Alchemy ‘ s true purpose is not the chemical manipulation of gross matter , as is commonly thought , but rather the transmutation of unrefined elements of the human psyche. This is the road to find the Philosopher´s Stone. Tavistock Institute. Part 141
Both physical and spiritual alchemy accept the premise of the Greek natural philosophers, including Aristotle, that the cosmos was formed from a single pri-mal substance, a materia prima, which Dillard calls Holy the Firm?’ Alchemists saw themselves as perfecting the original creation by recovering and refining this prime matter. Theosophy places this process in the context of Christianity. “In reference to the divine work of creation and the plan of salvation within it, the alchemistic process was called the ‘Great Work.’ In it, a mysterious cha-otic source material called materia prima, containing opposites still incompatible and in the most violent conflict, is gradually guided towards a redeemed state of perfect harmony, the healing ‘Philosophers’ Stone’ or lapis philosophorum.” Spiritual alchemists often identified the philosopher’s stone, the ultimate goal of their self-transformation, as Christ. “In the mind of many alchemists,” Eliade observes, “the procuring of the Philosopher’s Stone is equated with the perfect knowledge of God.° Thus, in theosophy the process of recovering and refining the prime matter that creates the philosopher’s stone is a metaphor for the inner transmutation of initial chaos into ultimate harmony that culminates in a higher state of consciousness.
The material of the Philosophers ‘ s stone is nothing else but Sun and Moon ” ( Paracelsus ) . ” The Sun and Moon are the roots of this Art . “ ( Hermes Trismegistus . ) ” Until a man is able so to govern his lower nature , mind , and body as to express his higher or Divine Self
The Egyptians drew the Benben stone with a bird flanking it on either side—called the Bennu bird. This bird may be depicted as a hawk, eagle, heron or yellow wagtail, depending upon which Egyptian source you study—but in Greek mythology the Bennu bird is known as the phoenix. This mythical creature experiences death by fire, followed by a spontaneous rebirth from the ashes—clearly associating the Bennu bird with a profound spiritual awakening and transformation. The words Benben and Bennu are both derived from the root syllable Bn, which means “ascension” or “to rise” in Egyptian. Two serpents may also be pictured with the Benben stone, at times, and they appear equivalent to the “kundalini serpents” in Hinduism—illustrating the flow of energetic currents moving up the spine and on into the pineal gland.
The Egyptian Book of the Dead features instructions on how the spiritual seeker may transform himself or herself into a Bennu bird or phoenix, symbolically speaking—and the results of this practice, if successfully achieved, are very interesting:
I have flown up like the primeval ones … I appear in glory with the strides of the gods…. As for him who knows this pure spell, it means going out into the day after death and being transformed at will…. And nothing evil shall have power over him.
In Hinduism the Shiva lingam is a stone shaped exactly like the pineal gland—and is mythologically associated with the center of the world, from which the god Shiva first burst through in a fiery spectacle16 Again we remember the pineal gland is in the geometric center of the brain, and was believed to be the first point of contact for telepathic information exchange—not unlike the idea of a god bursting through to communicate a message. Let’s not forget that Shiva is also drawn with the fully opened third eye, the kundalini serpents around his neck and his hair stylized to look like a pineal gland. In Greece we have the omphalos stone, which was housed at the Oracle at Delphi and is also shaped exactly like the pineal gland. This was believed to be a stone in which the god Apollo resided—and through it, the oracles could communicate with him and harness the power of prophecy. Some omphalos stones are clearly pictured with the “kundalini serpent” wrapping around them. The word omphalos means “the center of the earth” and “navel” in Greek, and this area was again the main geographic reference point for the entire Hellenic empire.
Greek coins with eagle/phoenix and omphalos stone with Tree of Life emerging from it (top) and winged god and pyramid-shaped baetyl with capstone (bottom).
In the Roman empire this same stone was known as the baetyl, a Phoenician word that was later written as Beth-e118—and was apparently the word root for Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, who became the “chief cornerstone” of the Christian world. The baetyl stone was directly associated with oracles and prophecy. A surprising number of Greek and Roman coins prominently feature the omphalos or baetyl stone on one side, sometimes guarded by a hawk—as one ancient depiction of the Bennu bird—or a serpent. Some of these coins feature the “Tree of Life,” another symbol of the axis mundi, growing directly out of the stone—or adjacent to it.
People may read a lot about the kundalini, but if the kundalini energy is not awaken, it is like having a car to drive, but have no gazoline to drive it to go forward by raising the energy to the top of the head/crown chakra.
Kundalini: Literally, ‘dweller below’. Sanskrit ✓mda’ means pit or depths and ilia’ means latent or merged in (there are other meanings as well, but this one is a perfect match). The term refers to energy that is tapped from the earth and distributed into the body by a ‘root chakra’ which is co-located at the bottom of the spine. The earth being an immense source of energy in human terms, so is the kundalini.
