I had to laugh when I saw this cartoon the other day!
It speaks so wonderfully to what I help others address in my coaching practice.
On one level, we all have “gold” we want to manifest in the world (we know it’s somewhere inside just waiting to be released) … and on another level, the naive idea we can be finished, “go home”, relax, finally be OK when it’s all done.
So can we transmute our “lead” into “gold”? Well, not literally, but as it applies to our emotional growth as people, yes! I help folks look at what they want to manifest in their life, their “gold”, and then support the alchemy of turning their “lead” (unhelpful and outmoded dynamics and behavior patterns) into what they seek: more self acceptance, more connection, creativity or a greater ability to know and speak their truth.
And what about this idea of being finished and “going home”? How much “lead” is in us anyway? In my experience, a lot. So maybe we are looking for the wrong “home”. What if the “home” we want to return to is already here, right now? Not the one that’s all “gold” as in some fairly tale but the real one, the living one, the one containing all our traits, good and bad, “lead” and “gold”. I believe the true missing ingredient for coming to that “home” is self compassion and acceptance for the experiment that is us. That’s the true magic - that's when the alchemy begins.