Was Albert Einstein into Alchemical Healing?

albert einstein

I was reading a post this morning on “alchemical healing” and was a little puzzled by it.

I believe in the scientific concept of “emergence”. Namely that the sum is greater than its constituents parts.  I believe that great complexity has arisen from a few simple rules of nature and that as time goes by science will reveal more to us. I believe that eventually intelligent life will become what our ancestors would have considered “gods”

We now know the aims of alchemists are achievable – we know that any one element can be turned into any other element given enough heat and pressure.

Lothlorien
Lothlorien

On “spirituality” we are coming to understand more about the mind and indeed I am interested in recent scientific research on qualia and the nature of consciousness.

But I believe one must distinguish such concepts as “art” on the one hand from “science” and the search for facts on the other.

My sense of spirituality is to sit in a Norman Church in the English countryside and read the book of Psalms. Not because I believe in a god or gods but because it puts my mind at ease.  I do not believe my experience is “mystical” in any sense; I believe rather that the space and peace, the beauty and the language give my tired mind the ability to rest and to contemplate my “weltanschauung” in tranquility.

Gollum
Gollum

I believe that the world is a miraculous enough place as it is without the necessity for belief in anything other than what is there, than what we can prove by experiment.

I love the idea of pixies and goblins; I have been an avid fan of Tolkien, CS Lewis and fantasy all my life.

But I am very aware that I must not confuse fantasy and fiction with reality.

Beauty and escape in art, literature, music and theatre are essential to me. But when I want to know about healing I look to science. I may be inspired by Ents and Gandalf but if I want to know how the world works I look to CERN or Roger Penrose rather than Ursula le Guin.

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