we don’t so much solve our problems as outgrow them.
— Karl Jung
 
 

EMBRACE ALCHEMY is for you…

 

• . . . If you want to see real change in our world in the arena of race and racism: more reverence for each and every life.

 

• . . . If the overt, undeniable racism you see in the news and the world around you jars you, sickens you, baffles you, hurts your heart, and makes your head spin.

 

• . . . If you want to learn more about--and maybe even get into a position to do something about--the treacherous racial landscape in this society and in our world.

 

• . . . If you're pretty certain racism continues to be one of the biggest blights confronting human beings, even in contemporary times. You want to see a radical shift in the matter of "racism" itself, in the form of systems, institutions, social hierarchies, AND in the form of individual prejudices. You're quite confident that the appalling historical legacies upon which modern society was built can't help but to have been carried over into our present, causing people and groups untold pain, suffering, and oppression each and every day.

 

• . . . If you are of the belief that change begins with the person we see in the mirror. It’s not some elusive, projected, imagined "they" who need to change, but rather we ourselves. As the saying goes, “we have met the enemy, and he is us!”

 

• . . . If you are willing to at least consider that within every human lives some toxicity, negativity, and bias. These forces live within us every bit as much as they live outside of us. To be the change, we must cop to the existence of our own inner oppressor and then subject that part of ourselves to a gentle process of healing.

 

• . . . If you are not sold on the "blame game" or the finger-pointing. If you feel there is too little actual dialog, too little engagement, too little listening across lines of difference. Too many people, of all backgrounds, sharing in common the certainty that when it comes to race, they have the answers, and moreover, they are right! Others are wrong!

 

• . . . If you have come to know that “grievances” and “miracles” are in direct conflict with each other. In EMBRACE ALCHEMY we proactively position ourselves as “for”—aka focusing on what we want—and not “against”—focusing on what we don’t want. We emphasize, embody, and take on the energy of the solutions more than dwelling on the problems. In this way, we align ourselves with the possibility of generating miracles, breakthroughs, and spontaneous shifts.

 

• . . . If you are committed to cultivating a deeper understanding of self and others. Obviously it’s impossible to be an expert in the infinite range of cultural specificities. But well within reach is a general understanding of “difference” itself. Achieving that understanding will enable you to navigate the very real differences between yourself and others with ever more sophistication, grace, and aplomb.

 

• . . . If you are concerned that, whatever your own background might happen to be, even as you're certainly not a racist, your very own thought processes on race might not be the healthiest and you'd like to learn ways to conceive of race more fruitfully, in a way that liberates you and is thereby a blessing on the other people you encounter in your life.

 

• . . . If you're pretty sure that even as institutional racism is a problem the magnitude of which should not be underestimated, it isn't the only problem when it comes to race. You suspect that there might also be a glitch in our racial logic to begin with, a flaw in the very way we perceive of ourselves and others. Something intrinsically questionable about the idea of a fixed, firm “us and them.”

 

• . . . If you have a hunch that the way we coral people into races and then uphold these categories unquestioningly over decades and centuries, is problematic. As if people truly belong straightforwardly in discreet, neat categories. As if "we" and "they" divides are real. And as if continuing to view things in this rigid way will actually lead to any sort of liberation for anybody.

 

• . . . If you suspect that the best kept secret about race and racism is that they are a matter of thought, of the mind, after all. You will often hear it said that it’s “the system” that is generating the most impactful forms of discrimination. And yet that very system, as we know, began in the mind. Someone—a collective of someone’s—thought it up and then successfully manifested race and racism into a centuries-old structural reality. In precisely the same way, the solutions will now need to be thought up and the process of change will need to begin in our minds. I submit that rather than “fighting the system,” we instead courageously mastermind, design, strategize, and build the future we want. To generate true transformation, we must start by being bold and proactive about thinking up, dreaming up, imagining, and envisioning the precise future we want.

 

• . . . If you can get down with the idea that if we learn to embrace, know, accept, and love ourselves, we will then be better equipped to embrace, know, accept, and love others. Choosing to love rather than to fear one another. Choosing to accept rather than resent one another. Choosing to honor and celebrate one another rather than judging, hierarchizing, criticizing, and "othering" each other. To evolve beyond our notions of who is inferior and superior. Toward this end, let us learn how to see ourselves in other people, and other people in ourselves.