The Alchemy Experience

Christopher Lembke

In these episodes we dive deep into the challenging aspects of the human experience, in the pursuit of making some sense of this thing we call life. Our concept is to have an open discussion with the public that offers a variety of viewpoints and approaches to any topic we delve into. It also allows us to hear questions and experiences from every day walk of life from our listeners and we then share them live on the show. Since work tends to be about a third of our time working and then allowing work to occupy our minds for a substantial portion beyond that, it is only natural that business and the workplace are topics we cover as well. On occasion we will have guests with specific knowledge join in by invitation to widen our topics. You will also find that we will treat more metaphysical and esoteric subjects as well as the ones more towards mindfulness. We strive to help our listeners to live their lives as the optimal versions of themselves, that is our calling and our mission. Enjoy! To learn more about us please visit https://www.thealchemyexperience.co.uk/

Start Here
Blocks
5d ago
Blocks
Blocks are your perceptions of your past experiences that prevent you from growth and evolvement“Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.” – Dr. Roopleen, “Words To Inspire The Winner In You”Blocks are whatever in your life is holding you back from flowing with your purpose. These blocks can reside in, and have counter parts, in any of your bodies; physical, mental, energetic, soul and astral bodies. However, for most of us they come to our conscious awareness in our physical and mental bodies, and for others in the energetic, and more rarely in the soul and astral bodies. The commonality among the blocks is that they all manifest in your reality construct, so you always have opportunities to identify and heal them, if you choose to open yourself up to it. For example, anger relating to an experience in your childhood can hold you back from flow because you are resisting letting go of it. That anger can show up in your physical as right hip problems, sciatica, or some other ailments in that area. This anger is going to hold a vibration in your energy body as well as an emotional imprint in your mental body. Most often we don’t recognise these blocks for what they are, so why would be treat them accordingly? We can identify blocks through how we feel and also by our patterns and habits. Blocks are created as we perceive our experiences from any other perspective than growth and learning. When that perception is then repeated in following experiences, habits and patterns emerge, and eventually, personality. In psychology one talks about Original Sensitising Events (“OSE’s”), which are the experiences when the perception first takes root; typically in childhood. We often refer to this as the core wounds. Our perception is based on our belief about ourselves at the time of the OSE.  As stated above, it is the repetition of our belief system and the perception that it is being validated in our experiences that perpetuates and establishes the block. A popular name for this process is “Karma”, which in Sanskrit means an action, work, or deed, and its effect or consequences. However, karma appears based on our own perceptions of our experiences, or action, work or deed. As long as we don’t learn from our experience but continue to suffer as victims from it, we hold on to the block, or the karma. The blocks are often entrenched by us viewing the future through the filter and lens of our past experiences. Many blocks linger in our subconscious and in our “blind spots” making them very difficult to identify, even for someone who is mindful and self-aware.  Many of our blocks are easy to identify, they are the habits and patterns we consciously do not want. Whether they are easy to release or not is up to each person individually, how hard do we want to hold on to a belief about ourselves and our reality construct. The first layers that you way want to look at is holding you back and what is occupying your mind, these are the first clues to your blocks. We are looking for reoccurring patterns in what shows up in our experiences and how we react to them with our thoughts, words and actions. Things that trigger you are doorways for you to see straight back to your OSE’s, if you set that intention. What are we resisting? These are merely examples of manifestations of our blocks, but it takes intention and courage to dive deep to identify and heal blocks. However, the pain is far worse letting them linger. The release of the flow that happens after you clear a block is reward enough to go on and clear the next one.  Clearing your blocks, in essence, is about shifting your perspective of your experiences from victimhood to growth and empowerment. When we approach our experiences with the view to learn and grow, there is nothing stopping us, we flow through pain with greater ease because we allow it and aren’t blocking it. We can...
Blocks
5d ago
Blocks
Blocks are your perceptions of your past experiences that prevent you from growth and evolvement“Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.” – Dr. Roopleen, “Words To Inspire The Winner In You”Blocks are whatever in your life is holding you back from flowing with your purpose. These blocks can reside in, and have counter parts, in any of your bodies; physical, mental, energetic, soul and astral bodies. However, for most of us they come to our conscious awareness in our physical and mental bodies, and for others in the energetic, and more rarely in the soul and astral bodies. The commonality among the blocks is that they all manifest in your reality construct, so you always have opportunities to identify and heal them, if you choose to open yourself up to it. For example, anger relating to an experience in your childhood can hold you back from flow because you are resisting letting go of it. That anger can show up in your physical as right hip problems, sciatica, or some other ailments in that area. This anger is going to hold a vibration in your energy body as well as an emotional imprint in your mental body. Most often we don’t recognise these blocks for what they are, so why would be treat them accordingly? We can identify blocks through how we feel and also by our patterns and habits. Blocks are created as we perceive our experiences from any other perspective than growth and learning. When that perception is then repeated in following experiences, habits and patterns emerge, and eventually, personality. In psychology one talks about Original Sensitising Events (“OSE’s”), which are the experiences when the perception first takes root; typically in childhood. We often refer to this as the core wounds. Our perception is based on our belief about ourselves at the time of the OSE.  As stated above, it is the repetition of our belief system and the perception that it is being validated in our experiences that perpetuates and establishes the block. A popular name for this process is “Karma”, which in Sanskrit means an action, work, or deed, and its effect or consequences. However, karma appears based on our own perceptions of our experiences, or action, work or deed. As long as we don’t learn from our experience but continue to suffer as victims from it, we hold on to the block, or the karma. The blocks are often entrenched by us viewing the future through the filter and lens of our past experiences. Many blocks linger in our subconscious and in our “blind spots” making them very difficult to identify, even for someone who is mindful and self-aware.  Many of our blocks are easy to identify, they are the habits and patterns we consciously do not want. Whether they are easy to release or not is up to each person individually, how hard do we want to hold on to a belief about ourselves and our reality construct. The first layers that you way want to look at is holding you back and what is occupying your mind, these are the first clues to your blocks. We are looking for reoccurring patterns in what shows up in our experiences and how we react to them with our thoughts, words and actions. Things that trigger you are doorways for you to see straight back to your OSE’s, if you set that intention. What are we resisting? These are merely examples of manifestations of our blocks, but it takes intention and courage to dive deep to identify and heal blocks. However, the pain is far worse letting them linger. The release of the flow that happens after you clear a block is reward enough to go on and clear the next one.  Clearing your blocks, in essence, is about shifting your perspective of your experiences from victimhood to growth and empowerment. When we approach our experiences with the view to learn and grow, there is nothing stopping us, we flow through pain with greater ease because we allow it and aren’t blocking it. We can...
