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Connecting philosophy and spirituality with the modern human experience. You are it.
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On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I take a look at the Eastern influence on early Christian thought, and the similarities between mystical experience and the recognition of the divine and the self. We will take a look at the Kena Upanishad along with some of the writings of Pseudo-Dionysius The Aeropagite to make connections between these two traditions, and how the neti neti method - or agnosia as Pseudo-Dionysius called it - can be used to understand who we really are. The website is now live - https://thealchemicalmind.com. There you can also find links to our Discord channel as well as the Patreon which will be launching officially this week. If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742 Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
For this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I depart a bit from our recent discussion of Gnostic Christianity to dive into one of my favorite quotes, and one I use all the time, from Sufi mystic Ibn Ata Allah al-Iskandari - "the real is not veiled from you, rather it is you who are veiled from seeing it." Through this quote and the passage from which it is derived, I analyse the mystical experience, understanding how to acquire truth, and what ultimately prevents us from "getting it" - ourselves. Books mentioned on this episode: The Spirit In The Sky - https://amzn.to/35xP9VJ DMT Deities, Myth & Tryptamines - https://amzn.to/3mnRQ3a The Book Of Aphorisms - https://amzn.to/31JCPk6 The website is now live - https://thealchemicalmind.com. There you can also find links to our Discord channel as well as the Patreon which will be launching officially this week. If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742 Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I dive back into Gnostic literature to discuss The Book Of Thomas The Contender To The Perfect and the Gnostic idea of epistemology at least among the Thomasine tradition.  We're going to continue going deeper and deeper into epistemology, so if you'd like to read Carl Jung's The Seven Sermons to the Dead before we discuss it next week, here's the link: http://www.gnosis.org/library/7Sermons.htm If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742 Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
This episode was originally supposed to be the first in the Symbology 101 series, but after a recent discussion, I decided to push it back until next week. Why that is, you'll just have to listen to the episode, but it does lead nicely into what we are discussing and that is listener stories! On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I share a poem and a mystical experience by two amazing listeners which leads us into discussing critical thinking, mental health, fear-mongering, discovering truth, and so much more. If you'd like to share your story to be read on a future episode, feel free to check out the contact info below. You can also find a link to read Drew's poem as mentioned on the episode. Sunyata Son by Drew Stanek - https://sunyatason.medium.com/sunyata-son-a5ac8aa30560 If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742 Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, we return to our deep dive of Gnosticism with a look at The Gospel of Mary, a beautiful and deeply esoteric text which dives into the Platonic influence on the early Christians, how the soul can return to the Pleroma by overcoming the Archons, and most importantly, the important of partaking on both the left hand and right hand paths to achieve ultimate awakening. Texts discussed in this episode: The Gospel Of Mary - https://www.gospels.net/mary The Stranger's Book - https://www.gospels.net/stranger The Nag Hammadi Scriptures - https://amzn.to/3nL5aA7 The Magdalene Mysteries - https://amzn.to/3j41EgN Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife - https://amzn.to/3lG1y0m If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so: Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1511325742 Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xYjRmN2JlYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZOhy8aSpJEU5mtfT5ia2T RSS - https://anchor.fm/s/1b4f7bec/podcast/rss Leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village (https://kabbalisticvillage.com/)
On today's episode of The Alchemical Mind, I take a look at tribalism. Why do we create tribes, what are their purpose, and how can we be members of a tribe while maintaining critical thinking skills and not relegating our authority to them. While not necessary, it may be worthwhile listening to the previous episode, Understanding Open-Mindedness And The Quest For Truth, in order to grasp some of the points of this discussion. If you want to watch the original clips played in this episode, here are the YouTube links below: The Science Of Tribalism - Discovery Channel Jordan Peterson - This isn't progress, it's tribalism If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. I will now be posting these episodes on Youtube so subscribe there as well! If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
For this episode of The Alchemical mind, we dive into some practical theory with a look at open-mindedness. What is open-mindedness and why is it a prerequisite in order to properly analyze evidence and understand truth? This is a key episode in our understanding of some upcoming topics including understanding tribalism, memetics and mind viruses, cult psychology, fear, and more. Even if you believe yourself to be an open-minded person, this episode may have you rethinking whether you are truly open-minded or not. If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. I will now be posting these episodes on Youtube so subscribe there as well! If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
It's time to go deep down the rabbit hole on this episode of The Alchemical Mind as we look at the importance of the divine feminine within mystery traditions as we continue our exploration of Gnosticism with a look at The Exegesis Of The Soul. Through this text, and accompanying readings from Magdalene Mysteries: The Left Hand Path Of The Feminine Christ, we'll explore the importance of the feminine aspect of the divine through traditions stemming from John The Baptist to Simon Magus and why this forms the core of the teachings of various mystery schools through antiquity, the middle ages, and into modern times. This is an important milestone for the podcast as we start to break down modern misconceptions of language and symbolism, which will play a key role for the show moving forward. If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. I will now be posting these episodes on Youtube so subscribe there as well! If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
For this episode of The Alchemical Mind, we switch gears from the dark cosmology of the Sethians to the Gospel of Phillip and the Valentinians. Valentinus was educated in Alexandria and set up his school in Rome and was largely influential in early Christianity by introducing the original concept of a triune god. Apparently through his discontent of not becoming bishop of Rome, Valentinus set up his school with a curiously non-dual view of the nature of god that was deeply influenced by the Platonists, Hermeticists, and Eastern ideology. In The Gospel Of Philip, we learn about the Valentinian view of the nature of god, the sacraments, the divinity of Christ, the creation of the world, and most importantly, the importance of words and symbols and their interpretations. If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. I will now be posting these episodes on Youtube so subscribe there as well! If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
As  we continue our deep dive into Gnosticism, I take a look at The Secret  Book Of John. This is part two of a multipart series on this important  Sethian text, as we look at the intricate Gnostic cosmology. On this episode, we'll go into how the universe was created according to the Sethians, what the nature of god is, how physical reality came to be, why there is an "evil" god in their cosmology, and how humanity can return to the Pleroma (or the fullness) of the one true god through the cultivation of our innate inner spark. This is a fantastic piece of the Gnostic puzzle, but be sure to listen to part 1 before diving in. If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. I will now be posting these episodes on Youtube so subscribe there as well! If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
Before we dive into part 2 of The Secret Book of John and dive deep into Gnostic cosmology, I wanted to bring you a bit of commentary on Gnosticism and the early Christians from none other than audience favorite, Terrence McKenna. In the first part of this episode, McKenna talks about the influence of Rome on the development of early Christianity and how Eastern ideas, as well as various Western mystery schools influenced the development of Gnostic and Christian thought. In the latter half, McKenna of course dives into the sacred mushroom and how psychedelics have influenced mystery schools throughout history, all interspersed with a little commentary from yours truly. If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, it's time to look at some of the practical applications of finding gnosis as I take a look at how we can determine what is and isn't true. This is not some esoteric view of finding some sort of "ultimate Truth," but rather some simple things we can do to analyze information and weed out false information. In part 2 of this series, we begin by discussing the story about the fiery dragon in the garage from Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark before diving into some of the philosophical fallacies to watch out for when analysis information to be true. I conclude the episode with a fantastic bit from George Carlin on weasel words that wraps the discussion up nicely. If you missed part 1, you can listen to it here. I also reference my series on finding an regaining your own authority which you can find links to below.  You Are It: Understanding That You Are The Ultimate Authority I Am That I Am: Authority And Religion If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I go a bit off-topic to talk about the news today that life may have been discovered on Venus. What does this mean in relation to topics I usually discuss on the podcast? Is this huge news or a sign of things to come?  As always, do your own research on the topics discussed on the podcast. The article I referenced on this episode is entitled Life on Venus? Astronomers See a Signal in Its Clouds. If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
As we continue our deep dive into Gnosticism, I take a look at The Secret Book Of John. This is part one of a multipart series on this important Sethian text, as we look at the intricate Gnostic cosmology. The Secret Book Of John is key to understanding how the Gnostics view the idea of god (hint: it's very non-dual), what man's place in the universe is, and how the world was created by an evil, ignorant god known as Yaldaboath, Saklas, or simply as the demiurge, which leads into a discussion of the similarities between Gnostic ideas and those that we see among the Hermeticists, Platonist, Pythagoreans, and more. If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
I took the day off from recording, but that doesn't mean you won't be getting a new episode of The Alchemical Mind! For this special episode, I bring you a great speech by Alan Watts on the early Christian thought, the importance of gnosis in the early church, and its similarities to similar ideas from Buddhism and Hindu traditions. Then, Watts ties it all together in a nice little bow by discussing how true gnosis and dogma are not necessarily mutually exclusive, even though they may appear to be and why the pursuit of spiritual truth does not need to be tied to ritualistic boredom. If you'd like to check in touch, follow the podcast on Twitter, @MindAlchemical, or just leave a voicemail directly on Anchor.fm. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, it's time to look at some of the practical applications of finding gnosis as I take a look at how we can determine what is and isn't true. This is not some esoteric view of finding some sort of "ultimate Truth," but rather some simple things we can do to analyze information and weed out false information. We begin this series by examining Carl Sagan's baloney detection kit from his book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark and how we can use the scientific method in to determine if something is "true" or not - even when dealing with spiritual, philosophical, and other epistemological endeavors.  I do mention a terrific interview with Tim Freke which you can find here. I also reference my series on finding an regaining your own authority which you can find links to below. You Are It: Understanding That You Are The Ultimate Authority I Am That I Am: Authority And Religion If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
The Gospel Of Thomas

The Gospel Of Thomas

2020-08-2801:07:06

The Gospel of Thomas is a fascinating text from early in Christian history and one of the most accessible texts from the group that is generally dubbed as the Gnostics. On this episode of The Alchemical Mind, I begin an exploration of Christian Gnostic thought with a book that has fascinated me for many years. The Gospel of Thomas is unique from many other sacred texts in that it is simple a book of sayings - 114 to be exact. Let's dive into just who the Gnostics were (or weren't), what it means to be a Gnostic, the group's relationship with Hermeticism, and the influence of Buddhist ideas on early Christianity. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
Welcome back to another episode of The Alchemical Mind. This episode is part four of my deep dive into The Hermetica and since this text has inspired so much of Western esoteric thought, what better way to wrap this discussion up than by talking about mystery schools. What are mystery schools? What does Hermes have to say about the mysteries? Should knowledge be kept hidden? I'll dive into all this and more, as well as a brief reading from Manly P. Hall's The Secret Teachings Of All Ages to try to get a grasp on the subject. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
This episode of The Alchemical Mind serves partially as a departure from our discussion on The Hermetica, but also as an added bonus with additional information on the influence of this work and the traditions it is based on on Western theology and philosophy. I'm sure many of you know Terrence McKenna from his work with psychedelics, but he was also deeply knowledgeable in theology and philosophy, so for this episode, I bring you a speech from McKenna on the hermetic tradition, magic, and mysticism.  I will return on Monday with the final part of our discussion of The Hermetica as I dive into a discussion of mystery schools in preparation for what will serve as a basis for much of podcast for the month of September.  If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
The Hermetica, Part 2

The Hermetica, Part 2

2020-08-1301:02:48

Welcome to The Alchemical Mind. This episode is part two of a three part deep dive into The Hermetica, one of the most powerful and influential sacred texts of all times. Its origins are a bit of a mystery, but its influence on Western philosophy, science, alchemy and religion are without question, even being partially responsible for launching the Renaissance in Europe. For part one, I dove into the creation and nature of god and the universe according to the text. Part two focuses on humanity's purpose in the universe, and part three will dive into a discussion on mystery religions in the context of The Hermetica. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure to do so on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Leave a review, and share with a friend. Music provided by Kabbalistic Village. Huge thanks!
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