Hermetic Alchemy and the Soul
We are creators by nature and therefore have internal resources to align with positive evolutionary cosmic forces to advance with spiritual progression. We also have tools to help us on that journey. Soul alchemy and spiritual transmutation are some of these tools. Moreover, hermetic alchemy and the hermetic tradition teach everyone to be their own soul alchemist.
In the study of mysticism, one cannot escape the importance of the Hermetic tradition. This spiritual and mystical philosophy is the driving force behind alchemy and spiritual transmutation. We trace this time-honoured collection of teachings to the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus. Furthermore, the Corpus Hermeticum, also attributed to Hermes, is an essential cornerstone of occult science.
Hermetic Tradition and Soul Alchemy
We associate Hermes with Egyptian gods and Greek deities. For example, ancient Greeks saw him as the Greek god Hermes. But, the Egyptians taught of him as Thoth. His multiple incarnations in different religious cultures led him to be called the Thrice-Great Hermes. These designations should tell us that the ancients revered Hermes Trismegistus as a god of great wisdom.
Two writings distilled the ancient wisdom of the Emerald Tablet of Hermetic philosophy. They are the Asclepius and the Corpus Hermeticum. These writings hold the secret of alchemical symbolism, which would permit the occultist to turn metals into gold. In truth, the Corpus Hermeticum, Emerald Tablet, and Hermetic tradition are the keys to a greater transmutation of the Soul.
Hermetic principles apply to both physical and spiritual alchemy. They are in the heat of hermetic philosophy. As physical alchemy refines base metals into gold, spiritual alchemy refines the Soul into the very image of its Creator. Furthermore, we can perfect our physical and spiritual bodies by studying and applying alchemical symbolism and principles.
Understanding the Prima Materia in Hermetic Alchemy
A key to applying Hermetic principles is to understand the prima materia. The prima materia, or prime materials, is the first matter. They were the starting point of all alchemy. Therefore, without the prima materia, there could be no philosopher’s stone from which alchemy could progress. The Bible acknowledges the prima materia in its first words, describing the earth as being without form and a great void.
To start the process of the alchemy of the Soul and mental transmutation, we must find that void within which only the first materials exist. In that place of silence, we can truly begin to comprehend the magnitude of the Hermetic principles. The Greek god Hermes shows us the way to perfection by encouraging us to start with the first matter.
Hermetic Transmutation and The Soul Alchemist
When we find a place within to practice spiritual alchemy safely, magic happens. We then can transform our body, mind, and Soul through a transmutation process based on hermetic principles. As a result, we develop an ability to heal ourselves and help others to do the same. Moreover, our awareness that we have inner abilities to transmute pain and heal our Souls, thus shaping our destiny, lays at the heart of alchemy.
The true gold of the alchemists was the gold of enlightenment. So likewise, through the alchemy of the Soul, you can become a perfect version of yourself. You can become empowered to use transmutation to turn every negative experience or thought into an emotion or feeling that benefits you and your spiritual growth. Therefore, the secrets used by mystics and philosophers throughout history can also be yours when you pursue the path of the alchemy of the Soul. Thus becoming the soul alchemist.
How to Use Alchemy To Heal Soul Pain
Soul alchemy, sometimes called Tantra, transforms the Soul through the movement or healing of your energy. To become more familiar with Soul alchemy, we must first define the word ‘alchemy.’ Merriam-Webster’s first definition of the word refers to the original medieval origins: “chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for a disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life.” However, the second definition offered is more applicable to our purposes: “a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way.”
How Does Soul Alchemy Work?
“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” ― Carl Jung, Psychology and Alchemy
The process of Soul alchemy begins by getting in touch with your inner self. The ancient maxim, “know thyself,” often attributed to Socrates, can be applied here. Undoubtedly, the only way to heal the self is to be aware of your internal development and challenges and to understand them. Therefore, this is where intuitive self-discovery takes place.
For Soul alchemy to work, you have to be willing to look into the darkest corners of your mind and heart. For instance, when you examine your pain up close, you may find an unexpected cause you are hesitant to accept. This is why many people ignore their pain instead of working on themselves.
Use Your Intuition To Find Imbalances That Cause Soul Pain
Intuitive healing is an alternative, holistic healing art that draws on the energy you already carry in your body. Moreover, this practice relies on using your senses to locate and correct imbalances in the energy flow within or around the body. Hence, intuition is an innate mental power deeply rooted in our evolutionary past. The word’ intuitive,’ according to the Oxford Dictionary, means “using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning.”
Therefore, healing your mind, body, and Soul through intuition is nothing short of miraculous. And yet, at the same time, it is scientifically sound. For example, in the words of Carl Jung, “Just imagine what would happen if practicing physicians … had some acquaintance with Eastern systems of healing. The Spirit of the East surges through every pore as a balm for all afflictions.”