Questions For An AlchemistWritten by Robert Bruce Baird
By Robert Bruce Baird:
The most merciful thing in world, I think, is inability of human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from revelation or flee from light into peace and safety of a new dark age. - H. P. Lovecraft
"Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes Law."--The Kybalion (1)
“Any author or critic who says that Letters of English and design of English Letters to be irrelevant to greater aspect of Occult is simply fooling themselves and speaks from a knowledge that is narrow and ill advised: Letters are Key to Whole of Occult Mysticism. A new student is advised to keep this admonition in mind as s/he views this information, for deception as a product of Occult allowed both Letters to come into existence while at same time allowed darker elements of Occult to rise to a power that is perilously dangerous for humanity at large.” - The Fetch Master Qaballist in Isisian Traditions.
"The other shape, If shape it might be call'd, that shape had none, Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb; Or substance might be call'd that shadow seem'd; For each seem'd either; black it stood as night, Fierce as ten furies, terrible as Hell, And shook a dreadful dart; what seem'd his head The likeness of a kingly crown had on. Satan was now at hand; and from his seat The monster, moving onward, came as fast With horrid strides; Hell trembled as he strode." -- John Milton
I have written many other books with all manner of reference and scholarship. It is about fifty books as I begin to write this book. There will be many questions about what an alchemist or sage is that reader will justifiably have after reading this offering. Perhaps I am not an alchemist and title or label is of no great consequence to me, even though a decade ago people who should know what one is began telling me that is what I can be called. Time/Life videos called Jung an alchemist and if he was then I am too.
This book will not be a well-referenced book with lots of quotes seeking to prove points through evidence. It will be more free-flowing and integrative just as alchemy is. That is not to say alchemy is not very patient and detailed or that this book will avoid anything. It is just that I have already gone into great detail on most things and it is a good idea to address things with broad strokes occasionally too.
Focus, Your Body, and Your Physical Well-BeingWritten by John Cali
About a week ago, on a beautiful early winter day, I was out jogging in foothills south of my house. The morning air was clear, cold, and crisp, and deep blue sky was sparkling with golden sunlight. The gentle hills around me, rugged mountains in distance, and valley far below me were covered in a glistening white cloak of new-fallen snow. My kind of day--I love winter, and I was in heaven!
About a mile into my run, my euphoria was suddenly shattered by a sharp stabbing pain in my left ankle. It hurt like hell!
Over years a number of people about my age have told me they had to quit jogging because it was too hard on their bodies. Specifically, their ankles, knees, and backs. But I’ve never bought into that mind set, and in almost 40 years of jogging, I’ve had no problems.
And, I thought to myself, I wasn’t willing to start having problems, not after all those years. So I continued jogging along, and pain kept getting worse and worse. As pain intensified, so did my focus on it.
Then light came on, and I remembered what I’d heard from Joseph and others over years--you always get more of what you give most of your focus to.
So I took my focus off my left ankle and hot, searing pain. And I focused on my right ankle, which was strong and healthy.
Literally within about three minutes, my left ankle was fine. The pain was gone. So I continued on for my usual distance. The pain never returned.
Now I realize this was an extremely minor disorder, especially compared to hefty health challenges many of you have shared with me over years.
But principle is still same, whether we’re talking about minor or major physical problems. Or, for that matter, anything else--money, abundance, relationships, jobs-- you name it. You get what you focus on.
Well, it seems we’re back once again on this issue of focus. You get what you focus on. You create your reality by what you focus on most of time. We’re sure we seem, to many of you, to be beating this subject to death.
But it’s such an important subject, and one you must understand and accept if you are to create life you want for yourselves.