Reading is transformation


The Alchemy of Human Happiness

Ibn Arabi, Stephen Hirtenstein (tr.)




Chapter 167 of Ibn Arabi's Meccan Illuminations


In this first English translation of a core chapter from the famous Meccan Illuminations (al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya), Ibn Arabi comprehensively summarises all his major teachings on human perfectibility and true happiness. Using the imagery of alchemy and ascension, he gives the reader an extraordinary insight into the spiritual journey by contrasting two ways of acquiring knowledge: the rational and the mystical.