In the past few weeks, I've been doing a lot of personal growth development and in the process have unearthed several challenging emotions. Add that to the fact that my twins have stopped napping altogether and I am teaching classes and leading several trainings, and I'm feeling a lot of emotions right now.
So I started doing the Great Day Protocol daily in the mornings. Ideally, this would be done before you have any interactions with anyone, but I usually cannot get the time to do it until I have the house to myself after my husband has left for work and my kids have gone to school.
What is the Great Day Protocol?
Developed by Gary Young over 20 years ago (and posted on the Young Living Blog back in 2011), the GDP uses the oils Valor®, Harmony™, Joy™, and White Angelica™. In the absence of the original Valor, I would recommend using Valor II, Sacred Mountain, or Northern Lights Black Spruce. By using these oils in a series of locations and steps, you can balance your body and mind and start your day off on the right foot. If you look at the locations of these oils (where we apply them), they relate very strongly to the Chakras (see my post called "Chakras for Beginners").
Reactions to the Protocol
Tracy Griffiths has said that by using the Great Day Protocol, she has found herself to be better with details and more focused. She is also able to be more solution-oriented and has a willingness to bring "back-burner" projects to the forefront.
I have been using this every morning for a week, and I do notice an almost immediate change in my demeanor. Throughout the day, I feel lighter, and much more prone to say "yes" instead of having my immediate reaction to a situation be to say "no" or shut down (which is something that happens when I am in a high state of stress). I have made a diluted roller of these blends for my 3 year old son, and when I apply it to him first thing, his morning grumbles go away. He especially loves when we put the oil on his wrists and had has to keep them pushed together.
Diamond Niccole Perez has said this: "It made all of the difference for me the first year after having Haven. I have a history of postpartum depression, and eating a diet high in healthy fats and using the Great Day Protocol, I was able to stay emotionally healthy after our son's birth. This was a huge victory! I still use the GDP every day, and find that it helps keep me balanced with the many things I have on my plate each day as a homeschooling mama and business owner."
The Protocol (Short Version)
- Valor - Place a drop on the inside of your left wrist and hold your right wrist to it for a few minutes to balance your body.
- Harmony - Place a drop in your left palm, rub your palms together to activate the oil (smelling it as you do), and place it on your solar plexus, just below your sternum and above your belly button.
- Joy - Place a drop in your left palm, rub your palms together, and place your hands to your heart.
- White Angelica - Place a drop in your left palm, rub your palms together, and brush your hands from the crown of your head all the way down your body like you are applying a shield.
These are the official directions with an even deeper understanding of the oils and how to apply intentions to this practice:
Step 1: Have your Valor, Harmony, Joy, and White Angelica essential oil blends readily available. I have them all lined up on my dresser and anoint myself before getting dressed.
Start with Valor Essential Oil, also known for balancing the body’s electrical energy. Apply a few drops in the palm of your left hand, gently rub your palms together, and bring your oiled palms to your nose and inhale. Set your intention for the day, utilizing the grounding properties of this blend. Next, put some Valor on the back of your neck and then place another drop on the inside of your wrists and hold your wrist together for a moment. As you hold the pulse points of your wrists together, again breathe in the oil blend and take a moment to be still while affirming your intentions for the day. What state of being would you like to cultivate? What do you want to accomplish today?
Step 2: Harmony
Place a drop of Harmony on your left palm, rub your palms together, inhaling the oil blend and place some Harmony on your solar plexus, just below your sternum, and above your belly button. This is your third chakra, or your “will” energy center. As you inhale the aroma, use the affirmation, “Let my will harmonize and align to the greater good for all I connect with today.” You may have a specific intention for harmonizing with your customers, your co-workers, family, friends, etc.
Step 3: Joy
This blend is one of Young Living’s signature essential oils. Place a drop of Joy into your left palm, rub your hands together, and slowly inhale the scent. Then place your hands on your heart. If you are looking to become more open hearted, use these moments to let this blend infuse into your heart’s desire.
Step 4: White Angelica
This blend is known for its properties for energetic protection, like a bouncer for negative energy or disturbing thoughts. Place a drop of White Angelica in your left palm, rub your palms together and deeply inhale. Then gently brush your palms over the crown of your head, down your neck, shoulders, chest, torso, and all the way down your legs to your feet. Imagine this blend encasing your entire body, like a guardian shield. Again, revisit your intention for your day.
Start using the Great Day Protocol daily for just one week. It may be helpful to keep a log of your feelings and accomplishments each day so that you can look back and see how you have changed throughout each of the days.