3 Effective Mental Alchemy Techniques

If physical alchemy is the transmutation from copper (invaluable metal) to gold (valuable metal), then mental alchemy is the transmutation from undesirable mental states to desirable mental states.

“Mind (as well as metals and elements) may be transmuted, from state to state; degree to degree; condition to condition; pole to pole; vibration to vibration. True Hermetic Transmutation is a Mental Art” (The Kybalion)

If you are fearful, and you wish to become more courageous, the process of mental alchemy will be transmuting fear into courage.

There are many mental alchemy techniques, however in this article we will limit ourselves to three effective techniques in mental alchemy:

  1. Emotional Transmutation.
  2. Polarity Transmutation.
  3. Correspondence Transmutation.
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1. Transmuting emotions into productivity.

Emotions are raw energy.

Any action performed under the influence of emotion is more powerful than an action that is not performed with emotion.

Love, romance, and sex are all emotions capable of driving men to heights of super achievement.

Think and Grow Rich

Mothers perform great feats when the fear of potential harm to her baby is present.

When fighting, any blow influenced by anger/rage is much stronger (however, less accurate).

With regard to memory, emotions make a sensation or idea easier to memorize as opposed to an emotionless idea (The more interest that is given into an idea, the more memorable that idea becomes).

This mental alchemy technique is concerned with; turning your emotions into energy and using that energy to become more productive.

EMOTION -> ENERGY -> PRODUCTIVITY

How to transmute emotions into productivity.

Maintain and Regulate Emotions.

You must maintain your emotions, rather than acting on each fleeting emotion. Instead of exhibiting a certain emotion when it feels normal to do so, keep it inside (this is not suppressing the emotion, this is storing it for later use).

Our purpose in this step is not to suppress our emotions forever, rather it is to acknowledge our emotions and store them for later transmutation into energy.

Convert Emotion into Energy.

Now that you have some emotions stored in your ’emotions bank’, you have to withdraw those emotions before you are to work on a project or require energy for some reason.

When you resurface previously buried emotions, you begin to experience those emotions. And since emotion is energy, you can then use that ’emotional energy’ when working on a project, creating art, studying, etc.

For example, Mary before painting an artwork takes a brief pause and unearths all those buried emotions. Upon unearthing her emotions, she begins to feel those emotions (positive or negative). She bathes herself in those emotions for a couple of moments, and now she possesses something called ’emotional energy’.

Focus Energy onto a Project.

Now that you possess the powerful ’emotional energy’, you must be sure not to waste it on any non-beneficial pursuit.

You must focus your emotional energy on your prioritized project.

If you paint, compose or write, use emotional energy to motivate you and to transform your emotions onto the canvas, on the song or the book.

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2. Utilize the Principle of Polarity

“Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.”

 The Kybalion.

The Principle of Polarity defines that everything has two sides, two aspects, two poles: a pair of opposites.

The Principle of Polarity shows the neophyte that he is able to transmute from one mental state to its opposite

Examples of this include:

  • Noise & Quiet
  • North & South
  • East & West
  • Positive & Negative
  • Hot & Cold
  • Light & Darkness
  • Truth & Falsehood
  • Sharp & Dull

How to transmute from one mental state to its opposite

Knowledge and continual remembrance of the Principle of Polarity is half the work in transmuting from mental state to mental state.

If you are in a depressed mental state, it is wise to remind yourself of the opposite mental state (joy).

By remembering the opposite mental state, you are making it known that there is always another mental state.

And when the other mental state is considered, the individual can subconsciously work towards attaining that state.

The other half of transmuting from state to state is ‘performing actions that correspond to your desired state’

This involves immersing yourself into the desired mental state so that you can manifest that desired state. It is well known that if your thoughts, body language and behaviors are positive then so shall your mental state be.

For instance:

Just as someone who is throwing a tantrum and screaming has put himself in the Anger state, one can perform actions that could put him in the Love state.

If you wish to enter into a ‘Love’ state of mind, perform acts of love.

Give to charity, help out people, perform acts of kindness, be caring and attentive to people’s problems and so on.

Also, this technique could also include thinking, visualizing and reminiscing on his own experiences with love.

He may remember the times he was loving to others, or others were loving to him.

He could visualize being loving to someone else. And he may plan on being loving in the future.

All of these mental actions have the ability to switch his mental state from Anger/Hate to Love

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3. Utilize the Principle of Correspondence

“As above, so below; as below, so above.”

The Kybalion.

This statement could be re-formatted as such:

‘As outside, so inside; as inside, so outside.’

or

‘As in the conscious mind, so in the subconscious mind; As in the subconscious mind, so in the conscious mind.’

So whatever state the conscious mind is in for an extended amount of time, the subconscious mind will adapt to and whatever state the subconscious mind is in, the conscious mind will adapt to.

“Every thought or action which is not harmonious, whether through ignorance or design, will result in discord and limitation of all kinds”

Murphy, J (2011).

Daily behavior and speech is absorbed by the subconscious, and then whatever is registered in the subconscious will be manifested later on.

The principle is like a cycle, the contents of the (sub) conscious may change but the cycle is everlasting.

The Subconscious and Conscious Mind Diagram

Hence by understanding the interdependent, yet interrelated nature of the subconscious and the conscious mind, we come to a point where there are two methods of influencing behavior.

The first method is using the subconscious mind to influence the conscious mind and the second method is using the conscious mind to influence the subconscious mind.

How to use the Principle of Correspondence to transmute from state to state.

  • Create Good Habits & Leave Bad Habits

Whatever you busy yourself with consciously, will manifest in the subconscious mind.

Changing your habits, changes your mental programming.

It is important to engage yourself with good habits so that the subconscious mind is programmed positively.

And, you should refrain from bad habits as you do not want to program the subconscious mind with negativity and a bad attitude.

  • Make Changes to Your External Environment

The subconscious mind is like a sponge, it absorbs any external stimulus and imprints your mind with such stimulus.

If your external environment is clean, peaceful, and organized, so will be your mind.

What is the External Environment?

The External Environment is anything outside your internal environment (the mind).

You can physically observe your External Environment (your room, your house, your workplace, the people you associate with, the places you visit, etc.)

By making changes to your external environment, you also make changes to your internal environment.

  • Clean your room daily.
  • Visit good places/venues.
  • Be vigilant of what you consume. (media, foods, music, etc.)
  • Accept and Reject Heterosuggestions

If anyone gives you a negative suggestion reject it, and if anyone gives you a positive suggestion accept it.

Remember, whatever is accepted by the conscious mind is accepted by the subconscious.

If you are given a negative suggestion, consciously deny it. Tell yourself ‘I am not that way, and those individuals who give me the negative suggestion are wrong’.

When people give you a positive suggestion/compliment, accept it and tell yourself ‘I am that way, they are correct’.

  • Alter a negative statement to a positive statement.

Instead of saying something like “I can’t do this”, say “I can do this” or “I can do this if I try hard”.

If you find yourself saying a negative statement, stop in the middle of the statement and either alter the statement or start a new positive statement.

Joseph Murphy (2011) mentions a story of a girl looking at an expensive bag through a store window.

She was about to say, “I can’t afford that bag”, when instead she said “That bag is mine. It is for sale. I accept it mentally, and my subconscious sees to it that I receive it”.

At eight o’clock Christmas Eve her fiancé presented her with a bag the same as the one she looked at in the morning.

“Never finish a negative statement; reverse it immediately, and wonders will happen to your life” (Murphy, 2011).

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Recap

In this article we covered three main mental alchemy techniques:

  1. Emotional Transmutation
  2. Polarity Transmutation
  3. Correspondence Transmutation

Emotional Transmutation involves converting emotions into an ’emotion infused energy’ and using that powerful energy towards a project or goal.

Polarity Transmutation involves switching from one mental state to its opposite through simply acknowledging the opposite mental state and performing actions that correspond to your desired mental state.

Correspondence Transmutation involves reprogramming your subconscious mind so that your conscious mind is operating on the lines of your will and desire.

