CREATE your own skincare, knowing exactly what ingredients were in there and that you blended it with your own two hands.
ALTER your physiology, your habitual patterns and responses, with age-old rituals and tools provided by nature.
TRANSFORM your world, your thoughts and your feelings, so that you feel supported and worthy of fulfilling your deepest purpose.
You might think this all sounds like a bit of magic… And it is, magic happens when you become your own alchemist.
WHAT IS ALCHEMY?
The most basic definition is the transformation of crude metals into gold, however there is a whole philosophy and tradition that uncovers more layers of understanding to this process. A more holistic understanding encompasses the aspect of transformation that occurs in the physical realm, as a result of transformation that occurs in the mental, emotional and spiritual realms. It is not neccessarily hoodoo voodoo or hocus pocus, unless you would like to call it that! It is simply the alchemic order of creativity and connectivity. Before something exists in physical reality it goes through the process of being imagined, felt or thought into existence.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN ALCHEMIST TODAY?
The following are the key aspects of the Hermetic philosophy that enables one to be an agent of transformation on the physical, mental, emotional and subtle planes of existence…
Amalgamation of mind, body & spirit. Honouring your body, your gut instincts and sensory perceptions will give you a perspective that is truer to your heart. And therefore not all tangled up in the chaos and control of the mind alone. When you move your attention into your body, gut instincts and your sensory perception, you naturally experience less mind chatter and less anxiety. Decisions become clearer to make, actions become grounded in purpose, and your mind has more space to be adaptable, creative and free.
Adaptability. Seeking order in the chaos. Life is in constant movement, motion and vibration. What are radiowaves other than ubiquitous invisible vibrations that connect everything to everything? Finding balance between the ebbs and flows, like the tide, like the rhythm of the seasons. Adaptability is to be at peace with constant change, however subtle or sudden.
Everything is connected. Opposites are not separate but are the two extremes of the same thing, with the whole spectrum linked inbetween. You cannot change one aspect of something without altering the whole of it. Your mind is not separate from your body; your thoughts and emotions effect your physiology. Your actions and words alter others more than you know; your intentions are felt by others even if you are not aware of it.
Masculine and feminine. Sun and moon. Yang and yin. Dark and light. Day and night. Summer and winter. Hot and cold. Yound and old. Life is not black and white. It is both simple and complex, both clear and contradictory, both easy and challenging. The trick is to not get stuck… Not get stuck in thinking that life is meant to be one way and not another. How could we appreciate one without the other?
Comfortable with contradiction. Mysticism and riddles. To learn through mysticism and riddle is not to mystify and confuse but to allow each to come to their own experiential understanding. Embracing contradiction is to embrace a new dimension of knowing, seeing the world from a new perspective, understanding the unity in diversity. A riddle opens up new pathways in the mind where doors were previously closed. Even if the door is locked, you hold the key.
THE ORIGINS OF ALCHEMY…
Alchemy – Al Khemia
Egyptian Black Earth | Egyptian Dark Art
Alchemist | Egyptian God of language, math, science, medicine & magic
Incarnation of Thoth | Alchemist | Greek pagan | Founder of Hermeticism
HEALING BALM RECIPE
8g organic nz beeswax
4g organic fair-trade cacao butter
50mL organic golden jojoba oil
20 drops essential oil blend… Your choice!
Gently melt the beeswax and cacao butter over a double boiler on a low heat.
Stir in the jojoba oil until the mixture is completely melted and remove from the heat.
Add your essential oils last. Gently stir to combine and pour into your clean glass jar.
Set aside to cool before putting on the lid.
Store in a cool dark place and use within six months.
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