One of the most influential and loved spiritual books out there is The Alchemist by Paulo Choelo. It's a marvellous demonstration of how you create alchemy by coming into the natural flow of the Universe. Paradoxically there's no longer a 'you' creating as such, alchemy is flowing through you and the landscape is then shaping around you. So how might we create the right conditions to amplify this universal phenomenon for maximum possibility? How might you become the alchemist?...
Sacred Ground of Being
There's a paradox and a balance to hold on the spiritual path if you yearn to infuse higher alchemy into your life. Firstly there's the requirement to open into the infinite potential of the Universe, which requires complete acceptance of what is - you come deep into your Sacred Ground of Being. But then the soul will emerge from there and begin to infuse your life on multiple dimensional levels.
In the lower dimensions of the physical, emotional and mental, the vibrations are pretty dense, and in the convolutions of the Old Paradigm we're living in, it can be hard for this alchemy of higher being to come through. Therefore we need to give the embodiment some attention and support. In other words, we need to give some "umph" to let the magic penetrate!
I find it helps enormously to take yourself off from time to time, to meditate and "vision quest". You go and hold a sacred space, sit consciously in it, bring heaven down the earth and then follow the signs and synchronicity. In fact that's what I'm doing right now, in the energetic fields of Avebury close to Stonehenge. I encourage you also to take time out in this way to connect up. It will help alchemy flow into your life in a marvellous way.
The Ocean Dissolves into the Drop
How do you work this alchemy?
First, it's crucial to break past any small self-identity that will definitely come up when you sit in the stillness for any period of time. As you turn down the background noise all the small self-identifications you're dealing with at the time tend to activate. No matter, if we embrace this and let it animate, but then drop through it as the witnesser, then we break down the identification and it dissolves away.
You're equalising with it. At that point, it becomes possible to expand through it, like passing through the eye of the needle. Someone on Openhandweb put it succinctly in forum the other day...
I realised it was also about being really conscious with it and normalising in the discomfort, not trying to make it go away asap (it even got to the point where I actually invited maximum discomfort)...Hannah
So this is my first point: that first in any given situation is to completely accept it as The One. And inviting maximum discomfort ensures to deeply equalise with the feeling of it, every nuance of it. This means you equalise with it. At this point, you're so as one with it, that you can step through this as The One.
What Inspiration Arises from the Infinite Potential?
But then after you've equalised, to be the alchemist in the situation is not to continue to dwell there, or even to wallow there, because there's so much more possibility to the moment. What synchronicities do you see? What inspiration comes your way? How is the field flowing that you can pick up through subtle perceptions, nuances, signs and synchronicity?
At this point, out in the rain, the flow was engaging me strongly, first this way, then that. I'm seeing painted murals on walls, birds darting and diving on the wind, trees rustling their leaves at me. I can feel an air of excitement and adventure, which I then work to embody. And as I embraced this universal feedback loop, guess what happened? The rain stopped, a hole in the clouds appeared and the sun shone through!
Not that I needed the sun, but it felt like a tremendous reflection of the mood that I'd opened into.
The flow took me to a candle-lit well, which is underneath the Tor in Glastonbury where I live. It was magically lit up and felt like a grotto of pixie energy. Sure enough, despite the freezingly cold water, there were people bathing naked in there. Again, there was an air of alchemy about the place. People deciding NOT to be conditioned, controlled and owned by the purely 3D landscape, the weather and environment - essentially, they were making a commitment, an opening, to a higher possibility. The sense of it created a wonderful feeling of alchemy.
The Secret of Happiness
As I recount my experience, it reminds me of a great clip from The Alchemist, about the lead character's meeting with the 'wisest man in the world'...
The story begins with the boy heading off into the desert, wanting to learn the secret of happiness from the ‘wisest man in world’. He travels for many a day until finally….he reaches a beautiful castle, the home of the wise man.
As the boy enters the magnificent castle, he is surrounded by hundreds of people, every group from tradespeople and guests to musicians. After the boy has waited patiently, the wise man finally speaks to him. He asks the young boy who is in search of himself, why he has come to him.
The wise man advises that he is unable to discuss the boy’s quest at this very moment. Instead, he tells the boy to take a walk around his beautiful palace and come back to him a few hours. Before the boy left, the wise man handed him a spoon that held two drops of oil, “As you wander around, carry this spoon with you without allowing the oil to spill,’ the wise man instructs.
After two hours, the boy returns to the wise man. “Well,” asked the wise man, “did you see the Persian tapestries that are hanging in my dining hall? Did you see the garden that took the master gardener ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?’
The boy was embarrassed and confessed he had observed nothing as he was only focused on not spilling the oil the wise man had given him.
“Then go back and observe the marvels of my world,” said the wise man. Relieved, the boy picked up the spoon and began exploring this palace once more, this time observing everything, from the garden to the amazing art work and the breathtaking views of the mountains all around the castle. The boy once again returned to the wise man, this time relating everything he had seen in great detail.
“But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?” asked the wise man. Looking down at the spoon he held, the boy saw that the oil was gone.
“Well there is only one piece of advice I can give you,” said the wise man.
“The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never forget the drops of oil on the spoon,”
When I've read this previously, the drops of oil, to me, refer to the well of presence within, and to be always attentive and opening into it, which is what I call the Sacred Ground of Being. AND AT THE SAME TIME, to be engaged with the outer, witnessing the colour, the majesty and the spectacle. To be engaged in it, but not lost in it. In this way, you start to experience the full colour and majesty of our multidimensional landscape, because you're not lost or defined by any singular or limited aspect of it.
5 Essential Keys to Unlocking Alchemy
Here are 5 essential keys to unlocking alchemy in your life which I felt to add to the article...
1. The first key is acceptance and equalisation with the situation.
2 The second key is breaking through any inner density and becoming the One.
3. The third key is to watch for signs and synchronicity activating beingness
4. The fourth key is to give energy to the expression of beingness and amplify it.
5. The fifth key is to follow the emerging flow building energy feedback loops.
Let the Alchemy Flood in and Sweep You Up
Just to be clear, this has NOTHING to do with intentional manifesting, which can (and often does) cut across the natural spontaneity of soul energy and higher alchemy. There is making a commitment to normalise with the outer, yes. And there is committing to open an internal space for the higher, yes. But then you're simply responding to what wants to come in. You'll have to give some energy to the inquiry, yes - that's my main point - there'll need to be that sense of adventure. So you've created the landscape for the alchemy. Now let it flood in and sweep you up.
What do you see?
What do you feel?
What do you witness?
Keep being attentive to the feedback loops, the signs and synchronicity. Keep embodying the feelings of natural beingness. Keep looking for new possibility. Now you're being the alchemist, opening a channel to higher dimensions of creativity. Now the lower 3D landscape will shape around you. You simply won't be able to stop the magic pouring in.
This is what we're going to be doing at Avalon Rising, Openhand's World Ascension Summit. It's all about creating the conditions of high alchemy, holding that in the field and channeling it into your life. If you feel the sense of magic and inspiration, if you know yourself as a wayshower and a pathfinder in this great Earth Shift, then that's the place to be. See you there!