Alchemy in Our Time

A nice discussion on the various aspects of Alchemy, from the spiritual to the physical. Alchemy is much more than turning base metals into gold.  It was revered by many of the greatest minds of the time until it was written off as superstition.  What it has to teach is as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago…if you have eyes to see it.

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The Seven Hermetic Principles-The Principle of Correspondence

The second of the seven Hermetic principles may be the most profound. Most readers will probably be familiar with the saying, “As Above, So Below” .  This often misunderstood phrase sums up the concept behind this principle, but what does it really mean?

Explaining it is no easy task. the easiest way to explain it is to say that there is a correspondence between all of the different levels of manifestation, both physical, mental, and spiritual. But what does this mean? It means that all of manifestation eminates from the same source and therefore, there are inherent correspondences within all aspects of being. These correspondences may be physical, mental or spiritual. Or they may be all of the above at the same time.  All matter in the universe is made up of atoms which have eminated from the ether. These atoms in turn manifest all of the varying forms of matter that we see.  It goes much deeper than this however.

Researcher/physicist Nassim Haramein has determined in his studies that the mass of the universe is present within the proton of an atom: 

All of the information of the whole is contained within the singular. This is saying that all of the information in the universe is present at the atomic level. A universe worth of information within something barely visible with our most advanced equipment? A miniature universe within a particle of the whole? Yes.  You may have heard the explanation that man (humankind) is a miniature of Deity, or that God is within each of us. This is actually a literal statement! We are miniature representations of the whole. The solar system is a living being with the sun and it’s planets as it’s heart, it’s organs, etc. Our bodies contain a solar system within as well. Our sun is our hearts circulating our life giving blood throughout or bodies, akin to the way our sun radiates life sustaining heat and nutrients to solar system. Within our solar system, each planet is also a living being that is interacting with the others around it.

This balance that exists between the several layers of manifestation in our solar system is true of all other aspects of the universal whole.  This is also true of the microcosm.  With our organs are smaller universes of cells. Within them universes of atoms, etc. Each level containing high levels of organization. All connected in this invisible web of Mind from the All.  All of these planes of correspondence in turn, effect one another on multiple levels and work together and are therefore, indispensable.

This concept is also true on the mental plane of being as well.  One’s concept of self-consciousness can be broken down into multiple levels as well.  There is the I, which is the self or mental understanding of ones being.  There is also the me (physical body), that stands apart from the I.  The I controls the me as mind over body.  However the me, is the outward manifestation of the I.  It is the representation of the individual self on the physical plane.  As above (the I), so below (the me).

Understanding this concept on the familiar plane that we exist in will help us to understand the concept throughout all levels of manifestation.  It shows us the interconnectedness of each aspect of existence from the tiny to the gargantuan. It unveils our connection to the whole in a most profound way.  I encourage everyone to explore this Hermetic Principle as deeply as you can and I can assure you that you will pierce the veils around us that keep these deep truths Hermetically sealed.  These principles are the keys to the many doors of life’s greatest mysteries.

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The Cornerstone and The Keystone

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Since modern Freemasonry has evolved from the Operative Stonemasons, it is important that we understand the importance of the symbolism of the Cornerstone and the Keystone. For centuries, the Cornerstone has been lain by Masons in public ceremonies. The Cornerstone is the first stone laid in the building of an edifice. It is placed in the northwest corner of what will be the future structure. There is a symbolic significance for this. As a Freemason, we learn to “build our Spiritual Edifice”, which is a metaphor for our quest for knowledge and for the betterment of self. Knowledge of the nature of our minds, spirits, and of the universe. In Freemasonry, the term “Light” is used for knowledge of these things. As the Northwest is the opposite area of where the Sun rises and shines throughout it’s traversal of the sky, it is obvious why it would be chosen as the beginning point or point of the least amount of light. Ancient stonemasons looked at a structure as a smaller representation of the universe or the microcosm of the macrocosm. The structure began as a single stone (or in ignorance and imperfection if you look at it esoterically). It will inevitably end in balance and completion of the whole (or enlightened and learned esoterically). This is what the Speculative (or philosophical) Mason is taught to do with their pursuit of Masonic knowledge. It’s not to say that since the Cornerstone is in darkness that it is unimportant. Quite the contrary. The Cornerstone is a beginning and we all have to have a beginning to also have an end. This is why Masons consider the Cornerstone to be so important. It is the departure point. The Cornerstone is imbued with information about the structure and it’s builders. Esoterically, we can look at this as information about our self in our rudimentary state. As we build our Spiritual Edifice (our Spiritual Being and Virtuous Life), we add knowledge and understanding (or perfected stones) until we reach the point of having a beautiful, balanced and completed structure.

This completion (or enlightenment) is where the Keystone comes in. The Keystone is the stone placed at the top of an archway which give the arch it’s stability. It completes the structure. Masonic legend harkens back to the time of King Solomon and the building of the Temple in Jerusalem. This was long before the arch existed in architecture. Despite this, it is for certain that there was a completion stone (called a capstone or copestone) that would have been placed when completing the Temple (the arch and Keystone symbolism was obviously added to Masonic ritual after it’s addition to architecture.) Regardless, the symbolism of the Keystone is highly important. As the Keystone completes the arch and gives it it’s strength and stability, so does the diligent pursuit of knowledge and living a morally upright lifestyle. As you can see, this concept of balance and structure is as important in Masonic symbolism as it is in the actual art of building a physical structure. It has a beginning and an end. An Alpha and an Omega. Both are equally important because you can’t have one without the other.

