In its attempt to demonstrate the applicability of the fundamental principles of Mysticism to the things of the physical realm Alchemy apparently failed and ended its days in fraud. It appears, however, that this true aim of alchemistic art - particularly the demonstration of the validity of the theory that all the various forms of matter are produced by an evolutionary process from some one primal element or quintessence -- is being realised by recent research in the domain of physics and chemical science.
The object of the alchemist’s search was to satisfy their material needs, their intellectual capacities, and their spiritual yearning. Alchemists of the nobler sort always made the first of these objects subsidiary to the other two".
There is a distinct difference between what may be called esoteric and exoteric alchemy. The latter has an outer and more direct approach in which transmutation is attempted through the employment of purely physical forces. This has been the main attraction for the quacks and the curious, and has succeeded in concealing (mercifully) the esoteric approach to alchemy.
The true alchemist is someone capable of radiating his essence, thus affecting the centermost being of those about him. This work, biographical in nature, reveals the author's own struggle in working the basic theme of alchemy, which is the acceptance and expression of Cosmic Fire in the service of humanity.
This is the path of a fire-god .... his birth, initiation into and baptism by Fire. The alchemists saw the likeness of it in so many chemical reactions in their laboratories that they were struck by certain parallels. After all, they were witnessing the birth of modern chemistry with all its inorganic phenomena of amalgams, silver, gold and mercurial platings, without any of the rationale which a chemist possesses today. This thoroughly researched volume contains many excerpts from the author’s diary, images, lists and drawings.