Updated: Mar 2
As an energy healer there are times where I, too, benefit from some healing work on my energy field. I recently had a friend ask me what I do when I am feeling a little 'under the weather'? She wanted to know 'what were my favourite forms of healing?' The first three that came to mind were music, colour and the smell of essential oils.
I married a man who loved rock music - ACDC, Iron Maiden, Led Zeplin, and there was only one way to listen to it ... and that was LOUD! It was a bit of a culture shock for me, coming from a background of classical and religious music. Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and the beautiful hymns sung on Sunday. I was fascinated by the way he was able to chill to his music when it jarred every bone in my body. And for him, the sound of my music just didn't move him.
What is it about the power of music and its unique ability to speak to people?
Caring for my beautiful aunt, who spent the last few years of her life slipping into a unique world, due to the onset of dementia, music had a magical way of soothing her.
Being the daughter of a minister, church music ran through her blood. She didn't need her hymn book to join the rest of the congregation in song. 'I Know That My Redeemer Liveth', 'When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder' and 'How Great Thou Art' were amongst her favourites. I still have vivid memories of standing next to her in church and hearing her sing them with such conviction and love.
In the article 5 Reasons Why Music Boosts Brain Activity, a recent study explains the ability of music to evoke emotions that bring up memories. Towards the end of my aunt's life, she was bed-bound and had lost the ability to speak. It was music that spoke to her. I could see it in her eyes. It connected with her when nothing else seemed to be able to.
Many studies have been done on the impact of music on the emotions and the body. Faster music can make you feel more alert and concentrate better. Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic and positive about life. A slower tempo can quiet your mind and relax your muscles, making you feel soothed while releasing the stress of the day. Researchers at Stanford University have said that "listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication."
The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines music as "the art of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion" (Concise Oxford Dictionary 1992). It is a form of energy, and a very powerful one. It has the ability to improve your mood, reduce stress, provide comfort and soothe the soul.
Another way in which energy, or frequency, shows itself in our world is through colour. One of my most vivid memories of the impact of colour is the role it played in the wards of Princess Margaret Hospital. Having spent considerable time there when my children were little, I was always amazed at the use of bright colours throughout the wards, and the name badges on the nurses. It truly was such a beautifully bright environment to be in and it certainly brought me comfort in challenging times.
Colours are simply frequencies, a beautiful form of energy that we can see. Colours influence your mood and calm the nervous system. How many of you choose the clothes you wear depending on how you are feeling? I know I do.
In his article 7 Best Colours for Healing , Jacob Olesen writes of the 7 healing colours for hospitals. He shares that:
Red is a passionate and warm colour which induces vitality and stimulates energy. It tends to be used in small doses.
Orange is one of the best colours for hospitals and particularly for children’s rooms because it radiates warmth and is associated with joy.
Yellow is a bright and cheerful colour that can help detoxify the body and mind to heal patients quickly.
Green is known for its balanced healing properties. It is a restful colour that symbolises growth and renewal
Blue is an important healing colour as it is linked with calm and serenity.
Pink is a soothing colour that shows caring and affection.
Purple and violet, as well as its related shades like lilac and lavender are connected with spirituality, higher consciousness and spirituality.
In my article, The Powerful Energy Colour Brings To Life and Death, I share my experience of how colour, and the absence of it, impacted on me with the passing of my step-father. It remains a powerful moment in my life and one for which I am incredibly grateful. My father is now in the same rehabilitation unit, and the same ward that my stepfather spent the last few months of his life in last year. I now have an opportunity to support my father's healing process through the healing frequencies of colour.
An essential oil is 'a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic odour of the plant or other source from which it is extracted'.
They work by activating the smell receptors in your nose, which send messages directly to your brain's limbic system. The limbic system affects your emotions, memory, learning, appetite, and sex drive. Inhaling essential oils stimulates different bodily responses, such as breathing patterns, blood pressure, and heart rate.
Essential oils are a form of energy that we can smell, and each oil has its own healing frequency. They can be inhaled, ether directly out of the bottle or by using a diffuser or humidifier. You can also dilute essential oils with a carrier oil and apply it directly to your skin. I can remember adding a drop of lavender oil to my baby's bath water to assist with a peaceful night's sleep.
Two of my absolute favourite essential oils are:-
Invigorating and stimulating, peppermint essential oil refreshes from fatigue and apathy.
Menthol, one of the key compound found in peppermint essential oil, has an analgesic and cooling action that can help ease headaches. For the relief of a minor headache mix 1 – 2 drops of peppermint oil in a small amount of carrier oil and massage into your neck and shoulders.
I love adding 1 drop of 100% peppermint oil to my raw chocolate (ensure you are using 100% essential oil that is food grade)
place a drop on the pillow to assist in a good night's sleep
add 4 drops of lavender oil to 10gm of a carrier oil (I love using coconut oil) and apply it to a minor wound to assist in healing.
due to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties, Lavender essential oil may be beneficial in reducing the pain and tension of a headache. Apply it to the temples, or the nape of the neck. Inhalation can also be of benefit.
I love talking to my clients about the way in which energy interacts with us. Music, colour and smells are three different forms of energy. We are constantly interacting with them. The choice of music we listen to, the clothes we wear, or the aromas we use ... so often these choices are made depending on how we are feeling and/or how we would like to feel. We tend to be looking for something to make us feel better.
Energy is everywhere. It totally surrounds us. Music, colour and aromas, particularly those found in essential oils, are simply three different ways the frequency of energy presents itself to us. Each of these different forms can nurture us, comfort us and support us in times of need. When you hear some music that fills your heart, it is sharing its healing frequency with you. When you see a colour that makes you smile ... it is sharing its healing frequency with you. When you smell an aroma that dials down pain ... it is sharing its healing frequency with you.
We are blessed to living in the world that we do. We are surrounded by so much healing energy. What is your favourite healing frequency?
In support of you becoming the best you you can be,
Certified Body Code Practitioner