Raindrop Messenger Archive
THE RAINDROP MESSENGER
Vol. 10, No. 4, Fall
"Reprinted from The Raindrop Messenger, a free eline newsletter, with permission from Dr. David Stewart. To subscribe or download back issues, visit the archives at www.RaindropTraining.com."
1. Love is a Choice
by David Stewart
NOTE: The information in this newsletter is intended for education purposes only. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injured condition of the body or mind. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult with a physician or other appropriate licensed health care professional.
1. LOVE IS A CHOICE
How many of you are married and chose your mate because at some time you fell in love with that person? Now that you have been married for a while, are there times when you don't feel the affection toward your spouse you once did? Are there times when things said or done by your spouse upset you, irritate you, anger you, or cause you to temporarily dislike them? Do you and your spouse always agree amicably about everything?
We tend to think that we love a person in response to their behavior or demeanor because it is pleasing to us. Instead of proactive love that chooses those whom we anoint with our affection, we practice retroactive love that is in response to what we perceive others to be or do. In some languages, like English and German, the phrase we say is "I love you," which is proactive. In some other languages, like Spanish, they say instead, "You are lovable to me," which is retroactive.
In the first instance, "you" is the direct object of the proactive verb, "love." In this manner of speaking, the determining factor in loving is the lover, not the receiver of that love. In the second instance, the expression is in the reflexive form where "love" is not expressed as a verb but as an adjective. "You are lovable" because of something "You do or exhibit." In the latter instance, the implication is that the determining factor in being loved is the beloved, not the lover.
Of course, regardless of the subtle syntax of one's native tongue, people tend to let their feelings of love fluctuate with the behavior of the receiver of their affections. But if we condition our love on the behavior of another person, then our love is going to waver from time to time according to the pleasure or displeasure we feel toward that person depending on their latest or current behavior. If that is the nature of our love toward our spouse, or toward anyone else, then it is not true love.
Who is the Initiator of Love?
I say "Love is a choice." It is a decision. It is an action, not a reaction. Real love is a choice and a decision initiated and controlled by you, the lover, and not a response to the actions of the other person. We don't wait for the other person to act in an endearing fashion before we give our love.
We give true love because our nature is to be loving. It is an expression of our true selves, and not because of the qualities of the other person. It is not a matter of responding to the loveable or unlovable characteristics of the person toward whom we direct our affections. When we truly choose to love someone, we do so unconditionally no matter what the behavior of the other party now or in the future. Love is not earned. It can only be given freely and freely received.
I am privileged to bask daily in my wife's love. I don't deserve it. I didn't earn it. I have many unlovable qualities, but Lee loves me anyway. Even when she is irritated or upset with something I have said or done, she still loves me. Even if she needs to remind me of some negligence or thoughtless act on my part, she does so with good nature and in love. She made a decision years ago that I would be the man she would love for the rest of her life, for better or for worse, till death do us part and beyond. She said so in our marriage vows over 50 years ago and she has kept those vows in the deepest most spiritual sense.
Like many young people, when they fall in love and first get married, my intentions were good from the very beginning, but I did not have the maturity to live up to my intentions. I, too, took the same vows as did Lee, and as I grew and matured in our marriage relationship, I gradually realized, through my wife's example, that love is a choice. She has chosen to love me, worthy or not. And I have also gradually become able to return her love on the same unconditional terms.
Negative Emotions Aren't Fun
I realized a long time ago that harboring anger, annoyance, irritation, resentment, hatred, bitterness, desires for revenge, or extreme dislike are not pleasant experiences and that these feelings are matters of choice on our parts. We choose to be angry, etc. No one makes us be that way. Others may provide the circumstances wherein anger or losing our temper would be justified by human standards, but whether we do or not is a choice, not a mandate. I decided that love, forgiveness, acceptance, gratitude, peace, and joy are better and definitely more pleasant. Instead of letting circumstances or the actions of others determine what and how I feel, I decided that with God's help I could choose all the good feelings. I don't need the bad ones. They serve no beneficial purpose for me.
Over the years, I have learned to stay tuned to God and keep my peace. I strive to constantly practice the presence of God and to remain even-minded regardless of the turmoil that may be all around me. If I want to have a good day, I can choose it. I don't have to allow the actions of someone else ruin my happiness.
