In times and cultures long gone, the art of Ancient Alchemy sought to discover–among many other things–a way to turn base metals into gold, and to create a “Panacea,” or “Elixer of Life” that would purportedly cure any illness and prolong life indefinitely. However, may there have been a spiritual and life transforming practice of Ancient Alchemy known to the wise ones? Perhaps one that is at once sublime and yet so practical, like transforming sadness into joy?
Isn’t it interesting that when feeling sad or stuck in one of Life’s unsolvable predicaments, some of the images and language that the mind uses are quite descriptive of what is felt: stuck in the mud; stuck in a rut; spinning our tires; backed into a corner; back against the wall; trying to swim in quicksand; caught in a straightjacket; swimming upstream, etc., etc. ..and the metaphors go on and on.
Feeling the frustrations of stuckness I know all too well. The mind gets to a place where certain thoughts of limitation revolve round and round until the energy level gets trapped beneath a dark veil that — like a Black Hole –- sucks all energy and hope into a seemingly bottomless pit that threatens no escape. When the mind gets caught in this repeating loop of pernicious thinking, moods can strike with amazing swiftness. It is like an oppressive door that opens to let in all manner of negativity and fear…
And yet I also know that these moods and feelings do not last forever; they do not even last very long. It’s just “yucky” when going through the experience. However, having the presence of mind to watch and observe while going through these moods serves greatly to help me move through those dark moments.
The point is to short-circuit the barrage of worry thoughts by observing and listening deeply on the inside. When the feelings are thus observed (without the sirens of thoughts barking within), the perspective of Self as observer comes to the fore and the feelings are seen in their raw nakedness, as energy or vibration that is neutral, a kind of inner beacon that is simply broadcasting vibratory patterns that appear to emit from certain parts of the body –- perhaps from the heart and solar plexus areas.
As we continue observing, the feelings become non-local, as though our bodies have expanded beyond the form we are accustomed to. At that point, the feelings that we may have previously labeled as “bad” or “horrible” may revert back to its neutral state, just “feelings” without the mental stories attached to them. It also may just so happen that as we release the verbiage behind our “bad” feelings, the energy is allowed to flow and the awareness is given insight into the fine line between sadness and joy and the energy component behind both.
As you watch the vibration of sadness in the body (without thinking about it), you may find that its energy begins to move, and then you also see its connection with the movement of bubbling joy that is part of the same Universal Electricity. Observing the feelings of sadness then becomes a steppingstone to the awareness of our connectedness to the One Energy Source. This is the secret alchemy that the ancient wise ones practiced, more valuable than turning base metals into gold!