The title Story Alchemy isn’t a metaphor. It’s the real deal. Ideas for stories, the prima materia of the story alchemist, are gifts. Love gives birth to the philosopher’s stone, the mysterious awareness of unity that is the philosopher’s stone. At that moment, the Divine Light comes up, the world drowns in the Divine Light, and what the Sufis call the “Sea of splendor” is present.
Although today alchemy is widely considered crackpot science dedicated to the transmu-tation of common metals into gold, historical alchemy had a spiritual, philosophical impulse. If popular alchemy focused on gold, it was because gold was considered God’s element: the metal that could not corrode or become corrupted. Alchemy was interested in transforma-tion in general, in the creation of higher things from lower things, in Creation itself, in the practices of God. The holy grail of alchemy— the key to unlocking its processes — is the mythical “Philosopher’s Stone,” a magic element potentially revealed in the symbolic pic-tures in the Minus Liber that we see Lemorne studying. For Lemorne (and alchemists), science becomes the road to God, who is best described as the Master Chemist, the proprietor of all transformations. More important than incorruptible gold, which is ultimately just a metaphor, is God’s ability to transform mortal man into an immortal entity with an after-life.
The key that unlocked the door leading to the mirror of erised was flying in the room among many other keys. Of course, this represents the search for the Philosopher’s Stone. When the key was retrieved, they could then unlock the door, turn the hinge and proceed through the mysteries that would lead to the “elixir of life.”
When you comprehend, in a broad generalization, these laws in their fullness, you will then possess the ” philosopher’s stone” the key, rather, which will unlock every conceivable mystery in the world—converting science, morals, religion, spirituality, into harmonious facts.
If the entire initiatory process is successful, the Initiate will have been given an infusion of divine energy, in the hope that he will indeed attain the increased awareness that is needed to exalt the soul and achieve the completion of the Great Work. Although the ini-tiating officers can provide the necessary magical momentum and guidance for this end, it is up to each individual to travel the path of initiation “in essence as well as in form:’
So, after all is said and done, how does one create the Philosopher’s Stone, precious to alchemists and theurgists alike? The secret lies within the old alchemical formula concealed within the word VITRIOL.
The initial letters of which are used in an anagram which reads in Latin: Visita Interiora Terrae, Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem, which means “Visit the interior of the earth, through purifi-cation, thou wilt find the hidden stone This is phrase is a crucial key to the working of spiritual alchemy. It means that we must look within ourselves, purify our own souls, and reveal the spark of the Divine Creator inside.
God is within us. If we can only look deep within ourselves, beyond our own self-centeredness, we will find that true center within us—whether we chose to call it the Philosopher’s Stone, the Highest Good, the sacred heart of Christ, or the Elixir of Life. This Great Work, the quest for spiritual gold, is a long and hard undertaking. Although the goal may be distant, every step along the path is infinitely rewarding. Alchemists would be wise to remember the words of the following prayer from the Golden Dawn’s Adeptus Minor ceremony:
Unto Thee, sole wise, sole eternal and sole merciful One, be the praise and the glory forever. Who hath permitted me, who now standeth humbly before Thee, to enter thus far into the sanctuary of Thy mysteries. Not unto me, but unto Thy name be the glory. Let the influence of Thy Divine Ones descend upon my head, and teach me the value of self-sacrifice, so that I shrink not in the hour of trial, but that thus my name may be written on high, and my Genius may stand in the presence of the Holy Ones—in that hour when the Son of Man is invoked before the Lord of the Universe and His name in the presence of the Ancient of Days. Amen.
That is the elixir of enlightenment; that is what transforms and reveals everything. When this elixir—a transformative agent full of presence, energy, and aliveness—appears as the nature of everything, we call it true nature. We can experience true nature as light, as illumination, as love, as emptiness, as presence, as aware-ness, as consciousness, as truth. In fact, there is no one way of experiencing true nature, and that is one of the secrets that is revealed in the fourth turning of the teaching. There is no final or ultimately definitive experience of true nature. When true nature has not only force and power and energy and presence but also contains understanding and il-luminated cognition, then it attains a diamond-like quality, experienced as objectivity, clarity, and precision.
The alchemists. They thought that whoever found the philosophers’ stone would be able to unlock all the secrets of existence. The stone has all the qualities and faculties necessary to illuminate and discriminate reality, to distinguish what is false and what is true.
