Some notes on alchemy and Mercurius that had a lot of synchronicity to some things Dan and I were chatting about.
I see now alchemy and its search for mercurius, that elusive substance, is the western equivalent of Zen. Hermes Tris is a manifestation of Mercurius.
We worship appearences, idols. We don't inhabit the world, we inhabit models of the world. Collective representations of the unconscious. We talk about the world in terms of metaphors derived from our models. Space, time and matter, just metaphorical. We mistake our metaphors for the things itself, the map for the landscape.
Our consensus of belief in the space-time continuum and the solidity of matter prevent Earth from opening up under our feet. Our metaphors prevent equally our disintegration in chaos and union with the Source of all being: only madman and mystics live without metaphors.
Our models can be modified, to a point. There is a threshold no one transgresses. In the old days to do so was to be labeled a heretic. How are heretics treated today? How does the average scientific enlightened person regard alchemy? He confidently asserts-purely on the basis of ignorance, prejudice, and intellectual bias-that alchemy was merely a superstitious myopic groping towards modern chemistry. An alchemist now is only worth a laugh and not even given a second thought. They are just ignored. The Philosphers Stone is dismissed as a literary myth of ignorant old fools with childish imaginations.
Well, fuck that.
Just because the old perennial wisdom is not possible given our current model of the world, doesn't mean it's not possible.
I do not deny there are apparently consistent laws governing the apparent world. But like a Buddhist, the alchemist would say these laws are neither eternal nor immutable. Things have been created as they appear to be based on our perception of things.
To change our conception of matter is to change matter. This is being proven in some ways. Appearance and reality. Appearance is as real as Appearance, but unreal if it is identified with reality.
In a sense The Secret to alchemy is to imagine a world in which it is possible to transmute base metal to gold.
The Great Work takes imagination. You must aspire to Eminence beyond what you are to attain it.
Dan can mount a rear action, but you need us out here at the edge to drag you all forward.
You think it's fun to imagine a world not yet fully realized while the rest seek only their own gain?!
But yet I am pulled to the great attractor. There are many more images in the wellspring of the World-Soul we can see and used to see. The Holy Ghost, Hermes, just examples of the imagination of nature. Understand the World-Soul and you will understand gravity. We used to see many old images we no longer see in the world. Dragons used to roam the earth. You will never understand gravity through science alone. Only by truly perceiving the kindly inclination one heavenly body has for another can u understand gravity.
The world is full of meaning. All conquerors of the external world shrink from the difficulty mastering the inner world. They take to conquering the world instead of themselves. Even if they succeed, once the world is theirs, they have nowhere left to hide-from themselves.
Imagination is the eternal dreaming of the Spirit in whom all images known and unknown exist in potential. It is the Self delighting dance of Fire which we can't know except by becoming the dancer. The moth must become the flame. Our souls yearn to coexist in the fullness of the Spirit. And the Spirit yearns to enter time where its images can become actual. Many images have woken up in time and sank back again into the Source's timeless dream, the unicorn, the dragon, the titans, the gods, aliens, us, the dinosaurs and others that are yet to appear. The spirit is converted into a body and a body into a spirit. The natures being mingled together, and reduced into one, do change one another.
No more need for silence of these things. You can shout all this from the rooftops now. No one is listening.
The Church insists stubbornly and embarrisngly on the idea of a literal ascent of the physical body into heaven. Christ called us to resurrection. Only through the work of the Stone can we be transformed into an androgynous whole, our resurrected bodies. The Great Work simulates the descent of the body through Luna and the ascent of the soul through Sol. When Heaven meets Earth, the mermaids are born.
We are dynamic patterns in an imaginative field.
We must divide ourselves completely and rejoin the opposites we find and reverse order. Jung says the Spirit has a strategy. You must create the transcendental entity of Self. Self is equivalent to Mercurius or Hermes. Make of yourselves living philosophical stones. For those who have pierced the illusion and seen the Raw Stuff of the original Monad, it must be worked upon by imagination, scientific and artistic, to dissolve and recongeal it until we are at ones with ourselves and the word and returned to mercurial unity.
We can not ever truly stray from the Source. It is due to the Source we have firm and life at all. Whatever mechanism it used to dream us up, here we are. Mercurius is gods dark mirror image. 3 in 1 also, like the godhead. It is the part of the Source it left behind in creation. Mercurius is the Flying Serpent. A fragment of the primeval psyche no consciousness has ever penetrated to create division and order. So Mercurius Jung says represents the collective unconscious and contains all the ambiguities and paradoxical qualities associated with it.
The distinction between the personal and impersonal aspects of Spirit is hard for us to understand. Because we come from religious traditions that emphasize a personal deity. A warm loving heavenly farther. Jung rejects this view because it valued spiritual perfection at the expense of wholeness. We have to add a feminine aspect to the godhead. The church did this externally with Mary. A personal goddess must be added to a personal God. The Spirit can be as cold and indifferent as Stone. We must though in the Great Work which religion rejects, have to integrate the impersonal aspects of God into ourselves also. The Spirit can appear as an opposite, diabolical and monstrous. Not what we would expect. Atheists can only respond to this impersonal aspect of Spirit. Spirit and Mercurius are the same and opposite. Only with these concepts can the divisions between and within ourselves and nature be healed. We are seeking a freedom from opposites.
The true saint can work directly with nature and transmute it as they like for they do not seek to posses it. Through mutual imagination of man and nature, anything is possible.
And coming full circle and tieing off a few threads, Mercurius stands at the beginning and end of the Work. It is the prima materia and Spirt. It is Dragon, using poison, that produces spirit in one circular work. It is ascent and descent. Mercurius is the Magnum Opus. The poison is the spirit and the dragon is made of matter. This is the double mercury, the Ouroboros.
Spiritus et Anima Mundi