BizShui – Organise Your Business For Energetic Flow
29-07-2022
BizShui – Organise Your Business For Energetic Flow
"The BizShui Method helps create better flow in hom offices and work spaces by integrating a blend of proven traditional Feng Shui principles with modern business and personal needs, reducing physical and emotional stresses to increase productivity, loyalty and profitability." - Clair BoscqThe application and the practices of Feng Shui are fascinating. We move into some of the principles of it in this episode, but the key in this episode is for you to connect with the energetic flow in your work environment. We are able to help some of our audience members to address some of their challenges with working from home, or, as in one case, being relegated to a closet with no windows as her office space. What to do? As with any energy balancing system there are tools to perceive the energy using external concepts, as for example in Feng Shui we perceive the quality of energy as; water, wood, fire, earth or metal. These are useful concepts for us to discover the imbalances in our own environments and how to remedy them. In the discussion Claire gives some practical advice to use these tools. This discussion will challenge you to look at the spaces you live and work in from different perspectives. About Clair Boscq Originally from France, she has lived in Jersey, Channel Islands, since 2000, but is now in the process or relocating to Dubai. Her mission is to inspire global businesses to thrive by delivering exceptional customer experiences in bring more care into what they do; enhancing their environments, measuring and improving employees’ performances to drive customer loyal, ultimately growth and prosperity.  She is a Keynote Speaker and Consultant, and love sharing with organisations and individuals my new  (BizShui™ Method); creating better flow in home-offices and work places by integrating a blend of the traditional Feng Shui principles with modern business & personal needs, reducing physical and emotional stresses to increase productivity, loyalty and prosperity. She is the Author of three books;  (Thrive with the Hive) published in 2016 and recently launched in 2018  (Thriving by Caring), with its  (Audible version) and its French version  (Prospérer en étant attentionné.) And No 1 Amazon Customer Service Best Seller,  (The Secret Diary of a Mystery Shopper), true Customer Service Stories through the eyes of a secret shopper. She launched her new book:  (Bizshui, 9 Keys to Feng Shui your Business for success) in February 2022.
Connecting Emotionally With A Business Purpose
22-07-2022
Connecting Emotionally With A Business Purpose
"The first thing that you can learn as a leader is that you are not working with robots but with emotional beings." - Pooja Agnihotre, "17 Reasons Why Businesses Fail : Unscrew Yourself from Business Failure"What is it that makes us connect emotionally with a business? There are certain conditions that have to be met in order for that to happen. I think we can all agree that the owners making as much money as possible limits the number of people that can emotionally connect with that purpose. Despite this fact, businesses today continue focusing on profits and shareholder value. It is very fashionable to "colour-wash" your business and think that is enough, but is it really enough, or does it require something else? In our discussion today Joe Sejean brings us on a journey of this expertise in helping staff connect emotionally with internal and external clients and teaching them how to convey the emotional purpose of a business to stakeholders. About Joe Sejean: Joe is the founder of Eleven - The People Engagement Network, based in the UAE. He comes with 14 years in the GCC and is an expert in Retail (Operations and Management), Luxury, Omnichannel, Digital Adoption, Customer and Employee Engagement. In Joe's own word: "Working with people is where I found I had the biggest added value. If your Employees, Customers and Audience authentically and passionately engage with you, NOTHING can stop you. I have founded a Network of carefully selected companies and professionals who are so good at what they do that we create synergies type 1+1=11. We are obsessed with the impact our work has with the way human beings interact and thrive. My 3 quests to transform the way we do business are: more Humanity, more Meaning, more Emotions."
