INTERNATIONAL ALCHEMY CONFERENCE
FEEDBACK FROM PARTICIPANTS IN OUR PREVIOUS CONFERENCES
- D.D., California
I was so proud of everyone at the conference in the way they treated actor Nicolas Cage. No one bothered him unduly, and on the first night, he even dismissed his bodyguards. He was very gracious and intelligent. He attended all three days and was obviously interested in the material being presented. I saw him personally congratulate some of the speakers on their presentations. He just sat among us, listened attentively, and seemed to be always in the bookstore browsing the books and talking with people. How wonderful to be in the company of such an aware and beautiful person.
- N.L., Australia
The Conference was truly amazing! Robert and I were bowled over by the reception that he received as soon as we entered the hotel! Truthfully, I had no idea how much knowledge Robert really has although I have had an inkling and just pushed toward getting his knowledge out there to the World. I think many people expressed that they would have liked to see him present something a bit earlier as many people had to leave early at the end but perhaps next year he can give a lecture talk as well as a class. Jeff McBride was fantastic, just loved the way his Heart and Soul reaches out to everyone in the room. Dennis Hauck I found the most fascinating in his talk about the Spirit of the Metals.
And, I agree with the person who wrote how Nicholas Cage was treated so graciously and respectfully. I am grateful that we got to meet and speak with him and he allowed our daughter to pose for a picture with him. I hated to ask at first and waited until he was leaving on the last day, but he and his wife were very gracious and I hope he comes back next year.
So I guess I can only sum it up as "Awesome!" "Way to go, Dennis H.!"
-Karen F. Bartlett
As some of you know, I had an experience that I originally kept to myself, but now feel it was meant to be shared. Jeff McBride's "Fellowship of the Stone" ceremony at the end of lectures on Sunday was absolutely otherworldly. I know everyone present felt it. It seemed as if his preparation, movements, and oratory were being directed from the very highest part of him. I had never seen anyone connect to that part so well in public.
Suddenly in the middle of his performance, I found myself in this swirling circle of timeless brethren -- spiritual warriors from all times and places -- and they had come to thank us for honoring them and to offer their fellowship. I have never been connected at the heart/copper level with so many people at once -- both people living and present but also people in "other" places. The current of love flowing between past, present, and future was like a tidal current that swept gently through the room and encompassed all of us. Somehow Jeff had opened a corridor that connected these brothers and sisters lost in time with us. He somehow opened his heart as a vessel to contain them. The largeness of his heart is extraordinary -- his heart did that and my heart witnessed it.
They came from around the first fires of the cavemen. They came from the desert, forests, and mountaintops. They came from the memories of their smelly laboratories and cloistered libraries. They came from farmhouses and tents and castles. They came from the cool lingering past and the warm promising future. They came just for us.
This was the most profound ritual experience of my life. It has already deeply affected my work. The overflow of my heart at the end of the closing ceremony had nothing to do with the applause from the audience or their heartfelt thanks for the event, which I understood and appreciated. My heart was opened by those who I assume no one else saw or heard -- but who I saw and who saw me. And they came to give us their blessings. They came to empower us by their presence.
How can the hearts of sentient beings come together through time and space? I had no idea that such a living bridge of heart existed in the universe. It was a marvelous conjunction, a marriage of every alchemist who ever was or will be -- with all of us and what we were doing. It was so much bigger than all the little problems of the conference and anything else in our daily lives for that matter.
So that is what happened, and I have no way of explaining it. I do not imagine things like this, and I have done enough work that I know when I am trying to deceive myself. It was totally unexpected. It was absolutely overpowering. It was deeply real. Thank you so much for helping create that living bridge of light and time. I don't know how we did it, but I hope we can all do it again someday. All I know for now is that -- as crazy as it sounds -- they are with us.- Dennis William Hauck, Conference Master of Ceremonies
First, I want to finally express my gratitude to you and everyone who obviously worked so hard to put on such an extraordinary informative and inspiring conference. I want to add that I too felt something powerful and profound during Jeff McBride's beautiful closing, and I appreciate that you felt that Dennis Hauck could share his experience with us. As Jeff spoke, I too felt a deep and ancient connection as well as a continuity with the past with this work. It became more clear to me after Dennis shared his experience, and corroborated my own experience that day.
