Pinocchio. The alchemic transformation of a puppet into an individual.


“A thief sneaking through the crowd, looking for someone to rob, is a sort of clairvoyant. It’s like he wears antennas, he recognizes who’s alert and awake, and who’s in a sleep state. The clue is the light, because a person who’s awake spreads some kind of light that keeps the thief away. The thief aims at the dozing ones, and he grabs the wallet or the bag without the person noticing, being actually buried in some sort of darkness. In a similar way, all the harmful entities from the non-physical world, never attack those who are filled with light – who can’t even be harmed by other people’s curses – because they know that their light will push them back. So, be careful: if you want to be safe from all kind of thieves, always keep on the light within.” Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Pinocchio’s journey is, in fact, an alchemic path leading to awakening. As Aivanhov wrote, thieves look for the dozing ones, for the people who don’t care about awakening because they don’t realize the dangers around us – coming both from the physical and the non-physical world.

It’s safe for the sleeping man to stay blind, as if he “saw”, he would notice and be shocked by the entities and the situations around. Imagine to wake up a sleepwalker while he’s walking on a building’s roof edge!

The Adventures of Pinocchio is actually about a “mechanical” human being who, after many adventures (initiations), becomes an aware and awakened being. It’s about the inner journey of a puppet who, once it has become a man, finds “the Father” again.

The name Pinocchio consists of two words “pino” (pine) and “occhio” (eye). In esotericism, the pine cone, has always represented the pineal gland, or “the third eye”.

Pinocchio therefore represents the opening of the third eye, the ability to see beyond the matter.

Quoting the New Testament: The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! (Matthew 6: 22-23)

Pinocchio’s father, Geppetto, is the puppet’s Creator; in fact, he is not a real dad, but rather He who creates his son from the matter. He carved Pinocchio out of wood and made him a puppet, a “mechanical” being, or an “asleep man” as Gurdjieff would say, someone who can talk and walk but has no conscience, therefore not human yet.

Since its birth, the puppet Pinocchio is unmanageable, as it hasn’t found its soul (the fairy with turquoise hair) nor the Father yet: just like the prodigal son, Pinocchio must leave Geppetto in order to know the pitfalls of the world.

GepetoAlong its initiation journey, the puppet will get to know itself better, manage its body, emotions, and mind, always overseen by its soul that, despite Pinocchio’s lies, will help it through the darkest times and put it back “on track”.Le_avventure_di_Pinocchio-pag097

Note: when The Adventures of Pinocchio was published, in 1883, it was quite popular, but the self-righteous literary critics of the time advised the kids “from a good family” against it, as it could inspire bad behavior.