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Know Your Sanskrit..A Yoga Minute..Wise Yogi Tells Us..Ouch!

by Joan Budilovsky and Eve Adamson

Let’s Get Into Yoga, Let’s Get Spiritual: Growing with the Tree of Yoga, Starting Your Yoga Practice, Energize: Postures to Build Strength and Endurance, Calming Down: Postures to Quiet the Body and Mind, Living Your Yoga, Yoga for Everyone!


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Foreword
The world-famous violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhin said about yoga that it is “a technique
ideally suited to prevent physical and mental illness and to protect the body
generally, developing an inevitable sense of self-reliance and assurance.” Yoga did not
make him a musical genius, but has given him energy, balance, and a sense of wellbeing
for the past four decades, allowing him full expression of his great talent.

Yoga can do the same for anyone. Old or young. Male or female. Busy or super busy.
In fact, yoga in one form or another is practiced by several million people today. It
has been part of the kaleidoscope of our Western culture for over a century now and
has proven incredibly effective in the maintenance of a sound body and mind and
even the restoration of one’s health. This is why several progressive insurance companies
are now including yoga in their alternative therapies coverage.

Yoga is a tradition that looks back upon at least 5,000 years of experience and experimentation.
Although it was created in India in a different cultural environment, the
basic insights and laws on which it is based are valid anywhere in the world. Of
course, there is much more to yoga than its potency as a system of health care. But
this is for you to discover.

In this book, you will be gently but persuasively guided into the beginnings of yoga
practice. The authors serve as knowledgeable and cheerful friends, motivating you all
the way. Within these pages you will find no lack of encouragement, and everything
is explained step by step. So, please, take the leap into what you will discover to be a
rewarding and healing experience.

Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., M. Litt.
Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., M. Litt., is director of the Yoga Research Center; author of
Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga and Shambhala Guide to Yoga; editor of the Yoga World
newsletter; and a contributing editor of Yoga Journal.
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Introduction
Imagine waking up one morning to find that all stresses in your life have been replaced
with total joy. Yes, joy—the kind of pure joy you felt as a child when it was
summer and the sun was shining and you had nothing to do but explore the whole
world. Now, imagine possessing a strong, flexible body over which you have complete
control. To top that off (literally!), imagine a mind free of chaotic thought, confusion,
and uncertainty. Imagine pure health, pure consciousness, and pure bliss. 
These are the goals of the yogi.
And that yogi is you! Even if you don’t attain your goals tomorrow or the next day,
you will soon be on an amazing journey. We have each traveled down our own paths
a little way. We’ve looked ahead, peeked over the horizon of the next few hills, and
now we’d like to give you some hints about how to make the most of what’s in store
for you on your journey into yourself. Yoga is a process of self-discovery, and everyone’s
discoveries will be different, but we hope to steer you toward the potential
“you,” the perfect “you,” the “you” waiting to be set free.

It won’t be difficult. Yoga is beautifully simple. In fact, we think you’re gonna love it!
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How to Use This Book
This book is divided into seven parts, each bringing yoga into your life in a different way.
Part 1, “Let’s Get Into Yoga,” eases you into the concepts of yoga. We talk about
why this ancient Eastern system of health is great for modern Westerners and how
yoga can improve all aspects of your fitness, including your performance in other
sports. We introduce you to your body, yoga-style, and reveal what yoga can do to
improve your mental state as well as your physical condition.
Part 2, “Let’s Get Spiritual: Growing with the Tree of Yoga,” includes a little history,
just to put yoga in context, then explains the various types of yoga. Next, we
talk about the “rules” (yoga’s guidelines for living), the importance of breath control,
and the finer points of Hatha Yoga, the most popular form of yoga in the West.
Part 3, “Starting Your Yoga Practice,” will help you do just that. We offer advice on
how to find a yoga class and teacher, how to practice yoga at home, what to wear,
how to overcome any mental stumbling blocks, when to practice, how to squeeze
yoga into a busy day, and how to craft your own, personalized practice. This part of
the book will help you make yoga your own.
Part 4, “Energize: Postures to Build Strength and Endurance,” is the first part of
exercises. We show you outstanding standing postures, beautiful backbends, terrific
twists, and inversions, including the famous headstand posture. We’ll also talk about
vinyasa, dynamic combinations of postures that will have you breaking a sweat.
Part 5, “Calming Down: Postures to Quiet the Body and Mind,” is the part of
calming and centering postures, including sitting and meditative poses, forward
bends, and a detailed discussion of shavasana, or the corpse pose. You’ll learn how to
let go of your mind, and you’ll discover how great stress management can feel.
Part 6, “Living Your Yoga,” is about specific aspects of the yoga lifestyle. We show
you how to use chakras, mudras, mantras, and mandalas to enhance your yoga
practice. We tell you the best foods for a yogi to eat and how yoga can address certain
physical problems, from migraines to stomachaches and more.
Part 7, “Yoga for Everyone!” shows you how to practice yoga with a partner. You’ll
learn why yoga is great for all the stages in a woman’s life, from PMS to menopause.
We explain why yoga is a terrific practice for the whole family. Men will love and
benefit from yoga, and you’ll find out how to introduce yoga fun to your kids. Then,
you’ll discover how seniors can find renewed energy and health through yoga.


