All Things Alchemical: Finding Treasure and Inspiration in Your Life
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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,

Here we are closing out another brilliant year!
Last weekend I held a winter solstice despacho workshop in the Twin Cities where individuals created their thanksgiving prayer bundles (despacho’s), giving gratitude for 2016 and letting go of the memories or things that no longer serve or support their efforts for new beginnings in 2017.  It was an incredibly glorious day filled with song, encouragement, support, good wishes, dreams, deep and personal self-expression, and healing. We created together a container of love that reverberated through each prayer that was given to the bundle.
I have created bundles and despachos regularly, but this day was different. There was a vulnerability that showed up, and it was one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever witnessed in a group gathering.  The participants did not know one another, and there were no agendas, no idea what to expect. They all were new to the experience and willing to be present to whatever Spirit was presenting to each of them this one day they had set aside for themselves. What they didn’t realize is that they brought grace through the door with them that day.
Sometimes we need to be taken out of our comfort zone and try something new or different to help shift our energy. So if you feel called to find the space and time to create your own prayer bundle or despacho before January 1st, go for it. There is not a right or wrong way to pray or to let go or even create intentions as we forward to new beginnings with great hope. 
May you find love and grace in sacred community this holiday season!

With love and blessings to you and yours,


(Minstrel, Narrator) 

The classic Storyteller/Minstrel archetype relays wisdom and foolishness, mistakes and successes, facts and fiction, and tales of love and the impossible on a plane that is often exaggerated beyond ordinary life.  Love is greater, power is more daring, successes are more astonishing, foolishness is more obvious. We have an archetypal need to be spoken to through stories because they bring us into contact with our inner being. We are, in fact, storytellers by nature. Those who have this archetype find that the Storyteller’s voice and methods are essential to their way of communicating and perceiving the world. Some teachers are also connected with the Storyteller archetype, but not all Storytellers are teachers. Not all writers are Storytellers, but authors of fiction must be. A Storyteller communicates not just facts but also a metaphoric learning or experience. Storytellers abound in any walk of life, not just among professional writers.
The tradition of the Minstrel reveals how essential the Storyteller’s role was in medieval culture, because Minstrels were expected to tell stories and sing stories as a way of entertaining a group as well as passing on the news of the day.
The shadow Storyteller is, in the extreme, a liar, and, in moderation, an exaggerator. The temptation always exists to misuse the skill of storytelling to your own advantage when sharing information. The shadow aspect manifests when we can’t resist making up a story to conceal something we don’t want to be truthful about. But the universal appeal of storytelling throughout history suggests some deeper connection of this archetype with the human soul. The oldest written works we possess, from the Gilgamesh epic to the Bible to The Odyssey, use storytelling to make their points. Maybe it’s simply a reflection of the sense that each of our lives is a story worth telling, or a desire to impose order on what sometimes seems like a chaotic and random universe.
Films: Rod Taylor as Sean O’Casey in Young Cassidy; Laurence Harvey and Karl Boehm in The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm; Judy Davis as George Sand in Impromptu; Barbara Bel Geddes in I Remember Mama.
Fiction: Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad; Beloved by Toni Morrison; Ulysses by James Joyce.
Religion/Myth: Homer (combined history and mythology in the action adventures of The Odyssey and The Iliad); Blaise (Welsh storyteller who in Arthurian legend became Merlin’s scribe); Thamyris (Thracian minstrel who won so many contests that he challenged the Muses themselves, and in return for his presumption was struck blind).
Fairy Tale: Arabian Nights (Tales of Scheherazade). 

Myss, Caroline.  Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.  New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002, 2003. 415-416. Print.


A Shift in Perspective
Contributed by Anne Barton

I recently received this quote and felt it simply speaks for itself.

"The other morning, I was lying in bed next to my wife. I'm half asleep and I can hear a dog barking in the house next door or somewhere off in the distance, and I can feel myself growing irritated. It barks in three-second intervals.
It goes on for a long time, until I begin paying closer attention. As I put my attention on this noise, I suddenly realize that the noise is in fact coming from my wife's nostril. Her nose is blocked, making this very quiet expulsion of air. It is actually a tiny sound coming from my wife resting her head on my shoulder, and not a wild barking from somewhere off in the distance.

With this sudden realization, my irritation evaporates instantly, and I am charmed, delighted. Very simply, this is transformation, a shift in perception. The situation has not changed, not one bit, the noise continues exactly the same, however my relationship to the noise has altered, and once again, my world is restored to order, and I am returned home."

- Al Watt, The 90 Day Novel
Happy Holidays! Perhaps 2017 can be the year we look at the circumstances in our lives in a new way…

Anne Barton


Delicious Sandwich Bread
Added Bonus: Grain and Gluten-Free!

I was told three years ago that I needed to adhere to a grain free diet. Under normal circumstances maybe this would not of been a big deal, but it followed – a dairy free/Casein free, sugar free, no nightshade diet and gluten free diet.  My thought balloon was something I cannot put in print but as you can imagine! All I wanted was to take a pill for each meal and call it good. What’s the point? Depressing? For sure. No way no how for 100 percent a 100 percent of the time – instead I adopted the 80/20 rule and to this day, to the very best of my ability I follow that. It comes with challenges each and every day so when I find a recipe that has hit it out of the ballpark you can bet I will share it with you.
Right now I am really into a recipe book called Against The Grain written by Danielle Walker. FABULOUS book for those of us needing help with great recipe ideas that are safe for us to eat – no dairy, no grain, and yes gluten free!! The recipe I am sharing with you has received huge accolades. I am thrilled to finally have a food item back in my kitchen that I have missed for so long – a piece of toast in the morning with a natural fruit spread. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Danielle! It truly IS the simple things.
Click here to print the recipe.


From Tut-The Universe

To touch someone with kindness, , is to change someone forever. 

Heavy, huh? That's nothing. 

Because for everyone you touch, you also reach everyone they will ever know. And everyone they will ever know. And everyone they will ever know. And so, for the rest of all time, your kindness will be felt, in waves that will spread, long after you move on. 

Muchas gracias, 
    The Universe

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