From the perspective of the fourth turning of the wheel, what is relevant, or dominant is not the transformation, liberation, and enlightenment of the individual consciousness, which is usually seen as the function of the elixir. Rather, the fourth turning highlights the recognition of the philosophers’ stone as the key to all the secrets of existence. And that is the interest in the fourth turning of the wheel—that the secrets of reality and life become available and accessible.
What is important for us to understand here—we can understand it in any of the turnings, but it becomes most obvious in the third and fourth turnings—is that without the philosophers’ stone, without this miraculous, magical whatever, which is difficult to confine to any one word, there is no illumination. Without it, the transformation of human conscious-ness is not possible. Without it, we would continue living as semiconscious animals, as brutes, as clods of consciousness.
Human consciousness, if we consider it in the conventional sense, lacks two truths that I think of as the twin truths of the philosophers’ stone. First of all, true nature is inherently incorruptible. The philosophers’ stone cannot be corrupted; it cannot be destroyed; it cannot be distorted. It retains its purity regardless of what our experience is and what is happening.
Whenever we discover it, we recognize it as a purity that is totally unmarred. The second truth of true nature is its illuminating and liberating power. It is the power of illumination, the power of liberation, the power of enlightenment, the power of discrimination and intelligence, the power of creative revelation, the power of consciousness and awareness.
Without the philosophers’ stone, human beings have no chance of seeing through and understanding the delusions and the structures that form our conventional experience. We do not have the intelligence. We do not have the heart. We do not have the will. From the conventional point of view, when we embark on the spiritual path, we are so enmeshed and so obscured—with so many issues, delusions, and illusions that are all intertwined and overlapping—that it requires a miraculous, illuminating light to discern, reveal, and penetrate all that obscuration.
Human beings in ordinary experience simply do not have the kind of intelligence that can decipher the delusions of our everyday life, nor the kind of capacity that can transform our consciousness. So if it weren’t for this magical illuminating power of true nature, the situation would basically be static and hopeless.
We would be living eternally in the conventional perspective, which is neither good nor bad but simply limited. For real transformation to happen, for our consciousness to become free, to become realized and enlightened, to become open to all the possibilities of reality—which means we can begin to explore reality, discover its secrets, and live and express them—we definitely need the help of true nature. When awakening experiences arise, most of us think that they do so because of our practices and what we do, because of our intelligence and understanding, because of our sincerity and diligence.
Although there is some truth to this view, the shadow of arrogance persists in it. This is called “the tail of the devil”; the head may be gone, but the tail still trails be-hind. From the perspective of the fourth turning, we don’t do any of it nor can we do any of it, not because we are failures, but because reality is simply not designed that way. Reality is not designed for individual human beings to liberate them-selves.
Reality is designed for true nature to manifest itself in a way that human beings call liberation. Part of the secret of the philosophers’ stone is that it reveals itself by liberating itself from the shackles that it experiences through whatever human being it is experiencing itself as. And you could say, “It is my nature, my light, my intelligence.” But the situation is tricky: Is it yours or are you its? When we are experiencing ourselves as true nature, we realize that a human being is really the alchemical laboratory.
The human being, the human consciousness, the hu-man body is the laboratory where alchemy happens, where the philosophers’ stone does its work. The human consciousness, the human mind, the human heart are the instruments through which the magician works. So it’s true that our mind functions, our heart functions, and our body functions, but they all function simply as conduits. The more we recognize them as instruments and conduits, the more the elixir flows through the veins of the human consciousness revealing the light that illuminates itself by illuminating the obstacles in its way.
And by illuminating itself, this light—which is our nature, which is what we are—illuminates whatever it comes in contact with. So we will explore in detail who the prime mover is, who the illuminator is, and what is responsible for realization. What is responsible for the arising of clarity, understanding, and spiritual experience? Every time we have a spiritual experience, it is nothing but the philosophers’ stone appearing in one form or another. It is nothing but true nature manifesting itself.
The philosophers’ stone or true nature is pure spirit, but we will see as we go on that spirit is also everything. It is every single thing and all things. It is every single thing among all other single things, and it is all things as the unity of the collection of every single thing. And it is also every single thing as all things.
