Volume 4 Spring 1983

Cover: Flora; Siegbert Hahn, Cologne/Germany

Exemplar - Siegbert Hahn
Opinion on Paracelsus - H.R.H. The Prince Of Wales
Process for the Extraction of Oil of Iron
The Body Spectrum
Nonsense in Metaphysics
Musical Logic
Book Reviews - Attic Poems of an Emmigrant - Pharmacopoeia Londinensis
Questions and Answers



Siegbert Hahn

Among the thousands of accomplished persons within the arts a certain degree of achievements is noticeable and thus gives recognition of results above the average. However, there is another category of artists that have achieved recognition that exalts them above their former peers. These are not numerous but outstanding. In music, sculpture and painting this becomes very noticeable. A distinct individualistic expression characterizes such individuals. In surealisticpaintings names like Hicronymus Bosch and Salvatore Dali are noteworthy. The former master from the Netherlands and the latter from Spain in our own times, are now joined by another of German birth, Siegbert Halin, whose works speak for themselves. Not only the precise craftsmanship but the unusual themes and concepts of a vivid imagination reveal a great artist!

Our cover picture has been selected among the many paintings because it reveals what the title of the painting indicates, "Flora". Self taught Siegbert Hahn deserves special recognition as a great talented artist who has much more to give to the world, as the future will show. This prediction is well founded upon the evidence available.

Siegbert Hahn's acquaintanceship with painting began when he was a child. His mother was an enthusiastic amateur and painted naive pictures in her spare time. When he was sixteen, he discovered the fascinating world of museums, which, in his own words, opened up for him a realm of explorations and adventure. For hours at a time, especially during the school vacation, he would wander through the museums and art exhibitions in Berlin, where he soon was a wellknown and welcome young visitor. At this time he also began to take photographs. Photography offered him the opportunity he was looking for to engage in some kind of creative activity. He won several awards in competitions for young photographers.

He graduated from High School in 1957 and went to work for a film company having decided to make film producing his profession. For almost three years he worked as a production and camera assistant. Through this job he had plenty of opportunity to travel, on one occasion spending weeks accompanying deep-sea fisherman on a trip through the Soviet Union and China.

At twenty, he produced his first oil paintings. A year later, in 1959, after some tentative attempts, came his first "fantastic" paintings. They bear already, as can be seen, the unmistakable mark of his kind, as it has remained unaltered up to the present time.

He painted in the evenings after work and at weekends. His work with the film company and other occupations began to take on the character of necessary encumbrances, a means to earn the leisure to devote to his painting.

For the same reason, his art history studies at the Cologne University, which have undoutedly left their fruitful mark, were not able to satisfy him. All the time he was painting on the side and finding here his real fulfillment. His first one-man exhibition in Paris in 1963 brought him considerable success, and participation in a further exhibition in Paris in 1963 and in further exhibitions earned him recognition. This finally gave him the courage to break off his university studies and to devote himself entirely to painting.

Siegbert Hahn does not sketch a painting. He quickly developed an increasing skill in the handling of color and canvas. A comparison of his early pictures with the later ones reveals interesting developments.

The idea for a picture, by his own account, materializes suddenly in his imagination. He sees the finished painting in front of him, in color and in clear outlines. An idea, he says can quite literally pursue him.

Siegbert Hahn does not sketch a painting first, in the sense of getting the outlines down and then filling them in with color. He lays the color directly on to the canvas. Working from the background, the objects in the middle and foreground are painted on with further layers of color. Since each of these coats, depending on how they are applied, takes from several days to some weeks to dry, he works on several paintings at the same time.

Siegbert Hahn's work is already voluminous. His paintings hang in many private collections in Europe, the USA and Canada.



From a speech made by H. R. H. The Prince of Wales at the British Medical Association, Jan. 1983.

I have often thought that one of the less attractive traits of various professional bodies and institutions is the deeply ingrained suspicion and outright hostility which can exist towards anything unorthodox or unconventional. I suppose it is inevitable that something which is different should arouse strong feelings on the part of the majority whose conventional wisdom is being challenged or, in a more social sense, whose way of life and customs are being insulted by something rather alien. I suppose, too,, that human nature is such that we are frequently prevented from seeing that what is taken for today's unorthodoxy is probably going to be tomorrow's convention. Perhaps we just have to accept it is God's will that the unorthodox individual is doomed years of frustration, ridicule and failure in order to act out his role in the scheme of things, until his day arrives and mankind is ready to receive his message; a message which he probably finds hard to explain himself, but which he knows comes from a far deeper source than conscious thought.

