Personal alchemy: 7 steps to transmute lack into abundance

Marte Siebenhar
4 min readNov 4, 2022

Over the past several years, I’ve developed a toolkit of mental, emotional, and physical techniques to move you from where you don’t want to be or live, toward what you do want to be or live.

I think of this as alchemy.

According to Google, alchemy is “the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir.”

My quest isn’t to turn lead into gold, but I am looking to create a replicable process of inner transformation to achieve new outer results: the alchemy of moving from suffering to healing.

Isn’t that, on some level, what we’re all seeking?

Here, we’re going to transform the unwanted, heavy, painful, tragic, traumatic experiences as human beings into much finer matter of human experience-the desired, the sublime, the joyful, the fortunate, the abundant, the blissful.

So, what are the steps? Here are mine. No chemistry required.

1. Identify the thought, feeling, or experience you’d like to transform. Be as specific as you can. Write it down.

Example: Lack of money.

2. Identify why you want this transformation. Be as specific as you can. Write it down.

Example: Because I want to feel secure, I want to do important work, I’m a good person, etc.

3. Identify what the preferred state is (thought, feeling, or experience). Be as specific as you can. Write it down.

Example: Abundance.

4. Make a list of “power emotions” that can help you achieve that state. To create this list, name the emotions you feel when you’re at your best.

Example: Elation, power, ease, joy, fulfillment, gratitude, appreciation.

5. Choose an emotion from the list in #4 above.

Example: Appreciation.

Time to transmute!