In alchemy, the term chrysopoeia means transmutation into gold (from the Greek khruson, gold, and poiein, to make), although it is also symbolically used to indicate the philosopher’s stone as the completion of the Great Work.
Chrysopoeia – transmuting into gold. When I look in my own experience, I find three ways this can happen.
It can happen through an active transmutation.
I have lead – for instance reactive anger, anger created and fueled by identifying with a fixed viewpoint and a belief. As this story is clarified, and I also find the value and support in anger and another way of relating to it, anger may turn into gold. From reactive anger, anger is revealed as a powerful energy which can be used more in the service of whatever wisdom and kindness is here. Anger is transmuted from reactive anger (lead) to anger guided more by clarity and kindness (gold).
It can happen through clarification.
I have a surface desire or need which may appear mundane or even crude (lead). As I clarify the intention behind it, I may find that this more basic desire is innocent and helpful (gold).
For instance, I desire to be liked and have money, and this desire is sometimes filtered through beliefs and comes out in a confused and at times hurtful way (lead). When I clarify this desire, I find that behind it is a desire for safety, and that desire is innocent and helpful (gold).
And it can happen through noticing.
I notice that whatever happens happens within and as what is – awake no-thing. It’s the play of the divine. Whether it appears as desirable or undesirable, lead or gold, to humans, it is all the play of the divine. Lead or gold is all really gold (or all lead, or both and neither).
There are not any absolute boundaries between these varieties. For instance, even active transmutation is often a noticing of what’s already here, although the transmutation can also happen in a more conventional way (through “will” and discipline) and that has its place as well.
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– transmute into gold
— apparent change
— gold in shadow
— clarity in stories (from belief to story)
— clarify intentions
— allow experience
— notice, already gold
— already play of the divine
In alchemy, the term chrysopoeia means transmutation into gold (from the Greek khrus?n, gold, and poi?in, to make), although it is also symbolically used to indicate the philosopher’s stone as the completion of the Great Work.
The word was used in the title of an alchemical textbook, the Chrysopoeia of Cleopatra, which was probably written in the late hellenistic period, although it gained wider fame only in the middle ages. The book is mainly centred around the idea of “one to all” (en to pan), a concept that is related to ouroboros and to hermetic wisdom. Stephen of Alexandria wrote a De Chrysopoeia. Chrysopoeia is also a 1515 poem by Giovanni Augurello.