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solomon levi
01-07-2011, 09:33 PM
I notice this phrase, not only in alchemy but in many mystical traditions.
Like one interpretation of Kabbalah is "to receive".
One gets the idea that these are things past on by word of mouth, from a
father to his son, from a master to his disciple, a teacher to student.
Sometimes it is emphasized that these things are never written down.

Today when I saw this phrase in the title of an alchemical tract, I saw something new.
I usually interpreted it as the teacher's writing to be read by the student.
But today the student and teacher were one. That is, I was looking at the recorded
[record (v.) - early 13c., "to get by heart," from O.Fr. recorder "repeat, recite, report," from L. recordari "remember, call to mind," from re- "restore" (see re-) + cor (gen. cordis) "heart" (as the metaphoric seat of memory, cf. learn by heart); see heart. Meaning "set down in writing" first attested c.1300; that of "put sound or pictures on disks, tape, etc." is from 1892.]
event or communication between a man and his God.

In other words, this phrase and the reception alluded to are not necessarily describing the communication
between two human beings, but often between God and self/heart, the Holy Guardian Angel and man, or
whatever words you choose to describe your connection with Divinity, the One Mind, etc...

This also relates to the practice of an initiate to ascribe or author his own work under the name of some
divinity, such as Hermes, Jesus, etc. They are having a vision, experiencing a connection, and being the
receiver and transmitter of the message simultaneously.

I do this myself sometimes. A simple form in which this occurs is that I'll be imagining writing a post to
share with you guys, or writing my blog, or sometimes sitting in an audience of a Mystery School, or
having a convo with an Initiate, or Invisible College...
There is a moment where imagination becomes vision, where thinking becomes seeing, where binary mind
becomes analogical, and the dream takes on a life of its own. Depending on how much one knows Oneness,
this can be seen as a communication between two, or one. For me, more and more I see the Oneness - that
I am teaching myself - connecting to the Infinite, accessing subconscious DNA memory, etc... Sometimes
I am floored/amazed by my knowledge. I feel I'm such a different person than I used to be - so much has
changed, and yet so little.

Here's a thought/vision that may connect you to Oneness:
Like the "Treeincarnation" post - a tree lets fall many seeds and these become new trees - NEW but not
SEPARATE. The mind imagines separation.
In the same way, if you are alive today, which you are if you're reading this, your the seedlings of
generations. Your DNA knows what everyone before you knew. And not only linearly - not limited to
your family tree, which alone is IMMENSE. But DNA is plants and animals too. This is why you can become
a tree or a crow or whatever, shamanically.
So your personal knowledge is however large or small...
Your family tree is larger...
Organic life is larger still...
And the Oneness goes even further - DNA is made of molecules, atoms, light...
Light is information. You can access it because IT IS YOU.
You are a manifestation of Ouroboros, One the All.
A specific manifestation, but also generically and wholistically unspecified,
depending on your focus/Intent/emphasis/identity/dreaming.

This is a good one. I'll have to transfer it to my blog. :)

Aleilius
01-08-2011, 12:27 PM
Very nice article SL.

In my opinion, the goal of the alchemist (and of all spiritual masters) is to take the spirit of the above, and to crystallize it into the body of below. The body becomes our vessel, and our Stone.

solomon levi
01-08-2011, 06:51 PM
Thanks! :)

Yes, the spirit to the body. But the work is on the medium, the sidereal body/astral-mental/mind/sulphur.
The mercury and the salt are somewhat generic compared to the diversity of sulphurs.
How to make the sulphur/mind generic so the spirit can flow through without resistance - that's the labor.
I can't really change my spirit, and only slightly can we change our bodies; but our mind - our thinking and emotions -
this is a field that is very polluted and can be changed to a very great extent, and then we see more life/mercury
flowing into the body/salt accordingly.
Alot changed for me when I was directed by some of you to focus on qualities instead of matters.
Again, we can change the quality of our minds quite a bit, but not the spirit and body.

http://www.freewebs.com/roshanshealing/aurara.jpg

As you see here (don't pay attention to the terms - I just needed a generic image) our vessel/egg is not
salt/body, but etheric-astral-mental (consider 7 eagles for 7 layers/levels).
I think it is this vessel that we must align to become a better magnesia (magnet for Iah/God).

solomon

ps - I don't mean to say that this is what others intended when they said to focus on qualities.
Also, I know some people consider mercury the medium and sulphur and salt the poles. It doesn't
matter for what I have communicated.