Business Energy
15-07-2022
Business Energy
Help your business to become the best version of itself“A healthy business is a collaboration of individuals with matching energies, directing that energy in to their individual passions towards a mutual goal.” – The Alchemy ExperienceConceptualising all elements of a business as energy and any interactions as energetic flow allows us to assess the effectiveness, and ultimately to improve, any business, regardless of age, size, geographic location or industry. In simple terms, as the statement at the top points out, all business energy should flow to support the ultimate purpose of the business. Any interaction between any element can either support or detract from that flow. In order for the business energy flow in the direction of the purpose unimpeded each element has to be optimised and calibrated to fulfil its function.  Some elements that make up a business: Stakeholders – employees – leadership – investors – clients – constituencies – communities (followers and detractors) – suppliers – collaborators – governments – earth (ecological systems and the environment) Supply lines Business systems Policies and rules Locations Mission and purpose Communications (marketing, PR, etc.) Data If we take out the people from a business we can understand that, the people inside the business are key to start generating the business energy and those people are the conduits for any element’s energy to support the purpose. If the people inside the business aren’t congruent with any of these elements, the energy flows away and reduces the support of the purpose. For example, the CRM (Contact Relations Management) system is antiquated and not set up properly for the business, which causes the employees frustration in their workflow. The system which is supposed to make their life easier, is in fact causing frustration and a lowering of the vibe of the user and thus reducing and obstructing the flow towards the purpose. PurposeFundamental to the business is of course its purpose for existing. If all stakeholders don’t feel any level of resonance with the purpose of the business, they will not be supporting the flow of energy towards the purpose, in fact, they will detract from it. This is where we see many start-ups with novel and innovative ideas do very well because everyone is passionately behind the purpose and will work tirelessly towards it. Unfortunately, in most cases, these start-ups become “real” businesses and start focusing on how to maximise returns to investors, i.e. the bottom line. Many business believe they have no choice because investors only care about their returns. However, in fact, the investor who only support the business for the returns become an obstacle and detractor of the healthy flow of energy. It is, therefore, important for any business to have purposes that support people, planet and profits so that any stakeholder is fully aware and resonate with the purpose of the business. This is also why [insert colour of choice] washing doesn’t work and actually detracts from the business energy flow, it is incongruent with the fundamentals of the business. If the business doesn’t have people and planet in their purpose statement, appointing a Chief Diversity Officer is going to be incongruent with the fundamental energy of the business ( (Business of Fashion)).  “Value flows as blood in organisational culture. Only truthful values can create a healthy culture.” – Sukant Ratnakar “Quantraz”Of course, an established business with hundreds of employees will not change the fundamental platform it sits on without some pain. However, as Haruki Murakami wrote, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional”. In this case enduring the pain in order to
Conscious Entrepreneurship
08-07-2022
Conscious Entrepreneurship
"Take the challenge of your life. Reach out to your goals. There is no limit to what you can achieve." - Lailah Gifty AkitaThe basic foundation of conscious entrepreneurship is to always let your intuition have the last word. I write that with the caveat that you need to be in tune with your intuition and have cleared your energy to be able to have the discernment to be properly guided. Most of the most brilliant entrepreneurs I know were told at the beginning of their journeys that they were nuts to pursue the path they set out on, but they had that gentle feeling inside nudging them along despite all external aspect pointing towards failure (whatever that means anyway!). For the purpose of this article and the attached podcast, I am focusing on four areas: Business idea/planning Establish and build up resources (finance, supply lines, communities, etc.) Launch Manage and operate the business Business Idea/PlanningHave you ever asked yourself, "Where is this idea coming from?", when you have a bright insight or idea? I am not necessarily going to provide you with a answer to that question, scientific or otherwise, but rather my thoughts around it. However, I also want you to ask yourself that question and remain open to receiving what ever answer is out there for you. I don't believe in coincidences, I believe in vibrational matches. When everything is vibrating at the perfect frequency for something to materialise, being it an idea, chance meeting, or anything else, it happens. This is why the idea comes to you, and I mean that literally, you are a vibrational match for that idea to be attracted to you and to materialise within you. It is then up to you to run with it or let it go.  This concept shows why it is critically important for us to constantly seek to become the optimal version of ourselves, so that we constantly grow and attract experiences that truly serves us. When we heal our core woundings we stop attracting the lessons we need to learn as they relate to the core woundings. Those lessons can cause us to experience poor flow and performance in our conscious entrepreneurship.  Your motivations will often be tainted by your core woundings, conditioning  and programming. Hence, your awareness of these will dictate how "clean" your motivation is as you make decisions about your business plan. For example, if you are motivated by fear or lack, it will be reflected in how you go about trying to make your business successful and you have lessons show up in your business teaching you about those feelings and emotions, you will attract that which you hold as your core energy. There are no shortcuts in that work, you have to do it bottom up, inside out.  In order for your to go the distance and succeed in your business, you need to resonate with the business and it's purpose, you need to be aligned. I like to look at this from a perspective of setting my Massive Transformative Purpose (MTP, source: (Singularity Hub)). Every action I take or experience I have must then reflect or support my MTP, and the same with the business plan, the reason for any of the items you put in your plan can be explained with a link back to the MTP. Intuition is an internal experience and is linked to the heart. Conscious entrepreneurship is very much about the heart and not the mind. The mind only concerns itself with external validation and is often at odds with your intuition. Go with your heart first and then see if the mind agrees, if it doesn't, check your motivation and discernment.  We are in pursuit of balance and equilibrium, and if you don't feel that in the long run, you need to check in with yourself and see where the imbalance is. If you have to struggle in your business year in and year out, something is not right and other aspects of your life are surely suffering because of it. Seek out the...
Cords
01-07-2022
Cords
Become the optimal version of yourself to release your cords“Forgiveness is required to dissolve all the negative energy cords because it releases shame, guilt, anger, hatred, etc.” – Hina Hashimi “Your Life: A Practical Guide to Happiness, Peace and Fulfilment”I define a cord as, “An energetic linki that connects us to a person, place or an event”. It can be conscious or subconscious. If you are not connected with your own energy body, or simply don’t subscribe to the concept, you can see the cord as a representation of your attachments, or the attachments of others to you. The point is, cords drain you of power and energy, so bringing them to your awareness will help you release them and thus tighten up your boundaries. Some might perceive cords as very real and can perceive where and to whom they are attached and for what purpose.  Mentally cords exist where we have close relationship or attachments where we or others cannot let go. Some examples might be: Thoughts about people, places or experiences that keep you occupied and you cannot let go of. Old relationship dramas that keep dragging you back in.  Karma, where you see patterns of experiences that keep showing up in your life. The esoteric traditions have a very different view on cords: They are actual cord/strings that are attached to you and you feed them with energy. Other dimensional energies/entities can “hack” into the cords to affect you and whatever you are connected with to amplify the purpose of the cord causing disputes, amplified triggers, etc. Cords can attach without a person being aware of it, e.g. psychic attacks, spells, etc.  They can attach anywhere and on any of your bodies (physical, mental, energy, soul or astral). They exist outside time and space. When we can expand into the idea of cords, whether it is metaphorically or esoterically speaking, we can identify aspects of ourselves that is “leaking” energy and heal them. The first step is really to practice mindfulness and to be aware of yourself in your experiences. What occupies your mind, and what experiences keep showing up in your life trying to teach you lessons? If we are stuck in our heads, unable to observe ourselves and our experiences, we cannot identify what is holding us back, because we are identifying ourselves as it, it is us. However, if you observe yourself from your awareness you realise that you are much more than your experiences and you can gain distance to it in order to control your thoughts, words and actions.  There are a number of processes that we can employ to cut/dissolve/release, or any other terminology there is, our cords. For the esoterically minded there is psychic healing modalities, but be mindful that you need to remove the mental patterns and habits that have formed because of the cord otherwise it will reform. My chosen methodologies include to heal the aspect that the cord is attached to, i.e. trauma or core wounding, and then raise the frequency of my being by applying the four pillars;  (compassion),  (acceptance),  (forgiveness) and  (gratitude). Once you successfully go through that process, it will be impossible for that cord to reappear.  Happy cord hunting!
