alchemical being, co-creating with the earth and spirit
Elizabeth Blake is an alchemical wellness guide, chef, writer and founder of The Alchemy Of. She promotes a Gaian cosmology that highlights the sacredness in the mundane. Her work empowers people to co-create a reality of well being through nourishment, embodiment, sensuality and subtle energetic practices.
Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s degree in Holistic Health from Gallatin at New York University. Her college studies included Jungian psychology, nutrition, mind body connection, shamanism, Reiki, and photography. Her senior thesis at NYU focused on Alchemy: the relationship between spirit and matter.
She is a certified Holistic Health Coach, a certified Reiki Master, a certified Theta Healing practitioner with 400 hours of RYT certified yoga teacher training and tantra yoga training. She has over 10 years of plant medicine experience, including both shamanic and folk herbalism, completing an Herbal Academy certification. She is currently studying flower essences.
Earth is a place where souls incarnate to embody, learn and grow, which can be a challenging road for us all. In choosing some profound lessons coming into this life, I’ve been on a deep work journey since gestation in utero. Through it all, I’ve sought embodied self empowerment in co-creation with the earth mother gaia, because she speaks to me, her plants and trees speak to me. I wholeheartedly believe that simple acts of co-creation with the earth are keys to our sovereignty, self-empowerment and sustainability.
As a highly sensitive being, it can be challenging to navigate this weird, beautiful and at times horrific, world we inhabit. I’ve learned to alchemize my sensitivities into portals of wisdom, gifts. I believe in taking responsibility for all we experience by transforming the dark murkiness we all face into growth, beauty and gratitude. My journey has focused on cultivating tools well being while inhabiting this body and this planet. Overcoming some major health challenges, I’ve dedicated countless hours to discovering how to nourish and care for my body. A simple question we all face, how to eat, can be surprisingly complex in this world, and I’ve uncovered simple guiding nourishing universal truths, rooted in an intuitive sacred relationship to body and earth.
When I started college, I initially pursued Psychology. While sitting bewildered by the lack of substance in Psych 101, I realized the field of mainstream psychology was totally missing the point. I didn’t yet know what the “point” was. Following my intuition, I discovered an integrative paradigm of psyche, soul, body, earth and being, forging a path of interdisciplinary study true to my soul. Taking courses such as “Alchemy: Transformation of Self” and “Experiential Anatomy” and “Jung and the Postmodern Religious Experience,” my inspired soul was at home. Diving deeply into alternatives to the inchoate Western medical model of physical and mental health, I explored the wholeness of human being – the physical and subtle energy body, the psyche, the environment, and community.
Years since, I continue my studies through certified trainings, practice, travel and life experience. The path has revealed that earth is intelligent, nature heals and love is powerful medicine. We carry our answers within, yet we need tools to deeply listen to our inner wisdom. Our bodies are guides and carry earthly and spiritual teachings. Plants are teachers and food is either medicine or poison – depending on what you choose. Sexuality and creativity are deeply intertwined. Empowering yourself in your earthly eroticism is a path to self-actualization. Healing power lies in conscious breath. Community is key. To thrive we must empower each other with co-creative, modern and ancient, practices of well-being. We become empowered by living in reciprocity and taking full responsibility of life on earth. To truly care for ourselves, we must care for the earth.