The soul of Sedona breathes deeply into those who take the time to simply be in her essence − Illup Gravengaard knows this to be true. An alchemist who serves the wildness of the red rocks, he embodies a dedication to transformation, brought through in his earthen empire known as Kejiwa he created with Emma Clare Juniper. Here he shares once in a lifetime elixirs, scents, ormus’ and tinctures that act as guides, waiting to remind and reconnect you with your innate vitality. In one sip of the Mystic A-Rose kombucha or a deep inhalation of the Sedona oil, it becomes clear you are sacredly imbibing with the earth in her purest forms.
As a trusted steward for those desiring further inner alchemical activation, Illup offers himself more wholly through his unique healing modalities made of ancient wisdom, sound and subtle touch. In his words, "And so let us open to the gift of grace ever here at hand". Yes, lets.
What is alchemy?
Alchemy is consciously assisted self-evolution and living innovation. Alchemy is the transformation of the dense lead of our being into the untarnishable brilliant gold of our being.
What do you think is your purpose in life?
I could say my purpose is being of service sharing alchemy, but the core of it all… the heart of it all is that my purpose is to permeate love into every aspect of my life and so be a living love potion that inspires more love… compassion, caring, sharing, forgiveness, harmony, and connection in this world.
What is your ultimate vision for Kejiwa?
'Kejiwa' means "of the Soul" and what we do is ever transform, reform, and in-form our ways of serving and nourishing the soul… assisting highest creativity and expression of thriving life however that continues to change, grow, and blossom for us all.
What are spagyrics?
Spagyric literally means "to separate, and recombine." This is a long practiced way of medicine-making that has the understanding that we are physical beings AND we are energetic beings; that we must heal all aspects of our being to really be whole and healthy. Spagyrics are a combination of tinctured herb, distilled essential oil of the herb, and calcined plant salt of the herb. This creates a refined highly bio-available medicine that effectively touches on the physical, the soul, and spirit.
What inspires you?
Nature, flowers, the wind in the trees, ecstatic poetry, the invisible undefinable magic constantly permeating us all, all of the beauty we can perceive around & in us, the star-light twinkle of excitement in a person's eyes after sharing alchemy with them…
How can someone elevate their energy?
Close your eyes for a moment and breath the biggest three breaths you have taken yet today. Even better; go outside, put your bare feet on the earth, now take these breaths with your hand laid over your heart.
What is your most valued possession?
If you could have anything, what would you have for your birthday meal?
Fresh Egyptian lotus blossoms with Ecuadorian cacao (chocolate) drizzled on top.
What is something you wished everyone knew about you?
That deep down, I am exactly like you and I love you so much, more than imaginable.
What motivates you to stay in a state of mindfulness?
Mindfulness feels like I need to be tactful about how my actions affect others and how I engage with the world which is a starting point. Heartfulness feels like a state I can more thrive in, sensitizing to an empathic relating to everyone around me via compassion, caring, and sharing in what ways are most alive for me and most lights up the world for us all. Witnessing this is all the motivation I need.
What is the biggest personal change you have ever made?
Stepping on to the path of alchemy. To demystify this, it was an aligning to the understanding that everything I do, create, and enact in this life, has an immediate reflection within myself for my own personal revolutionary evolutionary innovation of being. So as I leave a mark on this world, a mark is left in my inner being. And when I create a new reality of experience in my inner being, a new reality of experience is created in my world. This is a stepping-stone to the realization that there really is no separation, no inner and outer, no you and me. And on that musical note, we can all just take a deep breath of relief, for we really are all in this sweet symphony together.
Have you ever had an epiphany?
Ever moment is ripe for an epiphany. We just have to realize these phenomenal fruits of existence are ever available to us. Getting a degree in college was a great achievement that I would never take for granted, yet it wasn't till I shed most of my material possessions & unconsciously adopted understandings of life and lived in the wilds of the desert for several weeks that I realized there is a different type of learning that happens spontaneously, naturally, intrinsically in our being. I had been entrained in the ways of books and memorization for years, but my experience immersing with the plants of this land showed me that all the knowledge we ever need is constantly available to us if we actually not engage but calm the mind, and reach out with our hearts.
Illup Gravengaard has over 6 years sharing his Kejiwa elixirs across the country. His background is in natural medicine, wild herbalism, raw live-vegan nutrition, music, energy healing, yoga, meditation, graphic design, poetry, & award-winning photography.