In a world of digital communication, it was really only a matter of time before psychotherapy caught up. The confidentiality piece and HIPAA compliance, as well as the nuances of rapport-building within digital medium all held back my personal willingness to engage in this space.
Enter: a TV commercial that would change my mind and set me on a course even I hadn’t seen coming.
Talkspace is an online therapy platform that is simple, affordable, and comfortable for clients. This platform has revolutionized therapy in the best way possible, bringing it to more people than ever before. Talkspace utilizes unlimited text, video, and audio messaging in an online environment that is safe for both clients and therapists. It’s bringing psychotherapy to the masses, to the millions of people who could benefit from mental health interventions, but would never set foot into a therapist’s office. This is mental health for how we live today.
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a full-time mom, I struggled with how to fit the skills I have into something that would work for our family. Talkspace is a business model built on flexibility.
Y’all, I NEED flexibility.
And, truly, so does the client population I seek to serve. How many moms out there could absolutely benefit from a licensed, trained, and objective therapist who can meet them on their own terms?
Y’all, I can’t even go to the grocery store alone, so the traditional therapy model is out of the question.
Using my therapeutic skills and training remotely while my son plays in the backyard?
Or, while he’s asleep at night?
Or, on a lazy Sunday afternoon?
These are things I couldn’t do in an office setting, but that Talkspace affords to me as a practitioner, AND to you as a client. It truly is therapy for how we live today.
Have you ever experienced psychotherapy? Either in the traditional office setting or online? What was your experience like? How would this medium fit with your lifestyle?
Activity: Join me TONIGHT for the FEARLESS Aroma Freedom Technique!
Oils: Lavender, Frankincense, Stress Away, Release, Inner Child, Valor
What Does Scripture Say?
Philippians 3:13-14 – “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
What Will You Do?
In the meantime…
Which day spoke the most to you? Which activity was like, “YES, THIS! I should do THIS more often!”
Whether it was grounding, coloring, journaling, dancing, prayer, cardio, or snuggling an animal – whatever made your heart sing and those anxious thoughts subside, do it today! You know yourself best and I believe if you have gone through these 21 Days to Freedom From Fear along with me, that you have a better grasp on what has been keeping you fearful and what you can do about it. Be brave today and take care of yourself ❤️
Then, join us tonight for our final AFT of this event. Can’t wait to see you there.
Tracy Moore is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: FEARLESS Challenge Wrap-Up
Time: Apr 30, 2018 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/721201391
You’ll need the Young Living Essential Oils listed above (Lavender, Frankincense, Stress Away, Release, Inner Child, and Valor are recommended) to participate fully. However, you are welcome to join even if you don’t have all the recommended the oils, or if you would simply like to observe. ❤️
Yesterday’s Activity: Make a list of your fears. Be as specific as possible. [i.e. death of my ______, losing my job, bankruptcy, my spouse being unfaithful, my kids being ______, etc]
Today’s Activity: Beside each anxiety, write the EMOTION you feel when you think of that fear and the LOCATION of that emotion in your physical body.
Oil: More Release. More Valor. 🙌🏼
This isn’t easy stuff. Emotional work is hard, y’all. Have you ever considered WHY emotional work (going to therapy, for instance) is so often both mentally draining and physically exhausting?
Because the body keeps score.
The thought “I’m afraid of losing my spouse” isn’t just a mental exercise. It corresponds with an emotion. And, that emotion corresponds with a body sensation.
So, fear isn’t “just” fear. It’s the thought “you’ll be alone forever”. It’s the emotion “terrified”. It’s the body sensation of “chest heaviness, throat tightening, heart racing”.
And, at that point, you’re in the moment. You may even have a memory of the last time you felt the same way, either recently or long ago. THIS is when you insert those phenomenal oily tools.
Right at the moment you’ve focused on the fear, you don’t try to explain it away, or cover it in chocolate. You breathe deeply of the (therapeutic) oils you and lean into that memory. You notice what happens. You stay with the process. Most often, people report feeling immediately calmed. Very frequently they report that the body sensation eased and the fearful memory were clinging to faded away.
What Does Scripture Say?
Psalm 34:4 – I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Wait, is it really that simple? Yep. The Lord desires to deliver you! He wants you to walk in the freedom of the Holy Spirit! But, you can’t do that if you’re covered by the cloud of fear. Seek the Lord, friend. See what he says in answer to your fears.
Prayer and AFT are a deadly combination for fear. The action of the oils helps open your mind to receive truth and hear from the Holy Spirit. When they enter the limbic system, the tiny molecules of the essential oil can have an impact on the DNA of cells. Phenols, monoterpenes, and sesquiterpenes go to work in the structure of the damaged cells (those ones keeping score of trauma from the past) and can cleanse, edit, and restore the cell memory health.
