So let’s talk about courage for a moment. I dance professionally, and it’s not the rosy awesomeness you think it is. It can be incredibly nerve-wracking and stressful. I know of a few “baby dancers” in my community who thought performance equals “just go out there and do the steps.” I wish! There is so much more than that.
There is both an art…and a science to performing. Between talent, make-up, lighting, costumes and music….there nerves.
For real. There are some serious nerves and performance anxiety at times. I remember last fall going back up to Washington State to teach Turkish Roman dance (which is my first and foremost love). A dancer who has been a beautiful friend, mentor and teacher to me was also at the dance event that night. While I know my dance form well, I was incredibly intimidated because this woman has danced and taught all over the world.
Can you say…”scared”?
Smart woman that I was, I did bring along a bit of my Courage Oil to help me get over my jitters. I love to dab a little of this on before performances to keep me focused, so I always make sure I have a little bottle of it to apply to ritual candles or dilute with a carrier oil and wear as a perfume.
Here’s how I make it:
- 3/4 teaspoon Ginger Essential Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper Essential Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Clove Essential Oil
When I use this for candles, I directly anoint the taper itself. To use as a perfume oil, I blend the essential oils in a tablespoon or two of a carrier oil. My preference is jojoba, as it has a longer shelf life than most oils. If you’re unable to obtain jojoba, sunflower and avocado work just as well.
Blessings from the Hearth.