Procrastination
24-06-2022
Procrastination
Understand the source of your procrastination and you have the road map to resolving it“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choices made for him by circumstances.” – Hunter S. Thompson, “The Proud Highway Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman”Procrastination is a form of self-regulation failure characterised by the irrational delay of tasks despite potentially negative consequences. Mentally it is a result of lacking will power to take action and the the reward is perceptually diminished in comparison to the possible negative outcome. We might also lack discipline, self-control and motivation, resulting in procrastination. Below are some other reasons why we might end up procrastinating (source:  ( goals Outcomes that are far in the future A disconnect from our future self A focus on future options Optimism or pessimism Indecisiveness Feeling overwhelmed Anxiety Task aversion Perfectionism Fear (e.g., of failure, evaluation, or negative feedback) Self-handicapping Self-sabotage Low self-efficacy Perceived lack of control ADHD Depression Lack of motivation Lack of energy Laziness Prioritization of short-term mood Low capacity for self-control Lack of perseverance Impulsivity Distractibility Sensation seeking Rebellion We can derive some patterns determining the sources of the reasons, namely: core wounding, cognitive biases, external locus of evaluation, personality types and physical obstacles. Resolving procrastination comes down to healing, creating practices of mindfulness and self-awareness and reflection, and gaining tools to overcome procrastination.  Creating structure, organisation and routines are strategies that will help combat procrastination. We want to show our minds that there is little uncertainty in our future and by breaking everything down into smaller steps, each task is easy to complete and we have some semblance of control. When we have a clear perception of what the future will hold, even if it turns out differently, and we can perceive the steps that will take us there we stay out of procrastination. It is one of the challenges in life that is a matter of choice. We choose to either take action or not, and if we feel stuck in procrastination we can choose to pursue the path or getting unstuck. Choice is a superpower, wield it consciously to benefit yourself and others.
Expressing Emotions
17-06-2022
Expressing Emotions
Expressing emotions to release them“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” – Sigmund FreudWhen we pay attention to our emotions we realise they don’t emerge from our heads, they surface somewhere in our bodies. Those emotions are triggered by external events or our feelings triggered by our thoughts/memories. This means they were always there, but have we always been familiar with them, or are we yet to get to know them? My experience is that we label the emotions as we experience them in our childhood and then form a perception of them; good, bad, dangerous, pleasant, etc. All emotions are at some level painful, and before you disagree with me and throw out, “but, how about love?”, think how love can be the most painful of them all. When our minds are juvenile and immature and everybody around us keep telling us how bad and dangerous emotions are and that we need to avoid them at all cost, we have a tendency to believe that and do what we can to suppress and ignore our emotions.  Consider that emotions are energy and we know that energy is in constant motion unless it is stored in something, like a battery. The same goes for emotions, if we contain them and don’t release them, they are stored, and they are stored in our physical bodies. These emotions cause imbalances and dis-ease in our bodies, such as joint problems, stress stomach, heart and cardiovascular issues, etc. My own most visceral experience of this is when I first started with a daily practice of meditation. After two weeks my sciatica that I had been struggling with for about 15 years released without any external explanation. It coincided with me working through a lot of anger and frustration and releasing it from my body. Anger tends to be stored in the right hip area where my sciatica problems manifested. This does not mean I don’t experience these emotions anymore, but now I express them and allow them to release.  We use our thoughts, our word and our actions to hold on to the emotions, and those three are, of course, regulated by our perceptions. Hence, if we change how we perceive an experience we change how we think, speak and act, and thus change our attachment to our emotions. The sources of our attachments to our emotions are primarily our: conditioning perception of choice and control in our life perception of self vs. our reality construct (external locus of evaluation) insistence on perceiving our experiences from our heads In my experience, expressing emotions requires skill, preparation and practice. If we express our emotions in a way that perpetuates the emotion, we haven’t released the emotion, we have only transferred it. So, if we lash out, pity cry or “telling one’s truth” without regard for the recipient, we are still holding on the emotion, we are using our words and actions to do so. When we express our emotions with compassion for ourselves and others in perfect balance with out boundaries, and in perfect awareness of our options and choices and what we can control, we can express emotions and fully release them.  In order to express our emotions, and thus release them as they come up, we need to establish a practice to build up our tools and resources for those occasions. Meditation is the starting point to develop the ability to mindfully observe our emotions. Concurrently, we work on shifting our perception to be empowered by our experiences and thus releasing the emotions for the memories so that expressing our emotion becomes the last piece in healing the experience. If we don’t think we have any choice nor any control, we will be stuck expressing emotions from our core wounding and our memories. Shifting that mindset and reflecting on our experiences with accountability (not blame) and empowerment will give us a platform to express our emotions with compassion, confidence and control.
