To most people, it will either call to mind some modernized "chic" reference to a product line in a new age store, or it will conjure up images of old, bearded men in chambers, working with archaic chemistry sets in an attempt to make gold.
To be completely honest, as powerfully inspired as I've been across the years of my life to pursue the path of the Alchemist, it hasn't been until recently that I have come to really 'know it' for the first time.
As is almost always the case, we can stand in an idea at its inception, and only really come to a point of understanding it after journeying through it completely and arriving back at our very starting point. After many years of such a journey; searching, studying, and numerous perceived failings at life, I was eventually led to a place of deep understanding, where the language of the ancient Alchemists started to make complete sense to me.
Although there is a very real, physical, 'hands on' component to Alchemy in which certain chemical undertakings are carried out, and this has had an immensely valuable contribution to humanity across the ages, the value of the art for us in everyday life runs much deeper, yet is far simpler.
Alchemy is an Art well worthy of becoming intimate with in the modern age because by finding an understanding of the seven Great Universal Principles, we realize that there is indeed a map for life; a map as applicable to us today as it was when it was first introduced to the world, and in following the directions laid forth by this map we start to find a previously unknown degree of empowerment.
Of course, in order to give a thorough breakdown of the Universal Principles, one would need to write an entire treatise on the subject of Hermetic Alchemy, however in this article I will give a brief outline of them and how they impact us in this day and age.
1. The Principle of Mentalism
This Principle states that the Universe and everything in it, is mind. The ALL, God, Grace, The Almighty IS, whatever term you desire, has created the Universe as a projection of its own Divine mind. As The ALL is in everything, and everything is in The ALL, there is nothing but The ALL. This being the case, there are no raw materials lying around outside of The ALL for it to 'build' a Universe with. If it was to split a part of itself off from itself, that part would no longer be The ALL. Therefore, the only viable way left to create the Universe is as a projection of its mind.
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