The philosophers’ stone is the most sought-after goal of a modern alchemist — but not for reasons you may think. If you’ve ever wondered, “What is the philosopher stone of alchemy?” I’d like to share with you what I’m learning on my quest. Stick to the end for a revealing and healing stillness meditation.
What The Philosophers’ Stone Is, and What It Is Not
I’m sure you’ve heard the folklore of alchemists turning lead into gold; whipping up some magical potion which turns the most common mineral into the most precious. This transmuted gold substance — the philosophers’ stone — was said to contain the secrets to making your wildest dreams come true!
…at least, that’s what some people believe.
Many imitation artists throughout history (from the Middle Ages, to the Renaissance and modern period) have tried to mimic this experiment, hoping to make a profit selling fake philosophers’ stones to common people who were looking for miracles.
From any story about an alchemist, have you ever heard of one who made themselves rich with gold?
Friends, alchemy is ripe with allegory and metaphor, mystery and mysticism,
(This is what I love about it most of all).
Alchemists are not mad chemists who want to create gold to become rich, nor are they magicians who try to impress people at cocktail parties with tricks.
True alchemists have a higher calling. They are magicians, scientists, healers, and perpetual spiritual students looking for self-mastery and enlightenment.
The philosophers’ stone is NOT a piece of gold created to make you rich, or popular, or ridiculously good-looking for the rest of your life. Although I believe the philosophers’ stone can be created in the material world, it is largely a metaphor for what you can become if you are brave enough to go down this path.
Why Alchemy Is Important In Today’s World
Have you ever woken up just feeling off? The sun is shining, it’s almost the weekend, and you’ve got plans with good friends who you’re excited to see. But something in the back of your min which weighs heavy on your heart, keeps creeping up and reminding you of its ever-existing presence.
Whenever it comes up, no matter how long ago it was, you find yourself back in that moment feeling everything all over again.
It’s nothing to escape, because it’s in your head.
The only way you know how to cope is to push it down, ignore it, and carry on with this burden.
This was me, for a very long time.
Things that I had experienced in my childhood that affected me more than I realized.
Things that I thought I’d forced myself to forget came back decades later as nightmares.
Relationships that I thought I had left behind a lifetime ago were still making me feel small.
I tell you these things, because I know I’m not the only one who has experienced these feelings.
And like so many who know exactly what I’m talking about, I was at a point where I’d do anything to finally end my torment and live a beautiful life.
Alchemy is the process of self-mastery and becoming fully awakened to your true potential. It challenges you to face the darkest shadows you hold onto, and helps you to transform your body, psyche, and spirit into something vibrant and golden.
Achieving the Opus (The Great Work) means achieving the higher state of consciousness and self-understanding that results in the recognition of our connection to the spirit world and awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings.
I didn’t know that I would find my peace in alchemy. Now that I have, I see alchemy happening everywhere — and it’s amazing.
Achieving the Philosophers’ Stone
Alchemy is a process from one state to another through the 7 operations of alchemy. There is always a beginning, and there is always a place to grow.
Think about the last time you were in a funk, and asked yourself, “What’s wrong?”
Were you upset about a person?
How did they make you feel?
Can you do anything about it?
This common question tries to dig for the underlying source of what needs transformation.
Once you face it and transform it, alchemists believe you’ve taken a very important step toward self-mastery and becoming fully awakened; to achieving your philosophers’ stone.
Nicki Scully has a wonderful example of alchemy and creating the philosophers’ stone in nature: a diamond.
“The matter starts as carbon, deep within the earth. Through elemental interaction and when the appropriate amount of heat and pressure is applied and sustained, transmutation occurs—the soft black material becomes the exquisitely clear, hard, brilliant diamond.”
I’ve gone on a journey to know myself inside and out, and to transmute all of my experiences (that have left me anxious, resentful, and quick to anger) into something that is beautiful and will serve my highest good.
I’m learning out to love myself, people around me, and to connect with Spirit again so I can learn the teachings that have been lost in my lineage. My goal is to bring my physical and spiritual worlds into alignment and perfect harmony. I aim to achieve self-mastery, and to help others fully awaken to their own healing powers.
THAT is the philosophers’ stone I seek.
Stillness Meditation: Reveal and Heal
It takes practice to do deep digging, but you can do it!
What you’ll need before you start:
- A comfortable place to relax. Sofa, bed, porch, underneath a tree. Where ever you can decompress.
- Turn off all electronics. No phone, iPad, or TV during this time.
- Remove all distractions. Animals, kids, and spouses all need to go find something else to do for a bit.
- Glass of water (no plastic cups).
For the next 30 minutes, just sit and relax. Allow yourself to just BE. The world will be beyond the doors after you give yourself this rejuvenating gift.
Every time you sip your water, imagine the water purifying your entire being: body, mind, soul.
Give appreciation for the water you’re drinking. Imagine its life and all of the places it has traveled to end up on your lips.
Where has it been? What has it seen? What does it want to tell you?
Thank the water for its purification. Whatever is revealed to you now, allow yourself to acknowledge it. It’s there. It always has been. You can let it know that you are working on letting it go.
I hope you found this post helpful.