Christmas is a time of storytelling. Some believe Christmas is storytelling. Whatever your faith, it is a beautiful time of year to reconnect and celebrate the gift of life.
Intrinsic to all nativity scenes recreated the world over are the most famous bringers of gifts: the three wise men.
Whether displayed as ornaments in homes and gardens or endearingly brought to life by children in school productions – with at least a few clangers and cute mishaps to break out the belly laughs – these gift-bearers are legendary.
And inscrutable! How much do we really know about them, aside from them following a star and bringing the newborn Jesus frankincense, gold and myrrh: all esteemed as precious treasures?
Given their high profile, there’s surprisingly little official mention of them in the Bible. According to this fascinating article by Brent Landau, a scholar or early Christian writings, of the four canonical Gospels, the story is only found in Matthew.
And there is no mention of three wise men – merely that there were three gifts. Detail is scanty to the extreme.
But loitering on a shelf in the Vatican library was an apocryphal work entitled The Revelation of the Magi and Brent Landau set about translating and studying it, and found it framed the wise men and their journey in a mystical light with intricate and thoughtful writing that was theologically complex.
“According to this writing, the Wise Men (or better, Magi) are mystical sages living at the eastern edge of the world, guarding an ancient prophecy about a coming star that will signify the birth of God in human form …
… When their star finally appears, it descends from heaven and transforms into a small, luminous human being. It is not quite a star, and not exactly human either, but something else — a star-child, if you will. Although the text never explicitly identifies this being as Christ, his words to the Magi and the overall narrative make this point clear. The Magi, naturally, rejoice that their long-awaited prophecy has finally come to pass.”
You can read all about it in The Revelation of the Magi (Brent Landau, Harper One ).
Christmas heralds the New Year and is a time of connection, reflection and renewal. Without delving too deeply, we can look at the three wise men with their gold, frankincense and myrrh as symbols of joy and gratitude, blessings of abundance. And a perfect match for this season is Young Living’s exquisite essential oil blend 3 Wise Men™. Including frankincense and myrrh with other precious oils, this is a liquid gold gift in your life.
Evocative of reverence and spiritual awareness, 3 Wise Men™ was especially formulated to balance, cleanse, ground, soothe and uplift. This blend is high in sesquiterpenes which are elevating to the mind.
It promotes joy, excitement and personal change through application and inhalation of its spicy, incense-like aroma.
Smooth a drop between your wrists and hold them over your nose. Inhale deeply and feel a sense of equilibrium breathe its way into your soul.
Dilution is rarely needed before applying this blend of skin-loving oils directly but if you are highly sensitive, dilute if in doubt. Three (3) Wise Men also makes an intriguing 100% natural perfume for both men and women with its unisex scent. Apply behind your ears and to your pulse points.
The crown of your head, forehead, neck, feet and chest are all comforting places to topically apply this grounding oil.
Its herbaceous, woodsy balsamic fragrance is also divine when diffused to set a peaceful ambience throughout your home.
You’ve probably heard of all these oils with the possible exception of Northern Lights Black Spruce. Time for another bit of storytelling. This one is definitely and unequivocally true!
As part of their dedication to their special Seed to Seal® process and to secure ongoing supply, Young Living and D Gary Young established a Northern Lights farm in British Columbia, Canada, with their first distillation of black spruce taking place in March 2015.
The harsh climate there is ideal for producing hardy, essential oil-rich trees, resilient with deep roots.
And these characteristics are captured in the pure essential oil that’s the lifeblood of the tree.
Rich in the natural-occurring constituents alpha-pinene, beta-pinene and camphene (not to be confused with camphor), Northern Lights Black Spruce has an intoxicating woodsy, invigorating scent that’s beautiful for meditation and the skin.
Young Living include it as a key ingredient in a number of their more recent product formulations, including Valor II™, Peace & Calming II™, Light the Fire™, and Shutran™. Shutran™ is the heart of a smouldering range of men’s grooming products. Ladies love the scent so much they want to use it themselves!
Northern Lights Black Spruce with its scent that’s conducive to meditation and bringing about a sense of security makes a divine inclusion in 3 Wise Men™. Enjoy a peaceful and loving festive season.
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