Table of Contents
Part 1: Let’s Get Into Yoga 1
1 Why Practice Yoga? 3
What Is Yoga? ............................................................................................4
Yoga Is Occident Insurance ......................................................................5
Yoga Is a Great Stress Buster ....................................................................6
Yoga Promotes Whole-Body Fitness ........................................................6
Yoga Is Healing Power ..............................................................................8
My Yogi, Myself ........................................................................................9
Yoga Sets You Free ..................................................................................11
2 Yoga Fitness Power: Beyond Stretching 13
Yoga Means Connection ........................................................................13
Are You Off Balance? ..................................................................14
Mind Meet Body, Body Meet Mind ..............................................14
Coming Back to Center ................................................................15
Tapping Into Your Yoga Power Source ....................................................15
Bend Without Breaking ................................................................15
Balancing Acts ............................................................................16
Strength from the Gut ..................................................................16
Keeping the Faith ........................................................................17
Yoga vs. Other Exercise ..........................................................................17
Awesome Aerobics ......................................................................18
Rockin’ Running ..........................................................................18
Super-Charged Stretching ............................................................19
Superior Swimming ......................................................................19
Uplifting Weight Lifting ..............................................................19
Ecstasy: Yoga Union ................................................................................20
It’s All in Your Mind! ..................................................................20
Maximize Your Performance ........................................................20
3 How Comfortable Are You in Your Body? 23
A Self-Test for the Yoga-Challenged ........................................................24
What Your Body Is Telling You, and Whether It’s
Good News ............................................................................................26
The Shape You Are In ..............................................................................27
The Slim Ectomorph ....................................................................28
The Curvaceous Endomorph ........................................................29
The Muscular Mesomorph ............................................................30
Your Body and Yoga 101 ........................................................................31
Your Personal Energy Cycle ..........................................................31
The Muscle and Bone Connection ................................................32
Eastern Body, Western Body ........................................................33
Do You Trust Your Body? ............................................................33
4 Yoga Mind Power: Go with the Flow 35
A Fight-or-Flight World ..........................................................................35
Concentration, Relaxation, Meditation ..................................................36
From Full Mind to Mindfulness ..............................................................38
Relax Past Your Boundaries ....................................................................39
Find the Zone—and Move In! ................................................................42
Go with the Flow Right Here, Right Now ..............................................42
Release Your Inner Delight ......................................................................44
Part 2: Let’s Get Spiritual: Growing with the Tree of Yoga 47
5 Going Back in Time: The Yoga Tradition 49
People Practiced Yoga in 2500 B.C.E. ......................................................49
Yoga Studies All Religions ......................................................................50
In Search of the Sacred (Svadhyaya) ........................................................50
Planting the Seeds: Yoga Branches for All Growing Personalities ........52
Hatha Yoga: Know Your Body, Know Your Mind ..........................52
Raja Yoga: Know Your Mind, Know the Universe ........................52
Kriya Yoga and Karma Yoga: Act It Out! ....................................52
Bhakti Yoga: Open Your Heart ....................................................53
Jnana Yoga: Sagacious You ........................................................53
Tantra, Mantra, and Kundalini Yoga..........................................53
Why Practicing Yoga Is So Twenty-First Century ..................................56
East Meets West ......................................................................................56
Can You Do Yoga Without Being Spiritual? ..........................................57
6 Walking Yoga’s Eightfold Path 59
Yoga Don’ts: Just Say No (Yamas) ..........................................................60
Do No Harm (Ahimsa) ................................................................60
Tell No Lies (Satya) ......................................................................61
No More Stealing (Asteya) ............................................................62
Cool It, Casanova (Brahmacharya)..............................................62
Don’t Be Greedy (Aparigraha) ......................................................63
Yoga Do’s: Just Say Yes (Niyamas) ..........................................................64
Be Pure (Shauca) ..........................................................................64
Be Content (Santosha) ................................................................64
Be Disciplined (Tapas) ..................................................................65
Be Studious (Svadhyaya) ..............................................................66
Be Devoted (Ishvara-Pranidhana) ................................................66
Are You Wearing Your Walking Shoes? More Yoga Pathways ................67
Body Control (Asanas) ................................................................68
Breath Control (Pranayama) ......................................................68
Detachment (Pratyahara) ............................................................68
Concentration (Dharana) ............................................................69
Meditation (Dhyana) ..................................................................70
Pure Consciousness (Samadhi) ....................................................70
7 Can You Breathe? 73
Prana, the Universal Life Force ..............................................................74
Breath Control Equals Mental Control ..................................................76
Blow Your Mind ......................................................................................77
Om Exhalation ............................................................................77
Ujjayi: Drawing Breath ................................................................77
Bhastrika: Bellows Breath ............................................................78
Kapalabhati: Skull Shining ..........................................................79
Shitali: Cooling Breath ................................................................79
Bhramari: Bee Breath ..................................................................80
Nadi Shodhana: Alternate Nostril Breathing ................................80
Murccha Kumbhaka: Third-Eye Breathing ..................................81
Kevali Kumbhaka: Hold Your Breath (But Not ’Til You
Turn Blue!) ................................................................................82
8 Hatha Yoga: May the Force Be with You 83
What Do We Need? East Meets West! ....................................................83
Know Thyself ..........................................................................................85
Joining the Sun and the Moon ..............................................................86
Training the Body to Free the Mind ......................................................89
One Body … or Three? ................................................................90
The Physical ................................................................................92
The Emotional or Astral ..............................................................93
The Causal (Where Everything Starts) ..........................................93
Physical Cleansing....................................................................................93
Sthala Basti (Ground Colon Cleansing): Elimination
Illumination! ..............................................................................94
Agnisara Dhauti (Fire Stomach Cleansing): Tummy Toner ..........94
Kapalabhati: Blow Off Some Steam..............................................94
Neti: Bless You!............................................................................95
Trataka: Seeing the Light ..............................................................95
Stabilizing the Body’s Energies ..............................................................95
Achieving Vitality ..................................................................................96
Part 3: Starting Your Yoga Practice 97
9 Where Do You Practice Yoga? 99
Choosing a Yoga Class ..........................................................................100
Finding Your Personal Guru ..................................................................102
Going Solo at Home ..............................................................................103
Setting Up Your Practice Area ....................................................104
Yoga from Tapes and Videos ......................................................105
Yoga from Books ........................................................................106
Yoga on the Net ........................................................................107
Passage to India ....................................................................................108
10 How to Practice Yoga 111
Loose Clothing and an Open Mind ......................................................111
Are You Kidding? My Body Won’t Do That … ....................................113
