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Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques


Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils
Author: Joni Keim Loughran and Ruah Bull
Publisher: Frog Books
Copyright: 2001
ISBN: 1-58394-015-4

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Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques is a practical book that introduces beginners to the concepts of subtle energy techniques and briefly dives into energy therapies including Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Polarity Therapy, Subtle Energy Medicine, Earth Energy Healing and Hands-on-Healing. The authors use a friendly, clear writing style that is easy to follow.

The authors introduce the seven chakras (the energy centers of the body) and detail the ideal states of when each chakra is in balance as well as describe the symptoms that occur when individual chakras are imbalanced and are either constricted or congested. The concepts and benefits of Compassionate Touch are explained, and detailed chapters teach the reader how to emotionally and physically prepare to give an energy session, how to ready the room (cleanse and clear it with essential oils) and how to prepare the recipient of the session. Details for performing subtle energy sessions with illustrations and details on 12 hand positions used in subtle energy sessions are also offered. An appendix describes an array of common imbalances and recommends which of the 12 hand positions to use to address the imbalance. In separate chapters, the authors provide a useful, but brief introduction to the origins of aromatherapy and essential oils, safety information and details on how to incorporate the use of essential oils into the energy session by way of diffusion, room mists, and anointing oils. Charts throughout the book describe the oils that can assist in balancing each particular chakra and the oils that are best used during each phase of an energy session.

Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques is a practical introduction to the chakras and the field of subtle energy techniques by way of compassionate touch. It is also a good introduction into how aromatherapy can enhance this modality. This book is not intended to serve as a complete guide to aromatherapy, but focuses solely on the emotional and spiritual use of essential oils, most especially within the use of subtle energy techniques. At 207 pages, it is a detailed and solid introduction, but further reader is recommended to those that wish to seriously explore these fields further. The authors provide a list of books of "Recommended Reading" at the end of each chapter.

One precaution that I offer to readers of this book: Do not use any essential oils on the skin without first diluting them. In some places within the book, the authors mention placing a drop or two of particular essential oils on the hands (to prepare for a session) or feet (i.e. to ground the feet). The authors do not make it clear if they are referring to oils that have been already diluted. I precaution all readers to first dilute all essential oils well in a quality carrier oil as sensitization can occur in some individuals with even lavender and other generally "gentle" oils, and even by using only a single drop or two.

Table of Contents of Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils:

  • Acknowledgments
  • Forward by Dr. Malte Hozzel
  • Introduction
  • One: Introduction to Subtle Energy Therapy
    • Common Subtle Energy Therapies
    • The Therapeutic Nature of Compassionate Touch
    • Energy Anatomy
    • Exercises
    • Resources
    • Recommended Reading
  • Two: Introduction to Aromatherapy
    • The History of Aromatherapy
    • The Nature of Essential Oils
    • How Essential Oils Affect us
    • Methods of Using Essential Oils
    • Essential Oil Safety
    • Aromatherapy Resources
    • Recommended Reading
  • Three: The Subtle Properties of Essential Oils
    • What is Vibrational Medicine?
    • How the Subtle Properties of Essential Oils are Determined
    • "Listening to the Oils"
    • The Subtle Properties of Essential Oils: A-Z
    • Choosing Your First Oils
    • Recommended Reading
  • Four: The Basic Techniques of Subtle Energy Therapy
    • Intention and Visualization
    • Preparing Yourself and Your Hands
    • The Role of Intuition
    • Using Color
    • Some Terminology
    • The 12 Basic Hand Positions for Subtle Energy Sessions
    • Recommended Reading
  • Five: Using Essential Oils and Subtle Energy Therapy
    • Using Essential Oils with Intention
    • Methods of Using Essential Oils
    • Techniques for Using Essential Oils in Subtle Energy Therapy
    • Working with the Energy Centers
    • Using a Pendulum to Assess the Energy Centers
    • After a Subtle Energy Session
    • Case Studies with Ruah Bull
    • An Exercise
    • Recommended Reading
  • Six: Helping Ourselves
    • Our Four Dimensions
    • Self-Care Questionnaire
    • Taking Time / Making Time
    • Helpful Daydreams
    • Nourishment Through the Senses
    • Are Your Energy Centers healthy?
    • Recommended Reading
  • Seven: Helping Others
    • Ethical Responsibilities
    • Active Listening
    • Giving a Subtle Energy Session
    • Recommended Reading
  • Afterward
  • Appendix I: Subtle Energy to Help Common Imbalances
  • Appendix II: Quick Reference to Basic Hand Positions
  • Appendix III: "Listening to the Oils" Fill-In Form
  • Appendix IV: Quick Reference to Key Essential Oils Used in Subtle Energy Therapy
  • Appendix V: Quick Reference to Subtle Energy Techniques and Key Essential Oils
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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