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Alchemical Healing

A Guide to Spiritual, Physical, and Transformational Medicine

Published by Bear & Company
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Combines shamanism, alchemy, and energy medicine to create a unique healing modality

• Explores how to turn the base substance of who you are--the dark mystery of your subconscious--into the alchemical gold of knowledge and enlightenment

• Includes techniques of distant healing and working with power animals and plant, mineral, and elemental spirits

• Shows how to utilize the Universal Life Force to reawaken inherent healing abilities

Alchemical Healing brings together innovative techniques of shamanism and energetic healing with the principles of alchemy, creating a practical form of physical healing, therapeutic counseling, and spiritual growth. The author provides ways to integrate spirit and matter, to develop communications between divinity and humanity, to retrieve knowledge, and to influence physical reality in order to achieve healing and transformation. With simple directions, readers are guided through attunements and empowerments that access the Universal Life Force energy and a five-element system for healing themselves and others. They learn powerful techniques, such as psychic surgery, distant healing, and how to work with power animals and plant, mineral, and elemental spirit guides. Alchemical Healing presents a sacred journey into the most profound principles and mysteries of creation. It offers both an art form and a spiritual path that develops one’s ability to co-create the future with the wisdom of the spirit world.


from Chapter 2: Alchemy

The ancient art of alchemy is easily understood by an example found in nature, the transformation that occurs over time in the creation of a diamond. The matter starts as carbon, deep within the earth. Through elemental interaction and when the appropriate amount of heat and pressure is applied and sustained, transmutation occurs--the soft black material becomes the exquisite clear, hard, bright diamond.

Pressure is a fundamental part of that process, and as we explore the process of alchemy in our own lives, we discover that it is through the management of pressure that we achieve personal mastery. It is not so much about what comes to us in our life experience, but rather how we respond to it that indicates our level of mastery. Alchemically, we can see every adverse condition as a valuable part of the process, grist for the inner mill in which transmutation takes place.

from Chapter 3: The Treasure Hunt

Egypt's Mystery
. . . .During one tour of the land of the Pharaohs, we sailed down the Nile from Luxor to Aswan on a felucca, an ancient type of small sailing boat, for four days.. . . .One bright morning while moored on a bar in the nether zone between here and there, Amber took a dive off the edge of the boat into what she thought was deep water. It was only knee deep at most. She came up screaming, but she couldn't move because of the compression to her spine. We pulled her out of the water and laid her on the deck of the boat. We were all stunned, and helpless. I remember the ensuing moments as if in slow motion. First was the panic when we realized that between us all we had just enough skill in first aid to apply a Band-Aid to a small cut. Lacking in any training beyond the use of quartz crystals that I had received from Oh Shinnah, I grabbed the small one I’d brought with me and went to work, focusing my intention and praying for divine intervention, while holding my hands over Amber. The pain abated, and Amber was able to move soon after, fully regaining her mobility.

It was time to find a teacher or focus for my studies that would help me to accomplish the goal that had moved to the forefront my mind--the goal of becoming a healer.

from chapter 8: Accessing the Universal Life Force

Exercise: Seeing with the Palms of Your Hands
You have probably seen Tibetan, East Indian, and northwest Native American art that depicts characters with eyes painted on their foreheads, the palms of their hands, and the soles of their feet. These pictorial representations depict sensitivities that, though acknowledged as natural by some cultures, are given no credence in our own. Because of our lack of identification with these metaphysical organs of sensitivity, we must learn to utilize them in much the same way we learn a new language.

When the eyes in the palms of our hands are open, they perceive through interaction with energy and can inform us in very specific ways.

The purpose of this exercise is to learn to use the eyes in your hands to retrieve information from inside another body.

Ground and center yourself and prepare to focus.

Place your hands on the forearm of a friend.

Generate your Fire Mist Shower and say your word with the intention of using the eyes in the palms of your hands. (You may find that your fingertips are especially sensitive and that you can retrieve information from them as well.)

As soon as you feel yourself link with the other person, direct your attention to the surface upon which your hands are resting. Hold your hands absolutely still and feel the texture of the fabric or skin beneath your hands. If it is fabric, examine the texture of the fabric--its thickness, color, weave, wrinkles--without looking at or moving your hands. Notice how much information you can perceive using the eyes in your hands.

Extend your consciousness to the area beneath the fabric, and focus your attention on the skin, noticing all that your can about the skin, its pores, its rhythms, its tone.

Extend your consciousness to the layer just under the surface of the skin. What is happening here? Can you perceive the capillaries, the fatty tissue? Is there movement? What colors do you see or feel?

Extend your consciousness deeper into the body. Can you find a blood vessel? Can you examine its walls? Do you feel the flow of the blood through the vessel? Can you sense the pulse of the flow of blood?

Even deeper, find a strata of muscle. Is it rough or smooth, tense or relaxed, hard or soft?

And again, go deeper still, until you reach the surface of bone. Is it wet or dry? Rough or smooth? Brittle or pliant? What color is it?

Now direct your consciousness into the center of the bone, to the place where the marrow is, where the red blood cells are being manufactured. What information is here for you? Is there any activity here? Sound? Movement?

From your heart, request the attention of the spirit of the bone, or of the entire skeletal system. As you call forth this spirit, hold the intention of wanting to be given a message from the spirit of bone about the health and needs of the bones of the person.

