Many of you have seen the YouTube video of a brilliant young man that inspired countless people, and simultaneously sparked a discussion that completely missed the point. Most of the comments I read on this video were discussions on racism and intolerance to Muslims, sidestepping the larger message.
I was very happy and surprised to see such a genuine moment captured by a network television show. So genuine in fact, it came across as almost primal. There was a purity there that we’ve all seen at some point in our lives, but have all too soon forgotten. Sincerity is lost with the passing of time, much like innocence. This kid wasn’t innocent, but he sure was sincere.
It’s not until the end of the video, when the actor is revealed and playfully labeled a charlatan, that we hear what has guided this young man to his actions. He called it… Mental Alchemy. I did a fair amount of research on this, and I found the subject to be interesting in a figurative way. Aside from all the things that make the topic new-agey, the undeniable fact remains that everything is energy. The vibrations we put out with our thoughts and actions shape and mold not only the immediate environment, but also things to come. How you resonate within yourself is the only thing that matters, as the rest will work itself out.
Here’s a little blurb from one of the sites I ran into:
Back in the Middle Ages alchemists sought to transform base metal into gold. They searched for an elusive substance, the philosopher’s stone, which would bring about this conversion, known as alchemy. But to initiates of the ancient mystery schools, alchemy was primarily an allegory for the real work of spiritual and mental alchemy.
Spiritual alchemy is the process of transforming a less evolved soul personality into a more refined one. The founders of all major religions have attempted to expedite this transformation by providing rules to help people achieve this goal and also lead happier and more productive lives. Enlightenment, illumination, the perfection of the soul all point to this ultimate goal. Mystics from all religions have studied the universal laws to speed up this process, which they believe occurs over many lifetimes.
Mental alchemy is the process of transmuting your thoughts to improve your life and expand your mind. The good news is that this discipline can produce immediate, beneficial results in your current life, in some cases instantly.
Mental alchemy involves the replacement of beliefs that are hindering your development with positive ones that will help you. You might say that sounds straightforward—why would this be so difficult?