ABOUT CATHY’S ATTARS
Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer, MD are the co-founders of AromaGnosis, a fusion of aromatherapy and Jungian Depth Psychology. With Cathy’s Attars, we aim to offer ancient attars that help us turn life’s obstacles into opportunities for growth.
Aroma and Gnosis both come from Ancient Greek. We all know what Aroma means. Gnosis means the direct perception of the Spirit in Nature. We have found that truly alive aromas can be powerful allies for personal evolution and growth. These spirits of the plants in the form of aromatic oils help us retrieve our hidden wisdom from the unconscious, where it may be hiding behind challenging and dark emotions.
As we have taught our classes around the world, we have found that our approach is only effective if we work with truly alive and intelligent oils and have made it our mission to find such oils for people to use as guides and teachers.
Through scent, we become aware that Nature is conscious, intelligent and constantly trying to communicate with us. Through awareness, we have the opportunity to reclaim our living relationship to plants and all of Nature, seen and unseen.
AromaGnosis is a beautiful, powerful synthesis between aromatherapy and alchemy, which in C. G. Jung’s view is a model of personal evolution and soul growth. The aromatic molecules in essential oils and hydrosols, have profound powers to heal physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Though scent we can connect with the intrinsic aliveness all around us and within us — the collective unconscious. By reclaiming this connectedness we heal ourselves and Nature. Our own Wounded Healer’s Journey is central to all healing—of ourselves, of our clients, of our environment.