We had the good fortune of connecting with Joel (Darshan) Ingwaldson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joel (Darshan), what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson my business has taught me is to TRUST myself. LISTEN to my inner voice, ALLOW truth, the light, to guide me along the way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love what I do. I design and create high vibrational jewelry that uplifts, heals and brings many blessings to the wearer. I got here, because I had to heal myself. I was in a fast-pace Jewelry career that served for many years, then it didn’t. I was stressed out, never home, always traveling, I had zero time for my personal life. I didn’t know how to stop. But my body did. I was diagnosed with an early stage of breast cancer. My whole life flashed before me, and I was shock. I realized I has to walk away from that life and life-style and it was hard. I had to go deep within, and start to TRUST, LISTEN and follow the TRUTH of what resonated for me. I have 30 years of yoga and meditation practice. So going within, wasn’t a difficult process. But allowing all emotions and trauma in my life to bubble up to the surface was not always fun or easy, but I knew It was time to heal and sort things out within. Back to doing all things I love, yoga, meditation, nature, juicing, connecting with friends, family, and lots of alternative healing sessions with amazing healers, who were reminding me who I am at my core. As I was home healing from surgeries and procedures, I pulled out my gemstones & beads, charms, components etc and would create pieces and write a story about each piece, how it can help to uplift and heal the wearer. I loved to take pictures of the pieces and would post this on my personal facebook page. To my surprise I had people messaging me about how to purchase. After about a year of doing this, it was suggested that I take what I am doing serious, meaning, not blow it off like its something small. Once I changed my mindset, new doors opened, expansion and more growth started happening. I started to recognize and experience that what I love to do, is helping to support others on their path of health and healing etc. which helps to feed my soul.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my best friend comes to town, I’m taking her to ASTRO GONG YOGA. It’s the best studio in LA. They offer astrology classes, gong baths and yoga, all under one roof, plus its a beautiful studio too! We’d go to YUKO Kitchen and noshe on some yummy sushi rolls – shrimp tempura and avocado rolls are the bomb! I’d also take her to Back on the Beach in Santa Monica, sink our feet into the sand, as the outdoor seating is on the beach…watch all the bike riders etc. I’d order the Fred Salad (no chicken, tuna instead), but their fish and chips are yummy too! Gotta go to Erewhon, visit the tonic bar and get a Maca Bomb ice cream! We will hit up Kreation too! Love their cold pressed juices (50 shades of green) and smoothies (radiance). Then just hang on the beach, weather permitted, jump in the ocean, look for dolphins…then at some point head over to Mystic Journey in Venice to get a numerology reading from Josh Siegal. He is the best numerologist! Super insightful and always right on! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank a few people, Nicole Scheier, an amazing healer who has helped me to heal on many levels in my life and who encouraged me to take my little jewelry business serious. Marcelo, my life partner for his unending love, and support, he’s my rock and such a blessing. Kathryn, Sat Kirin, Meliné, and Daria are dear friends and my biggest cheerleaders, I am so grateful to you, for all the love, support, coaching and encouragement, and to Sat Jiwan, my accountability partner! We have weekly calls that help keep me focused, committed and we celebrate each others small and big wins of the week.