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What is Alchemy

What is Alchemy

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What is Alchemy By Steve KalecWhat is Alchemy? What are thespirit and the secret of this Hermeticdoctrine and tradition? What hiddenknowledge is there to be found inthe Alchemists secret language thatis expressed in such obscuresymbols and allegories? Is therereally such a thing as thePhilosophers Stone, and what is it?
Can it really be found and made bythe true seeker? Is it somethingtangible or somethingphilosophical? Can it reallytransmute lead to gold, heal the sick,give longevity and even render oneimmortal? Is there really such athing as the Elixir of Life? Whatkind of work and experiments do thealchemists do in their laboratoriesand why? Can we do the same workin our own homes and what does itdo for us? What can one achievewith it? These are the questions thatwe as students of the Hermetic andNoble Art of Alchemy ask ourselves in our studies, our practice and in ourquest. This very profound philosophy known as the Hermetic philosophypierces the very mysteries of creation and being, and it is the foundation ofall religions, philosophies and psychologies.Alchemy, according to the philosophers, is the science of God, the law ofthe universe. Alchemists say that God is the Grand Alchemist and his bodythe universe is the laboratory. The task of the alchemist is to center himselfwithin the consciousness of the divine creative principle so that he canunderstand the universe and all its diversities as one great process. Thealchemists defined this as the raising of vibrations. This is accomplishedthrough purification of the entity, whether it be on the physical plane whichwe call the tangible plane or whether it be on the spiritual intangible plane.
 
Alchemy is the transmutation of something inferior to something superior. Itis the art of the manipulation of the energies of life. It is an art and it is thesecret of the purification and the elevation of the body, soul and spirit of anysubstance in the three kingdoms of nature, being the mineral, vegetable andanimal. Alchemy is the process of bringing natural substances to theirinherent perfection.There is a very big difference between alchemy and chemistry. To achemist all is matter and he only sees chemicals and their combinations toform other chemicals. A chemist does not view the bodies it works with asbeing alive. To an alchemist all is life as he sees the universal being in allthings. The alchemist sees being in the world and the world in being.Alchemy is a biodynamic system which uses the forces of life in itsoperations. He purifies and combines life energies of the Soul and Spirit inmatter to form purer more noble and higher energies of life. The alchemicaloperation is a threefold work accomplished on bodies; the effects arepurification, regeneration and evolution. The real difference betweenalchemy and chemistry is that to an alchemist soul and spirit are alwaysaccounted for when they deal with matter. The element of consciousness isalways well included and established in their experiments. This is somethingthat the new quantum physics is only lately beginning to realize in what iscalled the uncertainty principle and the virtual particle theory.On studying matter scientists have discovered that what they know abouta substance changes because of the very fact that they are looking at it. Inother words they have found that if they look at the position of a matterparticle, then they have changed its momentum by altering its absorbedenergy, and because of this, the very substance as a particle has changed andis different. They are beginning to realize in a scientific manner thatconsciousness effects matter. That is, as our consciousness of somethingchanges, then that something has changed. Alchemists have always knownthis as Reality vs. Actuality. There is a philosophical dictum that states,Change your conception of the world, and you will have changed the
world.
In nature there is a truth which can only be realized with senses otherthan those of the flesh. Philosophers have always known the magiccontained in this truth. They have seen this truth in the miracle of a tiny seedbreaking through the earth having conquered death. They have seen it in theunfolding of a flower. It is seen as when observing the rushing waves in
 
harmonious symphony with the dancing palm trees on a sunny day at thebeach. It is seen everywhere and it is found in oneself. The blessedalchemical marriage of the Sun and the Moon is a conjunction of physicalfact with metaphysical reality, a union of the outer objective consciousnesswith the inner subjective awareness. Alchemy is veritably an art, and thealchemist must become sensitive to an inner receptiveness. Through suchreceptiveness, ones awareness allows that the alchemist be cleansed by the
work just as his matter is purified during his experiment. A true andauthentic Alchemical transmutation occurs at the convergence of the twoworlds, the spiritual and the material.What are the alchemists in search of? They seek to extract the Quintessencein all things. Alchemy is about isolating and collecting the Vital Life forceitself, isolating it so that it can be condensed, purified and manipulated toconform with the alchemists will. An Alchemist captures the life essenceinto a flask, he condenses life energy from the Sun. Alchemy is in short, theArt of Evolution. Alchemy is the art of elevating a substance to their highestlevel of perfection that they can attain originally mandated by God whilestill on this earth in the material form. The goal of Alchemy is the GreatOpus or the Great Work which is the purification of the lesser or gross andits elevation to the greater or more refined, whether in plants, metals, or inconsciousness. The ultimate goal of the alchemist is to find the PrimaMateria or the First Matter of nature as the dark, passive, unformed and rawvirgin and universal stuff of creation. Through the alchemical process thealchemist transforms this prima Materia into the Philosophers Stone. Thisaccomplishment is most commonly known as the transformation of Leadinto Gold, the heaviest, darkest, densest most earthbound, least valuablemetal becoming Gold: Incarnated Light; the most glittering, luminous,valuable metal; symbol of the sun and of spiritual attainment andconsciousness, spiritual illumination as cosmic consciousness which is theultimate goal of the human evolution.There are many facets to the practice of alchemy. They range from thespiritual, psychological, metaphysical, and the practical laboratory alchemy.The work and the modus operandi are universal in whatever path we chose.The key to practicing alchemy is work, for it is in the work that thealchemical process reveals itself. It is in the work that the alchemist becomesone with his matter as he realizes himself being in the crucible with hismatter. It is in the work that an intimate relationship will develop with theexperiment through which the vigil alchemist will realize the alchemical

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