: to change or alter in form, appearance, or nature and especially to a higher form
Transmute (v.): late 14th century, “transform the appearance of,” from Latin transmutare “to change.”
Transmutation (n.): late 14th century, from Old French transmutacion “transformation, change, metamorphosis” (12c.), from Late Latin transmutatitionem “a change, a shift,” from Latin transmutare “change from one condition to another,” from trans– “thoroughly” + mutare “to change” (see mutable). A word from alchemy.
“It isn’t possible to love and part. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.”
E.M. Forster (1879-1970, English novelist (Passage to India), short story writer, essayist, and librettist; known for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society.)
“The most important lesson that man can learn from his life is not that there is pain in this world, but that it depends upon him to turn it into good account, that it is possible for him to transmute it into joy…”
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941, Bengali poet, playwright, novelist, writer, polymath who helped reshape Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art in the late 19th and early 20th century; a devoted friend of Gandhi, and was recipient of The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913)
“None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.”
Edith Hamilton (1867-1963, American educator and author who was “recognized as the greatest woman Classicist.” The was 62 years old when The Greek, her first book, was published in 1930.)
“Our task, of course, is to transmute the anger that is affliction into the anger that is determination to bring about change. I think, in fact, that one could give that as a definition of revolution.”
Barbara Deming (1917-1984, American feminist and advocate of nonviolent social change)
“Don’t look for peace. Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.”
Eckhart Tolle (b. 1948, age 67, German-born resident of Canada, best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. Watkins Review listed him as the most spiritually influential person in the world.)
Ever since reading Paulo Coehlo’s novel, The Alchemist, I often asked myself, what is my gift as an alchemist, and how can I transmute wounds into a vital healing power.
For me, The Alchemist so eloquently illustrated that I, too, was on a divine quest, tracking my own footsteps back to my authentic me.
It became clear my transformation wasn’t about changing my life on the surface. I had to allow my old life to decay down to the essential and purest parts of my self.
My metamorphosis was a little tricky to initiate, because I couldn’t simply blow up my life. I had to gingerly peel away the shizz (I love that word) like a skin off an onion. I needed to think about the emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of my children, along with the nurturing of my own inner child.
It was only through Love that I could active a peaceful process for all. But, I had to love myself foremost and make choices from that important root.
It was sometimes hit-and-miss with lot of missteps in choosing the wrong friends or making inappropriate decisions. But, that too was a part of the journey. Those adverse experiences allowed me to develop compassion for myself and for others, which also provided opportunities for reconnection to the strongest and wisest parts of myself.
Eventually with a great deal of investment and assistance, I changed shape and form from the inside out, never losing my nature, but transmuting it to a higher level of my being.
It was a lot of hard work, and still is sometimes. Like most, I have to wrestle with charged emotions to drill down deep in order to elevate my thoughts and vibration.
It’s all worth it to co-create a magnificent life of Joy, and to dance fearlessly in the eternal eye of the Unfolding.
My friends, may infinite waves of blessings continue to transform and transmute your lives for the better.
With Love Always, Tonya