Love this quote because I love the Alchemy metaphor. Alchemy was the science of the Middle Ages when mythology, spiritual seeking, and reality were all mixed. Like gin and vermouth, you couldn’t separate science and religion apart. Alchemy was metaphorical. While the scientist searched for the theory that would explain everything, everything included the soul and God. The Idea was that if one could find the Philosopher’s Stone, or the Magic Word or formula, you could transmute what was cheap and available into gold or wealth. Remember the Graduate? Plastics was the base substance that you could change into gold.
Buddhism and Tolle is alchemy because what is that which everyone has and would like to get rid of? Suffering, stress, tension. Oh, how wonderful it would be if I could transmute that into peace and well being. Buddha was an Alchemist: All I teacher is suffering and the cessation of suffering, he said. Tolle does the same.