No Pain, Supreme Gain ........................................................................114
Finding the Edge vs. Feeling the Burn ..................................................116
Don’t Forget to Breathe ........................................................................117
11 When to Practice Yoga 119
Sticking with It ......................................................................................122
Yoga Bytes at Home, School, and Work ..............................................124
Yoga on the Home Front ............................................................125
School Days ..............................................................................126
Yoga Makes Work Less Work! ....................................................126
Yoga Renewal ........................................................................................127
12 Crafting Your Personalized Yoga Practice 129
Define Your Purpose ..............................................................................129
Sense Your Style ....................................................................................130
A Yoga Essay Test You Can’t Fail ..........................................................130
Let’s Get Personal ..................................................................................133
Yoga Ground Rules ................................................................................134
Posture Perfect ..........................................................................135
Moving Mountains ....................................................................136
Warrior Spirit ............................................................................136
Listen to Your Body ..................................................................137
Part 4: Energize: Postures to Build Strength and Endurance 139
13 What Do You Stand For? 141
Tadasana: Mountain Pose ......................................................................141
Trikonasana: Triangle, the Happy Pose ..................................................143
Parshvakonasana: Side Angle Stretch......................................................144
Virabhadrasana: Warrior Pose ................................................................146
Warrior 1 ..................................................................................146
Warrior 2 ..................................................................................147
Warrior 3 ..................................................................................148
Utkatasana: Lightning Bolt Pose ............................................................149
Balance Poses ........................................................................................150
Vrikshasana: Tree Pose ..........................................................................150
Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana: Standing Half
Bound Lotus Pose ....................................................................152
Garudasana: Eagle ....................................................................153
Plank Pose ................................................................................154
Vashishthasana: Arm Balance ..................................................155
14 Bending Over Backbends 157
Open Up and Laugh More ....................................................................157
Bhujangasana: Cobra Pose ..................................................................158
Dhanurasana: Bow Pose ....................................................................160
Half Bow....................................................................................160
Rocking Bow ..............................................................................161
Urdhvamukha Shvanasana: Upward Facing Dog................................162
Matsyasana: Go Fish ..............................................................................163
Half Fish Pose ............................................................................163
Full Fish Pose ............................................................................164
Ustrasana: Camel ..................................................................................165
Cakrasana: Doin’ Wheelies! ..................................................................166
15 Come on, Body, Let’s Do the Twist 169
Maricyasana: Spinal Twist ......................................................................169
Bound Knee Spinal Twist ............................................................171
Lying Down Spinal Twist............................................................172
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana: Bridge Pose ..................................................172
Sarvangasana: Shoulderstand..................................................................174
Halasana: Plough Pose ..........................................................................175
Shirshasana: Headstand ........................................................................176
Adho Mukha Vrksasana: Handstand........................................................179
16 A Continuous Flow 181
Sweat with the Rhythm ........................................................................181
Breathe to the Beat ....................................................................182
Body/Mind in Motion ................................................................182
Uttanatavasan: Leg Lifts..........................................................................183
Surya Namaskara: Sun Salutation ..........................................................185
Chandra Namaskara: Moon Salutation ..................................................185
Create Your Own Flow ..........................................................................189
Warm Wonder Vinyasa ............................................................189
Solar Flare Vinyasa ..................................................................190
Mild and Mindful Vinyasa ........................................................190
Moving With the Universe ....................................................................190
Part 5: Calming Down: Postures to Quiet the Body and Mind 193
17 Are You Sitting Down? 195
Flooring It ..............................................................................................195
Dandasana: Staff Pose ............................................................................196
Baddha Konasana: Butterfly Pose............................................................196
Virasana: Be a Hero! ..............................................................................198
Gomukhasana: Holy Cow! ....................................................................199
Meditative Poses ....................................................................................201
Sukhasana: Easy Pose ..............................................................202
Vajrasana: Kneeling Pose............................................................203
Padmasana: Lotus Pose ............................................................204
Baddha Padmasana: Bound Lotus Pose......................................205
18 Take the Forward Path 207
Mudhasana: Child’s Pose ......................................................................207
Uttanasana: Standing Head to Knees Pose ............................................208
Parshvottanasana: Feet Apart Side Angle Pose........................................209
Janu Shirshasana: Sitting One Leg Pose..................................................210
Ardha Baddha Padma Pashchimottanasana:Bound Half Lotus Pose ......211
Yoga Mudra: Ego-Be-Gone! ....................................................................213
Naukasana: Boat Pose ............................................................................213
Kurmasana: Tortoise Pose ......................................................................215
Adho Mukha Shvanasana: Downward Facing Dog Pose ........................216
19 Dead to the World 219
How to Be a Corpse ..............................................................................220
One for All, and All for Om! ................................................................221
When the Easiest Is the Hardest ..........................................................222
Open Up and Let Go: The Body ............................................................222
The Lower Body: Going Nowhere ................................................223
The Upper Body: Still Rhythms ..................................................223
The Ultimate Facial: Losing Your Senses ....................................224
Open Up and Let Go: The Mind............................................................225
Me? Stop Thinking? Forget About It! ..........................................225
Dream a Little Dream ................................................................225
Give Your Mind a Breather..........................................................226
Quest for Peace ......................................................................................227
Part 6: Living Your Yoga 229
20 Chakras, Mudras, Mantras, and Mandalas 231
Meet Your Chakras ................................................................................231
Poses to Power Your Chakras..................................................................233
Prana Arch ................................................................................233
Open Pose ..................................................................................234
The Healing Power of Chakras ..............................................................235
Chakra-at-a-Glance ..................................................................235
Target Your Chakras with Yoga Poses ........................................236
Mudra Magic ..........................................................................................237
Namaste Mudra: A Little Respect ..............................................238
Om Mudra: Simply Divine ........................................................238
Jnana Mudra: Be a Wise Guy/Gal ............................................238
Buddhi Mudra: How Enlightening! ..........................................239
Mantras: Beyond Om ............................................................................239
Mandalas: Goin’ ’Round in Circles ......................................................240
21 You Are What You Eat 243
Gunas Gracious!......................................................................................243
What’s Your Nature? ..............................................................................245
Yogi Food ..................................................................................247
