Fake It 'Til You Make It

© Joan Ann Lansberry, January, 2011

Page as scanned... (I messed up and reversed the letters. What to do? I didn't want an ugly cross-out. So I just wrote the 'S' afterwards. It's fixed in the digital version, of course.
Also, it is called page 26, but it is really page 27, because I goofed on the previous page.

This is a conversation between three people about the process of working towards bettering oneself through willed conscious evolution. The idealist, via _Jonathan Livinston Seagull_ declares "Begin by knowing you've already arrived." The esotericist and the realist don't think much of this, finding it rather useless fluffery. The esotericist insists ""No! It's 'Solve et Coagula!' By this process all obstacles can be overcome by the transformed and self aware."

"This is the strong fortitude of all fortitudes, overcoming every subtle and penetrating every solid thing."
"Through the process of 'solve et coagula,' all obstacles are overcome and every subtle or solid thing (philosophical point, astral impulse, or material object) can be understood and put to service."
- Mark Stavish in _Kabbalah for Health and Wellness_, page 15

Solve et coagula is a "Hermatic-alchemical axiom" which means "dissolve and recombine".

Edred Thorsson gives further clues to how this is done:
"Dissolution is necessary for reshaping to take place in accordance with a willed plan." After dissolution, the reshaping occurs with "recombination of forces in a transformed, self-aware essence."
_Runelore:a Handbook of Esoteric Runology_, page 119:

The realist may or may not be able to grasp the more subtle aspects of this concept. In any case, she wants to get to the bottom line. In order to effect change in our lives, we must FAKE IT UNTIL WE MAKE IT. Whatever uncertainties we may have aren't being pacified by a self hypnosis that tells us 'we've already arrived'. We know we haven't arrived, but we are going to act as if we have. In the process, this may turn into more than 'acting', whereby we've gained new skills of which we are then certain.