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Now more at ease, the young man took the spoon and strolled again through the palace, this time paying attention to all the works of art that hung from the ceiling and walls.
He saw the gardens, the mountains all around the palace, the delicacy of the flowers, the taste with which each work of art was placed in its niche. Returning to the sage, he reported in detail all that he had seen.
“But where are the two drops of oil that I entrusted to you?” asked the sage.
Looking down at the spoon, the young man realized that he had spilled the oil.
“Well, that is the only advice I have to give you,” said the sage of sages.
“The Secret of Happiness lies in looking at all the wonders of the world and never forgetting the two drops of oil in the spoon.”
reply to post by CIAGypsy
Wow, with your expertise you can really clarify my train of thought.
Its a breath of fresh air to meet a scientist who can actually use their mind.
I don't have to talk down to you, you know what a cadaver is.
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I am going to postulate and post observations in this thread please prepare yourself for insanity.
I notice 2 important paradigms or trains of thought both of which may require rebalancing.
Thought process 1 is that of the alchemist or magician. The magician sees reality as his own, reality to be bent to his will and influenced strongly by his will and consciousness. A magician sees his creative ability as a powerful force. Due to the nature of these practices his view of the universe is akin to this reality. He sees himself or herself as god or goddess of a world create by the power of his or her own observations and the scientific nature of those wills and observations to be bent and broken accordingly. This is the view of the alchemist. This experience is highly sought after by the political and economic elite. This experience is highly dependent on belief. There are more aspects of this view which cannot be explained but only experienced.
Thought process 2 is that of the scientific and mathematical perspective. In this view we have rigid thought, the world and universe understood through math and the scientific process. This paradigm is very firm and unwavering, uninfluenced by observation, will, and philosophy or belief. This paradigm is predictable and distinct. It is experienced and not influenced and very much the opposite of the world of the alchemist.
Now, what is the difference between the two and why does it exist?
From my own perspective the scientist can experience directly the world of the alchemist due to their rigid set of defined calculations and observations. However, on the rare occasion that a scientist is able to experience the world of potential and influence it opens up another, much deeper world to them.
Anyone want to finish these thoughts for me?
On this subject Dr. Franz Hartmann in a footnote to his translation of extracts from Paracelsus clearly expresses the conclusions of a modern investigator of alchemical lore: "I wish to warn the reader, who might be inclined to try any of the alchemical prescriptions * * *, not to do so unless he is an alchemist, because, although I know from personal experience that these prescriptions are not only allegorically but literally true, and will prove successful in the hands of an alchemist, they would only cause a waste of time and money in the hands of one who has not the necessary qualifications. A person who wants to be an alchemist must have in himself the 'magnesia', which means, the magnetic power to attract and 'coagulate' invisible astral elements."
In considering the formulæ on the following pages, it must be recognized that the experiments cannot be successfully conducted unless the one who performs them be himself a Magus. If two persons, one an initiate and the other unilluminated in the supreme art, were to set to work, side by side, using the same vessels, the same substances, and exactly the same modus operandi, the initiate would produce his "gold" and the uninitiated would not. Unless the greater alchemy has first taken place within the soul of man, he cannot perform the lesser alchemy in the retort. This is an invariable rule, although it is cunningly hidden in the allegories and emblems of Hermetic philosophy. Unless a man be "born again" he cannot accomplish the Great Work, and if the student of alchemical formulæ will remember this, it will save him much sorrow and disappointment. To speak of that part of the mystery which is concerned with the secret life principle within the actual nature of man, is forbidden, for it is decreed by the Masters of the art that each shall discover that for himself and on this subject it is unlawful to speak at greater length.