The Bible & Alchemy

Meister Eckhart
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I have come to think of the Bible as an Alchemical text.

Alchemy is a word used to describe a process that turns baseness to gold. The ancient alchemists tried to turn actual metal to the substance of gold. But there is another, more immediate application of the term alchemy … it is the process of refining our own internal baseness into gold.

This is the art of transmutation that interests me most. And the Bible is all about it.

Every character, every place, name and number used in the Bible is significant. The stories depict our own internal characters and struggles. The Bible outlines in detail the process of transforming our own consciousness so that we can come into at-one-ment (atonement) with God.

23 Responses

  1. Melchizedek
    You are welcome to comment as you feel led. Thank you for your beautiful share.
    Your familiarity with the alchemical process is apparent to me – and I am excited to learn more from you about a process that, in my present human consciousness, I have only experienced on the emotional, spiritual level, and not on the physical plane as you describe. I have much to learn.

    There is much going on energetically – and chaos is obviously part and parcel for what is now necessary in our world to step up to the next level of alchemical change. Knowing that allows me to trust that it is all in divine flow – All part of the recalibation and transformation of dark matter into Light… Certainly in my own family this is happening in powerful ways…

    Again, thank you for sharing so eloquently and openly… I look forward to more exchange with you. Truthfully I am still deciphering your potent and well expressed share …
    From this humbled planetary worker to a well repected brother on the Way,
    Love and Light, Lynne

  2. I see comments relating to the “third eye”, so I shall begin another long-winded discourse on the subject. Pay attention if you so desire, my teaching is free and for a limited time.
    Here it is!

    When a human in the womb becomes a zygote, there is a very brief, yet noticeable flash of light, which science cannot explain, but which they have detected. This is the moment the child receives its soul. The soul is light, from the Father of Light, and His Image.

    DNA visibly glows, just barely below the threshold of human perception, yet science has proven it, and demonstrated it. The entire body is glowing at all times. The human body has an electromagnetic field around it, extending some six feet in all directions. When people are together and concentrating their thoughts (sometimes with synchronized chanting or other sound-making) these thoughts and sounds can harmonize, and the various energy fields of the people merge into a single field.

    All light must have a source, correct? So says science. When you sleep in a dark room late at night and dream of a sunny day, where does that light come from?

    I tell you, it pours into you the way the music pours into the radio. You are not in your body, you are experiencing a very highly advanced form of virtual reality. This is how God can remain “fair” and “innocent” and still allow death and evil. Man created death and evil, therefore those things have nothing to do with God, and are His enemies. But God is infinitely merciful, and therefore the death of the flesh is not a true death. It is a test, to allow men free will to decide if they will follow good or evil. Adam and Eve desired knowledge of what evil was, and now they know, and all their descendants. Choose the good and reject the evil, this is the first duty of man, and leads to all other good things. The universe is a hologram, God is Just, the Wicked damn themselves, and their victims are all unharmed in their true existence. Nevertheless, the wicked reveal their nature on this Earth, and damn themselves, it is not God that drives a man to destruction. God wishes to save all of us, but He will not deny us our Free Will, and that is why some will go to hell and the lake of fire. They simply hate God, and goodness, and get what they deserve.

    My apologies, I do tend to digress. As to the “third eye”, consider this. That light within you, where does it come from? Your pineal gland has tiny micro-calcite crystals on it, and these are in harmony (resonating) with the so-called “Schumann’s Resonances” which are the electromagnetic heartbeat of the Earth itself. This resonance is formed as waves of energy moving from the calcium in the ground to the calcium in the ionosphere and back, and through your pineal gland, tissues, and bones along the way. All living things have their active consciousness because of this resonance. This is the breathing of the planet. The world is going insane because man’s technology and various high-end weapons systems (nukes, EMPs, HAARP, etc) have altered these resonances, and thrown off the Earth’s natural ambient frequencies, which is non-coincidentally the same frequencies our brains operate on. Thus the world is plunged into madness, and all conscious things are lessening in the depth of their thoughts, being gradually divided from harmony with the Earth that is our life, death, and heritage.
    Cell phone companies are trying to develop “synthetic telepathy” based on this knowledge concerning those micro-calcite crystals. Such technology will destroy much of mankind, and they likely won’t realize the cause for many years.