To It is true that , in general , the luz is not spoken of as situated in the heart , or that at least the heart is just one of the different localizations … the ‘ rectification ‘ here is the ‘ re – erecting ‘ which marks , after the descent , the beginning of ascensional movement that corresponds to the awakening of the Kundalini ; and the continuation of this same formula designates the ‘ hidden stone ‘ as veram medicinam , which identifies it also with amrita , nourishment or beverage of immortality.
The unawakened man thinks of love as only physical , lives and dies , never realizing the Elixir , the Philosopher ‘ s Stone . The raising of the Kundalini glows eternally in the holy Chalice of the Love Ray
Alchemy ‘ s true purpose is not the chemical manipulation of gross matter , as is commonly thought , but rather the transmutation of unrefined elements of the human psyche.
The kundalini serpent is very similar to the phoenix in its associations: regeneration, rebirth, and the transformative power of spiritual Fire.
The concept of raising the kundalini from chakra to chakra can be compared to the stages of the Great Work described by Western alchemists. And the outcome of this process is the Philosopher´s Stone.
The techniques of kundalini (or laya) yoga and Western sexual magic are intended to awaken the kundalini and lead it up the sushumna. As it rises, the kundalini balances and revivifies the chakras, gradually opening the practitioner to greater and greater lev-els (or quanta) of awareness. This inner initiation is thought to confer powers (called siddhis in classical yoga). These “powers” are said to range from feats of biological wizardry (such as holding one’s breath while buried for a couple of days) to clairvoy-ance, telepathy, telekinesis, and becoming invisible. The claims continue ad infinitum. but are downplayed by most teachers and adepts, who seem to view siddhis as mere signposts along the Path. In fact many teachers consider siddhis distractions liable to inflate the ego. (The Zen roshis tend to tell students that all such powers are sent by demons. This is not done out of superstition. but because the desire for power and abil-ities can be a serious obstacle to the seeker.) The practitioner achieves transcendent illu-mination when the kundalini is raised to to the crown center, the sahasrara chakra.
The hallmarks of kundalini are phenomena such as surges of elec-tricity in the body, detachment from the body, intense heat and fire, buzzing sounds, a feeling of being in the presence of God, and awareness of spiritual presences such as angels. More important, however, are the benefits that lie beyond the phenomena: creativity, genius, enhanced well-being, longevity, and, most significant of all, enlightenment. Experiences of kundalini have been recorded around the world since ancient times. Kundalini is the divine fire of God and the gods, the samadhi of adepts, the raptures of saints, the healing power that floods through the hands of healers, the inspiration of invention, the intense happiness of a peak experience.. The average person may think that kundalini belongs only to those whose spiritual practice elevates them into a rarified atmos-phere of consciousness, but this is not so. Kundalini is universal, available to all. Anyone who prays or meditates regularly is likely at some point to feel the power of kundalini.
The more we know about kundalini and how to bring it into flower within us, the more we will benefit from it, both as individuals and as pan of the collective soul of humanity. Kundalini furthers our wordless under-standing of the nature of creation, our part in the whole of all things, and our ultimate unity with God. The essence of kundalini is eloquently captured in Psalm 19, which reads in part:
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber. and like a strong man runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and there is nothing hid from its heat.
When kundalini is awakened through attunement to the higher planes, we are quickened in the heat of divine fire. The splendor of divine love flows through us. It is vital that we recognize the kundalini power within and learn how to cultivate it in the name of truth and love. The more we do so, the less we will descend into fear and hate. In fact, ultimately, we will not even be able to do so, for our collective soul consciousness will be firmly anchored in the light and unconditional love of the godhead. We will truly reside in the kingdom of God. This future will not happen.
Your Kundalini could already be waking up and pushing you towards total enlightenment.
Parallel to Eastern meditation is Jung’s discovery of the technique of active imagination by which, if one uses it properly, one can still produce the opus of alchemy in another dimension.
As you see in the texts, there is such a striking parallel between the alchemical opus, the production of the philosopher’s stone and the diamond body, and the creation myths we had before. Naturally, some of the alchemists knew this and even pointed out the similarity of the two processes, showing that they understood the alchemical opus as a kind of inner psychic repetition of the cosmogony outside.
What in all earlier civilizations was a teaching concerning the outer creation of the cosmos has with the help of alchemical philosophy now slowly come back and reentered the individual, whence it unconsciously originated. It has finally been even understood as a process of the growth of consciousness within the individual human being and, after the event, we can call all those creation myths projections onto the outer world of this originally inner psychic process.
There is one more important fact to point out. In the repeated creation within the individual, which is consciously brought forth as an effort toward more total consciousness, the process of creation, as described in Genesis for instance, is reversed. Here, unfortunately, you have to believe me, because I cannot now roll out all the relevant documentary evidence. In the alchemical process, what generally comes first within the nigredo are wild animals—lions, dragons, bears, wolves, and so on; the animal kingdom.
After that there are generally similes of plant life, the making of the philosopher’s stone being compared to planting a tree with golden fruit and watering it; there is the whole process of a tree growing within the retort and within the human being. The final goal is a metal or stone symbol, a crystal, or a mineral, what we would now call a symbol of inorganic matter. You see how this strangely reverses our idea of evolution.
