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A Community Circle for Learning & Practicing

 

alchemy
in Personal and Birth Story Work

We were born Whole. After we caught the "I" virus in early childhood, our egos began to identify more and more with a personal identity, agreements, and conditioning, and thus, we separated from the Self. Psychological alchemy is about individuation, which means remembering who we truly are and becoming who we were meant to be.

 

About 1700 years ago, Alchemy originated in Egypt, China, India, and the Middle East. When Carl Jung was in his mid-5os he discovered alchemy. At first, he thought it was so deep and complex that he would not learn it. But it captivated him, and he spent the last 30 years of his life studying it and bringing its rich system of thought and symbols into psychotherapy and dream work.

"As a pioneer of psychology," Jung wrote in Man and His Symbols, "the rediscovery of the principles of alchemy came to be an important part of my work. The alchemy of transformation in our thoughts, body, and soul is a system utilizing knowledge of the planets, metals, elements, myths, and symbols.

The opus magnum of alchemy is our great inner work. Before we can retreat into our internal laboratories to experiment with and appreciate the separating of the heavy lead in our mind from the hidden gold, we must learn the seven states of alchemical transformation, its symbolism, and meditations. I began studying psychological alchemy two years ago and it captivated my imagination; it is seeping into my dreams, art, and meditations. Now I am inviting others, to whom this ancient body of wisdom appeals, to gather together in study and personal practice.

Join us in the Temenos of Alchemy
We completed the first six weeks! Learning Alchemy was  so interesting, we want to continue and invite new alchemists to join us.
We are taking a break now but will start up later in summer or fall. It will be announced.

 
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Answer This Riddle

The key to life and death is everywhere to be found,

but if you do not find it within your own house,

you will find it nowhere. Yet, it is before everyone's eyes, no one can live without it, everyone has used it. The poor usually possess more of it than the rich, children play with it. When rejected, it lies dormant in the bowels of the heart. 

What is it?  (Let's find out in the Temenos of Alchemy)

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