“The best thing you could do is MASTER the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you ARE THE FIRE.” Mama Indigo
I love to watch a good fire. Maybe because of the numerous camping trips of my youth. What is it about fire that is so mesmerizing? Man has used fire since the beginning of time for warmth, cooking, transforming metals and creating elixirs. This magical process of alchemy is truly a miracle when you think about it. We often think of alchemy as this medieval concept that applies to sorcerers and scientists, but nothing could be further from the truth!
Building a fire is a process that involves several steps, but the reward is the dance of a bright orange flame with a smell that ignites something deep within our bones. The element of fire is both creative AND destructive when out of control. This masculine element shows up in our lives as power, passion, creativity, change, motivation, and sensuality. When out of balance fire can consume everything in its wake. Just think of how anger can destroy a relationship and fire/heat in the body and cause inflammation and disease.
Maybe you’ve never thought about how self-care is alchemic. If you haven’t I implore you to think about it a little more deeply. Alchemy is defined as a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way.
Personally, I can think of hundreds of ways that my self-care practices have transformed me through the years. I’ve seen these transformations in our clients as well. If there’s one thing I want you to know it’s this: self-care is the greatest transformation tool there is! Your self-care practices have the power to enact the most impressive changes not only for you, but for your children, your friends, your family and everyone you come into contact with!