The renowned 16th century healer, Paracelsus, was just such an individual. He is probably remembered more for his fight against orthodoxy than for his achievements in the medical field. As a result of his unorthodox approach to medicine in his time he was equated with the damnable Dr. Faustus. Of the barbers, surgeons and pharmacists he complained that "they begrudge the honour I won healing Princes and noblement and they say my powers come from the devil!' And yet in his day and age he was operating as a one man British Medical Association, crit icizing the abuse amongst pharmacists and attacking the quack remedies - vipers' blood powder, unicorn horn, and so on. In 1527, by an act of which I am sure today's younger doctors would be proud, he burnt the famous textbook of medieval medicine, the Canon of Avicenna, which became a symbol of rebellion against pedantry and unthinking acceptance of ancient doctrines.

Paracelsus believed that the good doctor's therapeutic success largely depends on his ability to inspire the patient with confidence and to mobilize his will to health.

I know that there are a considerable number of doctors who operate by these kinds of basic principles, because several have written to me, but nevertheless the modem science of medicine still tends to be based, as George Engel writes, "on the notion of the body as a machine, of disease as the consequence of breakdown of the machine, and of the doctor's task as repairer of the machine." By concentrating on smaller and smaller fragments of the body, modem medicine perhaps loses sight of the patient as a whole human being, and by reducing health to mechanical functioning it is no longer able to deal with the phenomenon of healing,

And here I come back to my original point. The term "healer" is viewed with suspicion and the concepts of health and healing are probably not generally discussed enough in medical schools. But to reincorporate the notion of healing into the practice of medicine does not nesessarily mean that medical science will have to be less scientific.

No one of course could be stupid enough to deny the enormous benefits which the advances of medical science in this century have conferred upon us all. But nevertheless the fact remains that contemporary medicine as a whole tends to be fascinated by the objective, statistical, computerized approach to the healing of the sick. If disease is regarded as an objective problem isolated from all personal factors, then surgery plus more and more powerful drugs must be the answer. Already the cost of drugs supplied to patients by the National Health Service alone is well over 12,000 million a year. It is frightening how dependent upon drugs we are all becoming and how easy it is for doctors to prescribe them as the universal panacea for our ills.

The last word on this subject remains with Paracelsus, whose name should be synonymous with the common health, which I have been asked to toast this evening. With all the conviction of a man who follows his inner voice, he made a desperate supplication that "would we humans knew our hearts in truth, nothing on earth would be impossible for us."


Process for the the Extraction of Oil of Iron

Prof. University of Minitoka

Some natural Pyrite must be finely ground to a light powder.

The powdered Pyrite is then dissolved in nitric (HN03). The acid should not be diluted too much. Care must be taken because the reaction generates heat: it is therefore slow at the beginning but increases in speed with time, generating a lot of foam that may pour out of the container (ACID)! 'The reaction generates also brown colored poisonous nitrous gases: it has to be conducted in open space or under fume hood. The solution of the Pyrite is never complete: some sulphur and some impurities of the mineral remain undissolved.

The acid solution is filtered. In this way a brown-reddish liquid is obtained.

The Iron is then precipitated from the solution with Ammonium Carbonate. This may be used (with caution) in powdered form: it will dissolve while generating some gas and will slowly neutralize the acidity of the solution. When the solution becomes basic, the Iron will start to precipitate as Iron Hydroxide (Fe 0H3). this process is similar to the precipitation of Kermes, but there is no generation of dangerous gases like Hydrogen Sulphide.

The Iron Precipitate has to be allowed time to settle, be decanted, filtered and washed. The final dry powder(reddish-brown, mostly Iron Hydoxide (Fe OH3) is then used for the extraction.

The menstruum used for the extraction is commercial acetone. In order to obtain better results it may be "sharpened" by digestion with (NH4Cl). This digestion (taking some weeks) will give the acetone a yelloworange color. Clear acetone must be obtained from the yellow one by distillation. This clear one may then be used for the extraction.

The extraction for the Oil of Iron may be done using a soxhlet extractor or by simple digestion of the Iron Hydroxide with Acetone. Different speeds were observed in the coloring of the tincture: in one instance the acetone was already light orange after the first pouring in the Soxhlet, in another instance, almost no color was noticable after one full week of extraction.

