All Things Alchemical: Finding Treasure and Inspiration in Your Life
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FEBRUARY 2016
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All Things Alchemical is the monthly E-newsletter of personal transformation for those seeking grace and clarity. Enjoy discoveries centered on health, spirit, purpose, archetypes, symbology and artistic expression that will guide you dancing through life.

Note From Kendra

 

Dear Friends,

Alchemy for me is one of the most fascinating processes there is. Clearly it is why I chose the field to work in that I have. I am awed by spiritual transformation, and this seemingly magical process cannot be easily conveyed with words. For all practical purposes, Merriam-Webster.com defines Alchemy as, “a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold…” and “a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way.”
 
My divine purpose and vocation of spiritual direction and life coaching is to help people bring what they feel stirring within themselves to clarity.  Although I do not literally transform base metals into gold, I do strive to take the ordinary and transform it into an extraordinary, spiritual experience.
We are alchemists at heart and yearn for a mystical experience of transforming ourselves into enlightened, peaceful beings.
 
We experience this in numerous ways every day of our lives. Within our daily struggles, we are invited into our interior world to discover the riches of base metals being turned to gold. What science tries to define within a laboratory, spirit guides us to define for ourselves by consciously engaging in life fully and letting go of the material that no longer serves our process.
 
This month I have created a downloadable audio that will guide you to start your own personal alchemy. You will find it under this month’s Inspiration section. Letting go is a mindful, intentional process, and my wish for you is that this will be the start of a journey to peace within yourself.

Peace and with love to you,

Archetype

The Alchemist (Wizard, Magician, Scientist, Inventor)

These archetypes share the common trait of converting some form of matter into an altered expression of itself. The Wizard and Magician produce results outside the ordinary rules of life, whether causing people to fall in love or objects to disappear. Whereas a Wizard is associated with supernatural powers, the Magician tends to be seen more as an entertainer. The Alchemist is associated with vain attempts to turn base metals into gold, but in its highest manifestation it seeks complete spiritual transformation. You may identify with this archetype if you are interested in a path of spiritual development that is aligned to the mystery schools or study of the laws of the universe. From this perspective, Nostradamus and Isaac Newton could both be classified as Alchemists.
 
The shadow sides of these archetypes are found in the misuse of the power and knowledge that comes through them. Seduction and trickery brought about through magic and wizardry play on the desires of many people to transform their lives.
 
For the Alchemist or Wizard to be one of your circle of twelve, it needs to be associated with your physical life in some significant way. Perhaps your work or living situation demands that you be especially inventive or interventionist on a regular basis. The shadow Wizard manifests either as the use of ingenuity for criminal or unethical purpose or as feelings of superiority based on high intellect.
 
Films: Spencer Tracy in Edison the Man; Greer Garson in Madame Curie; Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates and Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs in Pirates of Silicon Valley (HBO video); Fred MacMurray (or Robin Williams) in The Absentminded Professor; Katherine Hepburn in The African Queen; Jane Powell in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Jeff Goldblum in The Fly (shadow); Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen (shadow) in X-Men.
 
Fiction: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho; The Mists of Avalon by Marion Z. Bradley; the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
 
Drama: The Miracle Worker by William Gibson.
 
Religion/Myth: Merlin (wizard and prophet involved in every phase of King Arthur’s life, from conception to rulership, who also counseled him as king); Cessair (magician who became the first Queen of Ireland); Tezcatlipoca (Aztec god of night and material things, whose black magic mirror made of obsidian or hematite reflected the thoughts and actions of humanity and could kill enemies); Paracelsus (sixteenth-century Swiss alchemist and physician who described humans as the microcosmic reflection of the macrocosm); Hermes Trismegistus (Greek mythic figure who served as messenger of the gods, but who in later esoteric thought became a master of reality manipulation able to travel freely between the various realms and dimensions); Simon (Samaritan magician in the Book of Acts, 8:9-24, condemned by the apostle Peter for offering to buy the power of the Holy Spirit from him); Suyolak (gypsy wizard said to know all medicinal cures).
 
Fairy Tale: Rumpelstiltskin (spun straw into gold). 

Myss, Caroline.  Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.  New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002, 2003. 366-367. Print.

Symbology

OPPOSUM/ Diversion
Contributed by Anne Barton.

