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The accidental alchemist

It’s another Saturday night. The football is on tele (yawn), the baby is sleeping peacefully in our bed, and I’m doing some editing for my new blog site in my room (I’m also fluffing around in facebook forums and eating ice cream). It’s a full moon. I’m just recalling the aura readers message to me a few months back at the mind-body-spirit festival who said to me “work with the cycles of the full moon; you will do your best work on the day of the full moon and three days after”. Just typing that has sent shivers down my spine!!! I’ve just confirmed with google that this full moon’s message is that “The key to balance lies in identifying and expressing our spiritual needs, while maintaining order in our everyday lives.”

I’m having a bit of a moment here, so bare with me. I would usually just leave this stuff for me to mull over myself, since I don’t really have anyone to talk to about it, but I need to frantically type it out while its fresh on my mind and so I have a record of it.

After I mentioned that I was working on my “about” section on my new blog a couple of blog entries ago, I was talking about my spirits identity. I asked you to think about who your spirit is and to send me your spiritual identities in private for me to share on my blog at a later date (and special thank you to those who truly embraced this task and took the time to do this for me and yourself, I am really grateful). I’ve just had another one of those mind-blowing, freaky, intuition-led discoveries and its seriously freaking me out. I legitimately had a tear in my eye. Rewinding to a few months ago, on my ventures to self-discovery, learning about the elements, mind/body connection, the doctrine of signatures and so forth (and if you have NO idea what I’m on about, check out my previous blog posts if you can be bothered) – I started noticing a word. A word I had never heard before, or at least never noticed before recent times. Alchemy.

Here’s where it began: I organised for my mum to meet with a healer for her arthritis a couple of months ago when she was on her holiday in Bali, their meeting spot was a cafe called Alchemy, in Ubud. It stuck in my mind at the time, but I never bothered to look into the word.

Fast forward to last month – one of my best friends visited, and was reading a fiction novel called The Alchemist. I hadn’t heard of it, but she said it was interesting. I ignored the sign, again.

The other day I was on instagram, and stumbled on a couple of other bloggers/soulpreneurs talking about the same novel, and how great it was. Ok…I hear you, intuition (you nag!). However, I got distracted and forgot to look it up. Today I asked my friend who was reading the novel, if I could borrow it next, maybe I need to read it? (getting warmer). So that takes me to right now, I’m at my computer, and I think about the word alchemy again. YES! OK! I’m going to google it. HOLY SHIT BATMAN. HOLY SHIT.

I’ve spent the last few hours immersed in the wondrous world of alchemy. Here’s a passage from a particularly informative website which has explored the many facets of the alchemy world, summarising the many books and teachings from alchemists across the world, and over centuries. A particular book called “The Alchemical Tradition in the Late Twentieth Century” by Richard Grossinger has listed the basic components of the different types of alchemy, which he has referred to as “planet science”. Check them out (my cheeky notes are in the purple):

1. A theory of nature as made up of primary elements. – yep, elements.

2. A belief in the gradual evolution and transformation of substance.

3. A system for inducing transmutation. My grand plan is to create a program for myself and others that does exactly this!

4. The imitation of nature by a gentle technology.

5. The faith that one’s inner being is changed by participation in external chemical experiments.

6. A general system of synchronistic correspondences between planets, herbs, minerals, species of animals, signs and symbols, parts of the body, etc., known as the Doctrine of Signatures. hello!?!!! already blogged about this one!

7. Gold as the completed and perfected form of the metals, in specific, and substance in general (Alchemy is the attempt to transmute other substances into gold, however that attempt is understood and carried out).

8. The existence of a paradoxical form of matter, sometimes called The Philosopher’s Stone (the lapis), which can be used in making gold or in brewing elixirs and medicines that have universal curative powers.

9. A method of symbolism working on the simultaneity of a series of complementary pairs: Sun/Moon, Gold/Silver, Sulphur/Mercury, King/Queen, Male/Female, Husband/Bride, Christ/Man, etc. In my healing course I am learning about mind/body connection, and everything I’ve been teaching myself is about creating balance, hence the marriage of two worlds which is a common theme amongst alot of things I’m into at the moment.

10. The search for magical texts that come from a time when the human race was closer to the source of things or are handed down from higher intelligences, extra-terrestials, guardians, or their immediate familiars during some Golden Age. These texts deal with the creation or synthesis of matter and are a blueprint for physical experimentation in a cosmic context (as well as for personal development). They have been reinterpreted in terms of the Earth’s different epochs and nationalities. Things like angel cards/tarot etc spring to mind here!

11. In the Occident, alchemy is early inductive experimental science and is closely allied with metallurgy, pharmacy, industrial chemistry, and coinage. I do have a focus on modern medicine at the moment…hmmmm…..

12. In the Orient, alchemy is a system of meditation in which one’s body is understood as elementally and harmonically equivalent to the field of creation. (Between East and West, the body may be thought of as a microcosm of nature, with its own deposits of seeds, elixirs, and mineral substances). I have been meditating and learning more about chakras, crystal healing etc

13. Alchemy is joined to astrology in a set of meanings that arise from the correspondences of planets, metals, and parts of the body, and the overall belief in a cosmic timing that permeates nature. I keep referring to the moon’s cycles and meanings, and of course have mentioned types of cosmic timing on many occasions lately.

 

Thus, alchemy deals fundamentally with the basic mysteries of life as well as with transcendental mysticism. But its approach is neither abstract nor theoretical, but experimental, in nature.

Just who were the alchemists, and why are their contributions important to us today?

The alchemists were the leading explorers of consciousness in medieval times, and their research led to a vast improvement in the conditions of human life. Among the more famous are Albertus Magnus, Paracelsus, Nicholas Flammel, and Sir Isaac Newton. Their contributions not only improved the lives of their contemporaries, but influenced the thought of many philosophers if the same and later eras, such as Meister Eckhart, Thomas a Kempis, John Dee, Johannes Kepler, Thomas Vaughn, Bishop Berkeley, Emanuel Swedenborg, William Blake, and Geothe.The contributions of these eminent alchemists are staggering: Albertus Magnus, alone, wrote eight books on physics, six on psychology, eight on astronomy, twenty-six on zoology, five on minerals, one on geography, and three on life in general from an Aristotelian point-of-view. He was a Dominican friar who was canonized a saint in 1931. No wonder I can’t make my mind up on a subject I like to explore?! check out this guy!!!

So, what is Alchemy?

It is a cross-cultural phenomena which has been practiced in various forms by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Christian Europeans, and the Islamic, Hindu and Taoist faiths. All of these use symbols to depict a process of transformation, whether this process is thought to occur inside (introverted) or outside (extroverted) of the human body. Although there are many types of alchemy, the main split seems to be between material (extroverted) and spiritual (introverted) alchemies. The deciding factor is the direction of the practitioner’s creativity. And to really let this one sink in for you all – last year when I was designing my ring range, I created 25 symbols out of thin air that at the time, represented the animal spirits I was going to work with. I have since broadened this to the geometric symbols representing a set of affirmations which aid in both physical and spiritual transformation.

SO….what does all this mean? well. I’m a bloody alchemist, aren’t I? I have been sub-consciously practicing alchemy for the last year and didn’t even know what it was.

exhibit A:

here’s the logo I designed for my business. I didn’t look into the symbolism of things much, just went with the fact that a pentagon is a 5 sided shape, and I will be working with the 5 elements so that should be a feature.  In my alchemy surfing tonight I found these interesting facts about the geometric shapes and their meanings, kinda freaky right?! I like to think that the hexagram has just been slightly morphed into circular points instead of the ones on the star, perhaps a more modern take on the symbols meaning and the fact that the circle around it gives it wholeness.

And here’s a definition from P.T. Mistlberger more specific to spiritual based alchemy (not the chemical/scientific alchemy type)

“alchemy is thus a means by which we re-structure our personality and the various levels of our identification with it, so as to realize the infinite potential of our true being. It is essentially a comprehensive roadmap, using colourful and sophisticated symbols, detailing the means and steps by which we get ourselves ‘out of our own way’ and allow our highest and best destiny to unfold.”