After the extraction or digestion, the menstruum must be filtered and the acetone must be distilled out of it. If this process is done in a water bath (at best in a Rotavapor) it will be noticed that a relevant part of the menstruum will not distil] over, even when the menstruum was not deeply colored.

The oily substance that does not distill over is an immature oil of iron. It may be ripened by digestion with Iron Hydroxide, or by circulation. By ripening, the substance will become deeper in color and more oily.

After this ripening process the oily substance has to be filtered again. The most volatile portion of it should be distilled with the help of vacuum. What remains is a deep red oil that floats on water and is dissolved by alcohol.

Under vacuum, with higher temperature (ca. 200oC) and using a retort, a lighter red oil may be distilled over from the red oil obtained preceedingly, leaving back a resinous red substance. More oil may be obtained by digesting this resinous substance with alcohol.

The oil has a strong scent. When it is digested and cleaned different times with alcohol it gets a more pleasant sweet flavor.


The Body Spectrum

by Alan Sherry

The last one hundred years has seen a magnificent expansion of knowledge concerning many aspects of nature. Much of this new data needs to be interpreted and written down in an exploratory way for the lay readers. Ills task has hardly begun except in the fields relating to physics. There is not yet anything in print like a TAO of biology or any work which merges together energy and the physical sciences surrounding living phenomenon.

The area of focus for this article is the advancing new studies about the living synthesis of matter and energy inside the organism of man and woman. All students and scientists choose their own spectrum of studies and interests out of the multiplex array of natures mysteries. Many have a specific type of language to learn and use, scientific or otherwise, complex or not, with which to express that which they know and/or understand. While the following is only one among many ways of viewing the biological nature of man, it has the merit of removing the emphasis on a too materialistic outlook and placing attention on both the tangible and intangible aspects of life. Certainly this is a pleasing aesthetic concept and may be found to represent the scientific reality closely enough to need discussion among those interested. After a century of mere data accumulation a few attempts at piecing together some of the meanings involved should be welcomed.

New techniques and devices for experiment have allowed intensive probing into the very heart of living matter. But substance and energy involved in the processes of life have been brought into focus by various means. Fields or wave structures relating to electromagnetism are associated not with subatomic matter but also all substances in nature, including those within our bodies. But there is very little information about such electromagnetic interactions of genes or cells etc., because of the increased complexity of these materials over the inorganic substances to which physics applies itself in the micro-realms.

In illustration #1 some of the biological and chemical sciences have been related to certain "Levels of 0rganization". These are the fields study which observe and analyze the structures and occurrences in the body to which this article is limited. There are of course no hard and fast boundaries between areas of research. The sciences listed are some (not the only ones) which happen to have the too and techniques applicable to the selected Levels of Organization in the diagram.

(1) Atoms Atomic Physics
(2) DNA Chemistry
(3) Genes Genetics Biochemistry
(4) Chromosomes Cell-Physiology
(5) Cells Histology
(6) Organs Physiology
(7) Body Anatomy Biology

This illustration displays the inherent relatedness of various areas of modern research. It shows that the scale of sizes for the organized material of our bodies is an essential and revealing aspect of natures handiwork. Also, using a scale such as this is a easy method to arrange information from the sciences into a simple but coherent framework. It also helps remove some of the apparent fragmentation of knowledge about our own existence.

These Levels of Organization inter-penetrate each other and interact with each other. Each type of level has certain characteristics and manifestation related to the size range involved. This size, as well as the internal nature of each substance determine the electromagnetic RESONANT relations which are shown in illustration #2.


(1) Atoms .000,000,1 mm Hard X-ray
(2) DNA .000,002 mm Soft X-ray
(3) Genes .000,01 mm Ultraviolet
(4) Chromosomes .000,5 mm Visible Light
(5) Cells .02 mm Infra Red Light
(6) Organs 100 mm Microwave
(7) Body 1.7 M Radiowave

In this second illustration is shown the same scale as before with the addition now of the resonant relations these levels have to the electromagnetic or light spectrum. Note that most of the spectrum is invisible to the eye but as shown, it is not invisible to the levels of organization within us. Absorption and emissionof light radiations by living substances within us is called Bioluminescence. This is a simplified model indicating the future scope of Bioluminescent study.