Remember to thank the spirit for responding.

And finally, very slowly, begin to withdraw your focus, layer by layer, gently removing yourself from the recipient's body until you find yourself back in your own body once again. Disconnect completely with your intention. If you feel the need, you can brush the surface of your hands together to break the connection.

Exchange the messages and insights you received and bring sacred closure to the experience you have just shared.

About The Author

Nicki Scully has been a healer and teacher of shamanism and the Egyptian mysteries since 1978. She lectures worldwide and specializes in spiritual tours to sacred sites in Egypt, Peru, and other countries. She is the author of Power Animal Meditations and Alchemical Healing, and the co-author of Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt and The Anubis Oracle. Nicki lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she maintains a comprehensive healing and shamanic consulting practice.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Bear & Company (July 28, 2003)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781591430155

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Raves and Reviews

“Richly detailed with experiential methodology and esoteric wisdom, Nicki Scully’s Alchemical Healing illuminates the path of the modern medicine woman in these times of tremendous change. A great read!”

– Hank Wesselman, Ph.D., anthropologist and author of The Journey to the Sacred Garden and the Spiritw

“In Alchemical Healing, Nicki Scully creates an elixir that inspires us to use the power of the heart and the power of spiritual healing for our lives and the health of others. I loved it!”

– Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth

“Nicki Scully is not just ‘talking about’ alchemical healing, she has lived it. She is a master translator of a myriad of healing systems and generously empowers us to awaken to our own inherent healing abilities.”

– Justine Toms, cofounder of New Dimensions Radio and coauthor of True Work: Doing What You Love and L

"Alchemical Healing presents a sacred journey into the most profound principles and mysteries of creation."

– Leading Edge Review, Fall 2003

"Her book is a valuable resource for anyone looking to heal both self and planet."

– Paul Andrews, Whole Life Times, October 2003, Vol. 25 No. 10

"Stories of rock and roll and shamanism weave through this comprehensive and clear guidebook to healing yourself and others."

– Whole Life Times, February 2004, Vol. 26 No. 2

"I highly reccomend this book. . . . Nicki Scully's teachings can awaken the divine force in you."

– Susan Dobra, Magical Blend's Natural Beauty & Health, February 2004, Issue 91

“Artist, philosopher, traveler, alchemist, and healer, Nicki Scully has healed herself and brought the light of healing to everyone around her. Alchemical Healing is rich and whole-hearted, practical and inspiring. I could not put it down.”

– Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., author of Shaman, Healer, Sage

“A lifetime of wisdom breathes inside these pages. If you could read a book that would change and charge and heal your life, wouldn’t you? Nicki Scully has the Rx. She’s got the mojo. This is the book.”

– Normandi Ellis, author of Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead

“Here is a masterful work that provides clear instructions as to once and future ways of healing self, other, and planet. Here is alchemy at its best and most comprehensive. The reader is charged with delight in new possibilities growing out of ancient knowings. Scully gives us a book that is to be savored as well as used.”

– Jean Houston, Ph.D., author of Jump Time and A Mythic Life

“Nicki Scully is one of most innovative healers on the planet. In Alchemical Healing, she shares what she has learned about physical and spiritual transformation. The information and concepts are supplemented with exercises, meditations, and visualizations that serve to put them to immediate use. The anecdotes are helpful, and bring a touch of humanity and humor into this fascinating brew.”

– Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., co-author Extraordinary Dreams and How to Use Them

Alchemical Healing is a living bridge to ancient wisdom, a golden gift to all who would begin the Great Work of personal and global transformation. Using the terminology and operations of alchemy, Nicki Scully presents a bona fide and universal system of initiation and healing.”

– Dennis William Hauck, alchemist and author of The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformatio

“Nicki Sully’s Alchemical Healing is a welcome addition to Chopra’s Quantum Healing and deals specifically and forcibly with new insights based on ancient wisdom on just what you need to do to let the healing process occur.”

– Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., author of Matter into Feeling: A New Alchemy of Science and Spirit

“High praise for Nicki and this excellent book! Nicki, herself a healed-healer, brings to this offering her experience, wisdom, and personal passion for creatively addressing all forms of dis-ease, along with a fierce dedication to supporting others in the process of awakening and developing their healing hearts and hands. This is a powerful and timely book that supports resolution of the challenging issues of our time through our own offering of healing to All Our Relations.”

– Brooke Medicine Eagle, author of Buffalo Woman Comes Singing and The Last Ghost Dance

“Nicki Scully may well be one of the great alchemical practitioners of our time. A medical intuitive, teacher, and healer, in Alchemical Healing she shares her own fascinating healing journey, then in step-by-step journeys, initiations, and exercises, provides readers with the tools necessary for using this ancient system of healing. A truly remarkable book that enables the reader to not only understand but to practice alchemical healing.”

– Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist, author of Herbal Healing for Woman and founder of United Plant Savers

"Nicki Scully creates an elixir that inspires us to use the powers of the heart and of spiritual healing for our lives and the health of others. I loved it!"

– Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth

Nicki Scully is not just 'talking about' alchemical healing, she has lived it. . . . and generously empowers us to awaken to our own inherent healing abilities."

– Justine Toms, cofounder of New Dimensions Radio and coauthor of True Work: Doing What You Love and L

"A wise and wonderful book to be savored, sure to bring great benefits to those who practice and apply these methods."

– Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., author of The Unfolding Self

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