The concept of spiritual alchemy came from Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist, that studied many different religious, sacred, and mythic texts in order to understand the psychology of humanity. Jung describes the steps of transformation in relation to the process of analysis in his professional paper titled Problems of Modern Psychotherapy.
Spiritual Alchemy is spiritual transformation. In this course we will discuss the seven stages of alchemy or transformation, how to identify each stage, what is involved, and different methods to work through the alchemist transformation. While physical alchemy is concerned with altering and transforming the properties within matter, spiritual alchemy is concerned with freeing your spiritual self which is trapped within you by the unrefined parts of yourself such as your fears, personal beliefs, or self-loathing.
Symbolically, we cannot turn lead into gold if your soul and psyche are not in tuned with the material process. The psyche of the mind must be in line with the spiritual alchemy process which is the integration of the Shadow unto one’s Self. Perhaps there are issues within our character, our interests, our career, our family, other relationships, and even trauma from our childhood, where we have not yet faced. While going through this transformation, we continue through each of the seven stages, digging deep within ourselves to find healing, releasing, self-love, and ultimately, a spiritual awakening.
The greatest achievement of the alchemist process is to heal the relationship between our mind and matter.