Spiritual ‘work’?

The use of the word ‘work’ here and elsewhere on this website is in homage to Alchemy-as-language, through which the lineage underlying the ideas on Sacred River was transmitted from ancient times to the present. The alchemical ‘work’ was referred to as the opus contra naturam, ‘the work against nature’. This phrase represents both the entire body of activities in which this art involves one and the essence of the work. In our culture, the word ‘work’ has become associated with heroic activity. Yet, Alchemy is anything but heroic. Rather than slay dragons, Alchemy meets them, listens to them, learns from them, is shaped by […]