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Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice

Working with the Chakras, Divine Archetypes, and the Five Great Elements

Foreword by Sheila Patel
Published by Healing Arts Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



About The Book

Using essential oils to influence your energetic make-up and karmic patterns

• Details how to identify which tattvas--the Five Great Elements--are dominant in your energetic make-up

• Explores the energetic signatures of the essential oils associated with each tattva and chakra, including their archetypes, sacred geometry, sacred sounds, and colors

• Explains how to identify your personal vibrational signature, purify your energy body, impart vibrational properties to jewelry, and work with yantras and mantras

The tattvas, the Five Great Elements--earth, water, fire, air/wind, and ether/space--create and sustain not only the universe but also all of its inhabitants. Each of us has a unique combination of these elemental energies behind our personal characteristics--everything from the color of our eyes to our behaviors and emotional temperament. What tattvas are dominant in your make-up can also be influenced by your surroundings and by karma. Essential oils, in addition to working biologically and chemically, also work at the energetic level, making them ideal for working with the tattvas.

Teaching you how to use essential oils to affect the very fabric of your being, Candice Covington details how the Tattvas Method of essential oils allow you to access the deepest, most hidden aspects of Self, those beyond the reach of the mind, the very energetic causation patterns that set all behaviors and thoughts into motion. She reveals how the tattvas are the energy that animate each chakra and how we can use their archetypal energy to shape our inner life and align with our greater soul purpose. The author provides energetic profiles of each tattva, chakra, and essential oil, explains their relationships to one another, and details how to identify what tattva or chakra is dominant at any given time. Exploring the energetic signatures of the tattvic essential oils, she details their elemental make-up, animal and deity archetypes, sacred geometry symbols, sacred syllables, and colors. She reveals how to discover the energy patterns responsible for directing unhealthy life patterns and explains how to identify your personal vibrational signature, purify your energy body, and craft your own unique ritual practice with essential oils.

Showing how essential oils are powerful vibrational tools for effecting change, the author reveals how they allow each of us to deliberately steer our own destiny, fulfill our personal dharma, and be all that our souls intended us to be.


Chapter 13

The Tattvas Essential Oil Signatures

All Tattvas oils are energetic adaptogens, meaning they have the ability to create perfect balance in the energetic field. Read the Gifts and Balancing sections within the Key Vibrations, knowing that what needs to be brought forward will be, and what needs to be healed will be.

There are many dimensions to every plant. One of the most beautiful celebrations of the complex range of healing that plants offer is in the Rig Veda, in which a doctor petitions the plants for help: “Mothers, you have a hundred forms and a thousand growths. You who have a hundred ways of working, make this man whole for me."

While the descriptions that follow cannot cover the breadth of each plant profiled, the information will get you started. When reading the descriptions, take all of the information into account to understand how the essential oils will operate in your energetic body. Know that the use of an essential oil has the following implications: awakening the archetypal associations in your being; striking the resonant chord within you that corresponds to the elemental arrangements; and stimulating the corresponding chakra. If a certain aspect of a signature resonates with you, it is beneficial to work with that aspect with focused intent and find the micro- and macrocosm within yourself that elegantly connects you with all of creation.

Agarwood (Gahuaru buaya)

Elements: Ether seed of Water

Catalyst for: Introspection, revelation, deep wisdom

Chakra Correlation: Vishuddha (throat, 5th), Svadhishthana (pelvic bowl, 2nd)

Sacred Syllables: Ham, Vam

Key Vibrations: Gifts: helps one gain an understanding of and access to the akashic field (ether); aids the mind in perceiving circumstance and environment as a gestalt; promotes openmindedness and positive boundaries. Balancing: for taking inventory of one’s personal reality with the intent to understand one’s emotions (water) and how they may be detracting from one’s full involvement with life; removing layers of reflexive emotional states to aid one in being present in whatever is authentically occurring in the moment.

Key Concepts: The combination of ether and water gives rise to the energy of daring. This is an expansive combination that promotes reaching new heights on all levels. This process begins by looking inward. Ether is boundless space, holding all possibilities, while water, seeping ever downward, connects to and purifies the unconscious and emotional aspects of self, seeking the lowest ground to be contained (paradoxically, the “container” is boundless space or endless expansion). Are there any contracted, distorted, or unexpressed aspects of Self that need to be explored, purified, and allowed to blossom? From this inward exploration, one can move outward. Agarwood provides the framework for moving outside of your comfort zone, allowing for dynamic new growth. This may mean achieving new levels of personal success, emotional freedom, or loosening one’s current bonds and soaring to new spiritual heights.

