Back in the Middle Ages
alchemists sought to transform base metal into gold. They searched for
an elusive substance, the philosopher’s stone, which would bring about
this conversion, known as alchemy. But to initiates of the ancient
mystery schools, alchemy was primarily an allegory for the real work of
spiritual and mental alchemy.
is the process of transforming a less evolved soul
personality into a more refined one. The founders of all major religions
have attempted to expedite this transformation by providing rules to
help people achieve this goal and also lead happier and more productive
lives. Enlightenment, illumination, the perfection of the soul all point
to this ultimate goal. Mystics from all religions have studied the
universal laws to speed up this process, which they believe occurs over
is the process of transmuting your thoughts to improve
your life and expand your mind. The good news is that this discipline
can produce immediate, beneficial results in your current life, in some
Mental alchemy involves the replacement of beliefs that are hindering
your development with positive ones that will help you. You might say
that sounds straightforward—why would this be so difficult?
It turns out it’s extremely difficult to change beliefs. There are three
reasons for this:
1) Most people mistake their
beliefs for the truth.
Even if it’s not in their best interest, some people resign themselves
to their fate because they mistakenly accept a belief as true.
2) Beliefs operate at the
Most people are unaware of their subconscious beliefs, which are often
in conflict with their conscious thoughts. For example, a woman may
consciously be seeking love, but subconsciously she may feel she’s
unworthy. Unless her belief is made conscious and transmuted, it will
continue to sabotage her efforts. See our last newsletter
Get Out of Jail Free: How to Identify Unconscious Beliefs.
3) You see what you believe.
Less than 100 years ago physicists were trying to determine whether
light was a wave or a particle. The answer depended on what you believed
you would find. If you believed light was made of particles, then you
could design an experiment that proved it. Conversely, if you believed
light consisted of waves then you could design another experiment to
The placebo effect provides another example. In drug trials required to
gain FDA approval, 40% of patients, on average, will obtain relief from
placebos. They get better simply because they believe they will get
better. Placebos have actually helped people with Parkinson’s disease.
The mystic principle behind these results is called the
Law of Attraction or “like
attracts like.” In the mystic world, and now in the world of quantum
physics, we know that everything is energy. Everything has its own
vibration, including a belief. People attract to themselves those
experiences that match their existing belief system. They get to see
what they believe.
So how does Mental Alchemy work?
Neurologists tell us the brain doesn’t know the difference between
what’s actually experienced and what’s imagined to be experienced. The
same electrical patterns are fired between the neurons in the brain. The
electrical patterns in the brain reflect how we store and process
information, including beliefs.
The ramification of this is profound: you can change your beliefs using
your imagination. It doesn’t matter whether the belief is true or not.
Let’s take an example of a basketball player who misses the final shot
of the state championship game and his team ends up losing by one point.
This experience can be traumatic and will often reinforce negative
beliefs that he’s a choker or a loser. Had he made the shot, he would be
a hero and filled with the confidence of a winner.
Let’s say you are the basketball player.
What should you do?
First, go to a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for 10–15
minutes. Make sure that none of your objective senses (sight, hearing,
smell, touch, taste) is being stimulated. Take a few deep breaths. Your
goal is to relax and get into an alpha state. Scientists have shown that
you can learn new skills much more readily while in this state.
Meditation is ideal for this.
At this point, you should replay the end of the game in your mind. Only
this time, when you take the final shot, do it with confidence and watch
it go in. Visualize all the fans going wild as the buzzer sounds and
your teammates carry you off the court. Involve all your senses and
imagine how it feels to be the hero!
Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time,
but he probably missed just as many shots at the end of the game as he
made. But you can be quite certain he didn’t dwell on the missed shots,
but simply remembered the game-winning shots. You can do the same. Use
the technique of Mental Alchemy and change your life.
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