In our last +1, we talked about my recent bout with petulance (aka “unreasonable irritation”). (Hah. Go me!)
And, I proposed we use any potential future irritants as fuel for our pearl making.
Which leads us to a great passage from an obscure little book called Golden Rules for Everyday Life by an equally obscure 20th century spiritual teacher named Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov.
Here’s how he puts it.
“How does the pearl oyster set about making a pearl? It all starts with a grain of sand that gets into its shell and begins to irritate it. ‘Oh, dear!’ says the oyster. ‘This is terrible; what a problem. What can I do to get rid of it?’ So the oyster begins to reflect: it concentrates and meditates and asks for guidance until, one day, it realizes that it will never be able to get rid of the grain of sand. But what it can do is wrap the grain up in such a way that it will be smooth, and shiny and velvety. And then, when it has succeeded in doing this, it is very happy and says to itself, ‘Ah, I’ve overcome a problem.’”
Omraam continues: “For thousands of years the pearl oyster has been there, as a lesson to human beings, but they have never understood it. And what does it teach us? Simply that, if we wrap our difficulties and all the things that annoy us in a soft, luminous, opalescent matter, we will be very rich indeed. This is what you have to understand.
So, from now on, instead of complaining and doing nothing to stop yourself from getting worn down by your difficulties, set to work to secrete this special matter and wrap them up in it. Every time you have to put up with a painful situation or somebody you really can’t bear, be glad, and say, ‘Lord God, what luck: another grain of sand, and a potential new pearl.’ If you really understand the example of the pearl oyster, you will have enough work to keep you busy for the rest of your life.”
THAT is Today’s +1.
One more time…
Got any irritants in your shell these days?
Let’s make some (more!) pearls. 🤓