The most common perception is that alchemy is about transforming lead into gold. Certainly, alchemy is about refining things to a higher form than before, but it is also about so much more. Alchemy has gone hand in hand with humanity since the beginning of time. Alchemy has since the dawn of human history been a large part of science and medicine in many cultures. Although it may not be apparent at first glance, our relationship with Alchemy is a well-intertwined history. Alchemy is the true precursor of today’s modern chemistry.
The Three Alchemical Principals
Unlike today’s chemistry, the ancient alchemy has a more holistic view that everything in the universe is based on three basic principles that can be symbolically described as follows:
Sulfur – Soul – Essential Oils
Mercury – Mind – Alcohol
Salt – Body – Mineral salts
Symbolism and History
The industrialization and progress of modern science is one of the reasons that the alchemy has fallen into the fringes. The alchemical philosophy has since ancient times hidden the alchemical teachings behind symbolism and codewords to prevent the knowledge from falling into the wrong hands and being misused. Modern science / chemistry sees everything in the universe as separate things. Alchemy sees the universe from a more holistic perspective where everything exists in correspondence with each other. The hermetic principal “That which is Below” corresponds to that which is above, and that which corresponds to that which is below “is said to be the basis of all the alchemical teachings.
Internal and External Alchemy
You can also divide alchemy into two different parts: the inner and the outer alchemy. Where the inner alchemy symbolizes our own self realization and personal development. For example Instead of focusing on material things and possessions in the physical world, we are instead focusing on becoming the greatest version of ourselves. Whatever this means to you.The outer alchemy is the one we can practice in different ways outside ourselves. Everything from cooking the perfect meal to producing potent extracts and elixirs in the laboratory. At Nirvara we practice both internal and external alchemy, since all those who work here are strongly involved in personal development, both mentally, physically and spiritually. We all have a common intention and goal of creating unique alchemic crafts that can contribute to people’s personal development and a bringing forward better and more holistic society.
Alchemy is thus the bridge between consciousness and physical matter. It explains that nothing in the universe is separated, instead that everything is connected and existing in polarity to each other. One can describe the alchemical teaching to how consciousness relates to physical matter and how this can then be applied practically in one’s inner and outer world. The alchemical knowledge is thus as endless and as infinite as our universe.