What Is Spiritual Alchemy and How Can You Practice It?

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Like ancient Egyptian and Greek scientists before them, European scientists and philosophers of the Middle Ages believed that everything in the world was made up of four basic elements: earth, air, fire, and water.  They saw these four elements as having specific qualities and properties that could be manipulated to create new substances. As a result, the early chemists, or alchemists as they came to be called, became focused on turning base metals, such as lead, into higher metals, such as gold. This sounds like the pursuit of wealth and power. And given human nature, for some of these alchemists,…

Cracking the Physical Code of Cosmic Energy Sensations

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The term cosmic energy can have different meanings for different people, cultures, philosophies and spiritual practices. In this article, we’re going to touch on only a few of the most widely reported meanings. Cosmic energy is often used in metaphysical spiritual contexts to describe a universal energy or life force that permeates all things in the universe. This energy is thought to be responsible for the movement and transformation of matter and energy throughout the cosmos. Some people also refer to this energy as universal energy, prana, qi (or chi), shakti, mana, and life force energy, to name only a…

How I Changed Everything in the Universe, Including Meditation

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This is a true story about how I changed my meditation practice and everything else in the universe in one simple step. Well, one simple jump, anyway. In an effort to overcome fear of something entirely different, I jumped out of an airplane because I thought skydiving would be scarier. As it turns out, I was wrong: skydiving was way less scary than the thing I was avoiding. But the point is that the overarching result wasn’t what I expected. I sought to overcome fear, but instead I learned  first-hand how everything becomes different when seen through the lens of…