The definition of, alchemy, is turning lead into gold. That’s the meaning that we’re told to understand, but there’s so much deeper going on behind it. Turning lead into gold means turning something Heavy and impure into something precious.
Today we are talking on the topic using, alchemy, to transform your mind.
Vi Vi Thai, is a writer, truth seeker healer and fearlessly determined to live a free lifestyle, regardless of others opinions. In her book “Living Through Alchemy,” Vi seeks to dispel the myths beyond and behind, alchemy, shining and eliminated in light of this fascinating, esoteric practice; a compilation of a lifetime of soul searching.
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The book “Living Through Alchemy” blends the fields of art and science, painting a compelling picture of how, alchemy, manifests in your daily lives. Living her, life purpose, Vi helps others to find their path of freedom to live their authentic selves, because only then she feels that we can live a fulfilled life of happiness.
Today Vi is speaking to me from her camper with her dog and her, van life. We are going to be embarking on a, journey of freedom, and, spirituality. Let’s start out by telling you what exactly is, alchemy?
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My introduction to Alchemy
Vi: I came across, alchemy, probably about seven years ago after I read the book “ The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho”. That book inspired me to embark on my, nomadic life, and, van life, because Paulo, loved to travel, and he wanted to travel the world. During that time, I was in a very dark phase of my life. I was very unhappy about my job, and everything else in my life. I was questioning the, meaning of life. I was asking myself questions like:
- Why do I exist?
- What’s my, life purpose? Because I was so unhappy.
Every day going to work, it felt like I was carrying a huge rock on my shoulder. I asked myself, am I supposed to live like this? Why did I go through 10 years of school, got a very high degree, got a very prestigious job in one of the best hospitals in the US and I am still depressed?
At this time, I came across this book; but I didn’t understand anything about, alchemy, at that time. So, I thought it was a really cool story about traveling. I didn’t know that there’s so much, esoteric, meanings that were embedded in this book. Not until last year when I was writing a book about my, van life. When I decided to go deeper into my, nomadic life, and, van life, I realized that it had to do with my spiritual journey and, freedom.
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My Nomadic Life and Alchemy
I wanted to live in a van, because I didn’t want to go back to the corporate life. I wanted to have more time for myself, to learn who I am and follow my passion.
That’s the reason I changed my, lifestyle; I wanted to live simply in a very low-cost way, and mainly focus on what I love to do the most. I just followed that passion and where it led me. That was the biggest thing I learned from the book, The Alchemist. I learned from that book is just to follow your heart and so that’s how it led me here. And during that the writing process of my book, I stumble upon a show about, alchemy. Everything happened like, synchronicity.
Myrna: My last podcast was on the topic of, synchronicity, which states that there’s no coincidences in life!
Vi Vi: I started seeing, synchronicity, happen all around me. So, when I was writing the book, I came upon this show called “Mystery Teachings” presented by Teresa fuller on Gaia Network.
Myrna: I am not picking up, what is alchemy, can you give us a definition of it?
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What is Alchemy
Vi Vi: The definition of, alchemy, is turning lead into gold. That’s the meaning that we’re told to understand, but there’s so much deeper going on behind it. Turning lead into gold means turning something heavy and impure into something precious.
However, the goals of, alchemy, went far beyond simply creating some golden nuggets.
The history of alchemy, was rooted in a complex spiritual worldview in which everything around us contains a sort of universal spirit, and metals were believed not only to be alive, but also to grow inside the Earth. When a base, or common, metal such as lead was found, it was thought to simply be a spiritually and physically immature form of higher metals such as gold. To the, alchemists, metals were not the unique substances that populate the Periodic Table, but instead the same thing in different stages of development or refinement on their way to spiritual perfection.
Myrna: That’s beautiful It’s almost like turning coals into diamonds, same kind of thing.
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Stages of Alchemy
In order to understand, what is alchemy, you need to understand the, stages of alchemy, and how It transmuted. So, alchemy, refers to the stages of transmutation. It’s sort of spacious and through that process you transform into a different form. Similar to how the caterpillar transforms into the butterfly. Just like the caterpillar it has to go through the stages.
The 7 stages of Alchemy
- Calcination – This stage refers to the breaking of our attachments to the worldly.
- Dissolution – The chemical process of dissolution is to take the ashes from calcination and dissolve it in water.
- Separation – In this stage the, alchemist, separates and filters the products of dissolution.
- Conjunction – Here the, alchemist, is at peace with both the perceived “darker” aspects of the self, and the mask that they need to wear when interacting with the world.
- Fermentation – Fermentation is essentially, all about testing this newly integrated self. We test ourselves through trials and tribulations, through the natural swings that life provides us.
- Distillation – To prepare for the final stage, we need to purify the spirit to make sure that it is free from any destructive forms of ego
- Coagulation – Here, there is the meeting between matter and spirit, inner and outer, good and evil, the union of dualities. It is at this stage of, spiritual alchemy, where the spirit has become self aware – it perceives itself, and it sees and understands that the inner world and the outer world are not different, but reflections of each other.
Alchemy and the Seven Chakras
The, stages of alchemy, also connect us to the, energy portals, in the body the, chakras. All your, chakras, also connect you to the, seven laws of the universe, and once you go through the process and stages of, alchemy, you perceive the world without dualities and embrace consciousness.
Once you travel through an the, stages of alchemy, you open up your third eye chakra, and remove the blockage of the Pineal Gland.
Myrna: Everything you’re saying I understand. I do energy work with my, chakras, and I am reading Deepak Chopra’s book right now “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.”
Vi Vi: It’s a very natural process. It happens to everyone because The Universe wants you to transmute; change is the only constant. So in, alchemy, everything has to transmute. The universe wants to protect itself and that’s why we all have to go through the process of transmutation.
Transform your mind with Alchemy
The beauty of, alchemy, is that once you understand all of these stages, then you’ll be able to have a different perspective about your life. When you have a different perspective, then you have different thoughts. You look at things differently.
Once you have different views, you have different actions so you do things differently. So with, alchemy, we are creating a different reality. Through this process of letting go and purifying, you start to, transform your mind, as well.
When you go through this process of purifying, you travel through the, seven chakras, and the, Kundalini energy, is activated. When you open up all your, chakras, the energy is lighter. So, once it is opened up, it gives the light the passage for the, Kundalini energy, to rise through the, chakras.
As the Kundalini energy rises to the, sixth chakra, your third eye, this allows you to see with intention and access to the spiritual realm. We have blockages in our, third eye charka; we all have blockages is in our, chakras. So, the end result is the healing of these blockages.
Myrna: I’m familiar with, Kundalini energy, I do, Kundalini meditation. This energy is like a snake that goes up your nervous system. I practice thinking of the, Kundalini energy, moving from my, seventh chakra, and going all the way up to my, first chakra.
Vi Vi: I teach about the, 7 stages of alchemy, and people can find my book on Amazon, it will soon be available everywhere, but for now it is only on Amazon. The title of the book is “Living Through Alchemy, a transformational journey to freedom.” And they can also go to my website www.livingthroughalchemy.com , and that’s where they learn more information about the book and I have my book trailer on there. They can also download a free copy as well of the first chapter. In the first chapter I walk people through the, meaning of alchemy, and explain the, stages of alchemy. Follow Vi Vi on Instagram at @smileyvivi05
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