The Seven Rules Of Paracelsus
THE SEVEN RULES OF PARACELSUS
(For a successful alchemical process) Paracelsus (/ˌpærəˈsɛlsəs/; late 1493 – September 24, 1541), born Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, was a Swiss German philosopher, physician, botanist, astrologer, and general occultist. He is credited as the founder of toxicology. He is also a famous revolutionary for utilizing observations of nature, rather than referring to ancient texts, something of radical defiance during his time.
He is credited for giving zinc its name, calling it zincum.
Modern psychology often also credits him for being the first to note that some diseases are rooted in psychological conditions.
Paracelsus' most important legacy is likely his critique of the scholastic methods in medicine, science and theology. Much of his theoretical work does not withstand modern scientific thought, but his insights laid the foundation for a more dynamic approach in the medical sciences.
Portrait Presumed to be Paracelsus (1493-1541) Giclee Print
Paracelsus hermetical views were that sickness and health in the body relied on the harmony of Man (microcosm) and Nature (macrocosm). He took a different approach from those before him, using this analogy not in the manner of soul-purification but in the manner that humans must have certain balances of minerals in their bodies, and that certain illnesses of the body had chemical remedies that could cure them. As a result of this hermetical idea of harmony, the universe's macrocosm was represented in every person as a microcosm.
An example of this correspondence is the doctrine of signatures used to identify curative powers of plants. If a plant looked like a part of the body, then this signified its ability to cure this given anatomy. Therefore, the root of the orchid looks like a testicle and can therefore heal any testicle associated illness. Paracelsus mobilized the microcosm-macrocosm theory to demonstrate the analogy between the aspirations to salvation and health. As humans must ward off the influence of evil spirits with morality, they also must ward off diseases with good health.
Paracelsus believed that true anatomy could only be understood once the nourishment for each part of the body was discovered. He believed that therefore, one must know the influence of the stars on these particular body parts. Diseases were caused by poisons brought from the stars. However, 'poisons' were not necessarily something negative, in part because related substances interacted, but also because only the dose determined if a substance was poisonous or not. Paracelsus claimed the complete opposite of Galen, in that like cures like. If a star or poison caused a disease, then it must be countered by another star or poison. Because everything in the universe was interrelated, beneficial medical substances could be found in herbs, minerals and various chemical combinations thereof. Paracelsus viewed the universe as one coherent organism pervaded by a uniting lifegiving spirit, and this in its entirety, Man included, was 'God'. His views put him at odds with the Church, for which there necessarily had to be a difference between the Creator and the created.
~ THE SEVEN RULES OF PARACELSUS ~ 1 • The first is to improve health. This is to breathe as often as possible, deep and rhythmic, with well-filled lungs, be outside or looking out a window. Drink in small sips every day, two liters of water, eat lots of fruits, chewing food as perfect as possible, avoid alcohol, snuff and medicine, unless for some reason you were subjected to severe treatment. Bathe daily is a habit that you owe to your own dignity. 2 • Absolutely banish from your spirit, for many reasons that may exist, any idea of pessimism, resentment, hatred, boredom, sadness, revenge and poverty. Run away like the plague of every opportunity to treat people cursing, vicious, vile, murmuring, lazy, gossipy, vain or vulgar and inferior natural baseness of understanding or sensualist topics that form the basis of their speeches or occupations. The observance of this rule is of decisive importance: it’s about changing the spiritual texture of your soul. Is the only way to change your fate, because this depends on our actions and thoughts. The chance does not exist. 3 • Do all the good possible. Help all unhappy people whenever you can, but never have any weaknesses for any person. You take care of your own energies and flee from all sentimentality. 4 • Forget all offense, more over: strive to think well of your greatest enemy. Your soul is a temple that should never be desecrated by hate. All the great beings have been guided by this gentle inner voice, but it won’t speak to you like that all of a sudden, you have to prepare for some time, destroying the overlapping layers of old habits, thoughts and mistakes that weigh on your spirit, which is divine and perfect in itself, but impotent so imperfect vehicle that you offer today to demonstrate , lean meat. 5 • You have to retire each day where no one can bother you, at least for half an hour, sit as comfortably as possible with your eyes half closed and think of nothing. This strengthens strongly the brain and the Spirit and puts you in contact with good influences . In this state of meditation and silence, bright ideas tend to occur , capable of changing an entire existence. Eventually all the problems that arise will be resolved victoriously by an inner voice guiding you in these moments of silence, alone with your conscience. That is the daimon of Socrates speaking. 6 • You maintain absolute silence of all your personal affairs. Abstain, as if you’ve made a solemn oath, to relate to others, even your most intimate, whatever you think, hear, know, learn, suspect or discover. for a long time at least you should be as a walled house or a sealed garden. It is a rule of utmost importance. 7 • Never fear men or inspire you fright the DAY of tomorrow. Keep your mind sharp and clean and you will do well. You never feel alone or weak, because there are powerful armies behind you, which you cannot conceive even in dreams. If you raise your spirit there is no evil that can touch you. The only enemy you should fear is yourself. The fear and distrust in the future are dire mothers of all failures, they attract bad influences and with it disaster. If you study carefully people of good luck, you’ll see that intuitively they follow a great part of the rules above. Many of those who achieve richness, it is very true that they are not quite good people, in the strict sense, but have many virtues mentioned above. Moreover, wealth is not synonymous of happiness, it may be one factor that leads to it becuse of the power that gives to exercise great and noble work, but more lasting happiness can only be achieved in other ways; There where the old Satan of the legend never reigns , whose real name is selfishness. Never complain about anything, dominate your senses, flee both humility and vanity. The humility takes strength from you and vanity is so harmful that it is like saying: a mortal sin against the Holy Spirit. ~ PARACELSUS
Much of the importance of Hermeticism arises from its connection with the development of science during the time from 1300 to 1600 AD. The prominence that it gave to the idea of influencing or controlling nature led many scientists to look to magic and its allied arts (e.g., alchemy, astrology) which, it was thought, could put Nature to the test by means of experiments. Consequently, it was the practical aspects of Hermetic writings that attracted the attention of scientists.
The Hermetic Universe By Michael Hayes
Sources: wikipedia, google and alchemy studies.
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