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    My Intro - Hi!

    Hi, I'm Ghislain,

    I come from a background of new age Taoism (Daoism) guided by the I-Ching.

    When consulting with the I-Ching on Alchemy it has always steered me away in the past.

    Recently a family member had an episode of drug induced psychosis and I found them putting salt in everything they were drinking. The person informed me that somewhere they had been told that drinking salt would bring them to enlightenment...they were drinking common table salt to boot...yuk.

    I stopped them from continuing this practice and explained what happens to people lost at sea when thirst overcomes them and they partake of the vast ocean before them. It suddenly dawned on me that this person had probably heard of people partaking of Alkahest.

    Following a recipe I found online by someone well known beginning with N ... is it ok to mention other people here? ...I have collected some dew, dissolved sea salt as directed and have it cooking at 120F.

    I know very little of Alchemy but have come across it as I have studied science and, nearly, all the well known old masters were alchemist too.

    The I-Ching is no longer steering me clear so I guess it its time to become associated with this fine art.

    Thatís me

    If you would like to know more please ask...I'm an open book

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    Welcome

    Hi Ghislain,

    Welcome to, what I have come to believe is, the most well-rounded, intelligent and earnest group of alchemists that one is likely to find anywhere.

    Play_Dough
    "As Above, So Below" except for cappuccino.

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    Thanks Play_Dough,

    It's good to hear that there are well rounded intelligent people here for as I said, "I am an open book", unfortunately there are many empty pages in there that need filling in. Seems like I came to the right place

    I have been looking about the forum...much to learn...head's spinning already

    I have many questions but not sure how the forum works so I will wait till I am more familiar.

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    Welcome to Alchemy Forums Ghislain!

    Following a recipe I found online by someone well known beginning with N ... is it ok to mention other people here? ...I have collected some dew, dissolved sea salt as directed and have it cooking at 120F.
    Hehe, no worries my friend! We all know Mr. N, and his questionable questionableness. There's a reason why many of the well known alchemists today tend to question him. Not only that, but many alchemists feel that Mr. N lacks all the virtues & ethics of an alchemist. There's nothing to worry about when mentioning him here, but many of us tend to go directly to the source material of the old masters, and not some self proclaimed master like Merlin.

    You may view a thread about the dew and salt method (which doesn't work) here: http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?t=590. In that thread I've made some interesting statements, and ruffled a lot of feathers. Many of the old masters mention there is only one Philosopher's Stone, and one correct path to this Stone. However, the general consensus today is that it can be made from any matter. I know the path I've cryptically spoken of does produce the real Stone, but sometimes I have trouble believing it is the only way.

    Truth and understanding are the catalysts for enlightenment. Nothing else will do!
    Last edited by Aleilius; 05-24-2009 at 08:23 PM.

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    WELCOME!

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    suggestion....

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghislain View Post
    Thanks Play_Dough,

    It's good to hear that there are well rounded intelligent people here for as I said, "I am an open book", unfortunately there are many empty pages in there that need filling in. Seems like I came to the right place

    I have been looking about the forum...much to learn...head's spinning already

    I have many questions but not sure how the forum works so I will wait till I am more familiar.
    Ghislain !

    May I suggest that you consider making a pencil notation on one of your 'empty pages' .......... The pencil notation is a reminder to read 'The Emerald Tablet" (just search the threads) which is very brief and to consider making an additional notation that says "1 - All is One and, 2 - As Above, So Below".

    The Emerald Tablet is (thought to be) the originating writing of Western Alchemical Thought and the notions that 'All is One' and 'As Above, So Below' serve as the foundation for the Hermetic Sciences.

    It is, in my opinion, the very best place to start.

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    Thanks Play_Dough

    I shall start searching as soon as I log out...the Emerald Tablet sounds familiar for some reason, or am I mixing it up with the rosetta stone \o/ not sure.

    Thanks for the welcome Aleilius and Deviadah

    Nearly forgot...that brew I have going has some weird particles suspended in it. Is that normal. They are just suspended there but nothing black, it's all off white and has been for days. I would post a pic but I'm not sure how. Is that possible?
    Last edited by Ghislain; 05-27-2009 at 06:09 PM.

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    Rosetta Stone

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghislain View Post
    Thanks Play_Dough

    I shall start searching as soon as I log out...the Emerald Tablet sounds familiar for some reason, or am I mixing it up with the rosetta stone \o/ not sure.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ghislain View Post
    Thanks Play_Dough

    I shall start searching as soon as I log out...the Emerald Tablet sounds familiar for some reason, or am I mixing it up with the rosetta stone \o/ not sure.
    Hi Ghislain,

    There are also 'in house' links on the forum page for The Emerald Tablet http://forum.alchemyforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=17

    I suppose (opinion) that 'The Emerald Tablet' can (also) be considered as a type of Rosetta Stone. It is a 'key' (more opinion) that can unlock the 'hidden knowledge' of alchemy and also the ancient wisdom that is contained within the depths of the psyche of the alchemist.

    I do not believe that your associating the 'ET' with the Rosetta Stone is "mixing it up" but rather the association may be a powerfully accurate intuitive 'hit' emanating from your own mind. (?).

    Perhaps the most significant (opinion) component of the tablet is that it can cause a 'paradigm shift' that goes from 'isolated individual' to 'all is one'. The table provides a 'lens' for a new 'world view' that (perhaps) can crystalize the shattered mirror (of reality?) into 'one unified reflection'.

    There are, probably, as many interpretations of the tablet as there are alchemists. And each interpretation can be correct depending upon how each alchemist is wired internally (opinion, opinion).

    So, as many of the threads on the forum suggest, 'there is (typically) no right or wrong interpretation'. There seems to be, however, a continually updated (inner) revision of what the tablet is saying.

    As the alchemist progresses the tablet reveals more secrets.

    Perhaps as a Master (Hermes, in this instance) would provide a 'Zen Koan' (i.e., the sound of one hand clapping, etc.) to others, so too (opinion) does The Emerald Tablet provide one with something to 'contemplate' and as the 'contemplation' exercise begins so to does the process of training one's mind.

    Alchemy is 'science', 'metaphysics', 'philosophy', 'religion', 'puzzle', 'self-reliance', 'enigma', with many other mysterious components that include the development of intuition and other latent abilities.

    I agree with your 'Rosetta Stone' comment. Alchemy is trans-cultural and in a way it unites us with all alchemists throughout history and many of the world's great cultures. Alchemy is devoid of 'pathos' and filled with the spirit of adventure and zaniness. An asylum without walls wherein the alchemist strives to transform 'base metals' into gold!

    'Rosetta Stone' is good!

    .
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    Hi Everyone

    Been away in Oz for a while. Just got back. Brew is still the same and doesn't seem to want to change Still has 15 days @ 120 deg, guess i will see. Bought a couple of books off the net, one on Alchemy by Sean Martin and one on Paracelsus by Nicholas Goodrick-Clark. Anyone know if they are ok? Not read them yet.

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    hello, again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghislain View Post
    Hi Everyone

    Been away in Oz for a while. Just got back. Brew is still the same and doesn't seem to want to change Still has 15 days @ 120 deg, guess i will see. Bought a couple of books off the net, one on Alchemy by Sean Martin and one on Paracelsus by Nicholas Goodrick-Clark. Anyone know if they are ok? Not read them yet.
    Welcome back!
    We have been discussing the distinctions between practical and spiritual alchemy and consciousness-expanding techniques employing the ingestion of alchemical concoctions.

    I think that almost anything on 'Paracelsus' would be excellent.
    I have not read either of the books that you have mentioned.

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