    You are not your body, just as the music is not the radio. You are being expressed through the body, as the music is expressed through the radio. However, you are not the radio, you are the music. The radio can be destroyed, but the music plays on elsewhere.

    NASA has proven that the human brain is a sort of transceiver, sending and receiving photons (packets of Light), not only within our brains, but to and from the outside environment as well.

    These photons are “packaged” by the pineal gland and its little tuning crystals, and sent out into the ambient flux of the Schumann’s Resonances, where these thoughts as unseen light ripple like water to spread out everywhere.

    Therefore you should understand how and in what way man is the Salt of the Earth and Light of the World.

    1. I very much relate to what you write about where the Light within us comes from … your example comparing the way music pours through a radio to the way Light pours through us is very concise and helpful, And I absolutely resonate to your words expressing the illusion of being in the body, when you say, “You are not in your body, you are experiencing a very highly advanced form of virtual reality.” I see how we create a story that is projected through the Light projector – could it be part of the function of the pineal to serve as the Light source that makes projection of the stories we believe possible? Yes, your words are very helpful. Thank you

    2. Melchizedek, I am very impressed by the authority with which you speak of the Hermetic Arts as demonstrated in your insightful commentary concerning Alchemy. I am a fellow seeker and a student of Hermes for about 15 years now and your words have the ring of sincerity and truth which I have also heard in the words of Cyliani, Fulcanelli, d’Espagnet, Valentine, Paracelsus, Sendivogius, Ali Puli, Flamel, and many others. I would love to speak to you offline about this (if you are willing), as I feel you have some wisdom to impart to someone like myself who is currently groping in the Labyrinth and grasping the thread of Ariane desperately. As you reflect back to a similar stage in your own journey, I hope it will engender charity in your heart and you will feel a desire to assist one who needs the help. If you truly have succeeded in the Great Work, I would consider it a singular honor if you might consider mentoring me. Please contact me at sundays_fan at yahoo dot com.

  3. Ahh, at last a place where my pseudo-nonsensical ramblings might be well received.

    Here is Alchemy in a nutshell. “In the beginning, God made the Heaven and the Earth. And the Earth was void and without form, and darkness covered the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God brooded over the waters.”