When I think of the animal opossum, for some reason I think of my mother. She seemed fond of the expression ‘playing opossum,’ but for the life of me, I can’t remember why. However, I also often recall that I’d learned at a young age to avoid my brother’s tormenting by ignoring him, and consequently, he moved on to torment my sister, who screamed and cried and gave him just what he wanted! So apparently the message of Opossum subtly got through, informing me of an effective strategy! And perhaps my mother knew just what she was doing when she used that age-old expression…
 

Key Concepts when Opposum is Present:

  • Use strategy! The best strategy may be no defense.
  • Rely upon instincts, use your brain, your sense of drama and surprise to leap over a barrier to progress.
  • Play opossum . . . Pretend if you have to! 

One of the fascinating things about studying the messages of animals is recognizing all of the creative defense mechanisms they have developed. A skunk is one of the smallest, most avoided and even feared animals in the forest for reasons we are all well aware of. Opossum’s greatest form of protection is to play dead – essentially adopting the defense of ‘no defense.’ The success of this method comes from confusing predators just long enough to get away. If a predator believes that the game is over, in those few seconds the predator takes to walk away, Opossum has the perfect opportunity to escape. I have this sort of cartoon image of a predator looking around in confusion wondering, ‘Is this for real? Did I just scare this creature to death?’
 
Opossum uses a great deal of strategy. It’s not that he can’t fight – his claws and teeth are perfectly suited for fighting back – but he chooses to retreat instead. The strategy of diversion is employed when things get a little too hard to handle. “Opossum has developed an act that would receive an Academy Award in the animal kingdom. The musk of the death scent is excreted at will, adding to the master play that sends enemies on many trails of confusion… Victory is sweet when the strategy is one of mental as well as physical prowess” (Sams).
 
If Opossum crosses your path, the message could be to use your brain, or even a little drama, to get through a tight spot. The message could also be the reverse. Is your dramatic reaction or behavior covering up a deeper understanding of what is really going on? Are you playing the victim to avoid the truth? Or are you creating excuses to avoid just saying ‘no’ because you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings.
 
We all have the right to be who we are, and we don’t need to make excuses for that. We owe no one a reason or explanation either. ‘No’ is a complete sentence! When adopting the viewpoint of no defense, you are choosing to be who and what you are, without playing games. The proper use of diversion is to know when not to use diversion at all.

Works Cited & Resources
Sams, Jamie, and David Carson. Medicine Cards. New York: St. Martin’s
     Press, 1988, 1999.  Print.   


To learn more about Animal Guide readings, as well as other readings I provide, visit http://tiny.cc/AnneBartonReadings

Health

Damage Control: Recovering from a Sugar Binge

There are a half dozen times a year when we can go into a store that sells food, and whatever the holiday happens to be at the time, we can clearly see that we celebrate with savory treats, candy, and sweets! There is no way we can miss them.
I am 37 days into a complete removal of refined sugar from my lifestyle, and I phrase it like this because it’s not a diet. I am hoping ‘sugar-free’ is becoming a way of life for me at this point. That is how I need to look at it - not something fleeting or temporary until I achieve a goal. It is a permanent removal of something that wreaks havoc on my health.

Although
this gem of an article first appeared at Halloween, I find it to be extremely helpful at any time when we are over consuming and binging on sugar.

Happily stepping away from the cupcakes!

Inspiration

Mindfulness Letting Go Meditation


We move through our lives holding within our hearts a laundry list of items that do not serve us. They create weight and discomfort, dis-ease and anxiety, and a multitude of other things that wreak havoc on our peace within. I want to share a mindful meditation I practice every time I feel tension around my heart or discomfort with a situation that I cannot seem to let go of easily. Click here to listen to my Mindfulness Letting Go Meditation.

My Favorites

This time year as we know it with crazy weather patterns and people traveling over long holidays, we are prone to pick something up if our immune system is not stable. So this months favorites are centered on nurturing your body and spirit back to health.


Sure-Thing Homeopathic Cold Remedy
This homeopathic remedy if taken at the first onset signs of a cold or flu, does the trick to quickly stop the process or shorten the duration by half the time. It can be found in most health food stores.  Click here for a free homeopathic medicine guide and where to find it near you. 

Crock Pot Chicken Soup 
Cooks has a chicken soup recipe that is the easiest I have ever found. It is 15 minute prep time and it cooks all day in a slow cooker.  Chicken soup is known for its healing properties click here to read the facts about an old wives tale. 

 
It is not too late! Consider treating yourself and starting off the new year in the best way possible. Services available include Spiritual Guidance Life CoachingIntuitive Readings, and my latest offering of “A Day With Your Destiny” – an entire day devoted to discovering your Sacred Contract. Please contact Kendra if you are interested or have any questions.
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