This is the Alchemical Process of Purification of oneself. The Alchemical Process of Spirit is the Macro, this is Micro. It is the process within. It has Twelve Operations in a certain order. They are often compared to the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac in more recent times. This work transmutes Lead into Gold. Personality into Immortal Soul.
It is broadly thought that having less emotions, for example is to not be human. It is different to experience emotions than to indulge in them. Emotions are felt, but to let them control oneself is to indulge oneself in them. From an inner perspective, these emotions are external. As one goes through the Great Work, one can discriminate.
To live in this world makes this process seem unnecessary. Many people like to think of successful business, big families, etc. This is only a short term view of course. It is just repeating what billions of others have done before. Just on a more technological scale. To keep doing this same cycle of events for millennia is considered as insane.
Calcination: This begins as the discovery of the Inner Self. This is most often done by meditating. One must also begin to start questioning the world. Most of what we know has come from what are thought to be trusted sources. One considers what has been taught, but also to question if it is true or just generations of false beliefs.
Coagulation: This is where one starts to use their intuition. Information is not just about communication, but of choosing what “feels right” about it. For this, one must appreciate that the Mind has two parts. The Thinker and the Ethereal. One wants all the attention while the other seeks truth. One now begins to tell which one is useful.
Fixation: This is where one gets to know the Darker Side. It is the Shadow Self. A part of us we see as undesirable and try to suppress from our lives. It is like a real shadow. It is strongest where there is light and may hinder oneself at an undesirable moment. One must get to know this part of the self thoroughly. It cannot be removed.
Dissolution: This also works with the Shadow Self. As this cannot be removed, one learns how to use it as an advantage. The Shadow is part of the Ego. It will always try to be noticed. One redirects Awareness from the external world to what matters in the internal world. The reduction of the Ego Self reduces the effects that it will have.
Digestion: One now begins to transform from the Material Self into the Spiritual Self. This is like the redirection of energy. Where one looked for external pleasures in the artificially created world, one now looks to avoid these distractions. This allows one to concentrate on the True Self, not some made-up phantom designed, just to fit in.
Distillation: One is now Aware. What the world was before starting the Great Work is now less relevant. It was only someone else’s dream anyway and that dream was a manipulation of the external self. It can be easy to get involved in the world, but not as before. One realises that the world’s distractions are no substitute for Awareness.
Sublimation: Even though one has transformed into the Self, now begins removal of all those programs, reactions, and thoughts that have plagued us from birth. It is like having a great number of different padlocked boxes that need to be opened one at a time. One scrutinises all of their actions, so as to make sure their intentions are pure.
Separation: This is the total division of the Ego Self and the Spiritual Self. One gains Consciousness as a transformation. This is like turning water into vapour. The higher state of being. One has been Earth to Water to Air to Fire. It is the Dissolution of the Body and the Coagulation of the Spirit. As one becomes Spirit, one so becomes Fire.
Incineration: One now begins to create themselves as Divine Awareness combined with the Body. The Great Work is almost complete. Very few Alchemists have got to this stage. The next three processes are where one begins to make the Elixir, Azoth. The Philosopher’s Stone. One’s Divine Energy has now multiplied as transmutation.
Fermentation: Now that one has transmuted, they can begin on purifying their Soul. It is described as being in the four states. A solid (Incineration), liquid (fermentation), gas (multiplication), plasma (Projection). One ferments the Stone by the endeavours of the Holy Spirit. One has become the Artist, the Communicator, and the Magician.
Multiplication: This is best described as the allegorical life of Christ. It has to be an allegory because of how much the Bible has been changed to justify the slavery of a hierarchy. As one continues to bring positive change, they also continue to purify the Soul. It is not pacifism, but to do whatever it takes to remove the evils of this world.
Projection: This is the last step to completing the Stone. It is the most delicate stage as any impurity can bring failure. This similar the Suffering, Death and Resurrection. One is the Reborn as the Philosopher’s Stone. To describe it would be like spinning a Neutron Star within the Being. A Force that can travel anywhere in all of Creation.
Philosopher’s Stone: This is the combination of the Ten Sephiroth and the Micro and Macro, Alchemical Processes of Purification. What was just a machine of nature has now become a god. This may seem blasphemous to some, but it is actually true. One has now connected fully with the Divine. This energy has condensed as a Soul.
Creating the Philosopher’s Stone is a Great Work to any Being in existence. It is a long term work. For example, it takes around 300,000 Esoteric Years to become an Angel. Many people do not acknowledge their power, nor even attempt to find out what they really are. They give their power away and so, become dormant machines.
From a human perspective, the Philosopher’s Stone seems fantastical. It is. Dormant humans are likened to amoebas compared to those beings who have reached even the latter stages of this Alchemical Process. People are seen as duplicates. Copies of the State indoctrination, rather than as individuals. Just another program of nature.