In Hinduism, Akasha is the essence of all things. It is the One, Eternal, and All Pervading physical substance, considered the very first element in creation. As a material foundation of the four classical elements (earth, air, water and fire), Akasha is imperceptible yet omnipresent; also, it forms the substratum of the quality of sound. In Sanskrit the word ‘akasha’ means "space", accepted also as “sky.”
The Pagans and alchemists of the European continent similarly knew Akasha to be the fifth element (spirit, aether) and believe it exists in every living creature. Without Akasha, there is no spirit, no soul, no magic in anything.
Quintessence, the formative fifth element, is not a reducible by-product of the four basic elements Earth, Air, Water and Fire. It is the underlying ethereal secret essence of the elements themselves - the unity of the three philosophic principles, Body, Soul and Spirit. All things of our universe harmonize their being from these three and Quintessence is the space which holds them. It is the Source of all things of the universe, the divinity of the myriad ten thousand, the secret fire of ancient alchemy, the space, sky and knowledge that is Akasha.
Alchemists know Quinta Essencia as existing within the other four classical elements (Earth, Air, Water, Fire), and is symbolized by the pentagram, which perfectly divides the microcosmic circle. The Platonic Solid that relates to Quintessence and Akasha is the dodecahedron, a regular twelve-sided figure whose faces are made up of perfect pentagons. The symbol represents the individual of the universe that contains the whole universe in itself.
All things of our universe are then comprised in varying balance of the four elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Each of these elements holds two qualities which are shared with the other elements, giving variety and dynamic for transformation, according to the universal laws of change; Water is cold and moist; Air is hot and moist and Fire is hot and dry. Inherent within and surrounding the combination forms made up of the four elements is the mysterious and intangible fifth element that the Vedics called Akasha. Alchemically, the absolute basis of any thing, what the Vedics called the cosmic Swabhava is spiritual, highly distilled and incorruptible. Quintessence is this very basis of what we are throughout the extent of our permanent existence and temporal manifestation.
Truth is self-evident in all cultures of humankind when one's consciousness rises to meet it. The purpose of all mystery school orders and traditions throughout the ages is to teach human beings of their divine nature and origin. The Vedic-Akashic lineage is considered a root line of teaching that predates Babylonian, Chaldean, Egyptian and Greek schools of wisdom. Raising one's vibration does not come from thinking, but from direct experience and action. Each of us has free will to choose to raise our vibration. How does this happen? Self remembering brings awareness of the truth of tranquility amidst the storm. Self actualization putting the truth of wonder into action. Self realization brings the Akashic truth of connection and belonging. These three together allow a human being to rise above illusion, to learn Akashic lessons by being in the world without being of the world, to live from Higher Self. This means choosing to shift away from the stuckness of dogma and enmeshment by becoming an responsive observer who is in flow with all things rather than a reactive manipulator trying to force outcomes from self and others. A chela of the Akashic mystery school does not mind what happens, but gives his/her best for the highest good of all, in all times at all places in life.
Temple of Akasha in Chidambaram, South India (Wiki)
Since Vedic times (as long as 5000 years ago), the Universe has been considered to be comprised of three main aspects, Matter, Energy and Mind. Conceptually, and for millennia, Akasha in its ordered and organized form called the Akashic Records, is believed to contain all knowledge of conscious experience and the history of the cosmos. The Akashic Records are the Universe’s memory storage system and are said to have existed since the inception of universal consciousness. Just as modern human civilization has various specialty libraries ie: medical, law, literature etc… there are said to exist various Akashic Libraries ie: human, animal, plant, mineral, etc...
Shamans and mystics from all cultures and religions have accessed the records, either via deep meditation and trance states, or actively through the subconscious mind (hypnosis). Moving from an ancient concept to a modern version, Akasha, so omnipresent in the Universe, is likened to a dynamic, informed storage field that continually expands with the Universe to hold information of all conscious experiences as they unfold. Even today, it is still believed that every experience, intention, and action is imprinted in this substrate medium. It is also believed that Akasha pervasively exists within each of us. To be able to access Akasha as the sages have, one must first be able to connect to and know well one's Higher Self, the spiritual aspect that exists in a higher dimension than our ordinary self, considered to be wiser with an expanded perspective.
The Alchemists of our time are truly Artists of Life. They consider their creative expression (not limited to just their art, relationships, or studies) as a sacred practice. They endeavour to understand the mysteries of the natural universe and unveil the secrets of the cosmic knowing hidden beneath the veil of unconsciousness.
The goal of an elementally harmonized existence is to find presence in oneself, to reside in the space of knowing, so that one may create from a state of pure presence.
The Caduceus is the heralding Wand of Hermes, symbolically associated with the Healer, and draws visual metaphor from several ancient symbols. The two intertwining snakes represent the duality of all principles (consider the Taoist Yang and Yin, the Yogic Ida and Pingala, the Alchemical Sol and Luna) that make manifest the ten thousand things. The wings represent the element of air (the soul is the incarnation's vessel of spirit) that both fly to and gather cosmic awareness. In this Celtic image, the central axis (the upright spine of the central nervous system) holds the seven sacred spheres (the chakras of the energy body).
The heart (the fourth and central chakric center) is considered the seat of the Soul, and in other images of the Caduceus (such as Egyptian), the eagle's head is represented by a sphere of light, both which represent enlightenment.
Alchemical transformation and what we know as emotional healing takes place when spiritual reconciliation of the three lower chakra energies (root, sacral and solar plexus) and the three upper chakra energies (throat, brow and crown) meet and combine at the heart. Quintessence manifests here, in the harmony that has achemized in the seat of the Soul. Any creative expression that emerges from the heart under these conditions, is pure, true and of the authentic Self.