How does an oyster set about making a pearl? To begin with, a tiny grain of sand falls into its shell, and this grain of sand is a difficulty, an irritant. ‘Oh’, says the oyster, ‘How can I get rid of this? It scratches and itches, what can I do?’ It starts to think and concentrate – it meditates.

And one day, it begins to secrete a special substance with which it surrounds this rough grain of sand so that it becomes smooth, polished and velvety.

The oyster feels proud of its success for it has overcome a difficulty.

This is the lesson of the pearl oyster: it teaches us that we can envelop our troubles and vexations with a luminous, iridescent substance and in so doing, amass untold riches within us. True spiritualists are those who know how to work on their difficulties and turn them into precious pearls.

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov