The Concept of Aliveness

So, it’s been a while. Its feeling like it’s time to share again. My thoughts keep coming back to the concept of aliveness that was written in Steven School book Truth Illuminated, Alchemy Survival Guide. I wrote a bit about that here: Back to School with The Great Work. For a specific reference, I’ve brought the quote forward:

The true magnetic principle of this salt is often misunderstood, it is not magnetic to metals, it acts as a magnet by the fact that it attracts the universal life force unto itself, the hidden astral spirit which animates all things on earth and thus provides the universal life force to the animated body. The salt acts as a covering for this invisible life force which is the spirit of god. In the case of a tree for example, the wood represents the body, if it contains the invisible spirit or life force, then it is animated and is considered to be alive, however if the universal spirit leaves the tree, then it is no longer vivified, and it is now considered to be dead.

This statement is really pretty cut and dry. It states as fact what is inherently obvious. Let’s apply some western thinking to this and carve up the parts. Maybe we can see how they fit back together.

  • The true magnetic principle – When something is alive, the universal life force is attached. There is a connection that makes life ‘sticky’. If life force where to come and go as it pleases, growth would probably be defined differently.
  • Universal life force – There is an energy that animates material (bodies) in a purposeful way. This energy is universal (singular) and, when present, it is what we notice (or observe) the signs of life in something.
  • Hidden astral spirit – Like ultra violet light, it exists but generally goes unnoticed. Like the air, we don’t see it, but we can still experience it.
  • Life and Death – It’s one or the other, not both. You can die, but as you do it’s all just another state of living. There are many different ways to die, but death is the point of transition.
  • Body – The part that remains after death. It’s the collection of substances gathered during the living process.

From my point of view, I interpret the author’s words to mean that The Philosopher’s Stone is partly made of a substance that is alive. I would probably go as far as to say that the substance is consciousness and it is animated in some way.

My thoughts drift back to some words from Bruce H. Lipton in The Biology of Belief (page 158):

On that early morning in the Caribbean, I realized that even the “winners” in our Darwinian world are losers because we are one with a bigger Universe/God. The cell engages in behavior when its brain, the membrane, responds to environmental signals. In fact, every functional protein in our body is made as a complementary “image” of an environmental signal. If a protein did not have a complimentary signal to couple with, it would not function. This means, as I concluded in that “aha!” moment, that every protein in our bodies is a physical/electromagnetic complement to something in the environment. Because we are machines made out of protein, by definition we are made in the image of the environment, that environment being the Universe, or to many, God.

If you can recall, I’ve brought up the good Dr. Lipton in previous articles. Just search or “Lipton” in the search control (upper right) and you’ll find a number of references.

The key idea from his work is that cells respond to stimuli. They are alive as long as you can provide the stimuli and the associated function is carried out.

What I would add to this is that the Universal Life Force is a stimulus. It is most likely the key stimulus that drives the cell to function.

Let’s take this smaller. Another example that I like to use is the retina in the eye. It is sensitive enough to measure a single photon of light. When you see it from Dr. Lipton’s point of view, the stimuli is the photon of light. The function is the molecule twisting to signal the nerve so that the brain gets the signal that there is the, say, color red present.

One thing that bugs me about Dr. Lipton’s work is that he seems to believe that within the cell, there are random collisions where molecules or atoms come together in order to build the proteins that he talks about. Basically, it’s the idea that there is enough stuff in the primordial soup that exists within the cell that the balance between stimuli and function is maintained. It’s kind of a leap of faith. You can think of it as: “things just find each other”.

That just doesn’t cut it for me.

If you can imagine the distances on an atomic level within a cell, they are enormous! If we had to wait for a collision to occur, we would have to deal with probability theory on a grand scale. Likewise, the inefficiency of all the stimuli floating around within the cell would take the cells from one extreme to another. There would always be a state of ‘panic’ within the cell. Yet, the observation is that there really is no panic on the inside of the cell (unless something goes wrong).

This leads me to believe that there is conscious behavior that brings the stimuli and function together. There is something that guides two molecules to come together. There is something purposeful at work that greatly increases the efficiency of the system.

This is where we come back to the Universal Life Force energy. In order for it to work, there must be some form of consciousness behind that energy. It must know what is going on and what is needed. Just like our bodies breath, digest and circulate fluids for us, this same force must also perform similar operations on a pure cellular level or the atomic level.

It seems to be that because this functionality is so vital to us, we simply overlook it. Dr. Lipton has a great diagram on page 137 that looks like this:


In the relative vastness of space, there is very little that we are conscious of. In fact, if our very lives depended on being conscious of life, we would surely never would have come into existence.

This brings us back to the Concept of Aliveness. From my current point of view:

  • Life is a function of the subconscious mind.
  • There is intention in the activities that demonstrate Aliveness.
  • There is wisdom in the actions.

What is also interesting is that the aspects of mind are the same between everything that is animated by this mind. The consciousness that moves the elements within a cell in our body would be logically the same consciousness that moves the elements within anything else that’s living that has a similar function. In other words, the consciousness that exists within the tree to keep it alive would also be the consciousness that lives and functions within us.

That same consciousness must have a very good understanding of its environment so that it knows when to be present and when to vacate.

Coming back to death. When we die, it’s an instantaneous activity. It’s as if this Life Force Energy (subconscious mind, living mind) knows exactly when to leave and every cell of the body transitions at the exact same moment. It is an activity of the mind. It’s like turning off an electromagnetic magnet.

A follow up question to Aliveness might be, where is life found?

