Is increased polarity and division actually a positive step in times to come?
Division. Divisive. Disagreeable. These are words that have found too common a place in our societal vernacular at present.
Mostly driven by media headlines, political discourse, and thus everyday folk who not only speak the words but act in accord with its message, division has taken a precedent in the justifying of a position and the anchoring of identity.
Though the process of taking a side: left/right, conservative/liberal, gay/straight appears to be an all too natural dimension of being human, those who have sought a different path – one of enlightenment – have tapped into a preternatural philosophy that goes well beyond the limits of the 3D.
In alchemical tradition, there are seven known stages of spiritual growth: Calcination, Dissolution, Separation, Conjunction, Fermentation, Distillation, and Coagulation.
It is the seventh stage that we are concerned about here for purposes of examining the dynamic we’ll call “division.”
The following beautifully distills this stage called coagulation:
The meeting point between two opposites such as the spiritual self and raw matter, heaven and hell, and life and death, is the point where existence become self-aware. This is the moment when our lives are without duality; when matter becomes spirit, or the spirit is manifested in material form.
In the stage of Coagulation, the physical universe is not separate from the mind or spiritual reality; it is a reflection of it.
Alchemy’s greatest achievement is to create an interrelationship between mind and matter, between self and world.
I find it quite curious, and frankly intriguing that we are living at a time when dichotomous thinking is at a fever pitch.
In my book, Conscious Musings and specifically in one of its chapters entitled: Dichotomy of Consciousness and the Precipice of Change. It begins…
I recall waxing philosophical many years ago with a friend about the prospect of one day seeing a world where extreme opposites will co-exist; where humans will engage in the worst behavior and the best. Apathy will sit side-by-side with empathy; greed with giving, and so on. But then we reasoned, just as the darkest times are usually an indicator of the birth of a brighter day, such will be the case when the dichotomy of consciousness reaches its peak.
Needless to say, we’ve reached a tipping point of division. And one that appears to have created a mass cesspool (divided in two, of course) of social and political correctness, religious ideologies, racial abhorrence, and the like.
Considering this seemed unrelenting backdrop, where might an alchemical methodology come in to play?
In the stage of coagulation, an individual (or group) understands that the act of taking notice of the existence of opposites is part of the process of discernment. He or she can then transmute two discrete aspects of reality and literally create a third. A blurred but unified reality. The absence of division and opposites. The oneness of all life.
Though I would surely question the notion that the masses who are currently entrenched in divided reality have consciously taken any steps to graduate from the six previous alchemical stages leading to a point of coagulation, on some deeply unconscious level, perhaps we are all aware that a true and unequivocal union of self and others requires all of these steps and at this deep level, we are co-existing and co-creating as alchemists.
When and if we can reason that this may actually be taking place, division begins to gray, and magically the polarization of reality will melt away.
In this context, just maybe we’ve already reached the threshold of the destruction of division!
Relevant links from this post/podcast:
Article: Seven Stages of Spiritual Alchemy – LonerWolf.com
Podcast: Neil Kramer – Kramer On Grimerica
We are the alchemists. We have the ability to turn scrap metal into gold, challenges into triumph, fear into love. – Alexis Brooks (from the book Conscious Musings)
Let’s muse about this a bit more in this week’s episode of Conscious Commentary…
Alexis Brooks is the founder/editor of HigherJourneys.com, #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings – Contemplations to Transform Life and Realize Potential and is the host of the popular Higher Journeys Radio program, presented in association with Conscious Life News. Visit Alexis on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!