What the History of Alchemy Can Teach Us About Curiosity and Spiritual Transformation
Mar 29, 2018

Merle Copeland
Core Spirit member since Dec 24, 2020
Reading time 2 min.

Alchemy is an ancient practice, ridden with mystery and secrecy…until now. While popularized by the medieval scientific quest to turn lead into gold, its practices and customs stretch far beyond these parameters. Alchemy’s focus, as a practice, revolves around metals, and the innate belief that they grow inside the earth and when found, were merely young and transformable forms of gold. Today, this has been scientifically disproven. Yet, to this day, the spiritual alchemist practice lives on.


The transformation of alchemy from the materialistic scientific realm to the spiritual arena. Alchemy’s psycho-spiritual foundation is ground in the curious transcendent worldview that everything, inanimate or living, enfolds a universal spirit. This accessible and simple cornerstone has proven to stand the test of time.

Alchemy’s Scientific and Spiritual History

Historically, alchemy’s roots are multifaceted; spanning across the entire globe in one capacity or another. The word’s denotation, in and of itself, holds unique meaning to countries and ancestries across the globe: “chem,” meaning black, as representative of the alluvial soils that border the Nile River and “chyma” meaning to cast or fuse metals in Greek. Its comprehensive meaning is attributable to Arabic, referred to as “al

Its comprehensive meaning is attributable to Arabic, referred to as “al kimia.” While its historical origins are geographically diverse, ancient alchemist ventures are all founded on a unified thought: the manmade scientific ability to transform nature. This often manifested itself in scientific experimental ventures to transform basic element, like lead, into anew, often gold.

In retrospect, early alchemy is held largely as “primitive proto-science,” that later morphed into chemistry. Scientifically, alchemists sought out to transform lead and base metals into gold. Unfortunately, due to alchemy’s early foundation, it is scientifically flawed. Rooted in an erroneous conception of basic chemistry, alchemy was ultimately doomed to fail. This has left many scratching their heads why alchemy endures to this day.

With time, alchemy took on a psycho-spiritual esoteric element: the focus on an emblematic and psychological symbolism. For instance, gold came to symbolize nature’s unparalleled powers, eventually, coming to personify both human rejuvenation and regeneration. Translated to a human entity, alchemists believed “golden” humans to be the embodiment of spiritual enlightenment and illuminating beauty. In contrast, evil, sin and darkness became synonymous with base metals and lead.

Alchemy Today: Spiritual Lessons of Enlightenment

Alchemist teachings persist and thrive to this day. Namely, due transition from science to spirit. No longer bounded by the confines of tangible scientific evidence, alchemy has transcended the physical realm and permeated the meta-physical, spiritual field.

Alchemy’s pure and accessible teachings of intellectual curiosity and spiritual transformation have become a celebrated source of philosophical guidance and esoteric spirituality.

The psycho-spiritual teachings of alchemy are simple, yet profound. For spiritual, psychological and emotional enlightenment, learn from these pillars of alchemist thought:

  • Alchemy-guided psychotherapy has the power unleash deep-seated spiritual impediments to our ‘true selves’ through transformation

  • Learn from nature’s evolution, an enlightened human experience is a process of self-actualization and self-realization, set forth into motion

  • To better oneself, we must be invested in the intensive and taxing inner journey of psychospiritual transformation (represented as the journey from lead to gold)

Leave your comments / questions for this practitioner

To write a comment please
Category filter
Concern filter
Type filter

All categories

Wellness Coaching
$20 USD
50 & Beyond Health & Wellbeing Discovery Session

Join me for a comprehensive look into what it will take to stay physically and mentally strong as you move through the second half of your life.

We all want to age without the fear of suffering from a chronic illness and still have the energy and strength to live the life we want.

The number one reason people fail to stay healthy as they age is the inability to consistently follow the right habits and behaviours for health transformation.

Through working with 1000's of clients over the last 20 years, I have been able to develop a coaching program that not only looks at nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management but also how to develop the right mindset needed to succeed.

Having a plan is not as important as having the ability to implement it.

If you are someone who struggles to follow healthy habits consistently. Or you are someone who wants to learn more about what they need to do personally to avoid chronic illness. Then my 30-minute Discovery Session is ideal for you.

From the 30 minutes we spend together, we will go through in specific detail what it is you can do today when it comes to what to eat, how to get the most from exercise, how to develop a powerful sleep routine and how to build a healthy environment needed to live a healthy life.

And with over 20 years of coaching experience in the health & wellness industry, I have witnessed firsthand what it takes to consistently follow the right habits and behaviours for lasting change.

Expect to hear things that will challenge what you have always been told about nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management. As someone who is over 50 and is stronger, fitter and healthier than I was in my 20s, 30s, & 40s, I am well-placed to know what works and doesn't as we move through this period of our lives.

Chris Deavin
Cognitive Psychology
$99 USD
Check Your Vibes! Find out how much Positive and Negative energy you have!

The Energy Leadership™ Index (ELI) assessment is the proprietary, research-backed assessment tool, created by iPEC, that takes something abstract, like the way a person views the world, and turns it into something tangible—a metric that you can see and feel and even reevaluate in the future.

You’ve probably taken personality tests, like Myers Briggs, DiSC, and Enneagram, but this is different. And transformational.

The ELI is an attitudinal assessment tool that captures how an individual currently perceives and approaches work and life. This means that you learn to make change happen in real-time when you encounter a moment of self-doubt, fear, or frustration.

With the awareness and insights gained through the Energy Leadership Index debrief, you have the opportunity to reshape your attitudes and worldview and transform your life into the one you envision.

Our worldview is the result of a combination of many different aspects: our past experiences, level of consciousness, perception of situations. Each of us has a unique combination of all seven levels of energy which, in turn, creates your typical viewpoints, perceptions, and beliefs about life.

Learning about your energetic makeup can help you to reframe your perspective, shift your consciousness, and increase your energy level as a result. Discover your unique energetic makeup by taking an ELI Assessment!

This comes with an hour debrief - As an FYI the price is what it is because there is a price to me- I have to pay the institution for the assessment and the scoring. Then I'll walk you thorugh your results.

David Jacks
Life Coaching
$75 USD
mentorship session
Ignite the Light Within


Powerful! Find your recipe for happiness! Love the skin you're in. We will go deep right away to discover your inner passion, chart a course that aligns with your highest heart power.

Target audience

Adults who are ready to be happy and enjoy their lives. Adults who are depressed, feeling hopeless or lost.


You will feel energized and empowered to make the changes you want in your life.


I will use my intuitive skills as we talk and hone in on your desires. I will place high frequency sigils in your energy field to expand your future and encourage your inner power to come forth.

Other comments

Michele Zirkle
Life Coaching
$60 USD
coaching session
Design Your Life- Personal Development Session

When you aren't sure which way to turn or who to turn to for help in making decisions, I will help you come home to yourself and forge a plan to manifest your desires.
Whether it's everyday details that have you confused or it's major decisions you need to make, I will teach you how to make the decisions that are best for you.

Michele Zirkle

Related Articles

View All
Registered individuals enjoy all the possibilities of Core Spirit.