the alchemy of growth & change



1: a substance that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate or under different conditions than otherwise possible

2: a person or thing that stimulates or precipitates a reaction, development or change

3. something that causes activity between two or more persons or forces without itself being affected.


FROM CATALYSIS 1650s, “dissolution,” from Latinized form of Greek katalysis “dissolution, a dissolving” (of governments, military units, etc.), from katalyein “to dissolve,” from kata “down” (or “completely”), see cata-, + lyein “to loosen” (from PIE root *leu- “to loosen, divide, cut apart”). Chemical sense “change caused by an agent which itself remains unchanged”, introduced by Swedish chemist Jöns Jakob Berzelius (1779-1848).


impetus; stimulant; motive; enzyme;


Block; hindrance, preventer,

Our body|mind is a networked habitat of habits. We are made of preferences, desires & energy flow dynamics. We are constantly embodying & demonstrating our living relationship with time, space, self & other.

Our conscious desire for change & growth is invariably counterpoised by subterranean desire to stay the same. We can learn to use this natural tension in order to create with it.


Change begins with where you are,

and Growth is what you’d like to see.

You must die to what you are,

to become what you are to be.

We can use our attention & breath to sink into & through our habitat of habit. We can find out what our behaviour is made of and in so doing, we open up the possibility of understanding, acceptance and change.

Growth and change can be uncomfortable and we will only really do so when we are ready & feel we have no other choice.


form is

  1. Coming

Plants live. Animals live. Thoughts live. Habits live. Relationships live. The shape of our lives is…

form isn’t

2. Going

…until it isn’t. Life does not stay the same. Things grow, things change and in the end, they end.

decay feeds life

3. Dissolution

Soil is a history lesson in dissolution. decayed and digested rock, mineral, plant matter, animal matter, life matter. The underworld is a living wilderness of disassembled unities.

light inspires growth

4. Transmutation

The magic and the mystery. The dissolute finds new purpose as it feeds the growth of new life. Light stimulates and from the once-was of our lives, we become and create something new

I have found & use the following powerful tools of dissolution / catalysis / growth / change:

  • Self-witnessing
  • Speaking out loud uncomfortable truths – to self, other and to God
  • Breathing into and feeling tension areas in the body|mind
  • Intuitive movement & sound release
  • Creatively engaging, embodying & expressing “demons” | the so-called not me |shadow material
  • Spending time in nature
  • Fire circle, ceremony & ritual
  • Reading the Gospels
  • Creative conversation

Let’s make something together,

said the spider to the fly.

God surely loves them both.

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