Alchemy is a form of transmutation or deep change. This transformative process usually has outside influences or energies acting as a catalyst.
When this process is applied to the Self, personal transformation in the result.
If you are interested in transforming your Self, the first step rests in your ability to understand the natural energies around you.
Just as everything in nature has a chemical composition, so too does it have an elemental composition, or energy signature.
When you apply these energy signatures to the Self, in certain quantities and combinations, change inevitably occurs. This is no different than physical chemistry.
In hermetics, natural alchemy is the act of undergoing deep change by working in harmony with nature and your inner, true Self.
It is the process of the weak and confused gaining strength and awareness as they are acted upon by the influences of the natural elements and their own awareness.
Personal transformation of this sort is extremely powerful, because the change occurs at the core of your being. In other words, it is not superficial.
How do you harness this power and begin the transformation to a better you?
This is when the study of the Self truly begins.
Bonding With Nature and Embracing the Self
Natural forces act upon us constantly on the subtle level. These include the force of our own mind.
This electro-chemical data is ignited by a host of factors, such as plant energy signatures, electromagnetic fields, sunlight, bacteria, pollen, microbes, fungi, and the thought-matrices of other animals.
In order to receive the full effect of these forces, you have to open yourself up to them, and coordinate with them.
The human body, like all living creatures, is both a transmitter and receiver. Perfecting both aspects of your being is key if you want to work in concert with nature.
Specifically, you are going to want to work on your ability to receive and process energy. You might call this “getting in touch with your Self.”
Most people have unconsciously walled themselves off from the natural energies that surround them. In doing so they also attach themselves unhealthily to powerful and poisonous energies that don’t have their best interests at heart, such as toxic people or lifeless objects.
This is why most people are simultaneously dead to the natural world and lack any sort of awareness, yet are also very easily led and have malleable energy that can be manipulated.
When you don’t train your energy and build your Self with natural alchemy, you remain weak and flimsy from an energy standpoint. You are also biochemically hindered, meaning you are prone to disease and bodily malfunction, like cancer. You are also more prone to diseases of the mind, such as attachment, depression, and discontent.
So your first task in personal transformation is to open up to the energies and forces of nature. This requires you to actually go outside and symbolically / mentally let your guard down.
The ego makes it hard to be holistically humble. You have to admit you don’t know everything and you’re not really that tough. You have to be willing to accept that you are out of place and need realignment.
Once you open up to nature, you put your Self in a receiving mode, better able to be influenced by the right forces. You are effectively saying, “I am willing to be taught.”
This is more important than you know. It is nearly impossible to teach someone who doesn’t want to learn and who thinks they know everything. It is one of the great hurdles in passing on truths to other people.
Your transformation will begin when you at last freely open your Self to the knowledge and power that the natural world has to offer. The alchemy begins here.
If you are interested in the power of alchemy and what it can do for your personal development, we highly recommend the following online course, Foundations of Alchemy.
In it, you will learn how to bridge the gap between mind and body, discover lasting happiness, raise your awareness, and embrace your true natural power.
You have the ability to transform every aspect of your life, no matter where you are or what your level of experience is with the esoteric.
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The founder of Digital Sages, Matt has an extensive background in self-mastery and has authored several books on the subject. His goal is to demystify important esoteric subjects and help people transform their lives through self-awareness and personal empowerment.