This is a possible excerpt of text from the forthcoming TransAlchemy book:
Transcendence of this universe is the alchemical goal of the magician. The idea is to leave behind our material universe in order to achieve conscious union with the source of all creation. This process of cosmic unity is the highest aspiration of those that walk the hermetic path. As they transform their lower conscious soul (lead) into a greater vibrational force (gold) they go beyond all that exists physically. This process is achieved by refining consciousness to a point in which it no longer needs to stay attached to a material body. In the process of ascending to a greater realm of existence the alchemist bypasses the process of death and instantly obtains philosophical immortality. This is due in part to the causal relationship between time and death. The alchemist not only transcends space, but time as well, and in doing so he is no longer confined to the temporal properties found in the universe which lead to death.
From a transhumanist perspective, the universe is computational in nature and all of reality could theoretically be a computer simulation. The alchemist that views the universe in this way could be called a TransAlchemist. Such a person aspires to the same goal as a the traditional alchemist. Their meansare technological, but their ends the same, that being the attainment of the Philosopher's Stone. They view themselves as potential programs within a matrix of simulated universes. Their quest is to extend their program (consciousness) as far as possible. Some transhumanists believe that alchemy has no part in futurism, they fail to see how their own aspirations run parallel to those of alchemy and mysticism.
Another project of the TransAlchemist is to influence the source program of creation itself. It may be possible to consciously manipulate the source code. This program is the theoretical root of mind and matter. Within this source lies the root of all consciousness. In a simulated universe you are as much the source code of creation as you are a program within it. This balance between self and source enables those within the confines of an illusionary world to transcend its limitations.
The true and original goal of alchemy may still be achieved by those that understand that no amount of virtual reality will replace the actual act of transcending the universe. It is possible that a small group of TransAlchemists will dedicate themselves to creating an Artificial intelligence. An Ai powerful enough to potentially calculate a method for transcending this universe entirely. Such an act could be described as a new singularity for post-singularity beings.
TransAlchemy the book 2010 ;-)