It seems that the easy way out has been a popular and alluring concept for quite a long time.
I came across a description of the Philosopher’s Stone in the Dictionary of Symbols.
Here’s what the book says:
The key to spiritual enlightenment. In the physical process of alchemy, the “stone” was a mysterious substance which, once created, could be used as a powder or tincture at the final stage of the Great Work to turn base metals into gold. Symbolism based on this belief made the Philosopher’s Stone into the elixir of life, the Grail itself – the spiritual wholeness that human beings strive to find.
The book, written by Jack Tressider, is only a few dollars on Amazon:
Dictionary of Symbols: An Illustrated Guide to Traditional Images, Icons, and Emblems
I haven’t found a source to order my own actual Philospher’s Stone 🙂
If you find one that works, would you let us all know?