This gets very interesting and is part of what I mean by the secrets of existence. Besides being fascinating and beautiful and magnificent, this self-illuminating light is helpful. Illumination is not merely illuminating, it is also compassionate and loving and tender and considerate. It is contagious and infectious.
The more we are illuminated, the more we want others to experience that also. We can’t help but be generous and giving, because self and other is one, and the nature of self and the nature of other is one; it is true nature giving itself to itself. Because at the beginning of inner work our understanding is limited, we need many different manifestations of true nature to address precisely the complexity of our proclivities, issues, obscurations, and delusions.
In the understanding of the philosophers’ stone because there can’t be many true natures. Otherwise, they would be in competition. We can only know this kind of oneness in our direct experience.
The philosopher’s stone is said to transform what it touches to gold. Health is the true Philosopher’s Stone, and turns all things into gold , for it gilds every enjoyment that embellishes life. To find the philosopher’s stone, you must discover the secret of the breath. The discovery of the philosophers ‘ stone and the awakening of Kundalini are treated as one. Man has been an alchemist from the time when he first raised himself, and with the powers long latent pronounced himself as human.
The analogy in alchemical writings is referred to as the problem of multiplicatio. They say that at a certain moment when the philosopher’s stone is made, the vessel is opened and the stone begins to emanate a transforming activity, and every metal touched by it is transformed into gold. The analogy is that the philosopher’s stone is made inside a vessel, where it goes through dissolution in the darkness and then resurrects. The vessel is opened and the stone develops into an activity which was called the process of multiplication. The psychological analogy seems to have to do with the fact that when one succeeds consciously and positively to relate to an archetypal constellation, there is a widespread effect.
Those who transcend these are not enslaved by this attraction and aversion, and so they are free. They attain Enlightenment: `When a sadhu, a saint, touches someone, they are transformed. The saint becomes like the philosopher’s stone, which by touching metal, transforms it into gold. People become like this when they are free. They radiate Light; wherever they go, they disperse darkness.
Thus, the whole goal of the alchemical art lay in “the general idea that the powers of the cosmic soul must somehow be concentrated in a solid, the philosophers’ stone or elixir, which would then be able to carry out the transmutations that the alchemists desired.”37 It was an attempt to reconstruct, for specific cases, the descent of specific minerals from that undifferentiated cosmic soul” or medium as exactly as possible, in order to incorporate that cosmic soul’s” very powers of.transmutation in ordinary matter. As Holmyard states it, “The undeilying idea seems to have been that since the prime matter was the same in all substances, an approximation to this prime matter should be the first quest of alchemy.”38 The ability to confect such a “philosophical gold” would indeed give its possessors an awesome power.
Before the development of science, the alchemists searched for God in their famous philosopher’s stone. An old Arabian alchemist Morienus, said: “This thing (the philosopher’s stone) is extracted from you: you are its mineral and one can find it in you: or, to put it more clearly, they (Alchemists) take it from you. If you recognize this, the love and approbation of the stone will grow within you. Know that this is true without doubt.” The stone symbolizes eternal mystical experience of God within the soul. When the superfluous matter burns through sufferings, the stone within shines. When the inner experience is recognized and permanentized as a stone “the Self becomes the inner partner toward whom one’s attention is continually turned.”
Emerson also describes this imperceptible yet all-sustaining source: “The Over-Soul … is a stream whose source is hidden. Our being is descending into us from we know not whence.”405 The alchemists, medieval scientists who hid sacred truth from church authorities, explored the inexhaustible and invisible soul presence. The soul links to the spine via the kundalini, which they called the philosopher’s stone. The stone is the key to soul transmutation. “Because the Stone could turn a corruptible base metal into incorruptible gold, it would similarly transform human beings from mortal (corruptible) beings into immortal (incorruptible) beings.”
The discovery of the philosophers ‘ stone and the awakening of Kundalini are treated as one
Kundalini is like the mythical philosopher’s stone. The philosopher’s stone is a legendary alchemical substance capable of turning base metals like mercury and lead into silver and gold. The philosopher’s stone is a power that can cause inner alchemy. It is also called the elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation. The philosopher’s stone was the central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy, symbolising enlightenment and heavenly bliss. The function of the Kundalini is also similar as it causes complete metamorphosis and alchemy in man. Fire, light and heat are the symbols of the Kundalini. It transforms a man, similar to how the application of heat changes the ductility and malleability property of the metal, and then the metal can be worked upon and various objects created out of it. Kundalini works upon a man and makes him a beacon of spiritual knowledge. Kundalini makes an ordinary man a philosopher and grants him great intelligence and wisdom.
