As we learned from the introductory video, the sense of smell is tied to your brain and your brain memory and your emotional state more than any other sense.
It is the number 1 go to sense. This is proven by science through aromatherapy. This is no joke, and nearly every spiritual culture utilized scent as a meditation hack for thousands of years.
How Smell Trumps All Other Senses
There’s a number of reasons why it’s fairly certain that the sense of smell is by far the most important sense when it comes to expanding one’s consciousness so let’s go over a couple in particular:
To me, the most important indicator of smell being the most important sense is it’s association with the breath. They are intertwined. The breath is what binds our consciousness to our body. the only thing that transcends all planes of the self.
Taught over 5,000 years ago, the Ayurveda teachings were to have said that the breath was the constant motion that connects all five layers of the self. The five layers being Spirit, Mental, Emotional, Energetic, and Physical. Conscious breath connects these five aspects.
Not much is more fundamental to consciousness than the breath.
Well, smell is intrinsically associated with the breath. We don’t see while we breathe, we don’t feel when we breathe. But we do smell when we breathe. This connection is of paramount importance because we cannot breathe without smelling.
Another example is with our sense of taste, which is dominated by our sense of smell. You literally pinch your nose closed to kill the majority of a bad taste when swallowing a bitter pill, for example.
According to Aubrey Forest, The Modern Alchemist, “Smell requires closer proximity to the central brain neurology, most-likely due to the nature of how smells are processed molecularly. This form of processing requires less distance between the source sensor and the cognitive neurology.” – Do check out his YouTube channel, Aubrey is a true master in symbology.
Smell is also wonderful because of how easily smells tie themselves to memories. A distinct smell doesn’t just remind you of what that smell represents to you, it takes you back to exactly how you were feeling when you first associated the smell.
I can imagine the smell of a perfume that my first girlfriend wore. Essence by Victoria’s Secret. I get completely snapped out of my dull mundane life when I catch the scent while walking through a crowd.
Perhaps the smell of first rainfall, or fresh cut grass, or even a leathery football can have you traveling down memory lane.
This means that if you can associate a smell to an intense meditative state, you can enduce that meditative state simply by smelling a certain type of smell. This is why we’ve been using insence when we meditate for thousands of years.
Smell is key to processing certain cognitive states. Smell is more directed to memory then any other sense. It bypasses nearly all memory buffers and speaks volumes to your subconscious. You can literally change how you feel, just by smelling something. Anyone who lives in a large city can attest to walking into smell cloud of heated garbage on a late summer day and nearly getting the wind knocked out of you by the odor. Well, this scent sensitivity goes both ways it can help.
While just a whiff of steaming garbage can almost knock the wind out of you, another smell can send your mind into a near perfect meditative state. Let’s dive a little deeper into this idea…
First of all, I don’t fall for the “negative energy cleansing” fad. This is not the goal of using smells to reach higher consciousness. The goal of using scents is to associate a smell with intense meditation so that when you want to meditate, all you have to do is smell the scent and be drawn back to the memory of intense meditation. The scent activates the memory and the memory acts as the anchor for your mind.
Because the smell is present with every breath, your subconscious will consciously be reminded of the deep meditative state that you are striving for and it will keep you there as you continue to inhale the scent that continually activates the memory, which is your subconscious’s anchor point.
You can do this with more than just meditation.
Once the scent is associated with whatever you want, the scent can do the act of positive affirmations for you with every breath. Imagine for a moment that instead of wasting your time saying positive affirmations, if you associated a scent to the feeling of that positive affirmation, you’ll be able to send the all important idea of the positive affirmation sent directly to your subconscious with every inhale, every time, with little need for effort.
Back to meditation…
Especially early on, it’s hard to get into a meditative state. As we’ve talked about in the past, when you think you are meditating, you are more likely concentrating, which is not meditation because your mind hasn’t gelled to the meditation object yet so you keep losing focus and then bringing it back to the single object. This process is known as concentration. Once the mind is gelled to the object, and their is no effort to stay focused, then you are meditating.
If you tie a scent to that experience, over time, your mind will associate the smell to meditation and you’ll be able to bypass much of the concentration phase because the mind will naturally hit that meditative state because of its tie to the smell.
Please understand that because of the natural super ability of scent being so well tied to memory, you are tieing a SINGLE scent to a SINGLE thought or feeling.