Empaths and HSP
10-06-2022
Empaths and HSP
Sensitivity is a human superpower“She had a very inconvenient heart. It always insisted on feeling things every so deeply.” John Mark GreenA Highly Sensitive Person is defined in psychology as someone with a high measure of sensory processing sensitivity, i.e. someone who feels things far deeper than the next person. It is considered a personality trait. It was defined by Elaine and Arthur Aron in the 1990’s and they based their work on Wolfgang Klage’s work in the 1970’s. It is estimated that 20% of the world’s population is HSP.  Empathy is defined as being able to recognise the emotions or ideas within another. However, empath, though not a strictly scientific term, is defined as someone who feels the emotions of others (people, animals, plants, etc.) as if the emotion was their own. Since there is no particular research supporting the the reality of this ability we address it with support from anecdotal evidence. The evidence supporting subtle energy and the role of it in building and rebuilding our physical bodies is quite strong. Some are making the connection between the collective subtle energy of an empath and mirror neurons (neurons that fire when taking action and at the same time seeing someone else taking action). Empaths, whatever the scientific evidence, describe their sensitivity as very challenging and often feeling overwhelmed by unexplained emotions surfacing. However, with some training, this sensitivity can make empaths very powerful members of humanity. They are born with a heightened intuition and can therefore perceive what lies beyond our physical reality construct. Essentially, they can “see” energy around us. Empaths are not always clairsentient (clear feeling), but those who are clairsentient are most often empaths. It is this combination that allows trained empaths to “read” people simply by “tuning into” their energy.  There is no true test to establish if someone is an empath, it is something one comes to understand about oneself. Before reaching that point and being able to start their path of training, life if more challenging than for most with overwhelm and constantly feeling drained. Through developing boundaries, intuition and awareness and a sense of gratitude for one’s experience, empaths can become trained and pursue their true paths in life.
Discipline
03-06-2022
Discipline
Build your discipline to move towards what you want out of life“Spirituality is man’s attempt to shed ties with the various impulses promoting self-destruction” – Patricio Tehman ChincocoloFollow along here: discipline requires habitual practice, but habitual practice requires discipline. So which comes first? I think the answer is either one, but if we have neither we start off with sheer willpower.  Discipline is underpinned by: Motivation Willpower Passion Goals Willpower is the starter fuel, like sugar it is used up quickly and then needs to be replaced by the other elements, but can be used on occasion when they falter. After we shift our mindset and decided to make a change in our lives we have our motivation, passion and goal figured out, it is our willpower that gets us started. It is the desire to experience something different while stuck in old habits and patterns. Willpower requires a lot of energy and strength helping us force our way through our mental obstacles.  Motivation is the big picture version of willpower, our slow carbs if you like. It is the answer to our question “WHAT do I want to experience?”. The fuel for our motivation can be extrinsic or intrinsic. However, we need to be mindful that extrinsic motivation can, and often does, disappear, e.g. trying to impress a love interest by getting physically fit, we can’t control the feelings of the love interest and what happens with our motivation when the love interest still isn’t interested when we’ve become fit? On the flipside, if we get fit because we want to be healthier and in better condition and as a result we like ourselves better, and now a love interest shows up simply because we’ve shifted our energy from “not happy with myself” to “I love myself for who I am”. Hence, even if our initial motivation is extrinsic, we flip the script and seek out our intrinsic motivation and build your discipline from there. When our motivation is strong enough it will fuel the willpower for those days when we just “don’t have it in us”. We never run out of motivation, unless our mindset is shifted in another direction.  Passion is the answer to the question, “Why do I want to experience what I have set as my goal?”. When we can evoke the feeling in our body how it feels to experience what we want, we fuel our motivation to keep going towards our goal. The clarity of our goals gives clarity to our motivation, which in turn determines the strength of our passion.  Goals can be lofty with precise elements. The goal to become fit has no definition to it, but visualising your BMI going down, being able to run farther, faster and lifting heavier weights all have specifics attached to them. If we are trying to quit smoking, drinking, sugar, or something else, there is an end goal, but we break it down into measurable stages. The point is for us to find stages that we can believe in. If we smoke a pack of cigarettes per day, being smoke free the next day is going to be beyond our belief, but perhaps only smoking 19 cigarettes might be within our reach?  In the example of quitting smoking, the goal is to quit smoking, the motivation is to not die of lung cancer and the passion is to feel free from addiction, feel healthier, not smell like smoke, or something else. Taking steps every day towards our goals is discipline, we have a disciplined practice that will lead us to our goals. Bringing discipline into all aspects of life helps strengthening our relationship with discipline. Perhaps start with making the bed in the morning, becoming organised with our finances, keeping our houses tidy, etc. All these actions helps us bring clarity into our energy and thus make for stronger underpinnings to our discipline.  Discipline gives us a sense of control. However, the only three things we can control are our thoughts, our words and our actions, but we need discipline to control those, so go make your bed!
