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28 w w w. m y c o n s c i o u s l i f e j o u r n a l . c o m Copaiba Oil Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis, C. Reticulata, C. coriacea, C. Langdorffii) is steam distilled from the resin of the Copaiba tree which grows upwards of more than 100 feet and is found in tropical South America. It is harvested similarly to maple syrup and has a spicy, woodsy scent. Copaiba oil is widely used in cosmetic products including soaps, lotions, and perfumes. Since the 16th century, Copaiba oil has been utilized in traditional health practices by the natives of Northern Brazil. Similar to Black Pepper oil, Copaiba can help soothe anxious feelings. Copaiba supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems. Although Copaiba does not contain cannabinoids (it has been compared to the popular CBD oil), the main component, caryophyllene, may be neuroprotective and have cardiovascular and immune benefits.The oleoresin is traditionally used for inflammation internally and externally. Uses for: Swelling, muscular aches, poor circulation, and stiffness. Emotional benefits: Invites individuals to connect to their past and to come to the Divine for clarity and redefinition. Copaiba reassures that mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual limitations are only temporary. Negative emotions addressed: Shame, guilt, regret, unworthiness, and rebelliousness. Positive emotions supported: Worthiness, clarity, forgiveness, purposeful existence, and redefinition of self. Aromatically: Three to four drops in a diffuser helps elevate mood and lift feelings of depression. Topically: Apply topically with carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil (FCO), for best absorption) or facial moisturizer to help keep skin clear and clean and help reduce the appearance of blemishes. Use on areas of pain (one to two drops with FCO). For quick systemic benefits, apply neat (undiluted) directly to the bottom of the feet. Internally: Copaiba oil is generally recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20). Dilute one drop of oil in one teaspoon of honey or in four ounces of beverage. Copaiba provides antioxidant support when ingested. Safety precautions: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Not for children under six years of age. Use with caution and greater dilution for children six years old and over. f Angila Reid is aWellness Advocate and Educator with dōTERRA International, a Certified Reflexologist, and received her CNHP fromTrinity School of Natural Health.Angi lives in Lawrenceville, GA with her husband of over twenty-five years, and her fur babies Mork and Mindy. Angi’s passion is helping others while educating them on alternative natural remedies . feetlove 770-356 -4443 O ur mind works in interesting ways. Our conditioning and past trauma create beliefs that have very real consequences for the way we make choices. When we are stressed, our pre-frontal cortex shuts down, but that is exactly the part of our brain needed in order to make choices and decisions that are not predicated by stress. In order to live a conscious life, it’s imperative to examine our past conditioning, work through past trauma, and employ practices that enable us to become as stress-free as possible. I have known many people who talk about living mindfully, but only a few who consistently live in a way that is harmonious, grounded, and genuine. When I have come across them, it has been an unexpected delight. Integrating Conscious Choice in Daily Life Some years ago, I took a group of students on a trip to Africa to meet our inner hunter/gatherer selves in the Kalahari Desert with the KoiSan Bushmen, one of the oldest indigenous peoples living on earth. Little did we know that we would meet our Higher Selves in the form of some of the most aware people I have ever seen. The Bushmen survive the harsh elements of the Kalahari Desert with a natural flow that is nothing short of admirable. One might think that living in the open in a harsh environment would be constantly stressful, but they live so harmoniously with their environment that they are deeply present to life. When they took us hunting we were amazed that they spent time communing silently with the bushes, asking the bushes to check in with the buck that had eaten their leaves that morning to see which one would be happy to feed their families. When they cooked and shared their meal that night, they thanked the spirit of the fire as well as the spirit of the buck for the gift of their meal. They viewed predators in the same way—a natural part of the rhythm of life. Clearly their pre-frontal cortexes are not shut down! Being Conscious Enables Good Choices The Bushman value peace, co-operation, caring, and laughter. They shared everything with us: their know-how, food, spiritual practices, and joy! Because they are in harmony with their lives, they choose what is important and they live what is important. Mahatma Gandhi once observed, “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” When our choices are made from a stress-free place, we can access our higher consciousness and make choices that affect the world in a powerful way! f Lorell Frysh has a PhD in East-West Psychology, with a focus in Spiritual Counseling. She is also an Interior Architect and Designer and creates conscious interiors. She is a Senior teacher in the Sufi Order and is the Author of the spiritual novel Jewels in the Net of the Gods.,,      Workings of the Conscious Mind by Lorell Frysh Healing With Essential Oils by Angila Reid STAGE 4 INTEGRATION