True, without error, certain and most true: that which is above is as that which is below, and that which is below is as that which is above, to perform the miracles of the One Thing.
And as all things were from One, by the meditation of One, so from this One Thing come all things by adaptation. Its father is the Sun, its mother is the Moon, the wind carried it in its belly, the nurse thereof is the Earth.
It is the father of all perfection and the consummation of the whole world. Its power is integral if it be turned to Earth.
Thou shalt separate the Earth from the Fire, the subtle from the coarse, gently and with much ingenuity. It ascends from Earth to heaven and descends again to Earth, and receives the power of the superiors and the inferiors.
Thus thou hast the glory of the whole world; therefore let all obscurity flee before thee. This is the strong fortitude of all fortitude, overcoming every subtle and penetrating every solid thing. Thus the world was created. Hence are all wonderful adaptations, of which this is the manner.
Therefore am I called Hermes the Thrice Great, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world. That is finished which I have to say concerning the operation of the Sun.
The cornerstone of the Great Work, the Royal Art, and thus the science of life.
This new experiment is with Iron sulfate (Chemical formulae FeSO4.7H2O). This Work is based on the general instruction document from the Inner Garden group. To me this is a new area that I need to explore. The first steps are the processes of the purifications of the green crystals formed after evaporation. I started this work on January 12th 2015. On this gallery you can see the development of the purification process of this substance.
January 12th. Iron sulfate with distilled water
After a day.
January 14th 2015
January 17th. Beautiful green.
Decanted January 18th
Evaporation has started. (50 Celsius) In sandbath.
January 19th 2015
Slowly a skin begins to form.
Some crystals come up.
The first result.
The whitening of the crystals.
White powder mixed with distilled water
January the 23rd 2015
January 26th 2015
Green crystals are forming.
Drying of the crystals
Third round whitening of the crystals
Mixed with distilled water
After its settled.
February 4th 2015
An interesting note. The emerald green liquid has a very nice smell. Fresh and sweet very subtle.
Inspired by a post on Facebook from a friend concerning alchemical products and selling them I would like to say something about it.
This post from Steve Kalec is what inspired me. He gave me permission to quote him here.
” ….There are many selling them. The buyers are mostly all dissapointed. The sellers are not getting rich on this. Do you think I would buy something someone claims knowledge and makes. NEVER. To protect themselves they so dilute the product to make sure no one gets poisoned and dies. I would never ever dare sell the things I make because we are all different and so many can be alurgic or even just too sensitive. You know that Peanut oil alone can kill some people. Can you imagine a suit against you.. I make them for myself ,and those whom I know need it and I know what I make. The study of alchemy is not about making a Spagyric business. It is about the work that leads one to initiation into the mysteries of Nature and the Self. In any case that what I am into. You don’t need to know anything about alchemy to make spagyric tinctures, or distilling oil essences, as such works are pure chemistry and are truly not alchemical. To make an alchemical elixir or a plant stone or an alkahest, or to extract the oils of metals and make true alchemical medicines will require years of practice and study. Listen again to Jean dubuis’ words……………………. “The whole alchemical process occurs simultaneously with the inner and the outer. The physical purification of the body with the preparation from the alchemical laboratory refine the energies and make them more receptive to the finer vibrations of the Cosmic. The spirit increases its awakening and consciousness expands. This increased consciousness enables us to further penetrate into the elixirs of the laboratory which reach then higher vibrations and raise our self to a higher level. And thus the process continues and accelerates into an inner and outer spiral, into an evolution of consciousness.”
On the internet there are many people who do sell them and claim all kind of things about their tinctures, like many other services available on line. I see more and more people who want to make a living by it and sell them as commercial products.
Why am I against this alchemy for money hype? First of all most of the time those tinctures are not really alchemical and more of chemical nature. If one knows the recipe and when one has the equipment on can make it technically speaking. But since every real alchemical tincture or product is an process in itself that takes time. It also requires a lot of skill and inner and outer interaction from the maker. These proceses can be complicated (depending on the person) and depending on the spirit of the matter more or less successful. Second those tinctures have different effects on different systems since we are all different. Not everyone responds the same to this tinctures. When they are really alchemical they go even much, much deeper and can cause crisis to those who are not prepared. This mean inner preparation and preparation of the subtle channels. When there are blockages issues come up some small and some even very bad. One should know this because sometimes its necessary in order to heal , this is a common phenomena with the use of alchemical products. And thirdly one should be very cautious when those tinctures are sold and harm others because they are allergic to a certain substance. This can bring the alchemist in question into big trouble in mundane life but also Karmically. The inner development and purification of the alchemist takes years of training, practice and study.
In my case I test my products myself and they do induce inner and outer effects as part of my personal process. Then if needed I give them to family members whom I sense they could need it. I tune in into the person in order to check its wise to give it to them. Then I have friends in which I do the same. When I feel they can benefit from it I give it to them. In the last case there are some people who contacted me by Facebook and want to test a tincture from me. To them I gave it as wel, when I sense its ok to do so. But I never sell them. There were individuals who offered money for my Enses but I refused it and will always refuse that. On top if this tinctures are an integral part of myself and extension of myself and feel like ‘my children’. They are magical creations and tools aid and helped by the powers that be, Nature itself. By all saying this its very important to be able to tune into someone else. In other words to sense what is needed. The same should be done by making alchemical tinctures. A real Alchemist tune in into his work and communicate with the spirit involved in order to make it successful and to gain knowledge what is required. The most important part of making an Alchemical products cannot be found in books or texts but are from the ‘inner planes’. Its all about raising vibrations from the maker and the products he made.
Money and the spiritual path is a very bad mix in my opinion. It cause an impure attitude that block real progress on the Path of Return. The path of Alchemy is the Royal Path of initiation and be in tune of Nature, guided by our Higher Self. It has nothing to do with making a living from it and starting a spagyric business to only blocks the proces.
Its not ‘we’ that makes it happen, its a precious gift of God or Nature that allows us to do so. We are just a chancel to receive this precious gift to altruistically help others. We only may humbly hope we can maintain this and never lose the pure motivation.
Started yesterday my first Work with Honey, the essence of Honey. I used organic raw honey and spirit of wine 97% pure.
Experience with this essence.
The essence of honey has the following effect on my system. Taking in hot water one teaspoon. It is soothing and calming on the one side and uplifting on the other. Also it seems to take away pains and shortage of breath. It gives me a general sense of wel being. I think it takes away many feelings of discomfort and is of general health of body mind and soul. It’s red gold so to speak.
For this experiment I used the book from John French “The Art of distillation”.
AN ESSENCE OF HONEY MAY BE MADE THUS
Take of honey well despumated as much as you please. Pour upon it as much of the best rectified spirit of wine as will cover it five or six fingers breadth. Digest them in a glass vessel well closed (the fourth part only being full) in a temperate balneum the space of a fortnight or until the spirit be very well tinged. Then decant off the spirit and put on more until all the tincture be extracted. Put all these tinctures together, and evaporate the spirit until what remains begins to be thickish at the bottom and of a golden colon. This is a very excellent essence of honey and is of so pleasant an odor that scarce anything is like to it. It is so cordial that it even revives the dying if two or three drops thereof be taken in some cordial water.”
Distillation of the second layer.
Spirit of wine on top of the Honey. 1
Spirit of wine on top of Honey. 2
After a day digestion at around 55 Celsius
Sand bath covered with a towel.
Alcohol with essence
Distillation January 5th
The result. Red Oil of Honey
Beautiful red color
Second layer. Alcohol and essence of honey. Ready for distillation.
These days there are many people that have ideas about what meditation is and how one should do it. This tendency is a result of all the information on available on the internet and published books from all kind of teachers, or so called teachers. Its hard to find ones way in all this information. Many of them ask a lot of money to do their courses and to get a certificate. Also these days people tend to do a course for a couple of years and going to teach themselves. I’m not sure this is the right way, and of course they ask money for it as well.
If I speak for myself I meditate for 22 years now started in 1994 and I still haven’t the idea to teach myself. I think one should learn this from an authentic teacher. Sogyal Rinpoche I consider as an authentic teacher and I consider him as my root teacher. Perhaps I’m a bit old fashioned with this but I also think its important to be taught in a lineage.
There are hundreds of methods of meditation. The one I use is from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and helps me a lot on my path as I wrote on the influences on my Path part of this blog. Its called Shamatha or calm abiding along with the Mantra of Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche. Its my daily practice and cornerstone of all other practices and meditations I do. One doesn’t have to be a Buddhist to use these principals since they are universal.
Its important to do this practice daily. Better 5 minutes a day then 1 hour a week. One should be enter into a state of being that one maintains the whole day long. Integration of this state of mind is essential otherwise its a technique that one does once or twice a day and no one benefits from it. Discipline, patience and balance is what it requires to do this practice. Sometimes it takes many years before results are experienced. And this can be very difficult in a society where people are used to instant results. Actually one should let go result since it only makes more concept how it should be and this is an obstacle on the Path.
Beside this for I use also a mediation I’ve learned in Amorc (used in mysticism) and the Hermetic order of the Golden Dawn, the A.’.A.’. and from private teachers. Sometimes its also a mix with ritual. To have a quiet mind and have an understanding of the mind is essential to make progress on the Path no matter what spiritual path it is.
I wish all of you a happy and inspiring 2015. Its my wish that we all can contribute something, no matter how small, to the world to make it a better place beyond religion, ideology, race or background education etc at the end of the day we are all the same. We all looking for happiness and would like to grow at the end of the day. The only problem is that we most of the time don’t know how confused we are, how we are captured into thought patterns and are the products of our education, upbringing etc. Only our lower mind, our ego makes a distinction between me and other, we against the other.
As Gandalf the Grey said:
“Some believe that it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I’ve found. I found it is the small things. Every day deeds by ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay.” – Gandalf the Grey”
I think we all should keep this quote in our hearts…….and light up our inner Light to aid others.