Paracelsus believed in working with nature rather than just accepting the writings of ancient texts, especially when it came to addressing health problems.
The hermetic philosophers, a group to which Paracelsus belonged to do to his philosophy, held that while they acknowledged a Supreme force of Good, which was the underpinning of the world, human beings were given the ability to co-create and manage the creative energies that fashioned our visible world.
Following are some selected keys of Paracelsus and the hermeticists, with additional commentary on some of the points.
Paracelsus believed in the concept of the macrocosm and microcosm and stated that everything that exists without a human being, has a corresponding energy foci (or point) within the human body. Every star in the heavens, every plant and flower in the fields also exists as an energy with the human body. “Each person has the essence of God, and all the wisdom and power of the world (in a germinal point), in themselves.
“A strong faith and a powerful imagination are the two pillars supporting the door to the temple of magic (spiritual wisdom and knowledge) and without which nothing can be accomplished.”
Imagination is the creative power in people. People have a visible and an invisible workshop. The visible workshop is their visible body and the invisible one is the imagination that takes place within the mind. The visible world is only a product of the imagination of the Universal Mind.
“Spirit is the master, imagination the tool and the body is the material that is fashioned. Imagination is the power by which the Will forms contacts with the great energy centers and the great wisdom of all ages and times becomes available to every person who desires such a contact.”
By sitting humbly and in a receptive state before any object within the universe, one may come in resonance with that person, place or thing, and be instructed and receive the teachings directly into the resonant foci existing within the self.
“A person may come into possession of creative power by identifying their own mind with the Universal Mind and he who succeeds in doing so, will be in possession of the highest possible wisdom.”
“The exercise of attaining the highest wisdom does not require any ceremonies or conjurations or the making of circles or signs; it requires neither verbal blessing nor curses. It only requires a strong faith in the omnipotent power of ALL GOOD, which can accomplish everything if it acts through a human mind that is in harmony with it. True magic power consists in true faith, but true faith rests in true knowledge, and without true knowledge there can be no faith.”
“All processes that appear to be magical are based on faith. By Imagination, Faith and Will, we may accomplish whatever we may desire. The power of Faith overcomes all natural forces because it is a spiritual power and the Spirit within us is higher than that of Nature. Whatever is grown in the realm of nature may be changed by the power of Faith.”
“The knowledge of a person in regard to a truth, however learned and intellectual they may be, can be nothing else but an opinion to one who does not recognize the same truth within himself.”
“If anyone thinks that they can cure a disease or accomplish anything else, because they believe they are able to accomplish it, they believe in a superstition; but, if one knows that they can perform such a thing, because they are conscious of having the power to do so, they will then be able to accomplish it by the power of that consciousness, which is True Faith.” “Such a Faith is knowledge and gives power. True Faith is spiritual consciousness.”
I have presented just a few thoughts from the famous alchemist and medical physician from the early 1500s. Of all the known alchemists from several centuries past, Paracelsus stands out with well-documented successes throughout Europe. His philosophy is as pertinent today as it was 500 years ago. His guide posts are still present for those who seek greater wisdom and a better understanding of their spiritual nature and the abilities that have been bestowed upon each of us by the Creator of the creation.
Paracelsus remarked, “People must take a simple attitude of veneration toward life, venerate the heavens and earth, venerate life in the tree, in the ocean, in the sunset, cloud and the earth beneath our feet.” “The natural person is a simple person depending entirely upon an intuitive and instinctual apperception of values and discovers in nature an ever present guide.”
Many of the old hermetic philosophers brought a new concept into the consciousness of the planet. It was that there was not a necessity for individuals to be in constant fear and worship of a superior Deity. That a higher state of worship exists when individuals think, move and act within the highest aspects of the Good and all the creative activities that an individual involves themselves with, are for the greater benefit of all.
What is the ultimate good? It is the practice of someone who devotes himself completely; "there are no greater givers than those who give themselves."
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