Guest Author - Robin Rounds Whittemore
New beginnings can start any time. They can come at the start of a birthday, the beginning of the year, the loss of a job, a new baby, or any other lifestyle changes. If you are looking for a fresh start in life, or to get through a major change, this article should help you on your way. There is a saying that goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second best time is now”.
This is now. Let’s start on your new beginning. If you know you want some change, but aren’t sure where to start, take out a few pieces of note paper and put the following categories at the top of the page. Health, Family, Friends, Job/Career, Finances, Spiritual, Hobbies, and anything else you would like to include.
Under each category, make a list of what is good about that category. Then, list what you would like to change about that category. For example, if something in a category zaps your energy needlessly, see what you can do about eliminating that effort. Be as specific as you can about what you would like to change.
When you are satisfied with the list of things that you want to change, concentrate and meditate on them one at a time. To meditate, it would help to have soft, soothing music, no lights other than a candle, and some fragrance to help aid in the concentration. The soothing music makes it easier to relax. The candle helps to give you a focus in the area you will be meditating in. The fragrance, through aromatherapy or incense, can help un-clutter your mind and concentrate.
Some fragrances and candle colors that are good for new beginnings are listed below. You can have multiple candles if you would like. There are different variations on candle colors and their meanings. If you subscribe to any one doctrine on candle colors and meanings, feel free to use that one if it differs from this.
Before you try any aromatherapy products, please check with your doctor if you have any health conditions; especially if you are pregnant, or think you may be. Also if you are allergic to any plants, do not use essential oils made from those plants. Some essential oils may also be taken from fruit, while others are taken from flowers.
White is a balance of all colors and is good for truth seeking, while black banishes negativity. Yellow is a good sign for building a new life and also for joy. Green is for growth in an area, fertility, and to attract money. Orange is for creativity and to help one speak their mind. Red is for will power and pink promotes romance and friendship. Purple is noted for independence. Brown helps one make decisions and keeps you grounded. Blue is for inner peace and harmony. Gold is supposed to help bring in fast money, while silver removes negativity and encourages stability.
Some of the following fragrances may also be found in the color of candle you would like to use. As with candles, different people and cultures hold different beliefs about what feelings fragrances can arouse. Incense, candles, or just oil placed in electric or candle based oil burners can be used to aid in this meditation.
Sandalwood and frankincense are good for centering energy. Ylang-Ylang and chamomile are generally used for relaxation; while Lavender is good for that as well, it may be too much for this purpose. Pink grapefruit, ginger, orange, and other citrus fragrances revive and lift the spirits. They also will help energize you into a plan of action. Apple scents help cheer you up. Basil will help instill peace and happiness. Clove helps give a sense of positivity, but you need to avoid this one if you are pregnant, or even think you are.