We think that from inorganic matter first plant life came into existence, then the animal, and then the human being; but in the alchemical process there is a complete reversal of our idea of biological evolution. First we meet the animals, then the plants and finally the inorganic gold. We can therefore understand the alchemical opus as a reversal on a psychic level of the outer biological evolution. It is as if what happens as an expanding process on the physical level were reversed on the psychic level and internalized in the reversed order.
Third, the ascension state is pointed to in the mystical concept of the Philosopher’s Stone. It may seem an abstruse concept to us, but to the Einherjar, it is an experiential reality, the ultimate spiritual accomplishment. The creation of the Philosopher’s Stone was consid-ered the Magister, or Great Work, of medieval alchemy, the transmut-ing of lead into gold, that is, the carbon-based body into light. The essential goal was to find, release, amplify, and exalt the trapped spiritual light within the human body and to redefine, even recreate, the body with it as a Light body. It was known as the Ascen-sion Body, Diamond Body, Diamond Soul, Electronic Body, Elixir of Life, filius philosophorum, Miraculous Stone, Glorified Body, Her-metic Stone, Higher Self, lapis philosophorum, the Mighty “I AM” Presence, Seamless Robe, Soul of the World, Spirit of Truth, Stone of the Wise Man, White-Fire Body, and the White Stone by the River.
Light in this context refers to the spectrum of consciousness, reality, and truth existing in the spiritual worlds as a reservoir available for human experience and assimilation; it evokes the experience of enlightenment, which, mystics say, is the total illumination of the self by God, the Light of infinity. It refers also in part to the elec tromagnetic field spectrum of visible light, but emphasizes the spiritual or higher aspects of the visible light. We may equate Light with the total array or sea of consciousness.
From the human viewpoint, the Ascended Masters are gods as characterized in all of the world’s myths. “They wield tremendous God-Power at all times” because they are unwaveringly in alignment with God and thus all power is given to them for responsible applica-tion throughout the worlds. They have “guided the expansion of Light in humanity on this planet from the beginning,” and they con-tinuously radiate “Love, Light, and Perfection” and “Wisdom and Power.” Their brief has them working “everywhere in the universe with complete freedom and limitless power,” on a planetary and indi-vidual level. On the individual level, they educate, initiate, and assist people in expanding their consciousness beyond the ordinary human level—into the ascended state. In brief, the Ascended Masters direct, protect, and assist the expansion of Light at the individual human, group-cultural, and planetary levels. But they also work to dispel neg-ative energy and darkness. The Ascended Master, from his own Body of Light, is “constantly pouring out Rays of his ‘Light Essence’ upon the discords” of the planet, dissolving them the way sunlight dissi-pates fog.`
Esoterically , the philosophers ‘ stone , the alchemists ‘ ” true gold , ” represents spiritual enlightenment or self – discovery.
It is the mind that transmute the base metal of experience into gold, and gold into base metal.
More than that, as we come to understand the nature of reality we see that impermanence allows for the possibility of total transformation. Because there is nothing about us that fixed and permanent, we can work over time improving any aspect of ourselves. Spiritually speaking, there is no base metal that cannot be transmuted into gold.
Men and women who have brought about an alchemical transformation of their energy, refining it repeatedly through Tantric meditation and ritual. As a result they have developed — magical attainments. These are of two kinds. Mundane siddhi are supernormal powers such as telepathy, flying, and other kinds of miraculous feats. The highest siddhi are the transformation of the mind and emotions into the transcendental wisdom and compassion of an Enlightened being. Imagine the philosopher’s stone changing back into the vajra, but retain the sense that the vajra is a magical implement, capable of transforming anything: the darkest dross of your mind, the most ingrained habits, the worst of you, into energy that can promote your spiritual awakening. Because everything is impermanent, there is nothing fixed and final about ourselves at all. Every aspect of what we think of as ‘me’ can be refined and wrought into finer and finer forms. The vajra symbolizes this capacity that we all possess to transform ourselves totally.
THE VAJRA AS THUNDERBOLT
NEXT, WE ARE GOING TO SEE the vajra turning into a thunderbolt. Before doing so you might prefer to imagine yourself transformed into some kind of storm god or goddess, for the handling of lightning is not for mere mortals. A typical lightning flash involves, a potential difference between cloud and ground of several million volts. Not only that, it can reach temperatures of around 50,000°F, or about six times the heat of the visible surface of the Sun. Try to imagine holding that power in your hand. vajraThe word means thunderbolt as well as diamond. It is extraordinary that the same Sanskrit word came to be applied to two such completely different experiences. The diamond is one of the most immutable and long-lasting substances we know of, while a bolt of lightning lasts only a fraction of a second. In that fifth of a second or so for which you see a flash of lightning, everything is lit up. In the case nocturnal storms, the curtain of darkness is rent apart and the whole landscape is temporarily illuminated and revealed. Thus the vajra as thunderbolt becomes a symbol for what tears asunder the veil of ignorance and enables you to see things as they really are.