As we will go over, some scents are known to do some things, other scents are known to do other things but ultimately, the scent you choose should become the only scent you ever use to activate deep meditation because it’s not the process of lighting incense that creates meditation, although the habit is a good primer, to get your mind focused, it’s the actual scent that is tied to the memory of deep meditation. So switching scents because one scent does this or that is not recommended.
In the begininning, try out as many scents as you want to find the one that works best for you, and smells best to you. Remember, It doesn’t matter which scent you choose, but once you do choose one that scent will become your meditation scent. Over time, this scent alone will send you into a deep meditative state so choose wisely and be patient. Incense are cheap, so cheap that we offer them for free through our site, fundamentalsuccess.com, just pay shipping.
Make sure to use a different scent for different applications. One for meditation, one for relaxation, one for energy, etc. Don’t try to use one for a multitude of different memories, keep them separate for sturdier smell-mind connection.
Also, there are incense, which I like most because I prefer simplicity and the connection to our ancestors that lighting incenses brings to the spiritual process of meditation.
But there are also essential oils that can bring oxygen to the brain which can increase alertness at the same time increasing focus. I’ve used essential oils in the past and they are great but are a little too messy for my clumsy hands and then you need to buy a fancy diffuser and… They can just be too messy. But they are definitely a viable option that we definitely support.
Let’s go over a few of the most popular scents out there right now so you can get an idea of what you hopefully will be smelling for a long, long time. Please note that I haven’t put these scents in any particular order, I just wanted you to have an idea of the science behind the scent. Ultimately, since smell-o-vision hasn’t been invented yet, I can’t show you how they smell so you’ll still need to try the scents out for yourself.
- Frankincense is a holy fragrance believed to help you increase your faith and connection with spirit.
- Myrrh directly stimulates the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdalin glands to help reduce stress and bring focus. It’s uplifting scent can assist in deep spiritual “opening” while bringing calm and tranquility.
- Cedarwood can help to highlight your need for meditation and return you to the right path. We all stray from the path for one reason or another. Like breadcrumbs, cedarwood can help bring us back.
- Vetiver can be especially beneficial if you have a tendency to wander and lose focus in meditation.
- Neroli, which, I warn you, is an extremely potent fragrance, can help you to accept the work you need to do for and on yourself. It’s incredibly sensual and transformative. A wonderful fragrance for to inspire creativity.
- Rose is the fragrance of love. This scent helps to open the heart to receive love, particularly self-love.
- Sage burning sage is a common ceremonial practice in many tribal cultures.It is grounding and restores both balance and energy.
- Sandalwood – If you’ve ever visited a Buddhist temple, you’ve inhaled sandalwood incense. Sandalwood produces feelings of well being and serenity.
- Jasmine can make anyone happier just by inhaling a wild bouquet of these small white flowers. Jasmine incense also has calming properties and is believed to aid in easing depression.
- Lavender is known for its relaxing and calming effect on both the mind and body. Inhaling the scent of lavender can also help you sleep deeply for longer periods of time. Lavender can be at times, a little overpowering so use with caution.
- Pine brings up memories of wandering through a crisp, scerene evergreen forest. This is the smell of Christmas, for those of you who traditionally open the old drawer of christmas decorations and catch a whiff of something that truly brings back memories, this is what you are probably smelling.
- Chamomile is a small flower similar to a daisy, chamomile is most often consumed as an herbal tea. Its incense is similarly herbal and can provide feelings similar to drinking a cup of nighttime tea.
- Citrus scents in general often inspire alertness and higher energy, but lemongrass, which has fresh citrus fragrance, eases anxiety and alleviates stress.
- Palo santo is a wonderful scent with a rich supply of antioxidants and phytochemicals called terpenes, including limonene and α-terpineol It is effective for fighting oxidative stress, relieving stomach aches, stress, reducing pains due to arthritis and healing many other conditions.
This is just a brief list of a few scents that I’ve come across. It is by no means the entire list of scents, just enough to get your feet wet.
I’d like you to try to incorporate either incense or essentail oils to your meditative practice and we’ve made that easy for you because we offer free incense sticks and cones on our website, fundamentalconsciousness.com, all you have to do is pay for the shipping, which we’ve kept as cheap as possible for you.
I want you to try this stuff and see what works. Let me know how your experiences were with the different types of senses… And… Have a good rest of your week 🙂