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Thread: Any surviving alchemists who are hundreds of years old?

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    It has always been the aim of the Alchemists to perfectionate Creation and to help uplifting it to the level of the Spirit - starting with themselves!

    Now Spirit is naturally everlasting - in fact it may be the only truly immortal part in most individuals. I believe that, having transferred the perfection of Spirit to their own mind and body, the adept whose life span has thus been extended indefinitely would naturally turn to activities designed to lead the rest of the cosmos towards its ultimate destination.

    Bored? Frustrated? I don't think so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kibric View Post
    Keys for what ?.
    if you're ever locked outside your house or can't find your keys, look to the sky and say ''Future''. The answer lies here.

    Shoutout to Chasm and Schmuldvich. Thank you both for your contribution. You two have my eternal gratitude, as you both have helped me tremendously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoas23 View Post
    The Rosicrucian perspective is interesting. I won't waste time looking for the exact paragraphs because I am lazy today, but:

    -Fama o Confessio explains that the Rosicrucians know how to heal ANY sickness, and yet they CAN'T extend their lives beyond the day that God has chosen for them to die and they can't even known WHEN they are going to die (they make an exception with C. Rosenkreuz, who knew WHEN he was going to die, but not how to "cheat death"). In short, they propose a healthy life, but explicitly say that it won't be longer than the life they would have had without alchemy (simply "free from the pain of the sicknesses"). They also give C.R. a relatively long life, 106 years... but not 350 years.

    -The Speculum Sophicum Rhodostauroticum claims that the Ergon (Stone) will make the author "some day" go to Heaven... but he never says that he will live longer... he wants the Stone to cause a "redemption".

    -Daniel Cramer in his 40 Emblems (later extended to 50) is VERY pessimistic about this world and proposes a Stone that also gives "redemption"... not a longer life (which he certainly does not want).

    There are other examples, but I think it's interesting that they go so strong against the idea of extending the life (they are skeptic about it, besides from not wanting it).
    Please, continue.... lol.

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    Imagine how indifferent you must be, to have to see wars, and birth and death and strife, time after time. Realizing the futility of almost all of life. I hear the trick is to "embody the stone". Some old guy who looked like he was half his actual age told me that. Maybe he was just a nut. Or maybe he was the stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anterior Taproot View Post
    Imagine how indifferent you must be, to have to see wars, and birth and death and strife, time after time. Realizing the futility of almost all of life. I hear the trick is to "embody the stone". Some old guy who looked like he was half his actual age told me that. Maybe he was just a nut. Or maybe he was the stone.
    Why "the futility of almost all life"? Which parts of life are in you view not futile?

    Also, maybe that guy wasn't really that old, but only told you he was twice the age he actually was?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anterior Taproot View Post
    Or maybe he was the stone.


    Donít let the delusion of reality confuse you regarding the reality of the illusion.


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    Andro, iI'd rather not tell everyone that all of life is futile, they can figure it out themselves. Your question kept me occupied for 20 minutes trying to name one thing that wasn't utterly futile.
    I wish I could embody that futility in my daily life and do whatever I saw fit without the guilt of my social conditioning. I find it easy to get stuck in the drama and poor decision making of others who don't recognize that futility. It just happens and I react out of habit. Andro, do you know of any ways to purge mental thought habits?

    Amazing Awani.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anterior Taproot View Post
    Andro, iI'd rather not tell everyone that all of life is futile, they can figure it out themselves. Your question kept me occupied for 20 minutes trying to name one thing that wasn't utterly futile.
    As I understand what has been written I could not disagree more. There is nothing futile about life at all. Anyone that feels it is futile needs to kill themselves and leave more room for the rest of us.

    If you play a video game you do so because you enjoy the game. There is no reason or point to playing a video game other than enjoying it. If you are playing a video game and you are not enjoying it then you turn it off. Life is an experience. If you don't want the experience get out.

    Although I have a sneaky feeling that anyone that kill themselves are destined for certain rebirth. I suspect the Divine Mystery looks down on quitters. IMO.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anterior Taproot View Post
    I wish I could embody that futility in my daily life and do whatever I saw fit without the guilt of my social conditioning.
    Are you talking about the Cosmic Joke here? If you are then I think looking at it as a joke is way more beneficial than as futile. It's always better to look at something with a positive perspective rather than a negative.

    Donít let the delusion of reality confuse you regarding the reality of the illusion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Awani View Post
    As I understand what has been written I could not disagree more. There is nothing futile about life at all.
    I fully agree with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Awani View Post
    There is no reason or point to playing a video game other than enjoying it.
    Addiction.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anterior Taproot View Post
    I wish I could embody that futility in my daily life and do whatever I saw fit without the guilt of my social conditioning.
    This would be a very genuine and heartfelt path, IMO... Fully recognizing the futility and pointlessness of almost () everything, and yet acting as if it all matters, but without any of the baggage and conditioning. Castaneda referred to it as "controlled folly".

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