An Alchemist is someone who having learned the cosmology of Creation and the structure of their spirituality, embarks upon a project to awaken, harness, purify, refine and distill their internal energies and resources. In the process completely transforming themselves physically, psychologically and spiritually. Thus achieving their spiritual awakening to the knowledge of the Mysteries of Life and Death and later the realization of their true selves and ultimately Oneness.
This knowledge and these people have existed since time began and are known to have lived in China, Persia, Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Roman empire, Tibet, and India. More recently in the Islamic tradition and in the western world.
To answer the question what has brought me to study Alchemy. I have got into it simply because I was so absolutely sick of mindlessly suffering. All the therapies I looked into for help had one or other little thing that was helpful but they all had glass ceilings, in other words, they made a small sometimes temporary difference which ultimately left me in the same sukky condition. The only thing I found which has helped me is Alchemy. It has helped me take down and wash away all the destructive/painful aspects of myself, without having to keep re-experiencing them or even having to specifically know about them. It has saved me from myself and given me a new life. Now I am determined to show what I have found out to anyone who wants to know.
Why do Alchemy? Is there a choice? Do it or face the fact that whatever you have is as good as it will ever get.