Pungent, Spicy Westerners ..........................................................248
Stale Leftovers for Couch Potatoes ..............................................249
Moderation in All Things (As If You Didn’t Know!) ............................250
C’mon, Vegetarian? ..............................................................................252
22 Rx: Yoga 255
What Makes You Sick? ..........................................................................255
Body Beyond the Body: The Five Sheaths of Existence ......................256
Yoga for Those Nagging Complaints ....................................................257
Oh, My Aching Back … ............................................................257
Oh, My Aching Head … ............................................................258
Why Am I So Tired? ..................................................................259
Why Can’t I Sleep? ....................................................................259
What’s Up with My Digestion? ..................................................260
This Cold Won’t Go Away … ....................................................260
When It’s More Serious ........................................................................261
AIDS ........................................................................................262
Arthritis ....................................................................................262
Asthma, Allergies, and Respiratory Problems ..............................262
Cancer ......................................................................................263
Cardiovascular Disease ..............................................................263
Diabetes ....................................................................................264
Part 7: Yoga for Everyone! 267
23 Yoga for Two 269
Double Your Insight ..............................................................................269
Postures for Partners: Part 1 ..................................................................270
Be a Mountain Range ................................................................270
Warrior 2 Pose for Two ..............................................................271
Stretch and Pull ........................................................................272
Lengthen Your Spine Together......................................................272
The “S” in Sex Stands for “Spirituality” ..............................................273
Postures for Partners: Part 2 ..................................................................274
Massage Your Spines Together ....................................................274
Forward Bend Together ..............................................................275
Forward Bend and Backbend Together ........................................275
Boat Pose for Two ......................................................................276
24 For Women Only 279
The Truth About Beauty ........................................................................279
Kiss PMS Good-Bye ..............................................................................280
Going Full Cycle: Celebrating Menstruation ......................................281
So, You’re Having a Baby! ....................................................................283
New Mama Yoga ....................................................................................288
Easing Through Menopause ..................................................................290
25 Yoga for the Whole Family 293
Mucho Macho ......................................................................................293
Isn’t Yoga for “Chicks”? ............................................................294
Where’s the Team? ....................................................................294
But How Do You Win? ..............................................................295
These Muscles Don’t Stretch ......................................................295
Spirituality: Not a Matter of Gender ....................................................297
Yokids ....................................................................................................298
Turn Off the TV and Play! ........................................................299
The Lessons Yoga Teaches Kids ..................................................299
Yoga for All Ages and Stages ................................................................299
Baby Love ................................................................................300
Toddler Time! ............................................................................301
Peppy Preschoolers ....................................................................301
Yoga K–6 ..................................................................................302
Teen Yogis ................................................................................303
Family Yoga ..............................................................................303
26 Yoga for Seniors 305
Yoldies but Goodies! ..............................................................................305
Meditation Power ..................................................................................307
Yoga Poses for Your Whole Self ............................................................308
Having the Time of Your Life ..............................................................313
Coping with Loss and Grief ..................................................................314
Appendixes
A Yoga Sessions for the Time You Have 317
B Glossary 325
C Further Along the Yoga Path: Suggested Reading 335
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FOREWORD
What's the most powerful muscle in the body? The one between the ears—the brain, an organ of enormous complexity, which we use so little of. The world needs the very best thinking possible from every person on the planet. It's critical that we all learn to think more effectively: The world is changing too rapidly and the challenges ahead of us are too huge to leave our collective brain power unused. Yet little is being done to help people learn to be effective thinkers. Of the thousands of hours spent in schools, almost none are spent learning how to think better. Realizing this, I'm delighted to see this Complete Idiot's Guide to Improving Your IQ because it provides a practical guide to understanding more about how your brain works and how you can use it to accomplish your life goals and help build a better world. If we could tap into the powers of the mind, we would not only be smarter, but also more effective, wiser, and happier. The difference between “normal people” and “geniuses” is not in the genes, but in ourselves: It is the degree to which we effectively use our brain's abilities to accomplish what we need to get done. So, how do you learn to use your brain effectively? Tools. This book provides you with a working knowledge of how your brain works so you can use it for your own purposes. Biomedical research has moved neuroscience ahead at a pace that would amaze Einstein himself! Do you have to be a brain surgeon to understand how the brain works or to
radically improve your ability to use it? The good news—no. The other news—it takes more than inherited smarts or good intentions to understand your brain and to tap its enormous potential.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Improving Your IQ provides the cutting edge of neuro-science and psychological research. The authors show, in language that respects the brain and the reader, how the brain works. Beyond this, it is a body, mind, and spirit “training” manual, offering practical methods to help you develop your senses about the world around you, the people who inhabit it, and yourself. The authors show how you can be maximally effective within the context of your desired goals—in part by learning to “think your way” into a morë effective, actualizable vision of the world.
I encourage you to try the exercises in this book, and my wish for you is that they will open up the wonderful world of your mind and positively change your life. The authors cannot guarantee that one read of this book will up your IQ by 200 points. But they do promise that you will become more intelligent in ways that matter to you. It's hard work, but it will seem like play; and when work and play are indistinguishable, magic happens. Read on, and see what kind of magic can happen for you.
JOYCE WYCOFF
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NETWORK, WWW.THINKSMART.COM. HER PUBLICATIONS INCLUDE MINDMAPPING:
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Introduction
You picked up this book because you are intelligent. You want to grow, in body, mind, and spirit, and that is all the brain asks of any aspiring Pilgrim who wants to reach the Promised Land, kingdom, or dimension called “enlightenment.”
This is an intense book, but it does not demand that you leave your job, spouse, or circle of friends to become one of “the chosen.” We all are the chosen, as long as we chose to become the Einsteins, the ones with “da brains” who get the job done in ways that are innovative, effective, fast, and enormously enjoyable. First, a confession from the writers. When we first took on the job of writing this book, we had no idea what we would write about. We had no idea that the application of the very ideas that we propose here would move us up to levels of vitality and intellectual intensity that we never imagined possible. And another thing is worth considering very carefully. Everything in this book is proven, scientifically. In the following pages, you will not find egotistical motivational opinion, lofty untested cerebral postulates, or formulas for making a perfect life from the Wizard Publications at www.Oz.com. If there was no basis in real scientific, sociological, or medical fact, the idea in question went into the shredder. In Part 1, we find our feet, conceptually and scientifically. We ask, “What is intelligence?” We then provide a widespread, functionally applicable definition that so many others have not thought of before—straight out of Webster's dictionary. How do we measure effective intelligence? How do “lower” animals on the evolutionary chain use analogs of our human intelligence, and what happens to the circuitry of our brains when we become learners and doers rather than spectators? We'll start off with road maps of the nervous system as seen with the eye, the light microscope, and the electron microscope. We'll also show how we can learn faster from mistakes, and recover faster from disease or trauma-inflicted deficits in brain circuitry. The brain is sort of like a computer. And, directly and
indirectly, we are the best repairmen and programmers available.
