“Alchemists recognise their art as a sacred science that unveils the secrets of nature leading the sincere seeker to union with the Divine. This Union is achieved through preparing the Philosopher’s Stone, which is said both to transmute base metals into gold and to be the Elixir of Immortality. A clue to the nature of the stone can be found in one of its alternative names: Azoth, from the Arabic al-zā’būq (اَلزَّاوُوق), meaning Quicksilver or Essence. Alchemists believe that there is an inner essence in humans that has been lost since the Fall, symbolised by the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. To discover this essence, free it from its bonds, and purify it is the Great Work of the alchemist.”
~ Francis Melville: The Secrets of High Magic
“This is why alchemy exists,“ the boy said. “So that everyone will search for his treasure, find it, and then want to be better than he was in his former life. Lead will play its role until the world has no further need for lead; and then lead will have to turn itself into gold. That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“There are a great many chemical processes that can take place only in the absence of light. Exactly in the same way many psychic processes can take place only in the dark. Even a feeble light of consciousness is enough to change completely the character of a process, while it makes many of them altogether impossible. Our inner psychic processes (our inner alchemy) have much in common with those chemical processes in which light changes the character of the process and they are subject to analogous laws.“
– G.I. Gurdjieff: In Search of Being: The Fourth Way to Consciousness
“The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.”
– C. G. Jung: Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self
“The sign of the Cross adopted by the Christians does not belong to them exclusively. It is also kabalistic, and represents the contrasts, and the quaternary equilibrium of the elements, The sign of the Cross is absolutely and magnificently kabbalistic.”
“Let the water return to water! Let a fire burn! Let air circulate! Let earth fall upon the earth.”
~Eliphas Levi: Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual
“In the occult teachings you have been given certain images, under which you are instructed to think of certain things. These images are not descriptive but symbolic, and are designed to train the mind, not inform it”
– Dion Fortune: The Cosmic Doctrine
“Whosoever affirmeth that the Philosophers’ grand Secret is beyond the powers of Nature and Art, he is blind because he ignores the forces of Sol and Luna.”
“Before the dawn of the Microcosm, Azoth was the Flying Eagle and the Royal Lion; it was the Mastodon of the Earth and the Leviathan of the Sea. When the human−headed Sphynx appeared−−−Azoth became Man among men, and Spirits among Elementals. Every substance can and should become Azoth by adaptation.
In Azoth is the Principle of the Light, which is the Quintessence of Splendour and Gold. This is the grand Secret of universal Transmutation.”
~Eliphas Levi: Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual
“Alchemy is about separating the Salt (the fixed body), the Mercury (the mutable spirit) and the Sulfur (the volatile oil) from the perfect ‘first matter’ or principle material.
It is then separated into their elemental principles of Air, Fire, Water and Earth, purified and eventually reunited together to form a perfected material called a Philosophical Elixir, Powder or Stone.
By working with the Quintessence of a material, the Alchemist is working with the materials pure life force, the energy that inherently gives it the will to grow or mature. In working hand in hand with nature, the dross of the material is purified and evolution and perfection is brought about much faster.
This is the practice of Inner or Outer Alchemy. In the Indian yogic tradition of Rasa Shastra, the Taoist tradition of Neidan and Waidan and the Hermetic, Kabbalistic and Khemetic traditions, all forms of spiritual practice involved both internal work and external medicines.
The inner spiritual practice always went in conjunction with the taking of spiritual Alchemical medicines, those natural and healthy supplements of a perfected nature that helped heal the physical and energy bodies in preparation for spiritual practice.”
~ Three Kinds of Water
“It was said in the oral instruction of Master Tilopa (Upadesha) that Master Milerepa,the lineage holder and student of Lhodak Marpa Choski Lodos (Marpa the Translator), explained that there exists three kinds of mind-stream experienced on the path.
The common person is like the ‘swiftly running mountain stream’ which stirs up much dirt and debris and flows quick and violent, shallow and narrow and in just one direction. One that constricts, is bound, imprisoned by egoic restrictions and stirs up bad karma as it flows because it rejects and ignores openness and vastness due to clinging of illusory nature. Drama, disorder, chaos and confusion are created by the boundary of this limited perception. Negative karmic impressions are accumulated due to grasping of egoic mind-stream and wrong view.
The advanced practitioner creates a ‘river deep and wide’ that runs slowly without much disturbance. Although the bottom of the river is not yet clear, this state creates good karma through a settled and open view by its nature of allowing and gentleness. Here the practitioner has developed conscious awareness that is vast enough to see through transient nature and reactive mind-stream influencing others and himself for good virtue due to diligent practice and right view.
The adept practitioner is like the gentle silent river that has opened up into a great lake. There is no disturbance, the lake is clear and transparent even down to it’s depths. There is the creation of neither good karma nor bad karma because view itself has been eliminated. This adept has moved past ‘good or bad’ as all possibilities are accepted without any undulation of discrimination from mind-stream which remains constantly quiet and still without aversions. Vast open awareness like a cloudless sky pervades and Clear Light accompanies the practitioner through death and bardo into the ‘Pure Lands.”
“If the inner eye is opened, all darkness disappears. The solar system unfolds in a vast flower-like pattern, the colors of which are beyond description. Within this structure are the auric bodies of the planets moving in stately procession about the sovereign sun. Above and beyond the solar system are the blazing archetypal patterns of the constellations which in turn mingle their lights with the countless flames of the galaxy.
Below on earth every flower and plant has its own auric field, minerals shine with an interior light, and the earth beneath our feet is a mass of tiny stars. In the midst of this diffusion of colors stands the human being in an auric robe of glory. Every moment of existence, even what we like to call death, is bringing forth beings and creatures whose bodies will fade away, but whose invisible constitutions will shine forever.”
– Manly P. Hall: The Secret Teachings of All Ages
“There’s an important ‘secret’ hidden within the esoteric wisdom of Kabbalah, Alchemy and Hermetica. It’s a secret that has been hidden from the general masses for a long time, coded in obscure terms within the texts that have been misunderstood for centuries. It is a universal secret that spans through the ancient arcana which is the one key component that must be adhered to in order to climb the ‘ladder’ toward the Heavens; to reveal those worlds that have been concealed from us for so long. Once we understand that secret we can unveil the Akash, the Upper Worlds and our Atman who will take us by the hand and lead us to a more expanded conscious reality, a more expanded connection with All.”