What’s in Your Tool Belt?

A part of my tool belt Photo by Victoria Willoughby

A part of my tool belt Photo by Victoria Willoughby

Yesterday I became aware that an estranged nephew was in the hospital in ICU in what might be an irretrievable condition. We were close growing up but decades ago some pretty devastating things happened that fractured our family.

I have a niece in law and great nephew I had never met. This was not by my choice but admittedly, I didn’t do everything that I could have to connect those relationships.

As soon as I found out for sure where my nephew was I went to see what I could do to help. My newly met niece in law collapsed into my arms at the offer of a hug. There was no one else there to support her and never having met her before I wasn’t sure what the best way was to go about that so I listened to all she wanted to share.

I asked if I could touch him and started to give him Reiki. I asked for permission to anoint him. I put *Sacred Frankincense essential oil on his forehead to help support his brain along with Believe blend to help him believe he could live. I put Breathe Again blend across his chest because I wanted him to believe he could breath again despite the breathing tube and the prognosis.  I moved back and forth between offering reflexology, Reiki and assorted oils as it made sense. In such a stressful situation it is a major comfort to me to have tools that I can use to help. I know his wife appreciated the Stress Away blend that I put in her hands. The heavy sigh, the dropping of her shoulders and the smile that crept onto her face were clear evidence that in one breath, it can make such a major difference.

With there being so many germs rampant in hospitals, its a no brainer that Thieves oil blend had to be part of the offering with its highly antimicrobial properties and potentials. Melrose blend on top of that can only help in that direction, Tea Tree has long been known to kill germs and Melrose blend has two different types. I was inspired to move through Citrus Fresh blend  and top with Peppermint to drive in the other oils. I put most of the oils on the bottom of his feet so as not to conflict with any of the other processes going on with him.

As his wife stood at his bedside stroking his head I asked for permission to give her Reiki. As I lay on my hands I could feel her inner trembling. It felt like she was trying to balance on the head of a pin as she witnessed her life partner not showing any signs of life. In the space of about two breaths the trembling stopped, her breathing settled into a more peaceful pattern and I could feel tension slipping away.

In those moments, what does anyone want but relief from the tension and the grief of the situation? I don’t know yet to what degree my nephew will benefit from my visit today or if he will ever know how much love he was surrounded by. What I do know is that I was able to support and ease his wife and my heart was comforted by having something I could offer that might help. I also know that none of what I could offer would harm him or anyone else in any way. The nurses were very enthused by how wonderful his room smelled and offered me a spot to set up in their nurse’s station. If I thought for a second that they meant it I would!

In a world that offers so much challenge, the answers are not all in one place. I love having an assortment of tools to draw on to address whatever comes up, as unexpected and uncomfortable as it may be. This gives me Response Ability. Its the blessing that keeps on blessing. Thank you God for all the options we have been bestowed with!


*Sacred Frankincense was so highly revered by Saudi Arabian royalty that for 10,000 years anyone else caught with it in their possession would be punished by having a hand chopped off. Young Living now has sole export rights to this magnificent oil.

Any and all statements and references to essential oils ONLY refer to Young Living essential oils and cannot be equated to other brands. None of the contents are intended to diagnose, prescribe or claim cures in any way.


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Stephanie October 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm

“What’s In Your Tool Belt?” is an inspiring reflection. For me, as your friend, the notion that you have your “tools” along with your Professional knowledge of how to work with them is comforting. The Reiki, Reflexology, and Young Living Essential Oils that you performed and used with/on me, have been instrumental in treating my Hashimotos Disease, given me a sense of wellness and began a healing within my body, soul and spirit. The work you perform is amazing…a true blessing. Thank you.


Victoria Willoughby October 27, 2013 at 4:08 am

I’m so glad to be of service Stephanie, thank you for your kind words!


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