“The Secret Teachings of All Ages” by Manly P. Hall: Part 3 – The Purpose of Alchemy

In “Chapter IX: The Sun, A Universal Deity,” Manly P. Hall states:

The purpose of alchemy was not to make something out of nothing but rather to fertilize and nurture the seed which was already present. Its processes did not actually create gold but rather made the ever-present seed of gold grow and flourish. Everything which exists has a spirit—the seed of Divinity within itself—and regeneration is not the process of attempting to place something where it previously had not existed. Regeneration actually means the unfolding of the omnipresent Divinity in man, that this Divinity may shine forth as a sun and illumine all with whom it comes in contact.

(p. 145)

For me, this sums up perfectly the practice of alchemy. It is essentially a symbolic system designed to teach individuals how to accomplish inner transformation, so that the divine light within shines forth like the purest of gold. Everything that exists has the spark of Divine energy within. The goal of alchemical transformation is to allow the alchemist to see the pure aspect of God within everything. Therefore, the secret of the philosopher’s stone is not that it grants the alchemist life everlasting, instead it reveals that the alchemist’s essence is a part of the Divine, and therefore, eternal.

There is an important lesson in the last line of the aforementioned quote. Once you have tapped into the Divine within you, you begin to shine in a way that others notice. In art, this is depicted as the aura or halo surrounding saints and sages. Additionally, with this enlightenment comes responsibility. The successful alchemist must, after inner transformation, work toward the transformation of all humanity, helping lift the collective consciousness closer to God consciousness.

Thanks for stopping by and reading. Have a transformative day.



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6 responses to ““The Secret Teachings of All Ages” by Manly P. Hall: Part 3 – The Purpose of Alchemy

  1. I need to check this book out. It’s interesting that Issac Newton – considered to be the greatest scientist in history – was also an alchemist. As was Jimi Hendrix.

    • Alchemy is a fascinating subject. There is an Egyptian museum near me that has an entire wing dedicated to alchemy. Needless to say I have been there a few times 😀 Cheers!

  2. Thank you for explaining this, Jeff. You’ve piqued my curiosity – I’m going down the alchemy research rabbit hole!

    • Hi Barb. A rabbit hole is an appropriate metaphor. I confess that I only have a cursory understanding of the basics of alchemy, but it is interesting. I’m curious to hear your thoughts. I suspect there are some resources in your library. Let me know what you discover. Hope you and your family are all doing well. Blessings 🙏