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"Sometimes, I feel like I could use some change in life."

"Prudent thought. Know, however, that to change one must first destroy."

"How am I supposed to do that?"

"Allow me to chronicle seven tales of metamorphosis. Therein, my child, you shall find enlightenment."

  1. A shop, once insufficient (2,3) , went on to withdraw beliefs.
  2. A standard procedure (2), changed an anatomical slippage (1) into breakdown.
  3. An attempt to administer (1) turned a children's book character (2) into a visitor from the unknown.
  4. An attempt to tell changed an urban street vehicle (3) into a railway vehicle (3).
  5. A former president (4) made garments (4) into something of no concern.
  6. An Apple product turned a spiked club (4) into that woman (3).
  7. A small particle (2) that once travelled by sea is now grinned (6) at.

"That...made no sense at all."

"Patience, my child, for I am yet to narrate the greatest change of all, one that bespeaks the answer you seek."

???? → Spiritual energy → ????

"So I need spiritual energy to destroy stuff or whatever? I gotta say, that doesn't really help."

"I'm afraid, revelations must ever be enigmatic. Go seek the wisdom of the astute minds of Puzzling.SE; perhaps they can uncover the ten-letter answer."

...and here we are. Any help is appreciated.

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STORE = S TO RE, turning SCANT to RECANT

2

PROTOCOL = PRO TO COL, turning PROLAPSE into COLLAPSE

3

ENFORCE = EN FOR CE, turning ALICE into ALIEN

4

INFORM = IN FOR M, turning TRAM to TRAIN

5

CLINTON = CL INTO N, turning CLOTHING into NOTHING

6

MACINTOSH = MAC INTO SH, turning MACE into SHE

7

ATOM = A TO M, turning SAILED into SMILED

Putting together the formatted letters yields

CREATEDAPLANET

But I can't seem to find the last step(s) to get the ten-letter word required.


(Final part by @Bass, who tried to offer it in the comments, but got the righteous and exceedingly honourable response of getting the answer turned into a CW)

Combining the clues found in the answers with the final part of the question we get to the double length grand finale of

Created -> Spritual energy -> A planet

Which can be resolved by something that can "destroy stuff", as hinted in the question:

DETONATORS = "DE to NA to RS", turning MADE into MANA into MARS.

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  • $\begingroup$ All correct so far! I'll add a hint for the last step if it sits unsolved till tomorrow. $\endgroup$
    – Ankoganit
    Dec 23, 2021 at 10:09
  • $\begingroup$ Just in case it's helpful... rot13(Gur gvgyr vf n ylevp sebz NYY FGNE ol FZNFU ZBHGU...) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Dec 23, 2021 at 11:18
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    $\begingroup$ The final answer must be rot13(qrgbangbef, tvivat znqr -> znan -> znef) $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Dec 23, 2021 at 13:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Bass that's it, nicely done! $\endgroup$
    – Ankoganit
    Dec 23, 2021 at 13:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Bass nice! Post an answer. $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Dec 23, 2021 at 14:02

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