In Part 2, we consider the input that our brain uses for raw data. An army is as effective as the intelligence service that feeds it information, and the Central Intelligence Agency field workers in our possession are biologically superior to anything built by NASA. How does the eye convert strange electromagnetic waves into the wondrous sensations that we call light? How do the ears on the side of our heads allow us to hear virtually every kind of sound made, from frequencies as low as 20 cycles per sec to as high as 20,000, and to determine where that sound is coming from, to one degree arc? How do we feel the other sensations: touch, vibration, taste, smell, and “electrical vibrations” (which are very, very real)? What is the sensation of pain and why is it the opposite side of pleasure?
are found in the “limbic” system, which used to be considered a primitive part of our brain left behind by evolution and is thought to be scheduled for the genetic shredder in a few hundred years.
But research in the last decade has proven that these limbic areas are extremely important in helping us learn, motivating us to learn, and remembering what we have learned. We also talk about “the Zone,” a condition of “state” in which body, mind, and spirit are all working together at maximal speed. “The Zone” is a real place—the place from which we are maximally intelligent. It creates a situation in which we get everything we want and need, with maximal efficiency. There are very real biological correlates that can be measured and can tell us that we are in “the Zone.”
In Part 6, we tackle consciousness. The “conscious” brain is what we identify as the part with which we think, feel, and act. The “unconscious” mind creates images, programs, and circuits that never rest and are “beyond our control.” Or are they? In the last five years, the innovative research in cognitive neurobiology tells us, with hard facts, that we can identify, watch, and modify the unconscious mind; and we can make it our servant rather than our silent master. And, oh, what a powerful servant it can be.
This book cannot be read in one night, but give it an evening and we think you will continue. Your comments and suggestions, good or bad, are welcomed. “The truth shall set you free,” and we invite you to share our freedom with us.
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Table of Contents
Part 1: What's So Smart About Being Intelligent? 1
1 What Is Intelligence? 3
Defining Intelligence 3
Nature or Nurture? 4
The Many Facets of Intelligence 5
Different Types of Einsteins 5
The EI Hall of Fame 6
Measuring Effective Intelligence 7
To Be Maximally Effective, Keep an Open Mind 7
…and Gain Control of Your Communication Skills 8
2 How Should We Measure Intelligence? 11
IQ, a Test Taken Out of Context 11
Tool Time 12
A Hammer Is a Hammer Is a Hammer…Or Is It? 13
I'd Rather Be a Hammer Than a Nail 14
The Rest of the Toolbox 15
3 Tools Don't Do the Job, People Do the Job 19
You Can't Always Get What You Want 20
What About the Outside World? 21
“Every Scientist Should Know How to Be a Shoemaker” 22
Fun with Fractions 22
Balancing Act 23
Emotion Can Turn the Gain Up or Down 23
For All This, People Still Have the Unquenchable Desire to Build 24
The Good News 24
The Better News 25
Something to Try 25
4 Slugging It Out—How Even a Snail Can Learn 27
The Generic No-Name Nervous System: Andy's Inner Workings 28
Part 2: The World Talks to Us 69
8 What You See Isn't Always What You Get 71
The Eye as a Camera: Just Point and Shoot 72
The Brain Starts Here 74
The Low Road and the High Road Between the Brain and the Eye 76
Beauty Is in the Eyes of the Beholder 79
9 Hearing the Silence, and a Lot More 81
Of Megaphones and Microphones 81
How to Hear What Is Being Screamed into Your Ears 84
Training the Ears Inside Your Brain to Sing by Themselves 85
Hearing with the Brain and Hearing with the Heart 86
The Harmonics of Sound—Not Just for Musicians 87
Hearing the Silence 88
10 See Me, Feel Me, Heal Yourself 89
Good Vibrations: The Pacinian Corpuscle 89
Running Hot or Running Cold? 90
Touch Me in the Morning 91
Territoriality Among Neurons 93
The Man in Your Head 94
Feeling the Electricity with Your Fingers 94
Try This at Home 95
11 The Nose Knows: Taste, Smell, and Effective Intelligence 97
The Nose—Sensors and Pathways 97
The Nose as a Tool for Effective Intelligence 100
Pheromones, Conditioning, and Smelling the Roses 100
The Tongue—A Tool for Listening and Talking 102
12 Pain and Pleasure: Two Sides of the Same Coin 105
What Is Pain, Anyway? 106
There Are Some Pains with Which the Brain Cannot Be Trusted 107
The Opium Den in Your Skull, or Sometimes the Brain Is a Smoky Room 109
A Kick in the Butt 110
The Brighter Side of Pain 110
13 All According to a Plan 113
Windows to the World 114
Meaningful Modalities 114
Intensity Issues 114
How Long Has This Been Going On? 115
Location, Location, Location 115
Sensational Stimulation 115
The Case for Challenge 116
Living the Good Life 116
Environmental Awareness 117
Lace It Up Tight, Doc 119
14 Now Hear This: You Get to Paint Your Vision of the World 121
Just Because You're Paranoid, It Doesn't Mean They're Not Out to Get You 122
Guardians at the Gate 122
Keeping the Mental Camera on Close-Up and Wide Angle at the Same Time 125
Managing Modernity 126
Even a Great Movie Is Built One “Frame” at a Time 126
Now That You Have the Power, What Are You Going to Do with It? 127
Vigilance 128
Selective Attention 128
What You Focus on Becomes Reality 129
Part 3: The Huddle Before the Next Play: Processing 133
15 The Movie Inside Your Mind: Far More Than the Ocular Camera Sees 135
The Brain as Set Designer 135
Color Me Effective 137
All the King's Horses and All the King's Men 139
The Wiring: Old Ideas Verified by New Technology 139
And When the Connections Aren't There 141
16 Listening: An Active Process 145
More Than Just a Game of Cerebral Telephone Tag 145
Sorting Out Audio on the Cerebral Sound Board 146
Sound Perspective: Eyes on the Sides of Our Head 147
The Intelligent Ear and the Doppler Effect 147
Hearing the Silence—Prelude to Hearing the Sound 148
The Most Effective Earplug—Your Mouth 149
How Much Do You Listen? 150
ACTIVE Listening: A Lot More than Being Polite and Quiet 151
17 Memory and Magic 153
Use It or Lose It 154
Short-Term Memory and Intelligence: A Mismatch Made in the
Land of Ignoramus 154
Memory Processing 156
Compartmentalizing the Chaos 157
Identify the Information with More than One Sense 158
Incubation Time and Recall 159
Overlearning: The Only Way to Keep Your Memory 159
