“What is alchemy? Alchemy, broadly speaking is the process of taking something, or multiple somethings, and transforming it, or them, into something else of a higher value. In this case, the text is teaching the reader how to take their experiences: the ups and downs of their lives, victories, traumas, and patterns adopted from society and their ancestors, and turn these events into spiritual evolution.
“Like recycling plastic bottles and turning them into a purse or a home, the process of internal alchemy can allow one’s history to become one’s greatest asset and a springboard for living an embodied, present, and aware life.”
The Alchemist’s Tao Te Ching: Transforming Your Lead Into Gold https://www.amazon.com/dp/1718636970/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_vhQ4CbKSGPY1Q