What Will You Do?
Friends, this info is the heart of the Aroma Freedom Technique. And, it’s what I PRAY you will come experience with us tomorrow night. Tomorrow is the final day of our FEARLESS event! I have so enjoyed spending this time with you all.
To join our Facebook community, where all this is going down, hop over to http://Facebook.com/groups/OilThatEmotion
And, take the time to do the work TODAY so that you will be ready to experience real freedom from fear at the end of this 21-Day process.
Put a reminder on your iPhone or Google calendar to be there for our FREE AFT session tomorrow – I will post the link here for those of you following the blog that want to be a part . This will be the last chance for the next several months to experience AFT at no cost. Make it a point to be there! 8pm EASTERN on Monday, 4/30.
Activity: Make a list of your fears. Be as specific as possible. [i.e. death of my ______, losing my job, bankruptcy, my spouse being unfaithful, my kids being ______, etc]
Oil: Release. Valor. 🙌🏼
Why List Your Fears?
This sounds like a terrible day!! Why in the world would we do this??
In the seclusion of our mind, fear has the illusion of greatness. It’s louder, bigger, and stronger. Silencing the negative voice of fear is impossible unless we first identify it and combat it with our own voice. You gotta tell it who’s boss, so to speak.
Just the act of clearly articulating our fears can make them smaller. Have you ever been thinking or fearing something, and when you try to explain it to someone you realize how silly it sounds? Though, obviously, that’s not the case every time, the fact remains that getting our fears, anxieties, and insecurities into the light of day changes them. When we get it out into the open, our anxious thoughts can become quieter, smaller, and weaker. When we pull fear out of the darkness of our mind and expose it to the light, Truth can reign.
What Does Scripture Say?
Psalm 139:23 – Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
As you ask the Lord to search YOU, what will be uncovered?
The thing is, God already intimately knows you – the anxiousness you carry within is not a surprise to him. The significance in this verse is really in the INVITATION. Your heart is already known by God, dear one. What the invitation does is open YOU up to hearing his voice in the midst of those anxious thoughts.
What Will You Do?
For many years, I would confess my anxious thoughts to the Lord, feel better, and go right back to fear again as soon as another disappointment came. I know I’m not alone in that. Likely, that is the story of many of us. It wasn’t that the Lord didn’t move – he absolutely did – it was that my physical body continued to hold onto those fears. My stomach in knots, punch in the gut feeling, tightness in my chest, slumping in my shoulders, numbness in my hands and arms, you name it. Even though my mental and emotional state was in a healthier place, my physical body manifested anxiousness (without any other physical explanation) for more than 30 years.
Though I heard the voice of the Lord, it honestly was not until I began incorporating essential oils into my emotional wellness that I began to see a real shift. With intentionality and prayer, I was legitimately able to face the fears and release the negativity I had held for so long in my physical body.
Astonishingly, this release LASTED. Trauma and abuse no longer held my body, mind, and spirit hostage. It is TRUE freedom from fear.
Using Young Living oils was a game-changing decision for our family, but particularly for my emotional health. I am the gatekeeper of our home, and I had been letting fear slip in for far too long.
As I researched and learned about the effect of trauma on the DNA of cells, I came to understand that you can’t bury feelings, the body keeps score.
And, as I researched and learned about the action of therapeutic-grade essential oils, I came to understand that phenols, sesquiterpenes, and monoterpenes were the KEYS to re-writing that cellular memory.
It was like a bomb dropped in my brain. My fire ignited. I can’t not tell people about this! Fear doesn’t have to reign!
You really can release the past and move forward. I frequently tell people that it’s not that the memory disappears – it’s not a mind zap thing. Using the guided process of Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT), however, it does lose its emotional charge.
You see light breaking through the memory and gain perspective that wasn’t possible in the cloud of trauma. You hear truth that you weren’t even open to in the darkness of fear. It is astounding, life-changing, soul-renewing stuff.
So, today, write down those fears and anxieties. This isn’t a situation where we’re going to ball up the paper and symbolically throw them in the trash (raise your hand if you’ve tried that therapeutic technique).
You’ll need that paper for tomorrow’s activity, and for our AFT Session on Monday evening. If this activity creates anxiousness in you, use Release on your forehead and abdomen or Valor on your wrists to regain calm.
I’ll tell you more tomorrow, but for now, write those things down. I hope by now you’ve seen my heart and my deep desire to help you walk in freedom from fear. Trust me, it is SO worth it.