Jungian psychology equates Kundalini arousal with the seven stages of transmutation of metals (=activating/transmuting the seven chakras] in the attainment of the coveted Philosopher’s Stone, described in ancient alchemical texts. Halligan showed how the raising of Kundalini to the crown chakra at the top of the head essentially equates with alchemical “conjunctio”, the mystical marriage of opposites in any spiritual journey which makes union with the Divine a subjective reality, where the Self is fully formed. “A conjunctio metaphorically creates the Philosopher’s Stone, the Self, unity with the Divine. Therefore, for many Jungians the experience of Kundalini awakening is the Eastern version of individuation [coming into Self-hood].
Yet no one prizes it, though, next to the human soul, it is the most beautiful and the most precious thing upon earth, and has power to pull down kings and princes.
Although alchemical writings are complex, confused and even chaotic, the basic scheme of the opus (work) is quite simple. It is as follows: The purpose is to create a transcendent, miraculous substance, which is variously symbolized as the Philosopher’s Stone, The Elixir of Life or the universal medicine. The procedure is, first, to find the suitable material, the so-called prima materia, and then to subject it to a series of operations that will turn it into the Philosopher’s Stone.
In other traditions, the Philosopher’s Stone is known as enlightenment, samadhi, nirvana, satori, spiritual awakening and individuation. It is when we become Self-oriented rather than ego-oriented.The realisation that something inside us is eternal, divine and transcendent. The prima materia is our own personal, psychological material.
But before you leave, you make big promise to all life here. You say, you come back. And when the last of you has awakened to your promise, the great Philosopher’s Stone will be put back together again. But great stone do this itself. For it know when time be right. And when it is, it call the thousands of parts of itself back here again and they find their home inside the great stone frame you see before you.
When great stone come back together, it rise to the top of the Earth once again. It do this on its own so everyone can know of its presence. And when they come to it, they touch it, like in the first days of life here, and they begin their journey back into the light. There be one sign that happen, just before it time for this great stone to be put back together. There will appear, out of the ground, a white powder. It been called White Gold Powder by people who use it long ago. They used it to reach their spiritual goal, and that mean to learn all the lessons they come here to learn. When that done, they leave this Earth, without having to die.
That thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ”
Christ questioned His Disciples concerning His identity, to test their spiritual sight and perception. They all realized that He was a great soul, but only Peter possessed the clairvoyant vision which enabled him to recognize the great indwelling Christ Spirit. With this vision, of course. would also come a corresponding state of spiritual consciousness. “Flesh and blood”, says the Christ. or a physical means, could not have given Peter his knowledge. This required spiritual sight is gained through regeneration. Peter or “Petros” means “a rock”.
Peter had built the “white stone’ mentioned in Revelation (within his being), which is also the Philosopher’s Stone, and is produced by cementing the sand-like particles of the pineal gland into a hard, rock-like condition. This is accomplished through the raising of the Life Force and by directing this Force properly when raised. The opposite type to Peter is the man who built his house upon the sand, which was destroyed by the storm.
This is the story of the Person who builds his spiritual “house” or “church” upon the foundation of the unregenerated being. It is always destroyed by the “storm” of the unrestrained emotional nature. The man who builds his “house” upon a “rock” is the —Peter” or “Petros” who has regenerated himself and built the “white stone” of Revelation within. This is the Philosopher’s Stone or Diamond Soul. No “storm” of unrestrained emotions will harm such a man.
Man has been an alchemist from the time when he first raised himself, and with the powers long latent pronounced himself as human. Experiences are the chemicals of life which the philosopher is experimenting with. Nature is the great book whose secrets he seeks to understand through her own wondrous symbolism.
His own Spiritual Flame is the lamp by which he reads, and without this the printed pages mean nothing to him. His own body is the furnace in which he prepares the Philosopher’s Stone; his senses and organs are the test tubes, and incentive is the flame from the burner. Salt, sulphur, and mercury are the chemicals of his craft. According to the ancient philosophers, salt was of the earth earthy, sulphur was a fire which was spirit, while mercury was nothing, only a messenger like the winged Hermes of the Greeks. His color is purple, which is the blending of the red and the blue—the blue of the spirit and the red of the body.