Behaviours
27-05-2022
Behaviours
Do you know your own behaviours?“We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behaviours.” – Stephen M.R. Covey “The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything”Behavioural science is defined as, “any of various disciplines dealing with the subject of human actions.” Our behaviours are based on our; experiences, conditioning, core wounding, programming, karmic energy, perceptions, etc. Most of us go through life asleep at the wheel justifying the behaviour based on our past. We allow our past to dictate our behaviour and we victimise ourselves by blaming it for our behaviour. Common excuses are; “it’s how I was raised”, “I’ve always done it this way”, “my religion commands this of me”, “it is my duty to protect…”, etc. Our perception that results in our behaviour is the platform for building patterns and habits that then become part of our personality.  Identifying and mapping our behaviours is challenging since we first have to break through all that wounding and conditioning. We can observe the feedback we get from interactions with others, in terms of both how they respond to us, but also how we respond to them. Judgement is always a good indicator of a behaviour that comes from core wounding and conditioning. Often times, this process can be very challenging because it can be ugly to uncover these behaviours that we have engaged with. Our behaviour is what we can control, the combination of our thoughts, words and actions. Observing our triggers and in turn, what we think, say and do, are excellent tools to understand our behaviours and starting points to find the cause of our behaviours.  Shifting behaviour requires awareness, desire, patience and dedication. We have to first be aware of a behaviour and have a desire to change it. Beyond that, we need to put in the work, creating a practice that we dedicate ourselves to do on a daily basis to over time break the patterns and habit and replace them with healthy behaviours.
Actions
20-05-2022
Actions
Take action with purpose supporting your highest good“The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma GandhiThere are, in my opinion, two types of action; inspired action and re-action. Resorting to re-action comes out of our core wounds and traumatic experiences that remain unhealed. From that, when emotions and fear are evoked and we are stuck in our heads unaware of our process, we react instinctively without control, in the heat of the moment as it were. Inspired action comes from our intuition and inner guidance. When we are guided by our purpose and what feels right in our hearts we take action with a deep rooted expression; what is, in Buddhism, called “right action”. Moving from re-action to inspired action requires us to make a choice, a choice to take control. Realising that, even when we are reacting, we choose every action, but when are re-acting the choice is to not deal with the aspects of ourselves that are the sources of the re-action. Controlling how we act when triggered can be inspired if it is done with awareness and compassion with respect for our own boundaries.  Our core wounding is deep rooted and only our willingness to explore and heal it will allow us to not act from it. There are elements of it in our physical, mental, energetic, soul and astral bodies and being aware of your experiences within each. Most of us are really only aware of our physical and mental bodies, but with practice and clarity awareness of the other ones will come. There are a number of practices we can use to run our process to release pent up energies (trauma and emotions) from our various bodies; breathworks, meditation, pattern interrupt, observation, yoga, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, etc. At the end of the day our aim is to become mindful and aware, so that we can control how we act on and express our triggers and emotions.
Words
13-05-2022
Words
Are your words spreading high or low frequencies?“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.In terms of energy, words are expressed on one hand and received on the other. They hold an energetic frequency charged by our perception and intention. As we well know, we can use words to build up people or tear them down. We also know through such practices as hypnosis and Neuro-linguistic Practices (NLP) that we can influence and manipulate others subliminally and subconsciously. Such are the power of words that the target of manipulation may not even be aware that they are victims of it. Our only protection is to build up our boundaries, self-esteem, and realisation of self-worth. If we have build up resilience and healthy conditioning in our subconscious with active observance of our experiences, we are in control. If words trigger us it is because we are holding and unhealed element within us of what we perceive as a treat in the words. The words of others are not our responsibility, but what we do with those words is. The Four Agreements says that we must “use our words impeccably”, and it really is our individual responsibility to balance authenticity with compassion in our words. It is our individual responsibility to know our intent and motivation for speaking the words we speak. Knowing the balance between what is going to help raise the frequency of others as opposed to lowering it requires keen intuition and discernment. Two people can also say exactly the same thing, but because they are unique individuals, the recipient will receive the words differently. Balancing words is not something we do as a mental exercise, it comes from the heart. Trusting our hearts, even when our minds are screaming “STOP!” will allow us to deliver the right words at the right time for the person who the words are meant for, and it will be for their highest good.
Thought
06-05-2022
Thought
Are you your thoughts or are you the thinker of those thoughts?“What you you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” -Maya Angelou “Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now” Thought is energy that triggers chemical and neurological impulses that allow us to perceive the thought. Thoughts are triggered by: Past experiences Future expectations Fantasy and imagination Emotions In contrast to emotions, feelings are triggered by our thoughts. According to some estimates we generate approximately 60 000 to 70 000 thoughts daily. However, 90% of these thoughts are the same thoughts that we had the day before. This estimate is of course when we are “asleep” and labour under our habits and patterns.  Our thoughts are very much centred around our brain and by some accounts we cannot control our thoughts. Personally, I believe it is one of only three things we can control; our thoughts, words and actions. However, some thoughts are more difficult to control than others. When we start bringing awareness to this process and our thoughts, we learn about ourselves and our patterns and habits. “the organismic self is the true self; it is there when we are born and it naturally strives towards growth, maturity and self-actualisation” – Carl RogersAccording to Rogers, and others, we strive to grow and become our optimal self, but our patterns and habits put up obstacles. We may take on new knowledge, but if we don’t make a concerted effort we will not embody that knowledge and make it in to wisdom. That is, shifting our thought process to reflect that new wisdom and understanding.  Our brains only take in raw data and presents it is our minds and our perception and past experiences relating to that data determines our reaction to it. This process can be conscious or subconscious. Feeding in a new programme to shift our perception of the data and past experiences requires us to exert control over our thoughts, as our thoughts reflect our perception and feeds our conscious and subconscious minds. It is this self-awareness and ability to self-reflect that allows us space to be mindful and to direct our thoughts where we want them.  There have been statements made that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (“OCD”) is proof that we cannot control our thoughts. If that was the case, OCD would we an incurable mental condition. However, we know that OCD is indeed curable through therapy, hard as it may be, it is curable. Thoughts are very persistent and hard to control, but hard is not impossible. The trick lies is the tools and practices we use to directly or indirectly shift our perception and mindset that allows us to control our thought patterns. However, only when we are ready to venture down that path can the process begin. When we know and understand ourselves and our individual origins, we can begin to shift our paradigms and thoughts.
