As you may or may not know, I recently join a multi level marketing company called Young Living. The company has been around for 26 years now, and is mainly know for its essential oils, even though it’s actually a full natural, toxic free lifestyle product line.
I’ve been on this journey with the oils for 4 months now, and finally felt ready to share it with you. I literally started with zero knowledge or experience of real therapeutic essential oils, and I felt I needed some personal experience. My only previous experiences were with oils from places like Sprouts, TJ Maxx etc. Yes, they smelled nice, but I had little or no interest in them… they really "did nothing" for me.
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Then Young Living came my way through a friend - and I truly wasn’t very interested at first.
“I really don’t like MLM’s”,
“I have zero interest in essential oils”.
“I hate selling” and
“I don’t have the money to do this” were coming up… intensely.
Yet… there was also another “voice” - a knowing - present… even more intensely!
I knew, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that this was a gift from the Universe, an answer to my prayers, an opportunity beyond my wildest imagination. I didn’t understand why or how, but I could feel the truth of this – for me.
I could see how this company, this multi-level marketing structure & compensation plan, and of course these oils/products, could be an incredible vehicle for awakening, transformation and financial support for so many individuals and communities, when used properly.
A powerful wave of gratitude & generosity came with this vision, and I knew I had to say yes... almost "against" my own "voice of knowledge". This force of generosity as a driving force is still present, and that is still my personal biggest WHY I’m doing this.
Four months in, I’ve had my first personal experiences with these magical little bottles, and other products… and I’m continuously blown away.
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Some years ago, when I was really sick with Lyme Disease, the Universe / Life brought me to the deep jungle of Peru, to work with a shaman and the plant medicines he would extract directly from the jungle… his “pharmacy” as he called it. I had never experienced anything like it and it shifted everything for me - on every level.
All my prejudices around plant medicines, “drugs” as they’re called in the so called modern world, fell away, and I now hold them in very high regard, with the deepest respect for their power to support balance & alignment... and consequently health in all aspects of the human system - body, mind, emotion and spirit.
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These little bottles hold tremendous properties, which can deeply influence and support the human system, though a holistic, all-encompassing way… the way nature naturally works. I’m experiencing it within my own system, and I am so so grateful for that.
Here are some examples…
Some weeks ago I was experiencing excruciating headaches. I never have headaches… but there they were… completely “taking me out”. None of the pain medications I have helped… and I have quite an arsenal of medications from the dark days of Lyme disease.
I knew one of the oils was supposed to support with pain relief, but putting it on my skin/head didn’t make any difference. Then someone in our team shared that she has her clients take this oil internally - a few drops under the tongue… so I tried that. Within seconds I felt relief. Within minutes my headache was almost completely gone… just a shadow of residue was left! This happened every time the headaches came… and then they stopped altogether. I was amazed.
Back in May I stepped through a manhole as I was out walking. The leg that went down had some very very deep (many skin layers deep) wounds. The deepest and largest wound was directly on the shin. It was extremely painful for quite some time and was slow to heal. I never thought to use the oils, for some reason.
Months later the skin is healed, but there’s a big bump under the skin with stagnant blood, and the scar is dark and dominant. I realized one of the oils was supposed to support circulation, so I decided to use it on the bump… a bump I had now had for over 3 months. Literally within 3 days, the bump was gone! The coloring around the wound changed, the coloring of the scar changed, the stagnant blood dissolved… how is that even possible - but it is my experience.
I’m sharing these examples, as they are physical and therefor very tangible. I have numerous examples of emotional, mental and even spiritual experiences as well - already, only four months in. My experience is that the plants know "what to do", as nature always does. They hold their own intelligence & vibration, and bringing them into my physical being (body, mind, emotions) alchemy occurs, leading to an experience of balancing & enhancing results.
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Science tells us that smell is the only one of our physical senses that affects / goes into the limbic system and limbic lobe part of the brain.
Wikipedia says: “The limbic system supports a variety of functions, including emotion, behavior, motivation, long-term memory, and olfaction. Emotional life is largely housed in the limbic system, and it critically aids the formation of memories."
This clearly points to the potential impact the aroma of therapeutic grade essential oils can have on our emotional life. We now know that our emotional state - our vibratory level - greatly impacts, or even defines, our personal life experience.
My personal conclusion - these oils can quite literally be life changing!
(Please note that this statement is most likely not compliant with FDA regulations on what can be said.)
In only four short months I have already experienced this in so many ways… from help to sleep better, to shifting moods, having more energy, a clearer mind, feeling more grounded, and on and on. Each oil has its own properties, its own “magic” and I’m loving my journey of exploring them. They've become my first go-to... with such joy.
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However, not any oils are alike, not all oils “will do”. It has to be oils that are extracted in a way that retains their properties, or they will be “dead” oils, without any natural power, without their vibrational properties.
Here’s some eye opening information (curtesy of a friend):
* It costs $12K to hand weed an acre of lavender vs. 60 cents to spray with herbicides. Young Living weeds by hand.
* The global demand for lavender oil is twice the supply. That means at least half of all lavender oil on the market is synthetic, from a lab, sold as “all natural” and “pure”. Young Living prides itself on producing oils Seed to Seal, controlling the whole process.
* Cypress, for instance, must distill for 24 hours to release its 280 constituents. If distilled for 20 hours, we get 20 constituents. 26 hours? ZERO. Most Cypress oil is distilled for 3.5 hours. Young Living distills each oil optimally, after many years of research.