The alchemist realizes that he himself is the Philosopher’s Stone, and that this stone is made diamond-like when the salt and the sulphur, or the spirit and the body, are united through mercury, the link of mind. Man is the incarnated principle of mind as the animal is of emotion. He stands with one foot on the heavens and the other on the earth. His higher being is lifted to the celestial spheres, but the lower man ties him to matter. Now the philosopher, building his sacred stone, is doing so by harmonizing his spirit and his body. The result is the Philosopher’s Stone.
The hard knocks of life chip it away and facet it until it reflects lights from a million different angles.
Man can create nothing from nothing, but he does contain within, in potential energy, all things; and like the alchemist with his metals, he is simply working with that which he already has. The living Philosopher’s Stone is a very beautiful thing. Indeed, like the fire opal, it shines with a million different lights, changing with the mood of the wearer. The transmuting process, whereby the spiritual fire passing through the furnace of purification radiates from the body as the soul body of gold and blue, is a very beautiful one.
The Marriage of the Sun and Moon: This takes place in man when the heart and mind are joined in eternal union. It occurs when the positive and negative poles within are united, and from that union is made the Philosopher’s Stone.
The Stone is said to have no beginning and no end; it will exist in eternity. A final word regarding spiritual alchemy: The goal of alchemists through many centuries was the fabled Philosopher’s Stone, a magical object or substance with the power of transmutation. It was said to be capable of changing lead into gold, and to transform a mortal human being into an immortal one. The Powers of the Stone will here explain a few of the many possible uses of the Philosophers’ Stone. The possibilities for its use are vast and beyond the imagination of a regular person.
A final word regarding spiritual alchemy: The goal of alchemists through many centuries was the fabled Philosopher’s Stone, a magical object or substance with the power of transmutation. It was said to be capable of changing lead into gold, and to transform a mortal human being into an immortal one. It was also believed to be capable of healing any illness. The Philosopher’s Stone was envisioned as forming in three different manifestations, of three different colors—red, white and black. The usual progression of evolution was from black (dark, polluted, unevolved energy) to white (noble, spiritual, purified energy) and finally to red (powerful, vital energy, the Spirit in the flesh).
Little Work of alchemy, the end of the first part. The close of the Great Work of alchemy raised silver to gold, and then produced the Red Stone, indicating full perfection. The red colour thus far has been very faintly introduced. Goethe alludes to full perfection by means of a powerful new symbol, resulting from the transmutation of the Giant and his Shadow, conjoined, into the Red Stone, the philosophers’ stone.
The alchemists agree that the Stone develops and operates from the combination of female (yin) and male (yang) principles. Everything contains these two forces in different proportions, and the most stable proportions are not 50/50, but with either one of the two dominating. This is why the Philosophers’ Stone comes in two forms. the Red Stone (male) and the White Stone (female). This is also the relationship between gold (male) and silver (female), and why the Red Stone transmutes metals into gold, whereas the White Stone transmutes them into silver. Of course, when we say that gold is male and silver is female, this does not mean that gold is all yang and silver is all yin, everything contains both, but with one of them dominating for the time being.
Furthermore, we can clearly see the relationships between male and female principles in Nature. The two depend upon each other. Obviously we have the fact that animals come in male and female genders, who are attracted to one another. Also the relationship between animals (male) and plants (female) is of the same type, we also depend upon each other for survival.
The male force is the active force (growth and multiplication), whereas the female force is the passive force (stability and dissolution/decomposition). Too much male force will end up multiplying and overpowering its surroundings, leading to destruction. Too much female force will reverse development, reducing everything to its components. Together the male and female forces combine with the male force expanding and developing and the female force keeping it under control and everything orderly and harmonious. The male force attempts to impose itself upon everything, it wants to multiply itself. The female force on the other hand tries to bring everything back to its original element. It is the female force that allows for rebirth by encouraging reduction and decomposition back into the original element, supporting and nourishing this for the task of the male, which is to encourage growth, development and multiplication.
The Powers of the Stone will here explain a few of the many possible uses of the Philosophers’ Stone. The possibilities for its use are vast and beyond the imagination of a regular person. However, I will outline the traditional uses.