Choosing positive feelings is not denial of negative ones. When we feel angry, upset, or emotionally disturbed, we must honestly acknowledge our true state of feeling and deal with it, not try to deny or repress it. Although anger can be destructive and hurtful, there are ways to release anger harmlessly. Expressing anger does not have to be destructive and hurtful. It depends on intent.
Anger can be channeled in love with a positive result. Sometimes anger is a necessary expression of God, as seen in Jesus as he drove the unscrupulous money changers from the temple. (Matthew 21:12-13) When Jesus physically forced the dishonest vendors out of the place of worship, he still loved them. Sometimes my wife has to express anger toward me when I deserve it, but I know she still loves me and that I needed her upbraiding to open my eyes and turn me in the right direction. She has often been an instrument of guidance from God to me in that way.
When something my wife says or does that could bother or irritate me, I immediately start affirming repeatedly within myself: "I love her. There is nothing she can say or do that will stop me from loving her. Dear God I thank you for giving me the gift of such a loving wife. God let me think about what she is saying and if she is right, let me change myself and be gracious about it. She's my wife and I love her. Thank you. Thank you. . . etc." I try to practice this form of invisible, inner discipline with everyone, not just my wife. By such action within myself, I can stay in a state of love, peace, and joy all the time.
By practicing unconditional love toward my wife, children, and others close to me, I have learned to express that love to everyone I meet. People don't have to earn my love. I don't even have to know someone to love them. I simply exude it as I feel God expressing his love for everyone through me. It is a wonderful way to live.
God is Love
True love is Divine love. It is an expression of God's love. God loves
each and every one of his children regardless of their behavior or state
of consciousness. The sunshine of his love falls equally upon "the
evil and on the good, and he sends rain on both the righteous and the
unrighteous." (Matthew 5:45) He doesn't wait until we come to deserve
his love or meet certain requirements to earn it. His love is always there
for the taking. We have only to learn how to open our hearts to receive
it and express it. We are his loving creations and there is nothing we
need to do to make him love us and nothing we can do to cause him to stop
God's love for us is the result of his intrinsic nature. As his children, it is our true nature, too. God is love and it is his love that holds all matter and all creation together in manifestation and in order. When God created the universe and everything in it, including us, he chose to do so by the forces of love. To love your spouse and everyone by choice, without condition, you are expressing God's most essential nature and are in harmony with God and the Universe.
The Apostle John admonishes the early Christians, "Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love." (1st John 4:7-8)
We don't have to wait until circumstances or the behaviors of others merit our love. Love is a choice, independent of who or how others may be. That choice is entirely up to us.
What Does Love have to do with Oils?
This newsletter is intended to present information on essential oils and other natural healing therapies. So why are we featuring love in this issue?
The subtitle of my book, "The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple," is "God's Love Manifest in Molecules." The book is based on a number of scriptures as well as scientific data. Essential oils were created by God's spoken word before he created human beings. Yet the molecules of essential oils fit our cellular receptor sites so perfectly and administer so many benefits to us, I can only conclude that God was thinking ahead to when he planned to created people in his image. Intending that his people would be given free will, he knew they would not always follow the highest health laws and would need medicines to heal them and keep them healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically. Therefore, he began loving us before he even created us. Essential oils are the embodiment of God's love for us, but we have to study them and be receptive to them in order to receive the grace that he has instilled in them.
Essential oils work on the righteous and the unrighteous alike. Like God, they are "no respecter of persons." (Acts 10:34) Essential oils don't make judgments in deciding who may receive their benefits and who may not. They offer their healing powers to anyone willing to receive them, regardless of their social behavior, whether it be as a good person or a bad person. God's love is like that, freely available to all people, both good and evil. So that is one thing essential oils and love have in common.
For Lack of Love We Perish
The other connection between love and natural healing is that in the final analysis we get sick for lack of love, not that it isn't available to us, but that we don't express it in our daily lives. God's love is constantly shining on each and every one of us. If we don't receive it and pass it on, that is because we have not made ourselves receptive to it. The channel of our lives has not been cleansed and made open to the flow. God's grace and affection are available to all of us without our asking or trying to earn it. We just need to be open to it. It is our personal lack of openness to receive his grace that blocks its flow into and through our lives.
The alternative to living lovingly all the time is to harbor non-loving attitudes and inharmonious emotions such as unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, envy, fear, jealousy, hatred, intense dislikes, egotistic pride, desires for revenge or retaliation, etc. These are the emotions that form the root causes of almost all sicknesses and conditions. The antidote to all of these is love, not the love we seek to receive from God and others, but the love that we allow God to express through us to others.
