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Update #1: Hi everyone. Please bear with me as I give a bit of a prologue to my Healing Olive experiment. I think this will put things into perspective more clearly in the coming months… First things first: the primary instruction in regards to the Healing Olive is to be “present”. As I begin this experiment, I must say this is very difficult for me… I struggle with P.T.S.D. like symptoms, O.C.D., brain fog, short attention span, poor memory, etc. But I’m also a (very) stubborn guy who is driven and believes he can overcome anything (including all the aforementioned). Despite those issues, I do fine at work. Love life and family are fantastic — no complaints there. On the spiritual side, I’d say I’ve been a seeker for 20+ years (I’m now in my early forties). Although I find the idea of meditating appealing, I don’t do well in that department right now (see above issues). I do somewhat better in a group setting. Last year, it seems I went into “overdrive” as a strong urge came over me to seek out as many spiritual/metaphysical/new age books and experiences as I could. Looks like 2017 is bound to be just as “wild”. So here’s my first update. As others have mentioned before, I don’t know where/how the Healing Olive comes into play, but I remain open to whatever blessings it may bring. *** Day 1 (Saturday, Jan. 7th): Waited for a peaceful moment to apply the Healing Olive. Saturday morning, busy work week over, etc. felt just right. As I applied the oil, I set my intention to be more present and have more clarity of mind. I tried to meditate for about 30 minutes, but I wasn’t very successful: lots of mind wanderings, some angry thoughts even… Not a great start. There was however a bright spot later that day that made me wonder if the Healing Olive brought about more luck to its recipient: I went out to grab some take-out lunch and, as I strolled around the neighborhood, I suddenly heard three rapid-fire “Splat! Splat! Splat!” less than an arm’s length away. I realized right then and there that I’d just narrowly escaped being hit by a seagull’s droppings. lol *** Day 10 (Monday, Jan. 16th): Decided to do a “mirror” meditation as I applied the Healing Olive this morning. I was fairly calm, though not completely still. Halfway through a 20 minute session, I started feeling a subtle sense of lightness envelop my body. I usually get that kind of feeling maybe once every month or two and it never lasts more than a couple of minutes. This time, the feeling carried over until mid-morning (4-5 hours long). Woohoo! *** Overall: Despite taking several steps to improve my spiritual health in January (finally applying the lessons from “A Course In Miracles”, talked to a mystic/channel, went to two satsangs, two reiki sessions, tried my first ever float tank session, decluttered our home throughout the month), there were no lasting changes to speak of yet. But regarding the Healing Olive, I must say I made a “newbie” mistake in the first three weeks as I worried the oil would stain my shirts and I would apply it very early in the morning and shower a couple of hours later. Shlomo recommends leaving it as long as possible and I now apply it *after* showering, but I wait a few minutes before wearing a shirt. No stains so far. 🙂 *** Note on the face reading: not that accurate in my opinion. Was it a mistake to send just a head shot (cropped out of a larger picture)? I see some people send multiple photos and your reading seems to change according to the photo, even though it’s the same person. I thought the photo I gave you was taken at an excellent time (with my wife, having a great conversation with three ladies who were impressed how “in love” we were after eight years together — they thought we were newlyweds) and I was hoping that the “openness” of my eyes, my smile at that moment would help your reading. I liked the closing words you had for me though and I definitely want to expand on that. Thank you Shlomo for the Healing Olive; I’ll give a shorter update next month. 🙂
Thank you, Frenchie, for investing so much in this project and in this very graphical feedback…I re-read the letter I sent to you with the Healing Oil and looked at your picture again, coupled with your feedback and our interaction over the last few weeks I feel that the letter is more than 99% correct. Hope to see you here soon again 🙂 Shlomo
Update #2: Overall: Not much to say… Work was intense this past month and when I wasn’t working, I felt so tired most of the time that I slacked off the meditation and ACIM lessons this past month. I forgot to mention in my first update that insomnia has also been following me for as long as I can remember and this month it seemed comparatively worse than usual. I missed two days with the Healing Olive in February, too. *** Day 30 (Monday February 6th, 2017): The very next day after posting my first update for the Healing Olive I got pooped on by some bird. Not so lucky after all lol… *** P.S.: Shlomo, I just noticed your updated comment on my original post, Wow, I guess it comes down to interpretation. Let’s discuss via email.
