Understanding the Internal Alchemy of the Healing Paradigm

The art of alchemy is best known for trying to change lead into gold, but there is more to alchemy then that. Wikipedia states that “The defining objectives of alchemy are varied; these include the creation of the fabled philosopher’s stone possessing powers including the capability of turning base metals into the noble metals gold or silver, as well as an elixir of life conferring youth and immortality. The other known goal was the creation of a ‘panacea,’ a remedy that supposedly would cure all diseases and prolong life indefinitely.”
The art of alchemy also discussed the creation of “the elixir of life”—also known as the elixir of immortality and sometimes equated with the philosopher’s stone—a legendary potion or drink that grants the drinker eternal life and/or eternal youth. Many practitioners of alchemy pursued this elixir, and though much of the alchemy was not proven to work, the alchemists did create all types of potions such as sulphur and gunpowder



Understanding Alchemy from the Healer’s Perspective

Healing is and was one of the main objectives to alchemy—how do we heal ourselves and achieve longevity, and is there a possibility of eventually achieving immortality? The original alchemists were focused on the spiritual aspects of life, as they were connected to transmutation and transformation. The alchemists felt they had the spiritual powers to heal each other and thought that there was a way to achieve immortality. This required a lot of understanding of life, energy, food, herbs, medicine, and spiritual processes that would accomplish the task of longevity.

The Healing Paradigm

The healing paradigm focuses on the fact that “one can heal thyself.” And this is the basis for the belief that “there is no sickness,” that there is a way to heal, and one just has to be able to transmute and transform their present circumstance, thereby achieving the miracle of life, which is to be healed, be in good health, and achieve longevity. What does this entail, then? I postulate that the first step is that you believe you can heal yourself or be healed by Healers who have that skill or gift. This is the internal alchemy that one uses to heal oneself. The second step is that you are then “ready to be healed.”
“Are you ready to heal?” is only a question. Sometimes we ask ourselves why we are not feeling 100 percent and what appears to be bothering us or making us feel uneasy. Many say they have a disease. What is a disease, as defined in the dictionary? A disease is “an abnormal condition affecting the body of an organism. It is often construed to be a medical condition associated with specific symptoms and signs.” What is my definition of dis-ease? My definition is that there is only a dis-ease that is an absence of balance which creates an abnormal condition affecting a person and their well-being.
The absence of balance is part and parcel of what is known as dis-ease, and this assists in the beginning of an understanding of how we arrive back at that place of ease or place of balance. The proverbial scales are balanced, but when they are tipped, they cause an unbalanced situation, which can be misconstrued as a dis-ease. So what is this causational effect that appears to create this imbalance in our system? 
In the Chinese philosophy of medicine, the Chinese alchemists believe that for a person to be whole and healed, they must be in balance. That balance is referring to the five elements in nature: earth; fire; water; metal; and air. Those same elements exist within the body system of the human, and when these elements are in balance, you have good health, which leads to longevity. When these aforementioned elements are out of balance, a human will not be in perfect health and develop a dis-ease. This also begins to help us to understand causation.
Causation is imperative to begin to correct any imbalance and help us to learn about the why, what, and how this has happened, and then to begin to understand ways to correct and come back into balance. One of the most important requirements is to recognize the problem or symptom, then begin to research the cause and then to utilize that knowledge to begin to start the healing process. This is why we ask the question—are you ready to heal—first, and then we proceed with the processes it will take to heal. Healing is a process. For example, here is a short story utilized to teach people about being ready to heal:
Once there was an old man who had two dis-eased legs, and the doctors diagnosed that since the legs were dis-eased and the old man was in severe pain, they would have to remove the old man’s legs. The family of the old man didn’t want their grandfather to lose his legs but didn’t want him to suffer either, so they investigated alternative means of healing. They found that there was a psychic healer who could heal their grandfather, so they called the healer to come to their home and determine if he could help their grandfather. The healer explained to them that there was a cost for this service, and after they reached an agreement, he traveled to the family’s home. Once he arrived, the family showed the healer to their grandfather’s bedroom and he went in and closed the door. As the healer looked at the grandfather, he questioned him to determine how he was feeling. The grandfather stated he was in severe pain, and the healer also observed the problem with his legs and then asked the old man, who was moaning in pain, what was really bothering him and how could he help. The old man requested the healer to heal his left leg so he could sleep and stop suffering from pain. The healer checked his left leg and saw that he could heal the leg. So he began to help the old man, and after some time and some work, the healer did indeed heal the old man’s left leg.
The healer then asked the old man if there was anything else he could do to help the old man, but the old man told him that was all he needed, so the healer left and returned to the living room where the rest of the family had gathered. Upon hearing that her grandfather was healed, the daughter paid the healer, rushed into the bedroom to check on the old man, and saw that the left leg was healed but the right leg had not been healed. She turned and rushed out of the bedroom to stop the healer from leaving, stating that they had been duped and she wanted the fee they paid back. In order for the healer to defend himself, he asked the daughter and family two questions. The first question was, “Is the old man’s left leg healed?” The family answered, yes. The second question was, “Is the old man now sleeping and has the moaning stopped?” And the family answered, yes. The healer then said, “I have healed your grandfather.” The daughter asked, “Why have you not healed the old man’s right leg?” The healer explained that the old man was not ready for the right leg to be healed; the old man complained and requested that only the left leg be healed. The healer stated, “I have seen the right leg. When the old man is ready to have the right leg healed, call me and I will come and heal the right leg.
So the point of this story is: when you are ready to heal, only then can you be healed.

