The Alchemy of Possibility: Reinventing Your Personal Mythology

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Alchemy is at once a universal handbook for creative growth and an intimate record of one artist s passionate journey to the edges of perception. It is possessed of a chant-like quality, and like a chant, its subtle powers gather by accretion to a final message that is both transcendent and ultimately useful. Each chapter is introduced with an original full-color painting paired with text and poetry; each group is further keyed into an I Ching hexagram or tarot card. These multiple forms provide the basis for an interactive reading, inviting you into a remapping of your own journey. The book moves through themes that are practical such as Leadership, to more inspirational matters such as Fanning Our Unique Flame. Not since Blake and Chagall has an individual successfully combined multi-media forms into an evocative integrated whole. What Natalie Goldberg s Writing Down the Bones did for the craft of creative writing, The Alchemy of Possibility does for the process of creative work in general. For every working artist, and for every person who wants to live artfully, Alchemy is a work of living inspiration. It promises to take a unique place in the spiritual libraries of seekers everywhere.

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Born in England, philosopher, poet, prose-writer and visual artist Carolyn Mary Kleefeld grew up in Southern California and studied art and psychology at UCLA. Her innovative artwork and writing have been used for over twenty-five years in the fields of human consciousness and creativity. A visionary pioneer, Ms. Kleefeld has the rare ability to convey through lyrical language, metaphor and symbolic image, the spiritual potential of human beings. Fueled by a need for creative expression and a lifelong fascination with psychological and spiritual transformation, Ms. Kleefeld is the author of three award-winning poetry books that explore these archetypal themes. These books have been used as texts in university courses worldwide and have been translated into Braille by the Library of Congress. Her book, The Alchemy of Possibility: Reinventing Your Personal Mythology (Merrill-West Publishing), inspired by the I Ching, with an introduction by Laura Archera Huxley, combines her visual art, philosophical prose and poetry, and includes corresponding quotes from the I Ching and Tarot. Healers as well as professors of art and psychology have also used Alchemy as an inspirational text and oracular guidebook. An interview with Ms. Kleefeld is included in the anthology Mavericks of the Mind: Conversations for the New Millennium (Crossing Press), as are interviews withAlan Ginsberg, Terence McKenna, Dr. Timothy Leary and other cutting-edgethinkers of our time. Her most recent book, Kissing Darkness: Love Poems and Art, a lovers dialogue in poetry written in collaboration with David Wayne Dunn, was published in 2003 by Riverwood Books, an imprint of White Cloud Press (publishers of Kahlil Gibran). And this summer (2007), Soul Seeds; Revelations from the Mystery, an inspirational book of Kleefeld s philosophical sayings is slated to be published by Mandala Press. Over the past two decades, Ms. Kleefeld has created an extensive and diverse body of drawings and paintings, ranging in style from romantic figurative to abstract. In her language of poetic imagery, Ms. Kleefeld expresses the passions of the human heart and a pantheistic reverence for the Big Sur wilderness she inhabits. In addition to being featured in art magazines and textbooks, her award-winning art can be found in the personal collections of Ted Turner, Laura Archera Huxley, and many others, as well as at the United Nations, and in hospitals, galleries and museums nationwide.

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By assuming the posture of a storyteller and philosopher, [Kleefeld] serenades the anima, following its traverse through life's more esoteric passages. In the book, the complete Kleefeld is let loose, revealing a psychic umbilical chord that runs through primal waters, ultimately connecting all aspects of her work to the epic records of human yearning." --Marina Walker, Santa Barbara News Press

Kleefeld has not just written a book; it is a work of art. The same creative spontaneity that paints and sings fills the pages of this simple, intensely intimate collection of truth and possibilities. I have returned to this book frequently as a guide to simplicity, a reference for my soul, and an inspiration for life's changes. --John Charney, Whole Life Times

This book is filled with deep spiritual insights and provocative, poignant images that express the artist and author's love of the mysteries of nature and the soul, showing their deepest longings and most profound beliefs...it can offer the reader an inner-active and interactive meditation revealing the deeper psyche, redefining personal values, enhancing intuition, increasing spontaneity and improving receptivity. --Peggy Cavin-Smith, The New Times

Kleefeld has not just written a book; it is a work of art. The same creative spontaneity that paints and sings fills the pages of this simple, intensely intimate collection of truth and possibilities. I have returned to this book frequently as a guide to simplicity, a reference for my soul, and an inspiration for life's changes. --John Charney, Whole Life Times

This book is filled with deep spiritual insights and provocative, poignant images that express the artist and author's love of the mysteries of nature and the soul, showing their deepest longings and most profound beliefs...it can offer the reader an inner-active and interactive meditation revealing the deeper psyche, redefining personal values, enhancing intuition, increasing spontaneity and improving receptivity. --Peggy Cavin-Smith, The New Times

Kleefeld has not just written a book; it is a work of art. The same creative spontaneity that paints and sings fills the pages of this simple, intensely intimate collection of truth and possibilities. I have returned to this book frequently as a guide to simplicity, a reference for my soul, and an inspiration for life's changes. --John Charney, Whole Life Times

This book is filled with deep spiritual insights and provocative, poignant images that express the artist and author's love of the mysteries of nature and the soul, showing their deepest longings and most profound beliefs...it can offer the reader an inner-active and interactive meditation revealing the deeper psyche, redefining personal values, enhancing intuition, increasing spontaneity and improving receptivity. --Peggy Cavin-Smith, The New Times

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