The Pill of Immortality
Legend states that the alchemists of olden times could only succeed in turning lead into gold when their internal alchemy practice was of a high order. Chasing external results without doing the inner work often led to disaster.
For example, ingesting attempts at the pill of immortality caused individuals to feel the effects of being high, only to crash back down. In their quest to find this feeling and continue to reach these artificially-achieved high states, many overdosed and died from the experimental compounds.
The reader can decide for themselves if there are parallels between these experiments of old and the modern quest for more and more by our societies. Has our technological ability surpassed our spiritual aptitude?
The Alchemist’s Tao Te Ching: Transforming Your Lead Into Gold