updated October 25, 2023
Most simply, it's a making and object-based approach to Psyche: Learning to Let Psyche Lead.
It's a collection of ideas and self-guided prompts to get more access to your Creative Unconscious,
to Access the Intuitive Mind and bypass too much thinking and talking.
Finding ways into a light trance. You are likely already skilled in how to do this:
Look around your living and work spaces. Notice the number of Altars - spaces filled with special objects--you have already made. What are they about? Who are they to and for?
Just Make Something. Let It Reveal: What it is, Why it was made, Who responds and comes for it.
Liminal Thinking and especially SHADOW
and the cosmic fact that Everything is Connected
In these last 20 years,
I have not been able to tidy this material into A ONE SINGLE BOOK. It seemed so didactic and
the very opposite of the undulating nature of
Casual Alchemy. So all this has become more a heaving biome of thoughts, images, observations, suggestions, mutterings, memories and references.
A short booklet form seems promising. It allows for a re-telling of the same material but with important different inflections or variations.
The size and brevity, at 3-28 pages, is kind to all learning styles and attention spans. It invites the Intuitive Mind to have a presence in the experience by choosing where to begin:
"What am I in the mood for today?"
I recently made a couple of such "books", 4"x6" softcover, using the services of online CVS. They cost about $10 each. The great benefit is the chance to sift through all the random thoughts and images that collect around you and try to make a 20-page experience.
I really like the exercise of it; the practice of collecting and editing and balancing words and images.
Casual Alchemy explores five areas:
Casual (play, awe, surprise),
Alchemy (balancing head, hand, heart),
Making (a rich viable route to identity),
The Spiral (key image, experience) and
Vegetable Thinking (rooting in our organic, not
technical nature. After all, we are 70% water!)
Yours as a Gift!
(27p., Omega 2018)
Notes on Alchemy (6p. 2009/2021)
As a Game! (6/21)
Meeting Your Ersions (8p.) (6/20)