Deity Archetype: Sarasvati, Goddess of Wisdom Agarwood essential oil vibrates to a bright emanation of the divine feminine, Sarasvati, Goddess of Wisdom. This archetypal expression relates to the plant’s elemental arrangement of Ether seed of Water. Priya Hemenway writes that Sarasvati “is a water deity and is symbolic of the pool of knowledge that runs parallel to creation. In the form of a river she runs from the mountains to the sea, moving through and nourishing all the realms of human existence.” (Hemenway, Hindu Gods, p. 86)

In addition to being a Wisdom Goddess, Sarasvati is also a virginal goddess in the original context of the term, meaning “unto one’s self.” She never had children and she did not favor being married--in fact, she got the boot from Brahma because she could never rally behind the idea of being a “good wife.” Instead, she devoted her time to the acquisition of knowledge and the development of self and the arts, including speech and the written word (skills that facilitate sharing the wisdom and insight one acquires).

Agarwood’s primary element is ether, which carries the vibration of sound, expression, and the gift of speech, which are believed to be the very source of creation. This aspect of Agarwood amplifies mantra work (sacred syllables) and the ability to use speech mindfully to create one’s reality.

These qualities make Agarwood an excellent choice for determining which path is worthwhile and ushering in, calibrating, and crystallizing new vibrational patterns--an incredible combination.

Incantation: Sarasvati, uttering your very name helps transform mere knowledge into spiritual truth. I appeal to you to facilitate the expansion of my knowledge into wisdom. Support my desire that my heart, mind, and actions always reflect this wisdom and that I understand and become one with universal truth.

Animal Archetype: White Heron. Self-reflection. Other traits include patience, determination, innovation, self-reliance, balance, self-evolution, independence, intelligence, strength, the wisdom of considering all options, thinking outside the box, and expressing uniqueness.

Suggestions for Practical Use: Use to amplify communication, effective listening, and expression. Use to purify inharmonious emotional states. Use to gain access to timeless wisdom and for support of artistic expression. Use in mantra, prayer, and meditation practices. Supports being whole unto one’s Self.

Betel Leaf (Piper betel)

Elements: Fire seed of Ether

Catalyst for: Balancing the ego, radical form shift, and releasing consciousness from matter

Chakra Correlation: Manipura (solar plexus, 3rd), Vishuddha (throat, 5th)

Sacred Syllables: Ram, Ham

Key Vibrations: Gifts: enrichment of understanding through cycles; transmuting disturbances on the mental, physical, spiritual, or emotional level; allowing rebirth into new form--in accord with what has been learned through the most recent expression of Self; releasing consciousness from matter; allowing information stored at a cellular and energetic level to be made known to the conscious mind for use. Balancing: fear surrounding deep behavioral changes and change in external reality; disconnection from instinctual wisdom and body knowledge.

Key Concepts: The combination of fire and ether gives rise to the energy of transmutation. This is the process of understanding the root of unwholesome energy and changing the energy’s form from its limiting state into its beneficial state.

About The Author

Candice Covington is a certified aromatherapist, massage therapist, healing arts master, and energy worker. A former instructor at Ashmead College and former aroma­therapist for the Chopra Center, she is the founder of Divine Archetypes, an essential oil and flower essence company. She lives in Utah.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press (November 21, 2017)
  • Length: 226 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781620553053

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Raves and Reviews

“Candice Covington is a true alchemist presenting a novel and truly holistic approach to the use of essential oils for healing and self-awareness. Combining archetypes and vibrational energies, this book guides the reader on a personal journey of transformation and growth through self-study and practice of healing rituals. Healers and seekers alike will find this book rich with detail and practical applications.”

– Valencia Porter, M.D., M.P.H., the Chopra Center’s staff physician

“Before formal analytic analysis, before formal scientific methods, people asked questions about reality and focused on observations of the world and on subjective experience. Theories of outer and inner reality were a part of every culture and every spiritual tradition. From the perspective of contemporary Western science, many of these systems are hard to understand and integrate with our worldview. In particular, systems that use and incorporate subjective experience may seem intuitively powerful, yet they remain difficult to integrate into our sense of reality and are therefore difficult to believe. Candice Covington does a brilliant job of explaining Vedic understanding and the five elements and integrating this worldview with contemporary archetypal psychology and contemporary scientific thinking. This is a good and powerful read. Challenge yourself and enjoy.”

– Christine G. Glenn, Psy.D., clinical psychologist in Portland, Oregon

“An exceptionally talented woman, whose words are as beautiful as the aromas she creates, Candice Covington has now created a must-have book for anyone interested in spirituality, ayurveda, and the subtle use of essential oils. Profound and engaging, this book is a worthy and important addition to any aromatic library.”

– Shellie Enteen, R.A., L.M.B.T., writer, aromatherapist, and workshop teacher

“I was so excited to read this book! Weaving wisdom traditions with contemporary science, depth psychology, and personal dreams, Candice offers a bold vision and a wealth of practical applications for working with essential oils and vibrational remedies. In her exploration of Lilith and Snake as potently creative shadow archetypes, she does not shy away from naming the importance of consciously embracing the primordial depths to facilitate lasting change. If you want to understand how transformation and deep healing actually work, this book is a must-read!”

– Andrea Mathieson, creator of The Raven Essence Project and EarthSong Mysteries

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