Receiving God's love and allowing it to flow through us to the world
is not a matter of waiting until we "feel" right or until others
act in a lovable manner to "deserve" to receive our love. It
depends on our willingness to surrender to God and become a channel for
him. That is a matter of choice, whenever we choose to let that happen.
It is a decision. Although it comes through the heart, love is an act
of will and commitment.
2. CARE SEMINARS
& INTENSIVES for 2012 - 2013
Training Workshops for Continuing Education Credit in RAINDROP, VITAFLEX, BIBLE OILS, CHEMISTRY, AND EMOTIONAL RELEASEas well as VIBRATIONAL RAINDROP TECHNIQUE and ANIMAL RAINDROP TECHNIQUE
CARE Sponsors 150-200 seminars each year. More than 150 CARE Intensives and Seminars have been posted on the calendar for 2012 throughout the U.S and Canada as well as in New Zealand, Australia, Romania, and Malaysia. Sixteen have already been posted for 2013.
More programs are added every week. Periodically check the website, www.RaindropTraining.com for the latest listings in the CARE Calendar. CARE Classes are also posted on the Events page of the Young Living website. Some CARE Classes are bilingual and are indicated as such.
If you don't find a CARE program in your area at this time, check the Directory of Certified CARE Instructors on the CARE website, www.RaindropTraining.com, and contact one or more of them to see if a CARE Seminar or Intensive can be arranged in your neighborhood.
DIRECTORY OF CARE
APPROVED RAINDROP FACILITATORS
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider. All CARE Classes carry continuing education credits according to their durations. A CARE Intensive is worth 25 CE hrs (NCBTMB).
CARE OFFERS SEVERAL TYPES OF PROGRAMS FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
1. CARE INTENSIVES (offering the basic 25-hour CARE curriculum over a 3-4 day period.)
2. CARE SEMINARS (offering a portion of the CARE curriculum over a 1-2 day period.)
3. CARE CLASSES (offering one, or a portion, of the five topics of the CARE curriculum in a day, morning, afternoon, or evening.)
4. ADVANCED WORKSHOPS
in Chemistry, Emotional Release, Vibrational Raindrop, and Bible Oils.
Chem, Vibrational RD, and ER are taught over a 4-day period.
5. SPECIAL TRAININGS in Vibrational Raindrop Technique (VRT) and Animal Raindrop Technique (ART). Taking a CARE Intensive is prerequisite to these.
The Basic 25-hour CARE Curriculum includes the following:
BO - Bible Oils (2
CARE also offers additional
seminars beyond the basics such as:
Listings of scheduled CARE Programs are given below and are coded as follows:
1. Intensives offering
the full five courses (25 hrs) of CARE credit are
2. Seminars offering only a part of the CARE curriculum are designated according to what is offered by BO, VF, RD, CH, and/or ER as appropriate.
3. Lectures (coded as to topic or topics)
4. Advanced Workshops (coded as to topic or topics)
5. Special Trainings (either VRT or ART)
For specific information
on any particular program, see Contact Names with their emails, phone
numbers, etc., at the end of this message. Registration for most Intensives
can be accomplished on the internet at
You may also call CARE toll free at (800) 758-8629 or e-mail your requests to http://www.raindroptraining.com/images/email_on_white.jpg.
BECOMING A CCI, LSH,
*CRTS, or BCRS
CARE Classes are usually taken for the information and skills they provide. Certificates of Participation are issued for each Class. Any CARE Class once taken can be repeated for half-price.
For those who may
want to teach for CARE, the Basic CARE Classes are the first step toward
becoming a Certified CARE Instructor (CCI)
Eligibility for becoming a CRTS or BCRS is available only through CARE. For more details, visit http://www.RaindropTraining.com For complete details, obtain a current edition of the CCI Handbook ($9.95 + shipping) available from CARE.
CARE PROGRAMS 2012
For details of each program, contact the Instructor Contact info for all Instructors is at the end of this message
Additional CARE Seminars
are being added to the CARE Calendar each week. For a current listing,
visit www.RaindropTraining.com and click on the Calendar. CARE offers
more than 150 seminars each year throughout the U.S., Canada, and in several
CARE PROGRAMS 2012
For details of each
program, contact the Instructor
Additional CARE Seminars are being added to the CARE Calendar each week. For a current listing, visit www.RaindropTraining.com and click on the Calendar. CARE offers more than 150 seminars each year throughout the U.S., Canada, and in several other countries.
