posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 10:57 AM
Originally posted by Enyalius
Practicle means that something can be used in daily life. . . .seeing that the same teachings occur in other aspects of life under different names.
In the end it is all the same.
[edit on 27-2-2006 by Enyalius]
And I'm saying that words actually mean things; I'm saying that alchemy isn't simply anything we want it to be.
"Practical alchemy," since the concept began to be differentiated from philosophical alchemy, at least 1700 years ago, has meant working with
physical apparatus. Your willful "re-definition" of that phrase doesn't change the fact that the ancient practitioners meant something concrete
by their use of the term.
Please don't think that I am denigrating philosophical alchemy as a discipline; the two branches have been seen practically every school of alchemy,
and is probably best exemplified by the Taoist differentiation between the waidan (external alchemy) and the niedan (internal alchemy) described in
the Daozang [Source: A short Introduction to Chinese Alchemy. auth: Fabrizio Pregadio. unedited manuscript to appear in Encyclopedia of the
History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Countries
The point I continue to make (and others to denigrate) is that the historical alchemical tradition consisted of specific discipline and real-world
To pretend that alchemy is something else is to kid oneself.
If I decide that the essence of being an olympic athlete means the triumph over my inner obstacles, then it is legitimate for me to say so. However,
if I claim that, merely by sitting in a comfy chair and imagining myself overcoming my interior barriers to my higher self, that if I imagine that I
am now an "olympic athlete," then I am kidding myself, and keeping myself in purposeful ignorance of what real athletes do--namely, they practice
So, in a very real sense, while I hear you and others say authoritatively that "It's all the same," and that alchemy is whatever we want it to be,
I beg to differ.