The old Alchemists of the medieval age, many of whom were
Rosicrucians, declared that in order to transmute a mineral
element into a higher state, as in the transmutation of lead
into gold, it was first necessary for the Alchemist to transmute
his own inner nature.
| An Alchemist's Laboratory
In the ancient writings and manifestos of the Rose Cross Order published centuries ago, and which we have already mentioned,
the tale is told in symbolic language of the formation and
purpose of the Order. One of the goals to which the members
of our august Fraternity aspired was achieving the Grand Reformation.
This reformation corresponds to the inner reformation in
each of us. No person, without first transforming his own
inner nature, can seek with any success to reform any aspect
of family, society, or the world. But when people make change
their thinking processes and actions, bringing about a positive
inner change, they realize improvement in their outer lives
Many people suffer terrible illnesses, the product of their
own thoughts of hatred and bitterness.
Whatever treatments are provided to them fail. They will
be able to respond to treatment only when they have changed
their thoughts, transmuting them in positive ways.
There are infinite numbers of people living in the most complete
misery, lacking even those things most necessary to live with
No matter how much they want to change, if they are not educated
and capable of change, learning how to aspire to better conditions
and bring out the best in themselves, putting their creative
and transforming abilities into action, they will continue
suffering the lack of what they need.
When we discover our apparent limitations we realize that
life is for us as we choose to see it. When we learn that
it is our mind that assigns value to all things, and that
it is our mind that creates our reality, creating within us
the appropriate conditions, life changes for us, we reform
ourselves personally and arrive at the inner reformation,
Inner Peace and outer Success.