"Sometimes I have the strange sensation of things separating ...
I can actually feel the Universe expand ... I wonder if I haven't found the
secret to disappearances." - Elizabeth Herron
Soul Alchemy (Womanifesto):
The basic definition of 'alchemy' is the transmutation of base metals to more precious metals. This was the meaning held for the word stemming from medieval times. Today, there are many ways to define what alchemy is, and all of these are rooted in transmutation, leading ultimately to transformation. This can be of a substance, a chemical, or any other energy form. I found this particular definition on the Wikipedia website:
Alchemy is the art of liberating parts of the Cosmos from temporal existence and achieving perfection which, for metals is gold, and for man, longevity ... Material perfection was sought through the action of a preparation (Philosopher's Stone for metals; Elixir of Life for humans), while spiritual ennoblement resulted from some form of inner revelation or other enlightenment.
In the way of Urban Soul Alchemy, it is to work with a damaged or more dense aspect of energy, and transform it to something new. Something more harmonious which will open and clear channels for energy to begin running freely and smoothly again, soothing dis-ease and bringing recall of joy and unity. This in and of itself is a part of the divine dance ... movement, leading to release, and bringing home true honoring of the self and of all others. Embrace and enjoy this dance, and remember it is simply a mechanism to pierce the veils of self-forgetting, to remember who YOU are, and to step back firmly onto your Path with light in your Heart, and music and electricity in your Body.
There exists a very dynamic nature between spirit and human design. Soul Alchemy is one way to become aware of the 'shadow bonds' of old or negative thought patterns and buried emotions. It is one way to learn to act upon self-guidance in order to release these bonds. We can break the continual cycle of seeking out teachers and gurus, and become our own. This brings us to true self empowerment and guides us into embracing the trust that we need in order to begin listening to, and putting into practice, the nudges and shoves of our personal intuition. When we recognize our human body as a vehicle and as a temple, and subsequently acknowledge and embrace the world of Spirit, we can create a bridge which brings these two worlds closer together and allows within our lives, miracles to happen and beauty to be born.
When we tune in to the deepest wills of our hearts and the beautiful wisdom of our souls we become much more aware of how the human and spirit worlds influence each other. Thusly we also become acutely aware of the need to be as clear of a vessel as we possibly can. Then Soul Alchemy branches into the work of transmuting the more shadowy aspects that can bog us down (judgments, emotional baggage, etc.) so that we may hold our received teachings with humility and truth. With dedication to the practice of transforming that which no longer serves harmony on all levels, we may truly achieve purity, peace, and balance.
Blessings, and Namaste,
☼ Danielle ☼
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