The measurements given in millimeters and meters are the approximate sizes of the individual substances named. The portion of the electromagnetic spectrum having wavelengths of that size range is then listed across from these. This yields a scale of resonant activities within these living materials. These particular levels of substance are included here because of the prominent part they are known to play in the biological formation and regulation of an individual organism or being.

The discussion from various quarters of thought and study, oriented physically or metaphysically, about vibrations, higher octaves and like concepts could well be referring more or less accurately, to these very relationships as shown. Present research into such things as molecular photobiology, ultrasonics and all electromagnetic interactions with organic and genetic materials is now revealing the body spectrum. The harmonic exchanges and dynamics between the levels of organization is another whole avenue of study and one which cannot be pursued in this short article, but is mentioned here to point to the interchange BETWEEN levels.

The applications of this model such as arranging data for clarity are manifold. This view has been studied in the spectrum above and below that shown here as well as in relation to the output of energy from the sun and other heavenly bodies, with interesting results.

Some support for this kind of model will be found in many scientific papers and books but without emphasis indicating its true importance at least as here presented. The technical terms used herein can be found in good referance books at a library pertaining to these scientific areas of knowledge. The following have been found helpful in gathering facts and in understanding the way scientists presently look at these phenomenon, even if differing from that unique view taken here.


"Color and Sound" - Essentia, Spring 1981
"Van Nostrand Scientific Encyclopedia" 6th Edition
"The Living Organisrn" Doubleday & Co., 1965
"The Principles of Physiology" Jensen, 1976
"Histology" 7th Edition - Lippencott
"Matter Energy and Life" 2nd Edition - Baker & Allen
"Cytogenetics of Man and Other Animals" McDermott, 1975
"Molecular Photobiology" Smith & Hanawalt, 1969.
"The Physics of Vibrations and Waves" Feather, 1962.
"Molecules and Life", Fruton, 1972.

Nonsense in Metaphysics

Frater Albertus

Where there is Light, there is Shadow. Unfortunately this shows especially strong in what are commonly called "spiritual" things. The word "spiritual", when applied in this suggested sense is totally misplaced, because spirit refers to "Life", whereas "spiritual" actually is supposedly to mean anything of a mental nature, when used in the context of those talking or writing about "spiritual" things. Using words like esoteric, metaphysical, psychic and the likes, all is thrown into one meaningless hodge podge and anyone can fish out of it what one likes according to one's definition of the word emerging.

It is getting to be nauseating when listening to or reading the utter nonsense parading under the term "spiritual". Immaterial or supersensitive, says the dictionary, is what is called metaphysical. Why the word "physical" is attached to "meta", meaning among, between, with, after, behind, indicating change, of a physical nature, being at the same time, according to the dictionary, immaterial, certainly needs some further explanation by those who pose as an authority when compiling dictionaries. No wonder then, that anything goes under spiritual and metaphysical.

Those using such words usually are hiding behind metaphors. The word metaphor, says the dictionary, is a figure of speech in which a phrase or term is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable, in order to suggest a resemblance. Under such terminology belong those who claim to be reincarnated exalted beings, of which the world at present seems to be abundantly provided with. Take Jesus the Christ, who was/is (?) incarnated as "Father Divine", who had his "heaven", on the Hudson River in New York not far from President Roosevelt. to the latter's dismay. Then came from Korea one more Jesus Christ (Moon) and is still dwelling among "His" people. Right now in London, in the Soho District, is another being incarnated, supposedly even greater than Jesus Christ.

He was supposedly to have appeared in Spring 1982. When nothing took place, explanations followed like this one from "Wide Horizons Newsletter" Editor's Column:

In past issues of our newsletter we have been telling you of the Emergence of the Christ which was predicted to take place in late Spring, 1982. Obviously that time has passed and still nothing has happened. It seems fitting that we should here update you on the Reappearance. "Ben's press conference last month revealed the whereabouts of the Christ to be East London, specifically, the Brick Lane section of London, where many immigrant communities may be found. Immediately members of differ ent press corps from around the world, as well as some individuals, began to descend on this section of the city. They searched for the weekly meeting where the Christ appears and some found it, but most didn't.

"Many of the individuals who searched were members of the Tara Center (the organization formed to help network Reappearance information in the states) and were closely connected personally and publicly with the Reappearance. After their failure to locate the Christ, Ben pointed out to them that were they to discover the Christ, great doubt would be cast over the whole event since it would seem they were participating in the fulfillment of their own prophesy.