    That sums up the entire Art, believe it or not. Moses was a Master, the wisest student of the teachings of Thrice-Great Hermes, and the Burning Bush proves it. Right there is our Stone, the bush that burns with fire yet is not consumed. This Art is so deep and profound that it is very hard to teach. I will say something about the reason Alchemy is hidden from the world at large, which the ancients would not say. It is not because the world economy would be wrecked, or that the wicked might live for centuries and become emboldened beyond all bounds, nope! It was a much more important reason. Alchemy, because we mess and meddle with the Spirit Himself (that is, Our Stone), we risk that unforgivable sin of grieving the Holy Spirit. This is done by using the Stone for evil self-serving or malicious purposes rather than what it is intended for: To help those in need, to heal as Christ healed, without exception or judgment, not to enrich our pockets or win worldly meaningless favor with others. To find the Prima Materia, or first substance, you must seek that Stone which is not a Stone, yet is the Offspring of Ancient Mountains, and is indeed mineral in nature. It is that which all mankind knows, yet it is universally despised and cast out as unclean. It is in the Air, in the Water, and in the Earth, and survives in the Fire, thriving in the Ashes. It is found in its proper Home in the House of the Ram, where the Potter sits at the Wheel of the Constellations. It is inert and asleep until the Artist finds it, like a thirsting ravenous wolf, that old gray wolf called Antimony (though that name is intentionally misleading). The Cabalists called it Zedek, and for this reason is the Order of Melchizedek, of whom Christ is the High Priest forever.
    The Matter must be given the waters of the Sun and Moon, in proper proportion, 1:4 Sun/Moon. Some have other measurements, but for the Black Stone, the first and most important stage, I use 1:4. I heat the mixture to about 98 degrees F, then seal it quickly and turn the temp down to about 90-95 degrees. This causes a slight vacuum within and keeps the pressure from popping the seal. I don’t “Hermetically seal” my vessels, because I don’t use corks or oak stoppers like the ancients. It was better for them to simply seal the glass by melting it shut, but I like to adjust my Work as needed, and black rubber stoppers work just fine, though I prefer a separate glass seal which I can lute myself with plumber’s thread seal tape. The stone can become volatile and will simply pass between the rubber stopper and the glass, gathering around the top outside the stopper like a white ring, crumbling away like ashes. This is a precious substance, and can work miracles.
    But I digress….let’s start at the beginning!
    At first, it becomes Black as it rots and putrefies, which few could believe a mineral capable of. When this reaches its peak, the heat is removed and it is allowed to cool. This is how the ancients did it, and they distill the moisture from it afterwards, which they keep until they’ve separated all that is useful from the impure dregs, which they call “Terra Damnata” or Damned Earth, wherein the Turba Magna (Great Curse) is concentrated, and that which has been liberated from it is nigh Paradisaical. When all is purified, it is re-combined, the moist and the dry, and this is called the “Super-Celestial Marriage”, and is the Earthly sign and symbol of the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb” mentioned in Scripture. All of First Corinthians chapter Two (1 Cor. 2) refers to Alchemy, as does Revelation 2, and dare I say it, the last chapter of Daniel as well. In fact, Alchemy can be found on nearly every page of the Old and New Testaments. It is the heart of Scripture, the Original Religion, and the Source and Origin not only of Metals, but of the Three Kingdoms of Nature. It is the means by which the ancients lived for centuries, communed with God and with angels, spoke to animals, and worked many miracles. One cannot live forever by means of Alchemy, since death is a punishment laid upon the whole human race, but by its means and God infinite Mercy, the dead can be raised, and all bodies living and dead healed completely.
    This is not to say the stone acts in a surgical way. It won’t replace a missing limb, for instance, but it can profoundly reinforce the body’s ability to heal and regenerate, and if dead the body is utterly consumed and re-formed. I worry this may be a forbidden art, though I buried a dead pet lizard whom I loved, in a special way, not really expecting anything but a sad memory. Five years to the month, I found over two dozen similar-looking lizards within four feet of the spot where I buried my lizard. The difference: they could climb walls, which my leopard gecko could not. Some have bright Solar colors, some silvery-white Lunar colors, and some Saturnine black and gray colors. They are either a new species, or many new yet similar species. One had black and white zebra stripes, I really wish I could have caught it, but the little guy was very fast. I have lived in the same place nearly 30 years, and there were never lizards here before. The closest thing was a random turtle or two, and some tiny tree frogs we had for only a year.

    It is honestly such a simple thing that I could state it entirely in a sentence or two, though such openness is universally forbidden, and I would be dishonoring all those who have died holding their tongues throughout the ages, and probably damn myself to hell.

    I plan to write a book about all of this, if God is willing. Alchemy is the bridge between Nature, Science, and Theology. It answers the mysteries of physics, such as “electron holes” and “dark matter”. It answers the debate about evolution with one swift motion. The egg came first, not the chicken. The first egg was artificial. I have, thanks to the internet, obtained vastly more knowledge about the ancient arts than many of the ancients themselves had. The materials for the Art are more plentiful and easily obtained in the world today than at any other time in history, as the Menstruum with its Twin Waters is well known, and they are mass-produced everywhere. As for the Prime Matter, it is quarried all over the world by men who know not its true value.
    Another reason the Stone is hidden, is that from the beginning of the Work until the perfect Conclusion, it is poisonous to one degree or another. I foolishly used to eat the White Stone as a young man, though I’m not sure I prepared it properly at the time. It didn’t kill me, but I didn’t take it properly either, according to the Egyptian Rite of Passage which Moses partook of. I once ingested a tiny taste of the Red Stone’s liquid before it was perfect and pure, and nearly died. Nothing happened at first, but the next morning I awoke with a shadowy human-shaped thing falling on me from above, and awoke in the hospital from a week and a half-long seizure followed by a coma I wasn’t expected to come out of.
    God’s Mercy corrected my mistake, and that was the last time I was attacked by a demon. They guard this secret, to devour God’s enemies who tamper with it. Praise Christ that we are allowed to know anything about it at all without being struck dead.
    I have made tiny films of gold and silver, and a decent-sized chunk of lead, all from the Black Stage, and quite unintentionally. One must look at the underside of the vessel from time to time, where these things gather. The black stone can melt gold at about 90-100 degrees F, and from thence the gold can be burnt to ashes as Moses did. A salt grain sized speck of the White (Urim) or Red (Thummim) stone, when they are Perfect, can be placed in a shallow dish with a small amount of good quality wine, and evaporated slowly (preferably in focused sunlight, as through a lens, though a hotplate will suffice). As the wine evaporates about 1/2 or 2/3 of the way, add a little more, and continue this until you have as much as you desire, then evaporate it until it coagulates into a stone. This will melt in the slightest heat, and if some of it is thrown into water, it turns the water into wine, as good as the wine you started with. This “wine-stone” is melted and poured into a mold rubbed with cooking oil, and will be a beautiful gem-like stone.

