Prospecting is looking for rocks of economic use. It is the oldest profession.
Prospecting is movement in search of space.
Prospecting is visual. It is a concentration of what is within vision. It is looking intently at one place.
Prospecting is searching for the unusual rock, the one that looks different than all the others, has a different skin, a different color, a different content.
Prospecting is looking with intent. Prospecting eyes seek the unique, the unusual imposing their knowledge by discarding the known, isolating what is unfamiliar.
Prospecting is a meditation that eliminates, pushes to the side all that is not relevant to that moment. Prospecting is losing one’s self in the moment.
Prospecting is an examination of the surface to discover what is underneath.
Prospecting is an attempt to understand the process of formation, of alteration, of change and transformation. Underlying the discovery is the question: How did this happen?
Prospecting is seeking the source. What generated this change? What body had the energy to create what I see? Where is it?
There is only the surface to examine. Beneath is a mystery - of force, of life, of energy, of process. There is a limit to this knowing, but always there is the seeking, the looking.
The approach must be open. There can be no pre-supposition, no assumption cast across the surface. The eye, the mind, the body, the spirit must be receptive. There can be no knowing or preconceived notion from which the act of prospecting is generated. All one can be is prepared to accept.
There is the possibility of success and the likelihood of failure. There is no surety, no guarantee that anything will be found. The reward is in the act, in the revelation of beautiful surface, the astounding mirage revealed by the crack in the rock.
Looking at the weathered surface does not indicate what is underneath.
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