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solomon levi
01-22-2011, 02:12 AM
For my part, I have to say that more and more I realize the practicality of Jungian alchemy.
Initially (years ago) I had dismissed it as ignorant since it did not acknowledge the art of
practical laboratory alchemy, but made everything psychological. From my current (hey, I like
that word - just noticed the multiple meanings) understanding and experience, I can tell you
that both have assisted me greatly, and they seem to be intertwined like the serpents of a Caduceus.
Each unfolds the other in my experience. Although of late I have set aside most of my lab work
and am consistently inspired from within, or better said, a unified view of within and without.
The twin forces must always be recognized. The twins are part of psychological and practical lab
alchemy. Which leads me to the title of this thread...

A purple alloy of copper and antimony that Newton -- following his source "Eirenaeus Philalethes"
-- called "the net."

http://newsinfo.iu.edu/pub/libs/images/usr/1183.jpg

I want to elaborate on some psychological aspects of the net which may help you practically, in the
lab or otherwise.

A net is used in alchemy to capture the fish (mercury).
This net is not different from a mag-net which draws to itself its mate/steel.
A net is a filter, but with larger holes (different in scale, same in principle).
A net or filter is also a trap for some things (large/dense) while allowing through others (small/subtle).
A net or filter is also a sieve.
The sieve of Eratosthenes is such a net for primes:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sieve_of_Eratosthenes

Looks kind of like the digital readout of the Matrix:
http://people.sc.fsu.edu/~jburkardt/latex/fsu_2010_parfor/prime_number.png

for more elaboration and application to nature, see here:
http://www.vortexmath.com/a-fibonacci-phyllotaxis-prime-number-sieve

Is it not interesting that this sieve lets fall through primes i.e. prima tria, prima materia.


For some practical psychological applications, consider Castaneda's stalking - hunting oneself,
one's habits, patterns, energy expenditures - all based on the "observation of (one's own) Nature".
For example, you observe your habitual reaction to Sunday evening as your last day of freedom
before returning to work... you notice that even though you're not at work, you feel the stress of
preparing for work and preparing for the end of play. You become uptight, breathe shorter breaths,
etc. After noticing this pattern for a couple weeks you begin to become aware of the initial thoughts
and acts associated with the coming on of this feeling... perhaps you looked at the clock, perhaps the
10 o'clock news came on, perhaps it begins at the evening meal.... it could be anything that you, for
whatever reason, associate with thoughts of work. Once you've observed this behavior consciously,
you've set the trap to capture the unconscious and to stop it. You placed a net and, hopefully, set new
intentions and associations with this event - you've placed a filter. For best results you have also
magnetized this net by visualizing/imagining the changed future.

A Zen koan is a net. "The sound of one hand clapping..."
Can you see what gets caught in that net? and what passes through?

Castaneda - "Words are tremendously powerful and important and are the magical property of whoever has them.
Sorcerers have a rule of thumb: they say that the deeper the assemblage point moves, the greater the feeling that
one has knowledge and no words to explain it. Sometimes the assemblage point of average persons can move
without a known cause and without their being aware of it, except that they become tongue-tied, confused, and evasive."

The enigma of the Philosophers' Mercury is a net that most minds get trapped in and rarely solve.

There are lots of mystical unanswerable questions and paradoxes used to "catch a fish".

Or it could be less subtle as when the master strikes the pupil with a stick.
Or this clip from "Huckabees":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgeGd6IzPtA

solomon levi
06-24-2011, 01:43 AM
a net, a web, an energetic geometric pattern connecting all things...

"But what was the knowledge on which the teaching of the mysteries was founded ? It was no less than that of the ground and geniture of all things; the whole state, the rise, the workings, and the progress of all Nature, together with the unity that pervades heaven and earth. A few years ago this was proclaimed with great sound of trumpets as a new discovery, although so ancient an author as Homer speaks, in the 8th book of the "Iliad," of the golden chain connecting heaven and earth; the golden chain of sympathy, the occult, all-pervading, all-uniting influence, called by a variety of names, such as anima mundi, ilureurius philosophorum, Jacob's ladder, the vital magnetic series, the magician s fire, &c. This knowledge, in course of time, and through man's love of change, was gradually distorted by perverse interpretations, and overlaid or embroidered, as it were, with fanciful creations of man's own brain; and thus arose superstitions systems, which became the creed of the unthinking crowd, and have not lost their hold on the public mind, even to this day keeping in spiritual thraldom myriads who tremble at a thousand phantoms conjured up by priest craft and their own ignorance ..."

Charles William Heckethorn, The Secret Societies of All Ages and Countries


For all the gods pulling the golden chain from below could not bring Jupiter down to earth,
but Jupiter pulling from above could raise all to heaven/Oneness.

Awani
06-24-2011, 01:50 AM
For my part, I have to say that more and more I realize the practicality of Jungian alchemy.
Initially (years ago) I had dismissed it as ignorant since it did not acknowledge the art of
practical laboratory alchemy, but made everything psychological.

Physics has dominated science too long. Now with quantum we have begun to understand that the foundations of physics are actually deeply non-material.. things appear only when viewed... how psychological!


From my current

All flows... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heraclitus#Panta_rhei.2C_.22everything_flows.22

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Awani
06-24-2011, 01:52 AM
I think it can be viewed as
a net, a web, an energetic geometric pattern connecting all things... http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?1172-Noocracy-Noosphere (read from 2 post)

I refer to the concept of spheres, go well with the concept of waves. Fractal again.

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Awani
06-24-2011, 01:59 AM
Castaneda - "Words are tremendously powerful and important and are the magical property of whoever has them.
Sorcerers have a rule of thumb: they say that the deeper the assemblage point moves, the greater the feeling that
one has knowledge and no words to explain it. Sometimes the assemblage point of average persons can move
without a known cause and without their being aware of it, except that they become tongue-tied, confused, and evasive."

Says it better than I can; Louis Claude de Saint-Martin:


Every physical action has its everlasting moral effect, being transmitted upward through the intermediary sheaths to the Soul itself. What a power, therefore, resides in speech! By indulging in harmful or unnecessary speech, we fritter away our soul forces. - source (http://www.thenazareneway.com/aphorismsmaxims.htm)

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