By current standards, western science pretty much says that if it’s biological, it’s a living system. Well, they’ve completely discounted the concept of consciousness. Without consciousness, there is nothing to direct the function of the matter. Without consciousness, all the matter would be primordial soup!

When you consider consciousness as being the key attribute to life, you then have to wonder about the mineral kingdom. There are clear rules that minerals follow, minerals can get ordered – crystallized. Might there be some subtle consciousness involved here? Even though the minerals do not follow the biological standard of ‘activity and reproduction’, are the minerals not active when the crystals are growing?

It feels like it would be correct to say that minerals can ‘grow’ into crystals and that this process might be fostered by consciousness.

Still, makes me wonder.

To sum this up, I believe that the Concept of Aliveness is backed by consciousness and because consciousness can be just about anywhere, it would lead me to believe that there is more life present around us than what is currently believed.

Now, one has to wonder if it is possible to setup an interesting enough environment that consciousness would want to get involved. Is that possible? Is that what The Great Work is all about?

I think I’ll over saturate some water with salt and watch the crystals grow as the water evaporates.

Good day.

A Conversation with Bengt Robbert

I’ve watched this video a couple times now and I can’t help but feel the need to share it. I normally shy away from 65 minute videos, but for some reason I clicked play and paid attention.

This, apparently, is Bengt Robbert interviewed by Adam Abraham. My understanding is that Bengt is involved with the ORMUS community in some way and has links to “the spice”, but I don’t know what company it is that produces that product. I’m this was an interview rather than in infomercial!

This interview shows a level of understanding with regards to alchemical processes that remove the mystery from studying nature and exploring our relationship in nature. It makes Bengt’s friend’s discoveries personable. You can actually believe that he’s experienced what he states. This is good.

If you’ve followed the ORMUS community and feel less than excited about how they share their information, this might change your point of view.

I believe what sold me on the video and kept me involved was the early conversation about How to Think. I love the application of mathematical concepts with the process of living. Science should enhance life. This guy makes you feel like YOU could actually have a chance at enhancing your own life through some really simple process – through intention.

Pay close attention to the four levels that he talks about in the first few minutes.

  • Data – realm of what questions. Things that can be worked with.
  • Knowledge – operates on data. It is an operator that is applied to data.
  • Wisdom – realm of which questions. How your apply knowledge. Choosing which knowledge to apply.
  • Enlightenment – State of being. Intention determines how wisdom is used. Why questions are answered here.

This section shows the deep commitment Bengt has made towards understanding how to be. I particularly like this phrase: “The intention to be causative yields enlightenment.”

If you’ve got an hour or two, meet Bengt Robbert.

Good day!

Back to School with The Great Work

Every once in a while this blog brings something fun my way. This time, it was an author spreading news about his passion – his quest for The Philosopher’s Stone. It came in the way of a video and a couple comments on previous articles that I’d written (Is the philosopher’s stone real? And The Book of Aquarius – The Great Work).

As you all know by now, I’m of the mind that people really haven’t discovered all there is to discover. Even with things that we think we understand, there still is a lot to learn about it. When you look at the fringe things, even though some things seem weird, or rightfully belong in fairy tales, sometimes the weird is real and fairy tales have substance.

I like to use the example, just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. Can you see radio ways? Can you see salt in a water solution? Can you see the air that you breathe? Well, even though each of these examples are easy to measure (by current standards – you can taste the salt, just not see it), if you can’t measure it, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Another example would be that we know when something is alive and when it’s dead, but we can’t measure how alive it is.  Who is to say that one tree is more alive than another? Do we understand the concept of life enough to really be able to say that the rock is dead?

Ok, back on track. This video came to me with all the overtones that you would see with a typical struggling author book promotion. Well, ha, that’s what it is, but fortunately it goes a bit deeper. Here is the video (Google or YouTube search “alchemy,aquarius,alembic,aludel,distillation”).

It’s really a bummer that it’s just a collection of pictures put to music, but those pictures really do look interesting.  Would you agree?

So, I went shopping.


I like to support people that have similar interests. That’s really why I put this blog together – so I could share my interests and connect with others that find me. Basically, connect with people that have similar interests.

So, what do I think?

Well, I believe the author could actually tell you how to start and you still wouldn’t do the work. Or, I’d bet that only one in a million would give it a go. And…

These are concise (less than 20 page) pamphlets that simply lay 99% of it all right on the line. If you’ve studied at all, you’ll recognize just about everything that is written.

My favorite part can be found on page 4 of Truth Illuminated, Alchemy Survival Guide:

The true magnetic principle of this salt is often misunderstood, it is not magnetic to metals, it acts as a magnet by the fact that it attracts the universal life force unto itself, the hidden astral spirit which animates all things on earth and thus provides the universal life force to the animated body. The salt acts as a covering for this invisible life force which is the spirit of god. In the case of a tree for example, the wood represents the body, if it contains the invisible spirit or life force, then it is animated and is considered to be alive, however if the universal spirit leaves the tree, then it is no longer vivified, and it is now considered to be dead.

This resonates positively with me and has gotten me thinking about the process once again. Yet, I have a feeling that I’ll have to meditate on this for a bit longer. Truth always withstands the test of time. These books are new, so they have yet to prove themselves.

I’ve got to include words of caution, for I’ve got an inner critic in me. Every time I see someone claim that they’ve found The Philosopher’s Stone and see that they are selling the information, I tend to believe that they really haven’t. With The Stone, there are better, easier ways of making money without drawing attention to yourself.

Even after saying that, these books are interesting. If you pick up these books, reconnect with me and let me know what you think.

Light is Life.

Good day.