Presentation on theme: "Alchemical Journey of the Self"— Presentation transcript:
1 Alchemical Journey of the Self Thom F. Cavalli, Ph.D.
2 While Sleeping, Watch “The Hermetic Vessel is oneself… Introduction – Psychic images drawn from art that personify what is happening in the mind and should happen as the work proceeds.Unlike physical alchemy, these images are personified, symbolic and only capture some of the critical events of the opus.Henrich Kundrath, Amphitheatre of Eternal WisdomMandala – Symbol of the SelfPerspective leads to the Door to InfinityLaboratory, prayer and work, psyche and somaMusic-Music of the Spheres- String theory“The Hermetic Vessel is oneself…
3 “…In it the many pieces of psychic stuff scattered throughout one’s world must be collected and fused into one, so making a new creation.” Esther HardingWhat parts of yourself, your world, do you put into the Work?What have you chosen to begin with?What serves as a catalyst for changing your Self?How do you regard the Unconscious?Do you use dreams in your Work?How do you suffer failure and defeats?What are the obstacles that stand between you and succeeding to the next stage?Have you noticed changes outside the laboratory? How do you regard them? What might they mean?What have you held back from your Work?Why do you do this Work? Who is served by your Work?
4 Vas Hermeticum“No generation without corruption”
5 Thoth Hermes Mercury The Stone: Its strategy – Stay Still Symbolizes the SelfCross on TriangleQualities of the Divine Self
6 The Sun and the Shadow complete the Work NigredoMassa ConfusaBlackeningBlack LandNunCollective UnconsciousSeparatio, CalcinatioMother ComplexReal Self“Creation is messy business”Separatio - Nun and AtumCalcinatio – The Work of the Sun orConsciousness, White/Golden Shadow, Jung quoteReal Self is the Psychological achievement of the Nigredo – separation and integrationThe Sun and the Shadow complete the Work
7 Visita interiora terrae rectificando occultum lapidem V.I.T.R.I.O.L.Visit the Interior of the Earth and Rectify what you find there and you will discover the Hidden StoneSOMAPYCHEPrima Materia Sulfuric AcidvitriolScathing speech Nigredo/ShadowUse of secrets and symbols – Notre Dame, the Pyramids, etc. For those who know the Symbols, the Way is EasyInterior two meanings – Unconscious and History (Egypt!) first alchemical evidence NubtPrima Materia – Blacker than black, the dung heap, the stone rejected by the masonsRectify – make pure – acid in drain!Visita interiora terrae rectificando occultum lapidem
8 Depression Melancholia Disorientation Psychosis Despair Suicide PoisoningAccidentsDangersBreakdowns – RAJNewton“Endure to die, not to persist”
9 Slaying the Dragon Separatio Mother Complex, Separation-Individuation Dragon, Anima symbols, dog, sword of discriminationSeparatio
10 Death of the Old King Death of the Old Self Death of the Gross Body MEDITATIONSolitudeSilenceStillnessWomb circle, angels, 4 signs of male, female (sol and Luna) mercury plus a dark star
11 Osiris Dismemberment Solve (Dissolution) Lead Reanimation Leaden coffin, Djed column, death and resurrection “Osiris myth is to alchemy what the Oedipus myth was for psychoanalysis”Rite of Passage requires a dismemberment experience to shatter the ordinary status quoRe-AnimaQualities of leadLead ReanimationOsiris
12 Sol NigerWendell Berry PoemDavid WhiteOne does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. Carl G. Jung
13 The Real Self Wide range of feelings (fixation) Self-activation and assertion (immobility)Appropriate entitlements (hubris)Self-Esteem (depression)Soothing (neglect)Commitments (disloyal)Creativity (unimaginative)Intimacy (distant)Alone (isolation)Continuity of Self (fragmentation)James Masterson
14 The Albedo The way of the heart (ibu) Nile fish, Osiris/Christ Grapes-fermentation
15 Aphrodite, Born from the Sea The Feminine qualities – birth, process, body, affects, relatedness, timelessnessAphrodite being lifted out of the Unconscious, out of darknessBeauty and GraceCopper
16 Isis, Goddess of Life, Magic and Mystery Incredible strength and power, retrieve Osiris (Nature) corpse and body parts, reanimates him, couples with him to produce Horus, the ego, protects bothVirgin and Child (Horkathi)"I, Isis, am all that has been, that is or shall be; no mortal man hath ever me unveiled."