What caused the problem or created the symptom in the first place? Healing begins on a variety of levels, and even though the symptom appears to be some type of physical or mental indication, all of this starts with what is called the root cause. Healers are always seeking the cause to ensure that once healing begins and is completed, the dis-ease doesn’t return and that the client or person is back at ease and in balance. Healing could be physical, mental, or emotional, just to name a few causes. It is important to seek the advice of an appropriate healer, which depends on what type of symptom has occurred. For example, if you have a broken leg, you should seek a bonesetter or doctor that is expert in setting bones. If you have undisclosed pain, then you should seek a healer that can determine why you are having pain.


Body, Mind, and Soul
 and yoga also were considered alchemical, with their ability to prolong life. At the Spiritual Life Source Center, we teach these healing modalities, which include training healers and how to heal oneself. Alternative healing is not actually an alternative; it is, in most cases, natural healing processes that we can use to keep ourselves in balance and whole. We at the Spiritual Life Source Center will assist you in your quest to be whole and in balance, supporting you in your healing process and achievement of longevity. It is up to you to heal, think healing thoughts, and use healing words.yourself well by keeping yourself thinking positive, healing thoughts.r that is an expert in setting bones. If you have undisclosed pain, then you should seek a healer that can determine why you are having pain.

Healing is All About the Cause

What caused the problem or created the symptom in the first place? Healing begins on a variety of levels, and even though the symptom appears to be some type of physical or mental indication, all of this starts with what is called the root cause. Healers are always seeking the cause to ensure that once healing begins and is completed, the dis-ease doesn’t return, and that the client or person is back at ease and in balance. Healing could be physical, mental, or emotional, just to name a few causes. It is important to seek the advice of an appropriate healer, which depends on what type of symptom has occurred. For example, if you have a broken leg, you should seek a bonesetter or doctor that is expert in setting bones. If you have undisclosed pain, then you should seek a healer that can determine why you are having pain.


The Healing Imperative

“Heal thyself” is imperative. Don’t wait for others to heal you; you should try to heal yourself, and that begins with positive thinking, positive actions, and being open to advise from those who can assist you. Healing is also about learning lessons, so you should ask the question to yourself or those advising you, what lesson am I learning? This is so you can grow and benefit from this learning experience.



Healing in a Word

Healing can be completed with art, music, and the spoken word, such as poetry. My new book of poetry, “Healing in a Word,” will assist many people to begin to heal because each poem is written to assist in the facilitation of healing by hearing and reading positive words. Words are very powerful, and utilizing positive words can assist us in keeping a positive mind—and total healing starts in the mind.
The internal alchemy of healing is also in the utilization of healing words that start the process by putting us in the right frame of mind. Healing is essential, and the earlier it begins, the better. So treat yourself well by keeping yourself thinking positive, healing thoughts.

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Alternative Healings

Taijiquan, qigong, and yoga also was considered alchemical, with their ability to prolong life. At the Spiritual Life Source Center, we teach these healing modalities, which include training healers and how to heal oneself. Alternative healing is not actually an alternative; it is, in most cases, natural healing processes that we can use to keep ourselves in balance and whole. We at the Spiritual Life Source Center will assist you in your quest to be whole and in balance, supporting you in your healing process and achievement of longevity. It is up to you to heal, think healing thoughts, and use healing words.

