Alchemy has long been regarded as the medieval practice of attempting to transmute base metals, such as lead, into precious metals, specifically into Gold. Over the centuries the once sacred art of Alchemy has been continually misinterpreted and misunderstood by both previous and contemporary Academia which consistently perceive only the materialistic conception of this practice, its outer shell. This is because the materialist mentality is structured for interpretations that inherently consider only the physical nature of a process and not its superphysical or spiritual basis. The keystone to understanding Alchemy is that this was and is a process of transmuting the lead soul into the golden soul, or the lower self into the higher self.
The modern academic notions regarding the nature and impetus for the Alchemical Arts is one essentially materialistic, insular, and specious. These contemporary scions of ivy league Academia scrutinise all historical records through the myopic prism of scientific materialism and unidimensional economic tunnel-vision, concluding that Alchemical endeavors were solely concentrated on producing material gain and physical wealth, a notion singularly suited for the 21st materialist mentality of our contemporary intelligentsia, yet utterly misguided and superficial in piercing the esoteric vein of such a topic.
The secrets of the Alchemical process, its methods, and its underlying premises were not for simply Transmuting base metals into precious ores of gold in a vain attempt at generating limitless wealth, but involved a fundamentally deeper, esoteric, and spiritual process designed to reach an ultimately superphysical outcome.