Transmutation

 In the section on spirituality, we have the following two sections:

Planes of Being- there can be said to be three claims of being

Spirit- the level of pure spirit - the ground of all being – undetectable by material means

Soul – with two aspects

Higher Mind– the part of the soul in touch with pure spirit. This Higher Mind can be contacted through meditation and intuition - but is not accessible through everyday intellectual thought

Lower Mind - thepart of the soul in touch with the material world and involved with the day-to-day aspects of material living

Material - the level at which are found all physical objects

Polarity - Everything has poles, and everything has its pair of opposites. happy and miserable, depressed and exhilarated. These opposites are identical in concept – simply a spectrum stretching between two opposing poles.  Understanding that there are always two poles, always two extremes, and that there is a place of balance in the middle, is the secret of looking at all human situations whether they be political, social or personal - and living a balanced, calm and peaceful life.

Transmutation

The word means changing one entity into another. This can be applied in various contexts – in alchemy it is changing an inexpensive metal, such as lead, into gold – in nuclear physics it is the changing of one chemical element into another through nuclear reaction.

 But it can also be thought of as the transmutation of one feeling Into another.

Using an example of depression and elation we can use our Higher Mind to visualise a spectrum of emotions ranging from the deepest depression at one pole - and a feeling of joy, happiness, and elation at the other.  We can then use our mind to observe where our current emotions lie upon this spectrum and see it as a pointer along the scale. If we are unhappy with how we are currently feeling, and would like to improve our general well-being, then we can use our will to move the pointer along the spectrum toward the higher and more desirable pole. The very act of consciously endeavouring to shift the feelings along the spectrum, has an almost immediate effect on the reality of the emotions being experienced.

This can be applied to any emotion, for example anger and peace of mind, tolerance and intolerance.

This takes time and practice - but it works