7 Mental Alchemy Principles

This article contains extracts from the e-book: Practical Mental Alchemy

In this article our aim is to give our readers a brief outline of the 7 Universal Principles:

  1. The Principle of Mentalism.
  2. The Principle of Correspondence.
  3. The Principle of Vibration.
  4. The Principle of Polarity.
  5. The Principle of Rhythm.
  6. The Principle of Cause & Effect.
  7. The Principle of Gender.

These 7 Principles are used for the purpose of Mental Transmutation.

Mental Transmutation means the art of changing and transforming mental states, forms, and conditions into others.

Just as how copper is transmuted into gold. Negative mental states can be transmuted into positive mental states.

Mind may be transmuted, from state to state; degree to degree; condition to condition; vibration to vibration.”

The Kybalion mainly looks at the theory of these important principles. It is our aim to provide the practical techniques that can assist you in mental transmutation. This article lists the main techniques that correspond to each principle. If one wishes to read the full explanation, he is advised to read through the free eBook: Practical Mental Alchemy

If the reader is after hermetic alchemy, then this article and the Kybalion is not suited for his purposes. We will outline the true essence of Hermeticism in a later article.

While The Kybalion is not a great book on Hermeticism, it is a powerful book containing powerful principles that every neophyte should understand and apply.

In this article ALL REFERENCES ARE FROM THE KYBALION UNLESS OTHERWISE MENTIONED.


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The Principle of Mentalism

“If the Universe is Mental in its nature, then Mental Transmutation must be the art of CHANGING THE CONDITIONS OF THE UNIVERSE, along the lines of Matter, Force and Mind.”

This principle is the backbone of all other principles.

The neophyte must understand that the Universe is a Mental Creation.

You may ask, “What is meant by the statement: The Universe is a Mental Creation?”

In the perspective of the Kybalion:

The Universe is Mental—held in the Mind of The All.”


The All creates the Universe mentally, in a manner akin to the process whereby
Man creates Mental Images.

These two quotes show us that alchemy is in fact a mental activity.

The rest of the principles build up on the Principle of Mentalism as you will see below:

  • Correspondence: Utilizing the knowledge of the two minds to change deeply rooted thought processes & habits.
  • Vibration: Changing mental states and moods by raising or reducing the vibration of the individual.
  • Polarity: Changing mental states by switching from one mental state to its polar opposite.
  • Rhythm: Neutralizing the negative effects of the constant ups and downs of life. 
  • Cause and Effect: How we can avoid being affected by internal and external situations and instead become the cause for external and internal situations.
  • Gender: How we can balance our mind and obtain the appropriate level of objectivity and subjectivity. 

All the principles correlate together perfectly and they all work towards achieving the same goal: Mental Transmutation.

The Principle of Correspondence

“As Above, so Below., as Below, so Above”

Whatever occurs repeatedly in the conscious mind will be imprinted in the subconscious mind, and whatever is in the subconscious mind will manifest in the conscious mind.

The principle also means:

The rate of vibration at your mental plane will affect the rate of vibration at the physical plane and vice versa.

If the mental vibrations are low, then so will the physical vibrations be low.

Why do think many people suffer from a lack of energy and motivation?

Why are more and more people suffering from mental illness?

If their physical vibrations are low then so will their mental vibrations be low. When the vibrations of the body and mind are low this affects the body in totality keeping it at a weak and feeble state.

Correspondence is simple. Make sure you fill your subconscious mind with positivity so that you can manifest positivity in your daily thought patterns.

Read The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy for more on this.

The Practical Application:

1. Create Good Habits & Leave Bad Habits.

Whatever you busy yourself with physically and consciously, will manifest in
the subconscious.

Habits are so powerful that if you did not apply anything but this technique, you will be performing greatly.

Habits can change your life at an exponetial rate.

“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement”

James Clear

2. Make Changes to Your External Environment

The subconscious is like a sponge, it absorbs any external stimulus and imprints your mind with such stimulus.

If your external environment is clean, peaceful, and organized, so will be your mind.

By making changes to your external environment, you also make changes to your internal environment.

The main aspect of this technique is cleaning and making sure the areas where you
spend most of your time are organized and emanate positive vibrations.