Thanks again, Frenchie. I will try to use a metaphor to explain your situation: Imagin walking on a trail in the jungle; the trail itself is quite smooth and doesn’t require much effort to walk on, but on both sides there are prickly weeds and bloodthirsty insects… you could walk on the trail, but for some reason your mind tells you it must be a trap, it is too easy… so you insist on walking through the bush to keep safe…
Thanks Shlomo. That metaphor resonates with me more. 🙂
Update #3: Overall: No lasting changes to speak of again this past month. Missed a day or two. I recall the primary instruction is to “be present”, but It’s still a challenge for me. I WANT to be present, but my mind is expert in drifting wherever and whenever it wants. The few times I do feel present, it takes real effort/focus to stay in the moment. ~Day 71 (Saturday, March 18th): A little bit off topic, but whether it happens with the help of the Healing Olive or not, peace of mind is my main goal and it definitely made an appearance today while I was reading — wait for it — a book about attracting more money (and this update being posted on April 1st, I can tell you it’s no April Fools joke). I’ve read dozens of self-help, spiritual, new age books in the past year and while many may have had interesting content, none of them brought about the peace I felt (akin to having some weight lifted off your shoulders) as I was reading that particular book. Coincidence? ~Day 75 (Thursday, March 23rd): Finished the said book the other day and decided to read it again. That refreshing feeling of peace showed up once more as I was reading. Amazing! I don’t understand why this book has that effect on me, but I’m taking it all in. 🙂 I would like the Healing Olive to bring about that kind of experience to me, too.
Update #4: Overall: April was an interesting month. a) The first couple of weeks were amazing! (here’s the report I had written at that point: At work, the company hired a “rock star” in my field. I’ve been working side by side with him for the past month and already learned a great deal from him. This is probably the best time in my career right now. Spiritually, I feel like I’m more attuned to noticing the signs Life sends me, resulting in sharper intuition. I know that is highly subjective at best, but that’s how it feels to me… I’m sensing an increased awareness of the relationship between my inner and outer world and the deeper recognition of the cause and effect at play. Life is starting to feel more like a game — I guess you could call it the “Know Thyself” game — and I love playing it!) b) The third week brought some challenges in dealing with some people for a property I’ll soon move into — it emotionally drained me so much I even got physically sick at the end. c) I finished off the month on a vacation. I brought the Healing Olive with me, but missed a couple of days there. *** Day 93 (Sunday April 9th): I’ve been attracted to the word “lightworker” in the past year or so and, for whatever reason, I teared up as I read that word in a book today, in recognition of what I am, (or “what I long to be” might be a more accurate statement). *** Day 95 (Tuesday April 11th): In that same book, I read just one chapter before going to bed and that chapter had a “full moon” meditation at the end. Interesting that today was a full moon, too. *** Day 96 (Wednesday April 12th): I was uncharacteristically calm and relaxed today (great!). Especially on the commute back home which was very enjoyable. I felt like I was ~90-95% free from worry. Would I dare even say I was mostly “present”, “in the moment”, too?! I guess that makes sense as worry and being present cannot co-exist. It just feels odd for me to be able to stay in that state for any extended period of time (not that I’m complaining lol). *** Day 99 (Saturday April 15th): As I finished reading a book on manifesting the life we want, I had a strong conviction that I really _could_ have whatever I wanted (literally)… My usual victim/lacking identity took a back seat as my whole body basked in a feeling of calm confidence about my future. I could get used to that. 🙂
Update #5 (final update): Overall: While the previous month was quite exciting, nothing much happened this past month. Furthermore, I was surprised to see the Healing Olive “shrink” after bringing it with me on my trip last month. The flight seems to have had an adverse effect on it. No leaks, just a sticky film that appeared inside the bottle only after the flight (and still remains today). It shrunk enough that I finished the bottle about a month early. Travellers may want to keep the oil in their carry-on instead of checked baggage (which is what I had done after being offered free checked bagging by the airline) if they plan to bring it on their trip. ***Final thoughts: Thank you Shlomo for offering this gift to us! I enjoyed my experience with the Healing Olive, the very nice bottle it came in, its exquisite fragrance, but I can’t tell if it did anything for me. As I wrote in my initial update, although we were told to “be present” during this process, I readily acknowledged that this was difficult for me — and still is (but I’m working on it!) — and there may lie the reason why it may not have worked as well for me as it seems to have for others, I really don’t know; this is just speculation. When I read that book on days 71 and 75, it was easy enough to correlate feeling a sense of peace and calm wash over me with the reading of the book at that very moment, but I can’t find similar signs that would indicate the Healing Olive was at work in any particular moment throughout these past five months. Day 96 was a fantastic day where I felt calm and present for the first time in a very long time — but did the Healing Olive bring that about? Or was it that full moon meditation I stumbled upon the previous night? I don’t know. I’ve been a seeker for many years and my momentary success could just as well have been the result of my continued determination to find peace of mind (shifting from future focus to actually experiencing it in the present moment). That experience, as satisfying as it was, was not the best I ever felt either; I have had a handful of deeper experiences in the past, too. So in all honesty, I would have to say that the results were inconclusive in my own experience. Thank you all the same, Shlomo! I wish you the best!
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