When I think about the impact of essential oils in my life, this is just one instance of how they have helped me.
In 2016 having been diagnosed with severe depression, and my faith all but lost, I knew what I needed to do, but I didn’t know how to do it. I didn’t know how to get from here to there. “Just believe!” they said. But I didn’t have the capacity to believe . . . for anything! And so I felt like I was missing the critical link, an essential component to get me from here to there. And so this was a time in my life where I felt:
Abandoned, my Being was Consumed by Depression and Everything was Falling to the Ground!
Then one morning while reflecting on some of those situations in my world, I asked what is the purpose in each of these? And so I learnt this . . .
Aim: Building Capacity Drives Everything Forward for the Greater good.
Aim: find what is the purpose in my pain.
Build: I knew I had to build myself up. In fact I felt like I was a demolition site, and so I had to rebuild. Rebuild who I am from scratch. Let all the rubble of trouble go, and start again.
Capacity: but that was the link that I lacked. The capacity to rebuild. It was in that diminished (almost deleted) capacity of faith, that I discovered Essential Oils. And “Hello Frank(incense)!” It was that drop of Frank in my bottle of water every day, that one little drop that helped me get from the stage of knowing I needed to build capacity, to the stage of being able to do that, to then . . . drive everything forward.
Drive Everything Forward: with Frank ‘on board’ I was able to ‘drive’ in the direction I needed to go. Frank (the Guru of oils for better mental health) was my ‘missing link’, providing the bridge for me to cross from here to there. Infusing me with a level of capacity to be able to rebuild, and giving me a sense of direction as to how to get there, I began to see my way out of feeling abandoned. This led me to start seeing … the greater good.
Greater good: was what I learnt in those areas of growth, and so my faith was slowly but surely being restored. As my faith grew … I gained greater capacity to believe. As my capacity to rebuild and my faith to believe both continued to grow, I saw less and less reliance on Frank … and more and more reliance on God.
Now some might question my ability to believe in Essential Oils over God and faith, but for me that’s not an issue. Why? Because I had a glitch in my relationship with God, but He knew where I was at. We both knew that that relationship needed to be rebuilt from ground up, just as much as I needed to be rebuilt from ground up. He knew the missing link was an ‘essential’ (pun not intended but it works) component to my recovery and so he reconnected me with a friend from many years ago, who introduced me to Essential Oils which has proven to be that missing link I was looking for. That essential (hehe) component was in His plant creation, which I had enough faith for (albeit as small as a mustard seed), as a place to start from.
For so long I was stuck in:
the A (of Abandonment.)
the B (of Being me.)
the C (of my being Consumed by)
the DEFG altogether like a boulder coming down a hill, picking up speed
(Depression Everything Falling to the Ground.)
And so now here I am, having shifted from:
Abandoned to Aiming
Being to Building
Consumed to Capacity
Depressed Everything Falling to Driving Everything Forward.
Ground zero to the Greater good.
And maybe a little corny (but that’s me) this all makes for a:
Healthier Happier Helen.
So be encouraged …
The purpose of trials is in:
the Aim of Building you up,
by increasing Capacity in you,
that would then Drive Everything forward
for you to encounter better, that would then
serve the Greater good in growing you into a stronger version of yourself ..
The more I write about the diagnosis of depression, the more I see progress forward out of it. I have read that ‘depression can be your friend’ and at the time I thought that was the most ridiculous thing I’d ever heard. Especially given it nearly took me out. But now I’m learning just how much of a friend she is:
She is my warning for when something is not right.
She is my warning to check my head space, my heart space, my whole space around me.
She encourages me to stand up for myself, to stand strong, and to have my own back.
She pushes me to check my boundaries, and to not give in.
She is about me, prioritising my being, over that of everyone else.
She has my back!
She is my back bone!
So long as I listen to her, she keeps me safe.
You are truly amazing Helen. I knew that from the moment we met.
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Awww thanks Susan! And as are you TRULY inspiring on your own health journey!
Thanks Helen, you truly are inspiring with your words and thanks for sharing from your heart and your life experiences. Love that our God sees where we are at and helps us in our journey back to him and through his creation!!
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Thanks Janet! He really does!