"Some of the press succeeded in finding the meeting and some didn't. It seems the press, at least symbolically, represents the public and it will be up to them to find Him. At the same time, however, those reporters who are seeking notoriety, or fortune, or looking for a scoop will not find Him. Ben has said that only those who ap proach the matter impersonally would receive the hierarchical aid necessary to find the Christ.

It seems the whole matter at present rests in the hands of three reporters affiliated with the BBC. Two of the men have attended at least two meetings and the third at least one. The information which Ben has given corroborates with that which the man they heard gave and that connection seems fairly well established. These reporters seem to be the primary means of bringing the Christ before the public.

"At the same time we stand in awe at the great working out of Law. The Emergence must be invoked by mankind: our conscious decisions, the choices we make are the main factors in the unfoldment of the Plan. So, we here at Wide Horizons continue working toward that fulfillment of Law, the Reappearance of the Christ."

And so it goes. Why all this nonsense? People like it that way. Especially, when such people come from foreign countries like India. This makes it more difficult to find out about them, than if they were known among their own. Even then, there are those uncounted thousands (?) or more, who are not satisfied with what they are in this life. They bemoan their present place among mankind and find solace by trying to find out who they were in a former incarnation. By regression (?) into their former lives they are to find out what is wrong with them now, because of their former mistakes. But what about the mistakes that are taking place right here and now! An excuse is needed. A subterfuge is required. Someone else to blame it on, even on a former life. And so it goes. Then there are those who have to give "spiritual" messages that will save mankind. What about all those messages? Who are those messengers? Why all this under the cloak of a It suggested resemblance", when what needs to be said can be said in the very own words by those who have to say what they are saving without having to hide behind someone else, who they suggest to resemble or represent?

the answer to the entire gimmick is: ignorance. Personal ignorance. What I know I do know, irregardless if someone else knows the same I know. What I know I don't have to believe. It is as simple as that. If I were to believe that Mr. X is Christ incarnated, then I confirm my ignorance of not knowing, because I can only believe that he, or for this matter anvone, is such. Whether the name is Lord Maythrea or what have you, the choice is mine to believe or not to believe. But this does not give me the knowledge. By contrast, when based upon testimony, one said: I know, thou art Christ the son of the living God", there was no belief involved. The statement: "Flesh and Blood have not revealed this unto you" refers to hearsay of others who may have believed it.

Is it not written: There shall come many in my name. "Then if any man say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that if were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."

The German Mystic, Angelus Selesius once said:

"Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born, But not within yourself, all is forlorn."

Only by personal experience will we know about our own self. Only by personal experience will we know (not believe) and by no other way.

If mankind, and especially those who are continuously in search for "psychic phenomena", would settle down and quit chasing rainbows and instead use their time and energies to find out more about themselves first, before finding "the Christ" in another person, they would experience the greatest psychic phenomena of them all: Their own psyche, which is a Greek word and means SOUL.

As long as a person has not found its own soul, it is indeed a lost soul. One has to find ones' own first before one can become aware of others. Only after a soul recognizes itself for what it is, can a conscious effort commence, in the words of Carl Gustav Jung, to "integrate the personality" into that which IS IT.

A little more sanity will indeed bring wonders to those seeking for psychic (soul) phenomena to happen.


Musical Logic

By Elizabeth I. Dowling

Essentia published an article about music and light spectrum (Spring 1981). Pythagoras also used mathematics derived from music to instruct students on philosophy in general. In trying to explain a system of meditation, and why I disagree with those who believe in only concentrating on one thing, or "turning off" the mind, the following musical analogies presented themselves.

A melody uses most notes within a scale. As well as the harmony and frequencies involved, the seven notes in a typical scale also relate to the seven centers, or chakras in the body. All centers, or a combination of centers, are lightly stimulated in a melody; the entire being begins to be a receptive channel.

However, in meditation, some like to hold a "one point", one focus meditation, using one thought, or other concentration point. Well, that may attend to one quality of understand ing (or one center), but it doesn't serve the whole, except for the fact that when you sound one note. (Fundamental pitch, 1/1), all other pitches appear naturally as overtones (2/1 first octave, 3/2 perfect fifth, 4/3 perfect fourth, 5/4 perfect major third, 6/5 perfect minor third, etc., Pythagorean tuning; not equal temperment which is based on irrational number approximations to equal the distance between the twelve notes of the chromatic scale within an octave. Equal temperment produces dissonance between any two notes, especially notes near each other. Pythagorean notes near each other, even one step away, harmonize perfectly because of their rational relationship.)