This concept permeates not only Freemasonry, but other mystical traditions as well. To close this article, we will visit one more concept that uses this same analogy. The Chakra system is prevalent in many Eastern religions. It also has found it’s way into Western thought through various means. The body has multiple energy centers within it. Starting at the base of the spine, or in the reproductive organs and going up, sequentially to the top of the head. These Chakras can be “opened up” or activated through meditation and yoga. The Root Chakra (or Muladhara) is located in the reproductive organs of the body. This is symbolic of the lower self or base-emotions. In other words, one who only has an active Muladhara Chakra is living in and acting in a low vibration of consciousness. Not capable of enlightenment. This can be likened to the Cornerstone. If the Cornerstone were the starting and ending point of a structure, there would be no structure. Just a cold stone sitting in the darkness of the Northwest. As an individual learns to activate each Chakra up the body, they gain more spiritual and life knowledge (this is likened to the building process of building our Spiritual Edifice.) The activation of the Chakras is capped off with the activation of the Crown Chakra (or Sahasrara). Activation of this Chakra is said to create a moment of enlightenment and understanding. This can be likened to the placement of the Keystone. This is the completion of the journey. As a building must start with the Cornerstone and end with the Keystone, the activation of the Chakras must start in the dark northwest corner so-to-speak of our lower emotions of the Root Chakra and end in the Crown. This is not to say that the Root Chakra is unimportant. Again, as in Masonic allegory, you cannot have one without the other. You must have the progression from lowest to highest. This creates balance with the Chakras which is necessary for mastery.

As a student of the Mysteries of Life, we must all apply these concepts to our lives and remember that we are all progressing through life toward the unknown realm of beyond. What we do in the present is as important as what we do in the future. We must spread love, beauty, balance, and light to the world!

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What the Ancients Knew

What did the Ancients know, and what could this knowledge do for us?

Our modern society has made great advances in technology, medicine, and space exploration. However, we are still, in my opinion, far behind the great minds of antiquity. The Ancients knew how to tap into a part of the human mind that we have long since lost touch with. They understood that our spirit was more important than our physical being.

It is a known fact that the human mind has more potential than is used. Part of this potential is the inherent understanding of the inter-connectedness of the universe. Our modern education system has been designed to create a disharmony within the mind. A disharmony that leads to a dualistic approach to life. The average person feels no real connection to their environment or those around them. It’s every man for himself. This is a toxic belief system that has lead us into the chaos that we now find ourselves in.

The Ancients knew that everything and everyone were part of a larger whole. They understood that all actions had an equal reaction and that this should effect the decisions that we make. This concept has been sadly lost in modern society. The way we treat the planet is an excellent example of this. We let financial profit rule our decisions, despite the fact that we are witnessing the catastrophic effects of this lifestyle daily. By damaging our environment, we are hurting ourselves. The ancients would have easily understood this, yet we are in extreme denial of it.

Sacred geometry is a window into the unseen world, a logical explanation of the mysteries of nature and the cosmos, yet completely and intentionally left out of our modern curriculum. The Fibonacci sequence mathematically describes the genesis of nature, yet it is nowhere to be found in our school’s science textbooks. These concepts were understood and embraced by the ancient. These omitions cause the individual in modern society to feel further disconnected from the whole. This is the problem.

The powers-that-be want to keep us in unbalance. They don’t want us to feel connected. The understanding of our connection to the whole is our birthright. We deserve to be taught what the ancients knew. Our progression as a species is dependent upon us looking to the past for answers. The ancients clearly knew this. Why don’t we?

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The Seven Hermetic Principles or Natural Laws

These are the Seven Hermetic Principles as found in the Kybalion among other texts. They are naturally existing laws of the universe and shape our reality. With the understanding and appreciation of these laws, one can live more harmoniously with themselves and the natural world.

1.) The Principle of Mentalism– This principle states that the universe and everything around us is a mental construct. We are all co-creating our perceptions of the world and everything around us.

2.) The Principle of Correspondence– This principle informs us that the microcosm is a direct reflection of the macrocosm and vice versa. It is from this principle that we derive the saying “as above, so below.” This can be seen all throughout the universe. Microscopic organisms mimic the same shapes and forms of galaxies.

3.) The Principle of Vibration-This principle shows us that everything in the universe is made up of vibratory energy. We are at our essence, vibratory light energy.

4.) The Principle of Polarity-This principle exemplifies the natural duality that exists within nature. Hot and cold, light and dark, good and evil. Without an opposite, these expressions would lose their identity. All opposites are just varying degrees of the same thing.

5.) The Principle of Rhythm– This principle says that all elements in the natural world move in a rhythm. This can be seen in the animal kingdom as well as the cosmos. Everything fluctuates.

6.) The Principle of Cause and Effect– This principle demonstrates that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Everything we do has an effect on something. Once this concept is grasped, we see that what we do really does matter.

7.) The Principle of Gender– This last principle states that everything has masculine and feminine characteristics. We all have rationale (attributed to the masculine) and compassion (attributed to the feminine). A balance of these elements is essential to the completion of the individual. This is true in a physical sense as well in that when we are born, our gender is merely determined by a one chromosome differential.

These principles have been passed on since time-immemorial through various mystery schools and esoteric philosophies. With the ongoing awakening that is taking place all around us, the understanding of these priciples by the individual provides that person with a key to unlocking the doors of their understanding of the mysteries of life. These principles are coming to light again for a reason. Take head and let them guide you on your path.