ABSTRACT

Body symptoms and illnesses are considered from various perspectives that became available at different stages of the author’s life: lifelong aura migraines, a “mysterious illness” that forced a change of career, and a slow-growing but life-threatening lymphoma. Putting each condition into an alchemical vessel and giving careful attention and consideration revealed the role they played in the movement from one level of consciousness to another—no magical cures for anything but a deepening understanding of the psychological processes available, be it emotional, imaginal, deep feeling, or deep thinking.