From dust to gold
Alchemists are true seekers of the light and they see the traces of the divine spirit in all beings. The attraction (Talab) is a permanent flame in the heart of an Alchemist, a flame that he should cherish and keep alive during all his existence. He also has a unique and sacred feeling, love (Eshgh), the dream to join his beloved one eventually. Therefore, Alchemists are in a permanent state of contemplation and nature is their real temple.
According to some Alchemists, the light is imprisoned in darkness and has lost its consciousness. Unless it gets it back, there is no other way for its return to the source.
If darkness is the absence of light and only light is the true being, is the rest only an illusion, created by our mind due to the lack of consciousness? Is the visible world an image or a projection of the real world?
“True, without error, certain and most true: What is below is like that which is above; and that which is above is like that which is below, to accomplish the miracles of one thing.” From the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus
Is Hermes talking about Macrocosms and Microcosms or talking about heaven (the real world) and Earth (the illusional world)?
The concept of light and darkness goes back, amongst others, to Iran and there are clear traces of this philosophy in Zoroastrianism (Zarathustra) and Manicheanism (Mani).
We can also find similar symbols in much older Iranian cultures and civilizations, such as the Elamite.
Later, this philosophy appeared in Roman territories, specifically Mithraism, which was on the most part, influenced by ancient Persian beliefs.
There was a philosophy in ancient Persia, called the “Royal Philosophy” )Kherade e Khosravani( believing that, by practicing meditation and seeking a certain path to spirituality, one could achieve a state of consciousness through which one could then see the truth with his heart by receiving the light. This special light was called Farreh e Izadi "Glory of God" or "Splendor of God". This word also means fortune (Bakht) and they believed whoever possesses it, will see his dreams coming true.
The origin of the word Alchemy goes back most probably to old Greek or Persian (Iranian) languages. The similarity of Alchemy symbols with Iranian symbols dating back thousands of years, is undeniable.
According to Egyptologist Wallis Budge, the word Alchemy is related to the ancient name of Egypt, Kemet (Black land, so named for the rich, dark soil found along the Nile River).
Some even say that Hermes is the equivalent name of Toth (An Egyptian God). One of Toth's titles, "Thrice great" was translated to the Greek (τρισμέγιστος) trismégistos, or Hermes Trismegistus.
According to our research, the key to understanding this word, is the “Key” کِی, (”Keyan or Kian” in plural form) first syllable of the word Kimia in Persian, which has several meanings, such as “King”, Pure, Essential/one of the four Essential Elements, Value and Light. the second syllable is the word “Mia” which is most probably shorten from the word “Mian”, which means in the middle or in between. The combination of these two words means the “Middle Element” or “Essential Element” the pure king or light in the middle (probably the Fifth Element).
The Persian Kimia is still very popular in Iran and it has been frequently used in Persian literature. Apart from its primary definition, being “Operation of Transmutation” in Persian, the word Kimia has several other meanings such as “Rare” (Kamyab) and Gold (Zar) as well.
Most of the well-known Middle eastern Alchemists such as Geber or Razi (Rhazes or Rasis) come from Iran and they are all the continuation of a lineage of Iranian pre-Islamic Alchemists.
Their books have been translated throughout middle ages, from Arabic into several European languages.
Because this philosophy was mostly misunderstood by people and banned by its enemies, they were forced to find a secret language to pass on their knowledge to true seekers of light. History is littered with stories of the atrocities perpetuated against minorities and their beliefs and many alchemists were victims of such oppression.
Strange images and codified texts in Medieval Alchemy books such as Mutus Liber (Isaac Baulot), Atalanta Fugiens (Michael Maïer), Splendor of the Sun (Salomon Trismosin), have been mostly created to explain to the initiates, the philosophy, the necessary tools and materials needed, specifically the process of Alchemy and its appropriate timing.
The Book of Mani (Prophet of Manicheanism) was called Artang (Artist), which we believe to be the origin of the word Art, was full of images, painted by Mani himself to explain the creation of the world to his disciples. Most of his disciples have been victims of severe persecution throughout history, occurring all over the ancient world.