Awakening - The Basics
29-04-2022
Awakening - The Basics
Are you awakening to your experiences, or will you hit snooze yet again?“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” – Tich Nhat HanhThere are comprehensive books written on the subject of awakening, so let’s not pretend that this article, nor the connected podcast will be the same. However, the intention is to present a basic understanding that anyone experiencing an awakening can resonate with. Actually there are almost 100 hours of recordings in the form of  (The Alchemy Experience Podcast) that address a variety of human experience that in essence tie back to this topic; awakening.  Simply put, awakening is the process or a moment of self-realisation; realising who one is and what stands for. As we have these “awakening moments” in life we are constantly posed with the choice of the direction to go; accepting the growth and using it to our advantage, or continue to be blind to ourselves and remain incumbered by our core wounding. Every experience we have in life is, in fact, opportunities to awaken. The big ones are when our options become so slim that we really only have one choice; to wake up. In my experience, a massive awakening can be compared to a near death experience, at least insofar as the mind’s experience is concerned. When we come up against that moment of rock bottom where the only choice is to shed the identity we have cultivated in our lives, that identity essentially dies and thus your idea of yourself dies with it. It is the external locus of evaluation that strips away and we are left with seeing ourselves without those layers for the first time. This experience is nothing short of horrifying to begin with since we spent our lives up until this point hiding from ourselves, but now we are forced to see the naked truth of who we really are.  All the props and actors that show up in our experiences are there allowing us to experience ourselves. In an awakening situation the trigger can be of a related to a number of things, e.g.: Environmental issues Ecological destruction Mental health challenges Existential Social injustice Power paradigms Of course these are merely some examples, but the point is that we start to question our own role in the external world around us and start seeking our purpose that is greater than ourselves. We question, review and discover our relationship with, e.g.: our planet earth animals plants other humans energy consciousness karma conditioning  Through the process we have moments of exceptional bliss and insight, that tend to, in my experience, diminish as some of our old subconscious patterns and habits re-emerge. However, we cannot ignore, nor forget those moments and the next part of the journey is seeking our way back to experience those moments.  At the end of the day we, individually, choose how we perceive our own experiences, and in turn decide the purposes of those experiences.
Cognitive Biases
22-04-2022
Cognitive Biases
Take a good look at your cognitive biases“Oh, the irony. Cognitive Biases prevent us from understanding cognitive biases.” – Eric Barker, “Barking Up the Wrong Tree”Cognitive biases are unconscious errors in thinking that arise from problems related to memory, attention or other mental mistakes. Essentially, how do we attribute these mental experiences? As is pointed out in the initial quote, lacking the ability to reflect on oneself perpetuates the cognitive biases.  The list of cognitive biases of very long and growing. Below is a small selection for illustrative purposes: Actor-Observer: tendency to attribute one’s own actions to external causes while attributing other people’s behaviours to internal causes. Anchoring: relying too heavily on the first piece of information presented Attentional bias: paying attention to some facts while ignoring others Availability heuristic: attributing undue weight to new external information when forming an opinion Confirmation bias: favouring information that supports an existing belief False consensus effect: overestimating how much others agree with you Functional fixedness: the inability to realize that something known to have a particular use may also be used to perform other functions Halo effect: our overall impression of a person influences how we feel and think about his or her character. Misinformation effect: the interference of information acquired after an even upon the event itself Optimism bias: the belief that oneself is more likely to succeed than one’s peers Self-serving bias: All bad things are attributed to external influences while all good things are attributed to intrinsic ones There are lists with over 50 biases, and many can be broken down into further ones. The bottom line is that biases are imbalances and they prevent us from discovering our authenticity and thus preventing us from pursuing our true purpose. Taking action to truly reflect on oneself we can start to observe these biases within ourselves Cognitive biases come from our conditionings through society, religion, community, parents, etc, and are reinforced by own experiences. Questioning these is a challenge, but many times we come upon experiences where we are given little choice and that awakening is an opportunity to start the healing process. To some degree, we all have these biases so now that we have that level of awareness, we have this opportunity to start reflecting on ourselves. Some good places to start looking are: Triggers: what triggers you? Our triggers are all about ourselves and not what or who triggers us. Judgement: by definition, any opinion about anything is us exercising judgement. Observing where we have particular strong opinions/judgement can help in the process Perception: how do we perceive our experiences? Where do our biases fall? Fear: any low frequency emotion that comes up through trigger is based in some level of fear. Explore these fears and we can discover cognitive biases within ourselves Once we discover our biases we can initiate practices to remove them: Observing our experiences allows us to become aware of when we activate our biases, and can then course correct Broaden our range of experiences and influences, move out of the echo chambers and expose ourselves to information contrasting our own views and opinions. Starts surrounding ourselves with a broader mix of people from all walks of life. Start question everything! These are simply some broad actions and by no means and exhaustive list of practices. However, they provide starting points to discover our cognitive biases. When we do this we open up new vistas of flavour to enrichen our lives.
Narrow Framing
15-04-2022
Narrow Framing
Learn to see the forest despite the trees“Most of us operate from a narrow frame of reference than that we are capable, failing to transcend the influence of our particular culture, our particular set of parents and our particular childhood experience upon our understanding” – M. Scott Peck ” The Road Less Travelled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth”Narrow framing is “a tendency of people to evaluate a risky prospect in isolation rather than in context with other risks”. It is a cognitive bias based on our conditioning and past experiences. A good example of narrow framing comes from the work Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman did in 1979 with their “Prospect Theory”. In a study they showed that the perspective of a situation with the exact same outcome was significantly different depending on how the outcome was framed. In the study participants were posed with the following two statements: Out of 600 people you can save 200 people the rest will die, are you willing to take action? Out of 600 people 400 people will die the rest will be saved, are you willing to take action? In the first framing 72% of respondents were positive to take action, but in the second only 22% were willing. We are unwilling to see the whole picture.  In narrow framing we are only using the information in front us, we are unable to see the benefits beyond the risk. Because of this short sightedness we are unable to mitigate the future risks beyond the risks in front of us in the present.  We are holding ourselves back because we are stuck in our head without any connection to our intuition and guidance showing us the bigger picture; the bird’s eye view. Narrow framing prevents us from stepping into our greatness because our analytical minds will always call into the attention the immediate risk without analysing the whole journey and seeing what lies beyond. In order to reset the bias we need to connect with our intuition, practice mindfulness and to observe our experiences in context and totality . We also need to accept that there are risks in progress and that the past versions of ourselves might not have a place in the future. Knowing that we are labouring under a cognitive bias is the first step in resetting it.
