“If then you do not make yourself equal to God, you cannot apprehend God; for like is known by like.” – Hermes
Alchemy, a concept we often discuss on the site, is defined as a “seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination”. The goal of the alchemist is to transform base metal into gold, and darkness into light. While such a word/concept can evoke magical feelings, or supernatural ideas…the process is actually quite simple. While we may not all be able to “literally” transform metal to gold, we can be alchemists in our lives by constantly transforming the heavy moments we experience into lessons of finding the lightness of being.
The alchemical process is physical, mental and astral. If you look at your consciousness as the “chemistry set” for this process, “experiences are the chemicals of life with which the philosopher experiments” (quote by Manly P. Hall).
The true alchemist comes to the understanding that the “pain” we experience in life is only temporary, the only permanence is impermanence, fear is an illusion, and all is to be viewed as an initiation into a higher level of being. The trials are tests, and for the “initiate” to become the adept, one must maintain a lightness of heart that is the same lightness of the feather of Ma’at (see blog post: The Egyptian Principle of Ma’at).
Through the “initiation” process of this “Alchemical Ascension” you will find yourself with a new level of understanding, where literal ideas are now understood as metaphor, and pattern recognition is at an all time high. Language becomes malleable, and the randomness of “signs” are no longer random.
The five texts below should be viewed at as metaphorical guides for this higher understanding. At a later date we may elaborate on the individual significance of each, but in the mean time…”if the light is in you, the light which is engraved” in these texts will respond.
Read (or revisit) the books in this order, and if you have any questions, ask. Also, be sure to remember this…”a question is always the first step towards the answer”.
1. The Essential Zohar:
2. The Emerald Tablets of Thoth, the Atlantean:
3. The Book of Enoch:
. The Nag Hammadi Scriptures:
. The Kybalion: