Ancient alchemists used the phrase Solve et Coagula—dissolve and reconstruct—to describe the process of turning lead into gold. First, the lead would have to be broken down into its smallest, infinitesimal parts. Then, it would be reconstituted in a different architecture—the architecture of gold. This is a powerful metaphor for extraordinary personal change, often in the face of adversity. We must be willing to dissolve our preconceptions and our patterns of thought, emotion and behavior and recrystallize them—recrystallize ourSELVES—in more powerful form.