17 The Blessed Virgin Mary Purity, Trinity, Wholeness Jung – adding the Feminine element to the Trinity, WholenessSophiaReal Self- relationship with oneselfIndividuated Self- relationship with othersDivine Self- relationship with GodPurity, Trinity, WholenessBringing the fourth element of the Feminine
18 The Coniunctio of Mercury and Venus Union of Mercury and Venus providing heat to the vasHermaphrodite to Androgyne
19 LunaFull MoonThe Feminine – reflective (rather than generative) energy, mirroring, power over all fluids, dew (grace)Qualities of SilverSilver
20 The Individuated Self Anima Duality Relationship Object Love “Silver lining”, medicinal propertiesEloquence, quicksilver“Tears of the Moon” – gleam, mirrorRelationship with OthersAnima within, Anima MundiMirroring – self-reflective awareness – empathy, compassion, love
21 RubedoSoul is in the BloodDescent of the Spirit, Ascent of the Soul
22 Active Imagination - “Opening of the Mouth” "Ascend above any height, descend further than any depth; receive all sensory impressions of the created: water, fire, dryness and wetness. Think that you are present everywhere: in the sea, on earth and in heaven; think that you were never born and that you are still in the embryonic state: young and old, dead and in the hereafter. Understand everything at the same time: time, place, things: quality and quantity." Corpus Hermeticum,Imagination – a psychic tool of Meditation and Active Imagination
23 Standing Steady in the Field of Opposites EquanimityQualities of the Divine SelfDesire and EdingerStanding Steady in the Field of Opposites
24 High Indifference “I am awake” Buddha, Egypt – dream liminal space awaking encountering a godDetachment, “In this World, but not of it.”“I am awake”
25 Caudas Pavonis Conuncitio of Above and Below, psyche and soma Vas is hermetically sealedRoscrusian - Psyche trapped in Soma –conflict, complementary, conjunctionThe Royal Marriage of Opposites
26 Marriage of Mind and Matter Newton to Einstein to Quantum ConsciousnessThe New Age of AlchemyCurrent research:Direct Programming changes the structure of non-insulin producing cells, changing your PC into a MAC!String theory and the Theory of Everything – insufficient dimensionsQuantum theory – consciousness affects the behavior of physical matterNeuropsychology – cortical consolidation – dream process and memory formation
27 Quicksilver Copper Silver Gold Lead Tin Iron Jupiter Moon Venus Mars MercurySilverGoldVenusLeadMarsSunTinIronSaturnJupiterJupiter
28 Metal Operation Body Function Lead Calcinatio Anus Elimination, InstinctsTin Dissolution Genitals Sexuality, CreativityIron Separatio Solar Plexus, Will power, IntellectNavelCopper Coniunctio Heart Feelings, EmotionsMercury Fermentation Throat LanguageSilver Distillation Third Eye IntuitionGold Coagulatio Crown, Wisdom, Connection withBrain Spirit
30 The Royal Marriage Psyche and Soma Myth of Amor and Psyche Marriage – creation of me/you/usPsyche and Soma
31 For the Making of the One Thing As Above, So BelowEarth Rise – no purpose other than seeing the One ThingEmerald TabletReversal – gazing at the Moon to gazing at the EarthFor the Making of the One Thing
32 The lapis Philosophorum For MakingOm, the vibratory sound of the UniverseCreationJ. CambellThe lapis Philosophorum
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