Inner Garden offers a dynamic and powerful course in internal Alchemy called "Vision Quest". It is complementatry to physcial alchemy. Enroll and embark on a journey into the Inner Worlds, to discover a new horizon and potential within the mind.
Alchemists held a holistic world view, with reality as an organic continuum. Within, we find larger and smaller parts grouped together as systems, and as systems of systems. Just as our physical (organic) body is made up of individual cells, grouped into various organs, our mind too is made up of a large number of smaller intelligent units that are ordered into various groups. Together, all of these smaller intelligent units combine to make up what we refer to as “I”, when we talk and think about ourselves. In Vision Quest we refer to these smaller intelligent units as intelligences or agents. Minsky was one of the first to research this concept academically, and called it “The Society of Mind”.
Elements of the philosophy that is mentioned above has surfaced fairly recently in academic literature, yet this is but a fragment of an older more comprehensive body of knowledge about the mind – in ancient Egypt these “agents” were extensively studied and called “Neters”. This concept is true both on the physical plane, for example in the biological make-up of organisms, as well as on the mental plane, where we prefer to call them “intelligences”. These intelligences might be thought of as being somewhat similar to intelligent software programmes, programmes which oversee and carry out all of the many functions that go to make up our personal being. Some direct our digestive system, some regulate body temperature, some govern our emotions, others our various thinking processes, etc. However, these intelligences are more than a mechanistic piece of software.
The 16th Century alchemist, physician and philosopher Gerhard Dorn has left a number of books that report of a journey deep into the mysteries of the inner planes, and an accurate contact and understanding of these different intelligences. There are a number of other examples of alchemical or qabalistic writings that are a testament to the underground tradition of the explorton of the Inner Worlds, and this tradition has lived on through the effort of modern day in groups like for example the New Zealand Tranceguild (no longer active) and the Heredom Group (now under name of Rubaphilos). Inner Garden now offers the unique opportunity to take on this journey yourself, in the footsteps of a select group of Philosophers that have pioneered and mapped this terrain before you. To give you a foretaste of this Quest, we have uploaded the first (introductionary) stage of this quest to our Scribd account, which can be accessed through the link below.