    The Waters of the Sun and Moon are Twins, of the same origin, but opposite in nature. We could say the Sun is male and the Moon female. Both are volatile, yet the former flies away while the latter penetrates and leaves behind its residue, containing its essence. The Sun goes up, the Moon goes down. Together, they circulate, symbolized by Eagles in the White/Red stages, or by Vultures or Ravens in the Black stage. There are only these Three things which make the Stone: The Secret hiding within Zedek, and the Two Waters. From these Three, with modification by gentle heat and patience, comes the Perfection. The Alchemist starts the process, and Nature finishes it. Nature would finish it everywhere on its own in the greater world, if not for the Curse. It is the Curse itself which we remove from the Earth in the Black Stage, for that is what it is, Sheol and the place of the dead, which we wash and purify, and lift up to a Paradisaical state.

    I have not spoken everything, but there is enough to help the curious seeker.
    Let the wicked do wickedly, only the wise shall understand.

    1. I too have realized the great Alchemist that Moses was … and student of Hermes … as well as his sister Mariah who I believe also understood …could it be? That “the Burning Bush proves it,” and is indeed “our Stone, the bush that burns with fire yet is not consumed.” YES! I can see that!

      There is so much in what you have said here … I am eager to hear more… I copied your words and to move them elsewhere so that I can take them in at meditate upon them at my leisure… perhaps I will comment here some of the thoughts that flow into me like music flows through the radio to be heard. I pray for greater understanding that is useful not only to me but to all those who turn to me during these times of true alchemy … I truly see this time as the “great entropy” the time when we are being drawn into the fertile inner darkness for the purpose of rebirthing new possibility and direction for finding the Stone. Thank you for showing up today, a day that also “happens” to be my deceased mothers birthday! Your appearance on my blog with these words of insight and vision feel like a sort of gift to me from her. Thank you for sharing so beautifully.

  4. Hello Lynne, I am a bit late to the party. I had a thought this evening while trying to sleep, about the Bible being an alchemical key. I knew not what to do with this thought but run with it, and I stumbled upon this blog post. The comments are also very thought provoking, but I am having issues figuring how to navigate your blog. I was wondering if there were any more post pertaining to this? Either way, thank you very much for this post.

    1. I apologize for the lack of response – somehow I did not see your question here until now …

      In reply, I was raised on metaphysical concepts and my work with victim consciousness applies universal law in the form of Guiding Principles of Reality© as the exit strategy to facilitate our ability to move up the emotional vibrational ladder into a higher state of consciousness where peace becomes possible … you might key in “guiding principles,” and/or “universal law,” in the Search on my blog … and see what comes up … or ask me a question directly and I will share my thoughts with you on the subject. Blessings, 🙂

  5. Finally I find someone who sees what I see. If you truly spend years learning philosophy,astronomy, alchemy, mythology, history,all ancient religions and etymology . Then you learn all things had many names and you see that in all the names are chemicals and the stories are formulas. Once you figure all this out its just putting the puzzle pieces together. Your on the right path my friend. I encourage you to travel on.

    1. I agree Steven … the transmutation of our everyday consciousness into the consciousness of Christ within us is indeed to have found the philosopher’s stone. Thank you for saying so. 🙂 Blessings

    2. The three Crosses on Calvary Hill represented Jesus in the middle our Third Eye and our left eye and right eye the other two crosses. The stone upon the pyramid is the Three crosses and the Middle eye is Christ Consciousness. Yes I agree with you that Christ is the Stone and Rock of Israel.

      1. Yes, it makes sense to me that the three crosses on Calvary represent three ways of seeing … through the eyes of the persecutor, the eyes of the repentant, and the eyes of the Christ Consciousness which sees only Truth and Forgiveness.