18 Converting Brain to Brawn: A Class Act 161
Association Cortex: What's Up with So Many Circuits? 161
Motor Cortex: Just Where Are the Engines Under the Cerebral Hood? 163
Judge but Not Jury 164
Right versus Left: Always an Unbalanced Political and Cerebral Debate 165
Keep Your Perspective 166
19 Visualize a Compelling Future 169
The Hallucination as Proposed Reality 169
Manipulating Your Own Magic Carpet 171
Fine-Tuning the Third Eye 171
What Gives Us Such Flexibility? 174
Part 4: We Talk Back 175
20 The Intelligence of Brawn: How Brain Moves Muscle 177
Hammering the Nail on the Head with Your Head 178
Every Action Has an Opposite Reaction 179
Walking the Walk 179
The Brain as Programmer 182
21 Communication: Your Brain's Most Powerful Cannon 185
You're Always Communicating Something 185
The Voice as Emotional Barometer 187
Listening to Yourself Before Opening Your Mouth 189
The Basic Vocabulary of Human Body Language 191
Where are You Really Coming From? 193
Effective Intelligence Is Contagious 194
22 The Automatic Nervous System: Thinking without the Brain 195
The Sympathetic Nervous System: The Yang Master 195
The Parasympathetic Nervous System: The Yin Master 197
The Window on the Brain 198
Being Ruler of the Yin and Yang Autonomic Masters 199
23 Maybe You Want to Rephrase that? 201
Talk Is Never Cheap 201
Lots of Words, Lots of Emotions, Endless Communication Possibilities 202 
Word Up! 203
Suiting Words to Deeds 204
Part 5: Head, Heart, and Mind: Emotions and Effective Intelligence 207
24 Emotions: Turning the Intensity Up or Down 209
Advantageous Anger 210
Taming Anger's Tiger by the Tail 210
Manipulating Angry Memories 211
Lightening Up with Laughter 212
The Wonderful World of Wonder 213
Communications Skills 101: Making Your Listeners Care 213
Getting the Message 214
A Prerequisite for Effective Social Interaction: Empathy 216
No Color Without Emotions 217
25 Heart and Head: How the Brain Makes You Laugh or Cry 219
Amygdala—Grand Central Station for the Emotional Express 219
The Prefrontal Cortex: Not for Lobotomy Only 221
When Wrong Emotional Reflexes Become Learned Facts 221
The Problems of Passivity 221
Hormones and Emotion: A Match Made In Heaven? 222
Stress Can Make You Sick 223
26 In the Zone 225
The Importance of State 226
The Zone: A State of Mind, Brain, and Biology 226
Creating a State of “Zone” 228
Act Like You Know What You Are Doing, and Sooner or Later You Will
Part 6: Behave Yourself 231
27 Consciousness: Is the Emperor Wearing any Clothes? 233
What You See Is Not What's There: An Old Problem 234
A Category for Everything, and Everything in Its Category 234
Now You See It, Now You Don't 234
Of Two Minds 235
Definitions of Cerebral Cyberspace 236
The Role of the Unconscious 237
The Conscious Mind Might Be Smarter, but the Unconscious Mind
Is Faster—Who Wins? 238
28 The Unconscious Mind: Who Is Running this Show, Anyway? 241
The Unconscious Takes It All In 241
The Visionaries Who Could Not See 242
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions 243
Advanced Decision Making 244
Free Will 245
Effective Intelligence 246
29 Just Follow These Simple Rules 247
Intelligence: “To Apprehend the Presented Facts to Guide Action
Toward a Desired Goal” 248
Understanding the Hardware 248
Rewriting the Software 248
Choose Your Passion! 251
Who Do You Need to Become to Feed Your Passion? 251
Glossary 253
Index 257

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How This Book Is Organized
This book is divided into six sections:
Part 1, “Introduction to Alchemy,” traces the roots of alchemy into the distant past
and shows how the discipline developed from the mythic writings of godlike beings
into the practical treatises of the Alexandrian alchemists. From alchemy’s origins in
ancient Egypt to the founding of the Great Library, the basic tenets of alchemy were
well developed long before the heyday of the medieval alchemists.
Part 2, “The Principles of Alchemy,” takes a look at the fundamental concepts of
alchemy and traces their development in the Hermetic arts, philosophy, religion, psychology,
and other traditions down through the last 5,000 years. We’ll also decipher
the coded language the alchemists used to describe their work to other alchemists.
Part 3, “The Operations of Alchemy,” reveals the secret processes alchemists used
to transform substances in their work. These fundamental operations worked not only
in the practical work in the lab but also on the mental and spiritual levels.
Part 4, “Practical Alchemy,” focuses on what went on in the alchemist’s workshop.
We learn exactly how the alchemists made their tonics, tinctures, and elixirs and how
they worked with the metals to transform lead into gold.
Part 5, “Spiritual Alchemy,” looks within to see how alchemical principles work to
transform the hidden essences of soul into the pure light of spirit. We also investigate
the mysterious connection between the spiritual work and the success of alchemical experiments.
Part 6, “Modern Alchemy,” looks at alchemy in the world today. We discover how
alchemical principles are being applied in our everyday life in the workplace, in personal
relationships, and in society in general. We also investigate the amazing similarities
between the concepts of alchemists and those of modern scientists.
You’ll also find two helpful appendixes: a list of resources that includes recommended
books, alchemy websites and organizations, and sources for herbs and laboratory
supplies; and a glossary of words and terms used 
by alchemists to help in your understanding of alchemy.

Introduction
My initiation into alchemy came while I was attending the University of Vienna. I had
gone there to study mathematics in the tradition of the Viennese logician Kurt Godel.
However, within three months of my arrival, I was sidetracked into studying a much
older tradition.
Four hundred years earlier, Vienna and nearby Prague were at the heart of European
alchemy, and hundreds of alchemists flocked to the area to study. I was unaware of
Vienna’s rich alchemical tradition until one day when I stumbled into a basement
room in the university library that was full of old alchemy books.
The German and Latin manuscripts were in antique typesetting that was very difficult
to read, but the drawings in those books were strangely profound and resonated
deeply with me in ways I could not put into words. All I knew was that whatever was
going on in those drawings was more real than anything that was going on in my life
at the time, and I wanted to be part of it.
