What is alchemy? Our modern world is fueled by alchemy. However, the fossil fuels, industrial agriculture, financial institutions, military complexes, pharmaceutical concoctions, and labor markets are based around external alchemy. These scientific manipulations of matter produce tremendous outputs, but their advancements have outpaced the growth of the spiritual nature of the participants. It seems that when technology and intellect grow without spirit and heart, the output of the alchemical processes stray far from the natural order.
Why Taoism? It is the author’s hope and experience that the practices of the Tao can lead one to feelings of connectedness with other beings and with nature. If I see other people as similar to myself, all animals as dear as my own pet, and Heaven and Earth as life-giving parents, then how could I continue to support systems that poison the planet, kill animals by the millions, and hold people in invisible prison from birth to death?
From the Alchemist’s Tao Te Ching, by Andrew McCart