Welcome to 2022.
I love that the new year is the time to set new goals. Intention is a practice that helps ensure that you achieve your goals.
A clear intention practice can be the difference between the new year’s resolutions that actually get implemented and the ones that you give up on before the week is over.
Intention can also be a powerful way to amplify the benefits of essential oils or other healthy lifestyle choices.
What is Intention?
Intention can be defined as “a determination to act in a particular way” but it’s really about the end result you seek. It’s about setting a goal for yourself to achieve it and make it happen. Your thoughtful and intentional choice to put your focus and energy on this desired outcome is your intention. The more powerful the intention and energy you dedicate to it, the more likely it is to happen. While this includes intentionally reviewing your goals, it also means establishing actionable daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly rituals and routines to help you work toward those goals.
For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you might schedule in time to move your body, or set a goal add in healthier choices, like vegetables, to your daily diet. Try to pick easy, actionable and manageable goals that you can actually do. If you set a goal that is too ambitious, it will be hard to execute and it will just make you feel bad. Instead, set a manageable goal that you know you can achieve, like starting your day with lemon water (good for metabolism and detoxification) or remembering to dab Parasympathetic essential oil blend behind your earlobe on your mastoid bone at least twice a day.
Clear positive and productive intention helps you focus your energy and mind on the baby steps that add up to the big changes. The stronger your intention, aim or purpose, the easier it is to make things happen. It’s almost like once you mentally decide on the direction in which you want to move, the universe shows up to support you. That support can come in a variety of ways, from clear steps that you need to take to achieve your goal to helpful people who are able to support you in your new direction.
Intention as a Blueprint
Intention is the blueprint of your experiences and the reality you create through the aligned action you choose to take. Intentions originate mentally and emotionally and can be set silently, verbally, or through writing. There are several tools you can use to turn your intention into your reality. Two of my favorite intention setting tools are blue cards and blue oils (Vibrant Blue Oils to be specific):
In order to serve as a blueprint, your intention needs to be clear – this serves as an anchor of focus and a reminder of exactly what you are creating. You also need an easy way to focus your intention on these goals every day. My friend Kelly Kennedy taught me about “blue cards” or more aptly blue index cards on which you write your intentions in blue ink. Kelly explained that intention is a clear signal to the universe, your subconscious, and your conscious mind and blue ink speaks to the subconscious mind so writing your intentions on blue cards with blue ink and reading them daily at heightened levels of emotion – gratitude, great joy, etc. – helps you intentionally focus on your goal and channel your energy (both conscious and subconscious) to help you achieve it. Blue cards help you move forward from a position of hoping for something to actively working towards accomplishing it. Kelly also recommends adhering to the following blue card rules:
- Write in all caps
- No Mistakes
- Use Positive Words
- Skip a line between sentences
- Detail specific measures
- Use positive and definitive language – avoid phrases like “I hope” or “I’d really like to” as these phrases communicate lack and uncertainty. It is better to say something like “thank you for aligning me with…”
- Read with heighten emotions – Kelly suggests at twilight or post orgasm
In addition to targeting the subconscious, the color blue is associated with matters of communication and clarity. It is often associated with the throat chakra and speaking your truth and may help you open yourself up to honest communication. The energy that blue provides allows you to be vulnerable without fear. Being a color that is connected to two huge parts of the natural world, blue deepens our connection with the universe. Blue also provides us with a sense of calm.
Try to read your blue cards twice daily as an intentional declaration of your determination and readiness to do the work needed to make your dreams come true.
Vibrant Blue Oils
Your sense of smell can be used to prompt your memory, enhance learning, support recall and form associations to trigger a response based on the feeling attached to that association. For example, to enhance the ability to recall specific information, try inhaling the same scent you used while studying it. Smelling that particular scent will help you recall all that you studied.
Recent research details how smells pass through your nose, making their way to parts of your brain associated with emotion and memory, like the thalamus via the amygdala and the hippocampus.
Smell is one of the primal senses that affects your memory and brain function through an interaction with its olfactory system. The olfactory cortex is part of the temporal lobe in your brain, which is responsible for processing sensory inputs. This is part of the limbic system, constituting of the amygdala – which is responsible for our memories and emotions – the hypothalamus, and hippocampus- which is associated learning, which is why certain smells can produce a strong sense of nostalgia.
