Beggar's Bowl

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Emerald Tablet

Ever since I read Paulo Coelho's book, "The Alchemist," I've been obsessed with the pursuit of Alchemy. This riddle, in fact a meditation, pretty much encapsulates all of the mysteries of Alchemy. To know something profoundly, one must master it. And to master it, one must practice it in earnest. Exoteric knowledge is the manifestation of esoteric wisdom. So breathe in this Alchemical riddle, and take with you what is meant. The rest will come in practice. Patience, my love...patience. 

The process is
This is the truth, 
the whole and certain truth,
without a word of a lie.

That which is above is as that which is below,
And that which is below is as that which is above.
Thus are accomplished the miracles of the ONE.

And, as all things come from the ONE, through the meditation 
of the ONE, so all things are created by this One Thing through adaptation.

It's father is the Sun; it's mother the Moon.
The Wind bears in its belly; the Earth nurtures it.

It engenders all the wonders of the Universe

It's power is complete when it is turned to Earth.

Separate the Earth from Fire, the subtle from the gross,
Gently and with great ingenuity.

It ascends from Earth to Heaven and descends again to Earth,
Combining the power of above and below.

Thus you will achieve the glory of the Universe
And all obscurity will flee from you.

This is the power of all powers,

For it overcomes every subtle thing
And penetrates every solid thing.

Thus was all the world created.

And thus are marvelous works to come,
For this is the process.

Therefore am I called Thrice-greatest Hermes,
For I am master of the three principles 
of universal wisdom.

This concludes what I have to say about the work of the Sun.

- from the Emerald Tablet

HHHmmm. Meditate on that...

- Mama Luz

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