Category Archives: Alchemy Series

Alchemy {8} ~ The Spiritual Stages Of Alchemy {7} ~ Coagulation

Similar to the blood’s ability to form clots and stop bleeding, Coagulation is the moment when we’ve “broken open the head,” or in other words, we have become free from the mind and have allowed our consciousness or Soul to connect with the Materia Prima: the Spirit.

The meeting point between two opposites such as the spiritual self and raw matter, heaven and hell, and life and death, is the point where existence becomes self-aware. This is the moment when our lives are without duality; when matter becomes Spirit – or Spirit is manifested in material form.


In the stage of Coagulation, the physical universe is not separate from the mind or spiritual reality; it is a reflection of it.

Alchemy’s greatest achievement is to create an interrelationship between mind and matter, between self and world. It embodies and points to the union of opposites, the transcendence of division, and the Oneness of all beings.

Alchemy {7} ~ The Spiritual Stages Of Alchemy {6} ~ Distillation

Once we begin our Spiritization we must find a way to continue to integrate all of these spiritual realizations into our lives in order to allow them to become permanent. Distillation is the level of further purification.

One example of Distillation is finding ways to live from a daily place of inner peace – even in the most mundane circumstances. With enough repeated practice of constantly dying and being reborn in the present moment without entering again into the habits, identifications, and cycles of the mind, we experience a strong and profound inner transformation. In the East, this is what is mostly defined as self-realization or “spiritual enlightenment.”

Certain practices such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and self-inquiry are useful in this stage.

Alchemy {6} ~ The Spiritual Stages Of Alchemy {5} ~ Fermentation

Fermentation is the beginning of our process of rebirth. This stage can be compared to the death of a grape, which then becomes the birth of wine. While the first four stages involved working with aspects of our old personality, in the stage of Fermentation we begin to experience moments of our more “refined” self.

Fermentation occurs in two parts: Putrefaction and Spiritization. Putrefaction is the decomposition of our former selves; the process of inner death by which the old elements of our conscious and unconscious minds are allowed to rot and decompose. (Some call this stage the dark night of the soul, as it can be followed by troublesome mental states such as depression.)

On the other hand, Spiritization is the stage in which we begin to look at the world in a new light. With the right guidance and with solid inner work, Spiritization involves letting go of all the aspects of ourselves and our lives that don’t serve or contribute to our spiritual transformation. This is when we taste moments of great inner peace and stillness.

Alchemy {5} ~ The Spiritual Stages Of Alchemy {4} ~ Conjunction

After the purification and clarification of the first three stages, we must properly combine the remaining elements within us through the process of “Conjunction.”

While in the previous step we separated and learned to distinguish all the separate feelings and thoughts within us, Conjunction provides the inner space – the simmering – that is required for us to truly and honestly accept all the parts of our authentic self. When we experience this stage of spiritual alchemy, all of our unconscious thoughts and feelings bubble up to the surface and into the light of conscious awareness.

In this stage, journaling, introspection, solitude, and meditation are particularly useful. Learn more about how t

Alchemy {4} ~ The Spiritual Stages Of Alchemy {3} ~ Separation

Separation is the stage where we make our thoughts and emotions more defined by isolating them from other thoughts and emotions. A simple example is our attempt to free our heart from resentment while trying to forgive someone.

The process of separation involves truly becoming aware of our authentic feelings for a person, or for ourselves. In this stage, we choose to experience our anger, frustration, or disappointment towards another or ourselves, rather than reverting back to the old habit of dutifully trying to “forgive” or “forget” because it is the “right” or comfortable thing to do.

Separation is closely entwined with shadow work in that we must allow all feelings and thoughts within us to surface side by side. This helps us to isolate particular elements of our character in order to honestly see and assess them.

Alchemy {3} ~ The Spiritual Stages Of Alchemy {2} ~ Dissolution

Once we have broken down all of our personality characteristics that were in the way, we are left with the process of dissolution which is the beginning of feeling less identification with our false sense of self. Once we are free from our pride or self-doubt, we can take one step back and truly observe our positive and negative qualities.

In this stage, our inability to take responsibility for our many faults, our avoidance of traumatizing memories, and other inner tensions rise to the surface, causing us to become aware of how our behaviour might be affecting others. This is the beginning of spiritual maturity and the spiritual awakening process. Sometimes this stage of transformation is brought about accidentally by illnesses and misfortunes in our lives that cause us to really pay attention to what we’re doing, shocking us out of our avoidance patterns (such as workaholism and self-medicating with drugs.)

Alchemy {2} ~ The Spiritual Stages Of Alchemy {1} ~ Calcination

While there are no universal stages of alchemy due to the sheer number of different schools out there, this is one of the most widely accepted progressional stages.

1. Calcination

Calcination is the process of heating and decomposing raw matter – or in other words, breaking down parts of ourselves that are in the way of our own happiness. Often we’d rather be right or fulfill an idea of “perfection” than be truly happy, so we continue neglecting the exploration of ourselves.

The stage of Calcination represents the stage in our lives where we begin breaking down our egos, self-doubt, stubbornness, self-sabotaging behavior, pride, and arrogance, and put it aside so we can find out what is underneath.

Alchemy {1} ~ What Is Spiritual Alchemy?

“Aurum Nostrum Non Est Aurum Vulgi: Our gold is not common gold.” ~ Alchemist Saying

Whether you understand Alchemy as a science or as a spiritual psychology instrument, alchemy is ultimately concerned with transformation and change. 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 (e.g., your fears, personal beliefs, self-loathing, etc.). Spiritual alchemy is vastly more multi-faceted and mutliplex.

The objective of spiritual alchemy is to free you from your core wounds, core beliefs, soul loss, and other self-destructive personality structures in order for you to live freely and unobstructed. Existing in “pure being,” or soulful awareness is the ultimate state of transformation – the gold – of spiritual alchemy. It attempts to restructure your personality and the various levels of attachment, avoidance, and identification you possess.

Famous psychiatrist C. G. Jung has been accredited with our continued interest in alchemy. Much of his theory is heavily steeped in the rich symbolism of alchemy, creating a colourful and sophisticated roadmap by which we can learn to get ourselves “out of our own way,” stop being our own enemies and allow our fullest potential to unfold into the gold we already are.