The lapis philosophorum is a legendary substance, supposedly capable of turning base metals into gold. It is believed to be the elixir of life, responsible for rejuvenation, enlightenment, and even immortality.
It is better known as the Philosopher’s Stone. For close to a 1,000 years, it was the most sought-after prize in Western alchemy.
According to legend, the 13th-century Dominican bishop, scientist, and philosopher Albertus Magnus is said to have discovered the alchemical Philosopher’s Stone. He is considered to be one of the greatest philosophers and theologians of the Middle Ages.
The Philosopher’s Stone was believed to turn corruptible base metals into incorruptible gold. (Sounds a little materialistic, don’t you think?) On a more spiritual note, it was believed that the ‘stone’ could transform human beings from mortal (corruptible) beings into immortal (incorruptible) beings.
The 16th-century Swiss alchemist Paracelsus wrote a ‘how to’ manual on the Philosopher’s Stone entitled the Archidoxa. Paracelsus was believed to be the greatest alchemist of his time.
The Philosopher’s Stone appears in the Grail stories of King Arthur, and in thousands of other immortality stories all over the world. Most recently it has appeared in the Harry Potter series of books.
We believe the Philosopher’s Stone, like the Holy Grail legends, externalizes an interior power called our Divine Nature which we all have in common.
We believe the Philosopher’s Stone, like the Holy Grail, is not something material at all. It is not a physical rock, gem, jewel, or cup. It is not something we can use for selfish gain or material wealth.
We believe the Philosopher’s Stone is the Christ Presence (Higher Self) within each of us. It is the ‘Self’ neuroscientists call our Deeper Self, psychologists call our Authentic Self, and spiritual teachers call our Divine Self that expresses Itself in, as, and through us.
It is the Gold Standard at the core of our being. It is the Divine Presence within us that allows us to harvest God Moments.
It has been easier for humankind to look ‘out there’ for some supernatural being, super hero, or mysterious force to save us. We believe an ‘out there’ directionality is an unfortunate perspective. Our salvation is an inside-out process! That means we are responsible for our own spiritual growth and enlightenment.
Place your hand over your heart. Feel your heartbeat. (Ba-bump, ba-bump) Every heartbeat says: “Become one with/ your Indwelling Christ/ and you will/ turn the lead/ of lack and/ limitation/ into the gold/ of prosperity/and inner peace.” (Ba-bump, ba-bump).
- Look within instead of without — and you will experience God moments.
- Step out on faith instead of fear — and you will experience God moments.
- Focus on giving instead of receiving — and you will experience God moments.
- Forgive instead of holding grudges or resentments — and you will experience God moments.
- Pray for others instead of preying on others — and you will experience God moments
- Re-create yourself as God’s image instead of assigning God human qualities — and you will experience God moments.
- Choose love instead of hate — and you will experience God moments.
When you realize that the Philosopher’s Stone is the Christ Presence within you, you can turn base, materialistic human attitudes into their higher spiritual essences.
Books like As a Man Thinketh by James Allen and As a Woman Thinketh by Dorothy Hulst are based on Proverbs 23:7, “As (we) think in our hearts, so are we.”
People find it curious that the languaging of Proverbs 23:7 seems so metaphysical. “As we ‘think in our hearts’ the writer of Proverbs reminds us. Think in our hearts? How can we think in our hearts?
It may come as a surprise, but that’s where your higher understanding comes. The heart is the wisdom center. It is the center of your intuitive intelligence. It contains the key to experiencing God moments because it is the stargate to the Christ Presence within you.
What you plant in your heart helps you experience the gold of your Divine Nature. What you sow in your heart, you reap in consciousness. The choices you must ask yourself are:
- Do I want to sow error and reap sorrow – or do I want to sow truth andexperience God moments?
- Do I want to keep up a pretense, or be genuine?
