“Now, one of the concepts that plays the greatest role in alchemy is that of the prima materia,
the prime or basic matter, the one stuff from which everything else is made.
People felt that if they could find out about that and it is still a topic in modern physics they could find the basic key of material existence.”
Marie Louise von Franz: Alchemical Active Imagination, Page 15
Hunted for centuries and never found, the prima materia or lapis philosophorum is,
as a few alchemists rightly suspected, to be discovered in man himself.
Collected Works ‘Vol 16 p188)
I was extremely disappointed in my youth to learn that the Philosopher’s Stone was not really a stone.
This recognition has not stopped me from playing with and building with stones, although it has helped me switch from a literal to a metaphorical interpretation of a alchemy and religion.
Perhaps the search for the Philosopher’s stone, as it for Indiana Jones, a bit dangerous.