Lorie Eve Dechar
is the author of Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing. Her work as an alchemical healer is supported by 30 years of Chinese medical practice and extensive training in Jungian and Gestalt psychotherapy and Focusing-oriented psychotherapy.
The origin of the word alchemy comes from the Arabic alkīmiyā, meaning "black soil art." Rather than looking up in search of transcendence, alchemists dare to go down – to dig deep into the soil of embodied life, to descend into the personal and collective unconscious, to cherish our "leaden" impasses – in the quest for the true gold of a spiritually illuminated life.