tension – note that this doesn’t have to just include your body. It can include your aura, home or somewhere else outside of you that’s causing you stress, tension or grief. Don’t worry too much about how to use the essences right, just start with the Healer Within™, then wait a moment and follow with the Harmony™ so that the vibrations begin to integrate into your energy. If you are not sure on where to spray, you can use the suggestions printed on the label of your bottle or just aim for your most trusted “problem areas”. Now is a good time to set the intention that you are open for change, and you can start visualizing your current problem areas loosening its hold on you…and ultimately see them being worked out for good if you can. You can then follow up with more meditation or even some yoga to help you release what has been stuck. And we always like to throw in drinking a glass of water for purification.
How often should I use my sprays?
Of course you can also just use as stated on the bottle under “suggested use”. Another way to work with essences is to use them acutely. For example, if you find yourself experiencing high levels of tension or stress, you could use Healer Within™ every 15 minutes and then reduce to every half hour, and then reduce to every hour until the tension has shifted. And if you’re feeling sensitive and overwhelmed you can use Harmony™ acutely too. You can even alternate Healer Within™ and Harmony™ (or use them together) rather than just stick to one – this way you can really enhance your outcome.
Because essences are vibrational there is no need to fear overdose – if you get too much it will simply “evaporate” off. You can also alternate spraying different areas of the physical body or aura at different time intervals. We find the most sensitive and helpful areas to spray on the physical body are often the forehead/third-eye area, temples, base of skull, throat, front and back of heart center, abdomen and root area, along the spine (especially the base), backs of knees, ankles, and bottoms of the feet – but these are just suggestions. If you have a way of dowsing or checking yourself for where you should spray an essence, we always recommend listening to your own higher guidance first, and using our suggestions as general guidelines if you are unclear.
Companion means together – And we suggest that companion essences be used in that way, whether it be simultaneously or alternating. Of course using individually is beneficial too and for new purchasers of Shanti Kai™ we understand that you may want to get to know your new essences better. It is ok for you to start with one essence and then the other. This way you can more easily discern the effects each essence has and the part it is playing. Once you become more comfortable then you can use them together like we outlined above.
Should you have any questions, you can contact us or you can review the Essence Suggestion Guide, where we have itemized different scenarios, feelings and symptoms related to the essence blends.
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