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Our invitation to practice Collective Alchemy continues on 15 January 2021

Friday January 15, 2021

IF THE PRESSURE OF POLARISING ENERGIES BUILDING IN OUR LIVES AND IN OUR WORLD
IS THE FORGING GROUND FOR OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY,
WHAT CAN HELP US ENDURE AND SUSTAIN THE INTENSITY REQUIRED FOR TRANSMUTATION?


In o
ur 19th wave of alchemical practice, we find ourselves moving beyond the numinous presence of The Moon on Water (December 18) and into the light of  The Sun of Life

We invite you to lean in with us and explore what we can experience, witness and transmute within the holding heart of our practice.



Orienting the next Portal Day calls on the arc of the journey so far:

The past few Portal Waves have churned us through an intense process of learning, practice and opening—reflecting much of what is going on in our lives and in the wider world. As above, so below; as within, so without. During these weeks, our sensing and hosting field has broadened, and deepened. We see the value and the power of staying engaged with a collective depth practice over time.

This 19th portal wave lies within the signature energy of the Sun of Life—the 19th card in the major arcana of the Wildwood tarot deck. The sun is the place holder in our solar system for the cosmic order, and our relationship to that. This ball of fire provides the conditions for life to unfold, and powers the spark of infinity that is the life force within us. The archetypal theme associated with the sun that is showing up front and centre in our inquiry at this time is sovereignty.

For this Portal Wave, Marie-José, Aakanksha, An, Pieter, Dounia and Wini have joined Sarah and Helen to co-sense what is alive and calling for our shared attention as practitioners of Collective Alchemy. This wave has really turned up the heat under our collective cauldron, and we have been living in, and intentionally holding, a huge build-up of intensity, sensing that this is key to the forging of the sovereignty that will be called forth from each of us in order to navigate the Era Shift into a positive future.

Framing the calling question:

IF THE PRESSURE OF POLARISING ENERGIES BUILDING IN OUR LIVES AND IN OUR WORLD
IS THE FORGING GROUND FOR OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY,
WHAT CAN HELP US ENDURE AND SUSTAIN THE INTENSITY REQUIRED FOR TRANSMUTATION?

A key aspect for this wave is Sovereignty, and the role it plays in the Era Shift. Each of us is unique and individual. As human beings we have a particular role to play in nature, as part of creation. If you look at how we’re living as a species on this planet, it’s quite clear that we’ve lost our way on that one, partly because we’ve given away our sovereignty—knowingly or not. We are no longer sovereign to the extent that we follow our conditioning, thanks to the way our societies are designed and how our civilizations have grown destructive as a result. As we shall see over this portal wave and the next, the alchemical view offers us a whole different perspective on the meaning of ‘sovereignty’—and its ultimate destiny.

In alchemical terms, our sovereignty fully manifests in the 6th and penultimate phase in the alchemical process: Sublimation. (See the Matrix of Alchemical Procedures for an overview of the full process.) In this phase, “the subject is heated up until the essence rises to the top.” The base matter to be transmuted is the disconnect between intention and will: you know you are in this phase when you recognise how much of your behaviour is actually impulsed from your will directly into your body without passing through your thinking mind. The symptoms are confusion, a hyper-active mind, feeling out of control, and having unintended effects in the world. You abet this by not attempting to justify your actions, by not seeking outside approval. Transmutation comes when thought becomes deed.

This being “heated up until the essence rises to the top” is what we are experiencing, metaphorically, in our calling question. It is humanity’s rite of passage; it is the forging ground of our sovereignty. It is not enough, however, to become sovereign. What matters is what we subsequently do with our sovereignty. The phase in the alchemical process most resonant with the energy signature of the Sun of Life is actually portrayed as the final phase: Radiation. This is the phase when the philosopher’s stone is formed.

Alchemists of old understood that in order to obtain the philosophers stone, you must genuinely renounce all desire to obtain it. That is the work that awaits us as our journey continues….

Preparation for the calls

Deepening our capacity for deepening requires study and practice. All that we understand about Collective Alchemy so far is available in the Practice Guide (including bibliography) and the blogs on the website. You can download the Practice Guide as a PDF, or read it online. We also have a few spare printed copies left, which you can order by sending us a request with your postal address.

Alchemy and Collective Alchemy as a process of transformation

Matrix of alchemical procedures

Emotional Processing

Mechanics of perception

The Four Rooms — the path to deepening your practice of Collective Alchemy

If in Doubt … Principles — a peek under the bonnet into the principles guiding our practice.

 

 

Your hosts are: Helen Titchen Beeth, Sarah Whiteley, Aakanksha Singh, An Van Damme, Dounia Saeme, Marie-Jose d’Aprile, Pieter De Ceuninck

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