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:
- Emotional Transmutation.
- Polarity Transmutation.
- Correspondence Transmutation.
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.
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 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.
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
3. Utilize the Principle of Correspondence
“As above, so below; as below, so above.”
This statement could be re-formatted as such:
‘As outside, so inside; as inside, so outside.’
‘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.
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).
In this article we covered three main mental alchemy techniques:
- Emotional Transmutation
- Polarity Transmutation
- 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.