An excerpt from my forthcoming book, “The Unfolding Heart: Spirituality, Healing, and Embracing the Mystery.”
While we can engage the process of integration on our own - through mindful and imaginative tending to the various layers of our unfolding experience - it can be helpful to experiment within a relational context. In the alchemical tradition, the alchemist at times worked on his or her own, however often had an “assistant” with them, a soror mystica who accompanied them on an exploration of the material and its transmutation.
A theme I’ll touch on frequently in this book is the uniqueness of the relational field in its ability to catalyze healing and transformation, which the neurobiologists and well as the alchemists are aware of by way of their work in the mystery. Whether within the container of the alchemical vas or that of the miracle nervous system, love is alive, opening and closing emotions and synapses in revealing the majesty of the human heart.