The June issue of National Geographic has a short piece on how Frankincense trees are threatened, thus limiting the production of the precious resin. This is not something new, I've been hearing about it for years within the aromatherapy community. Working in this field of natural perfume is tricky business due to the stresses on the environment which impact the palette of raw materials.
Back in the mid nineties when I made the conscious decision to teach aromatherapy instead of art and eventually launch my perfume company, it was with a very clear mission to illuminate the beauty and nature within the precious fragrances I compose.
I made a choice to limit my palette to the use of highly vibrational ingredients, use magic and intention, and weave mindfulness in all aspects of the business. On June 15th it will be the five year anniversary of the website and blog launch. As I look back on the five years and forward to the next five, ten, twenty and beyond – I am uncertain what lies ahead. It seems that the terrain now shifts daily and the ability to bend like a reed is more important than ever.
It would be very sad to lose such a precious aromatic like Frankincense, that would mean that the formula of Chaparral® and a few other natural, botanical perfumes from my line would shift dramatically. However, I am also holding a strong intention for a massive awakening of the two-leggeds. In this prophecy I foresee humanity and our precious natural resources valued along with a visionary approach to problem solving.
Since hearing that Star Scientific in Australia has created a type of Cold Fusion, specifically Muon Fusion, I can see how we can move forward to create a new reality. The main challenge is the Corporate system with their focus on power and greed. The iconic symbol of dark versus light, so luminously portrayed in J.R.R. Tolkiens fantasy novel Lord of the Rings, is still very much alive in our collective thinking. I keep forgetting that polarity is part of the integral workings of Planet Earth.
Onward we go, along this spiraling path, may yours be a fragrant one imbued with the essence of wisdom.
“Until the day break, and the shadows flee away,
I will get me to the mountain of myrrh,
and to the hill of frankincense.”
Image: Drawing by Edward Burne-Jones: Desiderium, 1873.