Around the back end of the summer last year (2016) I started hearing mention of something called Aroma Freedom Technique, or AFT for short. Dr Benjamin Perkus, a US psychologist and Young Living member, had found a way to incorporate some sound psychological concepts with YL essential oils, with some pretty impressive results. People were breaking through mental barriers and achieving results which they never they never thought possible. I had had some great experiences using the oils up until that point, had read Carolyn Mein’s book “Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils”, but I filed AFT in the ‘Interesting…must look into that at some point’ category.
However, the universe has a habit of repeating messages until you eventually take action. It was the same with essential oils; it took me almost 10 years after first hearing about Young Living through a podcast presented by my friends Kim Bloomer and Jeannie Thomason to eventually experience them and buy some! So AFT kept popping up too – Dr Perkus was doing AFT clearings online, and more and more people were getting wonderful breakthroughs. So, in May this year I bought the book, read it at snail’s pace (as I do) and realised for myself how straightforward it was as a process.
In July this year I took the step to train to be a certified AFT practitioner. I was doing this to a) find out more about the technique for myself b) feel more confident in sharing AFT with others c) maybe find a way to offer AFT as an add on service to my YL business, but working remotely. I was struggling at that point (again) with the whole being in Germany, not being able to share and grow my business without good grasp of the language, plus my Mum had been in hospital after a massive heart attack. It was an interesting summer, but one which I wouldn’t want to wish on anyone!
I should say that I hadn’t actually gone through the AFT process myself by then, and the first session I did was during my first week of training. I had difficulty with some of the steps, but the advice from everyone was to go ahead and guide other people through it, as sometimes it’s easier that way. I needed a few people to use as case studies and friends and acquaintances came forward.
At this point I should explain a bit more about what AFT is, and perhaps more importantly what it isn’t. First you start of with an intention, a goal, a dream and objective. It doesn’t really matter what you choose to call it, but it’s something positive that you want to get to. It should also be something which you’re having difficulty getting to. It can be really broad, for example, being a positive role model to your family, being a confident speaker or something really specific like preparing for an exam. We then look at how possible it is for you to obtain, and how that makes you feel. We pinpoint an area in the body where you are holding that feeling, and you focus in on memories which had the same effect on you. Then the good old oils come in. The olfactory bulb lies at the very top of the sinus cavity, and it detects odours when air rushes past it carrying aromatic molecules. It is a direct extension of the brain and extends into the limbic system, which is where we process emotion.
You smell some specific YL oils and within a short period of time, most people start to gain a new perspective on that memory and what they want to achieve. There are generally a few more steps that we do, and we finish off with an affirmation and an action plan to move you forward now those mental blocks are out of the way.
It isn’t all woo woo stuff. Essential oils and psychology have been around quite a while now. You can look up studies on the positive effects of both. Putting the two together seems like a clever match.
Some of the friends I have helped with AFT were pretty skeptical about what would be achieved, but they are lovely people and wanted to help me with my course. They have also had some of the best results!
Some of the things I’ve helped folks with so far:
The training was fun and I’ve “met” new friends online and in person who have helped me, and I’ve helped them. There is a growing enthusiastic community of AFT practitioners across the world.
I qualified back in October and now I’ve started to really share what I’ve learnt, and I’m continuing to learn. I’ve even done AFT for German friends. I’m building my AFT business and AFT is also helping me to move forward and be better in all aspects of my life. It’s still new for me, even though I’m certified, so I have to remind myself that I have this extra technique in my kitbag to help with life’s ups and downs and occasional blind alleys.
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