Now its Sunday night, and I’m doing the final touches to this post before releasing it into the abyss. Funnily enough, I got 2 more signs today with the word ALCHEMY!!!!! Don’t believe me? Hell, I don’t believe me either – but I couldn’t even make this shit up if I tried!



Innocently check my emails, BAM!




Creeping around on Instagram an hour later – BAM!

This stuff is coming in thick and fast, and its starting to creep me out, in a “holy shit life’s magical!” kinda way. I have had “signs” before, but I think now that I am truly listening, or have my hearing aid turned up a little louder, that they are being received much more loud and clear. cool, huh?

As a final summary, I thought it would be cute to do some angel cards on all this, just to see if I had found something I was looking for this week or if there was any further clarity I needed.

Adriana says that I am leading towards the answers to my prayers. To please listen to and follow the steps she is communicating to me through my intuition, thoughts and dreams. (gulp!)

Aurora confirms I’m flying high right now, which may threaten others, but says not to descend, because others will soon become inspired by my example. She is totally spot on. this is my fear card. I have been thinking all day, that well, am I just bat shit crazy? will people stop reading because I’ve lost the plot to fairy land??!! I needed this reality check. Fear is going to always keep me from being who I want to be, so I’m never going to not do something, just because others may not get it. I get it. Thats all that I need to focus on, being my biggest cheerleader in life.

And finally, my mate Daniel – who is the angel of marriage says he is assisting me right now. No, not a literal marriage – he’s showing me how to connect the dots, to bring it all together. Which is exactly what the word “Alchemy” has done for me. Its tied all this crazy searching, finding and learning into one big neat package for me. Knowing that this is actually A THING (that I haven’t just made up, and that many others have explored themselves) makes me feel like I belong, to a much greater picture. It’s liberating, and so exciting! I can’t wait to continue on this adventure and take some of you with me!

On a final note, perhaps last weekend when I set up my very first ‘Element Alter’ that this sent out a very powerful message to the universe to send me something amazing! the alter I set up was dedicated to the Air element – air represents our thinking and reason. Its the element that guides our thoughts, helping to bring clarity and higher intellect. It can also represents inner turmoil, but reminds us to always do things with love in our hearts. So thats exactly what I have been issued this week – clarity. Wow, to say a weight has been lifted off my shoulders is an understatement!



complete with my “AIRESS” illustration, scented candle and incense for aroma, some small ‘lavender like’ flowers (which is a flower linked to the air element) and two of my crystals which are coloured in pink and green, the heart chakra/air chakra colours.

Now, I know not all my readers are into this spiritual stuff, but if you are reading this – thank you. Thank you for taking enough interest in my journey, even if your own truth looks nothing like this. The best thing about all this is that you have watched it unfold in front of your eyes, and even though we don’t all know what is next, we know that there is going to be something amazing. Not just for me, but for you. We can look back at this very moment in time and say “this is when it all really began” (whatever it may be!)

love, light and alchemy

Sarah xox

References: 1. http://spiritualalchemy.iwarp.com/rich_text.html2. http://www.ptmistlberger.com/psychospiritual-alchemy.php

Soul sisters from other misters

This one is dedicated to my soul sisters.

For years we search for friends who reflect who we are and who we want to be, we spend more years developing those friendships into full blown relationships – we kiss, we fight, we make up, we back stab, we joke, we cry and we help each other at every cross road. Friendships are so imperative in life, yet we do often take them for granted. We also mix them up and try and make them things they simply are not. We sometimes can’t let go, which in turn keeps holding us back from finding new friends who help to further nurture our souls and help us on our never ending quest for growth.

