Egyptian High Alchemy
What is the Nature of Egyptian High Alchemy,
And Why is it So Effective?
High Alchemy is a
path of personal transformation, and ultimately, one of personal
or enlightenment. It is a practice
fueled by simple awareness and energy gathering exercises, which allows
become more fully awake, and eventually sustain awakened or illuminated
of consciousness, to achieve a fully illumined state.
Exercises may range from simple to complex,
taking into account some of the most ancient and advanced wisdom, and
consciousness raising exercises in existence. The
Egyptian understandings of consciousness and awareness
are with us
today, stretching into modern culture from their influence of ancient
Many scholars are convinced the Indian system of Yoga and Kundalini are based upon the Egyptian principals of Sekhem (life force, chi, prana,) and the raising of energies, such as those known as the Alchemies of Horus. (This involves advanced practices, cultivating the serpentine energies of life force within the Djed, or pranic tube and spine, and associated masculine and feminine energy channels, to raise these energies for awakened states of being.)
The Caduceus of modern medical professions did not originate with Hippocrates, considered the father of modern medicine. Greek medicine far precedes Hippocrates, and it is well known the students of Greek disciplines of art, math, science, and health, brought their knowledge from the ancient Schools of Egypt. The two serpents of the Caduceus, wrapped around the central staff, is representational of these Alchemical traditions, taught by the wise and ancient Thoth, Imhotep, and others. It is said some of the oldest medical texts in the world are attributed to Imhotep, though probably written even before his time, with explicit instructions for surgery in brain trauma, and other advanced medical procedure. The symbol of the Caduceus also originated by the time of this body of work. Certainly, an understanding of the deep significance of the human energy form, and how to utilize it to heighten consciousness, was part of that understanding, often depicted by singular or plural serpentine pathways.
Alchemy requires three aspects in order to succeed: a substance, a container, and a fuel. It requires a substance to be transformed, a container for that substance to be transformed in, and a fuel to complete the transformation. In simple alchemical terms, one of the easiest examples to understand this process is the transformation of water into gas, or steam. One needs a material to transform, water; a container, in this case a pot; and a fuel to make the transformation, in this case, heat or fire. One places the material to transform, water, into the container, a pot, and brings the fuel into play. Without either one, it is easy to see that the transformation cannot take place. Without the water, there is nothing to transform (though we might burn the pot.) Without the container, the pot, the water will spill all over the fire, or heater. Without the fuel, the fire or heat, nothing occurs. The water remains as it is.
In Spiritual Alchemy, the container is one’s awareness. The matter to transform is the dross, or encumbrances of one’s consciousness, the emotional, psychological, or spiritual beliefs, patterns, and energies which reside in our being which keep us from seeing the truth of whom we are, or our relationship to greater existence. The fuel is a heightened state of consciousness, which can be invoked or attuned to with simple awareness exercises. By placing, for instance, those aspects of our being which are no longer serving us, such as emotional wounds or beliefs of our unworthiness, into our awareness, and bringing the fires of transformational consciousness from within the subtle realms, to our assistance, we can transform those wounds and meet more fully our greater existence.
is a powerful
tool. One of the first laws of magic is
an understanding that energy follows awareness. This
is the principal involved in intention, and the Law
(made popular these days through the movie, The
Secret, but much earlier stated by the Egyptian Thoth in written
traditions, in his oracles now viewed in The
Kybalion and other texts. Awareness
is involved in everything we do, even when we are not focusing our
awareness. Whether lifting our finger to
type, reading this article, or journeying into the inner realms of
consciousness. The reality is, we are
most often fully aware of what we are doing and what is around us. We simply choose to not focus
our awareness, and thus, much of our energy escapes us or
dissipates throughout the day, and through the choices of our lives,
made without the fullness of awareness. The teachings of most advanced esoteric
schools of spiritual illumination and development, as well as the
schools of high
magic and ceremony, involve immense
practices for focusing awareness, drawing in immense forms of energy. The Taoists are said to have lived off the
life force of morning dew, so refined were their practices. Hindu, Jainist, and others of
Egyptian High Alchemy,
there is little dogmatic indoctrination, but immense focus on
basic principals of the energies of our human form, and upon awareness
exercises, to gather energy and awareness in order to make transition
heightened, potent, awake states of being, which serve us in our
lives, and can carry us even through the passage of death, leaving us
illuminated beings on the other side, where we may continue our
pursuits, and service to heightened consciousness. Shamanic like journeys are often incorporated,
to give the initiate direct perception of the other worlds, enhance
spiritual development, and broaden their relationships to the subtle
consciousness, and all that resides there. Sound
was an integral part of Egyptian practices,
especially in some
esoteric schools, and remains so today with many practitioners of the
wisdom schools. Intentional utilization
of Sacred Sound can enhance consciousness exercises, even as it is
in modern medical and scientific research, to develop wellness, relieve
and heal even debilitating illnesses such as cancer.
In Egyptian High Alchemy, the gathering of energy and awareness are of highest import. There are a variety of exercises offered which are extremely beneficial, and assist the practitioner to develop the awareness and energy necessary to achieve and sustain heightened and illuminated states of consciousness. This can bring one into a place of creating even greater service for the good of all beings. One of the first steps is recognizing the “Ka” or “light body”, which co-exists with our physical form, and is known as the “etheric twin.” It holds the consciousness of our heightened or illuminated soul, and the energy centers we call the Chakras (the Egyptians call them the Seals.) One of the practices Tom brings forward, The Three Nestings Practice, is a simple and direct way to experience the Ka body. The more we experience our etheric form, the easier it becomes to build energy and awareness in it, and transcend the more mundane physical form, in heightened spiritual practices, including passage through the portals in the etheric form fully awake, at death, in full realization of our Divine and Illuminated form.
By practicing this, and numerous other Egyptian exercises, one develops deeper insight into the nature of existence, creates a greater sense of wellness and peace, and begins to bridge the gap into even greater experiences in the subtle realms. We look forward to sharing more experiences with you in the future!
In our next article(s), we shall discuss the nature of the Ba, the illumined soul, Uraeus, the illumined serpentine form, the Djed, or pranic tube, and how to cultivate and raise energies in the serpentine channels, as well as the SahuKa, “the Grand Illuminated Light Body,” and how one may achieve realization of this full and awakened state.
Zacciah Blackburn is a gifted
and sound healer, trained in classical healing and shamanic traditions,
sacred sound cultures. He teaches internationally, and practices
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