3. Substitute negative beliefs with its positive counterpart.

To substitute beliefs:

  1. You must enter into a state where your conscious mind is submerged. Enter into
    a sleepy, drowsy state, either through meditation, hypnosis or before sleep. “In this
    state the negative thoughts, which tend to neutralize your desire and so prevent
    acceptance by your subconscious mind are no longer present” (Murphy, 2011).
  2. Then, sum up your idea or belief you wish to impregnate the subconscious mind
    in a short, easy to say, lullaby.Charles Baudouin, a professor at the Rousseau Institute in France concocted this method in 1910, he mentions that the short and easy lullaby eases the process of
    impregnating an idea into the subconscious.
  3. While you are in a sleepy drowsy state, repeat the lullaby over and over again. Depending on how deeply the negative belief has been ingrained, you will start tosee some positive results in a week to a months’ time. Of course, results will vary from person to person. For me, I started to see some results in a fortnight.
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The Principle of Vibration

“To change your mood or mental state–change your vibration.”

“One may change his mental vibrations by an effort of Will, in the direction of deliberately fixing the Attention upon a more desirable state.”

The Practical Application:

1. Mental State Check & Switch

2. Raise Your Vibration.

The Principle of Polarity

To destroy an undesirable rate of mental vibration, put into operation the Principle of Polarity and concentrate upon the opposite pole to that that you desire to suppress. Kill out the undesirable by changing its polarity.”

“If you are possessed by Fear, do not waste time trying to “kill out” Fear, but instead cultivate the quality of Courage, and the Fear will disappear.”

“The mastery of Polarization is the mastery of the fundamental principles of Mental Transmutation or Mental Alchemy”

Practical Application

1. The Symbolism Technique

2. Perform Actions that Correspond to your Desired State

3. Focus on the Desired State.

The Principle of Rhythm

“The Master by rising mentally to the higher plane causes the swing of the mental pendulum to manifest on the Lower Plane, and he, dwelling on his Higher Plane, escapes the consciousness of the swing backward.”

This involves raising the vibrations to a certain level, so that one enters a higher plane. Once he is in the higher plane, the events of the lower plane won’t affect him as much.

“It is akin to rising above a thing and letting it pass beneath you.”

The Principle of Rhythm is always active, however its effects can be avoided.

Practical Application

1. The Law of Neutralization

2. Always Remember the Principle of Rhythm

3. Ride The Pendulum

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The Principle of Causation

“Nothing escapes the Principle of Cause and Effect, but there are many Planes of Causation, an one may use the laws of the higher (cause) to overcome the laws of the higher to overcome the laws of the lower (effect)

“The masses of people are carried along, obedient to their environment; the wills and desires of others stronger than themselves; the effects of inherited tendencies; the suggestions of those about them: and other outward causes; which tend to move them about on the chess-board of life like mere pawns.” 

By rising above these influencing cause, the advanced Hermetitist seek a higher plane of mental plane of mental action, and by dominating their moods, emotions, impulses and feelings, they create for themselves new characters, qualities and powers, by which they overcome their ordinary environment, and thus become practically players instead of mere Pawns.”

Practical Application

1. Become a Cause not an Effect.

The Principle of Gender

There is this dual aspect in the mind of every person. The “I” represents the Masculine Principle of Mental Gender—the “Me” represents the Feminine Principle

“The tendency of the Feminine Principle is always in the direction of receiving impressions, while the tendency of the Masculine Principle is always in the direction of giving out, or expressing”

“The Feminine Principle conducts the work of generating new thoughts, concepts, ideas, including the work of the imagination, . . . and the Masculine Will in stimulating and energizing the creative portion of the mind.”

The Feminine is not better than the Masculine Principle and the Masculine is not better than the Feminine Principle, They complete each other,

If one had high levels of the Feminine Principle, they would be in their head most of the time, very creative and thoughtful, however they won’t be able to act on their ideas and their creativity.

If one has high levels of the Masculine Principle, they would be very motivated, objective and active, but they won’t have any ideas or creativity that would make their work creative or deep.

Practical Application

1. Work within Your Strengths.

2. Balance Masculine & Feminine Principle.