Why Inner Alchemy is vital to the success of your biz + life
I recently sent out a four-part series to the Alchemists Guild newsletter on the main parts of the Inner Alchemy Transformation, and from the feedback, y'all seemed to enjoy it. So I thought I’d share a little bit here on the blog of what the Alchemy Transformation is and why it’s so great. (Because it is great.)
But first, Alchemy: Isn’t that like weird, old, fake science?
Alchemy has always been about trying to take something imperfect and make it perfect. Many early Alchemists believed that everything in nature always tried to reach this perfection.
All metals, the Alchemists believed, yearned to be gold, and would slowly, over much time, change — becoming purer and purer until they reached the perfection of gold.
That's what most of us think of when we think of Alchemy, and it's a fair assessment.
But of course, there's more to it. Alchemy is notoriously inaccessible and obfuscated, and that's why so few of us ever really "got it"—those sneaky dude Alchemists didn't want anyone else to figure it out, or share the wisdom.
So let me share a secret with you, ladies: The goal of a true Alchemist is not to change lead into gold; it’s to change our own "leaden self" into gold.
Alchemy teaches you to create your best self—your Gold
We Alchemists seek perfection in ourselves. Not perfection to a degree of anxiety — that negates the perfection — but perfection in that we become the absolute best that we can become.
Sound like you? Or like someone you want to be?
Your best self is not my best self. Your best life is not my best life. That’s what you’re trying to get: your best life. So that means you don't judge it by some person or magazine's idea of 'perfect life'. You judge it by yours.
The state of your mind affects the results you get from your "lab work" (your Magnum Opus). Therefore, to create your best work and best life, you have to give yourself the attention it needs first. How do you do that? Follow the Inner Alchemy process.
What is the Inner Alchemy process?
When we decide to take our lives from hot mess to brilliant, we enter the Inner Alchemy process, which leads to the transformation we seek: chaos to brilliance.
Every woman who’s hit that point where she could just tear her hair out and scream for an hour is ready for the Inner Alchemy process.
The process is broken down into four main parts (or steps), and as we progress through each of these parts, we get closer and closer to a perfect, productive, happy life and business.
What are the 4 Steps to the Inner Alchemy Transformation?
The four steps of the Alchemy Transformation are Black Chaos, White Clarity, Yellow Wisdom, and Red Brilliance.
Black Chaos: The Black stage is the representation of Chaos. It has two minor processes to it (Calcination and Dissolution) which both work to destroy the diseased parts of ourselves and leave potential behind. It's the rock-bottom point we reach when we've just had enough and can't seem figure out how to make things good again.
Most of us are in Black Chaos in at least one aspect of our lives right now.
White Clarity: The White Stage is the representation of Clarity. After we’ve passed from the Chaos of the Black stage, we now suddenly see things so much more clearly. It’s marked by consciousness: We see and decide what belongs in our lives.
There are two processes in the White stage — Separation and Conjunction — which both work to help us see and choose the right elements for our lives.
This stage is when we start to get "Ah ha!" moments. Suddenly, something has clicked in our heads and we have an idea of where to go and how to get there.
Yellow Wisdom: The Yellow stage is one of wisdom through purification. You’ve been through the chaos of the Black stage, found clarity in the White stage, and will now grow a bit wiser as you traverse the Yellow stage.
This stage is comprised of two processes, Fermentation and Distillation — both of which lead a new Alchemist into the new life she is creating for herself.
When we're in the Yellow Wisdom stage, we're finally starting to move in the right direction because we know what we need and we've wizened up. Where we once would have floundered, waffled, and put off making decisions, we now feel confident in our decisions, choices, and strategies. We know we're going in the right direction and we feel great about it.
Red Brilliance: This is the final stage of the Alchemist’s Transformation. It’s the moment that the leaden life you began with finally transmutes into the gold you dreamed of. It’s your Philosopher’s Stone, your transmuted Gold, your Great Work. There is just one process in the Red Brilliance stage: Coagulation, which is when the ferment that we distilled during the Yellow stage becomes solid, tangible, and real.
To an Alchemist, this is when all of the pieces and parts we’ve created during the first six stages coagulate into the one, bright, shining, golden representation of our Magnum Opus. This is everything you’ve worked for.
Why Inner Alchemy is so important to success in your business & your personal life
How do you know that you need some Inner Alchemy?
Let me just take a guess on how your life is going right now: You’ve got to-do lists, planners, Asana, Trello, and a Google calendar, but at the end of each day, you still feel like you got absolutely zero done. More than that: you’re exhausted, burnt out, and disappointed in yourself.
You had such big, vibrant goals and plans for your life, and they aren't happening like you expected them to. They're taking years longer than you anticipated, and by the time you make progress, you may be wondering, "What's the point? Why did I ever want to do this in the first place? It's never going to work."
This is no way to live.
Life doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t have to feel so soul-sucking. If you’re ready for a change from that, and you want to do it without the soul-sucking systems and dozens of planning accouterments, then you’re ready to do it the Alchemist way.
What would you add to this? Have you experience Inner Alchemy in your life yet?