The following is a transcript of the Video Alchemy - An advanced Spiritual Discipline.
Alchemy is a sacred science that's been practiced for thousands of years. Many would argue it's as old as civilization itself. The word alchemy translates 'Al Kemet' or "from Egypt" as Egypt was well known as Kemet in ancient times. Kemet means the black land, and Egypt was well known for this due to their highly fertile soils along the Nile.
The term alchemy comes from the Arabic 'Al Khem' which in turn is said to come from the Egyptian Khem meaning black and referring to the Egyptians own name for their country, 'Kemet the black land'. Thus the term alchemy is the origin of the term black art, though the meaning is very different than that later is ascribed to this phrase. However others decide that the word comes from the Greek "pini".
Considering that the Egyptians and the Greeks were in close contact for hundreds of years and that the Greeks in fact ruled Egypt through the Ptolemaic dynasty for 300 years. That each seriously influenced the culture of the other, the term could very well be a play on both words.
The Hellenistic era in Hellenistic Egypt in particular was a very fertile time in the history of magic. Ancient forms of magic met and merged creating new disciplines and the magical forms still very