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Originally posted by siriuslyone
I once had a 33rd Mason who "adopted' me and he showed me where to look and what to look for,
Originally posted by Alushe
"The philosopher's stone, described variously, was sometimes said to be a common substance, found everywhere but unrecognized and unappreciated."
"Eventually the Philosopher's Stone was thought to signify the force behind the evolution of life and the universal binding power which unites minds and souls in a human oneness.
Finally, it represented the purity and sanctity of the highest realm of pure thought and altruistic existence.
The Philosopher's Stone - the White Stone by the River - The Sword in the Stone - all the same - that which contains the knowledge of creation - a symbol that represents the final outcome of man's inner transformation, of the conversion of the base metal of his outer character to the golden properties of his higher self. "
"Though the notion of a simple philosopher's stone of the alchemic sense fell out of scientific conception by at least the 19th century, its metaphors and imagery persisted: man's attempt to discover the essential secret of the universe, redemptively transforming not just lead into gold, but death into life."
"Within the philosophical system of Western alchemy (hermeticism), metal transmutations and the philosopher's stone are sometimes symbols for inner spiritual transformation of the alchemist. Thus, in some religious contexts the concept is as valid as ever, in a way."
Just as the philosopher's stone was said to transmute base elements to gold, so the alchemist would live through his own process of transmutation.
I would also view the current topic on the holy grail, as the underlying metaphorical themes of the two are for the most part interchangeable.
[edit on 25-4-2005 by Alushe]