It said, “Applying cedarwood essential oil each night on the back and sides of the head helps to deprogram cellular memory which holds on to past recurring emotions that no longer serve us.” Is this claim the advertisement makes real? With just a quick search on the web I saw that in the science community there is some controversy surrounding the idea that cells hold memory. So how do we as Christians deal with negative memories that seem to hold us back? We look to a power greater than cedarwood.
Cell memory may or may not be real (we’re talking about DNA and RNA, etc.), and cedarwood might or might not be able to release the emotions associated with bad memories. Even with the extensive, expensive scientific research that has been done on cell memory there is still controversy as to its validity. However, discussions of cell memory are associated with dreams, muscle testing, meditating, subconsciousness, and New Age, ancestral thought patterns and memory. (Which is a form of re-incarnation.) A discerning Christian has to separate scientific knowledge and New Age religious beliefs. How can a person know if cedarwood will erase negative emotions attached to a cell memory if there is no solid proof that there is even such a thing as cell memory?
It is true that negative emotions can inhibit a person’s full potential, life experience will prove that. But our goal in life as Christians is not to live life to the fullest but to live Christ to the fullest.
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
” I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
“This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
This thought is opposite of what the world teaches. The world teaches us that we must do whatever we can to make our lives happy and to reach our goals and dreams in life. The Bible teaches us that we should lay down our own dreams and happiness in order to be filled with the joy of God and to do what God wants us to do. But didn’t Jesus say he came to give us abundant Life? (John 10:10) And in Philippians (4:19) Paul said God will supply all our needs according to His riches. Does that mean God will give us wealth, houses, cars, non-toxic friends and family, and all kinds of stuff? Um, no! What is it that Jesus gives us? First he gives us salvation, and love, and a personal relationship with the God of the universe. He gives us healing and forgiveness. He gives us the Holy Spirit. He gives us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22) If we have all that then we are living life to our fullest potential.
I am no psychologist nor expert of any kind, but I have been around for a while and I know that there are two kinds of emotions that hold us back from doing what we should: unforgiveness and fear. God gives us the power to overcome both. Although, using essential oils, which He created, help.
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”.
“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
“No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us”. 1 John 4:12
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”
1 John 4:18
So then, do we throw out our essential oils, since God can heal us? No, because God created the plants with healing properties for us to use. I think it was a beautiful act of love to create plants that can help heal. If you feel like you have stored up negative emotions put cedarwood on the back and sides of your head and pray, ask God to bless the effects of the oils, ask Him to give you wisdom in understanding the situation that caused the bad memories, ask Him to forgive you and to help you forgive those that wronged you. Ask Him to fill you will His love and courage. That my friends is the best way to deprogram cellular memory which holds on to past recurring emotions that no longer serve us
Joseph and His Past Pain
If anybody had past emotional pain it was Joseph, the one with the coat of many colors. By the time he became Pharaoh’s assistant he had gone through some tough times. His bothers hated him so badly after he shared his dreams with them that they plotted to kill him, but instead sold him as a slave. After years of working for Potiphar and making him rich he was accused by Mrs. Potiphar of making improper advances and got thrown in jail. Where he was forgotten and left to rot for years. Then he was released and was made assistant to Pharaoh.
Twenty years later Joseph’s brothers show up to buy grain. Then Joseph remembered his dreams about his brothers. Joseph tested them to see what kind of men they had become after all this time. When he was convinced that they were contrite and willing to lay down their lives to protect their fathers favorite son he forgave them. He cried, loudly. He revealed who he was and flung his arms around each bother and cried some more.
There is nothing like a good hard cry to wash away hurt feeling.
Corrie and Her Past Pain
Another person that had a painful life was Corrie Ten Boom. If you haven’t ever read her book The Hiding Place you really should. She and her family were involved with smuggling Jews out of Nazi Germany. They got caught and hauled off to concentration camps where they suffered unspeakable horrors. While she was there she was able to share the Gospel. Years after her release she spoke at many places telling about how God helped her during that time and how important forgiveness is. One time after her presentation she saw a man walking towards her, she recognized him as one of the guards from the concentration camp. He held out his hand to shake hands with her and he told her that now he was a Christian, that God had forgiven him. At that instant she had to decide to forgive him or not. This is what she said in the book:
“Even as the angry, vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him.
I tried to smile, I struggled to raise my hand. I could not. I felt nothing, not the slightest spark of warmth or charity. And so again I breathed a silent prayer. Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me your forgiveness.
As I took his hand the most incredible thing happened. From my shoulder along my arm and through my hand a current seemed to pass from me to him, while into my heart sprang a love for this stranger that almost overwhelmed me.
And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself.”
Corrie Ten Boom