Alchemy & Breakthrough Creativity
By Dr. Theresa Bullard
In alchemy there is a saying that when it comes to creating or transforming things, it must “ascend from earth to heaven and again descend to earth.” In so doing, we “revive the strength of both the superior and inferior realms.”
This means that we have to first lift our consciousness up to higher planes, up to a higher way of perceiving, in order to truly access new ideas, insights, and breakthrough creativity.
Then we must bring it back down into the very practical world to manifest it, and bring it into tangible form. Then we repeat this process. We raise up to a higher plane again and we bring it back down again.
The more we can continue this cycle of raising up to higher planes of consciousness and then bring the new ideas back down to the tangible, material realm, that is when we can successfully combine the strength of both consciousness as well as material, physical form.
Essentially, we are combining these powers of our inner and our outer, of above and below. This is the fundamental approach we train people in for accessing breakthrough creativity and quantum consciousness.
This is very different from how most traditional approaches to problem solving operate today. Most people have been conditioned to approach problem solving from the Industrial mindset of: what is practical, what is logical, and what makes physical sense? This pattern of thinking stems from the old paradigm of Newtonian Mechanics.
While it is practical and certainly has its place in the flow of making things happen, when it comes to accessing breakthrough creativity, this approach is too limited and linear. It assumes that the only realm to operate in is the physical, material, practical world. You may enjoy reading more about this Old Paradigm approach in my blog Let Your Brain Out of the Box.
The problem we have now is that our way of thinking has been conditioned by these old assumptions. Quantum Physics today shows us a different approach, one that engages our participation and where consciousness plays a key role.
We live in a participatory universe. What we experience and create is really based on what and how we are choosing to perceive.
In other words, what we focus on and how we set up our patterns of behavior largely influence our experience of the world.
So how does this work?
Last week, we explored alchemy and the four elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire which are used as symbols to represent aspects of ourselves, as well as stages of transformation.
These 4 elements can be used to help us to not only access different states of our consciousness but also to drive the transformational process.
Lets say for example, you are stuck in an old pattern, behavior, or way of thinking, and you want to make a breakthrough. The first step is to break down the old pattern in order to catalyze the breakthrough. When we are stuck, in alchemy we would call this a fixed position and we want to make it volatile.
We want to start breaking that up and changing it. So the element that we would work with is Fire. Remember, Fire is the most active part of our imagination and consciousness, so we use Fire to make the breakthrough.
On the other hand, lets say that things are getting a little too erratic, chaotic, and unformed. You want to contain all of this into some form so that things can settle down and crystallize into something you can really work with at a practical level.
In this case, we want to use the element of Earth. Remember Earth is all about grounding into the physical form and putting it into action.
In alchemy, we work between Fire, Water, Air and Earth, in that sequence, to keep shifting the energy dynamic and to help harness it according to what our purpose is. Alchemy gives us a 7-step formula for applying these elements in sequence to drive the transformational process all the way through from starting point to final result. This is why alchemy is so essential to mastering the creative breakthrough process.
The more you can learn to work with these tools and access higher states of consciousness, the faster and easier it will become to make these creative breakthroughs.
Stay tuned for our next blogs in this series, where we will start to explore the 7-steps of the Alchemical Formula for Transformation.