“The Magi in their wisdom asserted that all creatures might be brought to one unified substance, which substance they affirm may, by purifications and purgations, attain to so high a degree of subtlety, such divine nature and occult property, as to work wonderful results. For they considered that by returning to the earth, and by a supreme magical separation, a certain perfect substance would come forth, which is at length, by many industrious and prolonged preparations, exalted and raised up above the range ov vegetable substances into mineral, above mineral into metallic, and above perfect metallic substances into a perpetual and divine Quintessence, including in itself the essence of all celestial and terrestrial creatures. The Arabs and Greeks, by the occult characters and hieroglyphic descriptions of the Persians and Egyptians, attained to secret and abstruse mysteries. When these were obtained and partially understood they saw with their own eyes, in the course of experimenting, many wondrous and strange effects. But since the super-celestial operations lay more deeply hidden than their capacity could penetrate, they did not call this a super-celestial arcanum according th the institutions of the Magi, but the arcanum of the Philosopher’s Stone according to the council and judgement of Pythagoras.” ~Paracelsus
It was the goal of the Magi, the Mystics, and the Spiritual Adepts of the various ancient Mystery schools and Gnostic schools to helps all of us return to a state that Paracelsus is calling “one unified substance”. Where Paracelsus goes astray is in thinking that all of this was material in nature rather than spiritual. The only “substance” that is truly unified is spirit.
Purifications and Purgations
Purification ceremonies were practices by Magi and mystics. The Essenes used ritual bathing. Others may have used steam or smoke. Today, a lot of new-age types use sage smudging for the purification of their environment and themselves.
Purgation may also have been used, but was more of a mental thing than a physical. While purging the body of some things may have been helpful, it is purging the mind of false beliefs and teachings that is important in preparing one for spiritual development.
While purifications and purgations are helpful—sometimes even necessary—for spiritual growth, they do not do the job alone. The most important thing is awakening the spirit and soul using the light of the spiritual sun. Continue reading “Unified Substance of All Beings”