The healing paradigm focuses on the fact that “one can heal thyself.” And this is the basis for the belief that “there is no sickness,” that there is a way to heal, and one just has to be able to transmute and transform their present circumstance, thereby achieving the miracle of life, which is to be healed, be in good health, and achieve longevity. What does this entail, then? I postulate that the first step is that you believe you can heal yourself or be healed by Healers who have that skill or gift. This is the internal alchemy that one uses to heal oneself. The second step is that you are then “ready to be healed.”
“Are you ready to heal?” is only a question. Sometimes we ask ourselves why we are not feeling 100 percent and what appears to be bothering us or making us feel uneasy. Many say they have a disease. What is a disease, as defined in the dictionary? A disease is “an abnormal condition affecting the body of an organism. It is often construed to be a medical condition associated with specific symptoms and signs.” What is my definition of dis-ease? My definition is that there is only a dis-ease that is an absence of balance which creates an abnormal condition affecting a person and their well-being.
The absence of balance is part and parcel of what is known as dis-ease, and this assists in the beginning of an understanding of how we arrive back at that place of ease or place of balance. The proverbial scales are balanced, but when they are tipped, they cause an unbalanced situation, which can be misconstrued as a dis-ease. So what is this causational effect that appears to create this imbalance in our system? 
In the Chinese philosophy of medicine, the Chinese alchemists believe that for a person to be whole and healed, they must be in balance. That balance is referring to the five elements in nature: earth; fire; water; metal; and air. Those same elements exist within the body system of the human, and when these elements are in balance, you have good health, which leads to longevity. When these aforementioned elements are out of balance, a human will not be in perfect health and develop a dis-ease. This also begins to help us to understand causation.
Causation is imperative to begin to correct any imbalance and help us to learn about the why, what, and how this has happened, and then to begin to understand ways to correct and come back into balance. One of the most important requirements is to recognize the problem or symptom, then begin to research the cause and then to utilize that knowledge to begin to start the healing process. This is why we ask the question—are you ready to heal—first, and then we proceed with the processes it will take to heal. Healing is a process. For example, here is a short story utilized to teach people about being ready to heal:
Once there was an old man who had two dis-eased legs, and the doctors diagnosed that since the legs were dis-eased and the old man was in severe pain, they would have to remove the old man’s legs. The family of the old man didn’t want their grandfather to lose his legs but didn’t want him to suffer either, so they investigated alternative means of healing. They found that there was a psychic healer who could heal their grandfather, so they called the healer to come to their home and determine if he could help their grandfather. The healer explained to them that there was a cost for this service, and after they reached an agreement, he traveled to the family’s home. Once he arrived, the family showed the healer to their grandfather’s bedroom and he went in and closed the door. As the healer looked at the grandfather, he questioned him to determine how he was feeling. The grandfather stated he was in severe pain, and the healer also observed the problem with his legs and then asked the old man, who was moaning in pain, what was really bothering him and how could he help. The old man requested the healer to heal his left leg so he could sleep and stop suffering from pain. The healer checked his left leg and saw that he could heal the leg. So he began to help the old man, and after some time and some work, the healer did indeed heal the old man’s left leg.
The healer then asked the old man if there was anything else he could do to help the old man, but the old man told him that was all he needed, so the healer left and returned to the living room where the rest of the family had gathered. Upon hearing that her grandfather was healed, the daughter paid the healer, rushed into the bedroom to check on the old man, and saw that the left leg was healed but the right leg had not been healed. She turned and rushed out of the bedroom to stop the healer from leaving, stating that they had been duped and she wanted the fee they paid back. In order for the healer to defend himself, he asked the daughter and family two questions. The first question was, “Is the old man’s left leg healed?” The family answered, yes. The second question was, “Is the old man now sleeping, and has the moaning stopped?” And the family answered, yes. The healer then said, “I have healed your grandfather.” The daughter asked, “Why have you not healed the old man’s right leg?” The healer explained that the old man was not ready for the right leg to be healed; the old man complained and requested that only the left leg be healed. The healer stated, “I have seen the right leg. When the old man is ready to have the right leg healed, call me and I will come and heal the right leg.
So the point of this story is: when you are ready to heal, only then can you be healed.



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