Alchemy is an influential tradition whose practitioners have, from antiquity, claimed it to be the precursor to profound powers. The defining objectives of alchemy are varied but historically have typically included one or more of the following goals: the creation of the fabled philosopher's stone; the ability to transmute base metals into the noble metals (gold or silver); and development of an elixir of life, which would confer youth and longevity.
Though alchemy played a significant role in the development of early modern science, it differs significantly from modern science in its inclusion of Hermetic principles and practices related to mythology, magic,religion, and spirituality. It is recognized as a protoscience that contributed to the development of modern chemistry and medicine. Alchemists developed a structure of basic laboratory techniques, theory, terminology, and experimental method, some of which are still in use today. However, alchemists predated modern foundations of chemistry, such as scientific skepticism, atomic theory, the modern understanding of a chemical element and a chemical substance, the periodic table and conservation of mass and stoichiometry. Instead, they believed in four elements and phlogiston, and cryptic symbolism and mysticism was an integral part of alchemical work.
The art of Alchemy includes:
- Transmuting negative energies into positive
- Clairvoyance, healing and distance healing
- Transmutation of self and self-actualization
- Reaching enlightenment
- Keeping the body healthy and slowing aging
- Studying the principles of energies
- Studying the nature of time and creation
Alchemy is a very broad topic. Like 'architecture', it means a lot of things and can be done in many different ways. Alchemy is often seen as transmuting bare metals into gold, which is only one of the very advanced paths of Alchemy. It is more about mastery over self and mastery over energies.
Layers of Energy
Alchemy works with different layers of energies: Physical, Emotional and Spiritual which are part of your energy field; then too, the Plane of Creation and Absolute which are beyond your energy field.
Enlightenment is about having your physical, emotional and spiritual selves in perfect alignment. Beyond enlightenment, you can still keep growing in power in the higher planes. You can access the entire Universe from within you.
Physical Energy (Shiny Black): The physical energy is the physical body. It is associated with the shiny black color. It is not a mat black. Think of the color of the cosmos with unlimited depth and energy. The physical energy is related to the 7 main chakras plus 5 chakras over the head (12 main chakras).
Emotional Energy (Shiny White): The emotional energy is the soul. It is associated with the shiny white color. The emotional energy is related to chakras 13 to 24 over the head.
Spiritual Energy (Shiny Red): The spiritual energy is the spirit. It is associated with the shiny red color. The spiritual energy is related to chakras 25 to 70 over the head.
Plane of Creation (Gold): Beyond the energy field is the Plane of Creation. This plane brings order to chaos in this world of co-creation. Visualizations and the Law of Attraction work on this plane. It is possible to connect to this plane to directly alter the flow of co-creation. Anything that exists in the physical reality first appears in the Plane of Creation. When a new idea pops into your mind, you connect to an energy already existing, in the Plane of Creation. It is associated with the gold color.
Plane of Absolute (Teal): Beyond the Plane of Creation is stillness, the Plane of Absolute. This is beyond time and space. On this plane, the Universe is only information that can be read and altered. From this plane, physical life is a hologram of this information.
Alchemy uses colors associated with high-vibration energies. Visualizing the color connects you to the energy. Connecting an emotional blockage or fear to such high-vibration energies can dissolve the negative energies and transmute them into light energy. Visualizing a flame instead of a plain color multiplies the effect by raising the frequency. As your spiritual connection increases, the power of the flames grows exponentially.
Teal Flame: Teal is the most powerful of all the flames; and the one most recommended for use. A Teal flame transmutes negative energies into positive ones. It transmutes Karma and provides general healing.
Gold Flame: The Gold Flame also transmutes negative energies into positive ones. It is especially useful for health-related issues and for protection.
Shiny Red, Shiny White and Shiny Black Flames: Can occasionally be used for various purposes such as healing genetic deficiencies. Do not use the shiny red color in the brain.
Violet Flame: This is the most known flame although it has a lower frequency and efficiency than the teal flame. It allows you to identifying something, to know whether it is good or bad and to understand its meaning.
Burnt Orange Flame: Useful for protect against dark forces and to dissolve them.
Crystal Ball: You can visualize throwing crystal balls to disintegrate entities and demons. It can also disintegrate a cancer when done with precision. Do not use in the brain. Feeling the frequency of the crystal ball and visualizing a crystal flame also works very well.
Follow your intuition to know which flame to use and when. When in doubt, use the teal flame.
