This question or its Sister question: “Am I transforming or transmuting?” is always present in my consciousness. I believe it is also forever present in our lives.
As an alchemist, my goal is to transmute first myself and then an element I’m working with from one of the three realms: spiritual, mental, or physical. Alchemy is about transmutation – changing the nature of material in one of these realms into a higher form, into something new and completely different. Transformation is related to transmutation but it’s about creating a major change in an element without changing its nature.
So, why is my blog titled: Living an Alchemical Life: the Alchemy of Transformation? It was intentionally chosen to focus my posts and resulting comments or dialogue on the initial steps of transmutation because that is what I believe transformation is – the first steps.
Have questions? Confused? Look at this from Meriam-Webster online dictionary site for “transform” that you can explore here:
Synonym Discussion of transform:
Transform, metamorphose, transmute, convert, transmogrify, transfigure mean to change a thing into a different thing.
Transform implies a major change in form, nature, or function <transformed a small company into a corporate giant>.
Metamorphose suggests an abrupt or startling change induced by or as if by magic or a supernatural power <awkward girls metamorphosed into graceful ballerinas>.
Transmute implies transforming into a higher element or thing <attempted to transmute lead into gold>.
Convert implies a change fitting something for a new or different use or function <converted the study into a nursery>.
Transmogrify suggests a strange or preposterous metamorphosis <a story in which a frog is transmogrified into a prince>.
Transfigure implies a change that exalts or glorifies <joy transfigured her face>.
Still confused? Still have questions? Come back over the next several weeks and explore this issue with me and others because it lies at the heart of your personal transformation.