There are two forms of the Philosophers Stone: the White Stone, and the Red Stone. The White Stone transmutes any metal into silver. The Red Stone is the more powerful and more well-known, and transmutes any metal into gold.
Furthermore, know that the making of gold and silver were considered the least desirable effects of the Stone. The effects on body and mind have always considered to be worth so much more than the money. 11 is because the Stone makes gold and silver that these were used as currency throughout history, not that the Stone makes gold and silver because they have value.
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If you do not yet understand how and why the Stone works, what the active principle is, then this will all sound unbelievable. But once you understand that the Stone is simply a concentrated and NO-11y developed form of energy, which is the true nourishment of all things that grow (animals, plants, minerals, etc.), then you will not only understand how the Stone can perform such a wide range of miracles, but also he able to think up further uses.
A universal medicine for the body
- The Red Stone is much more powerful than the White Stone. A single dose can have a large effect, depending on the strength of the Stone and whether it be White or Red. However, for a lasting effect the Stone should be ingested (eaten) daily, else your body and mind will begin deteriorating again.
- If ingested it will cure all disease, and in higher concentrations will make an old person healthy and fitter than they were even in their youth.
- If taken suddenly in high concentration, the body will purge itself of everything unnecessary, which may result in going through a shocking transformation over a couple of weeks, with one’s skin peeling off, hair and teeth falling out, then growing back in prime condition.
- Taken regularly in high concentration, it will be unnecessary to eat, drink or even breathe. Although these may be done anyway. The body will never grow old.
- You will heal from wounds extremely quickly and be unaffected by heat and cold.
A universal medicine for the mind.
- The Stone will bring one to their very best and sharpest state of mind.
Unlimited energy/ could make sci-fi technologies possible
- Traditionally, lamps can be made with the Stone which burn forever, or at least for thousands of years. Therefore it can also be used to generate an almost unlimited amount of electricity and be used as a power source. The Stone certainly has some interesting properties, which could make sci-fi technologies possible.
A universal medicine for the spirit.
- The Stone is a fast-track to spiritual enlightenment, and considered by the ancient Indians, Tibetans to be the only method to achieve enlightenment without meditation.
- With accelerated spiritual growth, and unlimited life-energy and chi, the possibilities eventually become limitless and one will be capable of anything.
A universal medicine for metals
- The Stone allows any metal to be transmuted into silver (with the White Stone) or gold (with the Red Stone). It is also possible to transmute gold back into the lesser metals.
Finally, we have a further list of usages of the Philosophers’ Stone from Francis Bacon’s Magnalia Naturae, Praecipue Ouoad Usus Humanos (translation: “The Glorious Works of Nature, Especially in Regards to Human Usages”) appended to Bacon’s The New Atlantis.
The prolongation of lift
The restitution of youth in some degree.
The retardation of age.
The curing of diseases counted incurable.
The mitigation of pain. More easy and less loathsome purgings.
The increasing of strength and activity.
The increasing of ability to suffer torture or pain.
The altering of complexions, and fatness and leanness.
The altering of statures. The altering of features.
The increasing and exalting of the intellectual parts Versions of bodies into other bodies.
Making of new species.
Transplanting of one species into another.
Instruments of destruction, as of war and poison.
Exhilaration of the spirits, and putting them in good disposition.
Force of the imagination, either upon another body, or upon the body itself:
Acceleration of time in maturations.
Acceleration of time in clarifications.
Acceleration of putrefaction.
Acceleration of decoction.
Acceleration of germination.
Making rich composts for the earth.
Impressions of the air, and raising of tempests.
Great alteration; as in induration, emollition, &c.
Turning crude and watery substances into oily and unctuous substances.
Drawing of new foods out of substances not now in use.
Making new threads for apparel; and new stuffs; such as paper, glass, &c.
Deceptions of the senses. Greater pleasures of the senses.
Artificial minerals and cements.
To summarize: if Nature can give life, we can give life; if Nature can make gold, we can make gold. Nature does it everyday, so who are you to say it is impossible when it is before your very eyes?
The revealing of the Stone is the catalyst which will collapse the corrupt civilization and usher in the Golden Age. But civilization must reach a truly corrupt state before it can be collapsed and reborn from the ashes. Corruption is necessary for the development of civilization as a whole; it’s not a bad thing if you look at the big picture, but a necessary stage of development. The same holds true in the development our Stone.