Alchemy Explained: The Rubedo 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 verse 6 and view it from the alchemical lens.
The Rubedo Stage is the final stage in alchemy. This stage represents the union of opposites within resulting in the Elixir of Life, Amrit, or Philosopher’s Stone. These things are different words but ultimately represent the same things. The oil that is created from Alchemy creates a complete separation or a “vault” between who we once were and who we are now. The ultimate resolution of all psychic conflicts and the complete balancing of the opposites within. Since you realize that “all” is contained within there is no sense in trying to separate the “all” but learn to balance the “all”. Some of the symbols you will see of the Rubedo phase are blood, the rising phoenix, rose, crowns, and being clothed in red.
In Psychological Alchemy the goal is individuation, which is to realize the Self Archetype. This process ultimately is to merge the Ego and the Self into one being. Understanding the Self as the unified consciousness of the “all” and the individual consciousness. Your complete and total Self may not be seen from the viewpoint of the Ego because the Ego figures itself the center of consciousness, which is true but the Self completely encapsulates and surrounds the Ego as your personality. The personality is not just consciousness but also the Ego combined with the Unconscious Mind. To explain further: Imagine a “Circle” with a “dot”. The Self/Personality/You is the “Circle”. The Ego/Present Reality/Perception is the “Dot”. The Self cannot survive as the Dot forever so it has to manifest itself as the whole and this the culmination of the Rubedo Phase. At this point, we realize that the body becomes a vehicle for the soul.
This work is said to inspire the Philosopher’s Stone, the grand culmination of the Great Work(Magnum Opus). The Elixir of Life is basically stating that you have found the answer to your immortality. With this knowledge you will be able to transcend the nature of all of your problems or dilemmas. By implementing the Soul into your life, you are solving any problems you may encounter.
Accomplishing this great work is done found in the Latin phrase “Solve Et Coagula”. In this understanding we are dissolving the Ego and rebuilding it with the Soul in full mind. In this rebuilding we are allowing the New Self to be expressed.
When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter the Kingdom. Gospel of Thomas, 22
The Alchemical Marriage is the union of our divine spirit with the Self and finally with the Body. The Divine Spirit has been brought down to literally “shine” through the soul and body to be completely unified within. The idea is to unify all opposites and paradoxes you hold so you can experience a world outside of Duality. Once we realize that our Ego can only see in opposites and is thus limited, we have to rid ourselves of that perspective. The Soul, Divine Spirit, and You become One. The Trinity becomes Unity.
There is also a Hindu point of view of this process found in the Trinity of Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva. The mythology of the churning of the ocean of milk to produce “Amrit” is an alchemical process. It is said that anybody who even consumes the tiniest portion of “Amrit” has been described to gain immortality. The churning of this ocean is said to bring rise mysterious and secret objects which represent our latent and magical gifts from Source. This work if done sincerely creates what is called a quantum leap in consciousness and experience and must be done to fully be felt. When the “Nectar” is created you will know. “With this nectar the Blessed One sprinkles the world with the devas; when the devas and the humans have been sprinkled with this nectar, they are set free from birth, aging, disease, death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair. What is this nectar? It is mindfulness occupied with the body.”