Prelude to a Blog

Welcome to The Alchemist’s Diary, my blog for sharing events and stories that apply to my path as an alchemist working with the transformational qualities of soul essence-based essential oils, the products I create with them, and their applications in our lives.

Thoughts on Practicing Modern Alchemy

To call oneself an Alchemist means that there is an understanding and a direct experience of the process of transformation. Whether we are discussing the process of turning lead into gold–the alchemy studied by ancient practitioners, or we are discussing transforming one’s life through the process of evolving one’s consciousness.

At this unique point in my life I stand at a crossroads of sorts. For over 20 years I have practiced body- and soul-oriented healing work, and for the past 11 years I have been an on-going student and practitioner of shamanism. Additionally a new path has emerged, that of a Natural Perfumer.

The crossroads is not about having to make a choice about which path to take, it is about acceptance. After all the alchemy of healing and the alchemy of natural perfume making is much the same . . . taking base materials and creating a transformative process by which they become more than they were previously. So the crossroads, my crossroads, is really about having a wider perspective and an expanded lens through which I can perceive life and living, and accepting that I have a greater capacity to do so.

There is a story about this new path coming into being and some of it is available to read on my Natural Perfume and Anointing Oil product site at The rest of my story is an on-going one that I will share with you here at The Alchemist’s Diary from time to time.

It is my greatest hope that this blog will serve in ways that I have not yet dreamed, and that you find inspiration, camaraderie and community as we virtually hold hands and step into our individual and collective futures.

The way is open and we are meant to enjoy it!

~ Gail


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