Many aspirants like to "tune themselves" starting with only one tone, or one idea, or one image. This is fine, as one is able to "check the tuning" of all ideas to that one idea (as one would tune a violin or guitar), however; it causes mental dogmatism, closed-mindedness, and can be the fastest road away from enlightenment. Example: I am part of the Universe: I do not exist apart from It: I should be giving of myself, as I am part of It: if I want to join with It I should give away all: I should kill myself. (Opposite of original Idea - an example however of linear logic, or "tuning to one idea".)

I suggest two methods of meditation taken together:
1) Look at an array of ideas (a melody of thought) and
2) check the "tuning" by seeing how each idea approximately fits or tunes with the others (respect each idea). These meditations together should prevent one from being a dictator to one self or others, or from confusing one self with a lot of conflicting nonsense.

The Taoists, especially Lao Tsu say that any action ends in its opposite. Now, if you are being scientific, the reason (1 know that reason is anathema to intuition, and here is why) that linear logic composed of correct (perfectly tuned, not dissonant or "fudged") steps ends in an incorrect (to first postulate) conclusion is that: In tuning, you start with Fundamental note (+). If each step in your logic is, say, a perfect fifth (3/2), you get the following arrangement (traditionally called the "Circle of Fifths"):

On the other hand, if logic progresses through octaves and a major third rather than the perfect fifths, we know that one octave is 2/1, and two octaves are 2/1x2/1=4/1; a major third (in Pythagorean tuning being 5/4, the major third two octaves above the Fundamental is 4/1x5/4= 5/1 (also expressed as 80/16). This note is not equal to the note pro duced by the Circle of Fifths, 81/16. The further one takes this "perfect logic" to notes further and further from the Fundamental, the more dissonant it becomes with the octaves and other notes. In Indian music where tuning is very important, one is told not to sing or play more than three octaves in a piece so that it doesn't get too much out of tune. But our entire modern science is based on outlandish out-of-tune and therefore incorrect assumptions. Perhaps this is why it is so hard to "prove alchemy, and the easily "provable" Relativity theory has a few black holes in it.

Musical/mathematical theory ought to be the number system used in logic. It (not sloppy Venn diagrams) ought to be the basis for philosophy. Mental structures based on "modern" algebra, depending on too many logical steps and therefore inaccurate, have caused the rigidity of mind which has produced fascism and communism and other "isms". Structures of thinking are important in both personal enlightenment and world well-being. "We are all in one space-time together."

By the way, if someone "debugs" the Relativity theory using musical mathematics, perhaps they will see the True Light. The key is simplicity and proof based on more than the limits of rigid mathematics. Linear logic or equations make errors in the flow of time; where our fear of death and the beyond pushes all contradictions or dissonance. Notice that alchemy is unafraid of time, taking its slow passage into account in chemical "equations" based on Relationship. Today we are beyond the Ptolemaic era. Then why do we use measurment-centric number theory to prove our physics? It's as if we were trying to send our Voyager spacecraft to Neptune using geocentric calculations. (It would never get there.)

The mathematics of music is based on frequency and waves. One has to laugh when hearing of experiments to learn about "energy Particles" by smashing atoms. It is as if the energy or charge of these particles were meaningless, as if the Sun traveled around a flat earth (their photo-emulsions used in these experiments) supported by a tortoise (their bubble chambers). What does it matter? A dogmatic and rigid science is in danger of toppling under superstition. As Lao Tsu said, the higher you put yourself on top of a pedestal, the further you have to fall. Jesus made many similar statements.


Book Reviews ...

Dachstubenverse eines Ausgewanderten
(Attic Poems of an Emmigrant)

by Frater Albertus

If you can read German, this little volume of collected poems by Frater Albertus, published in Switzerland under his real name, Albert Riedel, are more than just some poems and reach far beyond moments of introspection.

Like notes following each other reaching a crescendo of symphonic dimensions it is not common poetry but reveals an allegoric lyric of poetic autobiography.

