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LittlebyLittle said "...it is all about ego loss..." Yes, ego loss is what the Alchemist's call the Negredo stage of the work. It is where the initiate consciously enters the lower astral realms (underworld, hell, Nifleheim, etc.) to purify the inner spirit of the egos built up over many lifetimes. This usually takes a few lifetimes of self-willed effort and the assistance of the inner Divine Mother (Kali, Athena, Venus, Isis, etc. - she has many names).
Their are 3 factors or main branches of the Work to become an ascended Master: Birth, Death & Sacrifice
The Birth is the 2nd (spiritual) Birth. It is this secret that has been hidden for thousands of years and only revealed to the initiate. Without this process of the 2nd Birth or working with the Salt, Sulpher & Mercury then the initiate cannot build the solar bodies. And without the true Solar Astral body, the true Solar Mental body and the true Solar Causal body we are unable to withstand the Christic energy (Fohat in the Tibetan Buddhist system) that incarnates and is utilized to kill the legions of egos in the 49 worlds. We can do some of the cleaning / purification with self observation and meditation but the alchemical process is needed for those egos in the lower astral that we cannot reach / perceive.
I try and understand and fail to see how alchemy is practicing the occult .How was it associated with the occult to begin with ? Any history on the subject would be great .A link .
Alchemy differs significantly from modern science in its inclusion of Hermetic principles and practices related to mythology, magic, religion, and spirituality. It is recognized as a protoscience that contributed to the development of modern chemistry and medicine. Alchemists developed a structure of basic laboratory techniques, theory, terminology, and experimental method, some of which are still in use today.
Entrepreneurial opportunities were not uncommon for the alchemists of Renaissance Europe. Alchemists were contracted by the elite for practical purposes related to mining, medical services, and the production of chemicals, medicines, metals, and gemstones. Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, in the late 16th century, famously received and sponsored various alchemists at his court in Prague, including Dee and his associate Edward Kelley. King James IV of Scotland, Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Henry V, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Augustus, Elector of Saxony, Julius Echter von Mespelbrunn, and Maurice, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel all contracted alchemists. John’s son Arthur Dee worked as a court physician to Michael I of Russia and Charles I of England but also compiled the alchemical book Fasciculus Chemicus.
The terms "chemia" and "alchemia" were used as synonyms in the early modern period, and the differences between alchemy, chemistry and small-scale assaying and metallurgy were not as neat as in the present day. There were important overlaps between practitioners, and trying to classify them into alchemists, chemists and craftsmen is anachronistic. For example, Tycho Brahe (1546–1601), an alchemist better known for his astronomical and astrological investigations, had a laboratory built at his Uraniborg observatory/research institute. Michael Sendivogius (Michał Sędziwój, 1566–1636), a Polish alchemist, philosopher, medical doctor and pioneer of chemistry wrote mystical works but is also credited with distilling oxygen in a lab sometime around 1600. Sendivogious taught his technique to Cornelius Drebbel who, in 1621, applied this in a submarine.
. Isaac Newton devoted considerably more of his writing to the study of alchemy (see Isaac Newton's occult studies) than he did to either optics or physics. Other early modern alchemists who were eminent in their other studies include Robert Boyle, and Jan Baptist van Helmont.
Issac Newton died in 1727, and we are finally learning about a side of him that did not fit with the thinking of the Royal Society at the time.
At the time of his death, Newton’s library contained at least 138 books on alchemy, many of which showed signs of extensive use. This was not unheard of for ‘enlightened scientists’: some were avid book collectors, interested in all sorts of curiosities. The manuscripts, however, proved that Newton’s interest in alchemy went far beyond curiosity. There are thousands of folios with Newton copying from all sorts of alchemical manuscripts, and recent scholarship has shown that he must have been actively involved in the circulation of alchemical knowledge. Not only did he read and copy out entire tracts, Newton even gave detailed descriptions of alchemical experiments he performed himself. How could a hero of modern science be engaged in such occult and ‘unscientific’ practices?
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In his diaries he compares himself to the prophet Daniel, and he stydied the book of Daniel since he was 12 until he died in 1727, he thought there were messages hidden in there. And he believed everything he had discovered was god's hand.
"... the motions which the planets now have could not spring from any natural cause alone, but were impressed by an intelligent Agent." "... the diurnal rotations of the planets could not be derived from gravity.""... and though gravity might give the planets a motion of descent toward the sun, either directly or with some little obliquity, yet the transverse motions by which they revolve in their several orbs required the divine arm to impress them according to the tangents of their orbs."
"Did blind chance know that there was light and what was its refraction, and fit the eyes of all creatures after the most curious manner to make use of it?" "Was the eye contrived without skill in optics and the ear without knowledge of sounds?"
in Sir Isaac Newton Diaries
I've always thought there's some truth to alchemy. For many decades now we've been able to turn one element into another with a nuclear reactor. Sounds a bit like transmutation to me. It's very possible that at some point in the past, another civilization managed to do the same thing, perhaps with a different method.
Maybe it's just me, but I have a hard time believing that one of the most intelligent men in history believed in the bible.
edit on 13-3-2014 by rangerdanger because: grammar