The Error of the Alchemical Process

by David Nova

I was surfing for spiritual insights today, and I found it in spades, yet certainly not as the author of the article intended.

We’re living in a mad, mad world right now. Everything transpiring in our temporal 3D world absolutely reeks of human insanity, where we are rapidly waking up to the realization that the inmates have been running the asylum, and have been for thousands of years. Humanity desperately need to collectively awaken and restore its collective sanity, and quickly.

The human mind instinctively seeks answers to this insanity. The human mind instinctively seeks to make order of the chaos around us. We seek analytical solutions. It is how we are hard-wired. We can not accept or understand it without some sort of explanation, some sort of mental exercise. All too often we seem to scramble for and cling to the wrong explanations, the convenient explanations, those that pacify us or make us feel better. Yet the big picture still alludes us.

As spiritual beings having a human experience we apply the same instinctive mental process to our spiritual circumstances. Though we may be inspired by spirit, we habitually seek spiritual answers from the confines of the human mind.

The article in question that I will reference is JUNG’S FOUR STAGES OF CHARACTER TRANSFORMATION by Gary Z McGee, on WAKING TIMES, dated January 4, 2022.

I’ve always had great admiration for the work of Carl Yung. As an innovator in the field of psychiatry, his contribution is far superior to the work of Sigmund Freud. My early spiritual education was heavily influenced by the concepts of synchronicity, the collective unconsciousness, and archetypal phenomena. My early spiritual awakening was bombarded by nonstop synchronicity. However, I have to admit that I have no familiarity with Jung’s more fringe and esoteric work. I’ve heard of his Red Book, but I’ve never studied it.

In 1913, at the age of thirty-eight, Jung experienced a horrible “confrontation with the unconscious”. He saw visions and heard voices. He worried at times that he was “menaced by a psychosis” or was “doing a schizophrenia”.

So I was drawn to read the Waking Times article on Jung, and yet I found myself deeply disturbed by what McGee describes: “The Alchemical process of transformation has four distinct stages: Nigredo, Albedo, Citrinitas and Rubedo.”

I’m not going to dive deeply into the article. You can read it for yourself and form your own opinion. What the author describes is another variation of the ancient occult Alchemical process, self-actualization and the Philosopher’s Stone. What is unique about Jung’s process are the color references: “Nigredo, Albedo, Citrinitas and Rubedo” or black, white, gold, and red. This raised immediate flags for me, and so I needed to take a deep dive into what really bothered me about the underlaying message. Thus came forth my own spiritual insight.

If you have been observing pop culture, particularly pop music culture, closely over the last few decades, you will recognize that these colors have been symbolically on display in too many music videos and award show performances. Presented in a slightly different order than Jung, these symbolic colors often make up an elaborate s@tanic initiation ritual that is broadcast to the masses. (Gold often being a reference to Aleister Crowley’s Golden Dawn.) You will find countless example of this highlighted on I’m not going to go into the details, but one particular music video by Taylor Swift comes to mind. You can research this for yourself.

My purpose is to get right to my spiritual insight.

Was Jung’s alchemical process s@tanic? I don’t necessarily believe so, but that’s not really the point. (Excuse the spelling, I don’t want to risk getting flagged and removed – again.) I would just point out that his sequence of colors is slightly different.

In one form or another, the alchemical process is older than many of our written languages. Religions such as Christianity are merely a ritualistic narrative of the alchemical process. The Hero’s Journey and the Tarot, which I have written about several times, are other forms of this alchemical process.

The alchemical process is basically a psychological formula by which the spiritual apprentice can transform him/herself into an adept, reach enlightenment or spiritual ascension. Though these processes may be spiritually inspired and reflect spiritual truths, they are still very much human attempts, taking a path through the human mind, to achieve some sort of spiritual enlightenment. One is attempting to achieve divinity by and through the human mind. As has been said many times, the seat of God, the seat of Spirituality is in our heart, not in our mind.

“you can think and understand, but true knowledge comes from feeling and experiencing.”

The alchemical process likes to talk about the importance of the heart, yet the formula is almost always a mental exercise. With the best intentions we are often just taking a long detour down a winding road that will never lead us to our true destination. And isn’t that precisely what our human history has been?

One aspect of the alchemical process in particular has always bothered me, and yet I have not been able to fully reconcile it. The alchemical process always, without exception, calls for death. It calls for the death of our lower nature. It calls for the death of our mind. It calls for the death of our ego. It calls for the death or integration of our shadow side. It is obsessed with a death, a sacrifice, a crucifixion. We have reluctantly accepted this. This has become a crucial aspect of our world religions. And yet this is part and parcel of the s@tanic death culture that we find ourselves enslaved within.

Ultimately, our ego does not need to die any more than our body does. Yet this is the fallen 3D world we live within. Our ego needs to know its proper role within a unified, whole, organic spiritual being. We are not called to kill off parts of ourself to make ourselves better or worthy. We are called to accept and understand our divine self completely, where all aspects have a purpose. Our human mind and ego have specifics roles to help us navigate this temporal 3D world, yet we have made them both our god and our devil.

How has the alchemical process improved humanity in the last two thousand years? I dare say that the opposite has been the case. The systematic, historical, mental perversion of the alchemical process has led us exactly where we are today in the midst of all this insanity, where the inmates who slavishly follow a dark, twisted, and ritualized version of the alchemical process have taken over the asylum.

It needs to be said again. The human mind is not and has never been our path to freedom. The human heart has always held the answers we need.


  1. True.
    The human mind is easy to delude. We have witnessed this in the past two years.
    The heart energy is not dual. It does not know good or evil. It knows love, the force of creation.
    The heart is the door to expansion of consciousness and to creation.
    It seems to me that the works of ancient thinkers are universal, unlike those of most philosophers of the recent past. I feel in harmony with the thoughts of the ancients.
    Have philosophers of our recent past, with some exceptions, been restricted by circumstances?

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  2. I thought it was interesting about Jung’s colours.. I have seen those colours in Native American articles, that talk about profound meanings, and wise sayings.. among other things.. Perhaps they just have deep universal significance somehow. 🙂



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