Alchemy isn't necessarily a dead psuedo-science. "The Spiritual Alchemist: Working with the Voice of Your Sou" is a guide to the concept of spiritual alchemy, and how one can enter their own spiritual laboratory to reinvent themselves and open up their spiritual selves for change and improvement. Natalie Reid, a self-titled spiritual alchemist, has taught her methods throughout the world, and they could do much to help her readers. "The Spiritual Alchemist" is a highly recommended metaphysical self-help read. -- Midwest Book Review
If you enjoyed The Artist s Way
, you'll want to get The Spiritual Alchemist
. In it, New Mexico writer Natalie Reid helps writers and artists -- anyone, really -- hear and work with the voice of their soul. The concept may sound abstract or "new age," but Reid uses clear language and simple exercises to cover some basic principles, such as knowing yourself, understanding your beliefs, and exploring parts of yourself you may have kept buried.
The book came out of Reid's struggles with writer's block and her attempt to find her own unique voice. She fine-tuned the exercises through workshops she has been giving for over 10 years at the annual weeklong conference of the International Women s Writing Guild. The book re-creates the workshop experience, and can be used alone or with a group. It even includes a CD with guided visualizations. Consider using it in your writers group, or working through the exercises on your own. People who have been struggling to find direction will get the most help, but all of us can benefit from knowing ourselves a little better. -- Chris Eboch, author of The Well of Sacrifice --Spring 2009 SCBWI New Mexico News Messenger
About the Author
Steeped in the Jewish mystical tradition, Natalie Reid (M.A.) for over 10 years has conducted transformational workshops centered on the confluence of creativity, self-awareness, and spirituality. In addition to The Spiritual Alchemist, these workshops include Writing in the Mythological Voice: Elevating the Mundane into Myth and From Falsehood to Freedom: Writing our Way out of the Masks We Wear. Natalie has developed a unique method for using the writing of fiction to heal from a crisis in faith. Since 1998 she has been a workshop director at the annual weeklong conference of the International Women s Writing Guild.
Natalie is the author of four books published in Tokyo on American English language and culture. Her short fiction, articles, and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including Natural Bridge and 13th Moon. Her novel-in-progress investigates the power of dream to alter a woman s relationship with time and space.
Natalie also designs workshops in English language skills for a multinational clientele that has included the Smithsonian Institution and the Peace Corps. She conducts seminars, edits books, and consults on papers for European social scientists. She also presents at international conferences. When not on the road giving workshops, she enjoys writing and living in New Mexico.