Compared to other healing arts, Alchemy has an extremely powerful effect; the energy is easy to integrate and there are no side effects. A Reiki attunement, for example, can cause a month of emotional ups and down called a purging period. When done properly, Alchemy doesn't cause any purging period.
It is difficult to write on the topic of alchemy because of its complexity and because of the lack of good information on the Internet. Compared to arts such as Reiki, Reiki is like studying at college while Alchemy is like studying at University. The few existing good "Universities" haven't yet opened their libraries on the Internet.
Alchemy is an ancient practice shrouded in mystery and secrecy. Its practitioners mainly sought to turn lead into gold, a quest that has captured the imaginations of people for thousands of years. However, the goals of alchemy went far beyond simply creating some golden nuggets.
Alchemy was rooted in a complex spiritual worldview in which everything around us contains a sort of universal spirit, and metals were believed not only to be alive but also to grow inside the Earth. When a base, or common, metal such as lead was found, it was thought to simply be a spiritually and physically immature form of higher metals such as gold. To the alchemists, metals were not the unique substances that populate the Periodic Table, but instead the same thing in different stages of development or refinement on their way to spiritual perfection.
As James Randi notes in his "Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural," "Beginning about the year 100 and reaching its flower in medieval times, alchemy was an art based partly upon experimentation and partly upon magic. Early investigators of natural processes centered their search on a mythical substance they knew as philosopher's stone, which was supposed to possess many valuable attributes such as the power to heal, to prolong life, and to change base metals into precious metal — such as gold." (This "philosopher's stone" was not a literal stone but instead a wax, liquid, or powder that held magical powers.)
History of Alchemy
Historian Nevill Drury, in his book "Magic and Witchcraft," notes that, "The word alchemy is thought to derive from an Egyptian word, 'chem' or 'qem,' meaning black — a reference to the black alluvial soils bordering the Nile ... We know that the Greek word 'chyma,' meaning to fuse or cast metals, established itself in Arabic as 'al kimia' — from which alchemy is derived." The Arabic role in the spread of alchemy is significant; many books on alchemy were translated into Arabic from the Greek before being introduced to European audiences.
Having the ability to turn lead into gold has obvious benefits these days, but ancient alchemists did not seek to change base metals into gold simply out of greed; as Drury notes, "The alchemists did not regard all metals as equally mature or 'perfect.' Gold symbolized the highest development in nature and came to personify human renewal and regeneration. A 'golden' human being was resplendent with spiritual beauty and had triumphed over the lurking power of evil. The basest metal, lead, represented the sinful and unrepentant individual who was readily overcome by the forces of darkness ... If lead and gold both consisted of fire, air, water, and earth, then surely by changing the proportions of the constituent elements, lead could be transformed into gold. Gold was superior to lead because, by its very nature, it contained the perfect balance of all four elements."
Is alchemy real?
It is clear why alchemy was doomed to fail: it was based on a misunderstanding of basic chemistry and physics. Alchemists based their theories and experiments on the Aristotelian assumption that the world and everything in it are composed of four basic elements (air, earth, fire and water), along with three that were called "essential" substances: salt, mercury and sulfur. Today we know that the universe is made up of atoms and elements. Since lead and other metals are not composed of fire, air, earth, and water, it's not possible to adjust the percentages of those elements and turn them into gold.
Though alchemy never succeeded, that didn't stop people from claiming to have solved the ancient riddle. For centuries, rumors spread that certain people had discovered the philosopher's stone (since immortality was one of its properties, the fact that they're all now dead suggests otherwise). Some wealthy people hired alchemists to conduct research on their behalf, though they never saw returns on their investment. Bogus alchemists were so common in the Middle Ages that several famous writers described them, including poets Ben Jonson and Geoffrey Chaucer (in "The Canterbury Tales").
Though the philosopher's stone was a myth and alchemy failed, the alchemists weren't completely wrong: With modern physics equipment, such as particle accelerators, it is indeed possible to create gold from other elements, though the amounts are sub-microscopic and the process costs far more to create than the resulting gold is worth.
Though alchemy is long gone, the contrast between lead and gold remains; lead is a common, poisonous metal that can harm children and lead to brain damage; gold is highly valued, treasured, and often worn as jewelry. Though alchemy never achieved its goals of immortality or turning lead into gold, it did leave an important legacy: alchemists were early practitioners of what would become modern chemistry.