Back home in Chile, during my last year of school I was sent to the psychologist’s office because I wanted to study conservation of the environment, instead of engineering, medicine or law. I was constantly warned by my parents and teachers that if I didn’t graduate with a “serious” degree from a prestigious university, I would be a failure. It was the only way of life… Meanwhile, I had huge dreams to change the world and make it a better place.
Fast forward a decade and I am in my home in Australia reflecting on how I thought I was rebelling against everything I got taught in Chile, but actually realising how I nicely obeyed the programs they had very successfully put in my brain, just in a different way. I did everything to follow my passions, running away from my country, moving to Hawaii and then to Australia, where I followed a very “successful” career in Environmental Science. I was at the top of my class all through university, even though I was juggling many jobs in between study in order to pay for my life, visas, and university in Australia. I had always been taught that life was meant to be hard, and so I created it that way, always putting 1000% effort and leaving very little space for Divine grace. After graduating with so many awards, I was offered various scholarships and jobs at prestigious research centres, which made me think I was really succeeding in life, and made my parents very proud.
In 2014 I got a PhD scholarship with enough funding to perform the study of “my then dreams”. I would be going to really remote surfing locations in Indonesia and the Maldives to interview local communities about how surf tourism was affecting them. Do you know how my EGO felt when I met people surfing and got to tell them I was there on an all-paid research trip for my PhD?! Most people had worked all year to get ten days of holidays surfing in these paradise dream locations… Everyone looked at me with huge WOW on their faces!
But when I left these wonderful places I felt an emptiness in my heart. I had a bunch of amazing experiences and stories of hope, but I had to go back home to analyse and contextualise my findings in academic frameworks. Academic work is based on publishing research findings in journals which mainly academics ever read… I essentially had to strip off all the excitement and document facts which I knew wouldn’t ever have any positive impact on these communities that had opened themselves to me. Quite quickly it all turned from the most exciting thing of my life, to a very meaningless and selfish job.
My husband and I had been praying for something more meaningful in our lives. We were getting sick of the daily grind, just working to pay our bills and go surfing to another beautiful place around the world. We knew that we didn’t come to this world just for that kind of life and that there were really BIG things we were meant to be doing. We just needed some Divine help because we really couldn’t figure it out. At the end of June 2016, some friends introduced us to dōTerra essential oils and we were instantly struck with excitement by thinking about how many people’s lives we could impact with these little bottles of pure magic. Our lives were about to drastically change!
In September I went back to Katiet Village to get more interviews with the locals. Every time someone sat with me to tell me stories about their life experiences I felt like I was in debt with them. How would I repay that precious hour of connection and story-telling they had gifted me? It was at the end of one of these interviews that an opportunity to give back to this community presented, and changed my life for ever…
Phillip asked me if I could come with him to see his friend Ian who was really sick. Ian is a local of Katiet Village who used to work at the surf camp we were staying at, driving small fishing boats to transport guests and supplies around the island. For the last three months his leg was getting worse and worse every day. He had been to three different hospitals to get help, and the only solution they had given was to amputate his leg. With the climate of the tropics, things could really only get worse, so cutting his leg was his only hope for survival. He really didn’t want that so he would just go back to his home at the Village and wait.
I said to Phillip “we are no doctors but we may have something to help your friend!” To be honest I was quite nervous, we had got our oils two months before and were definitely no gurus. When we first met Ian I was terrified as his leg looked horrible and he was tired, every one around him felt hopeless. We had a quick chat to try and find out what the cause of this was but no one really understood what was going on. We rushed back to the surf camp on a motorbike so we could consult our “Essential Oil Bible” (aka Modern Essentials Book) for the best oils to use for healing wounds, fighting infection and regenerating the skin. Excited we had the oils that were suggested in the book, we started studying how we should mix them up, calculating percentages and ratios of drops. After finally deciding on a formula, we made up a magical potion with Helichrysum, Frankincense, Basil and Lavender essential oils in a spray bottle topped up with Fractionated Coconut Oil. We prayed that this potion would completely heal Ian’s leg and allow him to go back to his normal life asap.
We rushed back to Ian’s home to give him this spray bottle with a big label that said MAGICAL LEG HEALING and told him to spray it on the wound at least three times per day. We also gave him OnGuard Beadlets for him to take twice daily to boost his immune system – we knew we couldn’t go wrong with any of these! We told him to drink lots of coconut water and keep his leg up, and also avoid drinking, smoking and sugars. After a week or so we went to say goodbye to Ian and see how he was healing. Good news for us, he was nicely healing and had finished everything we gave him so we refilled the bottles with the same potions. The rest is history!
I came back to Australia and decided my new mission in life is to share dōTerra essential oils full-time and so I have recently quit my PhD. I realised how one connection with someone that has no idea about these amazing bottles can change their lives forever. I have no more time to waste, I am on a mission to be a vehicle of healing through these magical essential oils to as many souls that I can connect with in this life lime.
Ian, I am truly honoured to have been the vehicle of these essential oils for you, allowing such miraculous healing in your life. I will be forever grateful to have crossed your path!