I resolved to learn as much as I could about alchemy and began translating the old
manuscripts I found in Vienna and Prague. My research led me to even larger collections
of alchemy books in Switzerland, Germany, and Holland. Finally, an Italian
friend directed me to Merus Favilla, a practicing alchemist living in Prague who occasionally
took on new students.
After some painstaking negotiations, Merus agreed to take me as a student. Every
Wednesday for over a year, I took the train from Vienna to Prague to be initiated
into the mysteries of the ancient craft. The cost of my weekly tuition was a carton of
Camel cigarettes for my master and a box of Mozart Balls (chocolates) for his wife.
I learned much during my strange apprenticeship in Prague—mostly about the hidden
signatures and correspondences of things. But the most important thing I learned
was that the real trick to grasping alchemy was making it come alive within me. As the
German alchemist Gerhardt Dorn once put it: “You must transmute yourselves from
dead stones into living Philosophical Stones.”
Unlike academic disciplines, alchemy can actually take root in you and grow into
something that is more than the sum of its parts. This is when the true secret teachings
of alchemy begin and when the magic happens. There is some sort of energetic
connection to the principles of alchemy that is very empowering. True alchemists
know exactly what I am talking about, and I hope you will, too, by the time you are
done with this book.
The objective of this book is to teach you the alchemists’ coded language so you can
appreciate and work with the ancient wisdom they have passed down to us. For my
part, I promise to be honest and direct, with no unnecessary secrecy, no pompous
theorizing, and no special allegiance to any particular tradition or organization. My
focus in this book is to help you understand the principles of alchemy and apply them
in practical ways in the modern world.
So let your apprenticeship begin with this book. All you have to do is assume the role
of a “complete idiot” and become an empty vessel. Forget everything you thought
you knew about alchemy and alchemists. You are now at the beginning of a new path
toward enlightenment. And don’t worry—you have everything you need hidden away
inside you. Just come as you are.


Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction to Alchemy 1
1 Your Apprenticeship in Alchemy 3
Why Study Alchemy?......................................................................4
The Kinds of Alchemy....................................................................5
Spiritual Alchemy..........................................................................5
Psychological Alchemy....................................................................6
Artistic Alchemy............................................................................6
Social Alchemy...............................................................................6
Practical Alchemy..........................................................................7
Therapeutic Alchemy.....................................................................7
The Perennial Philosophy..............................................................8
Becoming an Alchemist...................................................................9
2 The First Alchemists 13
Lost Gems of Knowledge.............................................................14
The Gods of Alchemy...................................................................14
Thoth: The Father of Alchemy....................................................16
The Pillars of Hermes...................................................................16
The Emerald Tablet......................................................................17
The Treasures of Alexander..........................................................18
The Fate of the Emerald Tablet....................................................19
The Legend of Thoth/Hermes....................................................20
The Staff of Hermes....................................................................21
Hermetic Philosophy.....................................................................22
3 The Land of Khem 25
Secrets of Priests and Craftsmen..................................................26
Alexandria: Center of Ancient Alchemy.......................................26
Greek Philosophy and Alchemy.....................................................29
The Concept of Transmutation.....................................................30
Destruction of the Alexandrian Texts...........................................31
The Growth of Alchemy in Asia..................................................32
How the Arabs Saved Alchemy.....................................................34
Arabian Alchemy.........................................................................35
The Gibberish of Jabir.................................................................37
4 Medieval Alchemy and the Quest for Gold 41
The Beginning of European Alchemy..........................................42
The Wizardry of Roger Bacon.....................................................43
Alchemy and the Church..............................................................45
Medieval and Renaissance Alchemy.............................................47
Nicolas Flamel’s Powder of Projection...........................................47
Isaac Newton and the Black Dragon.............................................50
The Puffers....................................................................................52
The Rise of Chemistry..................................................................54
Part 2: The Principles of Alchemy 57
5 The Secret Language of Alchemists 59
The Language of the Birds...........................................................60
The Birds of Alchemy...................................................................60
Animal Symbolism in Alchemy.....................................................62
The Lions of Alchemy..................................................................63
The Dragons of Alchemy..............................................................64
Silent Secrets of the Rose.............................................................65
Ciphers of the Alchemists.............................................................67
Ciphers for the Elements..............................................................69
Ciphers for the Three Essentials...................................................70
6 The Elusive First Matter 73
What Is the First Matter?.............................................................74
Properties of the First Matter.......................................................76
The First Matter Is Eternal.........................................................76
The First Matter Is Everywhere to Be Found...............................76
The First Matter Is Cyclic............................................................76
The First Matter Contains All the Elements................................77
The First Matter Is the Source of the Philosopher’s Stone..............77
Working with the First Matter.....................................................77
7 The Four Elements 81
The Concept of the Elements......................................................82
The Four Humors.........................................................................84
Balancing the Elements.................................................................86
The Quintessence..........................................................................89
Philosophers of Fire......................................................................90
Elementary Fire..........................................................................90
Celestial Fire...............................................................................91
Central Fire................................................................................91
Secret Fire...................................................................................91
8 The Three Essentials 93
Three Children of the First Matter..............................................94
The Two Contraries......................................................................95
Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt..............................................................96
The Dance of Sulfur and Mercury...............................................98
The Three Essentials in People..................................................100
The Three Treasures of Taoist Alchemy....................................101
9 The Philosopher’s Stone 103
The Magical Touchstone............................................................104
What the Philosopher’s Stone Looked Like..............................105
Preparation of the Philosopher’s Stone......................................106
The Mysterious Dr. Dee.............................................................107
The Hieroglyphic Monad...........................................................108
The Cipher of the Stone.............................................................109
The Lost Key to the Monad........................................................111
Part 3: The Operations of Alchemy 113
10 The Ladder of the Planets 115
Correspondences of the Planets.................................................116
The Dark Powers of Saturn........................................................118
The Exuberant Powers of Jupiter...............................................120
The Masculine Powers of Mars..................................................121
The Feminine Powers of Venus.................................................121
The Transformative Powers of Mercury....................................123
The Soulful Powers of the Moon...............................................123
The Spiritual Powers of the Sun................................................124
The Music of the Spheres...........................................................125
11 The Black Phase 127
The Blackening...........................................................................128
The Calcination Process.............................................................129
Personal Calcination...................................................................131
The Process of Dissolution.........................................................133
Personal Dissolution...................................................................134
12 The White Phase 139
The Whitening............................................................................140
The Separation Process...............................................................141
Personal Separation.....................................................................142
The Conjunction Process...........................................................143
Personal Conjunction..................................................................144
13 The Red Phase 149
The Peacock’s Tail.......................................................................150
The Reddening............................................................................151
The Fermentation Process..........................................................152
Personal Fermentation................................................................154
