“IN H. P. Blavatsky’s ‘The Voice of the Silence,’ the secret fire of the Alchemists is described as ‘Kundalini,’ the ‘serpentine,’ or annular working power in the body of the ascetic. ‘It is an electric fiery occult or Fohatic power, the greatest pristine force which underlies all organic and inorganic matter’; and in another place the author says: ‘it is an electro-spiritual force, a creative power which, when aroused into action, can as easily kill as it can create.’
“This point is the reason why the secrets of Alchemy are not divulged to the curious, and why only those who have gained the power to control their own self will be told how that power can be aroused in man.
“In regard to this ‘secret fire,’ the Rosicrucians say:’The potentialities in nature are aroused by the action of the secret fire, assisted by the elementary fire. The secret fire is invisible, and is contained within all things. It is the most potential and powerful fire, with which the external visible fire cannot be compared. It is the fire with which Moses burned the golden calf, and that which Jeremiah hid away, and which seventy years after was found by the knowing ones, but which by that time had become a thick water.’
“Without the possession of this magic fire, no alchemical process can be accomplished.” ~Franz Hartmann
Secret Fire of the Alchemists
As has been explained in several previous articles on this blog, the real purpose of alchemy was not to change one type of metal into another but to change the lead man of materialism into the gold man of spirit. So when Hartmann speaks of the secret fire of Alchemists, it could as easily be called the secret fire of spiritual awakening and spiritual development, or the secret fire of the mystics.
This secret fire is not a fire in the material sense, and most modern spiritual schools prefer to call it Light or Spiritual Light rather than fire. Because it is a spiritual thing, it is impossible to accurately describe in languages created to describe the physical world. So fire, light, energy, force, and others are all reasonable accurate, but not exact. And the secret fire is secret in two ways. One, it is invisible, unnoticed, by materialistic people. Two, when you look at others, unless you are very advanced in your spiritual studies, you cannot tell how much spiritual fire, if any, a particular individual may have. Continue reading “Secret Fire of the Alchemists and Mystics”