2013 SEMINARS AND INTENSIVES
ADV Workshop: ER
ADV Workshop: BO
Contact Info for CARE Instructors
Legend for Acronym
Judy Addington, LMT,
CR, FCCI, BCRS, CVRS
Maria Audin, CI
Joanna Barrett, RN,
CNC, FCCI, BCRS, LSH, CVRS
Mer Barrett, CNHP,
PKP, SCCI, BCRS, LSH, CVRS
Pinky Begnaud, CI
MD, FCCI, BCRS, CVRS
Irene Buckley, LMT,
Celeste Buie, BSME,
Nancy Chapey, CI
Kawsar (Kelly) Chaya
Jane Clair, FCCI,
CRP, LSH, CVRS
Penny Cosner, FCCI
Bruce Dietler, FCCI
Linda Dietler, SCCI(c)
Yvonne Dixon, LMP,
Sherry Durkin, CCCI
Curtis Eastin, CI
Judy Estep, SCCI
Donna S. Evans, LMP,
LMT, FCCI, BCRS, CVRS, LSH
Nancy Gouch, FCCI,
Christina Hagan, LMBT,
Hannah Hickman, CI
Daniel Hohn, CI
Julia LeBlanc Hohn,
Candace Hoke, ND,
FCCI, CRP, LSH, CVRS, BCRS-A
Karen Hopkins, SCCI(e),
Max Hopkins, SCCI(c)
Amanda Howden, CCI
Ben Howden, CI
Carol Howden, FCCI,
Gail Hunter, LMP,
Debbie Hurley, CI,
Jamille Hyatt, RN,
Michelle Jensen, CCI
Melinda Kirby, LMT,
Marie Koepke, RN,
NBCR, FCCI, CVRS
Cindy Maricle, CCI
Nan Martin, CI
Cheryl Michel, CCI
Denise Naasz, LMT,
Jeannie Nichols, SCCI(e),
BCRS, LSH, CVRS
Fran Norton, RN, FCCI,
Nigel Pendrigh, CI(
Tonya Peterson, CCI
Mary Petriano, CCI
Sharon Rhodes, CCI,
Terry Robinette, FCCI,
BCRS, LSH, CVRS
Carrie Shepard, CCI
Sally Shultis, CCI(c,e),
CVRS, BCRS-A, LSH
Kathy Spohn, FCCI
David Stewart, PhD,
DNM, FCCI, BCRS, LSH, CVRS
Lee Stewart, SCCI,
BCRS, LSH, CVRS
Tammy Struebing, FCCI,
Gaia Tossing, LMT,
RCR, FCCI, CVRS
Michelle Truman, FCCI
Marilee Tuifua, CCI,
Maria G. Turchi, NCTMB,
CCI(e), BCRS, CVRS
Iulia Vornehm, CCI(e,c)
FCCI, BCRS, LSH, CVRS
Neka Wilson, FCCI
Heather Wright, CMT,
CCI, BCRS, LSH, CVRS
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT CARE PROGRAMS
This program may change
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how gentle and graceful my healing was and how wonderful to have hope
This class was very
enlightening. I would recommend it to everyone. It is nice to know that
there is an alternative to medicine.
As a Medical Doctor,
I would suggest very highly that all medical practitioners, medical students,
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I can say from experience
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the very best. CARE training allows a person to completely grasp the meaning
of every technique and lesson taught so a person can carry out, with true
value and with deep spirituality, their own facilitations using CARE methods.
I am confident that I have learned the most effective way to assist others
on their journey to optimum health."
Since I can remember
I could not seem to hear what others could hear. As a result I was labeled
as a slow learner. At the CARE Seminar, the Instructor asked if he could
demonstrate the Vitaflex Ear Technique on me using helichrysum oil. So
I took out my hearing aid and he gave his demonstration to the class.
That night when I turned on my computer I had to decrease the volume by
three-quarters of the setting I normally use as it was too loud for me.
The next day I did not wear my hearing aid to class and for the first
time I did not strain to hear.
My experience in this
class was very precious and a blessing! The instructor poured out her
love all day long amongst us. She touched my heart. I would love to have
more of my dear friends in Europe receive this wonderful experience.
