The following describes the ancient art of ‘Alchemy’ (from which the word “chemistry” was derived):
Alchemy is an ancient tradition, the primary objective of which was the creation of the mythical “philosopher’s stone,” which was said to be capable of turning base metals into gold or silver, and also act as an elixir of life that would confer youth and immortality upon its user. As practiced historically, alchemy can be viewed as a protoscience, a precursor to modern chemistry, having provided procedures, equipment, and terminology that are still in use. However, alchemy also included various non-scientific mythological, religious, and spiritual concepts, theories and practices.
You may well ask yourself, “How does the practice of alchemy relate to oneself?”
Well, before I try to answer that question, many alchemists have attempted and failed to achieve this so-called “philosopher’s stone”, whilst some have claimed to have discovered this elusive magical solution.
But in most cases, these stories (or myths) have been mostly put down to con artists who dabbled in the occult and alchemy so to get rich off gullible Kings who in turn thought that they would become even wealthier than they already were.
However, whatever the truth may have been regarding the history (or legend) of the alchemist’s ambition of transmuting lead into gold, there lies a more than allegorical meaning that we can apply to ourselves in terms of developing our own spiritual, mental and physical lives.
Why is it useful?
When performing alchemy upon ourselves, instead of working with external apparatus and ingredients to produce the desired effect, we shall instead rely on our own internal resources which provide the following ingredients for our disposal:
These ingredients will produce a philosophical elixir of “Truth” within each and every one of us, whilst transmuting our minds, bodies and spirits into healthy and powerful tools towards goodness and happiness.
We all possess these resources and are more than capable of applying them to this somewhat illusory but mysterious thing called life – as well as the many tests that will arise in our short journey.
Instead of transmuting base metals, we should instead work from within to transmute our present base actions committed against ourselves, each other and the planet.
The need for this transmutation is most urgent in regards our personal lives and the state of the environment in which we live. Presently, we are in a state of ignorance and think that through external means we will solve our problems and become happier beings.
How wrong are we?
Can we not see that:
- the more we pursue external means to solve our internal problems, the more trouble there will be ahead?
- the more ambitious, materialistic and competitive we become, the more divided and conflict-ridden we will be?
- the more we seek to become as gods through man-made creations whilst breaking the laws of nature, the more likely that the laws of nature will eventually break us whilst being detrimental to the state of the planet?
And so it goes on…
The goal then, is to develop and use these resources towards spiritual growth as well as reach a “Divine Reality” filled with nothing but peace, tranquility and authentic relationships – this pristine and godly state far surpasses Man’s materialistic ambitions for acquiring the element of gold amongst every other superficial gain.
For us to create the “philosopher’s stone” we must follow these five alchemical processes:
- Disconnect our consciousness from technological distractions (e.g. computer, mobile phone, tablet, television) – we are all within one divine consciousness, something which man-made technology achieves to divide
- Reconnect our consciousness and spirits with nature – our nurturer and source of life
- Observe and be aware of our inner selves and human relationships – know yourself and you will know the universe
- Observe and be aware of our natural environment – learn from the beautiful workings of nature so to understand the laws that we must follow towards living a more harmonious life
- Apply philosophy to everyday life – “Philosophy” means “love of wisdom” which will help us to be more reasonable and understanding with one another, as well as teach us the great art of living
Believe me when I say that you can improve every facet of yourself once you apply the elixir of “Truth” to your very being:
- Transmute Ignorance into Wisdom – Development of MIND
- Transmute Vice into Virtue – Development of SPIRIT
- Transmute Illness into Health – Development of BODY
The Power of The Philosopher’s Stone is Within Your Grasp
The results of this alchemical experiment will reveal to us is that we can be our own Government, Religion, Psychologist, Doctor and Teacher, so endeavor to discover and use the power you have in your possession:
- You are what you THINK so use the MIND to liberate, educate and empower oneself
- Listen to your BODY it is much WISER than you and will tell you what is good or bad for its health and vitality
- MIND is the greatest healer for both mental or physical maladies, so learn how to use it positively when required
- MIND AND SPIRIT will help channel your emotions and impulses towards instigating virtuous actions that will benefit you as well as others
- MIND and SPIRIT will help you overcome and learn from every difficulty in life
- SPIRIT will guide you towards your TRUE purpose in life, and most importantly will connect you with “The Divine”, “The All”, “The Unknowable”, “The Way”, “The Universe”, “Nature”, “The Source”, “God”, or whatever word you wish to use to describe that unnameable “thing” that is within and to what we’ll all return to once our physical presence has expired
I now leave you with this enlightening quote that will inspire you towards your own beneficial practice of inner alchemy:
I learned that the world has a soul, and that whoever understands that soul can also understand the language of things. I learned that many alchemists realized their destinies, and wound up discovering the Soul of the World, the Philosopher’s Stone, and the Elixir of Life. But above all, I learned that these things are all so simple they could be written on the surface of an emerald.
~ The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho