The study of Alchemy can be a entire life's work and this one short page will do it little justice. However, I share this in order to offer a brief glimpse and understanding of what it is.
Alchemy is rooted in Ancient Egypt which was called Kmt. In Arabic, Al Khemet is translated as "the black lands." The annual floods would deposit fertile black soils when the waters receded. This soil was what made the Nile River valley so fertile, allowing the seeds to sprout and the cycle of growth to commence. Al Khemet can then be recognized as al-chem, or alchemy in this transformation from flood to soil and from seed to fruit.
The first alchemists were what today we might call chemists or herbalist. The magnum opus or Great Work of the alchemists was to perfect the human body and soul . Thus, alchemy is both a physical as well as a spiritual process.
Physical Alchemy has the goal of transforming a substance from one thing into another, for example the aim to transform lesser substances such as lead into greater substances such as gold. There was a quest to create a elixir of immortality as well as tinctures to heal the body. The first alchemists were what we might call either chemists or herbalist today.
Spiritual Alchemy is the process by which we move from a primal state of unconsciousness, through various alchemical stages represented by our most elemental experiences, to the realization of full awakening, or enlightenment.
Ultimately, alchemy is the interpenetration of spirit and matter—the spiritualization of our material selves, and the materialization of our spiritual selves with the goal to bring unity, alignment, and harmony to spirit and matter.
I am a spiritual alchemist. My work with Blue Lotus Alchemy is all about helping you to alchemize the base matter or your life into the gold of inspirations, realizations, health, and wholeness.