Alchemy Explained: The Albedo Phase
WHY: A REBIRTH TO A NEW SENSE OF SELF
HOW: VISUALIZATION | HOWEVER YOU ARE MOVED.
WHERE: IN YOUR MIND AND YOUR SOUL.
Alchemy or Khemeioa or Khemia or Kemet the land of black earth. You can trace this word back to the Proto Indian word gheu “to pour”. Another word that shares this as a root word is God. So simply put the work of Alchemy is the work of God. These words at some point in time in our ancient history were synonyms. One could argue but first, let us take a look at Genesis 1 and view it from the alchemical lens.
Let there be light. Our eternal fire element “God” has to separate our “light”(knowledge) from our “darkness”(ignorance). The purpose of this process is to illuminate and amplify your energy. Illuminating your energy means you will see things that you do not like, the Albedo process means to separate from this process. The root word of Albedo is Alb, which represents a white robe that initiates and priests wore to show allegiance. Meaning that they were no longer apart of the secular society. We can take this idea to mean that we are now initiates and true priests of ourselves.
In this phase, we deal with Reality (all that actually exists). Before this process, we deal with the illusionary, fantasy, one-sided world. Where we create a narrative that suits us and a life path that we think is right. Making this separation means that: Our family becomes less supportive, our work becomes more demanding, at every turn you have to apply yourself. Separation is taken from the word secret, to set apart, to be on your own. Thus the process of individuation and alchemy, most cannot get past this point, because it calls you to be responsible and loving at all times. Separation is painful, love is required. This is why it is best to have taken care of your earthly business to fully delve into alchemy. It is hard to let something go and work hard for it at the same time. One has to make a choice on whether you should strive for false dreams or learn your true self. Most strive for false dreams.
Separating your light from the darkness. Letting go of your false self (ego, darkness) allows your true nature (illumination, light, soul) to take root. This process is disturbing at first but always ends in contentment and even earthly treasures. What we are doing is shining a light on previously unconscious things and having a dialogue with a loving solution. A solution is actually an explanation for a problem by division and seeing it differently. So the idea is to divide yourself into modules such as consciousness (your responsibility to live up to your ideals/awareness), ego (thinking acting feeling self), dreams (illusions, images you have when you are sleep), imaginations (imitations, copying), and symbols (your life’s summary in a creed or token). When we are aware of all that motivates us then we are not living on autopilot. When we understand that our imagination and our dreams don’t truly motivate us until we have examined where they come from. We could be doing something with all our heart but it may not be truly beneficial because we did not create it. Up until the Albedo Stage, our Ego has run the show and there has been no division. Therefore our Ego has had a chokehold on our existence up until this point.
This process allows us to become the collaborator with our soul to create a real life and it will allow your authentic and true self to emerge. This is a major step to this psychological alchemical process. Moving forward you deal with yourself in a mythological fashion, by examining patterns and archetypes that exist within your being. Creating a new Mythos, which etymologically means a story, speech or words. In other words, the Albedo Phase allows you to create a new story for yourself. In this space, we can rejoice truly and hope honestly. In this space, we know that the darkness does not last forever. Light was good.