This program has changed
my life. I feel as if I have been waiting all of my life for this door
to open so I could walk through into my destiny. Usually I would go to
a seminar and in a few days, I would go back to my old habit patterns,
but not this time. The next day after the emotional release class I woke
up totally free from a fear I had for years. God is such a wonderful Father
to prepare these healings for us in such a simple way as offered through
CARE's ministry. I will forever be thankful. And one more thing. My block
towards chemistry is gone. Really gone!I did not look forwardto the class.
I actually dreaded it. Now, I am looking forwardto taking it again and
becoming a teacher! Miracles happen all the time! Shalom.
A fabulous reintroduction
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The CARE Intensive
exceeded my high expectations. All of the instructors were great. Their
tremendous caring and willingness to give of self was always evident.
This program provides an opportunity to build on previous knowledge or
start new if unfamiliar with essential oils. It also enables you to participate
in personal growth and meet wonderful people.
Thank you so much
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course. It was a turning point for me. I hope that you can come back to
I am so grateful for
CARE. This workshop really truly builds confidence and teaches the techniques
in a way that could be learned by anyone. Thank you! It has been so fulfilling!
This seminar will
change your life! I have no suggestions for this seminar. It was fantastic.
This is a program
for everyone. It will change their lives for a much better future. Makes
you a new person who belongs to God. Thank you.
It was great! I loved
it! Until I took this seminar I didn't have a clue that oils could do
so much! Thank you!
We traveled a long
way for the CARE Seminar (from England to California). The whole workshop
was interesting, enlightening, excellent, and very enjoyable. It was well
worth every mile traveled!
As a massage therapist
I was able to take the work that I do to the next level! The understanding
of the chemistry of essential is helping me explain the scientific way
they work. Thank you. It was a pleasure being in this class.
This training is an
absolute must for all those involved in oils. Truly awe inspiring!! We
received knowledge and healing from above.
This workshop has
been the most rewarding learning experience since my introduction to essential
oils. The wealth of material and wonderful personal experiences and knowledge
shared was beyond my expectations.
Three days after receiving
raindrop in the CARE class I received a healing from a painful shoulder
and left arm. I am very excited what the oils do for people.
Millions of thanks
to you. I am already lining up students to come to your next classes.
Everything was taught in such a simple manner that even a child could
follow and do raindrop technique. May God bless you richly in your work.
Words are not adequate
to express how great this class is. Everyone was inspired and blessed
by every section of the class. We didn't want it to end.
The CARE Intensive
was so great! It was amazing. During the three days we all bonded together
and it seemed like we were all a big family. I found the chemistry class
to be very interesting, which shocked me as I never really enjoyed science
before. You explained everything so well that now I will feel more confident
in using my oils and sharing them. Thank you for the experience and the
I am overwhelmed with
gratitude for such a wonderful program. Not only have I learned a great
deal of new skills, I have grown as a spiritual being. All this in just
three days! Thank you.
I have taken the CARE
Classes twice now and it continues to get better. The magnitude of information
is incredible. I feel like I could repeat and repeat.
I wouldn't change
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Where and How to Obtain Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
If you are a Young Living Essential Oils Distributor or a Young Living Customer, you have chosen to avail yourself of the worlds finest oils of Biblical grade quality. If You are not a YL Member and have a friend or relative who is, you should approach them and ask how you can become affiliated with Young Living and purchase these oils.
You may also contact any Certified CARE Instructor (CCI) who would be happy to enroll you in Young Living. The addresses, phone numbers, and email information for all CARE instructors are given on the CARE website, http://www.RaindropTraining.com. Perhaps there is a CCI living near to you who would serve as your sponsor and assist you in learning about how to use the oils.
If you do not know of anyone in your community or family that sells these oils, you may also choose to enroll with Dr. David and Lee Stewart as your sponsor at http://bibleoils.YoungLivingWorld.com or by contacting Young Living at (800) 371-3515 and enroll over the phone asking that David and Lee Stewart, YLEO Member #261333, be your sponsors. You may also call David or Lee directly at (573) 238-4273.
You cannot practice therapeutic aromatherapy with healing results unless you use properly produced and packaged oils. Most oils easily available from retail outlets are food or perfume grade oils and do not have the healing properties that Young Living oils possess.
Becoming a Certified CARE Instructor and Practicing Raindrop Legally in Your State or Province
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becoming a Certified CARE Instructor (CCI), a Certified Raindrop Practitioner
(CRP), a Licensed Spiritual Healer (LSH) and/or a Board Certified Raindrop
Specialist (BCRS) and how you can legally practice raindrop with liability
insurance coverage in any state of the U.S. or province of Canada without
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