Antoinette Taljaard is a transformation agent, assisting in the awakening of consciousness. She does this by being the devil?s advocate on occasion, to fearlessly tread in the underworld to mirror the shadow. At other times she gives her joyous attention as a plant communicator to bringing humanity plant-based perfumes and elixirs to transform their lives and support their journeys through the jungle of the New and to just experience some real joy for a change. She?s currently?focusing?her energies and those of her talent bank of friends and connections on creating worldwide awareness of the abundant indigenous knowledge of the plant kingdom available to us Africans and putting her money where her mouth is with African natural perfumes made in conscious collaboration with gorgeous indigenous plants.
On a personal note:
When you know you are connected to someone from the moment you meet but don't act on it straight away, then life's going to make sure you bump into each other along the way. That's been the story of Antoinette and myself and life made sure that the timing was perfect when we finally had our first cup of coffee and found out that our life stories and connection to all that is around is was so in sync. Just from meeting me, she made me the most perfect personalised perfume, all with plants that called out just to me in the perfect?quantities. The harmony of scent has become linked to the breaths I take when my day begins, in the midst of it all and when all is done and I give gratitude for another day. I've become accustom to breathing in the scent and centering myself and once again, in perfect timing as so much change surrounds me right now.
Antoinette I'm so grateful for the time we spend together and for out talks that make me feel so understood and unique at the same time. Everything you touch is pure unconditional love and I am sure many more people will have the joy of connecting with you and falling in love with their own personal fragrance ... be it a perfume, candle or bath oil. I know I will never be the same again.
Antoinette tells her project me story:
What is your definition of happiness?
A deep sense of connectedness with everything. Connected to the special people in my life, the Earth, plants, nature and All That Is. This allows me to express my joy fully.
If you could have everyone say one thing to themselves every day, what would it be?
?I love you?
When we battle to believe in ourselves, we turn to someone who believe in us.?Who is that person for you and why?
I have a handful of people in my life who all support me in this way when I doubt myself, each in their own unique way and there is a special person in my life with who I share my deepest dreams and who stands by me as only he can in this amazing time we?re entering.
What quality do you believe we can never be taught because it is our birth right?
Describe the moment when you realised that you could achieve anything?
I was 33 when I experienced my connection to myself, the Earth and the entire universe in a very physical way. It completely changed the way I saw my reality. What I had thought of as concepts and ?spiritual ideals? became a very real part of my physical reality felt by my body.
How do you deal with the fears that could potentially hold you back?
I speak to them and about them. I own, embrace and love them until they have no further power over me, but instead become a part of me.
What have you always dreamed of being or doing and have you reached that dream?
I never had any dream or idea why I was here. I was always in nature and loving the connection, but it was not something I thought could be a ?doing?. It was just something and somewhere I loved being. I?didn't?conceive this dream until ?I? created the first natural perfumes with Light information and shared it with a friend. My dream slowly took shape as I was living it and I?m on a journey with many dreamlike and magical moments I could never have imagined.
When life gets in the way, what do you always remind yourself of?
We?wouldn't?be here if our ?work? was complete, we would be Home. So we all still have work to do. To be who we are, which is our ?work?, we have access to all the support we ever need and we are never alone. I remind myself to love myself and take care of my body and most of all to RELAX.
We all have something unique to offer the world, what is yours?
I translate information that makes people awakening journeys a little easier. Be it plant aromas into perfumes that support consciousness awakening or writing about new conscious life skills that translate into doable actions. The translation has a more mundane aspect in that I can explain tricky scientific things I?m fascinated by and have digested into easier to understand information bites. It also has an energetic aspect, which is that I walk between Worlds and bring new Light information and my understanding of unfolding awakening processes to people. I share how they can navigate and support themselves and sometimes help them find their inner toolkit.
What do you believe we have lost sight of in the world as a whole?
We are truly interconnected with one another and nature and the Earth is not something we can ever own parts of, but an abundant space we are all sharing for a short while.