Scents work through our experiences with them through associated learning. Simply put, this means when you correlate a learning activity or emotional response with a particular smell, that smell will trigger recall of that event. Once that association is established, a conditioned response is triggered every time you encounter that smell. These deep neural associations can explain how scents cause psychological responses within us, they can be used to our advantage.
For example, you can use scent to help imprint and Concentrate on the intention you want to set:
- Repeat your intention to yourself as you use your blend. Focus on positively achieving your desired outcome.
- Imprint the scent in your nose so that you associate it with achieving your goal and subtly reminding yourself of your intention.
- Use your intention aromatherapy blend as you follow your intention towards achieving your goal, or each time you feel yourself faltering on your journey.
The following essential oils can be used to help enhance your focus and amplify your intentions, ground and calm your nervous system and enhance your heart space.
Your prefrontal cortex (the area behind your forehead) helps improve focus and processing speed. The more clear, focused and specific, you are about your intentions, the easier it will be to turn your goals into your reality. Attention energizes and intention transforms… Whatever you put your attention on will grow stronger in your life. Whatever you take your attention away from will wither, disintegrate and disappear,” according to Deepak Chopra (in his book, “The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success”). Intention describes something that you desire to take place in the future and your attention helps you focus on what you can do right now to make that intention a reality.
Applying essential oils on the forehead helps increase blood flow to the prefrontal cortex, which research shows can help improve attention and cognition. Focus™ blend contains essential oils like Rosemary which contains the chemical constituent 1.8-cineole, shown in research to improve speed and accuracy on cognitive tests. Apply 2- 3 drops of Focus™ over your temples 2-3 times daily or as needed during moments where additional focus is needed. You can also put a few drops on a tissue or cotton ball and hold it where you can smell it. As you smell the blend, try to hold the intention that the blend can help you focus your thoughts and energy to devise the best strategies to help you reach your goals.
Parasympathetic for Grounding
Grounding your energy helps you get calm, clear and focused. It allows your brain to shift out of the state of selective attention and access your higher cognitive function and your intuition.
Essential oils can help you ground and return your body to the state of balance to better focus on and execute your intentions. Essential oils, especially those derived from grounded plants like trees which are intrinsically grounded through their root structure into the Earth. Essential oils comprised from barks, roots, grasses, needles and resin of plants also help you pull your energy centers down into the Earth. Plants that grow under earth entrain with earth’s energies. This is why stones, root vegetables or essential oils from root plants that share space with the Earth, match the frequency of the Earth and can be used for grounding. Rock, crystals and minerals, in particular, are able to hold a solid vibration so when you hold one in your hand or place it near your body, you have to change your frequency to match that of the rock or mineral. This is one reason that crystals are so popular for grounding.
Natural scents, like essential oils derived from plants, also carry a vibration and smelling essential oils forces you to entrain your energy with the plant and helps connect you to nature and ground you. Calming your nervous system helps the body ground. The Lime oil in the Parasympathetic™ blend can help promote emotional grounding, encouraging a balance between the heart and mind, the connection of which helps you ground. Apply Parasympathetic™ over the vagus nerve (behind the earlobe on the mastoid bone).
Heart™ for heartfelt emotion and emotional charge
Heartfelt emotion – when you feel the emotion associated with your clear and specific thought profoundly and sincerely- turbocharges your intention! The heartfelt aspect means the emotional energy is coming from the heart . Energies that flow from the heart are powerful especially when combined with the energies of your focused thought.
Heart™ enhances heartfelt emotion, compassion and support, integrating and resetting all the systems of the body, including supporting feelings of open-heartedness, expansiveness, receptivity while mitigating loneliness, sadness and grief.
The heart integrates and balances the physical, emotional, and mental body, providing blood to every cell and every organ. It also serves as a complex information processing center, influencing brain function, the nervous system, hormonal system and most of the body’s major organs.
When any part of the body isn’t functioning at an optimal level, the heart has to work harder. For example, when the body is in a state of stress, it needs more oxygen which increases the heart rate. The heart is our body’s reset button, but a state of constant stress can fatigue the heart and compromise our ability to reset, leading to inflammation, infections, toxicity and heart disease. By returning the heart to balance, we support the cardiovascular and circulatory system, regenerate the structure of the heart and helping to reset the homeostatic mechanism for the entire body.
Heart™ blend contains a proprietary blend of organic and/or wild crafted essential oils that helps you show love to others and yourself.
As a final note, you can also set your intention asking that any big changes only become manifest for your highest good and that they integrate as gently and easily as possible.
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