Not How Much Is Your Gold

by Vincent Godfrey Burns (1893-1979)

Not how much is your gold,
Not how great are your lands;
How kind is your heart?
How clean are your hands?

Not knowledge nor pride,
Not a crown nor a creed;
Have you found the good life,
Have you helped those in need?

What good did you find
On your way to the goal?
How broad is your mind?
How sweet is your soul?

Not How Much Is Your Gold

It’s fading, though

He that says, “Love your enemies, do well to those that persecute you,” does not teach you to judge and despise; he teaches you the way of meekness. He teaches that you should be a light to the world so that those who do not believe might see by your works that you are children of God.

-Jacob Boehme, The Threefold Life of Man, Chapter Six (modernized)

Jesus motioning a peace sign

It’s fading, though


I’ve been reading this book: God and the Ancient Chinese by Samuel Wang. While I have not finished it yet, it provoked me to check out some of the Chinese classics after Mr. Wang suggested that Laozi may have been one of the early prophets for the Chinese people.

Laozi (or Lao Tzu) is the generally accepted author of the 5,000 word Tao Te Ching, which is believed to have been written between the fourth and sixth centuries BC. The full translated text can be found here (free).

quote from Tao Te Ching with an owl background




“We who regard the inside of the world,

We look at the heart and disregard the outside.

The judges who confine their views to externals

And base their decisions on outward appearances,

As they testify and make outward show of faith,

Are straightway dubbed faithful by men of externals.

Therefore these heretics, who regard only externals,

Have secretly shed the blood of many true believers.

Strive then to be old in wisdom and in faith,

That, like Universal Reason, you may see within.”


Black and white photo of person standing at the entrance of a cave.


What is Alchemy?

Do you have gold in your heart, or above it?

If you research the term “alchemy” you will find many various, possible definitions.

Here is a definition that fits right with me. This is from Manly P. Hall’s book, The Secret Teachings of All Ages.

It is gold; pun intended.

By means of this ART the seed which is within the soul of a stone may be made to germinate so intensively that in a few moments a diamond is grown from the seed of itself. If the seed of the diamond were not in the marble, granite, and sand, a diamond could not be grown therefrom. But as the seed is within all these things, a diamond may be grown out of any other substance in the universe. In some substances, however, it is easier to perform this miracle because in them these germs have already been long fertilized and are thus more nearly prepared for the vivifying process of the ART. Likewise, to teach some men wisdom is easier than to teach others, for some already have a foundation upon which to work. While in others the thinking faculties are entirely dormant. Alchemy, therefore, should be regarded as the ART of increasing and bringing into perfect flower with the greatest possible expedition. Nature may accomplish her desired end or, because of the destructiveness exercised by one element over another, she may not; but with the aid of the true ART, Nature always accomplishes her end, for this ART is not subject either to the wastings of time or to the vandalism of elemental reactions.”

Let those who desire material gold go and learn of its secrets and may their search be fruitful. But as for me, I’d much prefer finding the knowledge of growing wisdom within the human-animal mind. That is spiritual gold, and it is of the purest quality.

What is Alchemy?