A Present-Moment Yoga Minute– invoking Sa Ta Na Ma

Some days we feel like life is just too much to bear. We ask ourselves— When is this going to end? When will things feel better, get better, when will I feel like myself again?

Today my intuitive voice whispered this to me:

You are in a wonderful place. Break-throughs not break-up’s.
Holding space
for the darkness and the light are the same,
you just judge one as better than the other.

JoanAltarBali copyI feel what makes us divine human beings is–
not what we hold in the moments of great joy and light,
but in the moments of extreme darkness.
How we plant ourselves in the arms of our faith,
our trust and our commitment to be the Light,
for ourselves and for others
even when it is not easy,
when it sucks and it turns everything over in our lives
for us to dissect and distill down to the very core–
what works and what does not:
thereby allowing for renewal and rebirth to unfold.

In kundalini yoga there is a beautiful mantra that we chant that helps embody the glory of the processes of life as it is –Sa Ta Na Ma — the syllables of which mean I am birth, life, death and rebirth. This is what life is. We are all in the Sa Ta Na Ma journey together. Doing our best to see our lives as a holy process. Sacred moments linked together not only in joy– but in pain of our own separation from the oneness.

Be here now. Be present, stand firmly and enjoy the pain, the sorrow, the ugliness, the sacrifice, and then wait for the light–for it will come. It has to. For a spiritual promise is upon all of us. The light is on its way.

Be here now. Let your life get messy, let your self embody all of life’s cycles and seasons and enjoy the process of living. We are all part of the Sa Ta Na Ma.

Sat Nam,
Joan


Brrr… It’s Cold Outside! — Vital Energy To the Rescue.

The transition from Winter to not-yet-Spring is the time of the year where we find ourselves coming down with colds and flu-like symptoms, if we have not taken care of ourselves; and when life stresses have just taken a toll on us. Whenever your body needs aromatic support our hope is that you will snuggle in, stay warm and use a little bit of aromatic alchemy from our Aroma*Essentials apothecary to assist in keeping your body, mind and spirit feeling uplifted, energized and healthy.

Our Aroma*Vital Energy blend is our emergency care synergy that brings relief and support when your body, mind and spirit need some Tender Loving Care.

It is rich in essential oils that will help support the immune system and ward off viruses that may be lingering in the air and attacking the body.

Aroma*Vital Energy contains cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus radiata, oregano, saro, rosemary and a few more energy balancing oils to help your system come into harmony and balance.

As you need aromatic support during the winter months here are some ways Aroma*Vital Energy can support you:

Diffuser— Place a few drops in your diffuser and allow the essential oils to begin to help you breathe deeper and feel more centered.

Inhaler— Place a few drops on a blank inhaler and use as needed throughout the day.

Room Mist— Place a few drops of Aroma*Vital Energy in a spray bottle mister, in some Peppermint, Eucalyptus or Lavender Hydrosol, along with some distilled water, and shake well. Spritz to refresh, by way of clearing your environment and uplifting your energy field, during the day.

Foot Rub/Soak— Make a foot soak blend by placing a few drops of Aroma*Vital Energy in a tablespoon of carrier oil and gently massage into your feet, and then put some warm socks on; or rub onto the feel and soak your feet in some hot water– allowing the essential oils to penetrate more deeply into your body.

Body blend— You can also make a body blend by adding a few drops of the Aroma*Vital Energy Synergy to some carrier oil and massaging it up the spine, pads of feet, neck, chest and back area, then soaking in a tub. Drying brushing the skin first will help the oils quickly into the system.

I personally like to use the Aroma*Vital Energy in the shower. I dry brush my skin, apply the Aroma*Vital Energy body blend and then let the hot water help it to penetrate more deeply into my skin. After my shower I re-apply the body blend so it can support me during the day.

Aroma*Vital Energy: one of the more important of the Aroma*Essentials to have in your apothecary cabinet this winter…

And… a Featured Item through this season– with 20% off through April 1st. Just enter discount code VITALENERGY17 at checkout!


In Honor of You– the Connoisseur

Welcome to my home of scent, specially crafted from the yields of the world’s best fields– for you who have been cultivated to appreciate the sacred palette lovingly and magically captured within each blend of every one of my lines and collections.

As Nature reveals so many nuanced layers of expression, in proportion to the mindful communion devoted to Her; so a perfume must reveal itself in the same way. Each scent has a story to tell if one will take the time to indulge in its full expression. So few do, but this is why you have come.

As with so many other classic works whose depths have not been fathomed, too many perfumes have been evaluated and discarded on the initial inhale, by those lacking the breadth or sophistication to wade deeper. This is why most perfumes have such short shelf-lives. Their complexity is not savored upon first meeting in a manner which allows their secrets and the wisdom of their composition to unfold, their stories to be told.

JCProductOnOrgan-E7FS1318-BlogFor me each great fragrance, each creative design has a message. It is a holy encounter of all the elements which have melded together to create a form greater than the sum of their individual parts.

Each ingredient– a muse from its corner of the world– meets the others; and together they join to create something grander and more powerful for the lucky person drawn to it and savvy enough to remain present for the revelation. For this reason I work only with natural products, sourced via relationships with growers of the highest integrity.

Many times the fragrance floating around in my mindscape comes from working in the garden or my art studio or out of my travels throughout the world. I create for the pure bliss of creating and I share these creations with clients, friends, family– anyone who happens to appreciate a whiff of mystery.