It is not just the sound of poetic harmony alone but the entire structure becomes a bouquet of flowers where color and scent elevates the reader into a realm, like in the 'Hymn to Night' where the poet becomes the messenger, and the music of the sphere enraptures the reader.
(Reviewed by Carl F. Frey)
Published by Reflexe Verlag
Blumenstrasse 30 9403 Goldach, Switzerland.

"Pharmacopoeia Londinensis"

By William Salmon London 1696 page 849

Of Making Quintessences

Quintessences are made by a conjunction of all the principles, or pure parts, viz. Spirit, oil and salt, being extracted apart and united by manifold digestions: of which, since there are plenty of examples already delivered in Book 4, Chapter5, aforementioned, as well vegetable, mineral and animal, we shall here desist.

Of Making Elixirs

An elixir in a true sense is a fortified quintessence, for it ought to be a union of the three principles, salt, sulphur and mercury, together with the essence of the thing you design: but as it is now received, it is a spirituous liquor of great power, made by the infusion and digestion, of which the Elixir Proprietatis is an eminent example: but elixirs have various ways of preparation, of which, the most that can be said is this, that an elixir is an extraction by means of spirituous menstruum, impregnated with oil and salt; which if it be made of the spirit of the same thing, fortified with its own oil and salt, is by so much the more powerful: for according to the opinion of some- very learned men (that as every like draws its like) so every principle draws its part. So by infusion of rosemary in spirit of rosemary, impregnated with the oil and salt of rosemary, you shall have at last elixir of rosemary. If the elixir be made of minerals, the body of the mineral must be so- opened before hand and that it may yield up its essence, to the menstruum (made of the three principles of the same mineral) in which it is digested.


Questions and Answers

Q. What effect has the Water in the vinegar on the extraction of the fixed tincture from antimony? What is the difference when the fixed tincture is extracted with glacial acetic acid.

A. Vinegar contains water, but I's not acetic acid. Acetic acid (glacial) does not contain water, therefore is not vinegar. Water, in this case, with the acid is a solvent while the pure acid is an extraction media.

Q. Would you touch on Wesak and what we could do on that day as a form of participation?

A. The Wesak Moon Is the full moon in May. At this time it has been suggested to attune with all those who have the welfare of entire mankind at heart. It is a special occasion originating in India and is celebrated similar to the Easter Resurrection of the Christians. In the first case no religious restriction is imposed, as in the Christian sense, as the Resurrection relates to Jesus Christ only.

Q. What is the nature of true will and what are the laws applying to it?

A. Will is an extension of energy, which, in turn Is an extension of spirit (life). Only after a choice has been made can energy in form of will be manifested, depending on the degree of energy available as weak or strong will.

Q. What is the work? What is our place in it?

A. After a person has become conscions of the work per se, one's place will be found in it. To become conscious of the "Work" means just that. Each group of individuals has a certain work to perform. To find out what this particular work is has to be ascertained by the individual when making contact with it. Only after a harmonious integration has taken place will the individuals place become manifest in the sphere of one's activity.

Q. At what point of our evolution are we ready to meet our twin soul, as was so beautifully portrayed in "Gently I Answered and Said?" Will there be a conscious recognition on the physical level, Docs the true union of the two into one being, as described in your book occur as a merging of the etheric bodies or in another manner?

A. One should be careful when making statements of "twin soul." Too much nonsense has been attached to it. Just as a natural phenomena based upon the fundamental law of polarity or duality is everpresent, man can not be excluded. Example: On the keyboard of a piano are seven white keys. This is not the entire octave as each white key is but one half note. Its corresponding half is found in a black key to make one whole note. When the proper sound has been established it may not be recognized as one note to the untrained ear.

Such merging of sound is not easily recognized by the untrained ear. In a similar way will a merging of two one halfs into one whole take place but can be recognized only when we are "attuned" to it. When this takes place no one can tell until it happens.

Q. Basil Valentine says to sharpen the antimony with its own salt this being the gum, extracted by vinegar of antimony from raw ore, and its fixed sulphur separated by KM extraction. Is it necessary to calcine this salt to whiteness, before sharpening by digestion? When pure, is this salt the Essential Salt of antimony?

A. It is not necessary to calcine the salt to whiteness. It is Salt of Antimony but not yet the Essential Salt of Antimony.

Q. Has it been determined once lead acetate has been distilled if the distillate is poisonous?

A. In its purified state it is not poisonous which used for what it is intended.

Q. If a person's number is 10 what path and sephiroth? Does 10 reduce to 1 then add 10 to make 11 or not?

A. There is no lOth. Metzlah, that is why 10 is making it 20, which is reduced to 2 = Chockmah.

Q. Yesterday you handed us the keys to the Golden Casket very freely. Will we find the burden of. carrying these keys too heavy?

A. That depends on your prevailing strength and courage.

Q. My understanding is that there IS only "one way". But there are many "ways" that lead to the "one". Since Paracelsus is College is one of the ways, is there any indication that some of the students are ready to enter the one way.

A. The merging of one path with another automatically becomes one way. There is no abrupt merging. It is a gently gliding of one into the other, yet very noticeable after it has become one way.

Q. Many members of this class seem to think that the "mercury" that will come over after the so called flood is the "thing" we are looking for. I think that this is only the first step in the right direction to obtain the blessed "Mercury of the Philosophers". Any comments?

A. You are right. It is but the beginning.

Q. So often in metaphysical literature we find the term "Initiation" or "Initiations" casually referred to. Does this represent a real event in one's spiritual life or is it only a term relating to stages in one's spiritual progress?

A. An Initiation is just what the word indicates. When one is initiated into the workings of an object, by training, one is initiated into its intricacies. A mere ritual hinting at something yet to come but has not transpired is not an initiation. It is only a symbolic ritual. During classes at College a student is initiated by practical experience into what is to be experienced. Not by believing or hoping for it to come about. An initiation refers to an accomplished fact.

Q. Does ultra sound have a place in the research program of the college?

A. Very Definitely. Considerable research is going on with ultra sound waves and most interesting results are emerging. economic recession, because of his ability to get things done. We need a dynamic person to make the funds available for the various projects underway and in the future.

Q. Don't you think the College is stressing the work on antimony out of proportion when considering that it is a college that has also other interests such as astrocyclic pulsations, Qabala, etc.

A. No. The main research of the college will be on antimony We do not know of any other institution that places such emphasis on this subject, because hardly anyone in the scientific world knows anything about it. As a result, tremendous efforts have to be expanded to make sure that what has been written about it can be proven.

Q. Would you please share with us why Rudolf Steiner did not stress the value of antimony in his writings, when it was made known to him through the alchemistic writings, how important it is.

A. Just recently a student revealed to us that on his death-bed Rudolf Steiner was supposed to have said that research in antimony should have top priority in the Anthroposophical teachings. My informant stated that for an unknown reason this had been kept secret, but has just recently become authentic public knowledge.

Q. Why is it that when making the vinegar of antimony, no frothing shows as Basilius mentioned.

A. It does show. In a very recent class, a student had to cope with so much foaming that he had a difficult time to distill the vinegar over because it clogged the condensor. Only when changing over to a reaction vessel was this difficulty overcome.

Q. With all the electronic gadgets available to children, how do the,, influence the learning capabilitie's of the children. Does this not stymie or retard the brain functions and make children less capable to think for themselves?

A. Dr. Renate I. Mreschar found that it is no worse because of pocket calculators. Arithmetical skill of 11,000 pupils tested showed that girls are quicker with fractions. Despite all the croaking about the use of pocket calculators in mathematics lessons, the arithmetical skill of pupils has not deteriorated. This has come to light as the result of a study on behalf of the Government. It also emerged that girls are 10 percent quicker than boys in fractions while boys display greater talent in estimate calculations. Over the last three years, 11,000 pupil tests and 500 teacher questionaires completed show that spot checks at schools confirmed these findings which revealed, inter alia, that every second pupil had a pocket calculator.

The experts were not able to establish any connection between the extent and frequency in the use of pocket calculators and arithmetical skills. According to Dr. Leonhard Sturm, pupils with mathematics marks ranging from "Very Good" to "Poor" all used pocket calculators in like measure. In difficult tests which, on the whole, had to be completed without pocket calculators, pupils falling back on electronic aids even came off 15 to 20 per cent betterdepending on type of school. Arithmetical skill increased by just under 30 per cent per year group. Sturm's research team was, in addition, able to prove that, despite the use of calculators, the pupils' mathematical skills were no worse than they were seven, fourteen and even fiftyone years ago. The comparative figures came from studies conducted by chambers of commerce. The results, incidentalIv, contradict the expectations of the teachers approached: 96 per cent of the latter had assumed, prior to the test series, that pocket calculators had a negative influence on mental and written arithmetic.