What is Alchemy?
Since ancient times human beings have always sought transcendence, to be able to reach beyond the states of consciousness and understand the existence of the whole. Different paths have been followed to reach this point of enlightenment and although each experience is different depending on the culture, we reach a common point, the importance of alchemy.
Surely we have heard this term in the world of spirituality frequently, and we have also heard it linked to relevant names in the history of esotericism. But what really is alchemy?
Based on a purely technical field, alchemy can be defined as the experience of chemical phenomena that precede the scientific method. We also know that in the spiritual world these practices were carried out with the purpose of transmuting matter, which is why they have always been linked to mysticism or esotericism.
If there is a common point in the alchemical practices is the application of various scientific methods, so the practitioners of this art were very educated and studious of physics, chemistry, and astronomy. One had to be a scholar of the sciences to be able to carry out an alchemical procedure with favorable results.
Its link with the esoteric world dates back thousands of years since in ancient times this practice was considered to be magic because of the methods used and the results it could grantmaking possible the impossible according to many historians. In fact, the famous philosopher's stone has been historically linked to alchemists, described as a tool that could turn common metals into gold, or the famous panacea that was described as a potion capable of curing any disease in order to prolong life in the animal kingdom.
But not everything is mysticism and esotericism, there is a real contribution of alchemy to the scientific world. This constant experimentation with chemicals to which the alchemists were subjected brought great benefits such as the revelation of various mineral acids and phosphorus, which is why it is known worldwide that the first experimental chemists came out of this art.
One of the best-kept mysteries of history was what was the true objective of the alchemists, what motivated them, their true purpose. Various sources claim that their ultimate ambition was the transmutation of metals, to obtain the philosopher's stone and create the elixir of eternal youth. All this with the purpose of living a better existence on this plane, since they believed that Mother Nature had endowed us with all the necessary elements to achieve a full life.
Seen from the scientific point of view all this makes great sense, but the perspective from the spiritual world is different since it is assured that the alchemists also sought the transmutation of energy through the execution of various methods to modify their inner being and be able to achieve a greater and better spiritual awareness. Therefore, the word transmutation makes so much sense within these definitions, because both in the material and spiritual aspect this was the main purpose of these practices.
Alchemy as a tool to dominate the elements has been highly questioned, it has even been documented that in previous times these were seen as charlatans since there were no solid proofs or successful results in the complicated procedures they carried out. However, it was a practice adopted by the different cultures of the world, albeit on a different scale and each with different purposes, but it was present in ancient China, in Western culture, and in the new Europe.
Each culture made its use for practical purposes and others for mystical purposes, finding its peak and expansion more accentuated in the ancient Egyptian and in turn having one of its greatest representatives in the figure of Hermes Trismegistus, one of the most revered and respected entities in the world of esotericism.
This practice has been seen as that connection between the spiritual and the material and even a connection with the hermetic laws, and it makes sense because of its historical line it could be assured that alchemy sought the perfect balance between the spiritual world and the material world as one complements the other.
A concept that cannot be left aside when touching on a subject as complex as alchemy is the ether, the ether can be explained from two points of view; from the chemical and from the spiritual. Explained from the chemical point of view the ether is a functional group between the union of two alkyl or aromatic radicals through an oxygen bridge, so we can infer that chemically speaking the ether is the conjunction of several elements to form a whole.
If we go to the spiritual point of view the ether is the soul, it is that which occupies all the non-visible spaces, it is not palpable but it is there. That is why when we talk about spirituality and mysticism the ether plays a fundamental role since it is defined by the great scholars of this branch as the energy that we are. Seeing it from this point we can achieve a great coincidence in both definitions, coinciding in the point that it is something that is part of a whole.
Having said this, we know that when we talk about alchemy we come across concepts such as transmutation of states, spirituality, science, and ether. Somehow we are all called to become alchemists in our lives, to transmute everything we have into what we want, to get the elixir of life in the happiness of being owners and masters of our own destiny, create your own philosopher's stone and use it to turn anything into gold, goodness, and love. From this space, we invite you to become your own alchemist, carve from the depths of your knowledge the destiny you always wanted, and become the owner of the future. You are your own magician.