Transmutation and Transfiguration
You can find Transfiguration in the Bible, Alchemy, Buddhism, Hinduism, Paganism, Tao, Dao, Zen, etc… And Transmutation is an Alchemical word, meaning “Turning base metals into Gold”.
When you look at this definition, you may not imagine a figurative example. It is true that Alchemy had two branches. The Physical side who wished to actually transmute lead into gold and create the philosophers stone; and the spiritual side who used alchemy as a way to transmute the lead of their soul into gold. Alchemy later became the spiritual process of transmuting heavy, base energies into the light, golden energies of ascended beings. A way to transfigure and transmute the soul and body into their true potential.
Now transmutation isn’t claimed by alchemy alone but is the easiest way to explain this process.
You may be asking what this has to do with yourself or with Shamanism.
Everything. Let me explain.
Transfiguration happens within the body; transmutation happen outside of the body.
Transfiguration is the process of accessing and allowing your inner light to shine beyond the physical body. In Matthew 17:2 (NIV) it states “There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as the light.” Jesus had dropped his physical form and allowed his spiritual inner light to show. One more verse; John 14:12 (NIV) “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, for I am going to the father.”
In this Verse Jesus states that anything he does; we can do also. Not only can we transfigure, but we can also transmute. In a well-known story, Jesus also turns water into wine. This is a form of transmutation. Changing one thing into another.
Many people, beyond just priests have been transmuting water for thousands of years. This becomes what is known as “Holy water”. Water retains the memory and structure of previous materials that have been once dissolved in it. But beyond that, water can retain the energetic memory of its past environment, both positive and negative. Dr. Vogel initially found scientific proof for this and this study was then continued by Dr. Emoto up until his death in 2014.
In her book Medicine for the Earth (Pg. 184-186), Sandra Ingerman leads us on a guided meditation that allows us to drop our physical form to experience being our soul essence and experience being with the light. This same meditation can be used to help guide you to transfiguring your body.
When impurities are present in the light, they have no choice but to transmute into light themselves. This is true for toxins, high pH level, disease (dis-ease), etc…
It is important to remember that we do not heal anyone, it is by being in our own light that gives people the confidence and permission to heal themselves. Divine intervention does happen though, and this takes place where the divine light manifests form and provides spontaneous healing. This happens usually at spiritual sites and on spiritual pilgrimages where the healing is prayed for. But it has been known that people have received healing without asking as well. This is still a form of transmutation. The divine light transmutes without a vessel, it is rarer, but does happen.
We should not forget the effect of transfiguration on our environment either. When more and more people begin to transfigure and heal, what happens to us, also happens to mother earth (and vice versa of course).
In Shamanism, I have spoken in previous posts, that we become a “Hollow Bone” to perform the healings. It is not us that performs the healing, but the spirits and divine that come to work through us. We as practitioners also embody the divine light through transfiguration, and we help hold this space either through chanting, singing, toning, or dancing (among other modalities). This activity helps us distract our ego and allow the spirit to do the work needed.
There are other ways to transfigure as well. And that is by being present and seeing light in everything. By seeing the divine in all of creation, you start to see the divine in others as well and yourself.
I would like to ask or challenge each of you to perform this basic ritual to achieve this.
Every morning, before you get ready for work. Allow your quiet mind to take over, think and meditate on the light. Take a few deep breaths and go deep into yourself and find your center, your inner light, and let it show through.
Through this basic connection, look at the world through this found light. Look at the trees, the birds, the skies, the ground.
When anger comes your way, take a deep breath and see the divine in that person, and respond through the lens of divine light. You will be amazed at your response, and if you keep it up, you will see dramatic changes in your attitude and outlook on life.
I would like to urge you to also go check out Sandra Ingerman’s book Medicine for the Earth. It goes into deeper detail and practice than what I could cover here in my blog.
May you go forth in love and light,