Spiritual Alchemy—a primer

alchemy

by Michael Maciel

Spiritual alchemy is not so hard to understand if you look at it as chemistry.

Core principle of alchemy: solve et coagulae (dissolve and recombine).

In chemistry, we break substances down into their constituent components and then recombine them in different ways.

Spiritually, we learn to distinguish between different levels of vibration, using our inner faculties to separate them out.

As in chemistry, the more refined a substance is (how well you have separated it out from other substances), the better results you will get when you use it to make something new.

This process of separating out is called “discernment,” which is usually carried out either by burning or distillation. In alchemy, it’s called the Element of Air, because burning and distilling create gasses.

The biggest detriment to clear thinking is the lack of discernment, the inability (or unwillingness) to look squarely at an assumption (what “is”) and to avoid breaking it down into its components.

Keywords for the lack of discernment: conflation (blending two different ideas into one); obfuscation (to be evasive, unclear, or confusing); confirmation bias (interpreting all data as supportive of one’s belief, whether or not it actually is).

Confirmation bias is the biggest impediment to clear thinking. We must entertain opposing views fully, and test them—look for their merits as well as their flaws. We must also do this with our deeply held beliefs and convictions.

Fire is the precursor to air, alchemically speaking. Fire is the agent by which we reduce ideas to their essential elements. We have to be willing to undergo the process if we hope to arrive at truth.

To be willing, and then to strike a match.

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