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You as the Observer

Updated: Jun 25, 2023

Stop with the comparisons.

This statement is echoed throughout society more than ever! Social media. Books. TedX. Therapists. You name it … because you are unique.

But what about your problems? Financial, family, work, neighbor, pets, kids …. health.

Yes … health! Let’s take a look at the human body.

Hmmm… the only things you have in common with any other human include the ability to think, reason, articulate words and use your thumbs. And because ‘we’ like to feel special, I’ll expand on the thinking part by adding a few distinctions from Live Science: generative computation, promiscuous combination of ideas, mental symbols and abstract thought.

High five to promiscuous combination of ideas

And, the combination is the perfect example of the human capacity for ‘first principles thinking’. The one principle that not only positions you as the observer, it sets you apart in more ways than you might imagine.

When it comes to wellness, the quality of your health is directly proportional to the amount of tension, pressure, beliefs, and environmental factors your brain processes every second of everyday! Yet, no two brains interpret life and the world around in exactly the same way.

Diabetes. One diagnosis presents an infinite number of possibilities. The same can be said for high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, Autism or any health issue for that matter. Even though dis-eases and dis-orders are recognized throughout the body, the only thing they have in common is they originated in the brain.

It’s not a mind / body connection, it’s a DNA / brain connection.

The DNA is notified of potential threats albeit actual, perceived or non-existent which activates changes to the chemistry for the sake of survival. Nature preserves itself. However, long-term activation equals chronic inflammation.

Yet, when you don’t apply ‘first principles thinking’ the assumption becomes that two people experiencing the same health condition are having the same health problems.

While there may be similarities, they’re not the same.

Why? Because no two genomes receive and transmit information in the same way. There’s are lifetimes of epigenetic memory … from centuries ago to this lifetime. You may know of this as generational trauma, and your timeline / lineage is not like anyone else’s.

What it comes down to is that the culmination of these experiences are stored as energetic memories in the DNA that influence your epigenetic reactions.

This kind of puts a kink in the way we need to manage dis-eases and the reason why there’s an assortment of medications to prescribe … that’s 24,000 and counting. Although, doctors are comparing health conditions in their own way by focusing on continual improvement, it’s the patients, family members, co-workers and friends that raise the red flag of caution.

Because ‘this person’ has the same thing, you should try ‘x, y and z’

No. No. No. You shouldn’t try ‘x, y and z’ just because someone else did! This is living by analogy and lacks innovation. This is doing things as they’ve always been done. Although you think including natural remedies is inventive and forward-thinking, it’s not. You’re just focused on conventional health maintenance.

First principles thinking seeks to formulate ways to improve function. In the case of wellness, a first principles thought process aims to enhance functional health and go from dis-ease management to healthcare.

God broke the mold when you were born!

If comparing your appearance and success in life messes with your head and holds you back from feeling full of life and thriving, what do you suppose your brain is doing when you disregard its individual nature?


According to Harvard Health, inflammation is a survival mechanism.

Dis-ease is due to inflammation. Not just some ~ All inflammation. Inflammation happens when the stress response is activated, and the body is producing inflammatory hormones rather than anti-inflammatory ones.

Survival is inflammatory

What are you absolutely sure is true? What has been proven?

What you have here is an example of first principles thinking which requires absolute honesty and a commitment to get yourself out of the way. In other words, get to the facts. No assumptions … No emotions.

So far, we identified the problem:

  • inflammation is a major cause of chronic diseases and aging, and epigenetic changes affect gene expression and cellular function.

We then assumed a solution:

  • use essential oils to modulate epigenetic changes and reduce inflammation. The value is that it could improve the health and well-being of millions of people who suffer from chronic diseases and aging-related conditions.

The solution for any problem is rooted in a belief system built on assumptions. In this case, I believed:

  • that essential oils can affect epigenetic changes, that epigenetic changes can be reversed, that essential oils are safe and effective, that health professionals are interested in learning about this topic, etc.

What beliefs led to my assertion / assumptions?

  • cancer, alzheimer’s, parkinson’s, addiction … health conditions that paralyzed me with fear

  • I watched my sister pass away from a heart and lung condition that no one could explain at the time

  • I was learning to fear aging and getting old … ‘it sucks getting old’

  • I believed doctors were invested in their patients health

  • something inside me suggested the idea that ‘no one had to be a statistic’

  • an insight that hit me one day while driving … just as the sun sank low enough to blind me through the windshield I had the thought that essential oils breathed life into the cells. I had no idea what to do with that, yet, between not being a statistic and breathing life into the cells, every day presented opportunities for investigation

So, I challenged my assumptions and discovered I am able to substantiate the solution as was illustrated with the various source citations. I even discovered some fundamental principles governing the problem and solution by citing points from biochemistry, molecular biology and pharmacology.

In my world, revolutionary aromatherapy, the academy for integrative aromatherapy and tadasana botanicals are constructed from scratch. I just didn’t know it at the time. Well, I did, however, it terrified me because it didn’t and doesn’t look like anything anyone else has ever done!

Yet, the bigger the mindset of fixing and controlling grows, the greater the importance for a new way expands … a less controlling way. A way that invites healing and wellness based on the nature of the individual. At the same time, this way DOES NOT eliminate other systems, in this case, pharmaceuticals. It’s a way that enhances the body’s response without doing too much of the same thing at one time.

You can do this for and with yourself in all areas of your life. The key is to stop making assumptions about yourself which begins with ending the comparison conversation. There is nothing to compare. You are incomparable.

  • accept yourself … acceptance is to receive life. Life flows through you. You are a unique expression of God Consciousness. Self-acceptance paves the way

  • observe your thoughts and question them … not from lack of acceptance, from self-acceptance. Appreciate them as safety mechanisms and be curious. Where is this coming from? What are you absolutely sure is True? What can be proven? What are the facts?

  • harmonize with your heart … harmony aligns your energy and enhances your creative abilities

  • breathe DEEPLY … this short pause releases the interpretations triggering your emotions

If you’d like more ideas for freeing yourself from assumptions and innovate a greater way of thinking, shoot me an email to request access to Freedom from Assumptions and Negative Thinking!

I’d love to hear from you! Questions about integrating medications and essential oils as functional health? Email me. Thoughts on this post, comment below and thank you for sharing!


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