        Thank you for your comment …

  6. Unlike our friend Mysterium, I do not think that Spiritual alchemy is the salve of weak minds; however, that being said, I do believe he is right in that there is a stone which we can create in all reality.
    You see, there is only one path; yet there are two lanes. As above, so below. The spiritual and the physical are in harmony.
    Without question, the spiritual alchemy is important; but do not let that fact negate nor belittle the importance of the practical facet of the Magnum Opus.
    I leave you with a song:
    There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
    And she’s buying the stairway to heaven.
    When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
    With a word she can get what she came for.
    Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying the stairway to heaven.

    There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
    ‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
    In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings,
    Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.
    Ooh, it makes me wonder,
    Ooh, it makes me wonder.

    There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
    And my spirit is crying for leaving.
    In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
    And the voices of those who stand looking.
    Ooh, it makes me wonder,
    Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

    And it’s whispered that soon if we all call the tune
    Then the piper will lead us to reason.
    And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
    And the forests will echo with laughter.

    If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
    It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.
    Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
    There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
    And it makes me wonder.

    Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,
    The piper’s calling you to join him,
    Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
    Your stairway lies on the whispering wind.

    And as we wind on down the road
    Our shadows taller than our soul.
    There walks a lady we all know
    Who shines white light and wants to show
    How everything still turns to gold.
    And if you listen very hard
    The tune will come to you at last.
    When all are one and one is all
    To be a rock and not to roll.

    And she’s buying the stairway to heaven.

    1. Arcanum. thank you for your response! I know little of alchemy other than what I’ve been given through my own study and daily work with an inner guide – I know I am scratching the surface of a vast understanding of knowledge, and at the same time I stand already amazed at the tremendous keys I’ve gained regarding the alchemy of spiritual transformation. Yes, the two lanes of the one path, ascending and descending… as stated in the Emerald Tablet, “It ascends from the earth to the heaven, and again descends to the earth…” (BOTA). I read recently about how every meridian in the body is made of two pathways … and about how every particle has an an exact equal and opposite antiparticle, establishing a set of opposite poles between which energy is transmitted and (I believe) allows manifestation to happen. I don’t know if any of this is relevant to alchemy, and the making of the stone – but I’m hunching maybe yes? 🙂 Thanks again.

  7. Love the idea of turning your insides into gold and at-one-ment. Perhaps Christianity is meant to be more than just… dumb rituals. Thank you for giving me hope in my faith.

  8. This is a Latin phrase found often in alchemy (the alchemical text Mutus Liber, for instance) that translates, “Read, read, read, reread, pray and discover.”

    1. Mysterious is trying to sound vauge on purpose and hes wrong, the great work of alchemy is spiritual and the key is YOU, philosophers stone is a state of enlightenment, not a real substance. Just like the ark of the covenant doest represent a real machine, its your head the radio to God is your brain(telepathy) It takes intuition to find out the keys and I assure you anyone claiming that the symbols in the bible are real objects doesnt have the keys to anything

  9. h:

    “Spiritual Alchemy” is the salve of weak minds. The Alchemy of the ancients was not anything like the “spiritual” (read New Age) drivel that is being sold by today’s ignorant “adepts” (and to some extant repeated in this post).

    The Philosopher’s Stone is a Real substance something that can be touched, smelled, tasted…it is not some fluffy “turn your base spirit into gold” crap.

    But you are right. The Bible is an alchemical text (as are many of the ancient texts) just not in the way you indicate.

    Why bother telling you this? Because I “see” much potential in you…

    Return to your studies and do not leave them till you have discovered the key which unlocks the mysteries.

    Lege, Lege, Lege, Relege, Ora et Invienes.


    1. A very old comment, but one worthy of response. 🙂

      I wholeheartedly agree with you about the Lapis Philosophorum being a real and tangible substance. I especially love that fresh-baked bread smell the White stone has, and that hint of black licorice smell the Nigredo stage has before the complete Putrefaction. But oh what a most beautiful sight when it is yellowish and dripping with golden-orange drops of sweat, and even that is naught in comparison to the Purple granulated stone that proceeds the Red.
      Nothing, however, has ever moved me so much as my first sight of the substance turning black, bubbling up like black oil, and this some two decades ago still makes me smile. 🙂

      Christ is truly the Door through which lie all mysteries and natural secrets.
      1 Corinthians 2, Revelation 2 (especially verse 17), etc.

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