gold refining

To define is to limit.

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

This is one of those quotes that I read and it resonated through my body so much that I immediately wanted it tattooed

You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
—  Revelation 3:17-20
What we go through may not make sense, the seasons that come and pass may leave us with more questions than answers, and it may seem the devil is relentless in stealing, destroying, and killing all the little we may have. This may be, but don’t forget gold is refined through fire. Just like gold, we’re refined by Christ through painful trials, mistakes, incessant questions, sometimes pain, and loss to become more and more like Him

Fact of the Day #97

The Japanese term for Chinese alchemy, used in FMA to refer to Xingese alchemy, is 錬丹術 (Rentanjutsu). It’s spelled the same way as 錬金術 (Renkinjutsu/alchemy), but replaces the kanji for “gold” with one that means “red” or occasionally “medicine”. While western alchemy literally translates to “art of refining gold”, Chinese alchemy is the “art of refining red medicine”.

Much like the differences between Amestrian and Xingese alchemy, Chinese-style alchemy was generally more inclined towards goals of healing than western alchemy was, and included the concept of chi/qi as a flow of spiritual energy within the body.

In the English dub of Brotherhood, Xingese alchemy is referred to as “alkahestry”. This originates from the alchemic concept of the “alkahest”, a hypothetical universal solvent that could dissolve anything. It’s perhaps worth noting that the term “alkahest” is generally believed to have been coined by Paracelsus, the alchemist Van Hohenheim was named after.

(Source: Chapter 32; Brotherhood episode 15; Wikipedia pages on Chinese alchemy and alkahest)