The virgin of the rocks. Leonardo da Vinci. 1505. National Gallery, London.
We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell (1904-87) mythologist, writer, lecturer
Meditating on a stone. It seems a theme lately. And when I look at the ways stones and rocks are present throughout mythology I look for ways that there might be repeating themes.
The alchemist's sought the Philosopher's stone. According to legend the Philosopher's stone had the ability to turn base metals into gold. It is one thing to take that myth literally and quite another to take it as a metaphor for some sort of internal process of transformation.
That idea really opens up the myths to me: Jacob's rock, Sisyphus, St. Peter as the rock, David and Goliath. All of them. Using the rock as a constant throughout those stories I see a canvas of related stories -- about the path to higher consciousness.