Stage One is quite complex. It may be one of the most intricate and challenging stages for most people. Due to that fact, we want to underscore the importance of taking your time with this stage in particular and working through it as thoroughly as possible. We see a fair number of people who have done a lot of this work already using other modalities, but many haven’t and are, instead, eager beginners. So it’s important to be honest with yourself as you go through this process of dipping into self-awareness practices and self-cultivation. Honesty is the best medicine is the operative phrase here. Always keep in mind that we are preparing the mind, body, Qi, and spirit to move through the stages of Alchemy, and there is never a need for speed in the voyage to find your authentic self.
The Elemental Theme for Stage One—Wood
Each of the first Five Stages of the Nine Stages of Alchemy has an Elemental Theme. The overall theme of Stage One is that life can be easy. This is the very essence of Wood energy, and the themes in this stage require that your Wood energy be allowed to feel flowing and free inside you. Everyone has access to all Five Elements within. Wherever Wood falls in our personal stack-up, our aim is to feel “free and easy” when we access the Wood Element inside us. We can easily overcome obstacles in our way and allow for greater ease in our life. This doesn’t mean we have to give up on any of our dreams. In fact, quite the opposite. We must embrace what we truly desire and believe anything can be possible. This is the Wood process of removing obstacles, like a young sprout that must find its way up through the obstructing dirt and rocks as it starts to grows. The Wood Element is the Element of hope. We must have hope in our lives to begin Stage One of Alchemy.
The Five Steps of Stage One
There are five steps contained within Stage One:
1. Entering the Mystery Gate—This is the
entranceway into Alchemy.
2. Asking Yourself the What Do I Really Want
Question—Finding clarity in the newfound light at
the end of the dark tunnel.
3. Aligning Your Heart with What You Really Want—
Knowing what you really want, and being brave
enough to allow yourself to truly want it.
4. Releasing Rebellious Qi—Resistance, or what we
call Rebellious Qi, comes up as a result of knowing
what you want. In this step, you now release that
resistance so that everything can come to you
easily. There is no need to fight for what you want.
5. Journeying to Your Higher Self—Once you’ve
stopped all fighting, you can connect and commune
with your own higher self, face-to-face.