All human beings are made of the same divine quintessence. The only difference between them is that some have learned to work on this quintessence and to develop it, while others leave it dormant. We refer to this quintessence as the image of God. If we compare ourselves to Jesus, the distance between us is obviously immense. But if we were not of the same quintessence as he, he would not have said: ‘The one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these.’ To be able to do what Jesus did, we must share the same nature. Lead cannot do what gold can do, because it is not of the same nature. As for us, it can be said that we contain within us an atom of gold, but it is completely surrounded by an entire gangue of base materials. Our work is to transform these worthless materials into gold, which is the true meaning of alchemy.
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov