Alchemy in Oneness


Alchemy is the closest word I have come across to describe the ACTION involved in oneness.

I realise that traditionally, or at least in the public* mainstream imagination, the term ‘alchemy’ has come to mean change. Especially the transformation of base metals into gold. But for those willing to look a little deeper, the term refers to something more.

This something more is still within the realms of cause-and-effect. It’s simply unbounded by the current causal notions of a standard model science that seeks to define itself in opposition to faith, quantum- and paranormal phenomena.

An indirect connection. A quantum entanglement. An inexplicable excitation. A simultaneous state-arrangement. An indefinable curiosity. A first person oneness experience.

Sometimes, what’s at stake, what’s going on, and what’s at play, are not decipherable by a single decisive factor. Nor are they determinable by what can be known, experienced or understood.

Of course, there are times that a direct, linear or causal path can be used to explain forces of nature and science. But there are also gaps in biological-chemical-mechanistic accounts typical of natural sciences. One of those gaps was recently** highlighted with the study led by Freya Harrison, a microbiologist at the University of Nottingham.

When her book club buddy, historian Christina Lee, found a treatment for styes in a medieval textbook, they decided to test it. Their tests yielded a potion that kills antibiotic-resistant MRSA.

From ‘The Pulse’ compiled by Terry Robson for Wellbeing magazine August 2016

Now, the discovery of a thousand-year-old remedy that, when mixed exactly to the recipe, effectively kills MRSA, is interesting enough. The subsequent failure to understand why it works and, more importantly, why attempts to recreate a version using authentic ingredients with inauthentic scientific methods did not produce the same results, is even more so.

This is the kind of ACTION I am thinking of when I use the word alchemy – cause-and-effect of a sort not easily deconstructed by all that is obvious.

*’The public’ being referred to here is specifically white-Western or anglo-modern.

**’Recently’, in this instance, meaning within the last decade. Which is not a long time for scientific discovery, especially that which challenges the laws of physics.

References & Further Reading

‘Medieval potion kills antibiotic-resistant MRSA superbugs’ Technology & Science, CBC News, 3 April 2015.

Wilson, Clare 2015, ‘Anglo-Saxon remedy kills hospital superbug MRSA’ Daily News, New Scientist, 30 March 2015.