It started when I was seven...
Having just spent a few days on a course at LIV called Skin To Soul - Conscious Connecting, I have been reminded of the importance of our spiritual understanding of ourselves and how this affects our health and wellbeing. From the upper layers of our skin in which we live, all the way through to our inner organs, how we connect on a spiritual level to ourselves and others can determine the wealth of this experience.
During the course I had a birthday, one which is to me more significant than the big 50 that will be next year. 7 x 7 = 49. That signifies 7 stages of my life. Biographical Counselling, a form of psychology inspired by Anthroposophy, the scientific study of spiritual development, introduced by Rudolf Steiner. My personal quest now is to find out what the previous 6 and the current stage mean to me, in reflecting to seek a deeper meaning on a personal and professional level.
"Anthroposophy is a path of inner activity that leads to self-knowledge and the development of faculties of perception needed to serve others in their development. It awakens an understanding of the human being and human biography, the nature of the human encounter, and the challenges in individual lives today."
During the course I was reminded how much anthroposophical wisdom is brought into my role as a Wellbeing Advisor for Weleda. How my journey started at age 7 when my Mum discovered Weleda while at a conference. I think it was Rose Oil that was her first love. Mine still remains Skin Food as it's such a great all-rounder, with Arnica Oil, the great healer, and Acknedoron Cleansing Lotion taking pride of place in my top favourites.
How at 24 when my professional career started, Weleda was the obvious choice for me and how since those early days, falling in love with the oils as an essential tool in my work as a massage practitioner, I now have discovered all the other products in the different ranges and how they bring a greater strength of wellbeing from the way they have been grown bio-dynamically with nature and the human being in mind.
What the next 7 years will bring in terms of self discovery I am looking forward to finding out, with gentle observation as is encouraged as the anthroposophical way. To be curious, to be a witness, to plan and review, to be aware of the processes of thinking and willing and all the feelings in between these two polarities of awareness. And how they can beneficially assist to structure a dynamic life experience.