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Divine Art of Alchemy is Also Science

Divine Art of Alchemy

“Alchemy is an art, and as every art requires an artist to exercise it, likewise this divine science and art can be practiced only by those who are in possession of the divine power necessary for that purpose. It is true that the external manipulations required for the production of certain alchemical preparations may, like an ordinary chemical process, be taught to anybody capable of reasoning; but the results which he would accomplish would be without life, for only he in whom the true life has awakened can awaken it from its sleep in the prima materia, and cause visible forms to grow from the Chaos of nature.

“Alchemy in its highest aspects deals with the spiritual regeneration of man, and teaches how a god may be made out of a human being or, to express it more correctly, how to establish the conditions necessary for the development of divine powers in man, so that a human being may become a god by the power of God, in the same sense as a seed becomes a plant by the aid of the four elements, and the action of the invisible fifth.”~Franz Hartmann

Alchemy as Art

As Hartmann notes, Alchemy is as much art as it is a science, at least insofar as we think of those terms in the physical world. I’m sure that much of what we consider art with regard to spiritual development will one day be science. We simply haven’t yet learned the rules governing its use yet, so we have to use intuition, making it an art.

What does it mean to say that something is an art as much as a science, or even more than it is a science? Let me give you an example from my own life. When I first studied Computer Programming in the 1970s, it was more art than science. Programing languages were becoming standard, but precisely how to write programs with them was not. It was as much wide open as a novelist who can write a book in many different ways, as long as he follows the basic rules of grammar. If two programmers were given an assignment to write a program to do a specific job, each would come up with a very different solution. But by the 1990’s it had become more science than art. Now when two programmers wrote the same program, the more structured rules meant they would be nearly identical.

In the case of Alchemy, I don’t know enough about its history to say if something similar happened, but as Hartmann says, it never got to the point of being pure science. It remains, like most other spiritual disciplines, a mix of art and science. Continue reading “Divine Art of Alchemy is Also Science”

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Divine Science of Mathematics and Harmony

“To Pythagoras music was one of the dependencies of the divine science of mathematics, and its harmonies were inflexibly controlled by mathematical proportions. The Pythagoreans averred that mathematics demonstrated the exact method by which the good established and maintained its universe. Number therefore preceded harmony, since it was the immutable law that governs all harmonic proportions. After discovering these harmonic ratios, Pythagoras gradually initiated disciples into this, the supreme arcanum of his Mysteries. He divided the multitudinous parts of creation into a vast number of planes or spheres, to each of which he assigned a tone, a harmonic interval, a number, a name, a color, and a form. He then proceeded to prove the accuracy of his deductions by demonstrating them upon the different planes of intelligence and substance ranging from the most abstract logical premise to the most concrete geometrical solid. From the common agreement of these diversified methods of proof he established the indisputable existence of certain natural laws.” ~Manly P. Hall

Divine Science

Some people laugh at the idea of a divine science or spiritual science. They see science and spirituality as opposites. Either that or they think one is real and the other fantasy. Which is which varies depending on the individual.

But divine science is a real thing. It is just as real as material science. And mystery schools like that of Pythagoras didn’t fantasize their teachings, they used real science to study reality and make scientific deductions based on their experiments and observations.

Mathematics of Divine Science

One of the first things ancient spiritual leaders learned is that spiritual science is mathematical. More mathematical, in fact, than material science. Because the realm of matter is flawed, having been created by the Demiurge and not the real God, it has laws, but also exceptions to all of them. Few, if any, exceptions are to be found in spiritual laws that govern spiritual realms. So the spiritual worlds function in complete harmony, with a hierarchy and structure that is mathematical and pure. As Hall puts it, they are inflexibly controlled by the divine science of mathematics. Continue reading “Divine Science of Mathematics and Harmony”

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Spiritual Science is a Real Science

“There are people who will not hear anything about occult science, because they think they discern something unhealthy in what has been said. These people are quite right as regards the surface and outer aspect of life, in its so-called reality, offers. They see weakness in man’s turning away from reality and seeking his welfare in an unseen world which to them is synonymous with what is chimerical and visionary. If as occult scientists we do not desire to fall into morbid dreaming and weakness, we must admit that such objections are partially justified. For they are founded upon sound judgment, which leads to a half truth instead of a whole truth merely because it does not penetrate to the root of things.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Spiritual Science

Spiritual science,which Steiner calls “occult,” is not perfect and is not for everyone. That is something you won’t see many schools, teachers, or gurus admitting. Many of the newer schools seem to be more interested in having a large number of students than in actually healing those students develop their spiritual faculties. You can see this on social media where the answers many give to any spiritual question is, “Go meditate”. A real spiritual school goes way beyond meditation to advanced techniques that actually awaken and develop the spiritual part of us, and don’t just relax the mind.

Something Unhealthy

Some people certainly will see something unhealthy in concentrating on spiritual growth. A couch potato will see something unhealthy in going to a fitness center several times a week, but they are wrong. Yes, the guy at the gym is more likely to get injured than the guy watching Wheel of Fortune, but he is also likely to live longer and happier. Likewise, the person taking the time to care for their spiritual self (along with the physical and mental) will have a happier and more productive life. Physically, she may not live longer, but she will have an immortal life ahead in spirit form. To enjoy that immortal life, however, you must awaken, and become one with, the spirit and soul while still physically alive. Continued life is in spirit, not matter.

So the idea that spending time on spiritual development is unhealthy can only be true if you accept that the physical world is all that is real. In actual fact, it is the temporary world of matter that is unreal. Unfortunately, it does do a good job of hiding the real world of spirit from those who don’t make an effort to find it. Continue reading “Spiritual Science is a Real Science”

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Spiritual Science for Wisdom and Unity

“Through occult science man gains the conviction that from a higher standpoint the weal and woe of the individual is intimately bound up with the weal and woe of the whole world. This is a means by which man comes to see that he is inflicting an injury on the entire world and every being within it, if he does not develop his own powers in the right way. If a man makes his life desolate by losing touch with the unseen, he not only destroys in his inner self something, the decay of which may eventually drive him to despair, but through his weakness he constitutes a hindrance to the evolution of the whole world in which he lives. … He may yield to the belief that there is nothing invisible, …but such an illusion is only possible on the surface of consciousness and not in its depths.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Individual and World of Spiritual Science

We live in an age where the individual is emphasized over that of the community and the world as a whole. We allow individuals to have “rights” that conflict with the good of the planet and the people on it. Worse, we have now decided in some places that corporation also have the rights of individuals including the right to force certain religious beliefs on their employees. It should not take much thought or imagination to realize that the ultimate end of this emphasis on individuality will be total chaos.

The other side of the coin is a world where the individual is of little significance. Everything is for the community, the state. This is the world of the ant colony or bee hive. In some ancient times, we lived like that also. In some ways, we still do which seems to be a paradox with our emphasis on individuality and individual rights.

Importance of Community

As Mr. Steiner notes, the individual must be a part of the community and the world. But it is also true that the community must function for the benefit of each individual, not just a privileged few like the queen bee. This is a difficult and delicate balance to achieve.

Doing that is always an important part of spiritual science. It is only possible for the spiritually awakened. Through a knowledge of spiritual science, which Steiner calls occult science, we know how to behave in a way that benefits us as well as the whole world. As part of that, however, we recognize that there may be times when we have to give up our right in order to do what is best for the whole. At other times, the whole may have to allow some individual rights that don’t benefit the world, but only the individuals that occupy it. Balance is the key. Continue reading “Spiritual Science for Wisdom and Unity”