The Distillation Process..............................................................155
Personal Distillation....................................................................157
The Coagulation Process............................................................158
Personal Coagulation..................................................................159
Part 4: Practical Alchemy 161
14 Inside an Alchemist’s Laboratory 163
A Tour of a Medieval Laboratory...............................................164
The Athanor................................................................................165
Alchemical Glassware..................................................................166
The Chemicals Used by Alchemists...........................................167
Vitriol.......................................................................................168
Natron......................................................................................168
Liquor Hepatis..........................................................................169
Pulvis Solaris.............................................................................169
Hidden Energies in the Lab.......................................................170
The Oratorium............................................................................171
Alchemists and Chemists............................................................173
Women in Alchemy.....................................................................174
15 The Spagyric Process 175
The Doctrine of Signatures........................................................176
Types of Medicines......................................................................176
Allopathic Medicine...................................................................177
Homeopathic Medicine...............................................................177
Spagyric Medicine......................................................................177
The Planetary Signatures............................................................178
The Star in Plants.......................................................................179
The Three Essentials in Plants...................................................180
Planetary Influences in Spagyrics...............................................181
Planetary Hours..........................................................................181
Paracelsus the Great....................................................................182
16 The Kitchen Alchemist 185
Setting Up Your Kitchen Lab.....................................................186
Making Alchemical Compounds.................................................187
Making Tinctures........................................................................188
Making Elixirs.............................................................................191
17 Working with the Planetary Metals 195
Saturn’s Metal: Lead....................................................................196
Lead and Silver.........................................................................197
Saturn Signatures in Lead.........................................................197
Lead Poisoning..........................................................................198
The Hidden Promise of Lead......................................................199
Jupiter’s Metal: Tin.....................................................................199
Jupiter Signatures in Tin..........................................................200
The Tin Plague.........................................................................200
Mars’s Metal: Iron.......................................................................200
Iron’s Love for Carbon...............................................................201
Mars Signatures in Iron............................................................202
Venus’s Metal: Copper................................................................203
Venus Signatures in Copper........................................................203
The Love Affairs of Copper........................................................204
Mercury’s Metal: Quicksilver......................................................205
Mercury Signatures in Quicksilver.............................................206
The Dual Nature of Mercury.....................................................207
The Moon’s Metal: Silver...........................................................208
Lunar Signatures in Silver........................................................209
The Moon’s Influence Over Silver..............................................209
The Sun’s Metal: Gold................................................................209
Solar Signatures in Gold............................................................210
The Sun’s Influence Over Gold..................................................211
Part 5: Spiritual Alchemy 213
18 Mental Alchemy 215
The Salted Personality................................................................216
The First Matter in People.........................................................217
The Four Elements in People....................................................218
The Planets in People.................................................................219
Jung and Alchemy.......................................................................220
The Black Phase of Mental Alchemy.........................................222
The White Phase of Mental Alchemy........................................222
The Red Phase of Mental Alchemy............................................224
19 Alchemy of the Soul 225
The Dragons of Spiritual Alchemy............................................226
The True Imagination.................................................................227
Alchemical Meditation................................................................228
The Azoth of the Philosophers...................................................229
The Operations of the Azoth......................................................231
The Ray of Saturn.....................................................................231
The Ray of Jupiter.....................................................................232
The Ray of Mars........................................................................232
The Ray of the Sun....................................................................233
The Ray of Venus.......................................................................233
The Ray of Mercury...................................................................233
The Ray of the Moon.................................................................233
20 The Sacred Marriage 235
The Sacred Marriage in You.......................................................236
The Inner Marriage....................................................................236
Birth of the Philosopher’s Stone.................................................237
The Sacred Marriage in Christian Alchemy..............................239
The Three Marriages in Alchemy..............................................240
The Sacred Marriage in Psychology..........................................240
Part 6: Modern Alchemy 243
21 Alchemy and Medicine 245
The Life Force............................................................................245
Paracelsian Medicine...................................................................246
Healing with the Metals..............................................................248
Healing with Lead.....................................................................249
Healing with Tin.......................................................................249
Healing with Iron......................................................................250
Healing with Copper..................................................................250
Healing with Mercury...............................................................252
Healing with Silver...................................................................254
Healing with Gold.....................................................................255
22 Social Alchemy 259
The Alchemy of Relationships....................................................260
Calcination in Relationships.......................................................260
Dissolution in Relationships........................................................261
Fermentation in Relationships....................................................261
Distillation in Relationships........................................................262
Coagulation in Relationships......................................................262
The Relationship Laboratory......................................................263
Alchemy in the Workplace..........................................................264
Calcination in the Workplace......................................................265
Dissolution in the Workplace......................................................265
Separation in the Workplace.......................................................266
Conjunction in the Workplace.....................................................266
Fermentation in the Workplace..................................................267
Distillation in the Workplace......................................................268
Coagulation in the Workplace.....................................................269
Transforming the Workplace......................................................270
Wealth: The First Matter in Society..........................................271
23 The Science of Magic 275
The Science of the Future..........................................................276
The Mystical Nature of Light....................................................277
Early Theories of Light..............................................................277
The Alchemical Rebis.................................................................278
Quantum Alchemy......................................................................280
Twentieth-Century Alchemists of Science.................................281
Albert Einstein (1879–1955).....................................................282
Werner Heisenberg (1901–1976)...............................................282
Barbara McLintock (1902–1992)..............................................283
David Bohm (1917–1992)........................................................283
Wolfgang Pauli (1900–1958)....................................................284
The Philosopher’s Stone of Physics............................................285
The Projection of Consciousness...............................................286
The Alchemy of Evolution.........................................................287
Appendixes
A Resources 289
B Glossary 295
Index 301

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to differentiate them from more mundane meanings. For example, “sulfur” refers to
the flammable yellow chemical also known as brimstone, while “Sulfur” refers to the
underlying principle of fire, passion, and energy that the alchemists associated with
that substance. Similarly, the terms “Above” and “Below” are philosophical concepts
related to our ideas of heaven and Earth.
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