Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is alchemical divination?
Alchemy, descended from shamanism, is the ancient art and science of human psycho-physico-spiritual transformation. Divination is the practice of seeking healing, insight and guidance from higher-dimensional, inner sources -- the Divine or Spirit World. Divination commonly involves symbolic systems such as the Tarot, the I Ching, Runes or Horoscope Astrology; these can be considered divination accessories or tools. In essence, divination is a process of asking questions on core life issues and obtaining answers, which are then applied and integrated. Therefore, Alchemical Divination is divination focused on questions surrounding personal and collective transformation.
How does divination differ from remote viewing?
In remote viewing, an individual attempts to clairvoyantly "see" across the barriers of space and time, toward a pre-determined target, unknown to the remote viewer or the tester. There is no personal involvement or relevance of the target to the individual. In divination, the intention or question of the divination guides the process, making it totally personal. The questioner seeks answers to personal questions regarding the past or the future. In both processes, meditative and centered states are used to facilitate transcending of space-time boundaries.
What is the role of altered states in the Metzner Alchemical Divination practices?
Mild, expanded or heightened states of consciousness, induced by guided Agni Yoga (Light-Fire) meditations, are used in preparation for the divination process. This is analogous to the use of a shamanic drumming journey for divinatory purposes in shamanic practice. The meditations, enhanced by breathing, toning, chanting and selected movement practices, serve to clear the mind and calm the emotions, thus maximizing receptivity to the subtle inner promptings from Spirit.
Do you I have to take the three workshops in sequence?
The three workshops constitute the basic training and can be taken in any sequence.
Can I take just one of the workshops?
Are any audio recordings of the divinations available?
For those wishing to experience some examples of the divinations, the following audio programs, available from Green Earth Foundation, contain recorded divinations: Medicine Wheel of the Life Cycle (order now ); Integrating with the Shadow - Aligning with Spirit (order now ); and Elderhood and Dying - The Three Norns (order now ).
Is there any background reading recommended for the training?
The Psychology of Birth, The Prenatal Epoch and Incarnation: Ancient and Modern Perspectives (order now ) is a 35-page essay containing background texts and writings for the Alchemical Divinations relating to prenatal psychology, conception and incarnation. In addition, the book titled The Unfolding Self - Varieties of Transformative Experience (order now ) provides a great deal of mythic and psychological information relevant to the divinations.