As I reflect on my many friendships with many different souls over the last 20 odd years…. It’s only really dawning on me now just how precious these friendships were and still are. Not only that, but just how amazing and powerful we are at manifesting the right friendships at the right time. Yep, even the bad ones!
 I’ve been doing some research on my animal totem interests – and in the spirit animal world, Evidently there are really 3 different types of spirit animals/ totem animals. To my understanding and interpretation, this is how it works:
1. The power animal – the one who follows you throughout your entire life. Is a reflection of your own negative and positive sides. The animal who represents you, who walks beside you in the spirit realm. Think of Harry Potter or the Compass movies – the main characters all have an animal who represents them in animal form, it is their soul mate.They are Kindred spirits. Family.
2. The totem animals – these animals are the ones who come and go throughout life, helping you to learn lessons, deal with particular situations in life and then move on. They are like guardian angels, they know when to be there at the right place and right time. The animals that cross your paths – in your dreams, in real life. It’s the butterfly that lands on your hand, the snake that is laying across your walking path or the owl nesting in your favourite backyard tree. They all have a message, once it has been received, their job is done.
3. The shadow animal – these are the animals you fear, the ones who you don’t understand, are afraid of or simply freak you out, upset and frighten you. They too have lessons to teach, yet often we let the fear supersede them which doesn’t allow for us to acknowledge their true message, and thus they tend to linger around in life, much longer than we would want them to. They represent our own fears, the negative stuff that hides in the shadows of your spirit.
 These are my current guides…
Now, if you were to replace the word ‘animal’ in those last 3 options with people, then I believe you can also apply this same principle to all people you have in your life, too.
1. The power people – your familia, your soul sisters. The ones that will grow old with you. You perform the dance of life together, hand in hand. For most there may only one be of these, could be a family member as well, for they also know every aspect of you and your life and have no intentions of moving on. For me, however, I’m blessed with more than one – I believe my own soul didn’t want to choose and needs access to multiple soul sisters to help me become a more diverse person (greedy, I know!).
2. The totem people – the great friendships that offer you more of a shorter term relationship, yet can be ever consuming at times of need. These friendships can last minutes, days, months or years. They are beautiful, powerful forces that lead you to another in hopes to find support, love, hope, company, guidance at different points in life. For instance, since having my baby boy, I have found a handful of totem/spirit friendships that I would never have had prior to becoming a mum. Perhaps we might all move on once our babes are all grown up and we all go our separate ways, but the beauty of it is that with these relationships, that is ok. It’s ok to let go, to grow apart and to move on – for it was only meant to be, what it is or was.
3. The shadow people – this is where it gets complicated. The people in your life who you see as poison, depressing, draining, hard work, scary, annoying, intimidating etc the ones you hate to love or love to hate – they really are a type of friend. They are showing you something about yourself, a teacher of sorts. They test you, time and time again to see if you are either going to take the bait and let your fear get in the way, or if you will truly see what it is they are showing you. Only when you understand their lesson, will they no longer play this same role in your life (thankfully!).
No friendships are the same, nor is any more important than the others. We all need one another for one (or more) of the above reasons. As individuals, I believe we are also all 3 of those types of people, to others. I am a soul sister to some, yet a shadow person to others. Once upon a time, if I was told that, I would have perhaps tried harder to be more of a power person than a shadow person, how on earth could anyone find me scary? I would have fought harder to prove to others just what I THOUGHT I should be to them, but now in hindsight, it simply doesn’t work that way. The role I play in others lives, really isn’t any of my business. It is what it is; I am what I am. I love that everyone is so different, and that every relationship brings out the best and worst in me. Relationships and friendships are imperative to personal development.
The only thing that makes sense is that I know most of who my 3 groups are, and to always be available to receive their blessings, even when disguised.  From simply studying yet another spiritual based philosophy that I truly believe in, it has helped to unlock an amazing insight into my friendships with others, I feel it really makes so much sense now that I have typed it out. When I think to all my past relationships, I can definitely see now who mine are and what it truly is that we are sharing together. Once you can categorise the relationships in your life, it really will help you to see things clearer. Just like cleaning up your desktop. Those 3 different folders hold all the answers you need. Let go of the totem friends you have outgrown, embrace the new ones and acknowledge that your power people have totem people, and don’t ever be threatened by those relationships. They won’t ever replace you in your power position. Reflect harder on the shadow people, what is it that they are trying to say to you? Are they a reflection of one of your own traits to which you might want to perhaps work on to better yourself? Or are they simply teaching you patience or to be more understanding or compassionate? The harder you look in the shadows, the clearer the picture becomes – and then comes on the light!
Love, light and shadows
Sarah xox