It has been said that Alchemy is as old as history itself; and is, in fact, the basis of contemporary medicine; despite this fact, most people still don’t believe in it. Much of the confusion stems from the fact that many alchemical writings were purposely written allegorically and obscurely; which was done purposely to hide the truth from the profane. Just like Masonic literature, especially the writings of Albert Pike, one must be a student of the craft in order to get the full benefits within.
The word mistrust can be defined as a lack of confidence; which may be a result of not understanding something, or just simple ignorance. Most people don’t believe things they have no understanding of; if there is no basis of understanding, the human mind simply ignores or denies the evidence. In short, in their minds, if something is not understood it does not exist. These things, like nature, become lies to the masses.
Therefore, Alchemy simply imitates and quickens nature. Thus, the definition is a self-supporting one, as it only claims what is already true. Yes, it is hidden, but it is natural. All truths must be in agreement with nature, plausible, rational, and most of all, they must make sense by way of Godly discernment. If not, one’s belief is simply black ignorance; rather than white truth.
Yet, even today, many students of the craft still object to the idea that nature (alchemy) is capable of producing a substance powerful enough to prolong life, i.e. Immortality. This is so because such an idea is too difficult to explain. How can anyone believe it without seeing it? Like Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub 4-minute mile. Until he accomplished it, everyone thought such a feat was impossible; but now running such times are common among hi-level athletes. You see, history is full of examples of Immortals who had to fake their deaths in order to continue to live. Immortals are afraid, and for good reason. These reasons are less important today. I believe the world will openly embrace them in the coming years. Many of the superstitions and religious biases of the past have fallen way to a more understanding world. This I believe has slowly transpired throughout our history, which has led us to this point in time.
As such, nature is a force that operates within this universe. We are, in fact, a part of this creation. How can we accept the fact that nature creates life, but does not have the ability to prolong it? If nature creates life, and we are a part of nature, then we should be able to create, and even prolong, life as well.
Consequently, any argument against Alchemy itself is simple ignorance; it matters little what one believes, such thinking does not change the truth; and the truth is, Immortality is attainable through Alchemy. To better clarify my point, here are a few Alchemical quotes to ponder and reflect upon; they all have to do with the attainment of the Immortality of the flesh:
“This Matter lies before the eyes of all; everybody sees it, touches it, loves it, but knows it not. It is glorious and vile, precious and of small account, and is found everywhere” (The Golden Tract Concerning the Stone of the Philosophers, Anonymous German Philosopher, 16th century).
“Human beings receive this Golden Elixir from Heaven. It is perfectly good with nothing bad in it, it is innate knowledge (liangzhi) and innate capacity (liangneng). It is the Numinous Root, entirely achieved and with nothing lacking. It is the Breath of precelestial Perfect Yang” (Liu Yiming’s, Awakening to Reality, Poem 3, 1734-1821).
“Know that our Mercury is before the eyes of all men, though it is known to few. When it is prepared, its splendour is most admirable; but the sight is vouchsafed to none, save the sons of knowledge. Do not despise it, therefore, when you see it in sordid guise; for if you do, you will never accomplish our Magistery—and if you can change its countenance, the transformation will be glorious. For our water is a most pure virgin, and is loved of many, but meets all her wooers in foul garments, in order that she may be able to distinguish the worthy from the unworthy” (The Fount of Chemical Truth, by Eirenaeus Philalethes, 1694 AD).
“Golden Elixir is another name for one’s inchoate fundamental nature (xing). There is no other Golden Elixir outside one’s fundamental nature. Every human being has this Golden Elixir complete in oneself: it is entirely achieved in everyone. It is neither more in a sage, nor less in an ordinary person. It is the seed of the Immortals and the Buddhas, the root of the worthies and the sages” (Liu Yiming’s, Awakening to Reality, Poem 3, 1734-1821).
“By the ignorant and the beginner it is thought to be the vilest and meanest of things. It is sought by many Sages, and found by few… Men have it before their eyes, handle it with their hands, yet know it not, though they constantly tread it under their feet… very common, and may be everywhere obtained in abundance” (The Sophic Hydrolith, Or, Water Stone of the Wise, Anonymous, 17th Century).
There is something which everyone recognizes, and whoever does not recognize it will rarely, perhaps never find it. The wise man will keep it and the fool will throw it away, and the reduction comes easily to the man who knows it” (A Magnificent and Select Tract on Philosophical Water, by Anonymous, 13th Century).
So Mote It Be!