ALCHEMY was known as the spagyric art after Greek words meaning to separate and to join together. Compare this with the primary dictum of Alchemy in Latin: SOLVE ET COAGULA  Separate, and Join Together.  The best-known goals of the alchemists were the transmutation of common metals into gold (called chrysopoeia) or silver (less well known is plant alchemy, or "spagyric"); the creation of a "panacea," or the elixir of life, a remedy that supposedly would cure all diseases and prolong life indefinitely; and the discovery of a universal solvent.[1] Although these were not the only uses for the science, they were the ones most documented and well known. Starting with the Middle Ages, Arabic and European alchemists invested much effort on the search for the "philosopher's stone", a legendary substance that was believed to be an essential ingredient for either or both of those goals. (from wikipedia).  It is my understanding that we derive our art of "chemistry" from this term.   The expression PERSONAL ALCHEMY, offered by The Reconnections, applies all the above goals towards TRANSFORMATION OF SELF, which is the underlying goal for all the above activities.  ~DJ.