I create fragrance because my spirit has to be connected to nature. I create because I must.

As a writer must write, a singer must sing, a dancer must dance, a painter must paint—a perfumer must create fragrance. These are the sensory tales I tell, the webs I weave. These are my creative expressions of soul and spirit merging into matter. Here I attempt to honor the gifts of my passion– which in turn hope to inspire you onto such honoring of your own expressions– such that we each may give back to the universe, in gratitude. And so on, and so on, working under the intention of elevating our world to divine stature.

Sure you can find cheaper oils and blends from mass-marketed companies or individuals comfortable with cutting corners. What I hope you will find here are products birthed from love, intention and experience that make Palais Aromaetica one of your first choices when looking for integrity, design, purity and originality.

I invite you to wander through this temple of creative artistry. My hope is that you get a taste of the magnificent beauty available here, as well as of the art and pleasure of designing, donning and spreading aromatic alchemy throughout the corners of your world.

Welcome.


A Coming Out Party!

I am happy to announce the coming out party of the new www.joanclark.com, and to welcome you to what I hope you will find is a joyful, beautiful place of sacred sensory overload!

We have labored (for way more than nine months!) to redefine all of the tools, gifts and creations I offer, in support of your most passionate and fulfilling lifestyle and mission. There have been numerous growing pains. We have torn into our “closet” and thrown out anything that no longer fit or which didn’t flatter us. And as the dust settled, I truly believe the work has been elevated to a higher, more cohesive, more systematic level.

These times require constant rebirth, and a honing and harmonizing of all we do, into larger and more empowered frameworks.

The Palais Aromaetica is now home to:

* 7 product lines!Women’s and Men’s natural fragrances, subtle aromatherapy in the form of the Magdalene and Chakra collections, The Pet Alchemist natural petcare line, and the culmination of a complete lifestyle program I have been crafting for many years– The Aroma*Essentials Body Therapeutics line, and its daughter/subset, the Aroma*Woman Synergies in support of all the stages of the divine feminine cycle and rites of passage.

* An increasingly cohesive curriculum of empowering classes/workshops/retreats for the goddess in each of us.

* More sacred travel and pilgrimages to fuel the soul– intentional pilgrimages infused with the desire to take us deeper into the mysteries, allowing us each to come more and more to “know thy self”.

* A full complement of healing treatments, readings, healing sessions to help release past traumas and stresses, and in honor of your larger dreams and visions.

* Channeled and intuitive pieces of Joan of Art and more– paintings, prayer shawls, heart rattles, the Moon Goddess oracle deck, Be the Messenger goddess wear.

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Photo credit: Marie Commiskey

We have toiled to design the new iteration of this site, toward the ultimate user experience. Ease of navigation— your first click should get you where you wish to be. Expandable Read More feature– pages are designed with minimal need for scrolling for returning clients; and those of you wishing to immerse yourselves deeper into the experience– just click on the “Read More”! Fresh Design— it is our sincere hope that this site serves of an uplifting experience whenever you need it– through the addition of lovely images (some graciously provided by sister goddesses), thought-provoking quotes, etc. Goodies— beyond our hope that you will embrace and support our products and services, here we have also included a number of free resources– news of free prayer circle, LunaBella Labyrinth, downloads, etc.

I hope you will find this an easy place to visit, and learn about all that is aromatic through my passions and work with plant spirit medicine and it’s alchemy.

It has not been an easy journey creating this site for myself. I have had to deeply immerse into why?, how? and– are you sure? moments, as to whether all served the highest moving forward. Why are you doing what you do, how are you doing it and are you sure you want to still do that?

There comes a time in your life when you begin to question if you still are passionate about what you are doing. Are you doing it with integrity, grace, flow and ease? Are you creating from a sense of survival or are you thriving and still growing? What is it that you can let go of; what is it that no longer serves you? How do you really want to spend your time?

I am passionate about everything which remains on the palette which is this website. From creating and designing products in the arena of natural perfumes, pet care products, aromatic synergies; to sacred travel, teachings classes and workshops on yoga, Aroma*Fitness and more; having a private healing practice; making art.

These all are different aspects of myself –and places that my spirit, heart and soul need to take part in to feel I am being of service, as well as sources of feeding my own creative spirit.

One of my most favorite words is– Arete which means, in Greek, achieving excellence of any kind: be that creative, spiritual, moral, physical, etc. Embodying the source of a higher alchemy that is in all of us– the higher self that moves us to those things that we have been called to do. Exercising those gifts talents and abilities that are uniquely our own that awaken our spirit and feed our souls.

That which inspires change for the better in one form or another… can bring a sense of joy, happiness, and inspiration.

What I hope you will sense, feel and connect with within these updated pages of joanclark.com is– my spirit, striving toward its personal best, that wishes to be a part of a greater alchemical force for joy, happiness and good will.

I hope these creations and the energy and intention behind them may assist you on to your own inspirations, so that you will continue to touch those in your world; and that all just come to dance here in these possibilities together.

Be it through the alchemy that begins to work its way through us by way of sacred scent, the paths we may walk together on journeys to special places, ideas that begin to inspire us in empowering classes and workshops, or through pieces of channeled art birthed from love… all here is created to inspire, elevate, and awaken the heart and spirit of anyone drawn to this body of work.

I welcome you to Joan Clark’s Palais Aromaeticaa temple of creative alchemy.

Thank you for your support and loyal patronage.

Joan Clark