Purpose
08-04-2022
Purpose
What will it take for you to start living your purpose?“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche Our purpose in life is not immediately revealed to us. We may be fed bits and pieces as we go along, but those pieces feel like our purpose in that moment we are pursuing it. However, most of us have our purpose firmly shielded from our conscious purview until we awaken to it. Awakening from our slumber of conditioning and living a “good” life. We go through life feeling “this is it, this is what it is meant to be, so just accept it”, but that is the cop out. We hide in the shadow of our smallness because we are fearful of the unknown challenge that is taking us away from the “comfort” of what we know, even though we strongly suspect that the unknown holds something that is far more fulfilling and purposeful. Some do push through and demand to have their purpose revealed to them. This pursuit is often preceded by an awakening of some sort, a shift in mindset and focus if you so prefer. Something in our external experience stirs something within so deeply that we cannot ignore it and must pursue it. This could be hitting rock bottom, realising some wrongdoing that is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, or something else. It is enough for us to realise that we need to change our lives drastically in the direction of our purpose. The big questions face us and we want answers. What is my purpose, is usually one of these questions. As we start moving through the fog, picking up pieces what is eventually to become the sum of our life’s purpose. Easing the fog revealing the pieces we do through working on our core wounding and critically evaluating our conditioning and core beliefs. These practices will allow us to embody higher frequencies that allow you to get closer in touch with ourselves and gain a deeper self-perspective. Naturally, our passion will be our general compass as our paths unfold. It will help us shift our perspective on life and grant us the courage to step into our greatness. Looking at our childhood and understanding what came naturally to us and what we enjoyed then, can give us the first clues as to what we are born to do. In this process it is equally important to evolve our intuition and fully open ourselves up to the opportunities that life serves up for us. These will come easier as our frequency rises towards love, compassion, acceptance, understanding, etc.  Set an audacious life goal and then start evaluating every experience and opportunity in light of this goal. We ask ourselves, “will this serve our higher purpose?”, if the answer is no, then we go on to the next one. create an environment around you that supports your purpose and allows you to be in a flow state as much as possible. Find time to tend to your physical, mental, energetic and soul bodies. Be patient and trust your path and intuition. Challenge yourself with learning new things and never settle.  “Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” – Roy T. Bennett “The Light In The Heart”It is our individual responsibility to step into our greatness given the opportunity. As humanity, if we don’t connect with our purpose we won’t evolve and the only way for us to evolve as a collective is for each of us to become role models in our communities and networks. Dare to step into your greatness or golden shadow. Remember, if not you, then who?
Wealth Mindset With Zachary Juergensen
01-04-2022
Wealth Mindset With Zachary Juergensen
"The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down." - Stephen Richards "Cosmic Ordering: You Can Be Successful"The wealth mindset nowadays is intrinsically linked with materialistic wealth, but there must be more to it than that, mustn't it? I like to think of it in terms of "abundance" as opposed to "wealth". That shift allows me to be freed from the limitations of societal conditioning. Abundance encompasses all the aspects that make our lives rich; comforts, love, connections, experiences, etc. However, it also implies a balance between the aspects we prioritise and value. If we have too much of one thing, but lack in another, we still don't feel abundant until we have balance across the board. Zac brings with him his journey to show how he has come to this realisation over time. Whereas, at The Alchemy Experience we start from the mental perspective, Zac is action focused and helps people with the physical resources they have to build strategies of resiliency and fortitude in their abundance mindsets. Zac Juergensen is a personal finance, real estate, and responsible debt educator. He currently hosts a podcast called DIY Wealth focused on providing free content to share in his self-learned wealth accumulation journey allowing others to learn and take action on their own money management and financial goals. Zac Juergensen went from being in a fair amount of bad debt with poor money management and financial behavior patterns in his early 20’s to amassing a net worth of one million dollars by 31 through self-education. Contacting Zac: (
Paradigm Shift - The Transition
25-03-2022
Paradigm Shift - The Transition
"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome." - Isaak AsimovTransition between paradigms is, in my experience, akin to near death experiences. From one day to the next you shed your identity and you have to figure out who and what you are, that is the transition. We all approach transition and a variety of different ways, some seek out coping mechanisms, others turn inwards, some may seek out religion, causes or something else that brings meaning. It is really a process or discovering one's own authenticity and learning about oneself in the reality construct we find ourselves in. In this episode we are joined by Scott Gazzoli from New York, and he is really from New York. He brings that beautiful exuberance and energy that New Yorkers have, which adds that little extra to his story telling. Scott is in this paradigm transition and is happy to share his experiences and advice from his journey. Scott Gazzoli is the host of Causing The Effect. Scott has always had the urge to help others and believes his podcast can transform people’s perspectives and limits. Scott lives, works and podcasts from Brooklyn, New York and is available for speaking engagements. Scott is a Managing Director with the Quest Organization, a boutique advisory firm that caters to the needs of High Net Worth Individuals and Families. Scott prides himself on his ability to create solutions and build relationships with his clients. Scott is also a comedian by night!