PLANT ALCHEMY

Paracelsian Spagyrics

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 SPAGYRICS: Alchemical Elixirs for Transformation and Healing

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Many healing therapies are based on the understanding that there is a life force which flows through the body. When the flow of ths life force is harmonious we feel well, and when it is disordered we feel sick. Bringing balance to the life force is the goal of many methods of natural medicine.

There is also a corresponding life force in plants. From a yogic perspective, plants contain a special form of agni (sacred fire) that allows them to digest light, something that a human or animal cannot do. The special light- based agni of plants can connect to the agni in the human body. The plant agni warms and stimulates the human life-force, and brings about healing.

There are different methods of preparing plants to optimize their healing properties. Plant alchemy is a system of healing developed by the 15th century alchemist, Paracelsus. It is based on potentising and refining the energies of plants to develop their healing powers.

This process separates and recombines the body, soul and spirit of the plant, using astrological timings. The body of the plant is the actual plant material, which is refined by fire, while the soul is found in the essential oil. The spirit of the plant is dissolved into grape spirits, as grape is considered to have the highest vibration of the plant world and refines all other plants.

Taking a plant through the alchemical process enlivens and increases the vibration of the plant, magnifying its qualities and bringing out the spiritual blessings and gifts of the plant world for human consumption.

An example of a plant that can be prepared alchemically is Lotus. Sacred Lotus offers the energy of serenity and purity, and clears and quiets the mind like a calm, peaceful lake. Just as the ethereal lotus arises from the mud, serenity and compassion can arise from the confusion of our ordinary life with Lotus elixir.

Lotus elixir is made in tune with the energy of the moon. The moon in astrology represents the great luminous mother who peacefully offers the healing nectars of her rays equally to all of earth’s creatures. When prepared in harmony with the moon’s energies, Lotus carries these nurturing, calming qualities.

If your mind is quiet and turned inward, you can feel the shift immediately with alchemical elixirs. As soon as the drops touch your tongue, the essence of the healing plant energy connects with your prana/chi and you experience healing and an energetic shift.

Any medicinal plant can be prepared alchemically as a spagyric. An alchemical elixir is an energy medicine and since only small amounts are taken they are unlikely to cause unwanted side effects.

Alchemical elixirs can be helpful for improving mood, relieving anxiety and stress, and enhancing meditation, prayer, yoga, Tai Chi, or other contemplative practices. They offer the ability to return to a natural serene state where healing can occur.

You will receive samples of some of these elixirs and learn how to make them in the Vitalistic Healing program. They are also available for purchase at www.etsy.com/shop/ShaktiHerbalAlchemy. The sale of these elixirs in the Etsy shop are a fund raiser for my teacher's temple in Tibet. Use coupon code STUDENT for free shipping.

Bouncing Bear Botanicals is where I buy many of my herbs for making elixirs. Click on the link here or below to check it out. They have high quality products and fast service.