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The Emerald Tablet is an ancient document that contains the essence of the alchemical teachings. It has had an important influence on many Western spiritual and religious traditions. Ostensibly concerned with turning base metals into gold, alchemy was in fact dedicated to transforming the lead of self into the gold of spirit. This brilliant history of alchemy traces its sources back to ancient Egypt and presents alchemy as a useful, practical system of self-transformation. Each of the seven steps of alchemical transformation is explained, with hands-on techniques and exercises, treating alchemy as a living discipline for achieving a spiritual awakening.
The Daughters of Sophia EBC Review
While reading Dennis Hauck’s inventory of research and personal experiences within his own course of study, readers come to understand the alchemist’s well-known phrase: “As above, so below. As within, so without.”
We chose this book as the first book for our book club. Our four members have roots in Judeo-Christian religions and also have some form of folk or indigenous practices passed down from our ancestors (Irish, Mexican, Native-American, and African). It was important to start with a book that would serve to unify our understanding of the ancient esoteric practices while getting a back story to where these traditions came from, in order to apply this history to our understanding of our own folk traditions.
Hauck gives an extensive and thorough description of the seven stages of Alchemy. Well versed on his subject matter as well as being a practitioner of mystery school rites, he breaks down the wisdom of The Emerald Tablet into seven workable steps, while also denoting how early day practitioners of alchemy used the physical elements of the natural world to show the inner workings of the spirit within the human psyche.
Be warned, however, that if you intend to work the book in your EBC, and we recommend you do, it will take a while to get through it. Each step warrants a week to a month of meditation and journaling…oh the dreams you will have! We suggest you read it from cover to cover before deciding if doing the steps as a group fits your goals.
If you are already “initiated” this book will help you understand the exact processes which your spirit guides and the Great Mind have been showing you and what to do with these experiences. This is a great resource if you are not in a formal Mystery School and have been weathering it alone.
Working The Book
To work this book on your own or in your EBC, you will need:
1.) A dream journal – in this journal write down your dreams while working the seven steps, “signs” attributed to each step, and insights that you have during the process.
2.) A Designated Time To Reflect/Meditate – Give yourself at least an hour a day to ponder the step you are working on. Aske for clarity in understanding during your meditation.
3.) Share what you wrote in the journal with your EBC. You will be astounded by the similarities of your dreams and processes. Often, in sharing you can identify fears and insights while helping each other grow along the way. Be sure not to be aggressive with each other in this, and allow people to be wise while keeping an open mind.