One thing I’ve always personally struggled with is allowing time between cycles of change in my life. I’m usually ready to start in on the next thing before the previous one is actually finished.
That, of course, doesn’t fly in alchemy. The processes take time, and if there’s any grand lesson to be easily found in alchemical work it’s the value of patience.
The last of the seven alchemical operations, coagulation, is not instantaneous. The results of the transformative experience have to be given time to set and settle. There’s no way to know what may still need (or not need) to be transformed unless we give things time.