I am writing this blog from Germany where I am facilitating a seminar on “Releasing Toxic Emotions.” The technique I use involves the use of essential oils and I believe it is the restoration of James 5:14-16 from the Bible. It is a lost art that is being restored.
At my seminars, I show a video clip from a movie entitled “The Vision,” about the life of Hildegard von Bingham. Hildegard lived in Germany in the 1100’s. She was a Catholic nun who saw open visions, heard the audible voice of God, and worked miracles. She practiced and taught natural healing remedies, including music therapy, herbal treatments, and the use of dirt and stones to heal people. Her healing techniques were rooted in Scripture. Although she challenged the religious establishment of her day, the Catholic Church made her a Saint and named her as a Doctor of the Church. Her writings and teachings are still used today in the modern naturopathic world.
In Germany, over the years, natural medicine has been very well accepted. Many German physicians are experienced in using herbal medicines and other natural therapies. My naturopathic doctor traveled from the United States to Germany to be trained in different healing modalities and to buy some of her machines. I know several well-known ministers who have come to Germany and have been healed through the use of natural medicine at a Christian wellness center. I also have a friend, who is a medical doctor in South Africa, that came to Germany to be healed through “energy medicine” after she had exhausted everything medically available in her own country. She is now incorporating energy medicine techniques into her medical practice in South Africa.
Viva la Renaissance
The Renaissance was a period of time that began in the 14th century in Florence, Italy. It was marked by huge breakthroughs in the arts and in science.
Numerous scientists, artists, poets, and writers flourished during the Renaissance period, including William Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Galileo, among many others.
During this time, the printing press was invented in Germany. I recently visited Mainz, where Johannes Gutenberg was born in 1398. In the mid-1400’s, Gutenberg invented the printing press. He created the printing press in order to spread the Holy Bible in a more efficient manner. In the Middle Ages, there were very few books. The books that existed nearly all belonged to churches or universities, or to very rich people. They were written by hand and often had beautiful hand-painted pictures. They were so expensive that most people could not own them. Even if an ordinary person went to a church and looked at books there, they could not read them because they were mostly written in Latin. With the invention of the printing press, suddenly knowledge became available to thousands of people who never had it before.
It was also during the time of the Renaissance that the Protestant Reformation occurred. Martin Luther became an ordained priest in 1507 in the Roman Catholic Church in Germany. He had a revelation that salvation came through faith alone and not by works. He rejected several practices of the Catholic Church, including the practice of indulgences. On October 31, 1517, he defiantly nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church and sparked the Protestant Reformation.
It was also during the time of the Renaissance, that the New World was discovered.
THE LAND REMEMBERS
In 2010, we changed the name of our church from “Revolution Church” to “New Renaissance.” In 2012, we transitioned from being a traditional church to being a Healing and Creativity Center. We started experimenting with natural healing methods such as light therapy, sound therapy, and essential oils. It was during this time that I developed the technique I use to help people release toxic emotions using essential oils.
In March 2013, a young man named Jacob came to Coeur d’Alene to do a promotional video for a conference that I was going to speak at in Southern Idaho. Jacob was an expert on Idaho history. He told me a story that left me in awe.
He told me that in the 1800’s, an Italian Jesuit priest, named Father Anthony J. Ravalli, came to the Coeur d’Alene area from Italy to reach the Native Americans and to start a “new renaissance.” He built the Cataldo Mission, the oldest building in Idaho.
Anthony Ravalli was born in 1812 in a vibrant Renaissance city in Italy’s northern Emilia Romagna region. We established a Reggio-Emilia inspired preschool before I heard this story. The Reggio-Emilia model of education was founded near the area of Father Ravalli’s birth.
Father Ravalli was an artist, spiritual guide, sculptor, architect, builder, physician, pharmacist, and surgeon. He traveled miles to heal both body and soul of anyone who needed his help. He was known as the “Renaissance Man!”
When I heard this story, I was overwhelmed with such a sense of purpose and destiny. I realized “the land remembers” and we were continuing in Father Ravalli’s footsteps.
I believe we are in a time where we are seeing an EXPLOSION in the areas of art, science, and exploration much like what happened during the original Renaissance period. It is such an exciting time to be alive!