Beggar's Bowl

Thursday, September 10, 2009


The union of opposites (love/hate, sun/moon, divine/profane, human/divine) is necessary in order for our divine essence, or Truth, to be made manifest. In the alchemical process, union also means separation. Mercury and sulfur bound together give way to salt illustrating on the physical level, the duality that gives birth to creation. On the spiritual level, the same process Adam, the first complete human being, went through: from Divine Union in the garden, to his incarnation as man, and then seeking union again through the painful purification process of life/experience. We too must confront the same phases in order to perfect ourselves and realize mastery. Every encounter, (even if it is with our Self) involves some sort of an exchange (be it monetary, energy or time). Currency (money) is energy, it either flows or is obstructed. In order to realize mastery, over the spiritual and physical planes, sacrifice is vital. Discipline, meditation and consistency are part of this process. On The Path...walk steady. When your trials ease and you begin to manifest your deepest desires, don't get relaxed! It is our ego that has us believing that you have arrived already. Remain steadfast because the hard work is just about to begin...

This small section of the 22nd passage, in the Tao Te Ching, illustrates this alchemical process best:

If you want to become whole,
let yourself be partial.
If you want to become straight,
let yourself be crooked.
If you want to become full,
let yourself be empty.
If you want to be reborn,
let yourself die.
If you want to be given everything,
give everything up. 

Keep your head up and forge forward warrior!

-Luz Emma

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