The ‘reap what you sow’ analogy reminds us of a story about a N.C. farmer and a Texas farmer who were sharing information about their respective properties, each trying to impress the other with the magnificence of what they owned. Each farmer was sowing ‘one-upmanship.’At one point, the Texas farmer got a little carried away, and said, “You know, my property is so expansive, so spread out, that I can get in my truck first thing early in the morning, and by the time the sun sets, I still haven’t covered all the land I own!” The N.C. farmer just paused a moment, sighed, and said, “Yep! I understand. I had a truck like that once!”
Experiencing God moments is all about being able to see things and hear things through your Spiritual eyes and ears, and reaping the highest and best regardless of the outer appearances of the moment. Experiencing God moments happens in the absence of pretense. Reaping what you sow is a very powerful metaphor for your spiritual growth, because the same steps you use in sowing apply to what you harvest on your Truth walk. Think about it.
We realize we’re simplifying here, but the basic steps to ensure a good lifestyle harvest are:
- Prepare the soil
- Plant the seeds at the proper time (and of course, you must be sure you are planting seeds for what you expect to harvest!)
- Nurture the plantings: Weeding, watering, fertilizing
- Finally, you gather in the harvest: this is not something you can rush, or totally control. You work with the system; nature; timing – pay attention, and when the time is right, you harvest the goods.
The Parable of the Sower — from a Metaphysical Perspective
Do you see the analogy for harvesting God moments? Jesus as the Christ actually saw this same metaphor, and used the ‘reaping what your sow’ idea as one of his parables. It is shared in Matthew, Mark, and Luke – all pretty much the same versions. Let’s see what practical message it gives us for harvesting our good!
The parable is about a farmer who sows his seed (he’s kind of sloppy) – and some seeds fall along the path and are eaten by birds; other seeds fall on rocky ground, with very little soil – so while they sprout quickly (we call them volunteers), the sun scorches them and they wither because they don’t have strong roots. Other seeds fall among thorns, and get choked out. But the ones that fall on good soil grow and produce a bountiful crop. And Jesus ends by saying His infamous words: “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
So let’s look at this on a deeper spiritual level: The seeds represent your thoughts. It all starts with a Divine Idea, which you bring into expression. As soon as you become aware of a thought, you are actually sowing the idea it represents in some way. Some of your thoughts may sound good, they may even be expressions of Truth — but you never follow through on them. They are like the seeds that fall along the path, eaten by birds: they remain superficial intentions that never reap a benefit.
Other thoughts may get acted upon – you get excited about Truth principles and jump in – but don’t follow through with the nurturing of the principles. You don’t commit to the daily spiritual practice so your roots aren’t deep – and as soon as life throws you a curve (the sun), you may give up and say, “This stuff doesn’t work!”
Still other thoughts may be grounded in error thinking (fear, jealousy, anger, disappointment), and the thorns of these error thoughts choke out your growth.
All this stuff happens to all of us! But here’s the good news: seeds sown from your higher consciousness and nourished through study, meditation, prayer, and practice will bring you God moments! And plenty of them.
We think the hardest part of this ‘reaping what you sow’ process is the waiting and the nourishing that go with it. Planting annuals each spring is a great example. One of the annuals we love is petunias. They have such vivid colors, and grow so quickly. But then comes the maintenance. You’ve got to prune them or the plants will get leggy and die without the proper on-going care.
The same is true with your spiritual development! You must make a regular practice of:
- weeding out error thoughts and self-defeating habits;
- nurturing Truth principles with regular spiritual practices of meditation, prayer, living in the present moment, practicing acts of kindness, etc.;
- fertilizing with study and exploration and practice —
- and never, ever give up in the face of the world of appearance. Because the world of negative outer appearances will rob you of your harvest.
If you can remember the truth of who you are, stand firm in that faith, and plant the seeds of Spirit in everything you think, say and do, you will always reap far more than you sow! A few seeds can produce a bumper crop of God moments … as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet!