You may have read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, but not understand the language of Alchemy. An alchemist turns lead into gold using the Philosopher’s Stone. The word Philosopher means “lover of wisdom.” The Philosopher’s Stone is Consciousness. The Great Work of the Alchemist is to find and polish the Philosopher’s Stone (consciousness) and use it to turn “lead” (Shadow) into “gold” (Light).
Alchemy = Using the Philosopher’s Stone (consciousness) to Transmute Lead into Gold (Shadow/Weakness into Light/Power) = Enlightenment/Empowerment.
Everyone has a light and shadow side. We all have some lead and some gold, some weakness and some power.