We’re all changing. But are you TRANSFORMING?
In our modern culture of convenience, entertainment, and distraction, radical transformation doesn't happen for many of us. Instead, we fall into unconscious behaviors, stemming from the thoughts, wounds, and beliefs collected since childhood.
Cultural revolutions—the kinds that make the world better and fairer for everyone—are even rarer, as the power of the status quo is addictive for all of us and lucrative for a powerful few.
Through my articles, talks, and books, I address the personal and collective obstacles we face, and offer a path to dive into the underbelly of life in order to live a more conscious, soulful life.
This isn’t Personal Growth. It’s not Self-Help. It’s Alchemical Transformation.
Discover more about what an alchemical transformation can look like for you.
“Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt.”
~ Roman poet Juvenal
I am an author, freelance writer/speaker, and the owner of Curiosa Publishing, LLC. My work has appeared in Spirituality & Health Magazine, The Star Tribune, Elephant Journal, Addicted to Success, The Good Men Project, Mindful Word, Thought Catalog, The Edge Magazine, Essential Wellness, The Sunlight Press, Grown and Flown, Rebelle Society, and others. I’ve been interviewed for or featured in The Star Tribune, The Edge Magazine, Spiritual Media Blog, Edge Innerviews, Essential Wellness, Illumination on Medium, and The Masterpiece on Medium. My first book, “Embodying Soul: A Return to Wholeness,” won several awards, including the 2020 IPA award for Mind, Body & Spirit and the 2020 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal in Non-Fiction Spiritual and Supernatural.
Read the story of my transformations in my 2020 memoir entitled, "Embodying Soul: A Return to Wholeness"
All of creation, and thus all cultures, creatures, relationships, and lives move through life cycles. And that in these life cycles, an ending is integral to a new beginning. And nothing understands these cycles like the ancient art and science of alchemy.
Alchemy is known as the Royal Art. Though mysterious and often secretive, Dr Carl Jung was the first to see deeper into this oft-dismissed science. Where some see a fool’s errand to attempt to change lead into gold, Jung saw in alchemy a metaphor and a model: how to break down what’s become “leaded” in our lives (heavy, useless) and transform it into gold (wisdom, life lessons).
Alchemy is the progenitor of modern-day chemistry, but there are important distinctions.
In a chemistry experiment, the chemist’s role is as a steward and observer of a process that is happening “out there.” Their thoughts, ideas, beliefs, and inner world paradigms are of no consequence. The chemist will be the same person before and after the experiment. This is an analogy for wanting to make change in the outer world, but not allowing ourselves to get personally entangled, making us little more than furrow-browed bystanders.
With alchemy, the alchemist, along with their thoughts, beliefs, and inner world paradigms, is the primary ingredient that will be melted down, stirred up, and subsequently regenerated in the crucible. Therefore, the alchemist is not the same person before and after the experiment any more than a butterfly is a caterpillar after its metamorphosis. Instead of demanding, hoping, or waiting on the world to change, the alchemist courageously and willingly gives themselves over to changing themselves in their pursuit of changing the world.
In a world that is falling apart, we cannot practice chemistry. This is a time to resurrect the wisdom of alchemy, for it can remind us of what our modern way of life has caused us to forget: what is here is elsewhere; what is not here is nowhere. Meaning: we shape our world from our collective inner beliefs and values. We transform our world through transforming ourselves.
If we are to have any hope of birthing a new world from this dying one, a world more enlightened, more whole, and more connected, filled with beings of integrity and wisdom with no tolerance for cruelty and deceit, alchemy is the path we must set ourselves upon.