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The Alchemical Woman
A Conversation with the Authors
The Alchemical Woman - what does she look like? Is she a gypsy in velvet skirts and jingling bracelets? Or does she wear a white lab coat and work in a university research department? Or maybe what we have here is a fictitious character made for the sci-fi channel. No... according to Catherine Davidson and Ramona Rubio, co-authors of The Alchemical Woman: A Handbook for Everyday Soulwork, she is every woman.
That's not to say we keep having the same problems over and over, but that the challenges we have in life can take us to an emotional and mental place that we've experienced before. Each time we enter it, however, we have a little more wisdom under our belts.
Whenever we encounter negative emotions, our first reaction is to place blame. We blame others or we blame ourselves. Either way, blaming is a diversion from seeing and taking responsibility for what's wrong in our lives. And blame only prolongs our stay in either the pain or the denial of what is happening.
The alchemical process helps us take ownership of our lives on all levels and to recognize the angel, diva or demon wanting our attention. It's a dynamic process that allows for feelings of being stuck, allows for leaps of faith and allows for growth and self-acceptance to appreciate that we're doing the best we can with what we know.
Once we stop resisting and settle into actually being present with our experience, we begin to funnel our energies toward positive solutions.
The awareness of these alchemical stages brings huge rewards. Life's trials and traumas are accompanied by gifts. It's hard to imagine anything good coming from an unwanted divorce, a fatal illness or accident, or any other personal loss. And oftentimes the gift goes unclaimed, but that doesn't mean it wasn't there to receive.
The alchemical process helps us to move beyond our pain, not by denying it or suppressing it, but by living it fully and honestly, and coming to know who we are within it. Finding that Alchemical Woman within is a gift in itself, because we come to know that she is more than we imagined, and she deserves to have light, love and joy in her life.
Once she believes in herself and knows she's worthy of all good things, her outer life begins to reflect what has happened internally. She starts experiencing that silver lining and those golden opportunities.
This process shows us the guardrails so we can stay on the safe and fun side of the light without diminishing the full experience of our lives.
We invite brave-hearted women to become their own empowered Alchemist.
By using the myths and metaphor of alchemy - the process of turning base metal into gold - we are inviting women to look into their lives at the very basic level of experience. What we find is exactly what we need in order to become the woman we're meant to be.
The Alchemical Woman isn't for sissies - it takes courage to go to those places inside of us that we've avoided. We invite you to embark on this exciting journey of transformation. The rewards are golden.
Dr. Ramona Rubio and her co-author, Dr. Catherine Davidson, recognized the real meaning of the alchemists' work to be a spiritual quest: the transformation of Self. The authors have translated the ages old practice of alchemy - so long shrouded in archaic and complex codes that hid the inner mysteries - into a practical tool for living a rich and meaningful life.
In their new book, The Alchemical Woman: A Handbook for Everyday Soulwork, they document their remarkable findings. This treasure-filled book offers every woman - and every woman's man - life-changing formulas that will transform their basest life experiences into golden opportunities! The authors emphasize the importance of healthy relationships and encourage couples to experience the alchemical journey together. You will acquire soulful insights that will strengthen your commitment to each other.
Beautifully illustrated and always fascinating, this is a profound and life-changing work.