- Robert Wright, California
I wanted to say that on a personal note, I have had similar experiences myself. I often try to connect with the legacy of Alchemy, Mystics, and Healers that exist on this timeless plane. More importantly though, more and more often, I am coming into contact with my other important incarnations in this Earth experience, and have found that the amount of information we share with each other on the astral plane is tremendous, and far beyond anything I could have conceived on my own. I often feel that my inspiration comes from those beings, and that my accomplishments are shared in kind with them. An open heart is key. That leads to appreciation for the great mystery I am a part of here and helps further lift the veil to the realization of truth and purpose. They are with with us, truly. Looking forward to more conferences. Also, I would love any feedback you have on my products as I am still a novice to Alchemy and only in the last year or two became involved and interested in it, although it seems I have been involved all my life in retrospect. Thanks again for all your hard work.
- Bradley, www.Whitemountainmedicine.com
The International Alchemy Conference, held at the Palace Station, was fantastic! In the coming weeks I will be highlighting a few of the speakers in my Devil's Hammer column. This is absolutely the most important Conference I have been to in the U.S. all year. Letís hope Dennis William Hauck, the organizer (his workshop was on Spiritual Alchemy) will have the next International Alchemy Conference once again in Las Vegas.
- The Devil's Hammer,
Thanks so much for the Alchemy Conference! Because you are soliciting comments and suggestions, here are a few (in random order):
- P.C., Pennsylvania
It was a great pleasure to attend the conference. You did a really great job! And I think you were rewarded for it, by experience you had. You received a clear message that your action didn't get unnoticed by Upper World. I was pleased to see so many different people with different spiritual paths, but all having the same goals:
∑ Work on personal transformation
∑ Share knowledge & experiences with others
∑ Help to transform others
By doing this actions we are affecting the Universe. It doesnít matter what tools we are using: Alchemy, Kabbalah, any kind of Meditation, etc. As long as we keep the same goals we are making positive changes to the World and Universe.
- IB, www.Kabbalah.com
C.T., Georgia USA
Thank you for all your work in organizing the Alchemy conference. So many eclectic wonderful people who came together. Such a feat! I had some wonderful personal experiences I didn't expect. Thanks for making it happen.
Since then I've been forging along with my alchemical experiments for 20 years, mostly on my own. In all that time I only met one person who had any idea of what I was talking about regarding alchemy. It's always been my dream to make spagyrics available to the public. I tried to start a company in 1988, and again in 2003, but I couldn't get the financial backing I was looking for. I couldn't find anyone who understood the benefits of herbal spagyrics. Now, with this conference, suddenly I'm among people who believe in the work and who are actively pursuing the hermetic path. The work is no longer a guarded secret. I feel this will help to educate society and bring in more people interested in the work. The Paracelsus College closed shortly after Frater Albertus crossed the veil. Since then I've been forging along with my alchemical experiments for 20 years, mostly on my own. In all that time I only met one person who had any idea of what I was talking about regarding alchemy. It's always been my dream to make spagyrics available to the public. I tried to start a company in 1988, and again in 2003, but I couldn't get the financial backing I was looking for. I couldn't find anyone who understood the benefits of herbal spagyrics. Now, with this conference, suddenly I'm among people who believe in the work and who are actively pursuing the hermetic path. The work is no longer a guarded secret. I feel this will help to educate society and bring in more people interested in the work.
- Timoth "KC" Wilkerson
LJ Semple, author of Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time and The Backward-Flowing Method: The Secret of Life and Death, spoke at the Conference on Sunday. His talk was called Activating the Life Force. JJ uses a special meditation called the Golden Flower Meditation or GFM to raise Kundalini in a safe, permanent fashion. According to JJ, GFM effectively transforms the practitionerís body, improving health and extending oneís lifespan. It also cures all illnesses. Golden Flower Meditation awakens Kundalini and ignites the Life Force energy that revitalizes the entire nervous system. In turn, this starts an autonomic self-healing process. Thanks to GFM, all disorders related to neural damage and nervous are susceptible to self-treatment. Someone asked JJ how old he was. I never take nutritional or psychic advice from people who are obese, or health tips from people who look contagious. JJ is living proof to his claim that awakening Kundalini improves health and extends oneís life. He answered he was 70 years old. Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time is Sempleís memoir about his 1973 Kundalini awakening and is a how-to book. Sempleís books can be purchased from and his itinerary checked at Life Force Books http://www.lifeforcebooks.com. JJís next "appearance" is at the Humboldt Holistic Fair on Saturday, October 25th in Eureka, California. The Golden Flower Meditation is an ancient method of Taoist alchemy and is one of the most powerful methods available for personal change. Itís a method Semple rediscovered over thirty years ago through trial and error experimentation with the text The Secret of the Golden Flower. My copy of The Secret of the Golden Flower was brought when I was a teenager! Its time to re-read it and get to work on re-awakening Kundalini. A Kundalini master raised mine in New York City in the 1980s.
-Victoria Alexander, Las Vegas