Uninformed consumers are wasting money on oils with zero healing properties, oils that may even make them ill, as they’re derived synthetically or with pesticides.
Get informed! Call the other companies. Inquire about their oils.
Where were the plants grown? Were they sprayed with herbicides or pesticides? Were they harvested at optimal time? What was the distillation time? Temperature? Were solvents used? Are they synthetic? Do they contain actual plants? Any fillers? How many therapeutic constituents do they possess? Can I ingest them?
With Young Living we know that we get oils extracted in the most effective, clean and sustainable way. The founder Gary Young was passionate about helping people, as well as the planet, and that legacy is what the company, its products and its compensation plan are still built on… 26 years later.
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During these four months, I have also learned that, just as not every essential oil is the same or equal, that is also true for Multi Level Marketing structures. There are over 1,000 MLM companies in the US alone… only about 10 of them are considered in integrity. (unconfirmed numbers). Young Living is one of them.
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve never before been a fan of network marketing, pyramids or any of these things. Boy was I in for a surprise, as I started this journey.
One common reaction – I know it used to be mine – is that a multi level marketing company is a pyramid scheme. So... what IS a pyramid scheme?
Wikipedia says: A pyramid scheme is a business model that recruits members via a promise of payments or services for enrolling others into the scheme, rather than supplying investments or sale of products.
With this definition, Young Living is everything but a pyramid scheme. The company is built on producing incredible products, a full line of toxic free, essential oil infused life style products, produced in a way that is sustainable and integral.
It would be much more accurate to compare Young Living to a wholesale club, that not only offers wholesale prices at a minimum of 24% discount, but also gives money back, and offers an opportunity for residual income… for those interested.
Only a small percentage of Young Living customers are active distributers. An astonishing 84% are simply loyal customers, who love the products and therefore buy them on a regular basis… freely and voluntarily. These members have no interest in earning commissions or running a Young Living business.
For those of us that are interested in using this structure to earn a small commission; as residual income, all-in making it a full-time commitment or anywhere in between, there’s every opportunity to do so. More on my personal experience a little later. Read on...
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Another definition of a Pyramid Scheme is this: “A pyramid scheme is designed for one main purpose - to financially reward those at the top of the pyramid and financially penalize those at the bottom.”
I find this pyramid scheme definition really interesting. Take a look at almost any company, corporation and organization in the world today. Who makes the most money… the few at the top? Who makes the least… those at the bottom? In other words – almost every company is by definition a pyramid scheme. Hmmm…
My first experiences of being employed as a young adult, were very much an example of that. I was recruited with a promise of payment. In order to be paid I had to obediently (and blindly) serve those at the top, regardless of if their actions were within integrity or not – which more times than not, they were not. If I spoke my truth or disobeyed, I would be punished or even loose my job. I hated every minute of it, and struggled with finding my place in the world because of it.
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So far, with Young Living, I have not experienced anything that is not in alignment with the company mission statement: “We honor our stewardship to champion nature's living energy, essential oils, by fostering a community of healing and discovery while inspiring individuals to wellness, purpose, and abundance.”, which also is very much in alignment with my own personal integrity and mission.
In a structure such as the one in Young Living, everyone – yes, everyone – has equal opportunity - structurally. The one far “down below” in the structure, can make much more money than "those above"… if that’s what they want and work towards. However, it's not a magic pill... to build this as a business takes commitment and work... just like any start-up.
The Young Living structure is set up in a way that supports teamwork. For instance - I cannot succeed in my YL business, if those under me (those who want to make it a business) are not succeeding as well – the structure is built that way. If I want to be successful from a business standpoint, I have to support those “under me”. How many other structures do we see like that… and why do we shun them?
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It’s actually been an amazing experience so far. Remember how I said my initial driving force was one of generosity, wanting to support not only myself, but also others. One of my greatest joys so far on this journey, has been working with my team members, supporting Them in finding their way in this, exploring opportunities and ways to serve through YL together, as well as helping each other move through limiting beliefs and old stories. Hours of work feel like play time with my friends… and we’re building our individual business while we do it.
I’ve come to completely shift my own personal point of view on multi-level marketing… at least the ones built with integrity. I now see this type of structure as a way of the future; a structure built for win-win, on mutual support and teamwork, while also serving the better good of humanity and the planet.
Utilizing a system like this, especially one such as Young Living that has been tested and refined over many years, can truly be a vehicle and tool to support individuals, communities and organizations... in a high-vibrational, toxic free and sustainable way.
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Four months in, I can now see the truth of my initial ‘knowing’ that this opportunity came to me divinely guided; as a means to not only support me individually, but also my work in the world, serving the well-being of humans and the awakening of human consciousness.
This journey is still new to me... I'm learning and growing as I'm building a team in collaboration with others who, like me, want to serve and support our fellow human beings, humanity and the planet... especially in these times of upheaval and chaos.
I cannot wait to share more updates in the future, as my journey evolves and my experience, knowledge and gained wisdom grows. From what I’m feeling now, I’m in for the long haul.
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Who would have thought… not me – for sure!!
Who wants to play with me?
I continue to be so blessed on this journey called Human Life
and I am grateful beyond measure.
for walking this path of life with me
DISCLAIMER: This is my personal story of my journey getting to know therapeutic essential oils, and the support I experience though the use of them. As per FDA, these essential oils are not intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. Young Living's Lacey Act Compliance Program